Business area opens for 1st time since July 4 parade attack

HIGHLAND PARK — A business district that had been blocked since the deadly July 4 parade mass shooting in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park has reopened. The 2-block by 3-block area that reopened Sunday consists largely of small shops and restaurants. It had been blocked off with crime scene tape, barricades and uniformed officers […]

Brittney Griner is the focus of WNBA All-Star weekend

CHICAGO — Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles are playing in the WNBA All-Star Game for the last time. Candace Parker and Kahleah Copper are looking for some bragging rights. Some of the league’s biggest stars get to try for a 4-point shot. But Brittney Griner’s continued detention in Russia is front and center as the WNBA […]

July 4 parade attack victim remembered for love of family

WAUKEGAN — Friends, neighbors and dignitaries have paid their respects to the family of Eduardo Uvaldo, one of the seven people who were killed in the attack on a July Fourth parade near Chicago. Uvaldo, who would have turned 70 on Friday, was a native of Mexico who first moved to the United States when […]

Services planned for 3 Highland Park parade shooting victims

HIGHLAND PARK — Mourners are preparing to gather for services to remember three of the seven people killed when a gunman opened fire on a July Fourth parade in Highland Park. Friday’s scheduled events will be the first formal opportunity to grieve the deaths of two beloved grandfathers and a former synagogue preschool teacher who […]

Police: Parade shooting suspect contemplated 2nd shooting

HIGHLAND PARK — The man charged with killing seven people at an Independence Day parade confessed to police that he unleashed a hail of bullets from a rooftop in suburban Chicago and then fled to the Madison, Wisconsin, area, where he contemplated shooting up an event there. That’s according to authorities who spoke Wednesday. Robert […]

Despite potential, Midwestern farms struggle to market fish

INDIANAPOLIS — When drastic increases in food costs spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic left Andrew Caplinger struggling to find fresh catfish for his restaurants, he decided to try “an experimental” solution — growing his own. In the coming months, the Indianapolis restaurant chain Caplinger’s Fresh Catch Seafood will begin sourcing its second most popular menu […]

Feds: R. Kelly remains on suicide watch ‘for his own safety’

NEW YORK — Federal authorities are pushing back on claims that R. Kelly was placed on suicide watch as a form of punishment last week after a judge sentenced him to 30 years behind bars for using his fame to sexually abuse young girls. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn filed court papers late Saturday […]

Chicago man pleads guilty in Jan. 6, 2021, riot at Capitol

CHICAGO — A Chicago man has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot, court records show. Athanasios Zoyganeles entered the plea Friday to a charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. He could receive a prison term of up to six months when he is sentenced. […]

About half say Trump should be charged for 1/6: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON — A new poll shows about half of Americans say former President Donald Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in what happened on Jan. 6. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds 48% of U.S. adults believe Trump should be held accountable for what happened during the […]

U.S. Rep. Mary Miller defeats fellow incumbent Rodney Davis

QUINCY — Days after she basked in the praise of former President Donald Trump — and had to explain her supposed gaffe that the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was a “victory for white life” — U.S. Rep. Mary Miller defeated fellow incumbent Rodney Davis on Tuesday, all but clinching a second […]

Watch Live: House January 6 committee holds public hearings on its investigation

WASHINGTON  — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is going public with its findings. The next hearing is Tuesday 12:00 p.m. CT. Lawmakers hope to show the American public how democracy came to the brink of disaster. The series of hearings that will take place over the next several […]

Illinois governor’s race is also battle among billionaires

WAUCONDA — The race to be Illinois’ next governor is also a battle among billionaires, including two whose names won’t appear on Tuesday’s primary ballot. Republican candidates Darren Bailey and Richard Irvin each has a benefactor with a different vision for the party. Businessmen Ken Griffin and Richard Uihlein have combined to pour more than […]

Rep. Mary Miller calls Roe decision ‘victory for white life’

NEW YORK — Illinois congresswoman Mary Miller is raising eyebrows with her comment at a rally with former President Donald Trump. The Republican called the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade a “victory for white life.” The comment drew cheers from the crowd Saturday night in Mendon, Illinois. Miller spokesman Isaiah Wartman tells The […]

Biden signs landmark gun measure, says ‘lives will be saved’

WASHINGTON  — President Joe Biden has signed the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades. The bipartisan compromise seemed unimaginable until a recent series of mass shootings, including the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school. The House gave final approval Friday, following Senate passage Thursday, and Biden acted just […]