Israeli nonprofit, city sign tech deal

Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to create a partnership between technology and innovation ecosystems with the city of Chicago and an Israeli nonprofit.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Emanuel and Chemi Peres signed a memorandum of cooperation Monday.

Peres is chair of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation and son of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The goal is to foster stronger ties between the city and the center by pooling the talents of business, academic, civic and government leaders. World Business Chicago will take the lead on Chicago's end.

The document does not create a legally binding agreement or financial commitment.

Emanuel did not seek re-election as mayor and will be replaced by Democrat Lori Lightfoot, who was elected earlier this month.


Peoria County barn burns; no one hurt

There were no injuries resulting from a Sunday morning barn fire in rural Peoria County.

Peoria firefighters were called to Koerner Road and Charter Oak Road shortly after 8 a.m.

En route, crews were advised the fire could be in the jurisdiction of the Dunlap Fire Protection District, which had been dispatched to the scene.

Arriving Peoria crews performed a defensive operation. Dispatch then informed Peoria firefighters the blaze was in the Dunlap fire district.

Once on the scene, Dunlap firefighters assumed all operations. Peoria firefighters cleared the scene with no injuries to civilians or firefighters.


Inmates train dogs from animal shelter

Southern Illinois prison inmates are training dogs from a local animal shelter, and officials say it's helping both the dogs and the offenders.

WSIL-TV reports St. Francis Community Animal Rescue in Murphysboro has teamed up with the Vienna Correctional Center.

St. Francis sent six dogs to the prison for a 12-week basic training program. Inmates are helping the dogs learn basic commands and how to walk on a leash.

Kay Creese of the St. Francis Community Animal Rescue says "everybody wins." She says the inmates are learning skills, and the dogs become better behaved and more prepared to go to a home.

Eight more dogs will enter the program later this month. A graduation and dog adoption event will be held in May.


Ex-professor leaves $8 million to school

A building at Purdue University Northwest is being named in honor of a former professor who left about $8 million from his estate for student scholarships and professorships.

The Purdue University board of trustees recently approved the official naming of the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building, which is under construction in Hammond, Ind., and is set to open in fall 2020.

Nelson grew up in Farmington, Mo. The organic chemistry professor retired in 1991 and died in 2017 at age 90.

A substantial amount of Nelson's gift will go to students through the Dr. Nils K. Nelson Memorial Scholarship. Another portion will establish named professorships.

The remaining amount went to the bioscience building, which will be the first new academic building on the Hammond campus in nearly 20 years.

— Associated Press


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