Report sees differences in Chicago, suburban opioid problem

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Urban League has released a report indicating the opioid problem in the city of Chicago, especially among African-Americans, is far worse than many believe.

2 teens dead, 1 wounded in Chicago shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say two teenagers were fatally shot and a third was wounded during an apparent home invasion.

They were inside a home Thursday evening in the city's Austin neighborhood when police say someone came in, demanded property and shot them.

Illinois man gets 30 years for wife's strangulation

JOLIET (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison in the strangulation death of his wife.

The Will County state's attorney's office says in a news release that 29-year-old Cesar Garcia of Crest Hill was sentenced Thursday. Garcia pleaded guilty in August to first-degree murder in the 2015 death of 22-year-old Laura Garcia.

Prosecutors to vacate convictions linked to tainted officers

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors plan to vacate the convictions of 15 men who claim a corrupt Chicago police sergeant manufactured the evidence that landed them in prison.

The men, who petitioned the Cook County Criminal Court in September seeking to have convictions overturned and set aside, were notified their request has been granted.

SIU faculty vote to oppose eliminating departments

CARBONDALE (AP) — Members of the faculty senate at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale have approved a resolution opposing the elimination of departments at the school.

Man convicted of 2012 slaying witnessed by daughter

JOLIET (AP) — A suburban Chicago man has been convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend 15 years ago while she was in bed with their young child.

The Will County state's attorney's office says 45-year-old Eric Glover Sr. of Joliet was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder following a bench trial. He faces from 45 years to life in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 29.

Man freed after 29 years after charges dropped

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for a 1988 fire that left two dead has been freed from prison.

Arthur Brown walked out of Cook County Jail late Tuesday after prosecutors told a judge they were dropping charges against the 66-year-old man.

State librarian urges families to turn off TV to read

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois' top librarian wants families to turn off the TV and other gadgets and read together.

Secretary of State Jesse White, who serves as the state librarian, announced that Thursday is Illinois' annual Family Reading Night . Free events are being held at several libraries statewide, including in Addison, Carbondale, Mahomet and Mount Morris.

Rockford officials meet with residents over fatal traffic stop

ROCKFORD (AP) — Rockford's mayor and police chief met with protesters who raised concerns about the deaths of a northern Illinois police officer and a motorist during a traffic stop.

Johnsburg buys 100-acre golf course for $1.1 million

JOHNSBURG (AP) — The northern Illinois community of Johnsburg has purchased a 100-acre golf course for $1.1 million.

The Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake reports the village plans to annex the unincorporated Chapel High Golf Course. The village will begin cleaning up the property and removing dead trees when ground conditions permit.