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Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire on the 700 block of W. Oakton that claimed the lives of 5 people, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Des Plaines, Ill. (Mark Welsh/Daily Herald via AP)

Mother, 4 children killed in fire at suburban Chicago home

Jan. 27, 2021 9:57 PM EST

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — A mother and her four daughters were killed in a Wednesday fire that swept through their home in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, the city’s fire chief said. Killed in the fire in the two-story apartment building were Renata Espinosa, 6; Genesis Espinosa, 5; Allizon...

Veterinarians, technicians and staff prepare Malena, a 10-year-old endangered Amur tiger, for total hip replacement surgery at Brookfield Zoo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Brookfield, Ill. According to the CZS, the tiger has arthritis in her left hip and the surgery is believed to be the first time a full joint replacement will be attempted on a tiger in North America.   (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/ /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Tiger undergoes rare hip replacement surgery at Illinois zoo

Jan. 27, 2021 7:30 PM EST

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 10-year-old Amur tiger with arthritis underwent hip replacement surgery at a zoo outside Chicago on Wednesday, and her surgical team is confident the procedure will add years to her life. Veterinarians at Brookfield Zoo noted that, like humans, animals routinely develop...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 27, 2021 6:45 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 26 The Mercury News and East Bay Times on California's easing of coronavirus restrictions: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to lift regional stay-at-home orders across the state makes absolutely no sense. The governor’s...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 file photo, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema gets choked up as the senior players are introduced before the start of an NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark. It's going on 40 days since Bret Bielema was announced as Illinois' football coach, and since then he's assembled a staff, met returning players, recruited new ones, convinced a top player to pull his name out of the transfer portal and made the rounds getting to know administrators and alumni. (AP Photo/Michael Woods, File)

New Illini coach Bielema says he doesn't want to wait to win

Jan. 27, 2021 5:03 PM EST

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — It's going on 40 days since Bret Bielema was announced as Illinois' football coach, and since then he has assembled a staff, met returning players, recruited new ones, persuaded a top player to pull his name out of the transfer portal and made the rounds getting to know...

FILE - Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald responds to a question during Big Ten Conference NCAA college football media days in Chicago, in this Friday, July 19, 2019, file photo. Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald have agreed to a new contract through the 2030 season. The 46-year-old Fitzgerald is by far the program's winningest coach with a 106-81 record since he took over at his alma mater in 2006 following Randy Walker's unexpected death. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Northwestern, Fitzgerald agree to new contract through 2030

Jan. 27, 2021 4:07 PM EST

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald have agreed to a new contract through the 2030 season. The 46-year-old Fitzgerald is by far the program's winningest coach with a 106-81 record since he took over at his alma mater in 2006 following Randy Walker's unexpected death. The Wildcats...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2021 file photo, pre-kindergarten teacher Sarah McCarthy works with a student at Dawes Elementary in Chicago. Chicago Public Schools should allow students back into classrooms in no more than 100 facilities and then gradually reopen others, an organization of school principals proposed Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, saying most of them doubt the nation's third-largest school district can safely handle a mass reopening. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, Pool File)

Chicago principals offer school reopening plan amid pandemic

Jan. 27, 2021 3:35 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools should allow students back into classrooms in no more than 100 facilities and then gradually reopen others, an organization of school principals proposed Wednesday, saying most of them doubt the nation’s third-largest school district can safely handle a mass...

Rittenhouse, mother fixated on social media treatment

Jan. 27, 2021 6:01 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An Illinois teen accused of killing two people during unrest in Wisconsin and the teen's mom were fixated on social media comments about them in the hours after his August arrest, newly released police video shows. Police in Antioch, Illinois, on Monday released four hours of video...

Curtis leads SIU-Edwardsville past Eastern Illinois 87-74

Jan. 26, 2021 10:46 PM EST

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Carlos Curtis had 18 points to lead five Southern Illinois-Edwardsville players in double figures as the Cougars defeated Eastern Illinois 87-74 on Tuesday night. Mike Adewunmi added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars. Sidney Wilson and Cam Williams scored 13 points apiece...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, teachers Adrienne Thomas, left, and Irene Barrera set up their computers and materials for their virtual classes outside of Suder Montessori Magnet Elementary School in solidarity with pre-K educators forced back into the building in Chicago. Chicago teachers ordered to schools this week ahead of students planned to ignore district orders over coronavirus safety concerns, setting the stage for a work stoppage in the nation's third-largest school district, according to a union email circulated Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Anthony Vazquez/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Chicago schools reopening hits snag as union fight escalates

Jan. 26, 2021 10:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago ditched plans Tuesday for thousands of teachers to report to schools this week ahead of students after the teachers union said its members wouldn't comply and were prepared to picket over coronavirus safety concerns. The reversal in the nation's third-largest district also meant...

LaRavia lifts Indiana State past Southern Illinois 71-59

Jan. 26, 2021 7:50 PM EST

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Jake LaRavia had 20 points as Indiana State defeated Southern Illinois 71-59 on Tuesday. Cooper Neese had 11 points and seven rebounds for Indiana State (8-7, 5-5 Missouri Valley Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive victory. Randy Miller Jr. also scored 11 points with...