2 black women vying in runoff to become Chicago’s next mayor

U.S. 04/02/19, 03:04

A former federal prosecutor who has never held elected office was vying for Chicago mayor on Tuesday against a powerful official whose political career spans decades, providing voters a clear contrast in a historic runoff already assured of elevating a black woman to lead the nation's third-largest city. Lori Lightfoot, 56, ...

2 Chicago firefighters injured battling blaze

U.S. 03/31/19, 23:44

Two Chicago firefighters have been injured battling a blaze at a building on the west side of the city. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says the injuries were not life threatening and the firefighters were alert. They were taken to Stroger Hospital in Chicago. No other details were immediately released. The fire ...

2nd state trooper in 3 days killed in Illinois highway crash

U.S. 03/30/19, 12:04

An Illinois State Police trooper was killed early Saturday when a wrong-way driver struck his squad car, the third death of a state trooper this year and second in three days. The driver of the other vehicle also was killed, acting Illinois State Police director Brendan Kelly said. The driver wasn't ...

Reputed ‘Ripper Crew’ member, killer released from prison

U.S. 03/29/19, 10:29

A man convicted of murder as a suspected member of the notorious "Ripper Crew" that killed as many as 20 Chicago-area women in the 1980s has been released from prison, according to a statewide alert sent Friday morning. Thomas Kokoraleis, now 58, was part of a widely publicized crime story in ...

New face and longtime politician vying for Chicago mayor

U.S. 03/28/19, 23:20

The race to be Chicago's next mayor pits a longtime political insider against a former prosecutor who's never held public office, and it comes at a time when many voters are weary of the old machine-style politics for which Chicago has long been known.In some ways the contest between Toni ...

Illinois state trooper hit by truck, killed in Freeport

U.S. 03/28/19, 20:05

An Illinois State Police trooper was killed Thursday when she was struck by a truck during a traffic stop, the second trooper to die that way this year. Trooper Brooke Jones-Story was killed in the crash that occurred on Route 20 near Route 75 in Freeport, state police officials said. Jones-Story ...

Illinois governor’s schedule includes recommended attire

U.S. 03/23/19, 09:25

What if you were governor of Illinois and didn't have a thing to wear? If you're J.B. Pritzker, you look at your daily schedule. During his first six weeks in office, Pritzker's appointment calendar includes 70 "attire" recommendations for events as varied as bill signings, a state police officer's funeral, a White ...

Attorneys: Church list of accused Illinois clergy incomplete

U.S. 03/20/19, 17:26

Advocates for clergy abuse victims released the names Wednesday of 395 priests and lay people in Illinois they say have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children — a roster more than twice as long as what the state's six dioceses previously released.Attorneys handed out a 182-page report that includes ...

Late-winter storm moves to Upper Midwest; flooding remains

U.S. 03/15/19, 00:23

A late-winter storm system continued its trek across the Midwest, expecting to send rain and snow into Minnesota and Illinois on Friday after leaving devastating flooding in parts of eastern Nebraska and Iowa. The quickly rising floods evacuated people from their homes, washed out roads in communities, and left farmers worried ...

4-year-old boy, grandparents survive Illinois plane crash

U.S. 03/13/19, 13:45

Authorities say a 4-year-old boy and his grandparents were rescued after their small plane crashed in southern Illinois. The fixed-wing single-engine Piper PA-32 was traveling from Mobile, Alabama, when it went down Tuesday in rural Monroe County on its way to St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. The plane crashed into ...

Relative: Suspect in deputy’s shooting death ‘not a monster’

U.S. 03/12/19, 10:38

The half-sister of an Illinois man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy says he is "not a monster."Christina Brown spoke after a hearing Monday for her half-brother, 39-year-old Floyd E. Brown. He's charged with first-degree murder in the Thursday death of McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner.Investigators say Keltner ...

Man in crashed car suspected of shooting Illinois deputy

U.S. 03/07/19, 15:24

A man suspected of shooting a sheriff's deputy and a woman Thursday at an Illinois hotel crashed his vehicle along an interstate highway while trying to flee police, and "negotiation efforts" were underway, authorities said. Prosecutors in Winnebago County in central Illinois said they have issued a warrant with $5 million ...

Photos: Rivers rise in soggy South as days of rain flood roads

U.S. 02/22/19, 18:53

A soggy South saw floodwaters push into homes and submerge highways Friday as a week of relentless rain continued to pound the Mississippi and Tennessee valleys. Saturday could be worse across parts of eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee, with forecasters predicting inches more rain and a strong chance of ...

Update: Ohio River bridge among roads cut by floodwaters

U.S. 02/22/19, 16:26

The Latest on flooding and severe weather in the South (all times local): 3:15 p.m. A bridge across the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois is closing because of flooding, one of more than 50 highways underwater across four states. A Muscle Shoals police vehicle pushes through flood waters that cover Melissa Drive ...

Celebrities, athletes, others accused of lying to the public

U.S. 02/22/19, 01:15

Actor Jussie Smollett was arrested in Chicago early Thursday, one day after prosecutors charged him with filing a false police report for what he claimed was a racist and homophobic attack last month. Smollett has been a trending topic on Twitter since the attack and the charges spurred an uptick in ...

Chicago’s vast camera network helped solve Smollett case

U.S. 02/22/19, 01:07

Police tapped into Chicago's vast network of surveillance cameras — and even some homeowners' doorbell cameras — to track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him, the latest example of the city's high-tech approach to public safety. Officers ...

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. ...