Authorities: Deadly Bloomington fire was arson

tBLOOMINGTON  (AP) — Authorities in Bloomington say they believe a fire that left a man and two children dead was intentionally set.

Rauner signs law tightening civil forfeiture rules

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation making it harder for authorities to confiscate property from crime suspects.

State warns of hurricane-related investor scams

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has a word of warning for investors: Recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida will likely produce investment scams.

The secretary of state's office includes the Illinois Securities Department. It regulates investment advisers and securities brokers.

ISU announces $150 million fundraising campaign

NORMAL (AP) — Illinois State University is launching its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date.

The university has set a goal to raise $150 million in private funds. The "Redbirds Rising" campaign was announced on Monday.

Chicago area mechanics OK contract, end strike

CHICAGO (AP) — Mechanics at Chicago-area auto dealerships have approved a four-year contract, ending a strike that lasted for seven weeks.

Automobile Mechanics Local 701 says the offer voted on Sunday was the fourth since the strike began Aug. 1.

Cast-iron musical clock new to downtown Effingham

EFFINGHAM (AP) — A law firm in downtown Effingham has added a more than 500-pound cast-iron clock that will play music.

More people accuse disgraced cop of framing them

CHICAGO (AP) — More people arrested on drug charges are alleging that a former Chicago police sergeant convicted on corruption charges framed them.

The Chicago Tribune reports that this week a petition filed on behalf of 15 people asking that their drug convictions be overturned because they contend they were framed by former Sgt. Ronald Watts.

Lake County raising minimum tobacco age to 21

WAUKEGAN (AP) — A northern Illinois county is to become the first in the state to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21 years.

The Waukegan News-Sun reports the Lake County Board passed the measure Tuesday that impacts unincorporated areas of the county. It becomes effective Jan. 21.

Artist chosen to make new sculpture for soldiers' monument

MOLINE (AP) — A Moline artist has been chosen to make a replacement sculpture for an eroded statue on top of the Rock Island County Civil War Soldiers' Monument.

The Moline Dispatch reports John Ketner has been chosen from among five applicants. Ketner has already created several monuments in Rock Island.

Ginsburg says she'll stay on Supreme Court

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a crowd at a Chicago college Monday that she'll remain on the nation's highest court as long as she can work at "full steam."