Latest Illinois News

Giannis drops 30-plus again to lead Bucks past Bulls 124-115

Nov. 15, 2019 12:33 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo ensured the Milwaukee Bucks’ dominance over the Chicago Bulls didn’t end Thursday night. Antetokounmpo had 38 points and 15 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe added a season-high 31 points and eight assists, and the Bucks withstood another historic effort by Chicago...

State Senate President Cullerton to retire in January

Nov. 14, 2019 10:03 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Democratic state Senate President John Cullerton announced Thursday that he’s stepping down from the Illinois Legislature. His retirement will be effective sometime in January and he’s fulfilling a promise to his wife, Pam, Cullerton said in a statement. “So...

Illinois bans handcuffing, shackling of foster children

Nov. 14, 2019 7:21 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services banned the use of shackles and handcuffs on youths in its custody after two teenage boys were restrained while they transferred from one Chicago-area shelter to another. The 15-year-old and 17-year-old boys were handcuffed and shackled...

Lawmakers OK greater lobbyist disclosure over GOP complaints

Nov. 14, 2019 7:05 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers approved requiring more public disclosure about lobbyists Thursday in response to a federal bribery charge against a since-disgraced representative but pushed heavy ethics-reform lifting off to a newly created commission that will report recommendations next...

A year after defensive gem, Bears try to silence Rams again

Nov. 14, 2019 5:34 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even Sean McVay realizes there’s a strong argument to be made that the Chicago Bears ended the Los Angeles Rams’ two seasons of offensive brilliance with their 15-6 victory at Soldier Field last season. McVay, Jared Goff and the Rams (5-4) get a chance to reply when the...

Chicago canal to close at times next week for mapping work

Nov. 14, 2019 5:11 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A section of a Chicago-area canal that forms part of the waterway linking Lake Michigan with the Illinois River will be closed at times next week. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal will be shut down in the vicinity of an electric barrier designed to...

Girl unresponsive at school, pronounced dead at hospital

Nov. 14, 2019 4:58 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A 9-year-old girl who police say had a history of health issues has died after being found unresponsive at a special needs school on Chicago’s South Side. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that police were called to the elementary school about 8:30 a.m. Thursday to find someone performing...

Police: No indication restaurant staff heard racial comment

Nov. 14, 2019 4:41 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Police looking into an incident at a Chicago-area Buffalo Wild Wings found no indication that workers heard a white patron mention the race of a group of black customers when he asked that they not be seated next to him, but investigators said the employees had heard him make racist comments...

The Latest: House OKs easier access to lobbyist information

Nov. 14, 2019 4:30 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Illinois General Assembly (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The House has overwhelmingly approved a measure ease access to disclosure requirements for lobbyists who try to influence the General Assembly. Debate lasted more than an hour before the 109-5 vote....

Copy of Gettysburg address handwritten by Lincoln on display

Nov. 14, 2019 12:59 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A copy of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address that was handwritten by the 16th president himself is going on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield for two weeks. In a news release, the museum says it will display the copy — one...