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CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors have called their last witness and rested their case in the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Defense attorneys for Officer Jason Van Dyke are expected to call their first witness on Monday.

CHICAGO (AP) – The candidates for Illinois governor are clashing over taxes during their first televised debate. Democrat J.B. Pritzker says he wants to change Illinois’ flat tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners are taxed at a higher rate than others. But he won’t say what the new rates should be. He says it should be negotiated with the Legislature. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says Pritzker won’t answer the question because “the truth is so painful.” Pritzker says Rauner is lying.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a 2012 law that sought to clarify property tax exemptions for charitable hospitals. The court voted 7-0 in an opinion issued Thursday. It ruled on a law that allows issuing tax exemptions to hospitals when the value of the “charity care” or “free or discounted services” they provide exceed its estimated tax liability. Constance Oswald argued that the law requires an exemption regardless of whether the constitutional requirements are met.

CHICAGO (AP) – A 46-year-old Indiana man has pleaded guilty in Chicago federal court to an alleged scheme that involved his recycling firms reselling hazardous electronic waste. A statement from prosecutors says Brian Brundage of Dyer pleaded guilty this week to wire fraud and tax evasion. Prosecutors say he told clients falsely that the companies were recycling electronic waste, such as video display components, and that it was being handled in an environmentally friendly way.

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