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CHICAGO (AP) - Voter rights advocates are pushing Illinois election officials to withdraw from a longtime multistate voter registration database over questions of accuracy, security and voter suppression. They're also raising fresh questions about the head of the program, the controversial Kansas secretary of state who's also helping run President Donald Trump's voter fraud commission. Proponents say the database provides information not available elsewhere.

WILLOWBROOK, Ill. (AP) - Residents of a neighborhood in a Chicago suburb are being allowed back into their homes after a series of fires and explosions forced them to evacuate. Officials told WLS-TV in Chicago there were more than 10 fires and explosions on Friday in Willowbrook southwest of Chicago.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in a northern Illinois city are preparing to enact additional, proactive domestic violence response efforts. The Rockford Register Star reports that starting Nov. 1, the Lethality Assessment Program _ Maryland Model will immediately connect social services to victims of domestic violence who are most likely to be seriously hurt or killed. Rockford police responded to more than 500 domestic-related violent crimes last year, including sex crimes, aggravated assaults and robberies.

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - A man is in a dispute with a Roman Catholic diocese over his efforts to install a marker at his mother's gravesite at a suburban Chicago cemetery that proclaims her support for victims of "rapist" priests. The Chicago Tribune reports that Jack Ruhl of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was informed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet that it would not allow a marker at the grave of Marguerite Ridgeway at a cemetery the diocese owns in the suburban Wheaton that incudes what it calls "explicit language."

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