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A plant pathogen that causes an invasive tree-killing disease has been found in Illinois. 
 
The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the pathogen that causes sudden oak death has been confirmed in ornamental plants at 10 Walmart stores and one Hy-Vee. 
 
The issue first emerged with rhododendrons at an Indiana Walmart in late May. 
 
Agriculture officials traced the pathogen to plans from nurseries in Washington and Canada sold through an Oklahoma store.  Officials received shipping records and found that 18 states over

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Jurors deliberated less than 90 minutes before returning a guilty verdict Monday at the federal death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student who killed a visiting scholar from China after abducting her at a bus stop as she headed to sign an off-campus apartment lease.

The Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield has banned the Illinois General Assembly's leaders from receiving Holy Communion at local churches because of their involvement in abortion legislation approved last week.