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HENNEPIN, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois man has been found guilty of killing his sister-in-law and burying her body in a shallow grave. A Putnam County jury on Friday found Cliff Andersen guilty of first-degree murder and concealing a homicide in the death of 63-year-old Deborah Dewey. The 68-year-old Anderson faces from 20 years to life without parole when he is sentenced Aug. 23. Prosecutors alleged Anderson killed Dewey because she stopped giving him money to service his gambling debt.

CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors in Chicago have dropped dozens of criminal cases investigated by two city police officers charged with lying to judges to obtain search warrants then stealing cash and drugs from properties they searched. The Chicago Tribune reports its analysis of police and court records found at least 37 criminal cases have been dismissed since Sgt. Xavier Elizondo and Officer David Salgado were removed from street duties on Jan. 31.

CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois state audit has found systemic failures in the licensing and oversight of thousands of taxpayer-funded group homes for adults with disabilities. The Chicago Tribune reports that a nearly 230-page auditor general's report released Thursday found communication failures within the Department of Human Services. The audit found officials who license group homes "routinely" didn't receive findings and reports from those who investigate abuse or document whether deficiencies were corrected.

CHICAGO (AP) - A man exonerated of murder after spending 23 years in prison had trouble depositing a compensation check in a Chicago bank. An attorney for Darryl Fulton tells the Chicago Tribune that Fulton was trying to deposit a check from the state of Illinois totaling nearly $170,000. His efforts were stymied by where he'd signed the check. His attorney says racism was at work when a Chase Bank branch refused to take it. Chase said in a statement it should have accepted Fulton's check.

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