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Around the state 12-3-17

 
Police: Malnourished, injured baby was kept in storage bin
SHILOH, Ill. (AP) — Police say a 2-week-old infant brought to a southern Illinois hospital by her father was malnourished and had multiple broken bones and a deep cut on her leg.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports a judge on Friday set bail at $250,000 each for 21-year-old Matthew D. Espino-Tonche and 19-year-old Elyssa A. Arellano of Shiloh. They're charged with aggravated battery to a child with great bodily harm and child endangerment.
Police say Espino-Tonche brought the baby to a Shiloh hospital Nov. 20 and said he found her in a trash bin. He later told officers he and Arellano were the parents and that the baby was injured when she was accidentally dropped down the stairs.
Police say the baby, who remained hospitalized Friday, had been kept in a urine-soaked storage container. She had no clothes and wasn't given a name.
 
Illinois school involved in printable Martian homes contest
CHICAGO (AP) — A central Illinois university is a key player in an ongoing competition aimed at deploying 3-D printers to build habitats on Mars if and when humans travel to the red planet.
The Chicago Tribune reports Sunday that Bradley University in Peoria is a partner in the 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge organized by NASA. Several companies are also involved as sponsors.
The competition started in 2015 and entered Phase 3 in November. NASA has launched nearly 20 competitions since 2005 to involve outside institutions in developing aerospace innovations.
Any Mars-bound spaceships couldn't carry lots of materials, so one challenge is for competitors to propose ways of using materials found on Mars.
The idea is also for advances achieved through the competition to be used in building cheaper, printable homes on Earth.
 
Illinois doctor pleads guilty to sex abuse of patients
YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago doctor has pleaded guilty to charges he sexually abused several patients.
The Beacon News reports female patients of Haohua Yang accused the Naperville physician of inappropriately touching them at his practice in Yorkville. His lawyers argued he was performing legitimate medical exams.
Yang pleaded guilty to three counts of knowingly touching patients in an offensive manner. In exchange for the plea prosecutors dropped 27 counts of sex abuse and assault.
Yang's license was suspended in 2014 after the allegations surfaced.
He was arrested in April 2015 for trying to illegally enter China while free on bond. He was held in the Kendall County jail without bail until his plea hearing on Nov. 13.
Yang was sentenced to 180 days in jail but was given credit for time served and was released.
 
Ex-mayor of Chicago suburb indicted in bribery scheme
MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted the former mayor of a poor Chicago suburb on charges he took part in a $300,000 bribery scheme involving city contractors.
The Chicago Tribune reports the federal indictment against former Markham Mayor David Webb was issued Thursday. Authorities say the bribes included payments made through campaign contributions, shell companies and even small amounts of cash hidden in coffee cups.
The Securities and Exchange Commission also alleged Friday that Webb solicited and received a $75,000 bribe from a construction contractor.
Webb could not be reached for comment Saturday. The Tribune reports neither Webb nor his attorney returned phone messages on Friday.
The 69-year-old was elected mayor of the community of about 12,000 people in 2001. He declined to seek re-election this past spring.

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