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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. CDT

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois voters are choosing nominees in what's shaping up to be the most expensive election for governor in U.S. history. Two inordinately wealthy front-runners _ Republican millionaire Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker _ are trying to survive tough primaries. A self-described "middle class candidate," a member of a famous political family and an insurgent state legislator also are on the primary ballot.

CHICAGO (AP) - Progressives face their next test in Illinois, with a slew of candidates vying for a chance to help Democrats try to gain control of the U.S. House this fall. Enthusiasm already has been higher than usual among Democrats in the left-leaning state. Tuesday's primary will decide whether one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress keeps his seat, as well as the likely successor to longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who's retiring.

CHICAGO (AP) - After nearly four years of legal wrangling, the trial of a man charged in the 2014 shooting death of a Chicago special education teacher is underway. Dominique Hodrick is charged with murder in the death of 58-year-old Betty Howard. Howard was working part time at a realty company when shot. Prosecutors say Hodrick was "stewing" about gang rivals on the block when he fired upon a passing car. The bullets went through a wall, killing Howard. Hodrick's lawyer said his client wasn't the shooter.

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man has pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges filed in U.S. District Court. According to the U.S. attorney's office, Alfred Cross of Kinmundy admitted to defrauding several banks of more than $500,000. The 75-year-old Cross admitted to opening checking accounts at several banks and then depositing large checks from out-of-state banks into the accounts. Prosecutors say Cross conducted the scheme for four years, giving the money to relatives and using some for personal expenses.

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