Feds OK renaming Lake County creek to remove offensive name

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A federal board has renamed a Lake County creek to remove its longtime name considered offensive to Native Americans. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved the change in December that officially renamed Squaw Creek to Manitou Creek. The Daily Herald reports the three-member Manitou Creek Drainage District navigated the federal…Read more…

3 Illinois residents charged in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Three more Illinois residents have been charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol after an investigation revealed their mobile devices were inside the building that day. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that investigators became aware of the devices after serving a search warrant on Google. Investigators them compared the…Read more…

Army Corps to spend $732M on Mississippi River lock upgrade

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps will spend $732 million to expand a congested lock and dam in Missouri. Federal officials said adding a second lock in Winfield, Missouri, will reduce travel time for barges and allow for two-way traffic. Funding for the lock’s construction was part of a broader Biden administration announcement…Read more…

Judge heard on video mocking lawyer removed from court

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge who made sexist comments about an attorney that were broadcast live on YouTube won’t be hearing any cases in the immediate future. In an order made public Wednesday removing Judge William Raines from the bench, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans said Raines also must undergo “sensitivity training…Read more…

Drew Peterson’s hearing on murder conviction appeal delayed

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A hearing on a motion seeking to dismiss former Chicago-area police sergeant Drew Peterson’s 2012 conviction for killing his third wife has been delayed. The Will County Circuit Court Clerk’s office says the hearing originally scheduled for this Friday will be held Feb. 7. Peterson says attorney Joel Brodsky provided ineffective…Read more…

Major airlines cancel, change flights to US over 5G dispute

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major international airlines have canceled flights heading to the U.S. or changed the planes they’re using. The moves Wednesday represented the latest complication in a dispute over concerns that 5G mobile phone service could interfere with aircraft technology. Carriers took widely different approaches to the brewing crisis affecting international…Read more…

JCSO: New efforts in solving 30-year murder, decapitation mystery

JEFFERSON COUNTY — New efforts are underway to identify a 1993 murder victim whose decapitated head was found in Jefferson County. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, on January 27, 1993, in the decapitated head of a presumed white woman was discovered on the side of a wooded roadway within Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.…Read more…

AT&T, Verizon pause some new 5G after airlines raise alarm

AT&T and Verizon say they will delay some new 5G wireless service after the airline industry raised alarms about potential interference with important systems on planes. The airlines had warned of massive flight cancellations and disruptions. The Biden administration got involved to settle the showdown between the telecom companies and airlines over AT&T and Verizon…Read more…

Irvin, Aurora’s 1st Black mayor, makes GOP bid for governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin has joined the race for Illinois governor. He announced his campaign on Monday as a Republican challenger to incumbent Democrat J.B. Pritzker. Irvin was elected the first Black mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city in 2017. He is the fifth candidate seeking the GOP spot on the November…Read more…

Metro Police fatally shoot armed man at gas station

WOOD RIVER, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say police officers in the Metro East area of Illinois fatally shot a man who pulled a gun on them. KMOV-TV in St. Louis reports that the shooting happed at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday in the Madison County community of Wood River. Police say a gas station employee…Read more…

Airlines renew warnings of travel disruption from 5G rollout

The airline industry is raising the stakes in a showdown with AT&T and Verizon over the telecom companies’ plan to launch new 5G wireless service this week, warning that thousands of flights could be grounded or delayed if the rollout takes place near major airports. CEOs of the nation’s largest airlines said Monday that interference…Read more…

Springfield museum exhibit features artists from Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A museum exhibit in Springfield is featuring a range of work from Illinois artists, including Muddy Waters, Earth Wind and Fire and Chance the Rapper.   It’s called the “State of Sound” and runs through Jan. 23 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Organizers say the exhibit was created…Read more…

Mt. Vernon mother and baby killed in house fire, father badly burned

MOUNT VERNON — A Sunday morning house fire in Mt. Vernon claimed the lives of a young mother and her 14-month-old baby. According to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, 18-year-old Ashley Cheatham and her baby son Brendon Pauling were killed in the Sunday morning fire at 1213 South 24th in Mt. Vernon. The baby’s father,…Read more…

Ex-Chicago alderman seeks prison release over COVID concerns

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago alderman convicted of tax evasion is seeking an early release from prison due to his age, health and the omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge. Attorneys for Edward  Vrdolyak filed an emergency petition Friday. He began serving his sentence in November after several delays related to the pandemic. Attorneys say the 84-year-old…Read more…

Illinois eases process of deleting racist terms from deeds

CHICAGO (AP) — A new state law lets homeowners in Illinois request the removal of racist language from property deeds, decades after the language was deemed unenforceable and outlawed. WBEZ reports that restrictive covenants barring Black people from owning a property or labeling properties “white only” can be edited more easily due to the change.…Read more…