LANSING, Ill. (AP) - A 14-year-old student has died two days after being pulled from the swimming pool at an eastern Illinois high school. WLS-TV and the (Tinley Park) Daily Southtown report that the teenager died Friday in a Chicago hospital. He was underwater Wednesday afternoon in the deep end of the pool during swim practice at Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing when another swimmer pulled him out.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago is to start negotiations for the design and construction of a 30-acre training academy for police and firefighters. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday that the joint venture will be led by multinational engineering and design firm AECOM. City Council approval will be required for the contract to be finalized. AECOM will be responsible for leading a design process with city stakeholders, neighborhood residents and first responders. The $95 million academy will be built in West Garfield Park.
MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. (AP) - A group of clergy and activists are calling for an independent investigation into a bar security guard's fatal shooting by a suburban Chicago police officer. About 50 people rallied Friday in the Midlothian police parking lot to protest Sunday's slaying of 26-year-old Jemel Roberson. Roberson was outside a bar in Robbins and holding at gunpoint someone involved in an earlier shooting. Roberson was shot after officers from several agencies responded to the earlier shooting.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois officials are looking for a 16 percent state funding increase to make up for stalled faculty hiring while its enrollment has grown during the state's two-year budget impasse. Administrators say the Urbana-Champaign campus is now last among its 10-member national peer group with a student-faculty ratio of 18-to-1. The campus ranked sixth in 2008. Officials say the school is losing competitiveness because of larger class sizes.
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