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CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago police officer convicted of shooting at a car full of teenagers is returning to federal court for sentencing. Monday's scheduled hearing for Marco Proano comes three months after he was convicted of using excessive force in violation of the victims' civil rights. Prosecutors want a sentence up to eight years in prison because Proano could have killed six teens when he fired indiscriminately into the car.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois plans to offer new degrees that combine computer science with music or crop sciences. University officials say the new bachelor of science in computer and crop sciences will be the first degree of its kind in the U.S. They say it's a natural fit for the University of Illinois because the state is routinely one of the top producers of corn and soybeans in the country.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Springfield Public Schools officials have hired a canine handler to regularly search middle and high schools for drugs, bombs and guns. The school board has hired a former Springfield police officer who spent 20 years training police dogs and handlers. School officials say the searches will deter bringing contraband into schools buildings and possibly avoid an evacuation if there's a bomb threat.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A University of Illinois student is among this year's class of Rhodes scholars. The Rhodes Trust says in a news release that Thomas J. Dowling is one of 32 students from the United States who will receive full financial support to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
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