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Illinois launches campaign to prevent abuse of seniors

Jul. 13, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is launching a $2.1 million campaign to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors and adults with disabilities, a problem officials fear has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois Department on Aging's Office of Adult Protective Services received...

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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...

Illinois man faces new charges in 2019 killing of deputy

Jul. 8, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A federal grand jury has returned several new charges against an Illinois man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy who was part of a federal fugitive task force that was trying to arrest him at a hotel on burglary and parole violation charges. A superseding indictment...

Group raising funds for replica of Abraham Lincoln cottage

Jul. 5, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Visitors have been able to tour Abraham Lincoln's two-story, 12-room home in Springfield for years. Now a group dedicated to preserving the late president's legacy is hoping to show people what the dwelling was like when it was a more modest — and cramped — cottage....

Man who fell 30 feet to death on peak near Boulder ID'd

Jul. 1, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a hiker who died after falling about 30 feet (9.1 meters) near the summit of a mountain peak south of Boulder. Boulder County sheriff's officials say a thunderstorm stranded 23-year-old Gavin Caruso, of Springfield, Illinois, and his 19-year-old...

Law enforcement enter the C1 building to the west of the Bunn-O-Matic warehouse during an active shooter situation, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. Police say officers are searching for a gunman at a warehouse in the Illinois state capital after at least one person was shot and wounded. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Coroner: 3rd Illinois warehouse shooting victim identified

Jun. 29, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The third person who died after being shot at a warehouse in central Illinois has been identified. Marsha Strumpher, 54, of Springfield, died at a hospital Saturday from multiple gunshot wounds, Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register....

Law enforcement enter the C1 building to the west of the Bunn-O-Matic warehouse during an active shooter situation, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. Police say officers are searching for a gunman at a warehouse in the Illinois state capital after at least one person was shot and wounded. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Coroner: 3rd Illinois shooting victim dies, 2 identified

Jun. 27, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A third person died Saturday afternoon who was critically wounded in a shooting at a warehouse in central Illinois where the suspect had fatally shot two coworkers before apparently killing himself, authorities said. Police believe Michael L. Collins opened fire on three of his...

Lincoln museum, presidential library to reopen Wednesday

Jun. 27, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield plans to reopen for visitors on Wednesday after shutting down as part of statewide efforts to limit spread of the coronavirus. Museum officials said the property has been cleaned and protective barriers also are...

Law enforcement enter the C1 building to the west of the Bunn-O-Matic warehouse during an active shooter situation, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Springfield, Ill. Police say officers are searching for a gunman at a warehouse in the Illinois state capital after at least one person was shot and wounded. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Police: Illinois shooting suspect kills 2 coworkers, himself

Jun. 26, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The 48-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting two coworkers and critically wounding another at a central Illinois warehouse Friday died after apparently shooting himself, the city’s police chief said. Springfield police believe Michael L. Collins fatally shot himself...

Illinois man freed after 2008 murder conviction gets vacated

Jun. 24, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man is free after getting his 2008 murder conviction vacated following new evidence that revealed he was not responsible for the death of his infant son, partly because of efforts from a group in the state that’s cleared more than a dozen people wrongfully...