Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT
PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — Skeletal remains found this summer near a central Illinois home have been identified as belonging to 13-year-old Robert Bee Jr. who had been missing since last year. The Pekin Daily Times reports that findings of the Illinois State Police Forensic Laboratory's Forensic Biology Section were released Saturday morning. The remains were found in July in Pekin by a person who was mowing grass.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in northern Illinois has been shot and wounded in Rockford after stopping a vehicle that had been involved in earlier police chases. Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana tells the Rockford Register Star that the deputy was shot at least three times after 1 a.m. Saturday after the driver began running from the vehicle. Caruana says police had twice earlier tried to stop the vehicle.
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say shots fired at a car in Gary have killed the driver, injured two passengers and left the vehicle tumbling onto a ramp to Interstates 80/94. They say the car was headed to a restaurant about 5:15 a.m. Saturday when shots came from a second vehicle, hitting 24-year-old driver Dalvontaye Kelly multiple times, a 23-year-old front seat passenger seven times and a 20-year-old back seat passenger once.
KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Services at a Kankakee church have been moved after a bat found near it tested positive for rabies. The (Kankakee) Daily Journal reports Saturday that the bat was found Tuesday below the belfry at St. Rose of Lima. The Rev. Santos Castillo, pastor of St. John Paul II Catholic Church, announced in a letter on the parish website that services at St. Rose of Lima are temporarily suspended.