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150 Years After Lincoln's Death, His Tomb Takes Modern Hits

16th president's final resting place faces criticism, budget cuts

(Newser) - Caretakers of Abraham Lincoln's tomb, faced with budget cuts and a National Geographic critique that slammed the site as having "all the historical character of an office lobby," are a little on the defensive, even as they commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War president's... More »

Cops: Man Killed Toddler Who Peed on Him

18-month-old beaten to death during diaper change

(Newser) - A Cicero, Ill., man allegedly murdered an 18-month-old boy in his care just because he couldn't handle the common hazard of diaper-changing, officials say. Police say Martin Alvarado Jr., 23, flew into a rage and beat Edwin Eli O'Reilly, his girlfriend's son, to death after the toddler... More »

Tornado Wrecks Illinois Town, Kills 1

Almost every building in Fairdale has been heavily damaged

(Newser) - Supercell thunderstorms produced a large tornado that touched down in northern Illinois last night, killing one person and injuring eight others in the tiny community of Fairdale as severe weather pummeled the Midwest. Authorities are still working to account for every resident in Fairdale, DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said... More »

Why a Bison's Birth Is a Remarkable One

First to be born in wild east of the Mississippi in 200 years

(Newser) - For the first time since Abraham Lincoln was a young man, there are wild bison in Illinois, and ecologists were thrilled to welcome a new calf this week. The baby bison was born at the Nachusa Grasslands prairie restoration preserve just 95 miles west of Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune... More »

Police: Illinois Convict Overpowers Guard, Flees

Kamron T. Taylor allegedly made off in the guard's Chevy Equinox

(Newser) - If you suspect you have a case of headline déj à vu, you're partially right: For the second day in a row , a prisoner has overpowered a guard and fled. In this instance, the man on the loose is murder convict Kamron T. Taylor. CNN reports that Taylor... More »

After Breaking Both Legs in Park, Teen Could Face Charges

Christopher Stewart undergoes surgery after falling 90 feet

(Newser) - Sometimes it pays to stay on the beaten path. Not only did an 18-year-old break both legs after climbing over a wooden railing at Starved Rock State Park in Illinois—he's also facing potential charges for heading into a restricted area, according to authorities. Christopher Stewart, of Aurora, Ill.... More »

DoJ Digs Into 'Downton' Rep: Source

FBI said to be issuing subpoenas as criminal investigation heats up

(Newser) - Rep. Aaron Schock may have thought he could simply disappear into the Illinois sunset after resigning his House seat on Tuesday, but it looks like his troubles are far from over. A source familiar with the case but speaking on condition of anonymity tells the AP that the Justice Department... More »

Illinois Man: 'Hot Sauce Saved My Life'

Randy Schmitz says sauce-induced seizure led to MRI that detected tumor

(Newser) - Variety literally became the spice of life for an Illinois man: While sampling the wares at a hot-sauce shop in Myrtle Beach, SC, Randy Schmitz had a seizure that ended up being a blessing. Schmitz was visiting the Pepper Palace while on vacation last August when he decided to try... More »

Mayor's 'Good Wife' Tweet Targets Hollywood

Evanston, Illinois mayor defends city's liberal record

(Newser) - Evanston, Illinois—politically conservative? Not according to Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, who hit Hollywood with a tweet in defense of the city's progressive voting record, the Chicago Tribune reports. It started when an episode of the CBS drama The Good Wife had robocalls going out to Evanston residents portraying a... More »

How a College Party Led to a $500K Invention

Simple DropCatch grabs bottle caps to ease cleanup

(Newser) - When a pair of college roommates were cleaning up after a party, there were bottle caps everywhere, so they picked them up with a magnet. Fast forward a few years, and the two have turned the magnet trick into a simple $60 invention—and they've sold $500,000 worth... More »

TV Anchor: I Have Just Months to Live

Illinois personality Dave Benton announces brain tumor

(Newser) - An Illinois TV anchor has shared some deeply personal news with viewers: Brain cancer has left him with just four to six months to live. He can't have surgery or radiation because the tumor is too big, he said on WCIA-TV , as the AP reports. But he's not... More »

All 7 Hostages Free, Safe in 20-Hour Chicago Ordeal

2 suspects arrested; officers treated for wounds

(Newser) - All of the hostages who were being held at a home near Chicago in a standoff that started early yesterday afternoon have been rescued, NBC Chicago reports. Four children had been released last night, and the two remaining children and an adult woman were found safe this morning after police... More »

Girl's Steer Sells for $100K

Illinois 12-year-old breaks state record

(Newser) - Not a bad payday for a 12-year-old: Shaelye Varner showed off her grand champion steer at the Illinois State Fair this week, then sold it at auction for a whopping $100,000—shattering last year's fair record of $62,000. AT&T, Monsanto, and DeKalb Asgrow combined to bid... More »

Note From Lincoln Found in Racist Book

Though he rejected the book's argument: curator

(Newser) - Abraham Lincoln perused a book of racist "science" before he was president and his note inside is proof, a museum says. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library confirms—by way of Lincoln's unusual style of writing the letters E and N—that one of the most popular Americans wrote... More »

Cops: Man Strangles Roomie Over 3 Cookies

Illinois man got mad when Chips Ahoy cookies went missing

(Newser) - A woman who ate her roommate's cookies got a little surprise Wednesday when he allegedly flew into a rage and tried strangling her, Gawker reports. Police say that Allen Hall, 23, discovered the three missing Chips Ahoy cookies eaten by his 49-year-old roommate for breakfast. He then repeatedly threatened... More »

Archaeologists Seek Home of Mormon Founder's Father

Illinois dig unearths 10K years of history

(Newser) - Archaeologists in Nauvoo, Ill., are searching for a key site in the history of America's biggest homegrown religion. Over the last few years, some 10,000 items—including buttons, window glass, and bits of pottery—have been found by a team trying to find the former home of the... More »

Protesters Shut McDonald's HQ; 138 Arrested

Expect more ruckus at shareholders meeting today

(Newser) - It looks like a win for protesters who took to McDonald's yesterday to demand $15 an hour for fast-food workers—at least, it's a win for those who didn't end up in jail. McDonald's was forced to close a main building at its headquarters in Oakbrook,... More »

Why States Are Worried About Your Face Wash

Plastic 'microbeads' prompt environmental concern

(Newser) - Your face wash may be bad for the environment, and several states are trying to do something about it. The problem is "microbeads," minuscule pieces of plastic about the size of Abe Lincoln's eye on a penny, Time reports. They're found in all kinds of products... More »

Half of Illinois Wants to Leave State

People in Montana, Hawaii, Maine want to stay put, poll finds

(Newser) - If everybody in America had the opportunity to pack up and move to the state of their choice, Illinois, Connecticut, and Maryland would empty out, according to a new Gallup poll . Around half of residents in all three states said they would relocate to another state given the chance, with... More »

High Schoolers 3D-Print a Hand for 9-Year-Old

Illinois girl was born without fingers on left hand

(Newser) - A 9-year-old born without fingers on one hand is getting a gift from Illinois high school students: a new hand, Fox News reports. The students are 3D-printing the prosthetic device, which works through wrist movement, mystateline.com notes. Typically, prosthetics can run up to $50,000, says Kylie Wicker's... More »

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