SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois House Democrats proposed Tuesday an increase in the personal income tax rate by 32 percent, a four-year freeze in property taxes and increases in funding for education and social service programs. Most of those proposals were part of a $36.5-billion Democratic budget plan that is $800 million less than Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed last winter. The property tax freeze was separate from the budget.
CHICAGO (AP) - A special prosecutor overseeing charges against three Chicago police officers related to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald says they won't be arrested and can appear at their arraignments in two weeks. Special prosecutor Patricia Brown-Holmes spoke at a Tuesday news conference after announcing the indictment. Asked why they weren't arrested, she said it's "very typical" to give "a courtesy call" to such defendants if they aren't flight risks and aren't dangerous. The arraignment is July 10.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - The FBI says it has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into this month. The FBI released a statement Tuesday saying it received numerous leads regarding the black Saturn Astra and has developed "several additional leads" in the active investigation. Twenty-six-year-old Yingying Zhang's disappearance has been labeled a kidnapping, but police haven't ruled out other scenarios.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A ballet dancer who trained in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in Chicago has been seriously injured by a truck in a Rhode Island hit-and-run but is recovering. Police say Festival Ballet Providence dancer Jordan Nelson was struck by a box truck near a high school on Sunday and the truck fled the scene. The 28-year-old company dancer suffered several serious injuries including a skull fracture and multiple broken bones.
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