CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has summoned lawmakers into special session to settle the public education funding issue weeks before the school bell is set to ring. The Republican ordered the House and Representatives and Senate to report to Springfield Wednesday. This was after the Senate missed a noon deadline to send to him a school-finance plan legislators approved in May. Chicago.
ALGONQUIN, Ill. (AP) - Severe thunderstorms that brought heavy rain, hail and strong winds to northern Illinois have exacerbated recent flooding in some areas. The storms moved through Sunday, causing the already-swollen Fox River to rise again after it had previously started receding. Flooding started earlier this month, prompting state disaster declarations. Flooding continued along portions of the Des Plaines river, with levels expected to recede this week.
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - The resurgence of a bug that was once nearly extinct has cities in central Illinois scurrying for answers of how to tackle the issue. The Herald & Review reports that bed bugs are becoming a problem in places such as Decatur because there's no funding for prevention and extermination. The bugs don't carry a disease, which causes them to be excluded from falling under the authority of governmental organizations, such as state health departments.
TROY, Ill. (AP) - A Florida man faces charges in southern Illinois in a more than decade-old case in which he's accused of luring a 12-year-old boy via social media and later sexually assaulting him. Media reports on Monday say 41-year-old Derrick R. Sepp, of Apopka, Florida, is charged with three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Each count of predatory criminal sexual assault carries a maximum 30-year prison sentence.
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