SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Democrats are gearing up for a record turnout for their annual state fair gathering, but they'll be missing their star. Former Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to keynote the Democratic County Chairs Association brunch. But the Democrat announced Tuesday night he's ill and doctor's orders prohibit his travel. Filling in will be the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg.
CHICAGO (AP) - A new lawsuit alleges Chicago police officers pointed guns at a family, including at 9- and 5-year-old children, after bursting into the wrong apartment with a search warrant last year. The Chicago Tribune reports the suit was filed Wednesday in federal court for the father, Gilbert Mendez. Family lawyer Al Hofeld Jr. told reporters Chicago police have a routine practice of "unnecessarily using force against or in the presence of young children," badly traumatizing them.
PORTER, Ind. (AP) - The Trump administration is opposed to designating the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan as a national park. The National Park Service's acting director told a U.S. Senate subcommittee Wednesday that the administration wants to limit that designation to larger areas. He said the 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes has more in common with other Great Lakes national lakeshore sites such as Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes than most national parks.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - Agreements are almost finalized for Champaign-Urbana's first dockless-bike-share service. The active transportation coordinator for the University of Illinois tells The News Gazette that the VeoRide company has given her serial numbers for 500 bicycles, which is the largest fleet size that's allowed. Each bike features a GPS, a self-locking mechanism on the back wheel and can be accessed with a phone app. VeoRide charges 50 cents for 15 minutes. Riders are charged through the app.
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