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Capital plan cash infusion bolsters $23B road plan

Oct. 21, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration says it will put more than $3.7 billion into highway construction next year alone. The Democrat on Monday released the annual update to the state's transportation improvement program. Pritzker says that the state will spend more than $23 billion...

Man gets probation for confronting woman over T-shirt

Oct. 21, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who confronted a woman for wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the Puerto Rican flag has been sentenced to probation for a hate crime. Timothy Trybus of Des Plaines told a judge Monday that he feels "extremely embarrassed" by his actions in 2018 at Caldwell Woods, a...

Correction: HUD Funding-Illinois story

Oct. 21, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Oct. 20 about two Illinois schools getting funding to study ways to educate the public about housing-related health and safety hazards, The Associated Press used the wrong shortened name for the Illinois Institute of Technology in the headline. It is Illinois Tech, not IIC. A...

New area code coming in 217 territory in central Illinois

Oct. 21, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new area code is being added to the 217 territory in central Illinois. The area code will be 447. The Illinois Commerce Commission says new phone numbers with the new area code won't start until after March 29, 2021. Current phone customers will keep 217. The 217 area code covers...

Man gets 6 years in prison for shooting store officer

Oct. 21, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — A man who was thrown out of a DuPage County store after urinating in a bottle has been sentenced to six years in prison for shooting an employee. Investigators say Keonte Griffin shot the loss-prevention officer when he tried to regain entry to a Burlington Coat Factory store in...

Millions in medical debt erased through effort by churches

Oct. 21, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A coalition of Chicago-area churches has raised enough money to erase more than $5 million in medical debts held by nearly 6,000 people. The Rev. Otis Moss III says letters soon will be sent with a message: "Your debt has been forgiven. Enjoy Thanksgiving." The announcement was made Sunday....

Opening day set for Planned Parenthood's new Illinois clinic

Oct. 21, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A clinic quietly constructed in southern Illinois to meet demand for abortion services by residents outside the state is close to opening. Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri says Wednesday is opening day for its Fairview Heights clinic. The new...

Wilson snaps tie with 3rd period goal, Caps edge Blackhawks

Oct. 20, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Washington Capitals admitted they weren't at their best. Still good enough to pull out a win to start a five-game road trip. Tom Wilson broke a tie with 8:13 left and the Capitals rebounded after blowing a two-goal lead to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-3 on Sunday night for their third...

Sloppy Bears lose 36-25 to Saints

Oct. 20, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky made a couple of bad throws. Anthony Miller had a costly fumble. A blocked punt turned into a safety, and Chicago's defense looked tired in the second half. At least the Bears were consistent. Each unit committed its share of mistakes. Chicago flopped in its return from its...

Bridgewater throws for 2 TDs, surging Saints top Bears 36-25

Oct. 20, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The New Orleans Saints insisted they were ready for the challenge once Drew Brees went down. All they've done since is back up their words with wins. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns, and the Saints improved to 5-0 without their injured star quarterback by beating the...