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Chicago accuses coffee shop of copying fire department logo

Jan. 31, 2020 3:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is suing a coffee company for trademark infringement, saying its logo is nearly identical to the symbol for the city's fire department. Fire Department Coffee's logo features the letters F, D and C, intertwined in a stylized monogram, just like the one for the Chicago...

Shortages force closing of Illinois pot dispensaries

Jan. 6, 2020 10:26 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Several Illinois recreational marijuana dispensaries were closed Monday, with some owners saying strong demand has caused a shortage in supplies and staff exhaustion. The legal sale of recreational cannabis began Jan. 1 in Illinois, with customers spending about $3.2 million on the first day...

This booking photo provided by the Rockford, Ill., Police Department shows Nicholas August, 39, who was charged Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, with armed robbery, aggravated criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint. He is being held on $2 million bail. Police say he entered a Rockford, Ill., bank on Friday, took a woman hostage and sexually assaulted her during a standoff with police. (Rockford Police Department via AP)

Police: Robber sexually assaulted hostage at Illinois bank

Jan. 4, 2020 11:42 AM EST

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A man armed with a pellet gun who took a woman hostage inside an Illinois bank sexually assaulted her before surrendering to authorities following a six-hour standoff, police said Saturday. Nicholas August, 39, of Rockford, was being held Saturday at the Winnebago County Jail on $2...

Suspect surrenders after taking hostage at Illinois bank

Jan. 3, 2020 10:41 PM EST

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An armed robbery suspect surrendered to police after holding a woman hostage at an Illinois bank for more than six hours. Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said at a news conference that the suspect "willingly" walked out of the Heritage Credit Union around 9 p.m. CST Friday. The...