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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has renewed its contract with the public relations firm that handled promotion of Get Covered Illinois in the first year of President Barack Obama's health care law. The $25.6 million contract with St. Louis-based FleishmanHillard includes tighter controls over who gets paid at the highest rate of $282 per hour. The first-year contract drew criticism for its hourly rates when first reported by The Associated Press.

CHICAGO (AP) - The success that a baseball team from Chicago's South Side has had at the Little League World Series is giving the whole city something to cheer about. Large crowds are expected at watch parties in Chicago as the 11- and 12-year-olds from the Jackie Robinson West All Stars take on a team from Las Vegas in this afternoon's U.S. final in Pennsylvania. The winner will face an international team in the championship game Sunday.

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's historic Pullman neighborhood soon may be closer to becoming a national park. National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis tells The Associated Press he plans to recommend that the interior secretary ask President Barack Obama to declare the southeast Chicago neighborhood a unit of the national park system.

CHICAGO (AP) - A 3-year-old Chicago boy is in critical condition after being shot in the head at a home on the city's West Side. Police spokeswoman Ana Pacheco says detectives believe the boy may have discovered the gun at the residence and that he or a playmate may have accidentally fired it.

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