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Cook clerk touts bill's transparency, but critics disagree

Apr. 10, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Iris Martinez has walked back a campaign pledge to give the public more access to records from her office under the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The clerk is the official record keeper for the Circuit Court and is...

Long sentence for man accused of trying to aid Islamic State

Apr. 09, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man who believed he was giving phones to help the Islamic State group commit violence was sentenced Friday to 13 1/2 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood said Edward Schimenti was more culpable of the two men convicted by a...

Mayor pardoned by Trump wins another term in Illinois town

Apr. 09, 2021 22:29 PM EDT

METTAWA, Ill. (AP) — Voters in a small Illinois town reelected a mayor who ran a write-in campaign after President Donald Trump pardoned him in a gambling investigation. Casey Urlacher, the brother of former Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher, defeated Jess Ray in...

Judge awards back pay to ex-lawmakers who rejected raises

Apr. 09, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two former Illinois state lawmakers who argued that a freeze on raises violated the state Constitution can collect back pay, a judge said. Comptroller Susana Mendoza pledged to appeal the decision and called the former lawmakers “shameless grifters”...

Family of boy killed by Chicago cop to view video next week

Apr. 09, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The family of the 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer last month will watch the video of the shooting next week, the family's attorneys said Friday. In a brief statement issued shortly after the funeral for Adam Toledo,...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 09, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board. April 8, 2021. Editorial: CT must catch up with times on voting There shouldn’t be anything partisan about voting rights. In an ideal world, expanding the franchise would be seen as a basic political goal of...

Chicago man pleads guilty to torching police SUV amid unrest

Apr. 09, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for setting fire to a police SUV during last year's unrest in the city's downtown following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. Jacob Michael Fagundo, 23, faces a likely sentence of eight to 14 months...

Review: 'In Another World,' Cheap Trick still on top of it

Apr. 09, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

Cheap Trick, “In Another World” (BMG) In another world, it's still 1979, and Cheap Trick is arguably the biggest American rock band. Tracks like “Here's Looking at You” are dominating FM radio and teens are bopping to “The Party," singing along with...

Comeau, Hintz lead Stars past Blackhawks, 5-1

Apr. 08, 2021 23:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Blake Comeau scored twice, Roope Hintz had a goal and three assists and the Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on Thursday to end a two-game slide. Jason Robertson and Miro Heiskanen also scored to help Dallas pull closer in the battle for the...

Lynn pitches 1st shutout of season, White Sox top Royals 6-0

Apr. 08, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — There wasn't much doubt Lance Lynn would go back out to finish this one. Manager Tony La Russa turned to him and asked how he was feeling. “He looked at me and said, ‘Are you good?’” Lynn said. “I said, ‘I’m gonna finish it. Does that sound...