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Storms exacerbate flooding in northern Illinois

ALGONQUIN (AP) — Severe thunderstorms that brought heavy rain, hail and strong winds to northern Illinois have exacerbated recent flooding in some areas.

2 charged after Chicago officer shot in leg

CHICAGO (AP) — Two men have been charged with attempted murder after a shootout with Chicago police that left one officer with a gunshot wound to her leg.

Man, boy rescued from fiery crash in southern Illinois

ALTON (AP) — A man and a juvenile are hospitalized after being rescued from a car that slammed into a light pole in southern Illinois and burst into flames.

Alton police Capt. Scott Golike says it's "pretty clear" that speed was a factor in Thursday's crash.

Bridge renamed for late state police sergeant

ROCK ISLAND (AP) — A bridge over the Mississippi River has been renamed for an Illinois State Police officer who died near the bridge 16 years ago.

Man, 2 children wounded in Chicago shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a man and his two young children were wounded in a shooting while they stopped to buy an icy treat.

Police say the shooting happened Wednesday afternoon in the city's Austin neighborhood. The man was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest, while the 6-year-old girl had a gunshot wound to a leg and the 4-year-old boy had a graze wound.

Man arraigned in SIU student's 2014 death

CHICAGO (AP) — A man accused in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student has entered a not guilty plea on the charges.

Gaege Bethune of Eldorado was arraigned Tuesday in Jackson County Court on first-degree murder charges in the death of Pravin Varughese.

Sheriff's recruits, trainees laid off due to soda tax delay

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County sheriff has laid off more than 110 recruits and trainees, saying the move was made because a proposed countywide tax on soda was put on hold.

The layoffs are in addition to 300 layoffs announced last week by county board President Toni Preckwinkle. Cara Smith of the sheriff's office said Tuesday security remains the department's first priority.

ACLU: Juvenile center unfairly seeks charges

CHICAGO (AP) — The ACLU accuses a juvenile detention facility in southern Illinois of improperly and unnecessarily seeking prosecutions of several dozen detainees.

Hospital reopening after closure due to floods, outage

LAKE FOREST (AP) — A suburban Chicago hospital is reopening after being evacuated and closed last week due to power outages caused by flooding.

Northwestern Medicine says in a statement that clinical operations are resuming Tuesday at Lake Forest Hospital, including the facility's emergency department. Power was restored last Wednesday night following the outage earlier that day.

Hastert moved from prison to re-entry facility

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from prison in Minnesota and transferred to a Chicago re-entry facility, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records Tuesday.