The Associated Press

A second major credit rating agency has downgraded Illinois' rating, citing financial ``mismanagement'' by state leaders amid a yearlong budget impasse.

Negotiations to end Illinois' 11-month budget stalemate appear to be going nowhere after the latest meeting between legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Officials say a woman whose body was found in the Ohio River a day after two other bodies were recovered has been identified. 

Second Update: Authorities say one of three bodies found in Ohio River was shot in the back of the head. Daviess County Sheriff's Dept. says the body also had ligature marks around the neck.

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Storm Prediction Center

The nation's midsection is facing another day of foul weather after a series of storms brought huge hail and high winds, but not as many tornadoes as had been feared.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation authorizing $600 million in emergency funding to keep major Illinois universities operating until fall.

A massive fire broke out during a fireworks display in a Hindu temple in south India early Sunday, killing more than 100 people and injuring at least 200 others, officials said.

The fire started when a spark from the unauthorized fireworks show ignited a separate batch of fireworks that were being stored at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravoor village, a few hours north of Kerala's state capital of Thiruvananthapuram, said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, the state's top elected official.

The Illinois House returns to action Monday with a long list of legislation slated for committee hearings - but none about the unsettled budget that should have taken effect last July.

North Carolina will look for its sixth NCAA championship when the Tar Heels meet the Villanova Wildcats, trying for their second, on Monday night.

The Tar Heels (33-6) last won it all in 2009 and Villanova's only title came in 1985.

Both teams advanced to the championship game with lopsided wins, but Villanova's was far more of a blowout than North Carolina's.

About one inch of snow fell on parts of Kansas and Oklahoma on Easter Sunday and officials say the precipitation provided a boost to their efforts to contain a wildfire described as the largest in Kansas history.

The fire began last week in Oklahoma and spread north to Kansas. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, says the fire has burned almost 400,000 acres of prairie and ranch land in three counties across two states.

Some Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville faculty members say they are considering organizing a union because of budget woes and potential layoffs.

Three members of Illinois' congressional delegation will accompany President Barack Obama to Cuba this weekend.

Races are now set for November, after voters went to the polls in Illinois Tuesday. Some counties recorded near record turnout, and long lines were observed in several locations.

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth have won their Illinois primaries to set up closely watched Senate matchup that has been informally underway for months.

Election officials say voter turnout is steady, but may not reach the level seen eight years ago when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton faced off in the Democratic presidential primary.

DuQuoin State Fair
IL Dept of Agriculture

A spending plan from Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines a $180 million backlog in repairs and maintenance for the state fairgrounds in Springfield and Du Quoin.  

With more delegates at stake this week, candidates vying for their party's nomination for President are making stops across Illinois and Missouri this weekend.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Illinois' request for federal assistance to help residents, businesses and municipalities recover from flooding in about two dozen counties.

The Democrat-led Illinois Senate has approved a measure that would allow an outside arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations reach an impasse.

Federal authorities have taken over Alexander County's public housing authority, citing years of mismanagement.

Chicago State University is planning to make some big cuts that could come this school year.

Jackson County is the latest local government to sue the state over unpaid bills caused by the lack of a state spending plan.

SIU Bomb Threat
FBI

A Chicago man who said he was seeking attention on a campus where he was bullied and harassed has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to making bomb threats in a self-declared "war'' on Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Illinois State Police say they are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the southern Illinois community of Hurst that left one person dead.      

The state's largest public employee union has asked Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration to flatly state whether contract talks are at a legal standstill.

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Illinois Secretary of State

The Illinois Secretary of State's Office says fewer motorists renewed their license plate stickers in November and December, after the office announced it would stop mailing out reminders.

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Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Governor Bruce Rauner has ordered Illinois National Guard soldiers to active duty to help with flood recovery efforts in the state.

Rauner says the step means soldiers will be ready at a moment's notice for local communities as flood waters could continue to rise over the weekend. About 20 soldiers were ordered to report to the guard's Marion Readiness Center.

KY Department of Transportation

A long-planned federal highway across southern Illinois connecting Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Paducah, Kentucky is no more — for now.

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Two more people have died as flooding sweeps across parts of Illinois, bringing the state's death toll to seven.

Cash-strapped Illinois has at least $4 billion in the bank.

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