ELWOOD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State Police say five people were killed and five others injured in a pair of accidents along Interstate 55 south of Chicago. State police say a speeding semi-trailer truck that abruptly changed lanes in a construction zone on I-55 near Arsenal Road caused a chain-reaction crash yesterday that stopped three vehicles. Four women were killed. Two semi-trailer trucks later collided in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 at U.S. 6. One driver later died.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A former Baptist missionary accused of shooting his wife to death on Valentine's Day last year has been found guilty of first-degree murder. The jury deliberated for about 90 minutes Monday before finding Nathan Leuthold guilty in the death of Denise Leuthold. Leuthold faces between 45 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in September.
CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Authorities have identified the missing swimmer whose body was found in the Fox River in suburban Chicago. Carpentersville police identified the victim as Emanuel Mendieta-Ramirez. An autopsy determined the Mendieta-Ramirez drowned. Authorities said Mendieta-Ramirez and two friends were fishing on the river Sunday morning when the victim and a friend jumped in.
CHICAGO (AP) - An Illinois appellate court has agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling that banned a question on term limits from the November ballot. Supporters gathered signatures to put a measure on the ballot to limit legislators to eight years. The Illinois Supreme Court said last week it wouldn't hear an immediate appeal.
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