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State provides $30M to acquire, develop open lands and parks

Jan. 21, 2020 8:50 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois grant funds will provide nearly $30 million for efforts across the state to acquire open spaces and develop and improve recreational facilities. Gov. J.B. Pritzker released the list of 85 projects late last week. They will receive $29.7 million from the Open Space Land...

Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville gives instructions during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Quenneville returns to Chicago with Florida Panthers

Jan. 20, 2020 11:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — In some Chicago circles, certainly every one that includes a hockey rink, it's just “Q.” Only one letter is necessary for a man so revered there is a Twitter account for his mustache with more than 40,000 followers. Q returns Tuesday night. Joel Quenneville leads the Florida...

Chicago Bulls' Tomas Satoransky (31) drives to the basket between Milwaukee Bucks' Brook Lopez (11) and Wesley Matthews (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Antetokounmpo has triple-double as Bucks down Bulls 111-98

Jan. 20, 2020 10:28 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks committed 23 turnovers — and won anyway. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. finished strong on Monday. Antetokounmpo had a triple-double and scored his 10,000th career point, and the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 111-98 to sweep the four-game season series. ...

Suburban police officer charged with DUI after fatal crash

Jan. 20, 2020 3:07 PM EST

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer has been charged with driving under the influence after she was involved in a traffic crash in which another police officer riding with her was killed. Joliet Police Officer Erin Zilka, 35, was driving on Interstate 55 early Sunday in Will County when...

FILE - In this June 4, 1969, file photo, Bobby Rush, deputy defense minister of the Illinois Black Panther party, center, reads a statement at a news conference after an early morning raid on Chicago Panther headquarters by FBI agents. At left is Jose

Film probes radical black-Latino-poor white 1960s alliance

Jan. 20, 2020 2:17 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., (AP) — Civil rights activists were still mourning the 1968 assassinations of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Richard Nixon was president, the Vietnam War hadn't ended, and urban racial tensions remained. In that climate, a 24-year-old Black Panther Party member from...

2 men arrested after police chase in Missouri, Illinois

Jan. 20, 2020 12:28 PM EST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Two men are in custody after officers were shot at and a police vehicle was intentionally rammed during a chase that began in Cape Girardeau and ended in Illinois, authorities said. Cape Girardeau police Sgt. Joey Hann said no one was injured in the incident Saturday night. . The...

Death of Chicago man shot in 2010 classified as homicide

Jan. 20, 2020 10:53 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities have classified as a homicide the death of a Chicago man who recently, a decade after he was shot multiple times on the city's West Side. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, an autopsy conducted on Sunday on the remains of 41-year-old Marco Rainge, who died...

This undated photo provided by the Lisle, Illinois, Police Department shows Bruce Lindahl. Lindahl, who police suspect strangled a 16-year-old suburban Chicago girl in 1976, may have killed as many as a dozen young women and plotted to kill others before he died during a fatal knife attack on a teenage boy, a detective investigating the case said Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (Lisle Police Department via AP)

Suspected serial killer stayed under the radar, but how?

Jan. 20, 2020 10:35 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — When a police detective said last week that a man suspected of strangling a suburban Chicago teen in 1976 may have killed as many as a dozen girls and young women, the question that screamed louder than all others was: How did nobody notice? Today, as Lisle Police Detectives Chris Loudon and...

Law eliminates license suspension for non-moving violations

Jan. 20, 2020 10:18 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law that eliminates driver's license suspensions for most non-moving violations. The Democrat signed the “License to Work Act” last week. It takes effect July. Prizter says it will allow tens of thousands of motorists to have driving...

Museum program on African Americans' work marks 50th year

Jan. 20, 2020 10:12 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is marking the 50th anniversary of a program honoring the achievements of African Americans in science, technology, engineering, art and medicine and encouraging young people to consider those fields. The Black Creativity program began in 1970....