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MONMOUTH, Ill. (AP) - Officials say two people aboard a plane were killed when it crashed near an airport in rural western Illinois. The Warren County Sheriff's Department says the crash happed about 11 a.m. Sunday about a half mile from the Monmouth Municipal Airport. The department says the plane was burning when emergency crews arrived at the scene. The two people found in the wreckage were pronounced dead at the scene.

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) - A Texas man's defense attorney says he's eager to face trial on charges that he killed his wife 45 years ago in a staged car crash in suburban Chicago. Jury selection is scheduled to start Monday in the trial of 76-year-old Donnie Rudd on first-degree murder charges for the 1973 death of Noreen Kumeta Rudd. Donnie Rudd wasn't charged until late 2015 when he was living in Sugar Land, Texas.

INDUSTRY, Ill. (AP) - A western Illinois man's trail camera video has prompted experts to conduct testing to see whether a wolf pack is living in the area. The Chicago Tribune reports Jay Smith has captured footage for several years of canines on property he manages near the village of Industry. Smith believes the animals are wolves, although experts are skeptical. The area hasn't had a verified wolf sighting in decades.

CHICAGO (AP) - A group of black Chicago firefighters have opened a new clubhouse to mentor youth in the city. The Black Fire Brigade is the city's first clubhouse for black firefighters. The Black Fire Brigade is the city's first clubhouse for black firefighters. Former Chicago firefighters from around the country rallied behind the effort to purchase and furnish the clubhouse.

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