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4 Chicago hospitals announce tentative $1.1B merger plan

Jan. 23, 2020 5:10 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Four financially challenged hospitals on Chicago’s South Side on Thursday announced tentative plans to merge into a single health care system to serve some of city’s poorest communities. The $1.1 billion plan announced by South Shore Hospital, Mercy Hospital & Medical...

Illinois: Error registered a possible 545 noncitizen voters

Jan. 23, 2020 4:57 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An error in Illinois' new automatic voter registration system led to a possible 545 non-U.S. citizens being registered to vote, 15 of whom cast ballots, state officials publicly acknowledged this week. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's office, which oversees driver's licenses, said...

Illinois assesses damage from mistaken voter registrations

Jan. 23, 2020 4:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — At least three of 15 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...

Flanked by supporters, Joycelyn Savage, center, one of R&B singer R. Kelly's girlfriends, walks out of the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse, Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2020, in Chicago. Savage pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly punching another of the the R&B singer's girlfriends in the face. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

R. Kelly girlfriend can return to Kelly home for belongings

Jan. 23, 2020 3:47 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Thursday agreed to allow a girlfriend of R. Kelly retrieve her belongings from the singer's home in Trump Tower in Chicago, where authorities say she assaulted one of Kelly's other girlfriends earlier this month. Joycelyn Savage was in court for a hearing concerning the...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama stand on stage together as their official portraits are unveiled at a ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington. The portraits will begin a five-city national tour in Chicago in June 2021. The Art Institute of Chicago will host the portraits from June 18, 2021, to Aug. 15, 2021, the gallery announced Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Portraits of Obamas to begin 5-city US tour in Chicago

Jan. 23, 2020 12:57 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama from the National Portrait Gallery will begin a five-city national tour in Chicago in June 2021. The Art Institute of Chicago will host the portraits from June 18, 2021, to August 15, 2021, the...

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...

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...

Man accused of defrauding investor of nearly $10 million

Jan. 22, 2020 6:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who cultivated the image of being a heavyweight in the Las Vegas sports gambling scene has been charged in U.S. District Court with operating a wire fraud scheme that defrauded one victim of millions of dollars, court records show. Federal prosecutors filed documents...

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...