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School to begin in Chicago with more safety guards

CHICAGO (AP) - More guards will be watching Chicago students to keep them safe on the first day of school.

Thanks to $1 million from the city, another 100 "Safe Passage" workers will be on routes that children walk through crime-ridden neighborhoods when classes resume Tuesday.

There is far less publicity than a year ago, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel's closure of some 50 schools raised concern that children walking to new schools would be crossing gang lines. The worst fears never came to pass, as about 1,200 guards lined the routes last year.

Twenty-seven more schools will be part of the Safe Passage program this year, which already covers 93 schools.

Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged another $10 million in state funds, which will pay for another 600 workers.


Police arrest suspected 'No Boundary Bank Robber'

CICERO, Ill. (AP) - Suburban Chicago police have arrested a 31-year-old man they believe is the "No Boundary Bank Robber."

A Monday statement from the town of Cicero says its officers arrested Rodrigo Medellin Sunday afternoon following a short car and foot chase. Authorities say the Chicago-area man had a gun in his possession.

The "No Boundary Bank Robber" got his nickname for robbing a dozen banks over a wide area around Chicago between May 16 and August 31. The robber's targets included banks in River Forrest, Stickney and in several parts of Chicago itself.

Medellin faces multiple counts of armed robbery. The Cicero statement did not include the name of a defense attorney for Medellin.


Man found dead in central Illinois was hit by car

LEROY, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a 26-year-old found dead in rural central Illinois apparently was struck by a motor vehicle while he walked home after visiting family.

McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling said Monday that an autopsy showed Blaine B. Umstattd, who last lived in Holder, Illinois, died of head injuries. His body was found early Sunday morning on the side of a road in rural LeRoy.

He was taken to a Bloomington hospital where emergency department workers pronounced him dead.

Kimmerling saysan initial investigation suggests Umstattd had been visiting with family in LeRoy earlier Sunday and was walking home when he was hit.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the McLean County sheriff's office.


Bloomington shuttle bus driver charged with DUI

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A 32-year-old Bloomington man who drives a late-night shuttle bus has been charged with aggravated drunken driving.

Authorities say Stephen Mckenna of Bob's Blue Night Limo failed standard field sobriety tests that indicated his blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit for driving. The (Bloomington) Panatgraph reports Mckenna was driving a bus used primarily by downtown bar patrons early Sunday morning when Bloomington police were flagged down.

Court documents filed Sunday say officers saw several people chasing after and banging on the sides of the bus. They say the doors were open and people were standing on the entry stairway as the bus moved.

Police say the vehicle struck a utility pole wire as they approached it.


Patients to start applying for medical marijuana

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - One unanswered question about a new state law legalizing medical marijuana is just how many Illinoisans will actually ask for permission to use it.

The extent of the demand will start to become clearer starting Tuesday as agencies begin taking applications from patients or their registered caregivers.

For now, only those with last names beginning with letters "A'' through "L'' can apply. Other patients must wait two more months to apply.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that some estimates were that as many as 100,000 Illinoisans could qualify.

But Department of Public Health spokeswoman Sheila Porter says it's hard to know how many applications will come in. She says the agency is expecting the number to run into the thousands over the next four months.


Cubs honor Jackie Robinson West little leaguers

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs are tipping their hats to a championship team at Wrigley Field: The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars.

The team that won the national Little League championship game before falling to South Korea in the world championship game was honored on Monday.

The Cubs wore the team's ball caps and jerseys during pregame routines. Jackie Robinson West Coach Darold Butler threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch. And during the 7th inning stretch, the team is leading the crowd in the traditional singing of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."

The Cubs will auction off the jerseys and caps online, with proceeds going to Jackie Robinson West Little League.

Last week, the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars were welcomed back to Chicago with two rallies and a parade.


US Rep. Duckworth announces she's pregnant

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she's pregnant and expecting a baby girl in early December.

The Iraq veteran and double amputee says she and her husband are "thrilled."

Duckworth is a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates. She announced the pregnancy Monday on NBC's "Today" show. The announcement was part of a segment about four amputees from the Iraq War who have recently had babies or are pregnant.

Duckworth says the women were there for her during her greatest trauma, when she lost both legs after her helicopter was shot down in Iraq in 2004. The 46-year-old says the women will now be together for their "greatest joy."

Duckworth is running for re-election on Nov. 4. She faces Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville, a fellow veteran.

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