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The theft of a police chief's gun used in a 2009 Illinois murder will be investigated by a special state prosecutor. The Southern Illinoisan reports that a Jackson County judge has signed off on having a prosecutor with the Illinois attorney general's office review the case. Authorities say the gun taken from Carbondale Police Chief Jody O'Guinn's car in 2009 was used months later in the death of Deaunta Spencer of Carbondale. Witnesses said Matthew Jones shot Spencer during an altercation. Police say they found what they believe to be the murder weapon blocks from the scene. Jones pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced last year to 35 years in prison.
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - For the first time in more than a decade, bars in downtown Carbondale will be allowed to open on Halloween.
City Council members voted 4-2 on Tuesday to let bars in an area known as "The Strip" operate this year. City officials say they'll allow the bars to open for business as part of a one-year experiment.
The bars have had to shut down for the past 12 years after rioting and vandalism in the college town in far-southern Illinois.
Councilwoman Jane Adams says she supports the change, which will allow three bars to operate.
She says the new regulations won't lead to a "street party."
But Mayor Joel Fritzler voted against the move. He says any Halloween mayhem could hamper development.