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CHICAGO (AP) - A growing number of Illinois Democrats are calling for an independent investigation of misconduct within longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan's political and state operations. Madigan, who's also chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, has dismissed two campaign workers in recent days following complaints of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior. Several Democratic lawmakers and candidates say they have questions about how Madigan handled the complaints.
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago judge has found a man who spent 22 years behind bars not guilty in his retrial on charges of arson and murder in his mother-in-law's death. A DuPage County judge announced the ruling Wednesday in 62-year-old William Amor's case. Amor was released last May after a judge vacated his convictions, ruling that advances in fire science proved the description Amor gave in his confession was impossible.
CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois woman with a history of sneaking onto planes pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony theft, burglary and other charges for allegedly thwarting security at a Chicago airport and flying to London before anyone realized she didn't have a ticket. Marilyn Hartman answered a few procedural questions from the judge at Wednesday's hearing. She has been jailed since being caught at an airport two weeks after her arrest in the London flight, which violated an order to stay away from airports.
CHICAGO (AP) - Flood warnings remained in effect for parts of northern, eastern and central Illinois after heavy rains combined with melting snow soaked the region. The National Weather Service on Wednesday reported major flooding along the Illinois River in Ottawa and Morris. Authorities issued an evacuation order for residents in the LaSalle County city of Marseilles who live near the Illinois River.
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