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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 »

A Surprise Turns Up in Hardware Store Work Glove

Ace Hardware owner Mark Driscoll still seeking the owner

(Newser) - An Illinois hardware store is looking for a man who apparently tried on a pair of snug work gloves and left a ring inside, the AP reports. Mark Driscoll, owner of Ace Hardware in Sugar Grove, Illinois, says he found the ring when he went to buy a pair of... More »

Late Comedian's Family Sues Over Trek's 'Farley' Fat Tires

Complaint says Trek Bicycles is capitalizing on late actor's 'fat guy' brand

(Newser) - The family of late comedian and film star Chris Farley has filed a federal lawsuit against Trek Bicycle for naming its fat-tired bikes "Farley," saying the Wisconsin-based bike company misappropriated Farley's name and traded on his "fat guy" brand of comedy, the AP reports. Farley, who... More »

He Accepted He Was Going to Die. Then a Hand Came Down

D'Marie O'Connor started a Twitter campaign to find mysterious 'Max' who saved him

(Newser) - "Hey Twitter This is Max, Max saved me from drowning yesterday." And so began D'Marie O'Connor's online quest Tuesday to find "Max," the man he said rescued him from 58-degree waters at Chicago's North Avenue Beach on Memorial Day. O'Connor tells... More »

Only 1 More State Needs to Ratify Equal Rights Amendment

Illinois just became the 37th to back ERA

(Newser) - Illinois has ratified the Equal Rights Amendment a mere 36 years after the deadline for ratification, 46 years after it passed Congress, and 97 years after it was introduced. The amendment, which calls for men and women to have equal rights under state and federal law, was approved by 35... More »

An Act of Hate, Then an 'Outpouring of Love' in Illinois

Suspect in custody after 200 graves marked with swastikas before Memorial Day

(Newser) - The weekend might have started with a "devastating" act of hate, but it ended with an "outpouring of love." That from the manager of Sunset Hill Cemetery in Glen Carbon, Ill., 20 miles northeast of St. Louis, where more than 1,400 veterans are buried. Early Saturday,... More »

Video Captures 11-Year-Old Escape During Carjacking

1 suspect arrested Friday in Illinois

(Newser) - Police on the case of a carjacking in Aurora, Ill., have released footage showing a girl's quick escape from the vehicle as her father tries to intervene. Surveillance video from a BP gas station shows a man exit the passenger door of a Dodge Charger and jump into Mark... More »

Zoo Performs First-Ever Rhino CT Scan

It was easier to bring the scanner to the rhino than the other way around

(Newser) - A rhinoceros at a suburban Chicago zoo has undergone what's believed to be the first CT scan performed on the species. It was no easy task. Layla is 7 1/2 years old and 2,300 pounds and lives at Brookfield Zoo. Zoo officials say the scan was needed to... More »

Cops: Nurse Plotted to Kill Doctor's Wife

Tina Jones allegedly paid $10K in bitcoin on the dark web

(Newser) - An Illinois nurse hired a dark web company to kill the wife of a male doctor with whom she had an affair, police say. Woodridge police say that last Thursday, the CBS show 48 Hours reached out to them to say an area woman was allegedly involved in a murder-for-hire... More »

Megachurch Pastor: 'I Have Been Accused of Many Things'

Bill Hybels steps down, acknowledges 'making people feel uncomfortable'

(Newser) - A pastor and former spiritual adviser to President Clinton has stepped down from one of the largest evangelical churches in the country over allegations of misconduct with women. Bill Hybels, 66, planned to retire from the Chicago-area megachurch he founded 43 years ago in October. But at Willow Creek's... More »

Police Find 3 Dead on 'Adult-Themed' Party Bus

Police say passenger opened fire

(Newser) - Three people are dead after someone opened fire on board an "adult-themed charter bus" early Saturday in Illinois, the Rockford Register Star reports. The driver of the Distinguished Gentleman private entertainment bus called 911 around 3:30am in Rockford to report shots fired. According to WIFR , the party bus... More »

Having an Assault Weapon in This Town Could Cost You $1K a Day

Chicago suburb of Deerfield bans certain firearms, as well as high-capacity magazines

(Newser) - Get rid of your assault weapons by June 13 or start racking up fines. That's the new directive in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, where the Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday to amend a 2013 ordinance calling for the safe storage and transport of certain firearms and now... More »

Synthetic Pot Users in Chicago Bleeding From Eyes, Gums

Officials are looking for source

(Newser) - Synthetic pot is causing a bloody mess in the Chicago area. "What we are seeing is people are coming in with various types of bleeding,” CBS Chicago quotes the chief medical officer of the Illinois Department of Public Health as saying. “Whether it’s nose bleeds, bleeding... More »

White Sox Give Job Back to Man Wrongly Behind Bars for 23 Years

Nevest Coleman is proud to be back as a groundskeeper at Guaranteed Rate Field

(Newser) - It's been nearly a quarter-century since Nevest Coleman helped powerwash and pull back the tarp at Comiskey Park, the Chicago White Sox stadium now known as Guaranteed Rate Field. But the 49-year-old is back on the job, after 23 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit.... More »

Illinois GOP Primary Winner: GOP 'Messed Up Big Time'

Holocaust denier Arthur Jones ran unopposed, is now Third Congressional District candidate

(Newser) - "The Republican Party screwed up big time." Such is the pronouncement of Arthur Jones, who on Tuesday won a GOP primary in Illinois, becoming the party's candidate for the Third Congressional District, which encompasses part of Chicago. Except, per the New York Times , the Holocaust denier won'... More »

Dad Blasts Cop for 'Uncalled For' Handling of Baby's Ashes

Anthony Butler says deputy spilled infant's cremated remains all over his car during traffic stop

(Newser) - Anthony Butler says he knew he'd get a ticket when a cop pulled him over March 11 for not having a front license plate on his vehicle. What he didn't expect was to lose most of his infant daughter's cremated remains. "Almost all her ashes are... More »

Pregnant Mom Dies in Freak Accident With Wheel Hub

It flew off semitrailer, went through her windshield

(Newser) - A man who'd been preparing to welcome his fourth child is now grieving the loss of his wife and unborn son in a tragic accident in Illinois. Melinda Cullen, a 38-year-old mother of three days away from giving birth to her first son, died Tuesday when a 100-pound wheel... More »

Mocking GOP Campaign Ad Doesn't Go Over Well in Illinois

Jeanne Ives' ad blasted as not reflective of 'who we are as Party of Lincoln'

(Newser) - On March 20, Illinois state Rep. Jeanne Ives will challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the GOP primary for his seat, but the most highly charged night in the race may not be that one. Ives is under fire for a campaign ad , one that the state's GOP chair says... More »

Neo-Nazi Set to Win GOP Nomination in lllinois Race

Arthur Jones is running unopposed in primary

(Newser) - "I hate Illinois Nazis," declared John Belushi's character in The Blues Brothers. He would not have liked Arthur Jones. Jones, a neo-Nazi who describes the Holocaust as an "extortion racket," is set to win the Republican nomination for the state's 3rd Congressional District, which... More »

What Makes This Death Penalty Case in Illinois Unusual

Yingying Zhang disappeared in June

(Newser) - University of Illinois graduate student Yingying Zhang disappeared in June. The Chinese woman's body has not been found, but federal prosecutors believe that Brendt Christensen is responsible for her murder—and they announced Friday that, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' blessing, they will pursue the death penalty in their... More »

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