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CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago police have investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi did say that the two men in question met with police and prosecutors Tuesday at a Chicago courthouse.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is scheduled to unveil his first annual budget proposal amid an estimated $3.2 billion deficit. The Democrat will address a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday with his plans for state spending in the fiscal year that begins July 1. His administration this month estimated that without action, the state could be in a $3 billion hole in the spring of 2020.

CHICAGO (AP) – The survivors of a man who died of pancreatic cancer have filed a federal lawsuit in Chicago contending a shipping company lost some the man’s cremated remains. The ashes of Joel D. Ford of Georgia were to be split into four urns and sent to his children. Trayce Ford-Reyes of Naperville and her brothers in Texas each received urns. However, a sister in Indiana didn’t. The lawsuit contends the urn meant for Tyna Kirk was damaged by United Parcel Service and the ashes thrown in the trash.

CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors will have to clear legal hurdles if they intend to charge and convict R. Kelly, even if there’s video evidence. The R&B star’s own 2008 trial at which he was acquitted illustrates the difficulties. At the heart of that child pornography trial was a VHS recording that prosecutors said showed Kelly having sex with a girl as young as 13. Speculation Kelly could face new charges arose after an attorney said he recently gave prosecutors a VHS tape of Kelly and an underage girl having sex.

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