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Dairy Queen Shuts Down Franchisee After Racist Rant

Illinois location shut down, franchisee banned

(Newser) - Dairy Queen has given the boot to one of its franchisees after he allegedly unleashed a racist tirade against a customer. Deianeira Ford visited a Zion, Ill., DQ on Wednesday with her two young children and asked for a refund after her order was mixed up. Owner James Crichton gave... More »

Man Gets 22 Years in Prison After Stealing TV Remote

Eric Bramwell 'repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law': state's attorney

(Newser) - If 22 years in prison seems harsh for stealing a TV remote control, Eric Bramwell probably agrees—but, based on his past criminal history, authorities in Illinois say it's a well-deserved sentence. Per the Chicago Tribune , the 35-year-old Melrose Park man was handed his fate on Wednesday by DuPage... More »

4 Charged With Hate Crime After Video of Beating Goes Viral

Suspects in Facebook Live video overheard saying they hoped video would go viral

(Newser) - Four people have been arrested and charged with a hate crime in the beating of an 18-year-old with mental disabilities that was broadcast on Facebook Live in what a police rep is calling a "reprehensible" 30-minute video. The man's parents had dropped him off at a McDonald's... More »

Man Sues McDonald's Over Extra Value Meal That Isn't

Lawsuit claims meal deal costs 41 cents more than a la carte option

(Newser) - If there's one thing all Americans can count on in this crazy world, it's that a McDonald's Extra Value Meal will deliver exactly what it promises: extra value. Or so we thought. An Illinois bus driver is suing McDonald's and a local franchisee for tarnishing the... More »

Illinois Lost More People Than Any Other State This Year

Residents fleeing to warmer climates, better job opportunities

(Newser) - Illinois can claim a dubious honor for the third year running: It's the state that's lost the most people for the year, the Chicago Tribune reports. US Census data published Tuesday revealed the Prairie State said goodbye to 37,508 people between July 1, 2015, and July 1,... More »

Where This Mound Stands Was a City Larger Than Paris

Exploring what remains of Cahokia in modern-day Illinois

(Newser) - What drove the rapid decline of the largest city of North America some seven centuries ago? Annalee Newitz takes an up-close look for Ars Technica after traveling to the outskirts of East St. Louis, Ill., this past summer to help archaeologists dig up what evidence they can of Cahokia, which... More »

A Baby Died in 1972. Now, a Trial

'Baby Joey' died from blunt force trauma, and caregiver Gary Warwick is charged

(Newser) - An Illinois man will be tried for murder 44 years after a child in his care was found slumped on a toy motorcycle. Gary Warwick was caring for his girlfriend's son in Belleville when he said he found 1-year-old Joey Abernathy unconscious shortly after midnight on Dec. 30, 1972,... More »

Rant Against Black Workers at Michaels Caught on Tape

Chicago customer says she was discriminated against

(Newser) - An irate customer in a Chicago Michaels store created what NBC Chicago calls a "30-minute ordeal" that has since gone viral. Another customer, Jessie Grady, caught part of the incident on her phone, showing the white customer berating two black employees for what she says was an attempt to... More »

Repo Man Pays Off Elderly Couple's Car, Doesn't Stop There

'It was a miracle come true'

(Newser) - "I may be getting soft in my old age," Jim Ford tells the Belleville News-Democrat . The Illinois repo man showed up at the house of Stanford Kipping, 82, and his wife Patty, 70, at 1am to repossess their 1998 Buick for the bank but couldn't bring himself... More »

The Repo Man Came. Then He Made Their Day

Illinois' Jim Ford raised money to save elderly couple's car

(Newser) - An elderly Illinois couple has something to be thankful for after a repo man who took their car had a change of heart and helped them get it paid off. Illini Asset Recovery co-owner Jim Ford tells KTRK-TV that after repossessing the Buick from Stan and Pat Kippling, he pulled... More »

Lawmaker Railed Against Squirrels. One Fought Back

'It was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge'

(Newser) - At a city council meeting in October, Chicago Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. gave a heated speech about "aggressive squirrels" chewing through garbage bins at a big expense to the city, reported the Chicago Sun-Times —and perhaps the animals caught wind of it. On Nov. 13, Brookins was riding... More »

Why Ill. Hairdressers May Stare More Closely at Scalps

New law requires training so hairdressers can recognize signs of domestic abuse

(Newser) - The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that an incident in which one partner abuses another occurs once every 20 minutes in the US, which translates to more than 10 million incidents a year—and Illinois is hoping its hairdressers can now help those in peril, Yahoo Beauty reports. A... More »

As 1957 Murder Case Seemed to Fall Apart, a Letter Arrived

It named a potential suspect in Maria Ridulph's death

(Newser) - In 2012, Illinois' Jack Daniel McCullough was convicted of the 1957 murder of his Sycamore neighbor Maria Ridulph , 7, appearing to wrap up the country's oldest cold case ever to go to trial. Four years later on March 24, a prosecutor announced McCullough had been wrongly convicted as he... More »

Good News for Chicago Kids About Cubs Parade, Rally

They won't have to skip school to attend

(Newser) - Ecstatic Chicago Cubs fans are expected to amass downtown Friday for a parade and rally to honor the new World Series champions. The celebration of the Cubs' first title in 108 years will kick off when team buses leave Wrigley Field at 10am for an official launch of the parade... More »

Cubs Fans Go Wild as 108-Year Drought Ends

'Next year' has finally arrived

(Newser) - In Chicago, next year is here. At exactly 11:47pm local time Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series title that had eluded them for 108 years. Fans who packed bars to watch the games on television near Wrigley Field—neither of which existed back in 1908—erupted... More »

Chicago Has Most Violent Weekend Yet of 2016

17 killed (including teen twin brothers), 41 injured in city shootings

(Newser) - Gun violence in Chicago has been an ever-present topic in recent news, and this weekend just saw more disturbing statistics emerge. Seventeen people were shot and killed between Friday night and Monday morning, per homicide numbers tracked by the Chicago Sun-Times ; 41 others were reported injured. That makes it the... More »

Passengers Panic as Plane Catches Fire Before Takeoff

'Everyone's screaming and jumping on top of each other to open the door'

(Newser) - Flames and heavy black smoke poured from the side of an American Airlines jet that aborted takeoff and caught fire on the runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Friday, forcing 170 crew and passengers to evacuate and resulting in eight injuries, authorities said. According to the AP... More »

Senator Sorry He Questioned Opponent's Heritage

Mark Kirk's comment Thursday had met with 'thunderous condemnation'

(Newser) - Sen. Mark Kirk has apologized for a comment he made Thursday during a debate with challenger Tammy Duckworth that was met with "thunderous condemnation" around the country, NBC Chicago reports. "I forgot that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington," the Hill ... More »

Ohio, Illinois Govs' World Series Bet: Beer ... Mustard?

Pizza for Bruce Rauner, 'fan favorites' like ballpark mustard for John Kasich

(Newser) - The governors of Illinois and Ohio have bet each other cases of beer, pizza, and other ballpark favorites ahead of the World Series contest between the Cubs and the Indians. In a Monday tweet , Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wagered an extra-large Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and a case of microbrew... More »

Chicago Shootings: 1K More Than Same Time Last Year

8 killed, 40 wounded just this past weekend

(Newser) - Eight people were killed and at least 40 were wounded in Chicago shootings this weekend, creating a disturbing new statistic overall: 1,000 more people shot in the city in 2016 compared with the same time last year, the Chicago Tribune reports. By this time last year, there were 2,... More »

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