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

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LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) - Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) says he will be "a champion" for Illinois agriculture. And he says a coalition of supporters from the state's agricultural community is backing his bid to unseat Democrat Pat Quinn. But Quinn spokeswoman Izabela Miltko says that under Quinn, Illinois has been a national leader in soybean and corn production and agriculture exports.

CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say the CEO of a technology company is in critical condition after a shooting at a downtown Chicago office building. Police say a demoted worker shot and critically wounded the CEO before fatally shooting himself. Police say there was a struggle for the gun, and the CEO was shot in his head and abdomen. Police say the gunman was among several people recently demoted and apparently "was despondent" about it.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Winnebago County Democrats have named a replacement for state Rep. Chuck Jefferson, who resigned. The Rockford Register Star says Jefferson's former chief of staff, Litesa Wallace, won the nod among 11 candidates. The 36-year-old has a background in education and human services. The Democrat plans to campaign despite having no opponent on the November ballot. Jefferson, a House member since 2001, resigned July 1. The 69-year-old said he needed to focus on his health.

SPRINGFEILD, Ill. (AP) - "American Idol" will conduct open auditions at the Illinois State Fair next week. State Fair manager Amy Bliefnick (BLEEF'-nik) says the Fox television show will have open calls August 8th and 9th at the entrance to the carnival midway. Other firsts include a "Golden Abe" awards program for food vendors. That's designed to encourage new, creative culinary delights from the fried-on-a-stick crowd.

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