LOST NATION, Ill. (AP) - A state fire investigator says the cause of a house fire that killed four children and two adults from the same northern Illinois family cannot be determined. Sauk Valley Media reports Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office Arson Investigator Greg Castronovo wrote in his report that the home was so heavily damaged he couldn't examine all areas. Arson is not suspected in the November 2017 fire in rural Lost Nation.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago Police commander fatally shot by a suspect has been remembered as a "model cop" who wasn't interested in self-promotion, even as he moved up the department's ranks. Speakers at Commander Paul Bauer's funeral Saturday said he was most proud of his titles as husband to his wife Erin and father to his daughter Grace. Bauer died Tuesday after he responded to a call for help from fellow officers and was shot six times as he pursued a suspect.
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois House speaker Michael Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassment or abuse at the statehouse and in his political operation, after a former staff member said party officials were too slow to act. In a letter to Democratic caucus members Friday, Madigan says "We haven't done enough." He says "I take responsibility for that."
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) - Members of the Sikh community in northwest Illinois are expressing impatience with an investigation into an attack on a ride-share driver. The Sikh Coalition said Friday an arrest should have been made since the Jan. 28 attack on Gunjeet Singh. While working as a driver for Uber he was allegedly accosted by a man who put a gun to his head while saying "I hate turban people." Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee says the case has been referred to state prosecutors.
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