Committee to find next president of SIU

CARBONDALE (AP) — A 27-person committee has been formed to find the next president of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

SIU has been without a president since Randy Dunn resigned in July amid controversy over improper hires. Dunn also came under fire for a proposed shift of funding between the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses.

Man accused of school shooting threat on lawmaker voicemail

OTTAWA (AP) — A central Illinois man faces a felony charge accusing him of leaving a voicemail for state Sen. Sue Rezin's office threatening to commit a mass school shooting.

Chicago police seek suspect in arson try at synagogue

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are stepping up patrols at synagogues as well as Jewish schools and businesses after an attempted arson at a synagogue and vandalism near others.

Pickup crashes into home, strikes sleeping woman

SPRING GROVE (AP) — Sheriff's officials in northern Illinois say a pickup truck struck an SUV, utility pole and fence before crashing into a home and pinning a woman who was asleep.

Lawsuit targets demolition of church properties in Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Opponents have filed a lawsuit to try to stop the demolition of a 90-year-old building and vacant convent that belong to the Catholic Church in Rockford.

Prosecutor: Pregnant teen was killed while being shown photos

CHICAGO (AP) — A pregnant Chicago teen who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb was strangled while being shown a photo album of the late son and brother of her attackers, a prosecutor said Friday in urging a judge to keep the defendants locked up.

Korean War MIA's remains back in Illinois for burial

STERLING (AP) — A soldier who was killed during the Korean War has been returned to Illinois and will be buried next to his twin, who was killed during the same battle.

The remains of Cpl. John G. Krebs will be buried Friday at Sterling's Calvary Cemetery, next to his brother George. The 19-year-old orphans were killed during a battle in Chochiwon, South Korea, on July 11, 1950.

Activists want pot revenue for communities hit by drug crime

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Activists rallied outside the Illinois Capitol to demand a revenue stream from marijuana sales to communities affected by violence spurred by illegal drug activity.

Public defender says he'll keep working despite charge

HENNEPIN (AP) — A lawyer who serves as a part-time public defender in a central Illinois county says he plans to keep the job despite misdemeanor charges related to a prostitution investigation.

Illinois inmates sue over suspension of debate class

CHICAGO (AP) — Several inmates have sued the Illinois Department of Corrections over the suspension of a Stateville Correctional Center debate class.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court contends the inmates' First Amendment rights to free speech were violated with the decision to shut down a debate team at the prison outside Chicago.