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CHICAGO (AP) - Melting snow and heavy rains have prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for parts of northern Illinois and flood watches for central Illinois. As much as 4 inches of rain fell overnight Monday into Tuesday in the Chicago area with forecasters expecting another 1 to 3 inches by Tuesday evening. Forecasters say heavy rain combined with melting snow and frozen ground conditions will lead to rising waters on area streams and rivers, creating the potential for flash flooding.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - An invasive species with a jarring name has turned up in Lake Superior: the bloody red shrimp. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says researchers found a single specimen of the tiny shrimp in the Duluth-Superior harbor last summer. There are now documented findings of bloody red shrimp in all of the Great Lakes. Experts say there's no indication yet that they've become established in Lake Superior.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Senate Democrats blasted Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration for failing to appear to answer questions about a report showing a possible solution for Legionnaires' disease at a veterans' home would cost far less than what officials have repeatedly said. The Associated Press obtained the August 2016 engineering report about the home in Quincy last week. It shows replacing plumbing that likely harbors the deadly Legionella virus would cost $8 million. Officials claimed it was at least $25 million.
CHICAGO (AP) - The application system is scheduled to reopen next week for Illinois families wanting to apply for the state's new private school scholarship program. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that Empower Illinois, one of the organizations overseeing the Tax Credit Scholarship program, says the application system will reopen Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The system crashed last month due. Empower Illinois said that was due to extreme demand.
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