DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to six years in prison for the death of a 19-month-old Decatur boy who was killed in a hit-and-run. David Overlin was sentenced Thursday and ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution. Zyonne Cooper died after being hit by an SUV when he wandered into a street last June.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The father of a former Saint Louis University volleyball player killed for her cellphone says he's grateful that manufacturers have agreed to put so-called kill switches in new smartphones to deter thefts. Megan Boken of Wheaton, Ill., was shot in St. Louis in 2012. Her father, Paul Boken, says he and his family will continue to push lawmakers to require technology in smartphones that would make them useless to thieves.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Public health officials are investigating an increase in the number of mumps cases recorded in central Illinois. The State Journal-Register reports there has been 52 cases of the viral infection reported in Morgan and Sangamon counties. There were 26 cases reported in all of Illinois in 2013. Sangamon County Department of Public Health Director Jim Stone says the "spike is unusual."
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A top Illinois Department of Natural Resources official is the latest administrator to leave the agency. Tony Mayville was fired Monday from his position with the DNR's Office of Mines and Minerals. Mayville's departure follows the resignation of one director who attended professional fishing tournaments while on sick leave.
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