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2 Cook County judges test positive for coronavirus

May. 28, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has reached the bench in Cook County for the first time. In a news release on Thursday morning, the office of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans announced that two judges in the courthouse in suburban Bridgeview tested positive for COVID-19. The release did not...

Anthony Mitchell speaks during a news conference announcing a federal lawsuit filed by Mitchell and John Fulton against Chicago police, at Federal Plaza in Chicago on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Mitchell and Fulton, who were arrested as teenagers and spent nearly half their lives behind bars after being wrongfully convicted of murder, have sued Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors for malicious prosecution. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Men sue Chicago police after being exonerated in 2003 murder

May. 27, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two men who were arrested as teenagers and spent nearly half their lives behind bars after being wrongfully convicted of murder have sued Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors for malicious prosecution, lawyers for the men announced Wednesday. John Fulton and Anthony Mitchell were 17...

Information signs are display at tennis courts in Morton Grove, Ill., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Morton Grove Park District has opened it's tennis courts after having them closed for two months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Illinois COVID-19 deaths top 5,000; new daily cases dropping

May. 27, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped the 5,000 mark on Wednesday, and officials announced an Army Reservist from suburban Chicago had become the third member of the U.S. military to die from COVID-19. In hard-hit Cook County, officials announced that the...

Lilitha Jiphethu, 11, sings in her first language, Xhosa, inside her home in Orange Farm, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. “I have a friend in Jesus. He is loving and he’s not like any other friend. He is not deceitful. He is not ashamed of us. He is truthful, and He is love.” (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Through kids' eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

May. 27, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — These are children of the pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for the lives lost. A Rwandan boy is afraid the military will...

Associate Pastor Sharon Rogers poses for a portrait with a cross at Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Algonquin, Ill., Sunday, May 24, 2020. “The church is not a building, the church is people,” said Rogers, explaining why parents had embraced the idea of an outdoor service for their children's upcoming confirmation ceremony. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Pandemic disrupts rites of passage for many devout families

May. 27, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For many religious families across the United States, the coronavirus has disrupted their most anticipated traditions – the rites of passage that mark their adolescent children’s full entry into their congregations. With most houses of worship halting large in-person services...

Illinois driver services centers reopen for some next week

May. 27, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois driver services centers will reopen with limited services next week, the Secretary of State’s office has announced. They will open Monday and Tuesday for new drivers, people with expired licenses and IDs and people making vehicle transactions, the office said. They will...

4 Chicago hospitals scrap tentative $1.1B merger plan

May. 26, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Four financially challenged hospitals on Chicago’s South Side announced Tuesday they have scrapped plans to merge into a single health care system because Illinois lawmakers failed to set aside funding for the project. The $1.1 billion plan announced in March called for the merger of...

Members of the Illinois National Guard work with the public at the state's new drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at Rolling Meadows High School Friday. The test is self-administered by the person being tested, and the test kits are passed through the partially-opened car window. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

Illinois' COVID-19 hospitalizations, infection rates drop

May. 26, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that metrics gauging the spread of the coronavirus are trending downward as Illinois prepares to further open businesses within days. Illinois’ rate of positive COVID-19 tests, which hit a high of 23% in late April, averaged roughly 9% over the last...

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown listens to a question about the Memorial Day weekend violence during a news conference Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Chicago. Shootings in Chicago left multiple people dead and at least 39 others wounded in the city's deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Memorial Day weekend shootings leave 10 dead in Chicago

May. 26, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial Day weekend for gun violence since 2015, a jarring reminder that even a coronavirus pandemic and a statewide stay-at-home order cannot halt shootings in the city. "The violence throughout the city on Memorial Day weekend was nothing short of...

Judge: Illinois federal courts will look 'quite different'

May. 26, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The chief judge of federal courts in Northern Illinois says things will look “quite different” as some operations resume at courthouses in Chicago and Rockford. Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer said in a video message released Monday that a task force has been planning for how courts...