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Illinois posts highest daily virus infections since June 5

Jul. 8, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois reported more than 900 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus Wednesday, the highest one-day total since early June. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, meanwhile, said the state is rolling out 12 mobile testing teams in Illinois, which will be prepared to visit meat factories, nursing...

Ricardo Zapata, left, a photographer for the Los Angeles Angels, has his temperature taken by Sarah Morris before entering Angels Stadium for baseball practice on Monday, July 6, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. New protocols like temperature checks, social distancing, and limiting amount of people allowed in sports venues have been put in place due to the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Latest: North Carolina Tar Heels halt football workouts

Jul. 8, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ North Carolina says it has paused voluntary football workouts for at least a week after reporting 37 positive test results for the new coronavirus among school athletes, coaches and staff. The school announced results Wednesday...

FILE - In this July 31, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel celebrates after striking out St. Louis Cardinals' Yairo Munoz for the final out of a baseball game in St. Louis. The 32-year-old Kimbrel is looking to bounce back from one of the worst stretches of his stellar career. The seven-time All-Star closer never looked right after he got a late start last year, going 0-4 with a career-high 6.53 ERA and three blown saves in 16 chances. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Kimbrel looking to bounce back after tough debut with Cubs

Jul. 8, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — With just 60 games this season, the Chicago Cubs need Craig Kimbrel to be better than he was last year. Much, much better. The 32-year-old Kimbrel is looking to bounce back from one of the worst stretches of his stellar career. The seven-time All-Star closer never looked right after he got a...

List of college teams cut because of coronavirus pandemic

Jul. 8, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

Four-year college athletic teams eliminated because of budgetary cuts or school closures associated with the coronavirus pandemic, according to research by The Associated Press through Wednesday, July 8. (x-denotes school closure; y-effective in 2021) : DIVISION I (51) Baseball (3): Boise State, Chicago State,...

Recount underway in 2018 Macon County sheriff election

Jul. 8, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Ballots from an Illinois sheriff election are being recounted — 20 months later. Tony Brown has been serving as Macon County sheriff after defeating Jim Root, a Republican, by one vote out of nearly 40,000 cast in 2018. The recount started Tuesday and could last weeks. It was...

Northwestern moves Wisconsin game from Wrigley to Ryan Field

Jul. 8, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern's game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field in Chicago is being moved to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities...

Illinois Editorial Roundup

Jul. 8, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

Here are excerpts of editorial opinions from newspapers throughout Illinois. July 7, 2020 Chicago Sun-Times Trump runs foreign students out of the country in a desperate move to return to ‘normal’ We have one question about a Trump administration plan to force thousands of foreign college students...

Illinois driver services expirations extended until Nov. 1

Jul. 8, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Expiration dates for driver’s licenses, identification cards and license plate stickers have been extended one more month to Nov. 1, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday. Expired documents will remain valid so customers need not need rush into state...

Chicago Police forming citywide unit to combat violent crime

Jul. 8, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After a spate of shootings over the July 4 weekend that left 17 people dead and dozens more wounded, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown is creating a specialized citywide unit that will be quickly deployed to halt sudden outbursts of gun violence. The department's announcement this...

Illinois man faces new charges in 2019 killing of deputy

Jul. 8, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A federal grand jury has returned several new charges against an Illinois man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy who was part of a federal fugitive task force that was trying to arrest him at a hotel on burglary and parole violation charges. A superseding indictment...