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Student Tackled for 'Stealing' Own Car Settles for $1.25M

Lawrence Crosby was arrested after 2015 incident

(Newser) - A Chicago suburb has tentatively agreed to pay a former doctoral student $1.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging police officers tackled him to the ground and arrested him for stealing a car that turned out to be his own, his attorney said. Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz confirmed... More »

He Fell Outside Mall Store. The Shooter Kept Going

Suspect Jakharr Williams at large after Monday shooting near Chicago

(Newser) - Authorities are seeking a man suspected of fatally shooting a teenager and wounding a bystander at a suburban Chicago mall, reports the AP . Orland Park police say the suspect and the victim were involved in "an altercation" before the Monday shooting at Orland Square Mall. Police say the suspect... More »

Their Families at Church, They Played in the Snow. Then, Tragedy

12-year-old Esther Jung died outside Chicago after snow fort collapsed on her

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl has died after a snow fort collapsed while she was playing outside a church in suburban Chicago. Arlington Heights police are calling the death a "tragic accident," the AP reports. Police say the girl, Esther Jung, was playing with a 9-year-old girl in the snow... More »

Man Accused of Killing Girl, 4, for Spilling Juice on Xbox

Prosecutors seek life sentence for Johnathan Fair

(Newser) - Prosecutors will seek a life sentence for a suburban Chicago man accused of beating a 4-year-old girl to death after she spilled juice on an Xbox video console. Prosecutors say "heinous" circumstances justify the sentence for 19-year-old Johnathan Fair, of Waukegan, if he is eventually convicted of first-degree murder... More »

Illinois AG: Names of 500 Accused Priests Kept Hidden

Claims involving only one victim often found not credible: report

(Newser) - The Catholic Church in Illinois withheld the names of at least 500 priests accused of sexually abusing children, while nearly 75% of allegations were either not investigated or investigated but not substantiated, according to a scathing report from the state's attorney general. Claims involving just one victim were often... More »

10 State Names, Deciphered

24/7 Wall St. traces origins to Europe, indigenous cultures

(Newser) - You need look no further than a map to find America's reputation as a melting pot. The evidence is written across the states—specifically in their names, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which surveyed state websites and online resources to trace the origins of those names to England, France,... More »

22 Tornadoes Smash Illinois

Twister 'nightmare' appears in sync with recent study

(Newser) - Central Illinois is reeling after a Saturday rash of at least 22 tornadoes crushed houses, tore up trees, and took down power lines, CNN reports. It "feels like I woke up to a nightmare," says a man in Taylorville, the hardest-hit town. Officials say 21 people were hospitalized... More »

Lawmaker's 'Broth of Legionella' Comment Causes Backlash

"How dare you wish death on my colleague"

(Newser) - An Illinois lawmaker is under fire after telling a colleague that she’d like to pump a “broth of legionella” bacteria into his family’s water supply "so they can be infected, they can be mistreated … and ultimately die." State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, a Democrat, made... More »

Argument in the Parking Lot, a Gunshot, Then 30 More

Witnesses, police detail what happened in Chicago Mercy Hospital shooting

(Newser) - Moments before her ex-fiance fatally shot her in the parking lot of the hospital where she worked, a Chicago doctor called 911 to report that she had spotted the man and feared for her life. As investigators tried to piece together the events that ended with the deaths of the... More »

Fundraiser for Slain Guard Gets $150K From Kanye

He made huge donation to family of Jemel Roberson

(Newser) - A GoFundMe fundraiser for the family of a black security guard shot dead by police soared past its goal after a massive donation from none other than Kanye West. The rapper donated $150,000 to help the family of Jemel Roberson, a bar security guard who was killed by a... More »

Bouncer Killed by Cop Had Good Reason to Work Overtime

Lawyers say he was supporting his partner, who's pregnant with 2nd child

(Newser) - Lawyers who've filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the fatal police shooting of a black security guard at an Illinois bar Sunday say the 26-year-old was working overtime to support his partner, who's pregnant with the couple's second child. Jemel Roberson and Avontea Boose, who have a... More »

Cops, DCFS Called After Mom Lets Girl Walk Family Dog

8-year-old was gone for '5 minutes,' mom says

(Newser) - The mom of an 8-year-old in suburban Chicago is railing against a "crazy waste of resources" that ended in what CBS Chicago describes as a "legal nightmare." The Chicago Tribune details how on Aug. 2, Corey Widen's daughter took the family dog, Marshmallow, for a walk... More »

Illinois AG Sues, Says Trump Tower Ignores Clean Water Laws

Cooling with Chicago River waters requires permit, environmental impact report: suit

(Newser) - Illinois' attorney general has announced a lawsuit accusing Trump Tower in Chicago of violating federal environmental laws through its use of the Chicago River in a move the Trump Organization claims is "motivated by politics." Per NBC News and the AP , the 92-story residential building and hotel pulls... More »

She Applied for Work at a Job Fair. She Didn't See the Camera

Ja'Naea Modest filled out application while on work break; news crew aired her move that afternoon

(Newser) - Ja'Naea Modest thought she'd been stealthy. On her lunch break from work Friday, the 33-year-old from Champaign, Ill., switched outfits, headed to a job fair, and filled out an application, thinking she needed a change from her current post at a nonprofit serving people with disabilities. "I... More »

GOP Rep Resigns After Ex Says He Used Nude Pics to Catfish

Former girlfriend says Ill. state Rep. Nick Sauer posted 'sexually explicit' pics of her online

(Newser) - Illinois state Rep. Nick Sauer is out of a job after his ex-girlfriend accused him of posting her nude photos on a fake Instagram account, then impersonating her in "graphic" conversations when men corresponded with who they believed was Kate Kelly, Politico reports. "As a result of the... More »

Man in Puerto Rico Shirt Video Charged With Hate Crimes

Timothy Trybus hit with felony charges

(Newser) - A hostile and apparently ill-informed Chicago man who ranted at a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt in the US is now facing felony hate crime charges. Robert Foley, spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, says the office approved the charges, which were enhancements of... More »

45 Years Later, Jury Finds Car Accident Was Murder

Donnie Rudd faces a minimum of 14 years for 1973 slaying

(Newser) - A weeklong trial and three hours of jury deliberations have ended a family's "45-year nightmare." Donnie Rudd, a 76-year-old former lawyer, was found guilty Monday of killing his teenage bride , Noreen Kumeta, a month after their 1973 wedding in Illinois' Cook County. Prosecutors argued Rudd staged the... More »

Amid Firework Booms, 'an Ungodly Sound'

Falling tree limb kills 2, injures 5 in Illinois

(Newser) - Two men out celebrating the Fourth of July in Rock Island, Ill., didn't get to see it dawn. Daniel Mendoza, 61, and Lawrence Anderson, 72, died of "multiple traumatic crushing injuries" late Tuesday after a massive tree limb fell on the pair during a fireworks show at the... More »

Prosecutors: 'He Wanted to Kill Her,' So He Married Her

Suspect in another killing, Donnie Rudd accused of murdering wife in 1973

(Newser) - For more than 40 years it was thought a car accident killed 19-year-old Noreen Kumeta a month after her 1973 wedding. Now, prosecutors argue the woman buried in her wedding dress was perhaps the first of her husband's murder victims. In a trial playing out in Illinois' Cook County,... More »

He Was Thought Dead. Then the Sheet Twitched

17-year-old shooting victim stirs before dying in Chicago

(Newser) - A 17-year-old male shot multiple times in the head began moving under a sheet in Chicago, triggering a failed attempt to save him. Paramedics had arrived early Monday on the scene of a shooting after two vehicles were seen circling a party at a housing complex near the University of... More »

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