BERWYN, Ill. (AP) - Voters will have a chance to weigh in on whether Illinois millionaires should pay more income tax. Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that puts a nonbinding resolution on the November ballot to gauge support for tacking a 3 percent surcharge on incomes over $1 million. House Speaker Michael Madigan says it could raise $1 billion for education, or about $550 per student.
BARTONVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Police in Bartonville say a woman who ran back into her burning home to get her cellphone has died, and an officer who tried to save her is hospitalized. The woman and her teenage daughter were out of the house but the woman ran back inside. Police Chief Brian Fengel said the officer who tried to save the woman was overwhelmed by smoke and is recovering.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - An island in the Illinois River made of material dredged from the waterway will officially be complete this week. The island is being built to provide habitat for fish and a place for birds to call home. Anthony Heddlesten is an environmental engineer with the Army Corps. He tells the Journal Star in Peoria that the 24-acre island is already thick with cottonwoods and willows. Ducks, geese and heron also are being seen.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Archaeologists excavating near the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington have unearthed part of the footprint of the 1836 courthouse where experts said Abraham Lincoln worked as an attorney. The discovery comes amid archaeological work being done before construction starts on a new entrance. Archaeologists also found artifacts, including pieces of glass, a pipe stem, ceramic pieces and spikes and nails.
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