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News Minute: Here is the latest Illinois news from The Associated Press

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CHICAGO (AP) - The University of Chicago plans a festival to honor late writer and broadcaster Studs Terkel. The new "Let's Get Working" festival will be at the school's Logan Center for the Arts from May 9 to 11. The free festival will feature concerts, discussions, performances and screenings. Terkel was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. He died in 2008 at age 96.

CHICAGO (AP) - Some of the police officers who have been patrolling Chicago's most violent neighborhoods on foot are getting bicycles. The idea is to extend the amount of territory they can cover while allowing officers to maintain close interaction with residents. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says nothing compares "to officers getting out of their cars, engaging the community and knowing the names, faces and stories of everyone in that neighborhood."

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Democratic Party is planning to hold an organizational meeting for the state central committee. Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is the party chairman. He says there are new members of the state central committee since the March 18 primary election. Members will elect party officials at Tuesday's event in Springfield.

CHESTER, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois school district has begun work to replace an elementary school's gymnasium and two classrooms rendered unusable because of structural issues. Construction began this week southeast of St. Louis in Chester, where the elementary school gym and its connecting classrooms were condemned in mid-2012 because shifting ground made them unstable. The condemnation resulted in more than 600 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade having no facility for physical education classes during inclement weather.

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