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Around the state 3-23-18

Man dies, officers wounded in shootout in suburban Chicago
AURORA (AP) — Authorities say a man has died and two police officers were wounded in a shootout following a suburban Chicago traffic stop.
The Aurora Police Department says two special operations investigators followed a vehicle they'd spotted leaving a suspected gang house and pulled it over Thursday night. Police say the driver fired at them and fled before crashing and running away.
Police identified the man as 36-year-old Santiago Calderon of Aurora. They say Calderon and investigators fired shots and Calderon was fatally shot. Police say one investigator had a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg and the other had an injury that wasn't gunshot-related. Both are on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting.
A second person in the vehicle stopped by police didn't flee and was released from custody Friday without charges.
Chicago: Obama Library infrastructure could total $175M
CHICAGO (AP) — Private dollars will pay for building former President Barack Obama's library, but road and other work near the Chicago site could cost taxpayers.
The city's transportation department estimates that the cost of widening streets and building at least four new underpasses near the site in Jackson Park may total $175 million. The city says it is pursuing "all potential funding options" for the work, including state dollars.
In January, more than 100 University of Chicago faculty members signed a letter urging the Obama Foundation to find a different location for the center. One complaint was the taxpayer money that would be spent on infrastructure.
An Illinois Department of Transportation spokesman says the state spent $100 million on the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, which opened in 2005.
Mattoon teen admits to social media threat of gun violence
MATTOON (AP) — A 14-year-old girl has told a judge that she threatened gun violence at her school on social media.
The Mattoon Journal Gazette & (Charleston) Times Courier reports that the girl's admission came during a hearing on Thursday.  When she returns to court on April 19, a judge could order her  held in a juvenile facility until she turns 21.
The Mattoon High School student posted on Snapchat last month a message to "kill you all."  The girl also called her plan "Round Two," a reference to a shooting at the school in September in which one student was injured and another charged with aggravated battery with a firearm.
But authorities say the girl didn't have any weapons and admitted to police that she made the threat because she was bored.
Police looking for 3 vehicles after wrestler killed in crash
PESOTUM. (AP) — Illinois State Police say they want to speak with the drivers of three vehicles witnessed leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident that killed a University of Illinois wrestler.
Capt. Louis Kink said Friday that police don't know if any of the vehicles struck 21-year-old Francis Edelen of Oak Forest, Illinois. He says police want to talk to the drivers to see if they saw anything that could help with the investigation into the Wednesday night accident along Interstate 57.
The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports police are looking for a green car, a white SUV and a third vehicle without a description. Authorities say Edelen was involved in an accident and left the crash site on foot "for an unknown reason." They say an unknown vehicle or vehicles then struck him a short distance south of the first crash.
A record 965 million passengers packed US planes last year
A record 965 million airline passengers flew in the United States last year, a 3.4 percent increase over 2016.
Figures from the Transportation Department show that air travel has been rising since the Great Recession that ended in 2009.
The department said Thursday that air travel within the U.S. rose 3 percent and international traffic to and from the U.S. grew 4.8 percent.
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport had the most passengers, followed by Los Angeles International and Chicago's O'Hare. New York's Kennedy Airport had the most international passengers.
Southwest Airlines again carried the most passengers, while Delta Air Lines barely leapfrogged American Airlines for second place. But American had slightly more international passengers than Delta or United Airlines.
On the average flight, 82.5 percent of seats were filled.
Man convicted in 2014 shooting death of Chicago teacher
CHICAGO (AP) — A jury has convicted a man in the 2014 shooting death of a Chicago special education teacher.
The Chicago Tribune reports the jury returned the verdict Wednesday in the case of Dominique Hodrick. He faces 40-80 years in prison for the death of 58-year-old Betty Howard, who was working part-time at a realty company when she was shot.
Authorities say Hodrick fired at a car carrying a rival gang member in the Chatham neighborhood. Bullets went through a wall, killing Howard.
Defense attorney Bernard Shelton argued that the fatal shot must have come from someone else. Hodrick told police he had a .22-caliber gun, and a 9 mm gun killed Howard.
Hodrick also is charged in the 2012 slaying of a 17-year-old boy. He is awaiting trial on those charges.
Chicago-area woman charged with murder in mother's death
LOMBARD (AP) — Suburban Chicago prosecutors have charged a 28-year-old woman with first-degree murder in her mother's strangulation death.
The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports that a DuPage County judge set bail at $3 million on Friday for Stephanie DeFalco of Lombard. DeFalco was charged Monday with misdemeanor theft after stealing jewelry belonging to her mother. Prosecutors say DeFalco posted bail and returned home to have an argument with 61-year-old Judith DeFalco.
Prosecutors say Stephanie DeFalco stole money, a cellphone and more jewelry from her mother after killing her and leaving her in bed. Judith DeFalco was found with blunt force trauma wounds to the head. Police arrested Stephanie DeFalco early Wednesday
It wasn't immediately clear if Stephanie DeFalco had an attorney who could comment on her behalf. Her next court date is April 6.
Chicago mayor, congressman part of Puerto Rico delegation
CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel's office says the Chicago mayor and U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez are leading a delegation of local officials on a humanitarian visit to Puerto Rico.
Officials say the delegation will travel to San Juan on Friday along with 5,200 pounds of non-perishable goods, medical equipment and supplies to help after last year's hurricane damage.
Emanuel is taking the trip as part of a mayoral exchange program that connects local leaders on the mainland with their counterparts in Puerto Rico to help rebuilding efforts. Emanuel is scheduled to visit with two mayors while he is in Puerto Rico.
Separately, Chicago Public Schools students will participate in hurricane relief trips to Puerto Rico later this month and during the summer.
Security finds loaded gun at Chicago's Midway airport
CHICAGO (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officials say they confiscated a loaded handgun this week from a carry-on bag at Chicago's Midway International Airport.
The .38-caliber weapon was spotted in a Las Vegas-bound passenger's luggage Monday during a security checkpoint screening. TSA officers say they found a bullet in the chamber of the gun and immediately notified the Chicago Police Department.
Police confiscated the gun and arrested the 52-year-old passenger on a local charge.
TSA says the number of firearms brought to airport security checkpoints has risen over the years. Security officers detected nearly 4,000 firearms at airports across the nation in 2017. Travelers can face criminal charges and thousands of dollars in fines.

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