WIU prof gets 2nd in forecasting challenge

MACOMB (AP) — A Western Illinois University professor has won an award for the third time in seven years in a national meteorological forecast competition.

Marcus Buker is associate professor of meteorology at WIU . He placed second in the recent WxChallenge for forecasting weather in Nashville, Tennessee.

Voters consider air conditioning for Bradley schools

BRADLEY (AP) — If kids could vote, a ballot proposal next week in Kankakee County probably would win in a breeze.

A $10 million plan to improve buildings includes air conditioning in Bradley School District 61. Superintendent Scott Goselin says the heat in elementary schools can be "intolerable."

2 charged in fatal shooting of off-duty officer

CHICAGO (AP) — Two men are charged with first-degree murder in the weekend slaying of an off-duty Chicago officer who was repeatedly shot while sitting in a parked car.

Illinois prosecutor fatally shot in Wisconsin home

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — An Illinois prosecutor was shot and killed over the weekend in Wisconsin in what authorities allege was a case of domestic violence.

Police say 30-year-old Stacia Hollinshead of Sycamore, Ill., was killed at a home in Beaver Dam, Wis., on Saturday night. A Beaver Dam man was arrested at the home, and charges were pending.

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.

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.

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.

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.