BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Prosecutors in southern Illinois have charged a teenager in connection with threats that forced the closing of two Belleville high schools. Eighteen-year-old Derek L. Burton was charged Thursday with aggravated assault using a deadly weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a person younger than 21 and making a threat to harm someone at a school. Authorities say Burton's mother called early Wednesday saying he made suicidal comments and was having relationship troubles with his girlfriend.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A bipartisan group of Illinois legislators have introduced a bill that would reinstate the death penalty for convicted mass murderers and killers of first responders. The bill was crafted by Democratic State Rep. Jerry Costello II of Smithton, Republican Rep. John Cabello of Machesney Park and others. The lawmakers said the legislation does not include gun control measures proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner when he used his amendatory veto authority on gun legislation earlier this month.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers studying remedies to sexual harassment in state government say they are considering measures suggested by a colleague who claims retaliation by the House speaker. Rep. Kelly Cassidy's complaint of retaliation will likely be investigated by the legislative inspector general. Cassidy says that process is flawed. Legislators in the House and Senate are preparing a package of legislation to address sexual harassment in the Capitol _ including the investigative process.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A man arrested in the killing of a 13-year-old Tacoma girl over three decades ago has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. The News Tribune reports 60-year-old Robert Washburn pleaded not guilty Thursday in Tacoma, Washington, to murder with aggravated factors of sexual motivation and deliberate cruelty in the death of Jennifer Bastian.
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