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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) - A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty in a vehicle crash that killed an on-duty Pontiac officer and his police dog. Jason Collins entered the plea Tuesday to charges of reckless homicide and aggravated drunken driving in the October 2013 crash that killed 29-year-old officer Casey Kohlmeier and his dog. Collins faces 14 years in prison on the aggravated DUI charges.

MARION, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for soliciting and aiding in the 2011 murder of her father. Fifty-five-year-old Cindy Stearns was sentenced in Williamson County on Tuesday. She was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm for plotting to kill her father, 73-year-old Charles James of Freeman Spur.

CHICAGO (AP) - Cook County authorities have charged a Chicago man with hitting his 80-year-old neighbor with a board during an argument over fishing tackle and $8. Police say 32-year-old Corey Mitchell hit his neighbor with the board on Saturday at the older man's Chicago home. Mitchell was arrested on Sunday and ordered held on $250,000 bond.

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Two senior living facilities in Rockford will undergo renovations totaling $20 million to modernize and expand. Retirement community Wesley Willows broke ground on an $18 million addition this summer. The project will add 36 one- and two-bedroom apartments. The Villa at P.A. Patterson is finalizing plans for renovations.

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