Embattled Illinois prosecutor announces bid for reelection

U.S. 11/19/19, 10:20

A prosecutor who came under harsh criticism when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett and is now the subject of a court-ordered investigation announced Tuesday she is running for reelection. In her news release saying she’s seeking the position again, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx addressed the ...

As teachers strike, Chicago mayor to unveil city budget plan

U.S. 10/23/19, 10:28

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was expected to detail how the nation's third-largest city should deal with a $838 million budget deficit when she delivered her first budget address Wednesday morning, Oct. 23, as striking teachers marched through the city's downtown. Lightfoot's speech to the City Council came on the fifth day ...

Second Republican to challenge President Trump in 2020 GOP primary

Politics 08/26/19, 05:47

Former Rep. Joe Walsh on Sunday, Aug. 25 announced his bid for the Republican presidential primary, becoming the second 2020 GOP candidate seeking to challenge President Donald Trump. Already in the race is former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, according to The Associated Press. Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Walsh, once a backer ...

At least 40 suburban Chicago wealthy parents giving up custody of children for college financial aid, reports say

U.S. 08/01/19, 13:46

Reports from ProPublica and the Wall Street Journal published this week reveal that dozens of suburban Chicago wealthy parents transferred guardianship of their teenage children to help them get government-issued financial aid meant for students in need. The investigations found that dozens of affluent parents in Chicago with the attorney’s help exploited a loophole in ...

Witness: Suspect in slaying tried to get her into his car

U.S. 06/18/19, 13:16

A University of Illinois graduate student has told jurors that the man on trial for abducting and killing a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China attempted to get her into his car by posing as an undercover police officer.Emily Hogan testified Tuesday that Brendt Christensen wore mirrored sunglasses and flashed a ...

Testimony: Suspect bought Drano after Chinese scholar death

U.S. 06/13/19, 19:33

A former University of Illinois doctoral student on trial in the killing of a visiting scholar from China bought Drano and garbage bags three days after the slaying, according to testimony Thursday.The detail came during the second day of the federal murder trial of Brendt Christensen in the June 2017 ...

TV weatherman who called out his employer is fired

U.S. 06/13/19, 15:02

An Illinois broadcast meteorologist who was taken off television after criticizing an unpopular "Code Red" weather alert system has been fired, his former employer confirmed.Joe Crain's dismissal was confirmed Thursday by Rob Ford, a spokesman for Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns Crain's former employer, WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois. Ford declined ...

Defense in trial of Chinese scholar’s death: He did it

U.S. 06/12/19, 14:30

As federal prosecutors on Wednesday shared with jurors grisly details of how they claim a former University of Illinois doctoral student kidnapped a visiting scholar from China, then brutally beat and killed her, defense attorneys intent on sparing their client a possible death penalty offered an exceptional claim: He did ...

Illinois governor signs law expanding access to abortion

U.S. 06/12/19, 14:29

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed sweeping protections for abortion on Wednesday in a new law that establishes access to the procedure as a "fundamental right" for women.The move in the state where Democrats control the House, Senate and governor's office comes as several Republican-majority states have taken up steep restrictions ...

Openings set at Illinois trial in slaying of Chinese scholar

U.S. 06/11/19, 23:31

Opening statements are set for Wednesday in the death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois graduate student charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting Chinese scholar, a case closely watched by Chinese students across the U.S.A federal judge moved the trial to Peoria in central Illinois after Brendt ...

Jury to be picked in man’s trial in Chinese scholar’s death

U.S. 06/11/19, 08:07

Jury selection is expected to wrap up in the trial of a former graduate student accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China.Brendt Christensen is charged in the 2017 death of Yingying Zhang. Her body was never found.Jury selection began June 3 in Peoria, Illinois. Opening ...

Catholic Bishop bans Illinois pro-abortion politicians from Holy Communion

U.S. 06/10/19, 13:49

The Catholic bishop in Springfield, Illinois, banned Holy Communion to Catholic lawmakers who voted for an extreme abortion law that also repeals decades-old restrictions on abortions in Illinois. Bishop Thomas Paprocki issued the decree on June 2. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, both Catholics, have ...

2nd day of jury selection at Chinese scholar slaying trial

U.S. 06/03/19, 23:15

A federal judge in central Illinois will continue vetting would-be jurors at the death penalty trial of a former University of Illinois student charged with killing a visiting Chinese scholar.Tuesday will be the second day of a process to pick a jury to hear evidence against 29-year-old Brendt Christensen. Jury ...

Illinois man set for trial in missing Chinese scholar case

U.S. 06/02/19, 13:43

A former University of Illinois graduate student is set to stand trial in the 2017 disappearance and suspected killing of a visiting scholar from China — a case in which the death penalty is possible and that has been closely watched in the home country of the victim, whose body ...

2 charged with killing mother who shielded baby from gunfire

U.S. 05/30/19, 12:58

Two central Illinois men are charged with first-degree murder in the Chicago shooting death of a woman who was shielding her 1-year-old daughter from their gunfire.Authorities say 39-year-old Michael Washington and 23-year-old Eric Adams are due in court Thursday. They are both from Urbana.The men are charged in the Tuesday ...

Update: Senator: Budget won’t need new revenue sources

Sports 05/29/19, 18:22

The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local):6:25 p.m.A key Illinois senator says budget-makers are crafting a spending plan that doesn't rely on revenue from allowing marijuana cultivation and use, sports betting or other revenue sources that have yet to be legalized .Chicago Democratic Sen. Heather ...

OK to smoke, not to grow? States wrestle with homegrown pot

U.S. 05/29/19, 16:52

Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana have hit a potential snag that other states have wrestled with: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use.The 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different "home grow" rules, with Michigan allowing individuals to grow as ...

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