Associated Press

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A Chicago suburb is offering 10 free houses to people in Texas who have lost their homes to Harvey.

Harvey, Ill., spokesman Sean Howard said that volunteer tradesmen and carpenters are going to the homes this weekend to prepare them for new residents.

The city acquired the homes due to unpaid taxes, according to news reports. Instead of selling the properties to investors, the city is making them available to storm victims. Renovations could take about six weeks.

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The Illinois National Guard says it's sending seven airmen and a C-130 cargo plane to help with the response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

The guard says the members of the 182nd Airlift Wing will leave Peoria on Thursday for Dallas and are expected to help with storm relief and recovery for the next three to four days.

Harvey has weakened and its floodwaters are dropping in much of the Houston area, but the death toll from the storm is rising.  
 

Chicago Police Department

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is poised to receive a new kidney from his son.

The superintendent who disclosed in January after suffering a public dizzy spell that he's on a waiting list for a kidney transplant told reporters on Wednesday that 25-year-old Daniel Johnson would be the donor of the kidney.

Johnson did not want to say yet exactly when he will have the surgery but department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said it will be done within the next two weeks.

City of Rockford

Aldermen in Rockford have approved a resolution condemning hate groups after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia.

The Rockford Register Star reports that the resolution was adopted 14-0 on Monday evening. Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara offered his support to the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the city's residents. One person was killed and others were injured at the Aug. 12 rally and protest in Charlottesville. Two Virginia state troopers also died in helicopter crash while patrolling the protests.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved regulations that require pharmacists to counsel customers who seek to fill prescriptions for new medications or need changes to longtime prescriptions.

The higher counseling standard comes after a Chicago Tribune investigation in December revealed pharmacies frequently failed to warn customers about severe drug interactions. Pharmacies have been required only to offer to counsel customers.

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