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Miami Marlins' Garrett Cooper (26) grounds out as Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo handles the throw during the ninth inning in Game 2 of a National League wild-card baseball series Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Cubs pick up $16.5M option on 1B Anthony Rizzo for 2021

Oct. 31, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs picked up their $16.5 million option for Anthony Rizzo on Saturday, bringing back the popular first baseman after he struggled during the pandemic-shortened season. The 31-year-old Rizzo hit just .222 this year for his lowest batting average since his first year in the...

HOLD FOR WEEKEND STORY BY SOPHIA TAREEN - FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2019 file photo, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, center, a candidate for Illinois' 13th Congressional District, appears in Springfield, Ill. Dirksen Londrigan is opposing Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., in the Nov. 3, 2020, general election. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

A closer look at the key congressional matchups in Illinois

Oct. 31, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — From Chicago’s suburbs to the southern tip of the state, Tuesday's election will feature several closely watched congressional races in Illinois. Here’s a closer look at key districts: REMATCH IN THE 13TH Four-term Republican Rep. Rodney Davis faces a tough reelection bid...

Chicago details safety plan for potential election unrest

Oct. 31, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are prepared for any civil unrest surrounding Halloween weekend or Tuesday's election, city officials said Friday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said residents can expect to see more police in uniform and police vehicles parked close to commercial areas downtown and in Chicago...

Prosecutors block sex offense cases from Cook County judge

Oct. 31, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago teenager pleaded with Cook County Judge James Linn to impose the maximum prison sentence on the man who sexually assaulted her and her two sisters for several years and threatened to kill them if they told anyone. “I just want justice to be served the correct way. With...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in a hanger at General Mitchell International Airport, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden: I've learned from Clinton campaign errors

Oct. 30, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Joe Biden says he has learned from the mistakes that Hillary Clinton's campaign made four years ago in the Midwest. At an event Friday in Milwaukee, Biden recounted campaigning for Clinton in 2016 and added, “For...

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Jon Lester option declined by Cubs, lefty becomes free agent

Oct. 30, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester’s $25 million mutual option for 2021 was declined Friday by the Chicago Cubs, completing a $155 million, six-year contract and allowing the 36-year-old left-hander to become a free agent. Lester is owed a $10 million buyout: $2 million on each Dec. 31 from 2022 through...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2020, file photo, Chicago White Sox' Edwin Encarnacion reacts during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. About 50 players would be eligible for free agency if their options are declined by Sunday, among them the White Sox designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster, File)

White Sox decline options on Encarnación, González

Oct. 30, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have declined a $12 million option for designated hitter Edwin Encarnación and a $7 million option for left-hander Gio González. The team announced the moves Friday, making both players free agents. Encarnación's deal did not include a buyout, while...

Marcellis Stinnette's mother Zharvellis Holmes, left, and Marcellis's grandmother Sherrellis Stinnette attend a press conference, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Des Plaines, Ill., after viewing the videos of the Oct. 20, 2020 police involved shooting in Waukegan that killed 19-year-old Marcellis and seriously wounded Tafara Williams. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Mother sues in police shooting, says son was left to die

Oct. 30, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of the Black man who was fatally shot by a suburban Chicago police officer has filed a federal lawsuit accusing law enforcement of letting him bleed to death in the eight minutes it for took an ambulance to arrive. The lawsuit was filed Thursday by Zharvellis Holmes, the mother...

Jacob Blake Jr. listens to a speech during a Get Out The Vote (GOTV) rally in Chicago, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. The families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Alvin Cole and Jacob Blake encouraged residents to vote. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Families of police shooting victims rally voters in Chicago

Oct. 29, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Family members of three people who were victims of police actions gathered Thursday in a Chicago park for a get out the vote rally. The relatives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake gathered with others in Grant Park to promote voting and to use their relatives’ fates to...

FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2014, file photo, former Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa stands with his Baseball Hall of Fame plaque before the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers in Chicago. La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series championship with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after they fired him, the team announced Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)

White Sox reunite with La Russa, hire Hall of Fame manager

Oct. 29, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Tony La Russa didn't envision returning to the dugout when he stood at the podium in Cooperstown six years ago and took his place alongside baseball's greats. That started to change the past few seasons. And he simply couldn't resist the opportunity the Chicago White Sox gave him. La Russa,...