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A gay Illinois teacher has sparked debate after explaining to his students he received flowers from his husband and encouraging them to be respectful and tolerant.

Prairie View Grade School music teacher Nathan Etter, 30, received the flowers on Valentine's Day, the Daily Herald reported . He said he spent about 30 seconds on the topic of acceptance after some of his first-grade students negatively reacted to him having a husband.

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Some of the motions filed in the case of a Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald that have been kept secret may soon become public. 

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that on Wednesday, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan ordered Officer Jason Van Dyke's attorneys  and prosecutors to prepare objections to the release of any of the filings before deciding which ones should be made public.

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The city of Chicago has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a teenager shot by a police officer under questionable circumstances.

 

The August 2015 shooting that left Jaquise Evans seriously injured became even more controversial when U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in January accused city attorneys of withholding evidence during a trial.

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A 71-year-old central Illinois woman faces federal charges accusing her of possessing and intending to distribute synthetic marijuana.

Federal prosecutors say Letha Dean is the eighth defendant charged in a task force investigation of synthetic marijuana distribution in central Illinois. The Salisbury woman appeared before a Springfield federal judge Monday and waived a preliminary hearing.

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Starved Rock State Park is struggling to keep up with the more than 10 million visitors that have come to the Illinois park in the last four years.

The facilities and trails in Utica aren't equipped to handle the traffic they get, said Kerry Novak, the park's complex superintendent. The park faces a growing maintenance budget that's difficult to support, he told The News Tribune.

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