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DCFS investigating death of 8-month-old boy in Gresham
State child welfare authorities are investigating the death of an 8-month-old boy Thursday night in the Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.
69 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Cook County Illinois Chicago Police Illinois Chicago metropolitan area Criminal Investigation Department United States Evergreen Park Illinois
Navy SEALs fail in 2 bids to rescue Taliban-held Western hostages
US Navy SEALs twice failed to rescue American and Australian university professors being held by the Taliban in a remote part of Afghanistan, during unsuccessful operations launched since early August, top military sources told US media. Read Full Article at RT.com
123 points by Russia Today | Barack Obama President of the United States Iraq War Democratic Party United States Department of Defense United States Illinois United States presidential election 2008
Man cleared in pot case over alleged cop lying now charged in hit-and-run
A man who was cleared of marijuana charges after police were accused of lying about his arrest has now been charged in a hit-and-run crash in Morton Grove that killed a Chicago woman. Authorities said Joseph Sperling, 26, of Glenview, was driving a black Lexus at a high rate of speed on Aug. 26...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Cook County Illinois Year of birth missing American Jews Steven Goldman Officer Police Officer Homicide
Elderly schizophrenic woman missing from Rogers Park
A 73-year-old woman who suffers from dementia and schizophrenia was reported missing from the Rogers Park neighborhood Thursday night.
2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rogers Park Chicago Red Line Howard Street White people Evanston Illinois Black Power Major depressive disorder
The phrase 'radical Islam' gets thrown around a lot. But what does it actually mean?
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized President Obama for refusing to use the phrase "radical Islam." But what do those words actually mean?
-1 points by The Washington Post | President of the United States Barack Obama Democratic Party John McCain Illinois George W. Bush Donald Trump Republican Party
Morning Spin: Team Rauner tries to rebrand November message
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign team is seeking to re-label the partisan impasse that has stifled state government ahead of the Nov. 8 Illinois...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Chicago Cubs Rod Blagojevich Chicago Tribune Lisa Madigan Illinois
Philippines’ Duterte tells Obama he never cursed him
Duterte told the Filipino community Friday that he told Obama: “I never made that statement, check it out”        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Barack Obama Iraq War Democratic Party Illinois Ronald Reagan United States United States presidential election 2008 United States Senate election in Illinois 2004
Raid to rescue hostages from Taliban came up empty
U.S. Special Operations forces conducted a secret raid last month to rescue Western hostages in Afghanistan but failed to recover the men, the Pentagon said Thursday. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said President Barack Obama, acting on a recommendation from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter,...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | President of the United States Barack Obama United States Iraq War Democratic Party Illinois United States Navy SEALs George W. Bush
Man shot in Morgan Park
A man was shot late Thursday in the Far South Side Morgan Park neighborhood.
8 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Polish American Community areas of Chicago Cook County Illinois Silver Line
Barack Obama is officially now a parasite (it’s an honor)
It's no Nobel Peace Prize, but Barack Obama has a new honor to brag about. Scientists have named a parasite after him — and there's no worming out of it.
55 points by The Denver Post | Barack Obama Nobel Peace Prize Nobel Prize President of the United States Names Democratic Party Illinois Name
Labor Day violence: 7 dead, 7 injured in wave of Chicago shootings
As people across the US celebrated Labor Day on Monday, Chicago was rocked by multiple shootings which left at least seven people dead and seven others injured. Read Full Article at RT.com
962 points by Russia Today | Chicago Chicago Tribune Chicago Sun-Times Mike Royko Roger Ebert Bob Greene Cook County Illinois Victim
The Dark Prison: Legacy of the CIA Torture Programme
Victims of the CIA's brutal interrogation programme speak out about torture and the impact on their lives.
8353 points by Al Jazeera English | Barack Obama George W. Bush September 11 attacks Democratic Party Enhanced interrogation techniques President of the United States Illinois Torture
Convicted murderer facing felony weapons charges in Aurora
A convicted murderer living in Aurora was arrested Wednesday and is facing felony weapons charges in connection with a June incident on Aurora's East Side. Ernesto Sanchez, 36, of the 400 block of Watson Street, was pulled over by Aurora police for alleged traffic violations at about 4:50 p.m....
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Criminal law Crime Illinois Murder Kane County Illinois Misdemeanor United States Aurora Illinois
Teen arrested in fatal Springfield shooting
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Springfield police arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenager last weekend. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/2cw1y0i ) the arrest was announced Wednesday after members of the U.S. Marshal's Task Force apprehended the boy on an active warrant in the ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Springfield Illinois United States Crime Criminal law Week-day names Sheriff Constable English-language films
Illinois State, Illinois Wesleyan offer Peace Corps Prep
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) - Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities are teaming up to prepare students for work in the Peace Corps. A news release from the two universities in Bloomington-Normal says the Peace Corps Prep certificate program will prepare students for development work internationally or within the U.S. The ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Illinois Normal Illinois University Illinois State University College Student Education Abraham Lincoln
Chicago to receive $2.3M to help with police overtime costs
CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago is receiving more than $2.3 million in federal money to help cover overtime costs for police officers amid a spike in violent crime. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Thursday the city is among the latest recipients of funding from the Department of Justice's ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Washington D.C. Federal Bureau of Investigation City United States United States Department of Justice Illinois Federal government of the United States Chicago
Downstate traffic stop leads to arrest of three murder suspects
Three men suspected of murder and found to be in possession of drugs and weapons were arrested last month during a traffic stop downstate.
3 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Crime Police Sheriff Jeep Wrangler Criminal justice Constable Danville Illinois Heroin
Man charged with sex assault of teen in Cook forest preserve
A Southwest Side man with a history of public indecency arrests has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in the Cermak Woods Forest Preserve in Lyons, according to police and court records. Armando Robles, 46, is charged with assaulting the boy between about 9 and 10:30 p.m....
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Police Crime Rape Cook County Illinois Misdemeanor Assault Human sexual behavior Sexual intercourse
Sneed: Former Irish president dropping in to raise money
Begorrah! Sneed is told Ireland’s former President Mary Robinson hits town next week to raise big bucks to build the country’s first presidential library. Hers. • Backshot: Robinson, who was Ireland’s first female president and served from 1990-97, made headlines in 1993 as the first serving Irish president to go to England and meet Queen Elizabeth in hopes of […]
30 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rod Blagojevich Rahm Emanuel Chicago Bulls Illinois Republic of Ireland Yolanda Adams Hyatt Michael Madigan
Mike Pence agrees with Trump that Russia's Putin is 'stronger' leader than Obama
Campaign 2016 updates: Donald Trump plans another visit to Capitol Hill Sept. 8, 2016, 3:24 p.m. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaign in swing states after their town hall on military issues. Donald Trump talks with members of Congress, plans another visit to Capitol Hill Libertarian nominee...
94 points by Los Angeles Times | George W. Bush Vladimir Putin President of the United States Democratic Party Barack Obama Illinois United States John McCain
Judge sentences 15-year-old Park Ridge car thief to probation
A Park Ridge teen accused of stealing multiple cars across the city — including one with an elderly woman in the back seat — will spend the next three years on probation, authorities said. The boy, now 15, pleaded guilty on Aug. 29 to three counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, said Tandra...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Automobile Cook County Illinois Crime Criminal law Leaning Tower of Niles Touhy Avenue Vehicle Motor vehicle
Food producer relocates to southern Indiana from Illinois
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) - A manufacturer of gluten-free and allergy-friendly cookies and other foods says it has moved its production and distribution operations from suburban Chicago to southern Indiana. Enjoy Life Foods said Thursday it plans to create 200 new jobs in Jeffersonville by the end of 2017. It already ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Chicago Indiana Illinois Cook County Illinois Louisville Kentucky Economy Indianapolis Midwestern United States
Barack Obama is officially now a parasite (it's an honor)
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's no Nobel Peace Prize, but Barack Obama has a new honor to brag about. Scientists have named a parasite after him - and there's no worming out of it. Meet Baracktrema obamai, a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles' blood. A new study officially names ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Barack Obama Nobel Peace Prize Nobel Prize President of the United States Names Democratic Party Illinois Name
SW Side man charged with sexually assaulting teen in woods
A Southwest Side man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy Sunday night in the Cermak Woods in west suburban Lyons.
1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Rape Police Cook County Illinois Assault Domestic violence Human sexual behavior Crime Sexual intercourse
U.S. tries rescue mission in Afghanistan, hostages not found
U.S. special operations forces launched a rescue mission to retrieve two men kidnapped by insurgents in Afghanistan last month, but the hostages were not there when the rescue team arrived, U.S. defense officials said Thursday. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the rescue mission was approved...
3 points by Los Angeles Times | Barack Obama President of the United States Iraq War Democratic Party Illinois United States Bill Clinton George W. Bush
Caterpillar's 300 layoffs among more than 1,000 reported to state in August
Caterpillar is planning 300 job cuts at two downstate facilities, among more than 1,000 mass layoffs Illinois employers reported to the state in August. The layoffs at the two Caterpillar facilities in Mossville, which comprise support and management employees, are expected to begin Oct. 31. The...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Termination of employment Layoff Restructuring Associated Press Peoria Illinois Compromise agreement Peoria County Illinois Law
Parasitologist bestows squirmy honor on his distant cousin, President Obama
How does a scientist honor a president who happens to be a distant relative? By naming a turtle parasite after him. Baracktrema obamai isn’t just any parasite. It’s so distinctive that it represents not just a new species but an entirely new genus, according to a new report in the Journal of Parasitology....
981 points by Los Angeles Times | Barack Obama President of the United States United States Democratic Party Cousin Illinois Circulatory system Bill Clinton
Man gets 5 years for death of foster mother during fight
A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the death of his foster mother during a fight at their South Side home in 2014.
4 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chicago Cook County Illinois Death Heart Bench Court Jury Trial
Donald Trump is finally seeing signs of life in key swing states
But he's still not yet positioned to win.
301 points by The Washington Post | Democratic Party United States presidential election 2008 John McCain U.S. state Barack Obama President of the United States Republican Party Illinois
Obama on ‘Terrifying’ Threat of Climate Change
In an exclusive interview on his legacy, President Obama speaks to The Times’s Mark Landler and Coral Davenport on climate change while visiting Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
4311 points by The New York Times | United States Democratic Party Barack Obama Newspaper Hawaii President of the United States Broadsheet Illinois
Evanston police search for two in Dodge Avenue shooting
Police are searching for two people following the shooting of a 23-year-old Evanston man in the 1000 block of Dodge Avenue on Thursday morning. Officers responded at approximately 10:30 a.m. to a call on the east side of Dodge, just north of Greenleaf Street, said Perry Polinski, the department's...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | English-language films Evanston Illinois Victim Officer Adolescence AVE Police Officer
Aurora renews liquor license for club where man was killed
Aurora has renewed the liquor license for the East Side social club where a man was shot to death Aug. 1. The license for Aurora's Latin American Club has been renewed for another year, from this Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, 2017, as the "city's investigation into any past incidents at the club continues,"...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Internal Revenue Service Police Gentlemen's club Club Kane County Illinois Clubs and societies License Aurora Illinois
Barack Obama is officially now a parasite
WASHINGTON — It’s no Nobel Peace Prize, but Barack Obama has a new honor to brag about. Scientists have named a parasite after him — and there’s no worming out of it. Meet Baracktrema obamai, a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles’ blood. A new study officially names the two-inch-long, hair-thin creature after Obama....
619 points by New York Post | Barack Obama Nobel Peace Prize Nobel Prize President of the United States Names Democratic Party Illinois Name
Barack Obama is officially now a parasite (it's an honor)
WASHINGTON — It's no Nobel Peace Prize, but Barack Obama has a new honor to brag about. Scientists have named a parasite after him — and there's no worming out of it.Meet Baracktrema obamai, a tiny parasitic flatworm that lives in turtles' blood. A new study officially names the two-inch-long, hair-thin creature after Obama.Thomas Platt, the newly retired biology professor at Saint Mary's College in Indiana who chose the name, says it's an honor, not an insult. Really.
2 points by Boston Herald | Barack Obama Nobel Peace Prize Nobel Prize President of the United States Names Democratic Party Illinois Name
Doublemint Twins who grew up in Palatine to appear on Oprah show
Life seemed like a breeze for sisters Linda Puffer and Lisa Winters Cox, who played the Doublemint Twins in commercials for the Wrigley gum that aired in the '80s and '90s. But Puffer, 53, said she has struggled with anxiety, which affected her confidence, self-esteem and relationship with Cox....
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Doublemint The Jeffersons Gum Marla Gibbs African American actors Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Illinois
Judge to review case files in Kenilworth murder 50 years ago
CHICAGO (AP) - Fifty years after a 21-year-old woman was killed in her home in a suburb north of Chicago, police are fighting the release of documents in the case, arguing the investigation remains active. The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2cJ65Rm ) reports that a Cook County judge ordered Kenilworth officials to ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Chicago Chicago metropolitan area Chicago Tribune Cook County Illinois Lawyer Tribune Company WGN-TV Judge
Carly Fiorina returns to Georgia, will raise money for state House candidate

169 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Barbara Boxer United States Senate President of the United States United States Alaska Illinois Carly Fiorina 2008 Republican National Convention
Illinois public universities have fluctuating enrollment after difficult year
The University of Illinois announced Thursday its largest freshman class in history, but regional public universities statewide are having steep enrollment declines this fall, with freshman classes down as much as 25 percent from last year.Figures released this week, based on student enrollment...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Illinois North Central Association of Colleges and Schools State universities in Illinois American Association of State Colleges and Universities Chicago Universities and colleges in Illinois University Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Illinois OKs six-year, $21 million contract for Smith
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — University of Illinois trustees have approved a contract with football coach Lovie Smith that will pay him at least $21 million over six years.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Illinois Lovie Smith Chicago Bears Ohio Chicago Urbana Illinois Michigan Champaign Illinois
Republican congressman says U.S. payment to Iran was like a 'drug drop'
Democrats walked out of the hearing in protest.       
6 points by USA Today | Barack Obama Democratic Party President of the United States United States United States presidential election 2008 Joe Biden Illinois John McCain
Latino population growth in Chicago, U.S. slowing, study says
The Latino population growth and dispersion around the country has slowed since the onset of the Great Recession, according to a Pew Research Center study released Thursday. The trend has been reflected in cities and counties across the country, including the Chicago metropolitan area and Illinois....
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Population Demography Late-2000s recession Great Depression Business cycle Demographic economics United States Illinois
$5K reward for information about baby found dead in Wheaton
The DuPage County sheriff’s office announced Thursday that a $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the mother of Baby Hope.
7 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Coroner Police Sheriff Constable United States DuPage County Illinois Wheaton Illinois Bailiff
Obama: Feds to cover larger share for flood damage projects
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - President Barack Obama has authorized the federal government to cover a larger percentage of the costs for repairing damage to public infrastructure from the historic flooding in south Louisiana. In a letter to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards dated Thursday, Obama says he agreed to ...
1 points by The Washington Times | United States President of the United States Illinois Democratic Party Barack Obama Louisiana Federal government of the United States Iraq War
Police: Man found dead in vehicle in Austin
A man was found dead in a vehicle Thursday afternoon in the West Side Austin neighborhood, according to Chicago Police.
2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Police Death Cook County Illinois Chicago Criminal Investigation Department Oak Park Illinois DuPage County Illinois Will County Illinois
One-year-old critically injured by falling TV on Near West Side
A one-year-old child was critically injured by a falling TV Thursday morning on the Near West Side.
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Illinois Medical District Chicago Cook County Illinois John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County Community areas of Chicago Chicago Loop Los Angeles Near North Side Chicago
U of Illinois OKs six-year, $21 million contract for Smith
URBANA, Ill. (AP) - University of Illinois trustees have approved a contract with football coach Lovie Smith that will pay him at least $21 million over six years. They approved initial terms for Smith after he was hired in March that were backloaded to pay him $10 million in salary ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Illinois Lovie Smith Money Chicago Bears English-language films Ohio The Final The Washington Times
Senate OKs medical marijuana reform bills
Eight years after voters approved marijuana for medical use, the Senate OK’d a package of bills to regulate the industry        
-1 points by The Detroit News | United States Senate Republican Party United States House of Representatives Democratic Party Alaska United States Barack Obama Illinois
Does body language really give Trump insight into intelligence operatives' thoughts?
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on a televised forum on Sept. 8 that he is "pretty good with the body language" and could tell that the officials giving him his intelligence briefings don't respect President Obama. But can he really tell anything from body language?
-1 points by The Washington Post | President of the United States Barack Obama Democratic Party John McCain Bill Clinton Illinois George W. Bush Donald Trump
Barack Obama cancels Rodrigo Duterte talks after insult
Philippine president expressed "regret" after calling US leader "son of a whore" ahead of planned talks.
6307 points by Al Jazeera English | Barack Obama Ronald Reagan United States President of the United States Democratic Party Illinois Iraq War Bill Clinton
No charges against Chicago police in death of handcuffed suspect
Cook County prosecutors have decided not to pursue criminal charges against Chicago police officers in the death last summer of a handcuffed man during an arrest that was caught on police dashboard camera video. In making the announcement, State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said prosecutors would not...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Police Police brutality Chicago Police Department Criminal law Pathology Illinois Death Jury