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7 Illinois airmen, 1 aircraft to help in Texas after Harvey

 
7 Illinois airmen, 1 aircraft to help in Texas after Harvey
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois National Guard says it's sending seven airmen and a C-130 cargo plane to help with the response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
The guard says the members of the 182nd Airlift Wing will leave Peoria on Thursday for Dallas and are expected to help with storm relief and recovery for the next three to four days. Guard officials say the C-130 aircraft is capable of transporting personnel and supplies in and out of Texas from across the country.
Illinois National Guard Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Richard Hayes says he's proud that Illinois can "play a part in supporting the national and the people of Texas."
Harvey has weakened and its floodwaters are dropping in much of the Houston area, but the death toll from the storm is rising.
 
Police step up traffic enforcement over Labor Day weekend
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Police across the state say they'll be out in force this Labor Day weekend, and they're urging motorists not to drink and drive.
Illinois State Police, the Illinois Department of Transportation and nearly 200 local law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. They're conducting roadside safety checks and impaired-driving patrols.
Last year, 23 people died in motor vehicle crashes in Illinois over the holiday weekend. It was the deadliest Labor Day weekend in five years.
Police say anyone who's out drinking should plan ahead and designate a sober driver.
They're also asking people to buckle up, and say anyone who sees a driver who may be impaired should promptly report it by calling 911.
 
Illinois governor names top legal adviser
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed the attorney for the state's child welfare agency as his top legal adviser.
Rauner named Lise Spacapan as general counsel for his office on Wednesday.
She joined the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in 2015. Prior to that she worked in private practice.
Spacapan replaces Dennis Murashko, who will leave the governor's office at the end of August for the private sector.
Murashko's resignation was part of a staff shakeup announced last week, including the resignations of four members of Rauner's communications team. They left following the conflicting public response Rauner gave about a political cartoon that critics have called racist.
 
Off-duty Chicago officer fatally shoots man during robbery
HAZEL CREST, Ill. (AP) — An off-duty Chicago police officer has shot and killed a man he says was trying to rob him in suburban Hazel Crest.
A preliminary investigation shows the officer had made an arrangement online to buy a computer.
Hazel Crest police say the officer was in street clothes and driving his personal vehicle when he met two men Tuesday night at a prearranged location.
One of the men pulled a handgun and they began to take items from the officer's pockets. The officer was able to shoot one of them before they could get his gun.
Hazel Crest police found a gun in the hand of the man shot by the officer. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. The other man was able to flee.
 
Illinois forest road closing for snake, amphibian migrations
HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — A 2 ½ mile-long road in southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest is closing Friday for an annual migration of snakes and amphibians.
The roadway closes every year so that the animals can make their gradual, two-month move from areas where they live during the summer to winter hibernation habitats. Some species are considered threatened or endangered in Illinois and the U.S.
The road is called Snake Road, but it's also known as LaRue Road or Forest Service Road No. 345. The road southwest of Murphysboro is open to pedestrians, but closed to vehicles until Oct. 30.
The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that people from across the country come to witness the migration. About 66 percent of amphibians and 59 percent of reptiles that live in Illinois are in the area.

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