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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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WHITING, Ind. (AP) - The body of a Chicago man who vanished in May when a boat caught fire in Lake Michigan has been found along the lake's southern shoreline. The Lake County Coroner's Office says the body that washed up Monday on Whiting Beach was identified as 30-year-old Orest Sopka through medical records from a previous surgery.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - A Waukegan man is set for a hearing next month on whether he'll be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea in connection with the stabbing death of a Round Lake man and the injuring of a teenager. Twenty-one-year-old Zervont Thomas June pleaded guilty but mentally ill to first-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Stefan Metel. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says it's "unpatriotic" for U.S. corporations to reorganize overseas with foreign entities to cut taxes back home. The Democrat says anyone running for public office supporting it is "taking advantage" of taxpayers. The comment was directed at Republican challenger Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur). Rauner told WMAQ-TV this week that the U.S. and Illinois need to compete, not block companies. His campaign later declined to say if Rauner supports the practice.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Spirit Airlines this fall is offering direct flights between New Orleans and Chicago. Starting Nov. 6, the airline will fly there once a day. The Florida-based company announced the expanded service today to Chicago and Detroit. It's also set to start non-stop service to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Houston, Texas, on Aug. 1.

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