ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois man is banned from riding a motorcycle for one year after driving more than 140 mph to evade police. Brian Bianco of St. Charles was arrested last year on three counts of fleeing police, according to the Daily Herald. The 24-year-old was stopped by police for failing to signal while turning. But police say Bianco then blew through a red light and escaped. A video posted on YouTube captured the incident and was linked to Bianco's personal page. That tipped off police.
CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. (AP) - An Ohio River ferry in southeastern Illinois is in danger of shutting down by July due to a lack of money. The Cave-In-Rock Ferry transports passengers between Illinois and Kentucky. But the Southern Illinoisan reports that the free service is now in danger of drowning in rising costs. Kentucky and Illinois typically split the cost of running the ferry. An Illinois lawmaker says Kentucky needs to pay more.
DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) - A 94-year-old Illinois veteran has received France's highest medal of honor for his service in World War II. Xenophon "Fonda" Doudalis was awarded the Legion of Honor medal, the Daily Herald reports. He liberated villages in France as well as a German concentration camp in 1945. Doudalis joined the war at 19 and says the "dreadful images" of liberating survivors from German occupation continue to "haunt" him. After the war, Doudalis returned to Des Plaines in suburban Chicago.
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by three students who say their rights to free speech, free press and due process are being violated. The News-Gazette reports that Andrew Minik, Joel Valdez and Blair Nelson filed the federal lawsuit in April. The lawsuit alleges the university issued restraining orders against them because of their conservative political views and prevented them from doing their job.
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