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CHICAGO (AP) - Members of the public can own a historic bridge at a park on Chicago's South Side. The Chicago Tribune reports the city's Department of Transportation is going to rebuild the Jackson Park's Columbia Bridge in 2019. But first, the agency has to offer the old one to the public for reuse potential. Transportation department spokesman Mike Claffey says interested parties face a Feb. 28 deadline to submit a proposal

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) - Kankakee High School will no longer have a valedictorian or salutatorian and instead is switching to the college-style Latin laude system starting with this year's freshman class. Superintendent Genevra Walters says the new policy will let students take classes they're interested in instead of signing up for courses to achieve a higher student rank. School boards nationwide have taken similar steps to reduce pressure on students to achieve a top rank.

GRANT COUNTY, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say an Illinois man is dead after he crashed an all-terrain vehicle in New Mexico's Grant County. New Mexico State Police identified the victim as 49-year-old Scott Jarette of Villa Park. They say the crash occurred around 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Forrest Road 819. The ATV driven by Jarette left the roadway and crashed for an unknown reason. State Police say Jarette was airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas but died from his injuries.

CHICAGO (AP) - The Department of Justice says Chicago's U.S. attorney's office is getting additional staff prosecutors in a bid to reduce violent crime. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says a total of 40 new prosecutors will be distributed among 27 locations. Most will receive just one. A Justice Department statement issued Friday says the Chicago-based northern district of Illinois will get three.

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