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CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Census Bureau says Chicago's population has decreased for the third consecutive year. Census estimates released Wednesday say Chicago lost about 3,800 residents last year, but remains the third-largest U.S. city, with 2.7 million residents. A Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning official says while jobs have been added to the area, the economy hasn't been growing as quickly.

MARENGO, Ill. (AP) - Federal investigators found that a small plane had flipped over before a nighttime crash into a northern Illinois farm field, killing a Chicago-area activist in late 2016. The National Transportation Safety Board's findings suggest pilot Rob Sherman might have become disoriented since it found no evidence of a plane malfunction before the crash near Marengo. The 63-year-old from Poplar Grove was one of the better-known atheists in the country.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - The Rockford Park District is considering selling a well-known water park because of financial challenges. The Rockford Register Star reports someone approached the district recently about buying or leasing Magic Waters water park. Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine says the district has explored a sale before because the park's business is so weather-dependent. He says if there's a bad summer it can affect the whole district's finances.

GURNEE, Ill. (AP) - A woman was shot to death by suburban Chicago police after she was observed walking along an expressway with a rifle. The shooting occurred after the woman fled Gurnee police who were investigating a call about a suspicious vehicle. The unidentified woman was later spotted walking along U.S. Route 41 with a rifle. The woman was wounded when she and the officers exchanged gunfire. She was taken to a Libertyville hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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