Christensen Trial: Opening Day

Opening day of the trial of Brendt Christensen at the  Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Wednesday, June 12, 2019, in Peoria.

Chicago parents want response to school bullying

CHICAGO (AP) — Parents are urging Chicago's new mayor to investigate extreme cases of bullying in schools.

Museum to offer tours on Lincoln's marriage

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Abraham Lincoln history buffs will have the chance to learn more about the courtship and marriage of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is hosting tours over the summer that will let visitors learn about their unexpected romance.

It's called "Abe and Mary: Quite Contrary."

19 geese struck, killed in Lake County

MUNDELEIN (AP) — Police say a vehicle struck and killed 19 Canada geese in Lake County.

Mundelein police say they're looking for the driver who fled the scene. The geese were attempting to cross Midlothian Road on Sunday when they were wiped out.

ISU exceeds $150 million fundraising goal 1 year early

NORMAL (AP) — Illinois State University has exceeded a $150 million fundraising goal.

The university announced Tuesday it's received more than $155 million in donations, hitting the goal for the Redbirds Rising campaign 13 months ahead of schedule.

President Larry Dietz says it's "a remarkable achievement" made possible by alumni and friends who believe in the ISU experience.

Animal hospital gives pet owners a place to grieve

DECATUR (AP) — An animal hospital in central Illinois recently gave bereaved pet owners an opportunity to memorialize their beloved pets.

They gathered in Decatur Sunday to pray and share stories at the service held by Northgate Pet Clinic, the (Decatur) Herald and Review reported.

Chicago church holding street Masses to pray for peace

CHICAGO (AP) — A Catholic church is holding a series of weekday Masses in Chicago streets to promote peace.

The first Mass by St. Agnes of Bohemia Church will be held Tuesday night in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. Another is planned for Wednesday. The 7 p.m. service will mostly be twice a week through July 16.

Mobile home park evacuated due to high water

EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) — Residents of a mobile home park in southern Illinois have been evacuated due to the high level of the Mississippi River.

An order was issued Monday night in East Cape Girardeau. Electricity was being cut off Tuesday. Members of the Illinois National Guard are building sandbag barriers in the area.

'Code Red' weather alert ditched after meteorologist's criticism

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A popular meteorologist has been absent from local television newscasts since criticizing a corporate weather-alert brand last week, prompting an advertising boycott, social media protests and a complaint from a U.S. senator.

Off-duty Chicago officer charged in fatal crash

CHICAGO (AP) — A 24-year-old Chicago police officer has been charged with reckless homicide and other crimes after authorities say he crashed his personal car into a restaurant while off duty.