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Bail set at $1M for Elgin man charged with killing bicyclist

Aug. 9, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — Bail has been set at $1 million for a suburban Chicago man who authorities say was fleeing the scene of an accident when his car struck two bicyclists, killing one person and injuring another. Kane County prosecutors charged 28-year-old Lance C. Neal of Elgin last month with...

James Jackson poses for a photograph outside his home during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in West Park, Fla. Jackson is among the tens of thousands hospitality workers fighting for survival in the age of the pandemic. Jackson's employer, the Diplomat Beach Resort, in Hollywood, Fla., was forced to close in March because of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

Aug. 9, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain economy. Furloughed since March, Flint has dipped into...

James Jackson poses for a photograph outside his home during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in West Park, Fla. Jackson is among the tens of thousands hospitality workers fighting for survival in the age of the pandemic. Jackson's employer, the Diplomat Beach Resort, in Hollywood, Fla., was forced to close in March because of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

Aug. 9, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain economy. Furloughed since March, Flint has dipped into...

Chicago police hire first official focused on disability law

Aug. 9, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A retired Chicago Police Department official is returning to work to oversee the agency's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, authorities said Friday. Deborah Pascua spent 27 years with the department. She is the first official assigned to oversee the agency's policy and...

Chicago science museum gets grant to digitize artifacts

Aug. 9, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has received a grant to digitize thousands of its artifacts that'll make them free to public access. Museum officials said the roughly $225,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help build an online collections website...

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Plesac, Reyes, Luplow power Indians over White Sox 7-1

Aug. 8, 2020 6:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Zach Plesac tossed six strong innings and the Cleveland Indians snapped a scoring drought with a six-run fourth in a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. The Indians had been blanked for 13 innings before Franmil Reyes and Jordan Luplow each hit a two-run homer in the fourth....

Gambling debt is fatal shooting motive, prosecutors say

Aug. 8, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A 79-year-old used car dealer fatally shot a 40-year acquaintance during an argument over a gambling debt, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday. The Chicago Tribune reports that James Kelley, 72, was killed by a gunshot wound to the back about 3:25 p.m. Wednesday at Dunmore's Auto Sales in...

Springfield's Douglas Park could be renamed for Douglass

Aug. 8, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield Park Board member is proposing a name change for the city's Douglas Park, named for the legendary U.S. senator from Illinois, Stephen Douglas, whom research has shown profited from slavery. Lisa Badger tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register that she will ask...

Repaving project on Michigan Avenue wraps up

Aug. 8, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Months of repaving work on Michigan Avenue in Chicago has wrapped up, city transportation officials said this week. The Chicago Department of Transportation originally planned the repaving project on Michigan Avenue from Monroe Street to Ida B. Wells Drive for the fall. But the work was...

African national, daughters charged with trafficking 2 girls

Aug. 8, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors say an African national brought two West African girls to the Chicago area on falsified visas and along with her two daughters forced the girls to work for several years, threatening serious harm if they refused. Nawomi Awoga, 71, a citizen of Benin who lives in the Chicago...