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Lawmakers to Consider Special Election to Fill Comptroller Post

(CHICAGO) -- Lawmakers are being called back to a session next month to consider legislation that would allow for a special election in 2016 to elect a new Illinois Comptroller.

The session to consider the legislation is scheduled for Jan. 8 in Springfield, according to a statement released by Gov. Pat Quinn's office Thursday.

The statement said that the special election would allow voters to elect a new comptroller in the next statewide eelction on Nov. 8, 2016.

The primary election is scheduled for March 15, 2016.

This comes following the passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka last week.

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Son of Murdered Chicago Hitman Charged in Second Killing in Idaho

(MERIDIAN, Idaho) -- Authorities have charged the son of a slain Chicago hitman with the murder of Joshua James Reddington in Idaho.

In a statement Tuesday, Idaho State Police said Michael Stephen Dauber has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Reddington.

Dauber, who's the son of murdered mob hitman William Dauber, is also charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Investigators believe Reddington was killed shortly after he went missing on May 26, 2000. He was 25 years old at the time of his death.

Dauber was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on the latest charges, after being served the arrest warrants at the Ada County Jail in Idaho, where he's awaiting trial for another murder -- that of Steven Kalogerakos.

Kalogerakos was first reported missing in January 2008. His remains were found in the desert southeast of Boise in October 2013.

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Three Escape Fire on Chicago's South Side

(CHICAGO) -- The people managed to escape injury after a fire broke out at a home on Chicago's South Side Monday night.

The blaze was reported at a home, located on the 5700 block of South LaSalle Street, according to a report by ABC's Chicago station WLS-TV.

Officials said police officers arrived at the burning home and were able to alert three women who were inside, leading to the women all making it out safely.

Fire crews responded and worked to put out the flames.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

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Three from Chicago Killed in Arkansas Crash

(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- Three people from Chicago, Ill. were killed in a vehicular crash in Arkansas Sunday.

Arkansas State Police said a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer was southbound on Highway 155 at the 66 mile marker in Arkansas' Mississippi County, when the left rear tire blew out, resulting in the vehicle overturning and crashing into a ditch.

Three passengers -- Elva Figurero and Gabriel Figurero, both 46, and Navor Medina, 36 -- were all killed in the crash. Two were pronounced dead at the scene, while the other was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

The driver, 46-year-old Francisco Figurero, also of Chicago, has been hospitalized with unknown injuries.

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Fire Crews Battle Blaze at Presence Resurrection Medical Center

(CHICAGO) -- Some patients had to be evacuated after a fire broke out at Presence Resurrection Medical Center Thursday night.

Fire crews responded to the blaze around 10 p.m. and worked to put out the flames.

Officials told ABC affiliate WLS-TV that flames spread from the kitchen area to the second floor chapel.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries, according to WLS-TV, however, no patients were injured.

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