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Chicago cops: Man shoots CEO before killing self

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say a demoted worker shot and critically injured his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself at their office in a downtown high-rise office building.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says a worker at a technological company entered the 17th-floor office Thursday and met with his CEO before pulling a gun.

McCarthy says there was a struggle for the gun, and the CEO was shot twice before the gunman fatally shot himself. Police say the 54-year-old victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The office is in the Bank of America building in Chicago's bustling financial district. The building is two blocks from the Willis Tower, the country's second tallest skyscraper, and a block from the Chicago Board of Trade and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.


Chicago mayor defends welcoming immigrant kids

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says bringing to Chicago some 1,000 immigrant children who have fled Central America is simply the right thing to do.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Emanuel believes welcoming the children who are part of an influx of immigrants across the U.S. border with Mexico "speaks to who we are as a city" and to the city's values.

Emanuel cites his immigrant grandfather's flight from Eastern Europe and violence. Emanuel says that ancestor was just 13, alone and couldn't speak English.

President Barack Obama's administration in recent weeks approached Emanuel about perhaps housing 1,000 immigrant children in Chicago sites bankrolled by the federal government, complete with federally-funded security and support services.

The Emanuel administration has also asked Chicago law firms to donate their services.


Agency could cut hours at Illinois historic sites

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois officials say budget cuts will force them to consider cutting hours at some state historic sites after the Labor Day holiday.

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Director Amy Martin tells The State Journal-Register ( ) her agency is working on specifics and will try to maintain hours as much as they can at popular sites, like those involving Abraham Lincoln. The agency's budget was cut 19 percent for the fiscal year that started July 1.

Martin says the agency wanted to wait until after Labor Day to accommodate those with travel plans.

Agency spokesman Chris Wills says the agency is talking with legislative leaders about restoring the money to its budget early next year.

Agency data show more than 1.3 million people visited historic sites in Springfield and Petersburg last year.


Teen who left shoeless from wilderness camp found

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say an 18-year-old who disappeared shoeless from a wilderness program in Central Oregon has been found.

State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings says searchers on horseback Thursday morning found Kevin Mulert of Deerfield, Illinois, about 1.5 miles southeast of what was described as a "therapeutic wilderness program." Police haven't identified the program at its request.

Mulert was described as unharmed. A National Guard helicopter was to take him to Bend for an examination.

He was reported missing Wednesday morning from the camp in the sparsely populated area about 60 miles southeast of Bend.

Police said Mulert was not wearing shoes, wasn't dressed for the weather and was unfamiliar with the remote area.


Remains in Illinois shed are a woman from Decatur

ROCHESTER, Ill. (AP) - Police say human remains found inside a shed in Rochester are those of a 43-year-old woman from Decatur.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Eric Hall told The State Journal-Register that the woman found in the shed on July 19 was identified through dental records and other evidence. Rochester is just east of Springfield.

Hall would not release the woman's identity but said her family has been notified.

He said she was not on any lists of missing people. Authorities believe her death was a homicide because items in the shed were stacked on her.

Sangamon County Coroner Cinda Edwards says the body was there for a long time. But she isn't sure how long or how she died.

The woman was found by someone cleaning out the shed.


Trial set for man accused in toddler's death

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A January trial has been set for a central Illinois man accused in the 2013 beating death of his girlfriend's toddler son.

The Pantagraph of Bloomington reports a McLean County judge on Wednesday denied Nicholas Compton's request to have separate trials in connection with the boy's death and subsequent counts of aggravated battery.

Twenty-five-year-old Compton of Colfax is charged with murder, domestic battery and aggravated battery of a child in the March 2013 death of Robert Cramer in Normal.

Compton's girlfriend, Danielle Fischer, also is charged with murder and child endangerment for allegedly failing to get medical treatment for the child after he was injured.

Compton and Fischer have pleaded not guilty. Compton has insisted the child was injured accidentally.

Compton's trial is scheduled for Jan. 5.


Man gets 12 years prison for credit union holdup

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois man has been ordered to spend a dozen years in prison for his role in robbing a Carbondale credit union.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that 33-year-old David E. White was sentenced in Jackson County after pleading guilty to a felony count of robbing a financial institution.

Authorities say White robbed the SIU Credit Union on Feb. 3, then fled with 29-year-old Jonathon Whitehead of Carbondale driving the getaway car.

Whitehead was sentenced in April to six and a half years in prison for his role in the holdup.

A judge credited White for 163 days he spent in jail.

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