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Former Northern Illinois University police officer Andrew Rifkin was charged with sexually assaulting a female freshman student at NIU in 2011.

Following his arrest, Rifkin was interviewed by two university police officers for about two and a half hours. That interview was recorded.

Rifkin's attorney, Bruce Brandwein, says a large portion of the recorded interview was not recovered. He also says there are missing text messages between Rifkin and the victim from days following the incident.

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A judge has appointed a suburban Chicago state's attorney as the special prosecutor in the case against a Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

At a hearing on Thursday, Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan swore in Kane County State's Attorney Joseph McMahon to handle the prosecution of Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Van Dyke was charged with murder last year in the 2014 killing of McDonald at the same time authorities released the dashcam video that shows McDonald being shot 16 times.

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A trio of football players from the 1985 Super Bowl Chicago Bears will help kick off the Illinois State Fair next week.

    

Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson, and Steve McMichael are the grand marshals for the twilight parade Thursday (8/11) evening. 

Fair manager Kevin Gordon says then they’ll play a free concert as part of the band “The Chicago 6.”

“After the concert, they will come down off stage and we also will have a free autograph signing with them. So we obviously encourage everyone to come out,” Gordon said.

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Due to cases of the Zika Virus, potential blood donors are now being asked if they've traveled recently to south Florida. The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center wants people who visited Miami-Dade and Broward counties to postpone giving blood for up to one month after their return.   

The center serves 88 hospitals in four states, and has already announced a "Zika Virus travel deferral" for anyone who's visited Mexico, the Carribean, Central and South America, and the Pacific Islands.  

Illinois patients legally purchased $2.9 million worth of medical marijuana products in July.

State officials with the medical cannabis pilot program released the figures Wednesday. June sales had been $2.57 million.

Sales have climbed steadily since purchasing began Nov. 9.

Illinois now has nearly 8,891 qualified medical marijuana patients and 40 registered dispensaries.

July's figures bring the total retail sales of marijuana in Illinois to $16.3 million.

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