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MACOMB, Ill. (AP) \u2014 Western Illinois University is being honored by the Arbor Day Foundation for its work on campus forest management and conservation goals.

The school has been designed a \"Tree Campus USA.\" WIU has met the organization's standards, including dedicating annual expenditures toward trees and sponsoring service-learning projects.

The university has roughly 2,700 trees on the Macomb campus. Since 1993, the university has led tree planting excursions with elementary schools in western Illinois. The school also plants trees each year to honor employees and students who have passed away.

The Tree Campus USA program was created in 2008. Roughly 8,500 undergraduate students attend WIU.

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CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 The Chicago History Museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the city's iconic flag.

The City Council accepted the design \u2014 made up of blue and white stripes and red stars \u2014 in April 1917.

Since then it's become a symbol of Chicago. Museum officials say the design also has \"inspired more tattoos than we can count.\"

A celebration is scheduled at the museum on April 4. Admission is free for Illinois residents.

Visitors will see rare artifacts, including a 1947 flag that was carried on the first round-the-world commercial passenger flight of the Pan American Clipper.

They'll also see how the flag changed over the years. The original design had two stars. The third was added in 1933 and the fourth in 1939.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) \u2014 A new exhibit on a baseball Civil War is now at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield.

\"Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry\" opened this weekend and runs until December 31.

The exhibit includes gear \u2014 much of it on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame \u2014 worn or used by such greats as Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson, Greg Maddux, Stan Musial and Mordecai \"Three Fingers\" Brown.

There's an item guaranteed to please Cardinals fans more than Cubs fans: The base Lou Brock stole \u2014 a decade after the Cubs traded him to St. Louis \u2014 to break the single season record for stolen bases.

There are even trivia questions that will help the library determine which team has the most knowledgeable fans.

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CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 Chicago's police union says its head will meet members of President Donald Trump's administration and that deadly violence in the nation's third largest city is expected to be on the agenda.

A Fraternal Order of Police statement doesn't say if Trump could participate in the Washington meeting. But it notes the Republican president, in the union's words, has referenced \"bloodshed and shootings\" that seem to have Chicago in a \"death grip.\"

It didn't provide details on when Chicago police union leader Dean Angelo will meet White House officials.

The Department of Justice released a report in January that concluded civil rights abuses permeated Chicago's 12,000-officer force. The next step is an agreement on reforms. But the union endorsed Trump for president and activists worry Trump won't press for sweeping reforms.

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) \u2014 Iowa's largest community solar power project is celebrating its successful operations in Cedar Falls.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/2nXrY43 ) the solar array has the capacity to generate about 1.5 megawatts of electricity, and 1,250 utility customers helped pay for its construction by paying a one-time fee of several hundred dollars.

Cedar Falls Utilities spokeswoman Betty Zeman says the solar garden generates less than 1 percent of the utility's energy, but it's enough to supply about 265 Cedar Falls homes on average.

The project began generating electricity last May, and is scheduled to continue operating for 20 years.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) \u2014 A former dealer at East Chicago's Ameristar Casino is accused of bilking the casino out of an estimated $26,000.

Forty-five-year-old Li Rong Gao of Chicago was charged Friday with felony theft and cheating and gambling.

Lake County court records show an Ameristar surveillance manager alerted the Indiana Gaming Commission in November about possible cheating involving a dominoes betting game called Pai Gow Tiles.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports (http://bit.ly/2nRvOeQ ) video showed Gao allegedly dealing herself low hands several times last fall when playing the game with three patrons she knew.

Records show Gao's self-dealing of low hands caused those players to win, costing the casino an estimated $26,000. She was later fired.

Court records say Gao denied cheating and told police she was \"just making a lot of mistakes.\"

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Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) \u2014 Democrat Kim Weaver wants a rematch against U.S. Rep. Steve King after losing to the Republican congressman in 2016.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/2nXm9Ue ) Weaver announced Sunday she would challenge King in Iowa's 4th Congressional District in 2018.

In the last election, Weaver lost in 38 of the 39 counties in the district, but she remains optimistic about her chances against King.

The 52-year-old Weaver of Sheldon has criticized King in the past for his comments on minorities, immigration and same-sex marriage.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ The winning numbers in Sunday afternoon's drawing of the Iowa Lottery's \"Pick 4 Midday\" game were:

1-1-6-8

(one, one, six, eight)

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