Fourth body recovered from plant site wrecked by explosion

U.S. 05/08/19, 17:43

Crews have recovered the body of another victim of an explosion at a northern Illinois silicone plant that left four workers dead.Waukegan Fire Marshal Steve Lenzi says the body was recovered late Tuesday from the rubble of the AB Specialty Silicones factory in Waukegan, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north ...

Midwest downpours prompt more evacuations, flash flood fears

U.S. 05/08/19, 16:17

Rain swamping the nation's midsection forced people from their homes in Kansas, stranded dozens of Texas children at school overnight and strained levees along the surging Mississippi River in Illinois, Missouri and elsewhere Wednesday prompting yet more flash flood concerns. The flooding began in earnest in March, causing billions of dollars ...

More heavy rainfall adds to Midwestern flooding problems

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

Another round of rain has led to more flash flood watches across the Midwest.The National Weather Service issued the watches Tuesday for parts of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. And communities along the Mississippi River remained under flood warnings as high water levels made their way downstream, closing ...

Another body found at Illinois plant; confirmed death toll 3

U.S. 05/05/19, 17:13

Search and rescue personnel found the body of another worker Sunday in the rubble of a northern Illinois silicone plant that exploded and burst into flames two days ago, bringing the death toll to three employees with one more body believed to be in the debris, a fire official said. Waukegan ...

Update: Another body found in Illinois plant rubble

U.S. 05/05/19, 16:47

The Latest on the explosion and fire at an Illinois silicone plant (all times local):4:30 p.m.Search and rescue personnel have located and are recovering the body of a third employee killed in the explosion and fire at an Illinois silicone plant.Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion at ...

Update: 2nd person dies from explosion at Illinois plant

U.S. 05/04/19, 20:08

The Latest on an explosion at and Illinois (all times local):8 p.m.A second person has died as a result of injuries suffered from an explosion at an Illinois factory.Initially, one body was found at the explosion site.The Chicago Tribune quotes Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper as saying that the second ...

1 body found, 2 more believed dead in Illinois plant blast

U.S. 05/04/19, 15:16

An explosion and fire at an Illinois silicone factory was believed to have killed three people, authorities said Saturday, as they recovered the body of one victim while suspending the search for the other two. Crews suspended their search due to concerns about the stability of the structure, and Waukegan Fire ...

90-year-old to become Northeastern Illinois’ oldest graduate

U.S. 05/04/19, 10:19

A 90-year-old great-grandfather is about make history by becoming the oldest student to earn a bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois University since the school started keeping records in 1962.Bob Dwyer, a great-grandfather, Army veteran and retired widower, will graduate with a degree in interdisciplinary studies on Monday."Education is always a ...

Hundreds turn out for 5-year-old boy’s funeral in Illinois

U.S. 05/03/19, 17:57

Hundreds of people have converged on a northern Illinois funeral home to pay respects to a 5-year-old boy whose parents have been charged with his murder. The opportunity to file past the body of AJ Freunds' closed casket Friday at Davenport Funeral Home in Crystal Lake was a chance for a ...

Flood approaching, and topping, 1993 levels in some places

U.S. 05/02/19, 14:12

The fast-rising Mississippi River on Thursday neared levels unseen since the historic 1993 flood — and topped it in at least one place — as the bulging Big Muddy threatened levees and forced a Missouri town's residents to head for higher ground. The National Weather Service website on Thursday afternoon showed ...

Update: Flood reaches record level at Quad Cities

U.S. 05/02/19, 13:54

The Latest on the flooding in the Midwest (all times local):1:30 p.m.The Mississippi River at the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois has reached a new record high.James Fontenoy, 49 of Davenport helps sandbag in front of his friends mother's house as water is pumped out of her basement on ...

Court records: Father led police to dead Illinois boy’s body

U.S. 05/02/19, 09:18

Court records show that video police recovered from an Illinois woman's cellphone showing her bruised 5-year-old son prompted the boy's father to lead investigators to the child's body.JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr. of Crystal Lake are charged with murder in Andrew "AJ" Freund's death. Investigators found his body April ...

Parts of downtown Davenport, Iowa, flood as barrier fails

U.S. 04/30/19, 21:15

Crews evacuated people from some buildings and cars Tuesday afternoon after a flood barrier failed along the Mississippi River, sending floodwaters rushing into downtown Davenport, Iowa.The National Weather Service sent an alert around 4 p.m. of a flash flood emergency in Davenport, urging people downtown to immediately seek higher ground. ...

Prosecutors try to revoke parental rights in Illinois case

U.S. 04/29/19, 17:24

An Illinois mother and father charged with murder in the death of their 5-year-old son have agreed to let the state's child welfare agency care for their younger son.JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund Sr.'s younger son was taken into Illinois Department of Children and Family Services custody following the disappearance ...

Illinois governor OKs first steps on blocking Asian carp

U.S. 04/29/19, 13:27

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp.Pritzker, a Democrat, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a letter Friday that he had authorized the state's ...

Report: Illinois gunman vowed to kill others if he was fired

U.S. 04/29/19, 12:54

The gunman who killed five colleagues at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant and wounded five police officers before he was killed in a shootout had told a co-worker that February morning that he would kill everyone there and "blow police up" if he was fired, prosecutors said in a report ...

2 remain hospitalized after northern Illinois ammonia leak

U.S. 04/29/19, 11:39

Authorities say two of the 37 people sickened by an ammonia leak in suburban Chicago last week remain hospitalized in serious but stable condition.Lake County Sheriff's spokesman Christopher Covelli said Monday that the other 35 people who were treated after Thursday's leak have been discharged, including all first responders. Eleven ...

Mental health defense dropped in Chinese scholar case

Health 04/29/19, 11:32

Lawyers for a former University of Illinois student accused of killing a visiting Chinese scholar say they are abandoning their mental health defense. The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports that Brendt Christensen's attorneys had been planning to argue that the 29-year-old suffered from severe mental illness in an attempt to avoid the death ...

Update: Autopsy: Illinois warehouse gunman shot 6 times

U.S. 04/29/19, 10:04

The Latest on prosecutors' report on a February mass shooting at a warehouse in Aurora, Illinois (all times local):10 a.m.Autopsy results show an Illinois man who fatally shot five co-workers suffered six gunshot wounds, including one that was likely self-inflicted.FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2019 file photo a man ...

This is spring? Weekend snow, cold hit Midwestern states

Sports 04/27/19, 15:21

Winter storm warnings have been posted in at least four Midwestern states as spring pauses for a mix of rain and snow just days before the calendar turns to May.The Chicago White Sox scratched a Saturday baseball game with the Detroit Tigers as snow fell in northern Illinois. The National ...

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