Chicago awards $20.5M to 2 men allegedly framed by detective

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago City Council has agreed to pay a total of $20.5 million to two of at least a dozen men who have had murder convictions dismissed after being allegedly framed by the same police detective. On Tuesday the council voted to settle lawsuits brought by Armando Serrano and Jose Montanez. Both…Read more…

Study: State worker pension systems in best shape since 2008

A new study finds pension systems for state government workers are in their best shape since the Great Recession. The Pew Charitable Trusts credits a booming stock market over the past year as well as states’ longer-term steps. Those include boosting taxpayer contributions to public pension funds and reducing promised retirement benefits, particularly to newly…Read more…

Subway worker: Franchise owner suspended her after robbery

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A woman who struggled with a robber inside an Illinois Subway shop says the owner suspended her from work after surveillance video of the fight became public. Araceli Sotelo told The Rockford Register Star that she was working alone in the Rockford sandwich shop Sept. 5 when a man came in…Read more…

FDA official hopeful younger kids can get shots this year

The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine chief is pledging to rapidly evaluate COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids — as soon as the studies are in. Dr. Peter Marks tells The Associated Press he is “very, very hopeful” that vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds will be underway by year’s end. One company, Pfizer, is expected to…Read more…

Militia leader to be sentenced in Minnesota mosque bombing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group who authorities say was the mastermind behind the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque is scheduled to be sentenced Monday on several civil rights and hate crimes for an attack that left a community terrified. Emily Claire Hari, who was previously known…Read more…

Republican venture capitalist to run for Illinois governor

CHICAGO (AP) — A San Francisco venture capitalist is the latest Republican to run for the chance to unseat Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Jesse Sullivan, an Illinois native, has nearly $11 million in donations and released a video Thursday kicking off his campaign. However, any candidate faces an uphill battle against Pritzker who is seeking…Read more…

Illinois House OKs zero-carbon power plan, Senate is next

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has approved a wide-ranging plan to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. Approval came Thursday night on an 82-33 vote after a compromise allowing to coal-fired plants to remain open until 2045 but cut their emissions by nearly half in the next 14 years. The Senate will take up…Read more…

7 wounded in southern Illinois shooting; suspects caught

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Police say three people were arrested in East St. Louis, hours after a shooting in the southern Illinois city that wounded at least seven people. Police say it was a wild incident that included a getaway car crashing into a commuter train. The shooting occurred Thursday afternoon, across the…Read more…

3 kids, driver have minor injuries after school bus tips

UTICA, Ill. (AP) — A school bus with three children landed on its side Thursday in LaSalle County. The Utica Fire Protection District says the kids and the driver had minor bumps and bruises. The bus tipped over after the driver swerved to avoid something in the rural road. The incident occurred around 7 a.m.,…Read more…

United lays out employee rules as vaccine requirement looms

United Airlines says more than half its workers who weren’t vaccinated last month have gotten the shots since the airline announced that it will require proof of vaccination. The airline is detailing rules around its requirement that employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 by late September. United officials said Wednesday that employees who win an exemption…Read more…

Sheriff: Woman missed flight and falsely said bomb on plane

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Chicago woman falsely claimed a bomb was on a plane at a South Florida airport after missing her flight. The Broward Sheriff’s Office says the 46-year-old woman was arrested Monday night at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and charged with falsely reporting a bomb. Airline employees told responding…Read more…

9/11 artifacts share ‘pieces of truth’ in victims’ stories

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 3,000 people who died from the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, aren’t being forgotten. Their stories endure at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, where personal artifacts help memorialize some of those who perished. From scorched and bloodied shoes to mangled eyeglasses, the growing inventory at the museum is a…Read more…

Former US Sen. Adlai Stevenson III, 90, dead from dementia

CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Adlai Stevenson III of Illinois has died at his home on Chicago’s North Side. He was 90. His son, Adlai Stevenson IV, confirmed the Democrat’s death and said his father had dementia. Before his health declined, Stevenson kept active organizing presentations and speakers for the Adlai Stevenson Center on…Read more…

Weather service checking if tornado hit Illinois

MINOOKA, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service says it will send experts to Will County to determine if a tornado swept through during a storm. Fierce winds, rain and hail hit parts of Illinois on Tuesday, knocking out power and revealing late summer weather oddities. Hail was large as 2 inches. The weather service…Read more…

Extra cannabis lottery planned to give applicants fair shot

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will hold an extra lottery to give six applicants an opportunity to operate marijuana retail stores after they were wrongly denied fair chances to win earlier. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s senior cannabis adviser, Toi Hutchinson, said Friday that a “data entry” error caused the problem during this summer’s lotteries to grant 185…Read more…