Feds' immigrant figures may not give full story
CHICAGO (AP) - Federal officials say 305 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S.-Mexico border were placed with Illinois sponsors this year, but officials say hundreds more could be at shelters.
The country faces a sharp rise in unaccompanied minors. They're placed at government shelters and then released to sponsors as they go through deportation proceedings. Often, sponsors are family members.
The Chicago-based Heartland Alliance contracts with the federal government for area shelters and legal services. The group doesn't make shelter locations public for safety reasons.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families says 305 children were released to Illinois sponsors from Jan. 1 through July 7.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois says federal data released to his office shows 429 were in shelters on July 8.
EMERALD ASH BORER
Emerald ash borer found in central Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the destructive emerald ash borer has been found in two central Illinois counties.
State officials announced Friday that arborists confirmed the beetle in Peoria and Tazewell counties.
In Peoria County, they were found near Dunlap and Peoria. In Tazewell County, state officials found them in Minier using surveillance traps.
Agriculture officials say it was a "significant" find because the beetles were outside the boundaries of the state quarantine set up to prevent the spread. The Illinois quarantine includes 49 counties.
The emerald ash borer is a metallic-green beetle. Its larvae tunnel into ash tree bark. That causes the trees to starve and eventually die.
RED LIGHT CAMERAS-CHICAGO
Mayor speaks out on Chicago red-light cameras
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is acknowledging that the city needs to take steps to restore public trust in the red-light camera program after an unexplained spike in the number of tickets.
Emanuel's statements come after media reports about at least 9,000 questionable tickets at a dozen city intersections. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the mayor has offered to review the violations and refund fines if any tickets were issued in error.
The spike in tickets is the latest blow for the program. Earlier this year, the city fired the original contractor embroiled in a bribery scandal and the spike in tickets prompted the chairman of the City Council's transportation committee to call for the entire program to be shut down.
CHICAGO VIOLENCE-CHILD DEATH
Man, 18, charged in child death held without bond
CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County judge has ordered an 18-year-old charged in the shooting death of an 11-year-old held without bond.
Tevin Lee faces murder, felony murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm in the death of Shamiya Adams. She was making s'mores at a friend's house in Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood on July 18 when she was struck by a bullet. She died early the next morning.
Lee appeared in bond court on Friday. Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan also set another court appearance for Aug. 12.
Chicago authorities have said the shooting likely stemmed from a fight between two teenagers who were affiliated with rival gangs.
Lee's family members disputed those accounts and told reporters Friday that volunteered with an anti-violence program and didn't have a gun.
McHenry man charged in woman's slaying
MCHENRY, Ill. (AP) - A 62-year-old McHenry man has been charged with murder in the slaying of a woman whose skeletal remains were found in his home.
William J. Ross initially was charged with concealing a homicide after a maintenance worker in November found skeletal remains inside a plastic bag in a sealed bedroom in his home. The victim was identified as 49-year-old Jacqueline Schaefer. Ross had previously faced two domestic battery charges from incidents involving the woman.
The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports the sheriff's office and the Illinois State Police Crime Lab found additional evidence. Ross was charged with murder this week.
Ross was taken into custody Thursday. He's being held in the McHenry County Jail on a $5 million bond.
PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED-WISCONSIN
Illinois man sentenced in death of pregnant woman
STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) - A 37-year-old Illinois man has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without parole for the murder of a pregnant woman and her fetus in Wisconsin.
The Door County Advocate reports Brian Cooper of Plainfield was sentenced in Door County Circuit Court Thursday after he was previously found guilty of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. Cooper killed 21-year-old Alisha Bromfield, also of Plainfield, when the two were at a Nasewaupee resort for his sister Kellie Stryker's wedding. He was not the father of Bromfield's baby.
Cooper received two additional years in prison and two years of extended supervision on top of the two life sentences for a sexual assault that followed the murder. He will also pay restitution of more than $8,000. The district attorney said the funds will be used for funeral expenses.
Indianapolis pulls future support for Amtrak line
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - City officials in Indianapolis have cast the future of an Amtrak passenger line between Indianapolis and Chicago into doubt after deciding not to provide any additional money to subsidize that line.
Indianapolis leaders had signed onto a one-year deal last year to provide $300,000 for the Hoosier State line, which runs four times a week between Indianapolis and Chicago, with stops along the way.
But Indiana Department of Transportation official Bob Zier tells the Journal and Courier Indianapolis officials aren't interested in providing any additional money. The city's decision comes after the state announced that a private vendor had been selected to run the line.
Indianapolis Department of Public Works spokeswoman Stephanie Wilson says the city might reconsider its decision if that vendor significantly improves service on the line.
SIU to hold special election for student rep
(Information in the following story is from: The (Southern Illinois University) Daily Egyptian, http://www.siude.com/)
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Southern Illinois University plans to hold a special election this fall because of an error which officials say invalidated its Board of Trustees student representative election.
The Southern Illinoisan reports that SIU President Randy Dunn says there was confusion about whether an eligibility check was completed for all the candidates vying for the post.
Senior Adrian Miller won the spring election collecting 60 percent of the vote.
But Miller says he's happy to run in the special election and doesn't want a cloud to hang over the vote.
A date for the special election has not yet been set.
NATIONAL OUTDOOR ART SHOW
National outdoor art show to hit billboards
NEW YORK (AP) - Famous artwork is about to hit America's streets and public places.
"Art Everywhere US" is billed as the world's largest outdoor art show.
Images of American artworks will appear on billboards, bus stops, digital display boards and on subway platforms.
The kickoff is Aug. 4 in New York's Times Square. The project runs through Aug. 31.
The 58 works were selected after a public online vote on 100 works nominated by curators of five leading American museums.
They include pieces by Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and Mary Cassatt.
The participating museums are the Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art.
The project was conceived in 2013 in the U.K. with works by British artists.
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