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Amtrak ends policy resulting in $25,000 bill for activists

Jan. 23, 2020 7:29 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak has suspended a pricing policy that resulted in a $25,000 travel bill for a group of activists who use wheelchairs heading to an Illinois conference and rally on disability rights. The passenger rail agency had told Chicago-based Access Living its policy was to charge extra to...

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, front, shoots against Chicago Bulls forward Luke Kornet during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LaVine scores 25 points, Bulls beat Timberwolves 117-110

Jan. 23, 2020 12:17 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls envisioned Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen providing a powerful one-two punch and leading them to the playoffs coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history. This was more like it. LaVine scored 25 points, Markkanen added 21 and the Chicago Bulls overcame a big...

S. Illinois holds off N. Iowa for a 68-66 win

Jan. 22, 2020 11:36 PM EST

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Lance Jones scored 20 points and Barret Benson scored 13 with six rebounds and Southern Illinois beat Northern Iowa 68-66 on Wednesday. Jones' basket gave Southern Illinois a 63-57 lead with 2:21 remaining. AJ Green's 3-pointer brought the Panthers within 67-66. On the Salukis...

Kennell, Tahvanainen lead Bradley past Illinois State 75-63

Jan. 22, 2020 11:21 PM EST

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Backcourt mates Nate Kennell and Ville Tahvanainen scored 18 points apiece as Bradley beat Illinois State 75-63 on Wednesday night. Danya Kingsby added 12 points for Bradley (14-6, 5-2 Missouri Valley Conference). Tahvanainen and Ja'Shon Henry had seven rebounds. DJ Horne and Keith...

Hall carries Loyola of Chicago past Indiana St. 75-55

Jan. 22, 2020 10:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Tate Hall matched his career high with 23 points as Loyola of Chicago romped past Indiana State 75-55 on Wednesday night. Hall made 9 of 10 shots. Cameron Krutwig had 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for Loyola (14-6, 6-1 Missouri Valley Conference), which earned its fourth straight...

FILE - In this May 1, 2019 file photo, Juice WRLD accepts the award for top new artist at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office has determined that the death of rapper last month was the result of an accidental overdose of the opioid oxycodone and codeine. The Chicago-area rapper, whose real name is Jarad A. Higgins, was pronounced dead Dec. 8 after a

Coroner: Juice WRLD died of accidental drug overdose

Jan. 22, 2020 5:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Rapper Juice WRLD died of an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said Wednesday. The medical examiner's announcement several weeks after the 21-year-old rapper, whose given name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, went into convulsions at Midway...

Illinois assesses damage from mistaken voter registrations

Jan. 22, 2020 5:14 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — At least three of 16 Illinois residents who cast ballots after being mistakenly registered to vote are U.S. citizens after all, election officials said Wednesday in assessing the damage caused by an error in the state's automatic voter registration system. Secretary of State Jesse White's...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019 file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. State prosecutors said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, that the first of the four Chicago sexual abuse cases against Kelly that they'll take to trial involves a hairdresser who alleges that Kelly tried to force himself on her during a 2003 appointment. Kelly, who remains jailed, faces a raft of charges in several jurisdictions, including four separate indictments on Illinois state charges involving four women who accuse the singer of sexually abusing them during a roughly 10-year period starting in the late 1990s. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Illinois prosecutors make plan for their 1st R. Kelly trial

Jan. 22, 2020 3:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois prosecutors said Wednesday that the first of four Chicago sexual abuse cases against R. Kelly that they'll take to trial involves a hairdresser who says the R&B singer forced himself on her during a 2003 appointment. Although Cook County prosecutors told Judge Lawrence Frank...

Florida Panthers head coach and former Chicago Blackhawks coach, Joel Quenneville acknowledges the crowds applause during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the Blackhawks and Panthers, marking Quenneville's return as a head coach Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Quenneville coaches Panthers to 4-3 win over Blackhawks

Jan. 22, 2020 12:21 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Joel Quenneville barking out instructions from behind the bench. A young team with a couple budding stars showing signs of improvement. It was a familiar scene, with quite a twist. The Florida Panthers got Quenneville a win in his return to Chicago, using a hat trick by Frank Vatrano to beat...

Northwestern guard Pat Spencer (12) and Maryland forward Jalen Smith (25) go for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Smith scores 25, No. 17 Maryland beats Northwestern 77-66

Jan. 21, 2020 10:50 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Down 14 at halftime, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon decided his team needed a pep talk. His message? The second half would change the season. Overstatement or not, the Terrapins played the rest of the way as if they had everything riding on it. Jalen Smith scored a career-high 25 points,...