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2 boys blamed for vandalism at museum

SOUTH ELGIN (AP) — Authorities say two boys ages 11 and 13 are responsible for more than $100,000 in damage at the Fox River Trolley Museum in suburban Chicago.

NIU trustees want acting president to be permanent

DEKALB (AP) — Northern Illinois University trustees have voted their preference to be the next president of the school.

Seven trustees attending Monday's special meeting voted in favor of a resolution naming Acting President Lisa Freeman as their pick for university president. One trustee didn't attend.

SIU trustees OK ending Dunn's presidency

EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees on Monday approved a separation agreement ending Randy Dunn's tenure as the school's president.

After voting unanimously for the deal, the board also approved the hiring of J. Kevin Dorsey, a former dean of SIU School of Medicine, as interim president.

Woman fatally shot in attempted carjacking

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a 59-year-old woman was fatally shot by a man attempting to carjack the vehicle she was riding in.

2-year-old dies after Rockford house fire

ROCKFORD (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old child has died following a house fire in northern Illinois.

Rockford Fire Department crews responded early Monday to the home in Rockford and they searched the home for the child. The child was pulled from the building taken to a hospital in critical condition. TV stations WIFR and WREX report the child later died.

Church still waiting on reward for Pendleton case tip

EDDYVILLE — Two days after John Kunath told police he believed Dracy Pendleton had broken into his church, the man who shot a Mahomet police officer was spotted near the church cemetery and died in a gunfight.

Two years later, Kunath, 74, has yet to receive a penny of the FBI's $10,000 reward or the Champaign County Crime Stoppers' $1,000 reward, and he doesn't understand why.

Renovated Governor's Mansion reopening Saturday

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner are officially reopening the Illinois Governor's Mansion after a more than two-year renovation.

A grand reopening is scheduled for Saturday at the historic Springfield residence. It will include a morning ceremony and public tours of the mansion.

Historic Illinois mansion sold for $505,000

LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) — A historic Illinois mansion built in the late 1800s has been sold for $505,000.

Court and Karen Conn of Springfield have purchased the Gillet House atop Elkhart Hill, one of the last remaining unsold pieces from the 785-acre (318-hectare) Old Gillett Farm, The State Journal-Register reported.

Man sought in 3 Bloomington deaths arrested in Wisconsin

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a man charged in a shooting that left three men dead and a 4-year-old boy wounded at a central Illinois apartment complex has been arrested during a Wisconsin drug bust.

Police in Bloomington say Milwaukee police took 25-year-old Sydney T. Mays Jr. into custody Thursday, along with several others suspected of drug offenses.

Health officials looking into Legionnaires' outbreak

WOODSTOCK (AP) — Health officials in northern Illinois are investigating several cases of Legionnaires' disease that occurred between June 7 and July 1.

McHenry County Department of Health officials say nine people became ill at different locations across the county. The victims range in age from 46 to 82. None of them lived in a public facility.