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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come. At least two major ratings agencies have warned they will lower Illinois' creditworthiness to below investment grade if feuding lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget for a third straight year. That would increase the amount the state will have to pay to borrow money.

McLEAN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois health officials say they're seeing an increase in tick-borne illness among residents in the state. Department of Public Health entomologist Linn Haramis tells The Pantagraph that there were more than 40 confirmed cases in 2000. By 2010, the number increased to 200 cases. The provisional total for 2016 is nearly 350 cases. The full number is likely greater because the department only counts cases confirmed by testing.

CHICAGO (AP) - Officials say a young man was killed when he fell from his bike onto rail tracks where he was hit by a Chicago Transit Authority train. The CTA says the person was hit about 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the station near Guaranteed Rate Field on the city's South Side.

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - The president of a community college in western Illinois is planning to retire after nearly 30 years in various positons at the school. Black Hawk College President Bettie Truitt says she'll step down at the end of 2017 from the office she's held since 2014. Truitt says the greatest challenge during her presidency has been dealing with funding issue during the state's ongoing budget impasse.

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