Latest Illinois News

In this screen grab from live stream video, Kyle Rittenhouse appears via video during a hearing at the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Waukegan, Ill., on Sept. 25, 2020, in his case. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., is fighting his return to Wisconsin to face homicide charges that could put him in prison for life. (Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court via AP)

Teen charged in Kenosha shootings fights extradition

Sep. 25, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The 17-year-old charged in the shooting deaths of two protesters in Wisconsin is fighting his extradition from Illinois, but his attorneys didn't outline their strategy during a brief hearing on Friday and legal experts say there isn't much the teen can do to stop it. Kyle Rittenhouse...

Peoria woman gets 30 years in park stabbings that killed 1

Sep. 25, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for stabbing two people, one fatally, during a fight last year at a park. Jatara Johnson, 31, was sentenced Thursday to 28 years for her murder conviction in the April 2018 death of Charee Alexander, who was stabbed four...

Illinois teen charged in fatal shootings of 2 during Kenosha protests fights return to Wisconsin

Sep. 25, 2020 10:14 AM EDT
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois teen charged in fatal shootings of 2 during Kenosha protests fights return to Wisconsin.
Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez is congratulated by teammates after the Indians defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-4 in a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Indians beat Chisox for 4-game sweep, playoff seeds at stake

Sep. 24, 2020 10:55 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 Thursday night for a four-game sweep in a matchup of playoff-bound teams. The victory pulled the Indians within one game of Chicago for the fourth seed...

Illinois reports 2,257 new COVID-19 cases, 30 deaths

Sep. 24, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 2,257 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 30 confirmed deaths. The numbers reveal that as of late Wednesday, 1,713 people in Illinois were reported to be hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 400 patients were being...

Players for Athletes Unlimited practice on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Rosemont, Ill. Elite players are living life in a bubble to prevent the spread of COVID during the inaugural Athletes Unlimited softball season. When they're not at the ballpark or an indoor facility across the parking lot, they are at their hotel or apartment. Everywhere else is off limits to them. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

For softball players, season of 'shield life' nears an end

Sep. 24, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Cat Osterman can only wonder what the delivery drivers think. She is not allowed to drop in or hit the drive-thru when she wants a coffee or latte, even though she can walk right over from her hotel. In a COVID-19 world, it can be a tall order. “I laugh just when we have to...

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan watches during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Chicago Bulls hired Donovan as coach Tuesday, Sept. 22. The 55-year-old Donovan spent the last five seasons with the Thunder. He replaces Jim Boylen, who was fired after the Bulls finished 22-43 and were one of the eight teams that didn’t qualify for the NBA’s restart at Walt Disney World. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

For Donovan, job with Bulls 'came out of left field'

Sep. 24, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls weren't on Billy Donovan's radar when he and the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways after five successful seasons. Things sure changed in a hurry. “I wasn’t looking at anything," Donovan said. "It was five great years in Oklahoma City. I think it’s...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, hand sanitizer and stickers are set up at a polling station in Chicago. Election Day voters, whose numbers have waned in recent years because of expanded options for casting ballots, likely will be reduced even further this year with a surge in vote-by-mail popularity during a pandemic. Ballots to those who applied to vote by mail started going out on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, to a record 1.82 million voters thus far, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections. Legislation adopted last spring ensured widespread publicity for the practice because of the coronavirus outbreak. ( James Foster/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Officials begin mailing 1.8M mail-in ballots to voters

Sep. 24, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The number of people voting on Election Day in Illinois is likely to be reduced, with more people choosing to vote by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic. Vote-by-mail ballots started going out Thursday to a record 1.82 million applicants thus far, according to the Illinois State...

Protesters react to gunfire, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A police officer was shot in the evening. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The jury presented its decision against fired officer Brett Hankison Wednesday to a judge in Louisville, where the shooting took place. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

AP-NORC poll: Support for racial injustice protests declines

Sep. 24, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As the decision in Kentucky to bring charges against only one of three police officers involved in the raid that killed Breonna Taylor sparks renewed protests nationwide, a new survey finds support has fallen for demonstrations against systemic racism. The poll from The Associated...

Andrew Polovin, right, a former supervisor with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, walks to the podium in the courtroom of Judge Robert Wilbrandt during his arraignment hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse on Thursday, Sep. 17, 2020 in Woodstock, Ill. Polovin, one of two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving 5-year-old Andrew

Abuse investigator pleads not guilty in slain boy case

Sep. 24, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois child welfare worker who investigated allegations of abuse involving a 5-year-old boy who was later beaten to death pleaded not guilty Thursday to child endangerment and reckless conduct charges. Carlos Acosta, 54, of Woodstock, entered the plea in a McHenry County...