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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) - A Chicago man has been charged with bringing into the city a gun used in the slaying of a 9-year-old boy. Anthony Morgan is charged with gun trafficking for illegally obtaining eight guns through the mail that were shipped from New Mexico. Federal prosecutors say one of the guns was used in the 2015 slaying of Tyshawn Lee. Tyshawn was lured into an alley with the promise of a juice box and shot to death. Corey Morgan and two others are charged in the boy's death.

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.

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