Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

U.S. 02/21/19, 20:01

Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the "Empire" television series, and court documents filed Thursday allege one of the men provided Smollett with designer drugs. Smollett appeared in court for a bond hearing ...

Chicago police chief angry over alleged Smollett hoax

U.S. 02/21/19, 16:22

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson took it personally when detectives determined that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett allegedly lied about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack . Speaking Thursday at a news conference, Johnson said he was angry and offended that another black man would exploit racial divisions for ...

Funeral held for youngest victim of factory shooting

U.S. 02/20/19, 22:00

A small funeral home was packed with hundreds of mourners for a 21-year-old college student who was killed on the first day of his internship when a worker opened fire inside an Illinois manufacturing facility.Trevor Wehner was among five people killed in the Friday shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. ...

Judge OKs suit aimed at halting Obama library in Chicago

U.S. 02/19/19, 16:28

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Tuesday gave the green light to a lawsuit filed by a parks-advocacy group that aims to stop for good the delayed construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential center in a Chicago park beside Lake Michigan. Some supporters of the project fear the ...

Illinois man known for white crosses makes 5 for hometown

U.S. 02/18/19, 12:27

An Illinois man who has delivered more than 26,000 white crosses to sites around the U.S., largely to remember victims of gun violence, now finds himself doing the same in his hometown.Greg Zanis made crosses for the five victims of the shooting Friday in Aurora, Illinois, where an employee about ...

Who are the five victims of the Aurora, Illinois, shooting?

U.S. 02/16/19, 19:29

The Latest on the mass shooting at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Authorities say a human resources manager, a plant manager and an intern were among the five people killed by a fired worker at a manufacturing warehouse in Aurora, Illinois. Police on Saturday identified the five Henry ...

Update: Aurora shooting victim, 21, was intern on first day

U.S. 02/16/19, 18:04

The Latest on the mass shooting at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois (all times local): ___ 2:15 p.m. One of the five people who were killed by a fired worker at a suburban Chicago industrial warehouse was a 21-year-old college student who had started interning there that day. Jay Wehner says his nephew, Trevor ...

Authorities provide detailed account of Warehouse shooting

U.S. 02/16/19, 16:36

Hundreds of officers swarmed the scene Friday after receiving reports that there was a man shooting people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse. Authorities on Saturday provided a detailed account of the harrowing events that unfolded Friday afternoon at the Henry Pratt Co., when they say 45-year-old Gary Martin began shooting ...

Gunman kills 5 people, wounds 5 police at Illinois business

U.S. 02/15/19, 19:40

An employee of a manufacturing company opened fire at its suburban Chicago plant Friday, killing five people and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman told a news conference that the gunman was 45-year-old Gary Martin and said he was believed ...

Lawsuit means Chicago Obama library plan no sure thing

U.S. 02/14/19, 02:31

Odds still favor the eventual construction of Barack Obama's $500 million presidential museum and library in a public park along Chicago's lakeshore. But it's no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks-advocacy group. A federal judge in Chicago hears arguments Thursday on a ...

Prosecutor in Laquan McDonald case holding news conference

U.S. 02/11/19, 11:25

Illinois' attorney general is holding a news conference with the prosecutor who won a conviction against the white Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald.Neither Attorney General Kwame Raoul nor Kane County State's Attorney Joseph McMahon have said what Monday's news conference is about.But it comes after the ...

Illinois Senate backs $15 hourly minimum wage within 6 years

U.S. 02/07/19, 18:06

The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to hike the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour within six years, quickly advancing a top campaign promise of the newly elected Democratic governor in a major industrial state that hasn't raised the pay floor in nearly a decade.Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who in his ...

Woman’s effort puts Chicago homeless in hotels during freeze

U.S. 02/01/19, 15:29

The good Samaritans who triggered an effort that eventually housed over 100 homeless people in a Chicago hotel amid dangerously cold weather have been outed.Cindy Payne confirms she, her husband and a few friends went to a homeless camp late Tuesday as temperatures sank to negative 23 degrees (negative 30.5 ...

Photos: Schools, offices close amid Midwest cold snap

U.S. 01/30/19, 14:11

An arctic cold snap has sent temperatures plunging across the Midwest , prompting officials to close schools, business and state government offices across the region.The U.S. Postal Service took the rare step of suspending mail delivery across much of the region. More than 1,600 flights were canceled at Chicago's airports ...

Illinois office may seek new sentencing in McDonald slaying

U.S. 01/24/19, 19:35

The Illinois attorney general's office has signaled it may be considering a rare sentencing-related appeal if it concludes a white Chicago police officer's less-than-seven-year prison sentence in the slaying of black teenager Laquan McDonald was wrongly calculated.The office said in a brief statement emailed Thursday it is reviewing Jason Van ...

Illinois joins states committed to carbon-emission reduction

U.S. 01/23/19, 19:40

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has ordered that Illinois join a group of U.S. states committed to following the Paris Climate Agreement on reducing carbon emissions. The Democrat signed an executive order Wednesday to make Illinois the 18th member of the U.S. Climate Alliance. It means Illinois will abide by the Paris agreement that ...

Police: 1 person shot at Illinois mall, suspect at large

U.S. 01/21/19, 21:47

Authorities say a man was critically wounded in a shooting at a suburban Chicago mall, and the suspect remains at large.Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy tells WBBM-AM the 19-year-old man was shot in the center of Orland Square Mall and ran away before collapsing outside a clothing store Monday ...

Update: Hundreds of flights in Chicago canceled

U.S. 01/19/19, 10:15

The Latest on a winter storm in the Midwest and New England (all times local):9:15 a.m.People throughout parts of the Midwest have awakened to a heavy and steady fall of snow that's forced the cancellation of hundreds of airline flights and made driving dangerous.More than 460 flights were canceled Saturday ...

Winter storm slows travel in Plains states, heads east

U.S. 01/19/19, 00:06

After leaving slick roads and runways in the Midwest, a winter storm inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow.The National Weather Service issued winter storm warnings for the weekend from the Dakotas, across the Great Lakes states ...

Chicago cop who shot black teen gets nearly 7 years in prison

U.S. 01/18/19, 18:36

The white Chicago police officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, bringing an end to a historic case that centered on a shocking dashcam video and fueled the national debate over race and law enforcement. Jason Van Dyke was convicted ...