Warren Buffet's son funds Decatur zoo train

DECATUR (AP) — It's full steam ahead for a $2 million train track expansion at a zoo in central Illinois thanks to the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffet.

UPDATED: Hays leaving Legislature early for private-sector job

An area state representative who was scheduled to leave office at the end of his term in January announced Friday he is leaving the General Assembly early.

Republican Chad Hays of Catlin said he has accepted a job in the private sector as the Executive Director of Crosspoint Human Services in Danville. His last day serving the 104th district will be Sept. 7.

Mother charged with murder of 4-year-old son

CHICAGO (AP) — A 29-year-old Chicago woman has been charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of her 4-year-old son two years ago.

The Chicago Tribune reports Friday that the charge was filed this week against Alyssa Garcia. She was charged in 2016 with concealment of a death after firefighters found Manuel Aguilar's partially burned body in the basement of a home.

Ex-police review official awarded $2.8 million

CHICAGO (AP) — The ex-supervisor of a defunct Chicago police oversight agency who says he was fired for refusing to change findings in police shootings he considered unjustified has been awarded $2.8 million.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a Cook County jury reached a verdict Thursday in favor of Lorenzo Davis.

Pension granted to family of dead firefighter challenged

BUFFALO GROVE (AP) — Officials of a northern Illinois village say they will appeal the granting of line-of-duty death benefits to the family of a veteran firefighter who died this year of cancer.

The appeal by Buffalo Grove seeks to overturn a first-of-its-kind ruling in Illinois in which the pension board declared Kevin Hauber's colon cancer was caused by his work as a firefighter.

SUV fleeing police hits taxi, killing passenger

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say a taxi passenger was killed when a stolen SUV crashed into it while fleeing from officers in downtown Chicago.

Woman in Bali murder gives up claim to mother's estate

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman imprisoned in Indonesia for the 2014 killing of her mother has given up a claim to her mother's estate.

The Chicago Tribune reports the settlement agreed to by Heather Mack and filed earlier this month in Cook County Circuit Court is confidential. However, court records are clear Mack will not receive "any property, benefit, or other interest."

Rauner, partner buy 53 acres near Springfield

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has bought 53 acres (21.4 hectares) of land west of Springfield with a local farmer.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the Republican governor and his partner paid just under $600,000 for the land.

Petition asks for blue lights to prevent train suicides

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago resident has started an online petition asking Metra and the Chicago Transit Authority to install calming blue lights at all train stations as a way to prevent train suicides.

The Care2 petition cites a study in Japan that reports blue lights in subway stations led to an 84 percent decrease in the number of suicides by train.

Ex-tanning salon owner gets 13 years for sex assault

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago tanning salon operator has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for sexually assaulting a former employee nearly 10 years ago.

Cook County Circuit Judge Carol Howard sentenced Marc Winner on Tuesday after hearing the statements of the victim and two other women who said Winner raped them.