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Video shows Chicago cop shooting unarmed black autistic teen

Oct. 17, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Surveillance video released by a civilian oversight agency shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed autistic black teenager in an incident the police department initially described as an armed confrontation. The grainy video released Tuesday by the Civilian...

Mental fitness trial for man who locked daughter in basement

Oct. 17, 2018 5:37 AM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who, with his wife, confined their daughter to their basement faces a jury trial to determine whether he is mentally fit for further legal proceedings. Randy Swopes of Waukegan is charged with child endangerment and unlawful restraint for keeping his 10-year-old...

Video shows 2017 shooting of unarmed autistic man by police

Oct. 16, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Video released Tuesday by a civilian oversight agency shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting an unarmed, autistic man during an incident initially described as an armed confrontation. Sgt. Khalil Muhammad shot then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes as he walked on the city's South Side....

After 2016 hack, Illinois says election system secure

Oct. 16, 2018 7:39 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials assured voters Tuesday that their Nov. 6 tallies "will be securely counted" following a data breach that's part of the Justice Department's investigation of Russian meddling in U.S. elections. Board of Elections Chairman William Cadigan and a group of state and...

Former Illinois gymnastics coach faces sexual abuse charges

Oct. 16, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago gymnastics coach has been charged with sexually assaulting a girl he trained at a gym in Channahon. Will County prosecutors say 68-year-old Jose Vilchis committed sexual abuse and assault against the girl in late 2012 or 2013 while he was coaching her at I&M...

Sears' bankruptcy will have ripple effect, not all of it bad

Oct. 16, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears' Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing will have ripple effects on everything from landlords to suppliers to workers. Many vendors, which had already enforced stricter payment terms on Sears, are refusing to ship merchandise to stores. The company will further shrink its workforce, which has...

United 3Q profit up 30 percent as it recoups fuel costs

Oct. 16, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines says it is now passing the full impact of higher fuel prices to its customers, helping the nation's third-biggest carrier boost third-quarter profit by 30 percent. Parent company United Continental Holdings Inc. said Tuesday that it earned $836 million, as rising revenue more...

Bulls announce deal with Zenni, will wear sponsorship patch

Oct. 16, 2018 5:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls and Zenni Optical have announced a five-year deal that makes the online eyewear retailer the first company to place a sponsorship patch on the franchise's jersey. The patch will be on the left breast of the team's jerseys, starting with the opener at Philadelphia on...

Chicago board to make final call on plan to fire 2 officers

Oct. 16, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Police Department has asked a city board to make a final decision on the chief's recommendation to fire two officers who shot at a stolen car two years ago, an incident that was captured on video. The submission of written charges to the Chicago Police Board sets in motion a formal...

Chance the Rapper weighs in on Chicago mayoral race

Oct. 16, 2018 1:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chance the Rapper is weighing in on the Chicago mayor's race. The Grammy Award-winning artist from Chicago on Tuesday endorsed Amara Enyia in the 2019 race to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, said during a news conference at City Hall that he and...