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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-area Rapper Juice WRLD has died at age 21 after what authorities describe as a “medical emergency” at Midway International Airport. The artist was named top new artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in May. Chicago police are investigating. An autopsy is planned for Monday. The artist got his start on SoundCloud and then became a streaming juggernaut.

 

HILLVIEW, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois power company turned to a herd of goats to clear a steep, rocky plot of land so crews could reach electric lines. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports the 50 goats spent about about two weeks earlier this year chewing dense honeysuckle bushes and poison ivy down to the nub for Ameren Illinois on a 4-acre area near the Greene County village of Hillview. The company’s construction services director says he was skeptical at first but was amazed at how quickly the goats cleared the section.

 

MORRIS, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate has escaped from a northern Illinois county jail while helping deliver meals. The Grundy County sheriff’s office says 34-year-old Andrew J. Viles walked out of the jail in Morris around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, dressed in a dark coat, light jeans and dark shoes. He had been jailed since June on a burglary charge and for violating parole on an earlier burglary conviction.

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge has ruled that a man who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 2004 fatal shooting of a state Capitol building security officer can transfer from a secured state psychiatric hospital to a Chicago outpatient treatment center. Thirty-nine-year-old Derek Potts fatally shot state Capitol building security officer William “Bill” Wozniak in 2004. Potts was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder.

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