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Baseball fan born in 1908 celebrates her 111th birthday

Aug. 21, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

SUNAPEE, N.H. (AP) — A woman has celebrated her 111th birthday in New Hampshire with a bunch of cupcakes and a tribute from singers. Hazel Nilson was born Aug. 21, 1908, in Chicago. A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, she likes to say she was born the last time the team won the World Series before their big...

Lawsuit wants panhandler laws declared unconstitutional

Aug. 21, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A new lawsuit wants a federal judge in Chicago to deem unconstitutional laws that let charity groups solicit money on roadway medians but that ban panhandlers from doing so. A filing this week on behalf of two panhandlers argues Illinois law and a Downers Grove ordinance violate free-speech...

Vistra closing 4 downstate power plants over emissions

Aug. 21, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Vistra Energy says it plans to close four downstate power plants to comply with tighter air-emissions requirements. Irving, Texas-based Vistra announced Wednesday it would close plants in the towns of Coffeen, Canton, Havana and Hennepin that employ a total of nearly 300 workers. The...

Del Monte closing corn-packing plant in northern Illinois

Aug. 21, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

MENDOTA, Ill. (AP) — Del Monte Foods will close a corn-packing plant in north central Illinois, idling more than 600 full-time and seasonal employees. Parent company Del Monte Pacific Ltd. announced Tuesday the closing of the Mendota plant is part of a restructuring. Del Monte also will close a plant in...

Rockford man admits aiming laser pointer at aircraft

Aug. 21, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Rockford man has pleaded guilty to pointing a laser pointer at an aircraft. Forty-five-year old Brenton Wells entered the plea Tuesday in Rockford federal court. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced, scheduled to occur on Dec. 10. Prosecutors...

8 jail inmates complete janitor training program

Aug. 21, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Some jail inmates in suburban Chicago will be carrying something that could keep them from returning: certificates that show they know how to do janitorial work. The DuPage County sheriff's department says eight people have graduated from its janitorial work program, the first class....

Lake County school district loses dozens of staffers

Aug. 21, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

ZION, Ill. (AP) — Nearly 50 teachers and staff members have quit or retired from a school district in Lake County before the start of a new year. The Zion district says the departures are "typical of the ebb-and-flow of a school district." But the union that represents Zion educators says it's been...

Air testing, not flooding, delays Granite City school again

Aug. 21, 2019 6:27 AM EDT

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — The new school year has been delayed again in Granite City. District 9 Superintendent James Greenwald postponed classes until Monday after he determined repairs to a high school classroom would require additional air-quality tests. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the...

Fowler drives in 4 runs in Cardinals 9-2 win over Brewers

Aug. 21, 2019 12:50 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler was focused more on his team getting a win rather than his own production. Fowler hit a bases-loaded double and drove in four runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Milwaukee Brewers 9-4 on Tuesday night in the second game of the series between NL Central contenders....

Cruz, Twins cruise to 14-4 win over White Sox

Aug. 21, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Those 10 days off sure didn't hurt Nelson Cruz's swing. Whatever's been thrown his way this season, Minnesota's designated hitter has rarely been deterred. Cruz homered and drove in three runs on four hits in his second game back from a wrist injury, yet another powerful performance at...