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At Border Between 2 States, Handoff of a Murder Suspect

Kyle Rittenhouse of Illinois is accused of killing 2 in Kenosha, Wis.

(Newser) - A 17-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wis., has been extradited to stand trial on homicide charges, with sheriff’s deputies in Illinois handing him over to their counterparts in Wisconsin shortly after a judge on Friday approved the contested extradition. In his afternoon ruling that... More »

Black Teen Was Alive When Covered by Blanket: Girlfriend

Tafara Williams disputes police account of Oct. 20 shooting

(Newser) - The Illinois woman shot by police alongside Marcellis Stinnette says her boyfriend was still breathing when officers covered him with a blanket. Tafara Williams—who, like Stinnette, is Black—spoke Tuesday from a hospital, where she's said to be recovering from gunshot wounds to her stomach and hand, per... More »

He Told Sisters to Wear Masks. He Was Stabbed 27 Times

Jessica Hill, 21, and Jayla Hill, 18, are accused of attempted murder in Chicago

(Newser) - A security guard for a Chicago store is recovering from dozens of stab wounds after prosecutors say two sisters confronted him over being told they had to wear face masks. Per the Chicago Tribune , Cook County prosecutors said in court Tuesday that 18-year-old Jayla Hill and her sister Jessica, 21,... More »

Hayride Turns Fatal in Illinois

Woman killed, nearly everyone else on board injured

(Newser) - An autumn tradition turned tragic Saturday night when a woman was killed during a tractor ride in rural Hancock County, Illinois. Officials say three adults and 16 children were on hay bales in a wagon the tractor was pulling, in what is known as a hayrack ride, when the driver... More »

Cop Who Shot Into Car, Killing Black Teen, Fired

Marcellis Stinnette case is being investigated by Illinois State Police

(Newser) - The Illinois police officer who fatally shot Black teen Marcellis Stinnette last week has been fired. The unidentified Hispanic officer, who has been with the force for five years, was terminated Friday "for multiple policy and procedure violations," the Waukegan Police Department says, per USA Today . No new... More »

Cops: Fatal Shooting Was Self-Defense. Girlfriend: It Was 'for Nothing'

19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette shot dead in Waukegan, Ill., after confrontation with cops

(Newser) - A police shooting in an Illinois city this week has left a Black teen dead and his girlfriend hospitalized, with protesters and family members demanding that the feds get to the bottom of what happened. Per CBS News , police in Waukegan say that 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette was the passenger in... More »

CDC Traces Virus Cases in 4 States to Teenager

Agency calls case a reminder of risks before the holidays

(Newser) - By the time a three-week family vacation had ended this summer, 11 relatives in four states had contracted the coronavirus—a spread that started with one infected 13-year-old. Health officials want people to keep that in mind as families plan their upcoming holiday gatherings, the Chicago Tribune reports. The first... More »

He Hit a Home Run, Then 'Not the Smartest Move'

Minnesota Twins' Josh Donaldson is ejected after words with umpire Dan Bellino and a lot of dust

(Newser) - With a four-game playoff series hanging in the balance between the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox on Thursday, Josh Donaldson's home run should've given the Twins a big boost. And it did, until what happened as he crossed home plate. Per MLB , words were exchanged between Donaldson... More »

School Hit With Virus Makes 'Extreme' Move

Bradley University in Illinois quarantines all of its students for 2 weeks

(Newser) - Bradley University in Illinois has ordered every single one of its students to quarantine for two weeks after counting dozens of coronavirus cases over the past couple of weeks. The private university in Peoria—which had some 4,600 undergraduate students last year—had counted about 50 cases as of... More »

Fauci Issues Warning to 7 States

He says Labor Day could cause the coronavirus to spread

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci has a message for the Midwest: Please be careful. America's top infectious disease expert says seven states with rising COVID-19 rates should take extra care this Labor Day weekend to avoid trouble in the fall, the New York Post reports. "There are several states that are... More »

Ex-Governor Known as 'Big Jim' Is Dead at 84

James R. Thompson made headlines for prosecuting public officials in Illinois

(Newser) - Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, whose prosecutions of public officials—including a predecessor—helped catapult him to become the state's longest-serving chief executive, has died, the AP reports. He was 84. Thompson, known as "Big Jim," died shortly after 8 p.m. Friday at the Shirley... More »

One State Cracks Down on Shoppers Angry About Masks

It'll now be a felony if anyone threatens or assaults an Illinois employee about health guidelines

(Newser) - Assault or physically threaten a retail worker over something related to the coronavirus pandemic? In Illinois, that'll be a felony. The state last week signed a new measure into law, and now any assault or battery against a retail worker over public health guidance—including mask mandates or social... More »

State to Kanye: You Gave Us 1.9K Invalid Signatures

He's unlikely to get on the ballot in his home state of Illinois

(Newser) - Looks like Kanye West won't be on the Illinois ballot after all, TMZ reports. The politically inspired rapper handed in his petition to appear on his home state's presidential ballot in November, but officials rejected 1,928 of his submitted signatures—more than half—which leaves him over... More »

Protest in Chicago Park Leaves 18 Cops Injured

Demonstrators tried to yank down statue of Christopher Columbus in Grant Park

(Newser) - At least 18 police officers in Chicago were hurt Friday during a clash with 1,000 or so protesters who converged upon a park and tried to yank down a statue of Christopher Columbus. The officers had been at an earlier rally in support of Black and Indigenous people "... More »

Another Pipeline Surprise: Dakota Site Is Shut Down

Federal judge says Dakota Access Pipeline must cease, at least temporarily

(Newser) - For three years, the Dakota Access pipeline has been bearing oil from a North Dakota shale basin to Illinois, per a 2017 permit granted by President Trump to do so. Now, a federal judge has delivered what Bloomberg calls a "stunning defeat" to the Trump administration and the oil... More »

102 People Were Shot in Chicago Over the Weekend

A 3-year-old boy is among the 14 fatalities

(Newser) - Fourteen people, including five children, were killed as more than 100 people were shot in a wave of gunfire in Chicago over Father's Day weekend—the city's highest number of shooting victims in a single weekend this year, per the AP . Among the victims was a 3-year-old boy,... More »

Her Lungs Were Among Worst He'd Seen. Now, a 2nd Chance

Double lung transplant saves young COVID-19 patient's life in Chicago

(Newser) - A 20-something woman whose lungs were devastated by the coronavirus has undergone the first known US lung transplant related to COVID-19—a double transplant, at that. It was her one shot at survival, reports the New York Times . The procedure carried out at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago last week... More »

Chicago Logs Deadliest Day in Modern History

Crime Lab counts 18 murders in 24 hours on May 31

(Newser) - Chicago has logged its deadliest day in modern history, with 18 murders on May 31. "A hardworking father killed just before 1am. A West Side high school student murdered two hours later. A man killed amid South Side looting at a cellphone store at 12:30pm," begins a... More »

Illinois Lawmaker's Refusal to Wear Mask Has Consequences

State Rep. Darren Bailey is pulled from the legislative session

(Newser) - The Illinois House voted to temporarily remove GOP Rep. Darren Bailey on Wednesday for refusing to wear a mask. Earlier Wednesday, the House had adopted a rule requiring attendees of the special session to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, if medically able. "I will not,... More »

Woman Killed by Her Own French Bulldog

The animal had reportedly been bred to fight

(Newser) - A dog that had reportedly been bred to fight killed its Illinois owner on Saturday. WGN reports Lisa Urso, 52, had only recently adopted the French bulldog—and that the animal had last month attacked her boyfriend. The dog was apparently taken by authorities after that attack, and Urso subsequently... More »

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