Arizona, California cases push US tally of new virus to 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Health officials say the U.S. has five confirmed cases of the new pneumonia-like virus from China. Two new confirmed cases were announced Sunday — one in Los Angeles County in California and the other in Arizona. All of the U.S. patients had traveled to Wuhan, the Chinese city that is the…Read more…

Marijuana stolen from an “amnesty box” at Chicago airport

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities in Chicago have learned a traveler’s unwanted marijuana is someone else’s illegally obtained treasure. Chicago police say weed was stolen this week from a box placed at Midway International Airport for travelers who dispose of their marijuana before they board a plane. The “marijuana amnesty boxes” were placed at Midway and…Read more…

Illinois hunters harvested more than 153,000 deer in season

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Hunters brought in more than 153,000 deer during the latest archery and firearm seasons, according to updates totals that Illinois officials released this week. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said in a statement that hunters harvested 153,048 deer statewide in 2019 and early this year before the season ended on…Read more…

If the $6.5M hat isn’t Lincoln’s, why not ask for a refund?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With a gleaming new museum to Abraham Lincoln open, organizers seeking to populate it with relics of the late president paid $6.5 million for the most symbolic, one of Lincoln’s stovepipe hats. But a dozen years later, there’s still no concrete evidence the hat ever belonged to the Great Emancipator. It…Read more…

Woman kills retired trooper, self at Chicago-area cigar bar

LISLE, Ill. (AP) — Police say a 51-year-old woman fatally shot a retired Illinois State Police trooper and injured another retired state trooper and an off-duty trooper before turning the gun on herself at a cigar lounge in suburban Chicago. Lisle police say the shooting happened Friday night at the Humidor Cigar Lounge. Lisa V.…Read more…

Chicago woman becomes 2nd US case of new virus from China

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the new pneumonia-like virus from China. Health officials say the 60-year-old woman returned from a trip to China on Jan. 13 without showing any signs of illness, but a few days later she called her doctor to report feeling sick. The…Read more…

Naval base in Illinois on lockdown amid search for vehicle

UPDATE: Officials say a man who drove onto a naval station north of Chicago without showing credentials, leading to the base being locked down, turned out to be an employee who didn’t follow directions. John Sheppard, a spokesman for Naval Station Great Lakes, said in a news release that the man was caught a short…Read more…

North Dakota signals no new conditions on pipeline expansion

BISMARCK, ND (AP) — North Dakota regulators have signaled that the state won’t impose conditions beyond those required by the federal government on a proposal to double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline. An attorney for the North Dakota Public Service Commission said requiring additional measures could draw a legal challenge from the Texas-based…Read more…

Couple arrested after second raid of Jefferson County home in six months

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office High-Risk Team executed a search warrant early Tuesday morning in the 8000 block of East Illinois Highway 148 that resulted in the arrests of a couple arrested in a raid just a few months ago. According to police, the warrant was the…Read more…

Portraits of Obamas to begin 5-city US tour in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama from the National Portrait Gallery will begin a five-city national tour in Chicago in June 2021. The gallery said Thursday the Art Institute of Chicago will host the portraits from June 18, 2021, to August 15, 2021. Kehinde…Read more…

Fire destroys cart barn, golf carts at Governor’s Run in Carlyle

CARLYLE — A Wednesday fire at Governor’s Run Golf Course in Carlyle destroyed the cart barn and the club’s entire golf cart fleet. Smoke from the blaze could be seen as far away as New Baden and parts of Centralia. Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to battle the flames. No injuries were reported and the…Read more…

Ina man sentenced to IDOC on multiple child porn charges.

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 32-year-old Ina man was sentenced Thursday morning in Jefferson County Court to 27 years in prison in connection with multiple counts of child pornography. Paul Grider pleaded guilty in October to nine of 16 Class 2 felony charges against him of possessing child pornography with the other charges being dismissed. Grider’s…Read more…

Illinois assesses damage from mistaken voter registrations

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois election officials say at least three of 16 voters who cast ballots after being mistakenly registered to vote are U.S. citizens after all. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office blames an error in Illinois’ automatic voter registration system for over 500 people who self-identified as noncitizens being wrongly registered to…Read more…