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 A 15-year-old western Illinois girl accused of fatally shooting her mother will be tried as an adult.

 

Sauk Valley Media reports that on Thursday, a Whiteside County judge dismissed the juvenile case, allowing prosecutors to immediately charge Anna Schroeder in adult court with first-degree murder, arson and concealment of a homicide.

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is auctioning off hundreds of confiscated or abandoned items including deer hunting tree stands, live traps and fishing rods.

 

IDNR says the auction is scheduled for June 23 in Pawnee, Illinois.

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 The Illinois Labor Relations Board is moving forward with giving step increases to unionized state workers.

 

Step increases are automatic raises that workers receive sometime during the first decade of their careers. About 15,000 union members are eligible for the increases.

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With frustration mounting over lawmakers' inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.

 

At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation's largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease.

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The remains of famous Roman Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen can be moved to Illinois from New York, nearly 40 years after his death, a judge said.

 

Joan Sheen Cunningham, 90, believes moving her uncle's remains to Peoria, Illinois, will improve his cause for sainthood. New York Supreme Court Judge Arlene Bluth said that is a "laudable purpose."

"It makes no sense, given his lifelong devotion to the Catholic Church, that he would choose a location — New York City — over the chance to become a saint," Bluth said Friday, calling Sheen a "legendary figure."

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