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Chicago mayor pitches $500 monthly payments to poor families

Sep. 20, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pitched a pilot program Monday giving $500 monthly payments to 5,000 low-income households, part of the city's proposed $16.7 billion spending plan that relies on an infusion of federal relief funds to close budget gaps for several years. ...

Stingy Wisconsin defense readies for Coan, Fighting Irish

Sep. 20, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin ranks second in the nation in total defense. The Badgers believe they still have plenty of room to improve on that side of the ball. The next step is getting the ball back by producing turnovers rather than forcing punts. ...

Fields might get chance to start for Bears with Dalton hurt

Sep. 20, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Whether they want to or not, the Chicago Bears just might have to go with rookie Justin Fields. Coach Matt Nagy said Monday that the team had ruled out a torn ACL for quarterback Andy Dalton, and it was awaiting more test results on his left...

Hate crime charged after Black woman says man spit at her

Sep. 20, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — A 53-year-old man has been arrested on a felony hate crime charge after he allegedly hurled racial slurs and spit on a Black woman and her daughter before striking their vehicle with his own car outside a suburban Chicago grocery store, prosecutors said. ...

Fire leaves historic church in ruins in south Chicago suburb

Sep. 20, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

BEECHER, Ill. (AP) — A weekend fire heavily damaged a historic church in Chicago's far southern suburbs that had appeared in the 2002 film “Road to Perdition.” Officials said nearly a dozen fire departments responded to Sunday's fire in the Will County village of...

AP Top 25 Reality Check: No. 1 rarely slips after ranked win

Sep. 20, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

The teams that started the season ranked in the top four all won Saturday, none in particularly impressive fashion. The result Sunday was Oklahoma, Clemson and Ohio State all dropped in The Associated Press college football poll for the second time this season. The...

Project will link lakes to restore marsh, reduce flooding

Sep. 20, 2021 07:21 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Work is getting underway to connect two lakes along the Illinois and Indiana border — a project that will one day restore wetlands, reduce flooding and allow fish to travel between Lake Michigan and marshland on Chicago's Southeast Side. Powderhorn...

Fields takes over for injured Dalton, Bears beat Bengals

Sep. 19, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Justin Fields got his first extended look as a pro. And it might be a long-term arrangement. Fields played the second half after Andy Dalton exited with a knee injury against his former team, and the rookie quarterback used Chicago's stellar defensive...

DeShields scores 30 as Sky pulls away, beat Fever 98-87

Sep. 19, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Diamond DeShields scored a season-high 30 points and Chicago used a 14-4 run to pull away as the Sky beat the Indiana Fever 98-87 on Sunday night in the regular-season finale. Chicago (16-16) is the No. 6 seed and is home Thursday against No. 7 Dallas....

Burrow struggles after strong opener, Bengals lose to Bears

Sep. 19, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Coming off one of his best games as a pro and facing a defense that struggled in a season-opening loss, Joe Burrow looked as if he might be in for another big outing. In the end, not so much. Burrow threw three straight interceptions...