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Vehicle emissions testing resumes June 1

May. 31, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Vehicle emissions testing, on hold because of stay-at-home orders issued during the coronavirus pandemic, will resume Monday, state officials said. The Environmental Protection Agency said that with a new phase of the state's COVID-19 recovery plan in place, all emissions testing...

UIC professor named to Society of American Historians

May. 31, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A professor from the University of Illinois at Chicago has been named to the Society of American Historians. Barbara Ransby is a professor of African American studies, gender and women’s studies, and history. She's among 20 scholars, journalists and writers to join the...

Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell stands by a campaign sign, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Westfield, Ind. Mitchell is a candidate for Indiana's 5th Congressional District. More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year after the 2018 election further diminished their limited ranks in Congress. But so far it appears that any gains this November could be modest.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

More GOP women seeking office, but winning still in question

May. 31, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — More Republican women than ever are seeking House seats this year thanks to a reenergized recruitment effort after their limited ranks in Congress diminished even further in the 2018 election. But any gains in November could be modest. Many of these roughly 200 candidates are running in...

Protesters run as police officers fire rubber bullets during a protest over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis, in Los Angeles, Saturday, May 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: One dead in Indianapolis shootings amid protests

May. 31, 2020 1:17 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ INDIANAPOLIS - Authorities are investigating “multiple shootings,” including one that left a person dead, in downtown Indianapolis on Saturday...

An officer takes down a protester after breaking through a police barrier during a march to bring attention to the death of George Floyd in the Loop Friday, May 29, 2020, in Chicago.  Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day.   (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Squad cars damaged, protesters struck with batons in Chicago

May. 30, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Several police cars were damaged, including at least one set on fire, as protests continued Saturday over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes. Officers struck multiple demonstrators...

Clashes between police, protesters prompt 9 p.m. Chicago curfew; mayor condemns demonstrators' "obscene disrespect"

May. 30, 2020 9:51 PM EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Clashes between police, protesters prompt 9 p.m. Chicago curfew; mayor condemns demonstrators' "obscene disrespect."

Illinois sees 61 more COVID-19 deaths, toll now at 5,330

May. 30, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Another 61 Illinois residents have died from COVID-19, boosting the state's death toll during the coronavirus pandemic to more than 5,300, state officials announced Saturday. The Illinois Department of Public Health said the state has now recorded 5,330 deaths from from the respiratory...

Chicago announces new efforts to boost Census participation

May. 30, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are turning to texting and a roving van providing Wi-Fi access to encourage participation in the U.S. Census. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the programs on Friday. The coronavirus pandemic has prevented more traditional efforts of encouraging participation, including...

2 area animal shelters getting $8 million to expand capacity

May. 30, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County is expanding its ability to shelter animals thanks to $8 million in grant money for two suburban Chicago facilities. In a news release, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office says $6 million will go to the South Suburban Humane Society to build a new facility. The other...

Teen essential workers juggle work, e-learning amid pandemic

May. 30, 2020 8:45 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Many Chicago-area high school students have needed to pick up jobs amid the pandemic as essential workers, even as they try to complete their studies through remote learning. Whether they are working to help out their parents who lost their jobs or means of income, or are just trying to save...