CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Board of Education has authorized borrowing about $900 million after the district's finance chief warned it would run out of money if it didn't do so. The board on Wednesday approved a $397 million short-term loan backed by delayed state grant payments. It also approved about a half-billion dollars in long-term bonds meant to bring more cash into the system and modify the terms of some of the district's existing bond debts. Officials say the state owes CPS $467 million.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois has dismissed three players facing residential burglary and aggravated robbery charges. Coach Lovie Smith on Wednesday dismissed freshman tight end Zarrian Holcombe and offensive linemen Darta Lee and Howard Watkins. Police allege the three entered a fellow student's dorm room wearing masks and wielding a BB gun. They went through the man's dresser drawers and wallet. The trio left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The players have said they were pulling a prank.
CHICAGO (AP) - A suburban Chicago woman accused of using a pizzeria as a front for drug-trafficking has been convicted of multiple drug charges. 43-year-old Maria Garza of Arlington Heights was found guilty Tuesday of manufacturing and delivering cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Garza and co-defendant Carmelo Rios owned the now-shuttered DeLuca's pizzeria in Buffalo Grove. The 43-year-old Rios pleaded guilty in 2015 to the manufacture and delivery of heroin in exchange for a 13-year prison sentence.
DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in suburban Chicago say a teen accidentally shot in the face by his 10-year-old brother has died. Des Plaines police say officers responded to a report of a possible gunshot wound on Saturday morning. The victim was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police say that the 15-year-old teen died two days later.
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