Ducklings in storm drain rescued

SHILOH (AP) — A group of ducklings that fell into a storm drain in southwestern Illinois are safe because emergency responders did not duck their duties.

The rescue happened on Tuesday night outside Shiloh Middle School in Shiloh. According to media reports, police arrived at the scene after someone at a nearby track meet saw several ducklings fall into a storm drain.

Tribune Tower owners unveil redevelopment plans

CHICAGO (AP) — The owners of Chicago's Tribune Tower have unveiled plans to build a skyscraper next to the neo-gothic building that would be the city's second tallest.

Trucker charged in Illinois crash that killed 4

EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — A Colorado truck driver has been charged with several felony counts of reckless homicide and aggravated reckless driving in a crash last November that killed four people in southwestern Illinois.

In a news release, Madison County State's Attorney says 54-year-old Mohamad Y. Jama of Greely was charged on Tuesday after an Illinois State Police investigation.

Board declares Effingham County a sanctuary for gun owners

EFFINGHAM (AP) — Leaders in Illinois' Effingham County have adopted a resolution declaring it a sanctuary for gun owners.

The county board Monday passed the resolution on an 8-1 vote and directed employees not to enforce new Illinois laws that would "unconstitutionally restrict the Second Amendment."

Illinois honors its 1st bicentennial farm family

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A family that has farmed in southern Illinois for five generations has received the state's first bicentennial farm designation.

Gerald and Betty Brown of Jonesboro were presented with the honor last week at the Illinois Capitol.

Howard Buffett gives funds to buy land for recycling center

DECATUR (AP) — Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett's private foundation is donating $1.2 million to purchase land for a new recycling center and compost facility.

4 seriously hurt in crash on Lake Shore Drive

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say four people, including two children, were seriously injured in a crash on the city's Lake Shore Drive.

Supreme Court again rejects Blagojevich appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has for the second time rejected an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of his convictions on corruption charges.The justices did not comment Monday in letting stand the convictions and 14-year prison term that Blagojevich is serving. He's scheduled to be released in 2024.

Groups trying to save Black Hawk statue

OREGON (AP) — Groups are working to complete restoration of a century-old landmark known as the Black Hawk statue in northern Illinois.

Hotel figures show visitors are flocking to Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago played host to a record-setting number of visitors during the first three months of this year.