Starved Rock Trails
Most of the trails at Starved Rock State Park have remained closed after a storm damaged countless trees four weeks ago. The park is waiting for an emergency contract to be awarded for tree removal. The park superintendent says hikers who ignore the closed trail signs are subject to fines of at least $120.
The damage includes limbs that hang dangerously over the trails. A conservation police officer says as he was issuing a ticket Sunday, a big oak tree came crashing down.
The state of Illinois has cautioned insurers about discriminating against transgender people. The Illinois Department of Insurance bulletin issued to insurers this week details nondiscrimination provisions in the federal Affordable Care Act along with Illinois laws. Backers say the move was prompted by concerns for transgender people's rights, a focus for some gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights advocates after Illinois legalized same-sex marriage this year
Killed Trying to get Cellphone
Authorities say a central Illinois woman is dead after running back into her burning home to get her cellphone. Police in Bartonville said the home caught fire around 4 a.m. Tuesday. The woman and her teenage daughter were out of the house but the woman ran back inside. Bartonville is just southwest of Peoria.