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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - An Air Force staffer stationed in Illinois is due in federal court after being charged with possessing pipe bombs he told investigators he planned to use on local sex offenders. Justin Vangilder is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing Wednesday in East St. Louis. Vangilder was arrested and charged last October while he was assigned to Scott Air Force Base.

CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say one person died after a van collided with an empty Chicago Transit Authority bus on the city's South Side. The crash happened early Wednesday morning. Police say the van had three people inside when it slammed into the bus and burst into flames. The van's driver died at an Oak Lawn hospital.

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) - Eastern Illinois University will open a new Center for Clean Energy Research and Education on Friday. The school says the 5,000-square-foot building will be home to a research facility where faculty and students can experiment with biomass as a fuel. That includes a lab and a lab-scale gasifier to turn plant matter into fuel.

CHICAGO (AP) - Governor Pat Quinn has designated Wednesday as Wrigley Field Day in Illinois. Quinn issued the designation as the Chicago Cubs' ballpark celebrates its 100th anniversary. The team is holding a series of events this season to mark the anniversary.

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