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CHICAGO (AP) - Lori Lightfoot has taken the oath of office, becoming Chicago's first black female and openly gay mayor. She was inaugurated Monday morning in a ceremony attended by the Illinois governor, U.S. senators and outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She started her remarks calling Chicago "a proud city with a proud history."

OTTAWA, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois man faces a felony charge accusing him of leaving a voicemail for state Sen. Sue Rezin's office threatening to commit a mass school shooting. The (Ottawa) Times reports 33-year-old Steven A. Tutko of Peru is to be arraigned Thursday and is in custody at the LaSalle County jail on $100,000 bond. Tutko was assigned a LaSalle County public defender.

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police are stepping up patrols at synagogues as well as Jewish schools and businesses after an attempted arson at a synagogue and vandalism near others. Police say they're seeking to identify a person seen on surveillance video early Sunday near Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation. Police say the person tried to use Molotov cocktails to cause a fire, but no damage or injuries were reported. Police say different suspects are being sought in the attempted arson and the vandalism.

DYER, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say a contract worker from Illinois has died while working on an electronic sign at a restaurant in northwestern Indiana. The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports crews responded Sunday to Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage in Dyer on Sunday to a call about a possible electrocution. The Lake County, Indiana, coroner's office says in a statement that 62-year-old Terry Mirkov of Crete, Illinois, was pronounced dead. The coroner's office says cause of death was pending.

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