Unclaimed property auction slated for state fair

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An auction of unclaimed property worth $113,500 at the Illinois State Fair will be previewed in coming weeks in Springfield and Chicago.

Woman sentenced to prison in cancer fraud case

EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — A western Illinois woman accused of falsely claiming she and her son had cancer has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Melissa D. Barton, 28, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in October to two counts of felony theft by deception. She was indicted in 2014 on charges of soliciting funds from numerous donors for fraudulent cancer claims.

Wounded Amtrak conductor released from hospital

HOMEWOOD (AP) — An Amtrak conductor who was shot while standing on the platform of a suburban Chicago train station in May is recovering at home after being released from a hospital.

Cook County center to aid newly released inmates

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials in Chicago are launching a center to help inmates newly released from Cook County Jail.

A ribbon-cutting for the Supportive Release Center will be held Wednesday morning. The center is close to Cook County Jail, which is one of the largest jails in the country.

Skeletal human remains found near Pekin

PEKIN (AP) — Officials say skeletal human remains have been found by a person who was mowing grass at a home in central Illinois.

Tazewell County sheriff's deputies responded Monday to a home near Pekin, where the remains were found behind the home. Chief Deputy Jeff Lower says a deputy confirmed that the remains were human and a search was conducted of a wooded area nearby.

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.