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Around the state 2-13-18

Chicago's 100-story Hancock building getting new name
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's 100-story John Hancock Center along Michigan Avenue is getting a new name.
One of the skyscraper's owners tells the Chicago Tribune that for now the building will be known as 875 N. Michigan Ave. while a new naming rights deal is sought. Hearn Co. president and CEO Stephen Hearn says the insurance company "just decided to have their name removed." Its name and logos throughout the building will be taken down immediately.
The insurer, acquired by Toronto-based Manulife Financial in 2004, hasn't been a tenant for many years. Manulife representatives didn't respond to requests for comment from the newspaper.
The building is the fourth-tallest in Chicago at 1,128 feet and is known for its black, X-shaped braces. Hearn says it "deserves a more important identity than simply the address."
 
Senate president Cullerton urges Rauner to balance budget
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Senate President John Cullerton is urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to propose a budget plan that's balanced.
The Chicago Democrat told reporters at the state Capitol Tuesday that the first-term Republican has never introduced a spending plan in which spending matched revenue.
Rauner says he has and promised last month that he would deliver another.
Rauner will unveil his 2019 budget proposal Wednesday. He's coming off the first yearlong budget since taking office in 2015. Lawmakers sent it to him last summer after voting to override his veto of an income-tax increase.
Cullerton pointed out that the governor's plan last year included $4.7 billion in revenue contingent on the Senate's so-called grand bargain to end a two-year budget impasse by giving ground on Rauner's business agenda. The talks collapsed.
 
Rock Falls man charged in accident that killed girlfriend
STERLING (AP) — A suspected Illinois cocaine dealer whose girlfriend was killed when he ran a stop sign and crashed his car into a pickup truck has been charged with reckless homicide.
Thirty-nine-year-old Michael Mulberry of Rock Falls in northwestern Illinois is also charged with four felony drug charges. He is being held in Whiteside County Jail on $1 million bond.
The (Dixon) Telegraph reports authorities say Mulberry was under surveillance after allegedly selling crack cocaine just before the crash on April 7 of last year. Police say he may have been trying to elude a police surveillance detail when he crashed.
Mulberry's passenger, 34-year-old Dawn Nicole Trosclair of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was rushed to a hospital in Rockford where she died the next day of blunt force trauma to the abdomen.
 
Off-duty Chicago police officer shot at downtown building
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police spokesman says an officer has been shot while assisting a tactical team at a state government office building downtown.
Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the off-duty officer was shot around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the James R. Thompson Center. Guglielmi says the preliminary information is that the shooting happened just outside the building. The officer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Guglelmi says police have taken a person into custody for questioning but he did not know if the person is a suspect.
Guglielmi did not have any other details about the shooting, the officer's name or the officer's condition. He says that Superintendent Eddie Johnson is on his way to the Thompson Center.
 
Bus passenger stabbed in Chicago, suspect taken into custody
CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say one person is in custody after allegedly stabbing a man while they were riding on a bus through downtown Chicago.
In a news release, the Illinois State Police says that 9:43 a.m. on Tuesday, troopers responded to a report of a stabbing aboard a Megabus on Interstate 90 near Randolph Street that had come to Chicago  from Minneapolis. State troopers and Chicago Police officers arrived and took the suspect into custody. The release says the victim who was stabbed in the stomach was taken to Stroger Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
The state police did not immediately have any more details about the incident, the suspect or the victim.
 
Historic train depot slated for closure gets 2nd chance
NEW LENOX (AP) — A suburban Chicago train depot once slated for demolition is being given another chance.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the 116-year-old New Lenox train station will be moved to a farm and be landmarked.
Walt Konow owns the farm and is agreeing to pay to have it moved. He says he wants people to remember history and wants people to visit the station. He's previously saved a historic barn that had fallen into disrepair. It's now used for parties, weddings and special events.
Konow plans to have the depot open to the public in mid-September.
New Lenox Area Historical Society leader Lori Lindberg says Konow is a hero. She says society members plan to create an informative display to accompany the depot.

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