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Study: Illinois public defenders struggle with big caseloads

Jun. 12, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Public defenders across Illinois are struggling with excessive caseloads and a lack of independence that is negatively affecting their clients, according to a new study commissioned by the Illinois Supreme Court. The study, which was released Tuesday,...

Brewers win 7-4 by capitalizing on Pirates' control problems

Jun. 12, 2021 00:37 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Patience paid off for the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. It helped that they were facing a Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen that couldn’t throw the ball over the plate no matter who was pitching. Christian Yelich hit a bases-loaded...

Hendriks has tantrum over rain, gives up tying homer

Jun. 12, 2021 00:29 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Liam Hendriks angrily threw a wet ball into foul territory after his first pitch of the ninth inning, leading to a lengthy rain delay, then gave up a tying two-run homer to Daz Cameron before the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 in 10 innings on Friday night. ...

Six Flags park settling lawsuit over fingerprints for $36M

Jun. 11, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — Six Flags Great America has settled a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to pay $36 million over the use of fingerprint scanners at its Illinois theme park. Pass holders and others who visited the Gurnee park between October 2013 and Dec. 31, 2018...

Pederson, Rizzo, Contreras homer as Cubs beat Cardinals 8-5

Jun. 11, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo could feel the fans hanging onto each pitch as he fouled off one after another. When he finally launched one over the right-field wall on the 14th pitch of his at-bat, Wrigley Field rocked in a way it hadn't in years, with a near-capacity...

The Latest: California to lift most of state’s virus rules

Jun. 11, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed an executive order that will lift most of the state’s coronavirus rules. The order Newsom signed Friday takes effect Tuesday. It will end the state’s stay-at-home order and its various amendments. ...

Body in motel rubble is identified as man missing for months

Jun. 11, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

MARION, Ill. (AP) — A body discovered after the demolition of a landmark motel in southern Illinois has been identified as a 51-year-old man who had been missing since December, authorities said Friday. Marion police Chief David Fitts said foul play is not suspected in...

Chicago police officer charged in Capitol insurrection

Jun. 11, 2021 19:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer charged with breaching the U.S. Capitol and entering a senator's office during the Jan. 6 insurrection texted photos of himself inside the building while wearing a police department sweatshirt after telling someone he was going to Washington “to...

Latino group sues to block Democrat-drawn maps in Illinois

Jun. 11, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats used inadequate data and an opaque process to draw new legislative districts, a Latino civil rights organization argued in the latest lawsuit seeking to block the maps from being used for statehouse elections over the next decade. The...

Bears sign first-round pick Fields to 4-year deal

Jun. 11, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears signed first-round draft pick Justin Fields to a four-year contract on Friday. The Bears landed their quarterback of the future when they traded up nine spots with the New York Giants to take the Ohio State star with the No. 11 overall...