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

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CHICAGO (AP) - Federal authorities have issued a new subpoena for records from Governor Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program. A spokeswoman for the state agency that took over the program calls the request "a formality" because Springfield prosecutors and the Cook County state's attorney's office already had asked for and received the same records. She says federal officials in Chicago now have them.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Wet, cool conditions across much of Illinois have slowed the state's corn harvesting to a creep. The USDA's weekly update says Illinois corn growers through Sunday had only managed to harvest 2 percent of their crop. That's down 12 percentage points from the average of the previous five years. But farmers say they expect good yields when things dry out.

NEW YORK (AP) - Sears is taking out a $400 million loan from a hedge fund run by its CEO Edward Lampert. Credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings says the move is a "short-term fix" for a "much larger need" for cash. Last week, Fitch downgraded Sears' credit rating deeper into junk status citing its declining profits and no clear turnaround plan. Shares of the Hoffman Estates-based company fell more than nine percent on Tuesday.

CHICAGO (AP) - Officials say a Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing Tuesday at Chicago's Midway Airport after a cockpit instrument warning light came on. Flight 321 returned to Midway shortly after taking off. The 118 passengers were placed on other flights headed for New York.

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