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Altuve homers again, Astros beat White Sox 10-2

Jun. 17, 2021 23:50 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered for the fourth time in three games, Michael Brantley and Abraham Toro also connected, and the Houston Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on Thursday night. “He continues to amaze us hitting the ball out of the ballpark," manager...

Slow poke: Hendricks wins 7th start in row, Cubs blank Mets

Jun. 17, 2021 23:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Hendricks is showing velocity isn't everything. Without throwing a single pitch that reached 90 mph, Hendricks flummoxed the Mets for six innings Thursday night to win his career-best seventh straight start and lead the Chicago Cubs over the New...

Chicago tops Connecticut 81-75 for 4th straight win

Jun. 17, 2021 22:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Kahleah Copper had 18 points and eight rebounds, Courtney Vandersloot added 12 points with 10 assists and four steals, and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 81-75 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win. Chicago trailed 40-31 early in the...

Illinois joins states with vaccine incentive lotteries

Jun. 17, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is joining the group of states offering millions of dollars in cash prizes and scholarships to encourage residents to get vaccinated, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday. Illinois will offer $7 million in cash prizes and $3 million in...

Move to the burbs? Bears confirm bid to buy horse track site

Jun. 17, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears have submitted a bid to buy a spacious suburban horse racing track site, signaling a potential willingness to move out of downtown Soldier Field for a new stadium. Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips announced...

The Latest: Nevada to disburse $5 million in vaccine effort

Jun. 17, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS — Nevada is distributing $5 million in cash prizes to residents who have been vaccinated as part of an effort to encourage more people to get shots. Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday that the new “Vax Nevada Days” initiative provided skeptics one more...

Mets' deGrom gets clean MRI on shoulder, no plans for IL

Jun. 17, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets relaxed after a night of worry: a scan of ace Jacob deGrom's shoulder showed no abnormalities. DeGrom left his second straight start with an arm injury, coming out after three perfect innings against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night...

Foam containing 'forever chemicals' used against plant fire

Jun. 17, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

A company hired to help extinguish a fire that gutted a northern Illinois chemical plant this week used foam containing toxic compounds that have tainted surface waters and groundwater across the U.S., officials said Thursday. The private contractor sprayed the foam for...

Illinois governor signs $42B state spending plan into law

Jun. 17, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a $42 billion spending plan for Illinois on Thursday that includes $2.5 billion in spending from a multiyear federal relief package. “Illinois has taken a giant step forward toward true fiscal stability,” Pritzker said during...

With Juneteenth new federal holiday, Illinois offices close

Jun. 17, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois government offices will be closed Friday in a nod to a new federal law, making Juneteenth an official holiday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday. The decision by Pritzker supersedes a state law signed Wednesday by the governor that...