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Veteran Chicago firefighter dies from COVID-19 complications

Apr. 7, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago firefighter with more than 16 years of experience died Tuesday night from complications of COVID-19, the department said. Mario Araujo, 49, joined the department in October 2003 and spent most of his career working in the Rogers Park neighborhood, department spokesman Larry...

FILE - This June 15, 2019 file photo shows John Prine performing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.  Prine died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, from complications of the coronavirus. He was 73.  (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

Apr. 7, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, died Tuesday at the age of 73. His family announced his...

Police: Man killed when pushed in path of Chicago ``L" train

Apr. 7, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago ``L” passenger was killed Tuesday when he was shoved from a Loop business district subway platform into the path of a train, according to police. The attack on the unidentified male victim occurred during the Tuesday afternoon rush hour, and disrupted service on the Chicago...

Man charged in home invasion that left accomplice dead

Apr. 7, 2020 7:37 PM EDT

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Murder charges were filed Tuesday against a Tennessee man accused of breaking into a suburban Chicago home with an accomplice who was fatally shot by the homeowner. Bradley Finnan, 39, of Chattanooga is being held without bond on murder and home invasion charges for the...

Amid fears of the coronavirus pandemic, dozens of protesters drive around Cook County Jail and the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, honking their horns and chanting to demand the

Chicago jail sees 1st possible coronavirus-related death

Apr. 7, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The death of a 59-year-old man who had been detained at the Cook County Jail was likely due to complications of the coronavirus, officials announced Tuesday. An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death, the sheriff's department said. It could be the first death related to the...

Lawsuit: Gov's stay-at-home order hurts 3rd party candidates

Apr. 7, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Green and Libertarian parties in Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit claiming Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order has impeded the petition process necessary to get on the November ballot. The lawsuit, filed last week in Chicago, alleged the order intended to curb the spread of...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Apr. 7, 2020 3:35 PM EDT

April 3, 2020 The (Champaign) News-Gazette State officials need to be extremely careful in selecting prisoners for early release The coronavirus pandemic is changing life on the outside and the inside — the outside world where the vast majority of people live and inside Illinois’ prisons. Gov. J.B....

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. A federal judge denied Kelly's request that he be released from custody out of concern that he might contract the coronavirus. He is being held in a federal  in Chicago as he awaits trial on child pornography and other charges.  “The defendant is currently in custody because of the risks that he will flee or attempt to obstruct, threaten or intimidate prospective witnesses,”  U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly of Brooklyn wrote in her denial.

Judge: R Kelly must remain locked up amid coronavirus crisis

Apr. 7, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York on Tuesday denied R&B singer R. Kelly's request for release from jail in Chicago because he was concerned he could contract the coronavirus while behind bars. “The defendant is currently in custody because of the risks that he will flee or attempt to...

Mayor's order gives immigrants access to city's virus relief

Apr. 7, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago immigrants who do not have legal status in the U.S. are eligible for all relief programs run by the city amid the coronavirus outbreak, Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered Tuesday. Lightfoot said that includes programs for housing assistance and low-interest small business loans...

Chicago broke records for early and mail ballots in primary

Apr. 6, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago broke records for early voting and mail ballots during the March primary that took place just before the governor ordered Illinoisans to stay home to curb the spread of coronavirus, according to official tallies released Monday. The number of Chicagoans seeking mail ballots beat...