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Courts Police Fire

Exelon rivals sue to block subsidies

CHICAGO (AP) — Competitors of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday opposing legislation that provides billions of dollars in subsidies to the power giant.

White backs mandate for school bus seat belts

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois secretary of state is backing a measure that would require seat belts on school buses.

Jesse White announced his support for the proposal Tuesday. It would mandate all public school buses come equipped with 3-point seat belts like those found in cars.

Tom Kacich: Good old days? Not when executions were local

Until 1938, during the time that Illinois still had a death penalty, executions were carried out not by the state government but in the county where a defendant was tried and convicted.

At the courthouse, a good day for 'I do'

URBANA — As he wed couples on Valentine's Day, Judge Randy Rosenbaum only told one pair he didn't think the marriage would work out.

The reason was clear.

Vermilion County Courthouse may be named after Garman

DANVILLE — Vermilion County board members will consider a resolution next week to re-name the Vermilion County Courthouse after Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman.

Champaign teen gets 5 years for hitting sheriff's deputy

URBANA — A Champaign teen who admitted grabbing a police officer by the neck and punching him has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Champaign teen gets 8 years for baseball-bat mugging

URBANA — A Champaign teen cried and screamed Monday when a judge sentenced her to eight years in prison for her role in the baseball-bat mugging of another woman more than two years ago.

Conditional discharge given over Champaign mugging

URBANA — An Urbana woman who admitted taking part in mugging a woman in Champaign last year has been sentenced to a form of probation.

Douglas County rollover claims life of Sidney woman

VILLA GROVE — A teen learning to drive apparently lost control of a pickup truck on a Douglas County highway Sunday afternoon, claiming the life of a Sidney woman who was in the truck.

Douglas County Coroner Joe Victor said he pronounced Darlene Tarter, 47, dead at the scene of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Hayes Road about 4 miles west of Villa Grove.

Frat suspended after reports of sex assaults at house

EVANSTON (AP) — The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at Northwestern University has been suspended by its national headquarters following allegations of sexual assault at the local fraternity house.

The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/2ksyE3N ) that the suspension was confirmed Friday.