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August 28  5:30 am
 
Chester Weger Parole Hearing
 
The man convicted in one of the most infamous murders in the area began another parole hearing yesterday in Springfield. 75-year old Chester Weger went before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board for another chance at being released from prison. Three Chicago area women were killed in 1960 in St. Louis Canyon, and Weger was convicted of one of the murders and has been serving a life sentenc. During Weger's last parole hearing in November 2013, he was denied parole, despite an even 7 to 7 vote by the review board.
 
 Sycamore Teacher Charged
 Sexual assault charges have been filed against a high school teacher in Sycamore. Leah Eames is charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Eames coached boys and girls swimming at Sycamore and DeKalb high schools. She was arrested Tuesday evening after allegedly having sexual contact with a teenage female swimmer.

Department Agriculture
 Republican Bruce Rauner has told a Farm Bureau-sponsored forum near Bloomington that he'll overhaul the Illinois Department of Agriculture if he's elected governor. The suburban Chicago businessman says the department is -- in his words -- "full of cronyism." He's previously criticized the department's director -- a Democrat who used to be a state lawmaker -- for not being a farmer. Governor Pat Quinn has defended Bob Flider's work at the agriculture department.

Teamsters Protest IDOT
 Lawyers for the Teamsters say they will fight the layoffs of more than 50 union members at the Illinois Department of Transportation. The workers in staff assistant positions were let go last week after a state inspector general's report criticized IDOT for ignoring anti-patronage rules

Chase Victim Killed
 Winnebago County authorities say a woman has died after being struck by a vehicle fleeing from police last week.   A Winnebago County coroner says 42-year-old Karen Williams of Rockford died Wednesday after being hospitalized in critical condition for a week.   Authorities say the high-speed chase on Aug. 20 followed an armed robbery at a Belvidere cellphone store. Boone County authorities persued three suspects into Winnebago County, where they crashed into Williams' vehicle.