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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say they are looking for at least two suspects in the slaying of a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head while delivering newspapers with his stepfather. Police said Monday that they believe Brian Jasso's death Sunday morning may have been a case of mistaken identity and Jasso was shot as part of a gang war he had nothing to do with. Police say neither the teen nor his stepdad had any gang affiliations or arrests.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A nearly $2 billion high-speed Amtrak rail project in Illinois is in its final phase of construction. The State Journal-Register reports that the Amtrak passenger service at speeds of up to 90 mph should begin in the summer. Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn says speeds up to 110 mph between St. Louis and Chicago should be ready by 2019, pending installation of automated train-control and detection technology required for faster trains.

WHEELING, Ill. (AP) - Illinois has decided to join dozens of other states in a national communications network for first responders. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Monday that Illinois would join the FirstNet program. State officials say it will provide enhanced wireless broadband technology to public safety workers across Illinois.

ALTON, Ill. (AP) - Illinois state Rep. Dan Beiser of Alton says he's officially stepping down to spend more time with his family. Beiser announced in August that he wouldn't run for re-election in the 111th District seat so he could enjoy his retirement. On Sunday the Democrat said in a statement that he would step down effective that day. The former special education teacher, Alton alderman and city treasurer has served in the state Legislature since 2004.

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