WOODLAWN, Ill. (AP) - Repairs to a southern Illinois bridge that collapsed nearly a year ago soon may begin. Work on the 36-year-old Panzier Lane span in rural Jefferson County is expected to start in mid-September. That's a year since the bridge failed. Some 250 to 300 cars used the bridge each day.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County judge has sentenced a Chicago man to 20 years in prison for attempted murder by choking and stabbing a flower shop employee. Alexander Hampton pleaded guilty to the February 2012 crime and was sentenced yesterday. Prosecutors say Hampton choked and stabbed a female employee at the Asrai Garden flower shop in Wicker Park.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) - Evanston is joining other U.S. cities that have proposed bans on plastic bags. The City Council has approved an ordinance barring stores larger than 10,000 square feet from distributing plastic shopping bags at the point of sale. Plastic bags for wrapping produce and meat inside stores will be allowed.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Federal law enforcement officials say they've arrested at least 10 Rockford-area gang members on gun- and narcotics-related charges. The men were arrested yesterday on charges including selling cocaine and conspiring to possess and sell stolen firearms. They will appear before a U.S. magistrate judge and remain in federal custody pending hearings.
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