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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois' chancellor says expanding the university's presence to Chicago won't drain resources from Champaign-Urbana, saying two new initiatives there will do "just the opposite." The News-Gazette reports that Chancellor Robert Jones is also committed to expanding the UI Research Park in Champaign. He says the Research Park will be a draw for Chicago innovators looking to develop startups and use the university's expertise to become more competitive globally.

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois man wrongfully convicted for killing his mother-in-law in the 1990s now seeks a monetary settlement from the state. William Amor was found guilty for a 1995 murder based on his confession that he lit a vodka-soaked newspaper on fire to burn down the condo where his mother-in-law lived. Amor spent two decades in prison before the conviction was overturned. His legal team successfully argued it's impossible to ignite vodka-soaked newspaper.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Motorists needing to cross the Mississippi River at Louisiana, Missouri, will need to consider alternative routes during some days next month. The Quincy (Illinois) Herald-Whig reports that the Champ Clark Bridge at the northeast Missouri town will be closed for annual bridge inspections from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays from June 11 through June 22.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Six air fields have been selected as winners of the Illinois Department of Transportation's Airport of the Year for 2018. Honors were given by Gov. Bruce Rauner at the Illinois Aviation Conference in Springfield. Honorees this year are MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, Lewis University Airport, Schaumburg Regional Airport, Olney-Noble Airport, St. Louis Metro East-Shafer Field and the Springfield Memorial Medical Center Heliport.

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