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DECATUR, Ill. (AP) – Authorities in central Illinois are attempting to determine the cause of death of two people whose bodies were found in an auto repair shop. Macon County Coroner Michael E. Day says 34-year-old Beau W. Ford and 30-year-old Jacinda M. Jiles were found dead Saturday in the back room of the shop in Decatur. Day says in a statement that autopsies were carried out on both bodies the same day they were discovered and there was no injury or trauma detected in either person.

CHICAGO (AP) – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against a suburban Chicago school by the parents of a student who killed himself after staff warned him he may have to register as a sex offender because they suspected he made a video of himself having sex with a classmate without her knowledge. However, the judge struck a disapproving note in describing how Naperville North High School officials in January 2017 told 16-year-old Corey Walgren any video may constitute child pornography.

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – An attorney says a Chicago suburb has reached a tentative $1.25 million settlement with a former doctoral student who was tackled to the ground by police officers for stealing a car that turned out to be his own. Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz confirmed a settlement was reached with Lawrence Crosby, who was 25 in 2015 when the incident occurred. He declined to confirm the amount, pending final approval by the City Council.

EUREKA, Ill. (AP) – A sheriff says he’s committed to getting a clock and bell working again atop an Illinois courthouse that was built in 1897. The clock tower and a one-ton bronze bell were added to the Woodford County courthouse in Eureka in 1906. But neither has worked reliably for about 10 years. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Verdin Clock, a Cincinnati company, inspected the site and said a total rehab would cost about $46,000. Sheriff Matt Smith says the county paid $12,000 as a partial down payment.

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