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ALSIP, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a 77-year-old woman has died after being mauled by a dog in the backyard of her suburban Chicago home. Police say the dog was a pet at the home in Alsip where the attack happened Monday afternoon. Police say in a statement that the dog, which was described as a pit bull, "acted aggressive" toward officers after they responded and was killed.

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois residents are being reminded that if they need health insurance coverage for next year they must register by Friday night. The Illinois Department of Insurance says it is issuing the reminder because people may not understand that they can no longer change their plans in January after receiving their first premium bill.

CHICAGO (AP) - Metra says kids will be able to ride for free during the last two weeks of December. Suburban Chicago's commuter rail service announced Monday that up to three children age 11 and under may ride for free with each paying adult. The promotion runs from Dec. 16 through Jan. 1. Metra also is offering its $8 unlimited ride weekend pass during the three-day Christmas and New Year's weekends.

CHICAGO (AP) - A longtime White House adviser to former President Barack Obama has been named a senior fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. A Monday statement from the school says Valerie Jarrett, among other things, will work on projects focused on issues such as health care and criminal justice reform. She'll begin Jan. 1. Before going to the White House, she worked as a vice-chair of the university's board of trustees and chair of the board of trustees at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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