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Illinois quick hits: Woman charged with murdering car salesman; Smashing Pumpkins to play State Fair


Woman charged with murdering car salesman

A Berwyn woman is facing murder charges one month after a Rockford car salesman was abducted during a test drive and later found shot to death.

Rosie Chavez faces first degree murder and felony kidnapping charges. The victim’s body was found Feb. 13 about 80 miles from the dealership where he worked. Chavez was arrested March 22 and is due in court next week.

Dig safely

As part of Safe Digging Month in Illinois, the Illinois Commerce Commission is reminding citizens they can help reduce utility outages and accidents by calling 811.

With temperatures starting to rise, this annual proclamation is a reminder to all professional excavators and homeowners to call 811 to safely locate and mark utility lines before starting a digging project.

Homeowners and excavators may face penalties for not making the 811 call, and utilities may be cited or fined for failing to mark lines in a timely manner.

Smashing Pumpkins to play State Fair

The Illinois State Fair has added another artist to its already star-studded concert lineup. Fair officials have announced that the Smashing Pumpkins will headline the grandstand Friday, Aug. 16.

Since forming in Chicago in 1988, the group has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and garnered two Grammy Awards, two MTV VMAs and an American Music Award.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 5. Other acts appearing during the Illinois State Fair include Keith Urban, Motley Crue and the Jonas Brothers.