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City of Chicago accepting nominations for Amazon sites
CHICAGO (AP) — The mayor of Chicago says the city is seeking nominations for potential sites to locate Amazon's second headquarters.
Amazon earlier this month announced that it's hunting for a second home outside Seattle. The company said it will spend more than $5 billion to house as many as 50,000 employees.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said the city it looking for partners to help it determine what sites in Chicago would be good for Amazon. The city says nominated sites must meet Amazon requirements, including having enough space, room for expansion and be near transit and O'Hare International Airport.
The deadline is Sept. 27. The city says only property owners or entities with site control can make a nomination.
The company is taking applications and said it will make a decision next year.
 
State Sen Raoul to run for Illinois attorney general in 2018
CHICAGO (AP) — State Sen. Kwame Raoul is running for Illinois attorney general next year, becoming the second Democratic state lawmaker to throw his hat in the ring.
It's an open contest after Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced last week that she won't seek a fifth term.
Raoul, an attorney, tells The Associated Press Wednesday that Madigan's departure leaves a big void, but he has the experience and ability to continue her "great work."
Raoul was appointed to the Senate in 2004 to fill the vacancy left by then-state Sen. Barack Obama's election to the U.S. Senate.
The 52-year-old Raoul has received an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, a Chicago Democrat.
Also seeking the Democratic nomination is state Rep. Scott Drury. Republican candidate Erika Harold, a lawyer and former Miss America from Urbana, is also running.
 
Authorities: Deadly Bloomington fire was intentionally set
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in Bloomington say they believe a fire that left a man and two children dead was intentionally set.
Bloomington police and fire personnel were called to the home about 3 a.m. Tuesday. Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner says authorities are investigating and police don't think there are any threats to public safety. He says there have been no arrests.
McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis has not released the identifications of the victims but said they include a middle-aged man, a toddler and an infant. Autopsies are scheduled. Bloomington Fire Chief Brian Mohr says one woman was taken to the hospital after the fire. He didn't release any details on her condition.
McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers says his office is helping with the investigation.
 
Bloomington zoo's Malayan sun bear euthanized at age 33
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Officials of Miller Park Zoo in central Illinois say their 33-year-old Malayan sun bear has been euthanized.
Officials at the Bloomington zoo said this week the bear, named Candy, died last Thursday after animal care staff and a veterinarian from the University of Illinois evaluated her. Initial findings showed the bear suffered from renal failure and medical workers determined she was in grave condition. A necropsy is being performed at the University of Illinois. Results won't be available for several weeks.
Candy was born at Zoo Miami in 1984. She came to Bloomington in 1998 along with her mate Chapin, who died in 2010 from bone cancer. Experts say the median life expectancy for a female Malayan sun bear is just more than 23 years.

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