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5 killed including teen in Chicago weekend gun violence

Jul. 11, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Five people including a 15-year-old boy were killed in separate shootings from Friday afternoon into early Saturday, Chicago Police said. Police said the boy was in the street in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood on the city’s South Side when a vehicle pulled up Friday afternoon and...

Illinois man pleads guilty to reckless homicide in crash

Jul. 11, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

MONTICELLO, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man will be sentenced in August after pleading guilty to reckless homicide in a January car crash that killed a 56-year-old woman. Conrad Gillespie pleaded guilty in Piatt County Court and will be sentenced on Aug. 11, according to the News-Gazette. He could receive up...

Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Pierre, who survived multiple suicide attempts, doesn't want people struggling alone. She created The Safe Place, a free Black-oriented mental health app that's seen more signups during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate

Jul. 11, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jasmin Pierre was 18 when she tried to end her life, overdosing on whatever pills she could find. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she survived two more attempts at suicide, which felt like the only way to stop her pain. Years of therapy brought progress, but the 31-year-old Black...

Hundreds of counterfeit watches shipped into Chicago

Jul. 11, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 200 counterfeit watches were found in late June and early July at a mail facility at O'Hare International Airport, federal authorities said this week. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the facility inspected the 175 parcels containing 193 watches due to incorrect...

Illinois revenues drop $1.1B in fiscal 2020 due to pandemic

Jul. 11, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois revenues dropped more than $1.1 billion in the fiscal year that ended last month due to the coronavirus’ impact on the state’s economy, according to state officials. The Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, the General Assembly’s...

Piccadilly Lilly Diner owner Jessica Hein shares a booth with Jackson Evans, 4, as she waits for customers at the small restaurant adjacent to the Tri-County Airport in Lone Rock, Wis., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Lone Rock airport battles repeated flooding, now pandemic

Jul. 11, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

LONE ROCK, Wis. (AP) — Marc Higgs remembers when this flat stretch of earth bounded by the Wisconsin River to the south and the unglaciated bluffs to the north was essentially a desert, complete with prickly pear cactus. Heavy rains were rarely a concern and flooding issues were kept at bay due to the...


Artist: Award-winning shirt design offers ‘element of hope’

Jul. 11, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill (AP) — Michelle “Micki” Smith’s winning entry for a Ralph Lauren national design contest shows a Black man, his head tilted back and his eyes closed. It simply reads “Hope” with an N95 mask taking the place of the “O.” The model for...

Winter wheat harvesting underway in central Illinois

Jul. 11, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

Bloomington, Ill. (AP) — Combines are hitting the fields as winter wheat harvesting is underway in Central Illinois. The Fourth of July holiday weekend often signals harvesting time for wheat, which is planted in the fall. Despite some early spring storms and a dry June, farmer David Brown said yields were...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018, file photo, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Michael Kopech throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. White Sox prospect Michael Kopech missed the start of summer camp Frida, Ju;y 3, 2020, due to a personal matter. General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn't have a timeline for the return of the 24-year-old right-hander. “Given the time we're living through together I will try to answer the question that's probably now at the top of everybody's mind and just share the fact that currently Michael is healthy,” Hahn said on a video conference call.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

White Sox top pitching prospect Kopech opts out this year

Jul. 10, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech chose Friday not to play this season and the team put star third baseman Yoán Moncada and pitcher Jose Ruiz on the 10-day injured list because of unspecified ailments. There was no official word on whether the moves were related...

Old, ailing Rhino euthanized at Chicago zoo

Jul. 10, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An ailing, 34-year-old eastern black rhino named Maku has been euthanized at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo after staff determined it was suffering from severe discomfort and reduced mobility, the zoo said Friday. Maku was thought to be the second oldest eastern black rhino male in...