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 ...

Religious leaders want slowdown in push for Chicago casino

Sports 05/29/19, 04:43

A number of Chicago religious leaders are urging the city's mayor and Illinois legislators to slow their push to place a casino in the city.The pastors said Tuesday they don't necessarily oppose a casino on principle, but they do want to make sure black and brown communities in Chicago benefit ...

Illinois to expand abortion rights as other states restrict

Health 05/28/19, 17:11

The Illinois House voted to bolster the right to abortion on Tuesday as Democratic-led states respond to restrictions placed by some Republican-led states that conservatives hope will lead the U.S. Supreme Court to review the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed the right to abortion.The Illinois House voted ...

Wisconsin assistant coach up and walking after crash

Basketball 05/27/19, 20:47

The University of Wisconsin said Monday assistant men's basketball coach Howard Moore was up and walking at a hospital after a weekend automobile wreck in Michigan that killed his wife and daughter.The school also said Moore's son, Jerell, had been released from a hospital and was in the care of ...

House Democrats plan link casino expansion to sports betting

Sports 05/27/19, 14:41

A massive expansion of casino gambling in Illinois — a decade-long but futile legislative pursuit — was back with a boost Monday as a Democratic lawmaker took steps to make it part of a popular plan to legalize sports betting.Rep. Robert Rita's measure would allow construction of six additional casinos ...

Analysis: Thousands in Illinois may have guns without permit

U.S. 05/27/19, 12:18

Tens of thousands of Illinois residents whose gun licenses have been revoked could still be in possession of firearms, according to an analysis of state records by the Chicago Tribune.The failure of the system was underscored in February when a man killed five former colleagues and wounded five police officers ...

Illinois lawmakers have 5 days left, 5 big issues to settle

Sports 05/25/19, 08:45

The Illinois General Assembly is entering the final week of its spring session. And not surprisingly, lawmakers have a slate of major issues left to tackle.Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his Democratic legislative colleagues want to approve Pritzker's agenda before the legislative session's scheduled May 31 adjournment.Foremost, Pritzker is calling for ...

Illinois man found guilty in teen’s 1992 strangulation death

U.S. 05/24/19, 15:38

A 76-year-old man has been convicted in the 1992 strangulation death of an Illinois teenager.Robert Serritella, of Park Ridge, was found guilty Thursday on two counts of first degree murder in the killing of 15-year-old David Chereck, of Skokie.The teen was found strangled with a scarf in a forest preserve ...

Army Corps approves $778M plan to block Asian carp advance

Science 05/24/19, 15:17

The head of the Army Corps of Engineers has sent Congress a $778 million plan to fortify an Illinois waterway with noisemakers, electric cables and other devices in the hope that they will prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where the aggressive invaders could leave other fish with ...

Hospital that treated baby cut from womb investigated

U.S. 05/21/19, 17:02

The agency that licenses and inspects health care facilities in Illinois has started an investigation of a suburban Chicago hospital where doctors treated a baby brought in by a woman claiming to be his mother, a spokeswoman for the agency said Tuesday. The woman was charged weeks later with killing ...

Illinois wildlife biologist aims to save prairie chickens

U.S. 05/19/19, 09:24

A wildlife biologist has taken prairie chickens from Kansas, which has a more robust population, and released them in Illinois in an effort to boost the population of the endangered birds.The birds once numbered in the millions across the state but there are now about 200 left, the Chicago Tribune ...

Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case

U.S. 05/18/19, 15:46

Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed. Clarisa Figueroa is charged with killing 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. Chicago police ...

Update: Pritzker pledges immediate action on DCFS woes

U.S. 05/15/19, 11:57

The Latest on recommendations to improve the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (all times local):12 p.m.Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he will quickly adopt every recommendation made in a report on suggested improvements to the Department of Children and Family Services.In this May 13, 2019 photo, Dana Weiner, ...

Police: Gunshots meant for someone else killed Illinois boy

U.S. 05/15/19, 09:26

Authorities in Peoria say a 4-year-old boy died when gunfire intended for someone else struck him three times in the back and arm.Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said Tuesday that Jeremiah L. Ward died from massive internal bleeding caused by the gunshot wounds. The boy died and a 23-year-old man ...

Study: Illinois sometimes brushes aside abuse allegations

U.S. 05/15/19, 07:20

Illinois' child welfare agency is so intent on keeping children with their parents even when they have strong evidence of abuse that it has sometimes left those children in grave danger, a study released Wednesday found.Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered the study of the Department of Children and Family Services' ...

Staffer: Illinois newspaper editor resigned to spare layoffs

U.S. 05/14/19, 18:34

Illinois' capital-city newspaper, a 188-year-old institution tied intimately to Abraham Lincoln, is without a news chief after its editor resigned in hopes of sparing more layoffs, according to a staff writer.Angie Muhs served notice of her resignation on Friday from The State Journal-Register in Springfield, owned by one of the ...

Mourners gather to honor 4 killed in Illinois factory blast

U.S. 05/10/19, 17:32

More than 100 people gathered Friday along a chain-link fence outside a badly damaged Illinois silicone factory to remember four men who died in an explosion at the facility. The mourners at AB Specialty Silicones factory north of Chicago included friends, relatives and co-workers of the men whose bodies were pulled ...

University of Illinois to name lab after LED pioneer

Tech 05/10/19, 14:05

The University of Illinois is planning to name its Micro and Nanotechnology Lab after an engineering visionary who created the first practical LED. Professor Emeritus Nick Holonyak Jr., a UI engineering alumnus, found a new alloy in 1962 that would emit light in the red segment of the visible spectrum. Energy-saving LEDs, ...

Judge transferring decision on Smollett special prosecutor

Entertainment 05/10/19, 12:14

A judge in Chicago says another judge will decide if a special prosecutor is needed to investigate why the state prosecutor's office dropped charges accusing Jussie Smollett of staging a racist, anti-gay attack against himself.Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. insisted Friday he was merely transferring the matter, not recusing himself.Former Illinois ...

Parents accused in Illinois boy’s beating death due in court

U.S. 05/09/19, 23:09

An Illinois mother and father charged with murder in the death of their 5-year-old son are due in court for preliminary hearings in the case.Court records show 36-year-old JoAnn Cunningham and 60-year-old Andrew Freund Sr. of Crystal Lake are scheduled for Friday morning preliminary hearings in McHenry County court. Both ...

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