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CHICAGO (AP) - Actress DuShon Monique Brown, who played a secretary in the NBC show "Chicago Fire," has died at age 49. The Cook County medical examiner's spokeswoman Becky Schlikerman says Brown died Friday at St. James Olympia Field Hospital outside Chicago. The cause of death was not given. Brown was a veteran of Chicago theater, and worked as a crisis counselor at a Chicago high school. She led its drama program before winning the role of Connie on "Chicago Fire."

AURORA, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a man has died and two police officers were wounded in a shootout following a suburban Chicago traffic stop. The Aurora Police Department says two special operations investigators pulled over a vehicle Thursday night. Police say the driver fired at them and fled. Police say the man and the investigators fired shots and the man was fatally shot. The officers were treated at a hospital and released.

CHICAGO (AP) - Private dollars will fund the construction of former President Barack Obama's library, but road and other work near the Chicago site could cost taxpayers. The city's transportation department estimates that the cost of widening streets and building at least four new underpasses near the site may total $175 million. The city says it is pursuing "all potential funding options" for the work, including state dollars.

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - A recent report shows the number of referees for high school athletics in Illinois dropped by 11 percent from the 2012-13 to the 2016-17 seasons. The Herald & Review reports that the Illinois High School Association says the number of referees dropped last year from nearly 12,200 to fewer than 12,000. The report says the number of referee licenses issued in the state also dropped by 9 percent from the 2012-13 to the 2016-17 seasons.

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