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Another effort to free ex-professor accused of murder

May. 28, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for a former Northwestern University professor charged in the murder of his boyfriend argued Thursday he should be released on $1.5 million bail before trial. Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns last month denied Wyndham Lathem’s request to be released on $1 million so...

Gulls occupy the 31st Street Beach in Chicago on Monday, May 25, 2020, where on a typical Memorial Day thousands of people would flock. The city's lakefront continues to be closed as some COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Pritzker: All Illinois regions have met conditions to reopen

May. 28, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday announced an end to his 10-week-old stay-at-home order, declaring that every region of the state has met conditions necessary to allow more social interaction amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The state will move into the third phase of the Democrat's...

Chicago's virtual graduation to include Oprah Winfrey

May. 28, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's 2020 graduating high school seniors will be gathering virtually on June 14 for a citywide commencement. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, “Hamilton” star Miguel Cervantes and “The Voice” contestant Katie Kadan are among many public and sports figures...

Anthony Mitchell speaks during a news conference announcing a federal lawsuit filed by Mitchell and John Fulton against Chicago police, at Federal Plaza in Chicago on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Mitchell and Fulton, who were arrested as teenagers and spent nearly half their lives behind bars after being wrongfully convicted of murder, have sued Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors for malicious prosecution. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Men sue Chicago police after being exonerated in 2003 murder

May. 27, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two men who were arrested as teenagers and spent nearly half their lives behind bars after being wrongfully convicted of murder have sued Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors for malicious prosecution, lawyers for the men announced Wednesday. John Fulton and Anthony Mitchell were 17...

Information signs are display at tennis courts in Morton Grove, Ill., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Morton Grove Park District has opened it's tennis courts after having them closed for two months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Illinois COVID-19 deaths top 5,000; new daily cases dropping

May. 27, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped the 5,000 mark on Wednesday, and officials announced an Army Reservist from suburban Chicago had become the third member of the U.S. military to die from COVID-19. In hard-hit Cook County, officials announced that the...

Lilitha Jiphethu, 11, sings in her first language, Xhosa, inside her home in Orange Farm, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. “I have a friend in Jesus. He is loving and he’s not like any other friend. He is not deceitful. He is not ashamed of us. He is truthful, and He is love.” (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Through kids' eyes: Virus outbreak brings sadness, fear, joy

May. 27, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — These are children of the pandemic. In the far-north Canadian town of Iqaluit, one boy has been glued to the news to learn everything he can about the coronavirus. A girl in Australia sees a vibrant future, tinged with sadness for the lives lost. A Rwandan boy is afraid the military will...

Associate Pastor Sharon Rogers poses for a portrait with a cross at Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Algonquin, Ill., Sunday, May 24, 2020. “The church is not a building, the church is people,” said Rogers, explaining why parents had embraced the idea of an outdoor service for their children's upcoming confirmation ceremony. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Pandemic disrupts rites of passage for many devout families

May. 27, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For many religious families across the United States, the coronavirus has disrupted their most anticipated traditions – the rites of passage that mark their adolescent children’s full entry into their congregations. With most houses of worship halting large in-person services...

Illinois driver services centers reopen for some next week

May. 27, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois driver services centers will reopen with limited services next week, the Secretary of State’s office has announced. They will open Monday and Tuesday for new drivers, people with expired licenses and IDs and people making vehicle transactions, the office said. They will...

4 Chicago hospitals scrap tentative $1.1B merger plan

May. 26, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Four financially challenged hospitals on Chicago’s South Side announced Tuesday they have scrapped plans to merge into a single health care system because Illinois lawmakers failed to set aside funding for the project. The $1.1 billion plan announced in March called for the merger of...

Members of the Illinois National Guard work with the public at the state's new drive-through COVID-19 testing facility at Rolling Meadows High School Friday. The test is self-administered by the person being tested, and the test kits are passed through the partially-opened car window. (Joe Lewnard/Daily Herald via AP)

Illinois' COVID-19 hospitalizations, infection rates drop

May. 26, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday that metrics gauging the spread of the coronavirus are trending downward as Illinois prepares to further open businesses within days. Illinois’ rate of positive COVID-19 tests, which hit a high of 23% in late April, averaged roughly 9% over the last...