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CHICAGO (AP) – Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is suing a company for what it says is an illegal predatory lending scheme that targeted the retirement benefits of Illinois residents. Madigan’s office says in a news release that Nevada-based Future Income Payments LLC made installment loans without a license and tried to disguise them as “pension sales.”

CHICAGO (AP) – A suburban Chicago community college has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a student who alleged the school violated her free-speech rights by prohibiting her from handing out flyers that read, “Shut Down Capitalism.” Ivette Salazar, who will receive $30,000 from Joliet Junior College, claimed the college limited political expressions to a small campus “free speech zone.” The school has updated its free speech and expression policy. It allows for expressive activity throughout the college.

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) – The soccer stadium that’s home to the Chicago Fire will soon be known as SeatGeek Stadium. SeatGeek and the village of Bridgeview say they’ve reached a deal for naming rights to the venue currently known as Toyota Park. The renaming will take effect after the Chicago Fire’s last home match this year. The village and SeatGeek plan to bring concerts, music festivals and other live programming to the venue in addition to soccer.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois unemployment rate has hit its lowest level in more than a decade. The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday that the unemployment rate hit 4.6 percent in March. But it’s still higher than the national rate of 4.1 percent. Nonetheless Director Jeff Mays says he’s encouraged by the stabilization of the labor force. The unemployment rate considers those who are out of work and actively seeking employment.

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