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Posted on January 20, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 20 at 7:00 AM

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CHICAGO — Authorities on exhumed the body a Chicago man who was poisoned with cyanide after winning the lottery and conducted an autopsy in the hopes that it will help solve the mystery surrounding his death. The body of Urooj Khan was exhumed from a cemetery Friday morning and placed inside a black hearse, which was escorted by four police cars to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. Pathologists collected samples of hair, nails and most major body organs, as well as contents of the stomach, Medical Examiner Stephen Cina said. Tests might determine whether Khan swallowed, inhaled or was injected with the poison, Cina said. By Jason Keyser.

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CHAMPAIGN — Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is taking on a new role, as a University of Illinois trustee. Gov. Pat Quinn announced he appointed Chicago's former top federal prosecutor and corruption buster to the university's board that oversees the three-campus university system. Fitzgerald, best known as the tenacious prosecutor who helped put former Illinois Govs. George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich in prison, said Quinn approached him about the position earlier this month. By David Mercer.

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WATERLOO — The widow of an Air Force veteran who died with two of their young sons during a Missouri hike told mourners she's comforted knowing her husband and boys were loved and "together until the very last moment." Standing near the three caskets inside an Illinois funeral home, Sarah Decareaux tried hard to find the words to say and not cry. "I just love my boys. I love their daddy," she said of David, 36, and their inquisitive Cub Scout sons, Dominic, 10 and Grant, 8. "I know they're resting in peace, and I know they're all together." David Decareaux's flag-draped casket was flanked by the boys' tiny white ones during the service, which was marked by a moment that brought many of the 200 mourners to tears: Dominic and Grant being posthumously named honorary Eagle Scouts.By Jim Suhr.

AP Photos. MOSTP101, ILBND201.


CHICAGO — Chicago was given federal approval to privatize Midway International Airport, and the city promptly began asking potential buyers to get in touch. The city hopes to lease Midway for up to 40 years in a deal that would generate enough cash to pay off the airport's roughly $1.4 billion debt, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said. Profits would be split between the private operator and the city.

A two-sentence statement released Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration said Chicago "can take the next steps to select a private airport operator" after the agency accepted a preliminary application to privatize Midway.


WASHINGTON — It's likely that burning lithium ion batteries on two Boeing 787 Dreamliners were caused by overcharging, aviation safety and battery experts said, pointing to developments in the investigation of the Boeing incidents as well as a battery fire in a business jet more than a year ago. An investigator in Japan, where a 787 made an emergency landing earlier this week, said the charred insides of the plane's lithium ion battery show the battery received voltage in excess of its design limits. The similarity of the burned battery from the All Nippon Airways flight to the burned battery in a Japan Airlines 787 that caught fire Jan. 7 while the jet was parked at Boston's Logan International Airport suggests a common cause, Japan transport ministry investigator Hideyo Kosugi said. By Joan Lowy.

AP Photos TOK807-808, KSX103.


LISLE — SunCoke Energy Partners LP's shares fell nearly 4 percent in their first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The Lisle-based metallurgical coke company had been a subsidiary of coal producer SunCoke Energy Inc. Metallurgical coke is used in making steel.


—INVESTMENT FRAUD-SENTENCE, from CHICAGO: A former Chicago man who pleaded guilty to swindling nearly $8 million from more than 50 victims who thought they were buying specially discounted stocks in Google, Facebook and other companies has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

—MURDER SENTENCE, from CHICAGO: A 22-year-old suburban Chicago man has been sentenced to 105 years in prison for killing a man after a bar fight.

—CHICAGO SCHOOLS-CALENDAR, from CHICAGO: All Chicago Public Schools would start classes before Labor Day and end in mid-June under a newly proposed academic calendar.

—NORTHWESTERN-INTERNET, from EVANSTON: The state of Illinois is investing $1 million to bring ultra-high speed Internet service to the Chicago suburb of Evanston, which is home to about 160 technology startup businesses.

—ARSON CHARGE, from CHICAGO: A 36-year-old suburban Chicago man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to the home of an African-American family that moved onto the street of his residence.

—MONTANA KIDNAPPING, from BILLINGS, Mont.: Police are searching for two armed suspects who purported to be FBI agents when they allegedly kidnapped an Illinois man from a Montana hotel room.

—EIU-ROOM AND BOARD, from CHARLESTON: Trustees at Eastern Illinois University have raised the cost of room and board starting next fall.

—ABUSE CASE, from JOLIET: A Will County has ruled a suburban Chicago woman wasn't abusive for using a belt to discipline her child, who is the son of former Chicago Bull Eddie Curry.

—CHICAGO MAYOR-JACKSON APPOINTMENT, from CHICAGO: Mayor Rahm Emanuel says a four-member commission will help him select Sandi Jackson's replacement on the Chicago City Council.



BOSTON — Marco Belinelli made a game-winning jumper with 3.1 seconds left, Jimmy Butler scored six points in overtime and the Chicago Bulls extended their Friday night road show by beating the Boston Celtics 100-99. Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 20 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added 14 points and 13 boards as the Bulls won their 14th straight road game on a Friday. They haven't lost since April 2011. Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 30 points for Boston before fouling out with 1:16 to play in overtime. By Ken Powtak.

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LAKE FOREST — The Chicago Bears hired Jacksonville's Mel Tucker as their defensive coordinator to replace Rod Marinelli. Tucker spent the past four seasons as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator and was assistant head coach this season.He interviewed to replace Mike Mularkey, who was fired after going 2-14 in his lone season as their head coach, but that job went to Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on Thursday. New Bears coach Marc Trestman wanted to retain Marinelli, but he chose not to return. Now, he's turning to Tucker, who has experience with the 4-3 as well as the 3-4 defensive formations.


CHICAGO — Pitchers Jeff Samardzija and James Russell have agreed to one-year contracts with the Chicago Cubs and avoided arbitration.They're about to begin their second season with Theo Epstein leading the front office, and the right-hander believes the pieces are starting to fall into place. He says he "absolutely" likes what he's seeing from management, and he wasn't referring to the one-year contract he agreed to.

AP Photos ILHN104-108.



DECATUR — Lydia Henson spends her work days going from high school class to high school class with student Chandler Hudson, interpreting into sign language the things the teachers and other students say in class. Hudson is hearing-impaired, and Henson is the only certified educational interpreter in the Macon-Piatt Special Education District. "This is not unique to Macon-Piatt," said Kathy Massey, assistant director of special education. "We all have trouble finding interpreters who are certified and I think part of it is the continuing hours on campus." By Valerie Wells. (Decatur) Herald & Review.

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QUINCY - Kathy Eatock makes two things clear about running marathons. "If you are running a marathon, it is 26.2 miles, no matter where it is," the Pleasant Hill woman said. And that two-tenths of a mile is significant. "People comment about it being 26 miles. No, it's 26.2," Eatock said. "After you ran 26 miles, 0.2 is just short of a quarter-mile. That's a long way. If you're convinced, 'Oh, I'm done. I'm going to round this corner and be done,' then look out and you've still got a quarter-mile to go, you have problems. It's all mental." Eatock has focused on the mental and physical aspects of distance running since 2004, wearing out a pair of shoes every 500 miles or about every six months. By Deborah Gertz Husar. The Quincy Herald-Whig.

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