Public invited to discuss Middle Fork River bank stabilization plan

NEWTOWN — Illinois' only officially designated Wild and Scenic River could resemble a major construction zone later this year, with heavy equipment blocking the paths of canoeists, kayakers and tubers who float the Middle Fork River.

Fire at DeKalb airport causes $250,000 damage

DEKALB (AP) — Officials say an early morning fire in a maintenance building at the municipal airport in DeKalb caused an estimated quarter-million dollars in damage.

5-year-old girl found dead after Chicago house fire

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a 5-year-old girl died in a house fire on Chicago's South Side.

Chicago Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Carbonneau says crews responding at about 7 a.m. Friday found the girl on a bunk bed inside a first-floor bedroom. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

EPA testing finds drop in cancer-causing gas after shutdown

WILLOWBROOK (AP) — The federal Environmental Protection Agency says no spikes in a cancer-causing chemical were detected after a suburban Chicago plant that uses the gas was shut down.

Ex-police chief charged with eavesdropping

HINCKLEY (AP) — A former northern Illinois police chief has been charged with official misconduct for allegedly recording a conversation with her boss.

Kimberly Everhart was taken into custody Tuesday after being accused of illegally recording a 2017 conversation with Hinckley Village President Nancy Nelson.

State police face 2nd suit over warehouse shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — A second lawsuit has been filed against the Illinois State Police for issuing a firearm license to the convicted felon who killed five people and wounded several police officers when he opened fire at a suburban Chicago warehouse last month.

2 charged in abuse death of 2-year-old boy

CHICAGO (AP) — A woman and a young man from Chicago have been charged in the child abuse death of the woman's 2-year-old son, who had sores and bruises on his body.

Police responded Monday to an EMS call at a South Side home and Ja'hir Gibbons was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Semi-trailer strikes, seriously injures Illinois trooper

COLLINSVILLE (AP) — An Illinois State Police trooper was seriously injured when a semi-trailer struck him and his squad car while he was responding to a multivehicle accident.

Ground broken on Terminal 5 expansion

CHICAGO (AP) — Ground has been broken on the first phase of a $1.2 billion expansion of a terminal at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and airline officials attended the Wednesday event.

Drug suspect escapes arrest after group threatens officer

CHICAGO (AP) — A suspected Chicago drug dealer avoided arrest after a group of people threatened to harm a police officer attempting the arrest.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says two officers on Sunday observed a drug transaction involving a man inside a vehicle and moved to make an arrest.