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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois gubernatorial candidates are making post-Labor Day appearances. Governor Pat Quinn is publicizing efforts to spend only a minimum wage salary. And Republican challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW-nur) is hammering the Chicago Democrat's record on veterans. Quinn has vowed to live on $79 for food and other expenses this week to highlight efforts to raise Illinois' $8.25 rate.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - A Zion man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing the 5-month-old son of his then-girlfriend and dumping the boy's body into a trash container. Prosecutors say Demetries Thorpe smothered the child while he was crying. Thorpe pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this year.

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials say they expect to get the first indications next week of how many people are applying for special ID cards allowing them to use medical marijuana. The state started taking applications today from people whose last names start with the letters A through L. The state public health department has 30 days to review an application.

HENNEPIN, Ill. (AP) - Investigators are looking into what caused a transformer fire at a northern Illinois power plant. The fire this morning at the Dynegy Power Station in Hennepin forced one of two power-generating units to shut down. A Dynegy spokeswoman says no one was hurt.

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