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White Sox get closer Kimbrel from Cubs for Madrigal, Heuer

Jul. 30, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the crosstown Cubs on Friday, a move that should give the AL Central leaders a fearsome bullpen for their playoff push. The White Sox already had one of baseball's best closers in All-Star Liam...

Judge allows Jussie Smollett's lawyer to stay on the case

Jul. 30, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Friday said he would not kick one of Jussie Smollett's attorneys off the case even though he believes the attorney spoke to two men the actor allegedly hired to help him carry out a staged racist and homophobic attack. In his ruling, Cook...

EXPLAINER: How Illinois hopes to avoid summer eviction surge

Jul. 30, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September has been the only...

Chicago Bulls take Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu at No. 38 in draft

Jul. 30, 2021 01:36 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Ayo Dosunmu was sure of one thing. No way were there 37 players better than him in this draft. If he's entering the NBA with a bit of chip on his shoulder, the Illinois star guard can take some comfort knowing he will be playing for his hometown team. ...

Votto homers in record 6th game in row as Reds beat Cubs 7-4

Jul. 29, 2021 21:17 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Joey Votto set a Cincinnati Reds franchise record with another powerful show at Wrigley Field, while Kris Bryant was only a spectator in what might have been his last game with the Chicago Cubs. It was the last game in a Cubs uniform for popular first...

Illinois governor signs elected Chicago school board measure

Jul. 29, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will get an elected school board for the first time under a measure signed into law Thursday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The new law would phase out a seven-member board of mayoral appointees for a 21-member elected board in place by 2027, allowing...

GOP seeks review of potentially fraudulent jobless payouts

Jul. 29, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Senate Republicans on Thursday called for a deep dive into pandemic-driven problems in the state's unemployment insurance program after a routine audit found $155 million in potentially invalid benefits paid in just the first few months of the COVID-19 crisis. ...

Cubs deal righty reliever Tepera to crosstown White Sox

Jul. 29, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Reliable reliever Ryan Tepera is heading from the North Side to the South Side. The struggling Chicago Cubs traded the 33-year-old right-hander to the crosstown White Sox on Thursday for minor league lefty Bailey Horn, giving the AL Central-leading White...

COVID-19 rates a worry as 1 million head for Iowa State Fair

Jul. 29, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising throughout Iowa and around the nation, health experts are becoming increasingly worried about next month’s Iowa State Fair, which will bring more than 1 million people to Des Moines from around the state, including many from counties...

Severe storms leave outages, tree damage in Chicago area

Jul. 29, 2021 10:19 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Severe thunderstorms swept through the Chicago area and northern Illinois early Thursday with high winds that left thousands of homes and businesses without power. The National Weather Service said several areas recorded wind gusts in excess of 60 mph...