CHICAGO

Officer cleared in fatal teen shooting

The Chicago Police Board has ignored oversight officials' recommendation and cleared an officer of wrongdoing in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy during a 2012 foot chase.

Last year, the Independent Police Review Authority found Officer Brandon Ternand at fault for shooting Dakota Bright.

Authorities say Bright was unarmed when he was shot in the back of the head, but officers recovered a .22-caliber revolver in a front yard near where the chase began.

Ternand told authorities he opened fire when he saw Bright turn his head in the officer's direction and reach for his left side as if he were going to pull a gun.

In its 5-3 vote late Thursday, the board found Ternand was justified in shooting Bright from about 50 feet away.

Ternand has been suspended without pay since November. The decision means he won't be fired or face discipline for the shooting.

TINLEY PARK

 Township worker accused of stealing

A former employee of a suburban Chicago township has been accused of embezzling government funds to pay personal expenses, including credit card and utility bills.

Michelle Patras of Tinley Park is charged with theft of government property in excess of $10,000 and continuing a financial crimes enterprise.

The Daily Southtown reports the 48-year-old Patras is accused of stealing about $59,000 in Orland Township funds during the more than two years she worked there. Orland Park police say Patras surrendered to authorities last month.

The money was allegedly taken from the food pantry fund as well as the township's general assistance fund, used to help township residents suffering financial hardship.

URBANA

Uof I pushes brand for business school

The University of Illinois Gies College of Business is now behind football coach Lovie Smith when he answers questions about the team.

The business college's name is emblazoned on the backdrop for Smith's press conferences. It is part of a "branding" effort by the business college, which was named after donors Larry and Beth Gies a year ago.

The News-Gazette in Champaign reports Jeffrey Brown, an economist who was once a brand manager at Procter and Gamble, has focused on branding since taking over as dean in 2015.

Brown says the university has long been criticized for allowing itself to be out-marketed and out-competed by peers. He says the college is now putting money behind an effort to tell its story.

The college is gearing up for other marketing efforts.

SPRINGFIELD

Fire marshal offers tips for safe autumn

The Illinois state fire marshal is offering tips for a fire-free fall.

Fire Marshal Matt Perez says leaves and sticks should be removed from gutters so they don't fuel house fires.

Bonfires should be confined to a pit with side walls and should be limited in size.

Perez says don't burn leaves on windy days. Keep all fires at least 15 feet  from structures and combustible materials.

Fall and holiday decorations should be fire-retardant. Use a battery light instead of a candle in jack o' lanterns.

Space heaters indoors should be kept 3 feet from other objects such as curtains. Always unplug them when not in use.

The National Fire Protection Association says space heaters account for 43 percent of home-heating fires in the U.S.

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