2 men rescued from bucket lift in Illinois

MOLINE (AP) — Harnesses and other safety equipment are being credited with saving the lives of two men who found themselves stranded in a bucket lift 120 feet in the air in northwestern Illinois.

July flash index shows continued growth

CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois flash index rose from 106 in June to 106.2 in July, indicating continued growth in the Illinois economy.

"It appears that the national and Illinois economy have rebounded after the severe winter," said J. Fred Giertz, who compiles the index for the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Chicago high-rise shooting victim still 'critical'

CHICAGO (AP) — A CEO who police say was shot and wounded by a demoted co-worker remained in critical condition Friday at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Mayor speaks out on Chicago red-light cameras

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is acknowledging that the city needs to take steps to restore public trust in the red-light camera program after an unexplained spike in the number of tickets.

Feds release data on states getting immigrant kids

CHICAGO (AP) — New federal data show Illinois received 305 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border this year.

The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families released a state-by-state list on Thursday showing the total released to sponsors from Jan. 1 to July 7.

Illinois woman dies rescuing boy in Wisconsin lake

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (AP) — Friends and family are mourning the death of an Illinois woman who drowned after rescuing a 9-year-old boy in a Wisconsin lake.

Arlington Heights resident Karen Wessel, 47, died Tuesday, the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reported ( ). Wessel was vacationing with her son and sister in Star Lake, Wis.

Themes for next strategic plan in works

CHICAGO — College affordability, diversity and inclusion. The university's role in economic development. Thinking globally. Helping the state of Illinois address workforce challenges. Collaborating among campuses and other institutions to address educational issues such as the achievement gap.

And that's just part of the list.

4-year-old boy dies in suburban house fire

BENSENVILLE (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy has died in a house fire in the northwest Chicago suburb of Bensenville.

The DuPage County coroner's office confirmed the boy died Wednesday afternoon and said an autopsy is planned on Thursday. The office identified the boy as 4-year-old Martin Pletz.

Illinois American Water expanding corporate office

BELLEVILLE (AP) — A water utility is expanding its corporate office in southwestern Illinois.

Illinois American Water says the $1.4 million project at its Belleville location includes a 5,200-square-foot building that will provide more office and storage space.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports ( ) construction is expected to be completed this fall.

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