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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 »

A Bite on the Butt: Tales of Harassment at Ford Plants

Supervisors, union reps among those accused by female workers: 'NYT'

(Newser) - From Hollywood to Capitol Hill, and now to the auto industry. An in-depth investigation from the New York Times finds sexual misconduct is rampant at Ford's factories, specifically at the Chicago Assembly Plant and Chicago Stamping Plant, which employ some 5,700 workers, roughly a third of whom are... More »

Day Care Workers Arrested After Mom Demands Video

Toddlers were burned with hot glue gun

(Newser) - Two workers at a Chicago day care were fired and arrested after a disturbing incident that left five toddlers injured. Police say surveillance video captured one of the workers burning the 2-year-olds with a hot glue gun while the other woman watched and laughed, People reports. Lizandra Cosme, 32, has... More »

He Took Care of Swans for a Living. Then One Turned

Wife of Anthony Hensley, who drowned during 2012 swan attack, is suing

(Newser) - It was his job to take care of the swans, and it was a swan that ended up ending his life. Now the wife of a Des Plaines, Ill., man who died in 2012 after a swan attack in a condo complex's retention pond is suing the companies that... More »

Mom Who Killed Girl So They'd Both Be in Heaven Found Dead

Bonnie Liltz was supposed to return to prison on Monday

(Newser) - The Chicago Tribune described it as a "highly unusual move": An Illinois woman was granted bond by appellate court judges last year after beginning a four-year prison term related to the death of her severely disabled adult daughter . Now, just days before Bonnie Liltz was to report back... More »

Women Lawyers Sue to Stop Masturbating Inmates

Even pizza didn't get them to stop

(Newser) - Public masturbation is so rampant in Chicago's Cook County Jail that officials offered inmates pizza to stop, a federal lawsuit claims. Hundreds of female public defenders and law clerks working at the jail and other lockups have had to endure "on an almost daily basis" inmates who "... More »

Trick or Treat? Hillary Jokes About Halloween Costume

Clinton says maybe she'll dress up as 'the president'

(Newser) - When Hillary Clinton said she was "ready to come out of the woods," she meant it. Clinton has been working the news-show circuit , promoting her new memoir , and speaking up more on Twitter . She's even gotten her sense of humor back, making a snarky tweet over the... More »

Dorm Washing Machines Contain Nasty Surprise

'I’m just wondering who’s doing this pooping'

(Newser) - In a turn of events that would send even the most independent of college students running home to mom with their basket of dirty clothes, students at Southern Illinois University tell the Daily Egyptian someone has been pooping in their dorm's washing machines. Residents of Abbott Hall say poop... More »

Lawyers: Pics of Kenneka Jenkins' Body 'Raise More Questions'

But police have officially ended the investigation into her death

(Newser) - Authorities on Friday officially closed their investigation into the death of Kenneka Jenkins , who was found "frozen solid" in a freezer in the unused kitchen of a Chicago-area hotel Sept. 10, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. According to the Chicago Tribune , Rosemont police—after a thorough investigation that included interviews... More »

Report: Vegas Gunman Booked Hotel Overlooking Lollapalooza

There's no indication Stephen Paddock checked into Chicago's Blackstone Hotel

(Newser) - An eerie pattern may be emerging regarding the Las Vegas gunman: After police earlier confirmed that Stephen Paddock rented a room through Airbnb at Las Vegas' Ogden hotel, which overlooked the Life Is Beautiful alternative-music festival that took place the weekend prior to the Jason Aldean concert, comes a report... More »

Teacher Who Stopped School Shooter 'Is Chuck Norris, Basically'

Angela McQueen tackled the unidentified student shooter Wednesday in Illinois

(Newser) - "Lives were saved by a quick response of a teacher here," CNN quotes Mattoon Police Chief Jeff Branson as saying after a student opened fire at an Illinois high school on Wednesday. "If that teacher had not responded as quickly as they had, I think the situation... More »

Illinois Mom Wakes to House Fire That Masked a Horror

As Pamela Ringenberg slept, her husband murdered their young sons

(Newser) - An Illinois mother of two woke to the sound of her smoke alarm going off in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. But Pamela Ringenberg couldn't find her phone to call 911—nor could she find her husband and two young sons. The Bloomington Police Department says there was... More »

Police Release Kenneka Jenkins Video

Surveillance footage shows her alone in kitchen

(Newser) - Police have released surveillance video of Kenneka Jenkins, the Chicago teen whose death in a walk-in hotel freezer after a party last weekend has led to protests and theories that she was murdered. The footage , which appears to be from a motion-activated camera at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont,... More »

Activist: Video Shows Kenneka Jenkins Walk Into Freezer Alone

(Newser) - A Chicago activist says he has seen proof that some of the darker theories surrounding the death of teenager Kenneka Jenkins are untrue. Andrew Holmes says he has watched surveillance video that shows the 19-year-old walk into the Crowne Plaza hotel's walk-in freezer by herself, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.... More »

Cops Make Concession in Case of Teen Found Dead in Freezer

Surveillance video will be released to Kenneka Jenkins' mom

(Newser) - There are still more questions than answers in the death of Kenneka Jenkins, the Chicago 19-year-old found dead in a hotel's walk-in freezer over the weekend, but officials have agreed to release surveillance video from the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont, Ill., to Jenkins' mother. The move came amid... More »

Harvey Victims Could Get Free Home ... in Harvey

Officials in Harvey, Ill., say 10 homes are up for grabs

(Newser) - "Harvey" might now be associated with death and devastation, but one Midwestern city is doing a little something to change that. Harvey, Illinois, is offering 10 homes for free to families who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Harvey. City spokesman Sean Howard tells NBC Chicago the... More »

Prosecutors: Men's Twisted Fantasies Led to Stabbing

Professor allegedly flew man to US to help him kill

(Newser) - Two men from the academic world joined forces to live out their twisted murder fantasy, prosecutors said at a hearing for Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren in Chicago Sunday. Prosecutors said Lathem, a microbiology professor at Northwestern University, and Warren, a treasurer at Oxford University, communicated for months in an... More »

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