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Jacob Blake Jr. listens to a speech during a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) rally in Chicago, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Alvin Cole and Jacob Blake encouraged residents to vote. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Families of police shooting victims rally voters in Chicago

Oct. 29, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Family members of three people who were victims of police actions gathered Thursday in a Chicago park for a get out the vote rally. The relatives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake gathered with others in Grant Park to promote voting and to use their relatives’ fates to...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2020, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks in Springfield, Ill. Central and west-central Illinois, including the capital city, became the latest region of the state to face restrictions on social interaction Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, because of an elevated rate of positive tests for COVID-19. The Region 3 restrictions which take effect Sunday, halt indoor bar and restaurant service, closes those establishments at 11 p.m. and limits the size of gatherings to 25 people or 25% of a room's capacity. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

COVID-19 crackdown now in 9 of 11 regions in Illinois

Oct. 29, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A region that encompasses central and west-central Illinois, including the capital of Springfield, became the latest Thursday to face restrictions on social interaction because of an elevated rate of positive tests for COVID-19. Gov. J.B. Pritzker's declaration for Region 3, which...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2014, file photo, former Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa stands with his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque before the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers in Chicago. La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series championship with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after they fired him, the team announced Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)

White Sox reunite with La Russa, hire Hall of Fame manager

Oct. 29, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Tony La Russa didn't envision returning to the dugout when he stood at the podium in Cooperstown six years ago and took his place alongside baseball's greats. That started to change the past few seasons. And he simply couldn't resist the opportunity the Chicago White Sox gave him. La Russa,...

In this image taken from video, Tafara Williams speaking to reporters from her hospital bed during a Zoom meeting Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 in Libertyville, Ill. Williams who was injured in a police shooting in suburban Chicago says she begged officers to help her boyfriend, who was also shot and eventually died. Williams and Marcellis Stinnette, a Black man, were shot last week while in a car in Waukegan, north of Chicago. (Zoom/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Woman shot by suburban Chicago police sues officers, city

Oct. 29, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Black woman who was seriously injured when a suburban Chicago police officer shot her and killed her boyfriend is suing the officer who opened fire and the officer who initially questioned them minutes earlier. Tafara Williams’ lawsuit was filed late Wednesday in U.S. District...

Ex-school chief pleads guilty to looting lunch program

Oct. 29, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The former operator of a northern Illinois private school pleaded guilty Thursday to charges she looted hundreds of thousands of dollars from a school nutrition program to finance a luxurious lifestyle. Pamela Strain, 63, founder of Beacon Hill Academy, which operated in Harvey and as...

El quarterback Drew Brees (9), de los Saints de Nueva Orleans, lanza bajo presión en el duelo de la NFL ante los Panthers de Carolina, en Nueva Orleans, el domingo 25 de octubre de 2020. (AP Foto/Butch Dill)

Saints look to stay on roll, Bears seek bounce-back win

Oct. 29, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints come into Chicago rolling along with three straight wins as they try to build on yet another unbeaten October. They're hitting their stride, steadying themselves after a shaky start. The Chicago Bears, on the other hand, hope to pick themselves up after...

Illinois high court seeks volunteers to work on appeal cases

Oct. 29, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court is recruiting more volunteer lawyers to help speed up criminal appeals that at times in northern Illinois takes so long the defendant has completed his prison term before their appeal is decided. The high court in February launched a six-month pilot...

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Fair housing groups: Redfin 'redlines' minority communities

Oct. 29, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Several fair housing organizations accused Redfin of systematic racial discrimination in a lawsuit Thursday, saying the online real estate broker offers fewer services to homebuyers and sellers in minority communities — a type of digital redlining that has depressed home values and...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2020 file photo, a woman shops at a clothing store in New York. The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 33.1% annual rate in the July-September quarter — by far the largest quarterly gain on record — rebounding from an epic plunge in the spring, when the eruption of the coronavirus closed businesses and threw tens of millions out of work.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Surge in virus threatens to reverse global economic rebounds

Oct. 29, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The resurgence of coronavirus cases engulfing the United States and Europe is imperiling economic recoveries on both sides of the Atlantic as millions of individuals and businesses face the prospect of having to hunker down once again. Growing fear of an economic reversal coincided with a...

Chicago White Sox hire Hall of Famer Tony La Russa as new manager

Oct. 29, 2020 2:09 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox hire Hall of Famer Tony La Russa as new manager.