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Chicago Cubs hire Anthony Iapoce as hitting coach

Oct. 15, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are turning to a familiar face to help with their inconsistent offense. Chicago hired Anthony Iapoce as its hitting coach on Monday, replacing the fired Chili Davis. The 45-year-old Iapoce was a special assistant in the Cubs' front office for three years from 2013-15,...

Thousands raised for kids of Chicago cop convicted of murder

Oct. 15, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More than 500 people have contributed over $45,000 for the two daughters of the white Chicago police officer who was convicted in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. One of Jason Van Dyke's attorneys, Tammy Wendt, launched the GoFundMe campaign shortly after a jury earlier...

After loss, Matt Nagy, Bears deal with big dose of adversity

Oct. 15, 2018 3:51 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — After three weeks of success, adversity hit the Chicago Bears in waves. An injury to pass rusher Khalil Mack, a key missed field goal, turnovers at critical times, penalties, and a faltering defense all combined to help take down the Bears 31-28 in overtime Sunday against the Miami...

Longtime Eastern Illinois football coach Bob Spoo dies at 80

Oct. 15, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Former Eastern Illinois coach Bob Spoo, whose players included future NFL quarterbacks Tony Romo and Jimmy Garoppolo, has died at age 80. The university says Spoo died Monday in Rockford, Illinois. School spokesman Rich Moser says Spoo had been ill in recent weeks. Spoo retired in...

Chance The Rapper goes undercover to raise money for arts

Oct. 15, 2018 1:59 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chance the Rapper is so serious about raising money for arts education programs in Chicago that he took a second job as a Lyft driver to spread the word. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago-born Grammy-winning hip-hop artist who has given millions of dollars to Chicago Public...

Government spends millions to guard Confederate cemeteries

Oct. 15, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

ALTON, Ill. (AP) — After last year's deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the federal government quietly spent millions of dollars to hire private security guards to stand watch over at least eight Confederate cemeteries, documents from the Department...

Sears through the years: From watch seller to tower builder

Oct. 15, 2018 6:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears got its start as a watch seller more than 130 years ago and grew to become one of the world's largest retailers. But the company has struggled in recent years and on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A look at the company through the years: 1886 — Richard Sears starts the...

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Musicians have ratified labor deal

Oct. 14, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Lyric Opera of Chicago says striking musicians have approved a multiyear labor deal and the season will resume Wednesday. A statement released by the music company Sunday night says members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians Local 10-208 ratified the agreement with Lyric Opera...

DeBrincat's 2nd goal lifts Blackhawks past Blues in OT

Oct. 14, 2018 1:26 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As a junior hockey phenom, Alex DeBrincat grabbed the attention of scouts as a natural goal scorer who could get open and finish. Now the 20-year-old Blackhawks forward is doing just that in the NHL. DeBrincat scored his second goal of the game and sixth this season with nine seconds left in...

N. Dakota St. forces 5 turnovers, beats W. Illinois 34-7

Oct. 14, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — The North Dakota State defense forced five turnovers, including Dan Marlette's 38-yard scoop-and-score, to help the Bison beat Western Illinois 34-7 on Saturday night. Easton Stick was 11-of-20 passing for 123 yards, including a 22-yard TD pass to Darrius Shepherd, with no...