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Turner, Nationals beat Cubs 7-2 for 4th straight win

Aug. 24, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Trea Turner's renewed focus on the little things is producing big results. Turner reached base four times and scored twice, Yan Gomes and Howie Kendrick each drove in two runs and the surging Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2 on Saturday. Turner got Washington off to a quick...

Author Ray Bradbury honored with Illinois hometown statue

Aug. 24, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago-area hometown of the late famed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury marked his birthday with dedication of a statue in his honor. The 12-foot-tall (3.7-meter-tall) stainless steel statue outside the Waukegan Public Library depicts Bradbury astride a rocket ship while...

Illinois judge convicts man of drowning wife 19 years ago

Aug. 24, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — A Wisconsin man has been convicted of murder in the drowning death of his wife 19 years ago in the bathroom of their suburban Chicago home. A Cook County judge announced the verdict Friday against 70-year-old Frank Buschauer, saying he didn't believe Buschauer's claims of a...

Illinois county slows wind farm plan along Mississippi River

Aug. 24, 2019 11:00 AM EDT

VALMEYER, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois county repealed an ordinance that would enable the construction of wind farms, stalling a proposal to build 50 turbines along the Mississippi River. The Monroe County Board of Commissioners voted to suspend the Wind Energy Conversion Ordinance after residents...

Illinois officials urge driver awareness as schools reopen

Aug. 24, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are reminding motorists that schools are reopening. That means lots of children getting on and off school buses. Secretary of State Jesse White handles motor vehicle licensing and registration. He says school bus safety has been a priority during his two-decade...

Illinois Supreme Court hits road, plans hearings at college

Aug. 24, 2019 9:41 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court is going on the road. The high court will hear oral arguments at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey on Sept. 18. Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier says conducting hearings outside of its Springfield headquarters has become an important part of...

Cease, Moncada lead White Sox past Rangers 8-3

Aug. 24, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Dylan Cease said he had "A-plus" stuff. After a rough first inning, the rookie right-hander got a grip on his game. Cease settled down after a tough start, Yoán Moncada hit a two-run homer for the second straight night and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 on Friday. The...

Sky snap Mystics' 6-game winning streak

Aug. 23, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Diamond DeShields scored 22 points, Stefanie Dolson added 18 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Washington Mystics 85-78 on Friday night. Washington (20-8) is tied atop the standings with Connecticut, but the Sun own the tiebreaker. The Mystics had won six straight and 11 of 12. Chicago...

Chicago mayor institutes hiring free ahead of budget address

Aug. 23, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling for a hiring freeze across all city departments ahead of a planned speech on the city's budget deficit. The hiring freeze was outlined in a memo to department heads this week and will remain in effect until further notice. When Lightfoot was running...

Illinois trooper serving warrant dies from gunshot wounds

Aug. 23, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois State Police trooper died from wounds suffered early Friday while executing a search warrant in East St. Louis. Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, 33, of Waterloo, a 10-year veteran of the force, was wounded during an exchange of gunfire while serving the warrant at an East...