More out-of-state women coming to Illinois for abortions

CHICAGO (AP) — The number of women from out-of-state who have come to Illinois to have an abortion is climbing. The Chicago Tribune reports that the most recent state health department data shows that nearly 9,700 out-of-state women terminated a pregnancy in Illinois in 2020 compared to about 7,500 who did the same in 2019.…Read more…

Chicago committee rejects fatal police shooting settlement

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago City Council committee has rejected a proposed $125,000 settlement with a woman whose son was fatally shot by Chicago officers in 2013 after he stabbed an officer in the face. The council’s Finance Committee rejected the settlement Monday for Lenora Bonds on a 13-13 vote. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that…Read more…

Shooting deaths of state trooper, wife ruled murder-suicide

CHICAGO (AP) — The shooting deaths of an off-duty Illinois State Police trooper and his wife have been ruled a murder-suicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. It says An autopsy released Tuesday found 30-year-old Antonio Alvarez died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The medical examiner’s office says 31-year-old Amanda Alvarez…Read more…

Ex-Northwestern prof gets 53 years for killing boyfriend

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former Northwestern University professor to 53 years in prison Tuesday for the 2017 stabbing death of his boyfriend. Cook County Judge Charles Burns called the killing of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau “cold-blooded” and an “execution” as he sentenced 47-year-old Wyndham Lathem Tuesday. A jury found Lathem guilty of first-degree…Read more…

Fentanyl seizures rise sharply in three-state area

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration division that includes Missouri, Kansas and southern Illinois seized more of the dangerous drug fentanyl last year than in the two previous years combined. The DEA’s St. Louis Division said Tuesday that agents and task force officers seized 188 kilograms of fentanyl last year, compared to 82…Read more…

Americans’ trust in science now deeply polarized, poll shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans’ faith in science is falling as Democrats rely on it even more, with a trust gap in science and medicine widening substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s the largest gap in nearly five decades of polling by the General Social Survey, a trend survey conducted by NORC at the University of…Read more…

Salem CILA resident arrested in stabbing of caregiver

SALEM — Bail has been set at $500,000 for a 34-year-old resident of a Salem CILA home arrested in connection with the Sunday stabbing of a caregiver at the home. According to Detective Dan Bosomworth of the Salem Police Department, they were called around 9:;03 p.m. Sunday to 508 Shroeder Drive to assist a woman…Read more…

Chicago substitute charged with groping himself in class

CHICAGO (AP) — A substitute teacher at a Chicago elementary school has been charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child after he allegedly touched himself inappropriately in front of students in a classroom. Twenty-nine-year-old James Ruml, of Chicago, appeared in court Saturday on the charges and posted bond. Prosecutors say that on…Read more…

Omicron surge is undermining care for other health problems

The omicron surge this winter has swamped U.S. hospitals with record numbers of patients with COVID-19. But it has also caused frightening moments and major headaches for people trying to get treatment for other ailments. Less-urgent procedures have been put on hold around the country, from cochlear implant surgeries to steroid injections for rheumatoid arthritis.…Read more…

Long-sought Great Lakes projects get funding under new law

The Biden administration’s new infrastructure package will pump more funding into two high-profile Great Lakes projects. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will devote $479 million to construction of a new shipping lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The money will be enough to finish the long-sought lock, which will boost passage of…Read more…

Bankers survey: Rural economy stays strong in 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows the region’s rural economy remains strong. However, bankers say they have growing concerns about the rising costs associated with running farms. The overall Rural Mainstreet economic index released Thursday fell in January to 61.1 from December’s…Read more…

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…