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DETROIT (AP) - A Palestinian activist from Chicago is returning to Detroit for a final court hearing before she's eventually deported for concealing her convictions in two Jerusalem bombings. Rasmea Odeh (OH'-duh) admits that she failed to disclose the convictions when she entered the U.S. and later went through the citizenship process in 2004. She's not expected to get any time in prison Thursday but has agreed to be deported to Jordan or elsewhere.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois appellate court has upheld a decision to dismiss a bed-and-breakfast's appeal of $80,000 in penalties imposed by the state's Human Rights Commission for turning away a same-sex couple. The court entered an order Wednesday denying a motion filed on behalf of Jim Walder, co-owner the Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton. The Human Rights Commission last year found Walder violated the civil rights of Todd and Mark Wathen by refusing to host their civil-union ceremony in 2011.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Metra Board of Directors has named a longtime mechanical department employee to serve as the next executive director/CEO of the suburban Chicago commuter rail agency. The board unanimously selected James Derwinski on Wednesday. The 49-year-old currently serves as Metra's chief mechanical officer, overseeing 650 employees responsible for the repair, inspection and maintenance of almost 1,200 locomotives and railcars. Derwinski start in the post Jan. 1 and be paid a salary of $275,000.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House speaker says the chamber will take a vote next week on overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a school funding plan. Michael Madigan is a Chicago Democrat. He says the House will meet Aug. 23 to consider an override. House Democrats called a vote Wednesday on legislation that incorporates the changes Rauner wants made on a new formula for financing public schools. Democrats said they wanted to gauge support for Rauner's ideas.
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