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Man convicted of razing Indiana bridge for scrap gets prison

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana scrap-metal dealer convicted of razing a historic railroad bridge and selling the metal has been sentenced to two years in prison. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports 69-year-old Kenneth Morrison of Whiting, Indiana, was given his punishment

IVCC Ag Day

The Illinois Valley Community College agriculture program, in partnership with Case IH and University of Illinois Extension, will conduct a field day at the campus farm along the west side of Orlando Smith Road from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 18. The field day is open to the public and

Ex-nurse faces sex-assault charges at Glenview hospital

GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — A former nurse at a Glenview hospital has been charged with sexual assault after authorities received complaints from two patients. An investigation into the reports from patients at Glenbrook Hospital resulted in charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal

Illinois, Chicago receive $38M to fight opioid epidemic

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois and the city of Chicago are receiving nearly $38 million in federal grants to fight the opioid epidemic. Sen. Dick Durbin says the money will address “one of the worst drug epidemics in our history.” He says the money will help those on the front

Inmate guilty of trying to scam prison officials sentenced

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — An inmate at the Marion Federal Penitentiary in southern Illinois will serve an additional 18 years in prison for filing fake bankruptcy petitions against prison officials. Federal prosecutors say Kurt F. Johnson filed involuntary bankruptcy petitions alleging Marion’s

Man in coma after struck in head with thrown bowling ball

CICERO, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a man has been critically injured after being struck in the head with a thrown bowling ball. WBBM-TV reports 28-year-old Damante Williams is in critical condition at Loyola University Medical Center, where he remained in a medically induced coma Friday. Cicero

Man convicted in informant’s death gets 60-year sentence

CHICAGO (AP) — A central Illinois man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for killing a police informant to keep her from testifying in a drug case. Marquelle Palmer of Bloomington in May was found guilty of murder in the death of Melissa Woods, whose body was found in 2012 in the basement