CAHOKIA, Ill. (AP) - Exploding ammunition stymied southern Illinois firefighters in their efforts to rescue a World War II veteran who died in a house fire. Authorities say 89-year-old Howard Sutton was killed when a fire swept through his Cahokia home Wednesday. Cahokia Fire Chief Stephen Robbins says the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Robbins says firefighters recovered Sutton's body once the fire was under control 20 minutes later despite the igniting rounds. No firefighter was hurt.
CHICAGO (AP) - The University of Illinois is proposing a new public-private innovation center near downtown Chicago that would partner the Urbana-Champaign campus with two other research institutions. Gov. Bruce Rauner backs the University of Illinois-led Discovery Partners Institute to be built in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood. The Chicago Tribune reports that the partnership with Northwestern University and the University of Chicago is to be officially announced Thursday.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The U.S. attorney's office for central Illinois wants a judge to reconsider his finding that prosecutors made false or misleading statements in former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's theft-of-government-funds case. A late Tuesday filing regards defense claims prosecutors told grand juries Schock and his lawyer were asked to appear before them but hadn't shown up. Prosecutors say the judge was wrong to conclude this month that government attorneys at first denied and then admitted that allegation.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has presented an $8.6 billion budget to the city's aldermen that would spend about $289 million more than last year's funding plan. Emanuel debuted his proposed budget before the Chicago City Council during a speech on Wednesday, saying the city "is on firmer financial footing" than it has been in a long time. The mayor's budget includes new taxes and fees. New spending includes $27.4 million for police reform efforts.
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