By Fiona Ortiz and Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner told the Chicago City Council on Wednesday that the state's "terrible financial crisis" means there is no money to bail out the city from its own fiscal mess. The governor, in an unprecedented address to the Democratic council, said the city and state need to work together to address problems that include big unfunded pension liabilities facing both governments. Rauner has been touring the state to sell his "turnaround" agenda that includes cuts to public pensions and controversial proposals like creating local right-to-work zones where union membership would be voluntary instead of mandatory. Ahead of his speech, Chicago aldermen adopted a resolution against that proposal.
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman with a history of trying to sneak onto planes without a ticket has been arrested twice in recent days at both of Chicago's international airports after being spotted loitering in terminal areas, police said Wednesday.
DETROIT (AP) — A boy reported missing for 11 days before he was found in his Detroit basement testified Wednesday that his stepmother ordered him down there and told him to "shut up and be quiet" while investigators scoured the neighborhood searching for him last June.
Former President Bill Clinton acknowledged on Wednesday that an anti-crime crackdown he pushed in 1994 went too far, and said he now supports his wife Hillary's plans to reverse some of those justice policies. Bill Clinton signed into law a crime bill that imposed tougher sentences, put thousands of more police on the streets and helped fund the building of extra prisons. The anti-crime legislation was known for its federal "three strikes" provision that sent violent offenders to prison for life. We have too wide a net. We have too many people in prison. And we wound up spending - putting so many people in prison that there wasn’t enough money left to educate them, train them for new jobs and increase the chances when they came out that they could live productive lives," he said, according to a CNN transcript of the interview.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world.