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Freighters in Great Lakes take precautions against virus

Apr. 4, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Workers on American and foreign freighters are following new protocols and precautionary measures in the Great Lakes region to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Coast Guard will monitor American and foreign cargo vessels that have recently traveled to an area affected by the new...

Illinois court affirms Indiana man's sentence in 2015 attack

Apr. 4, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appellate court has affirmed the 68-year sentence of an Indiana man convicted in a brutal attack of a woman at her suburban Chicago home in 2015. Londale Madison, 36, was sentenced in 2017 for sex assault, attempted murder and home invasion. Prosecutors said the South...

UIC gets grant to address early childhood teacher shortage

Apr. 4, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $2.8 million donation to help address a shortage of early childhood education teachers in the Chicago area. The grant is from Marjorie Pelino, who said she was looking for ways to give when she was approached by UIC senior lecturer...

In this Thursday, April 2, 2020, photo, Tulsa River Spirit Expo Center is mostly empty at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Okla. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: UN to decide in month whether to delay meeting

Apr. 4, 2020 1:29 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —CDC recommending Americans cover their faces when leaving...

Elderly inmates in Illinois at high risk for coronavirus

Apr. 4, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As the new coronavirus began its rapid spread through Illinois communities, prison guards at the Logan Correctional Center passed out hotel-size bars of soap and installed disinfectant dispensers, according to 65-year-old prisoner Janet Jackson. Despite the department’s efforts last...

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, center, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, at podium, applaud during a conference in Hall C Unit 1 of the COVID-19 alternate site at McCormick Place in Chicago on Friday, April 3, 2020. The “alternative care facility” is designed to relieve pressure on city hospitals from rapidly mounting coronavirus cases. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

McCormick Place re-christened as COVID-19 field hospital

Apr. 3, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The governor of Illinois and mayor of Chicago on Friday re-christened North America's largest convention center as a pandemic-battling field hospital and publicly hoped it would never see a single patient. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot toured a section of Chicago's...

Union gains COVID-19 pay for nurses at Chicago hospital

Apr. 3, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago hospital and its nurses union have agreed on hazard pay for nurses working during the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Illinois Hospital and the Illinois Nurses Association announced the agreement Friday. Depending on assignment, the extra pay ranges from $5 an hour to $15 an...

FILE - In this June 15, 2015, file photo, Dallas Police Chief David Brown briefs the media about a shooting at Dallas Police headquarters in Dallas. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday, April 2, 2020, named Brown to lead the police force in the nation's third largest city. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Chicago's new top cop guided by Dallas tenure, son's death

Apr. 3, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As daunting as the challenges that await him as the new chief of a Chicago Police Department under pressure to implement sweeping court-ordered reforms may seem, they pale compared to what David Brown Sr. had to overcome 10 years ago following an afternoon phone call on Father’s Day....

Chicago-area priest is next bishop in southern Illinois

Apr. 3, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Pope Francis has picked a Chicago-area priest as the next bishop of the Catholic Diocese in southern Illinois. The Rev. Michael McGovern follows Bishop Edward Braxton, who is retiring as leader of the 28-county Belleville Diocese. McGovern, 55, lately has been the pastor at St....

Suburban Chicago boy, 4, dies after being shot in head

Apr. 3, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

THORNTON, Ill. (AP) — A 4-year-old suburban Chicago boy has died from an apparent accidental gunshot wound to his head, police say. The child was pronounced dead Thursday night at a hospital in south suburban Harvey, Thornton police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the him...