Rauner Grants 8 Clemency Petitions, Denies 85 Others

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has granted eight requests for clemency and denied 85 other petitions. Rauner’s office announced the clemencies Friday. They continue the Republican’s practice of approving requests at a far lower rate than his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The petitions granted were for crimes including burglary, theft, drug possession…

Illinois’ VW Settlement Money to go to Improving Air Quality

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will use the $108 million it got from the government’s Volkswagen emissions scandal settlement to improve air quality, mostly by replacing old diesel engines with more environmentally friendly options. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Volkswagen reached a series of settlements in 2016 and 2017 to resolve U.S. complaints. The complaints…