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Judge firms up trial date for Smollett, won't dismiss case

Oct. 15, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Friday denied a last-ditch effort to dismiss a criminal case against actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of lying to police when he reported that he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago in January 2019. An attorney...

Chicago Cubs hire Carter Hawkins as general manager

Oct. 15, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs hired Carter Hawkins as general manager on Friday, dipping into Cleveland's front office in an effort to bolster their own player development system. The 37-year-old Hawkins spent 14 seasons with Cleveland, including the last five as an...

Chicago mayor takes police union head to court over vaccines

Oct. 15, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday that she took her fight with the head of the city's police officers union to court, arguing that his call for officers to ignore the order to report their COVID-19 vaccination status was illegal. The mayor said in...

Chicago-area man gets 3 1/2 years for stealing from charity

Oct. 15, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $831,000 from a charity he ran for kids with disabilities and spending the money on golf outings, luxury vacations and tickets to NBA games has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in federal prison. ...

Thursday's Scores

Oct. 15, 2021 06:10 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= Chicago (Urban Prep Charter/Bronzeville) 50, Dunbar 12 Maria def. Chicago Ag Science, forfeit Von Steuben 28, Schurz 8 West Prairie 55, Galva 24 ___ ...

Chicago cops won't be sent home over vaccine status — yet

Oct. 14, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Police officers in Chicago will not be ordered to go home if they defy the city's requirement that they report their COVID-19 vaccination status or be placed on unpaid leave, police leaders and Chicago's mayor said Thursday. “Nobody is going to be...

Bears eye share of NFC North lead with Rodgers, Packers

Oct. 14, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Given where they were a few weeks ago, the Chicago Bears' odds of grabbing a share of the NFC North lead seemed about as long as a Hail Mary pass. Back-to-back wins have them in position to do just that. The problem is they're facing a big obstacle with...

Bears place running back Damien Williams on COVID-19 list

Oct. 14, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears placed running back Damien Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday, putting his status for their game against the Green Bay Packers in question. The Bears (3-2) are already missing their leading rusher with David...

Man charged in shooting that killed 7-year-old Chicago girl

Oct. 14, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A man is charged in an August shooting that killed a 7-year-old Chicago girl and seriously wounded her younger sister. Police charged Aireon Luster, 24, on Wednesday with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the death of Serenity Broughton. He was...

White Sox star Anderson says he wants La Russa to return

Oct. 14, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox star Tim Anderson made his feelings clear about manager Tony La Russa. He wants the Hall of Famer to return for another season in Chicago. “I want him to be back,” Anderson said Thursday. “At the end of the day, my decision doesn't really...