PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - No criminal charges will be filed against a man accused of creating a fake Twitter account in the name of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis. According to the county's top prosecutor, a state law against impersonating a public official says the offense must be carried out in person but doesn't mention the use of the Internet. A police raid last week has sparked criticism that Ardis abused his power and violated free speech rights.
LINCOLN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois state police are investigating a fatal shooting Tuesday night at a bar in Lincoln. Investigators say Donald Letterle was involved in an altercation with local police officers and was fatally shot. State police haven't said how the man was shot or who shot him.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A Scott Air Force Base airman has admitted having three pipe bombs at his home. Documents say Justin Vangilder told an informant he fantasized about killing child molesters but there's no indication he planned to target anyone on the base. He'll be sentenced in August.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Legislation pending in Springfield could get dozens of idle state police cruisers back on the road. The proposal from State Representative Brian Stewart would allocate existing funds to install lights, sirens and other electronics on 85 cars. State police are struggling to get the cars prepared because of a small number of technicians.
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