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  • Authorities unsure of motive in air control fire

    CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities still don't know why a contract employee started a fire Friday at a suburban Chicago air traffic control facility that forced the shutdown of the city's two airports, police said. First responders found the man in the basement of the facility in Aurora with multiple...

  • Durbin pushes for rewards for US-based companies

    ALTON, Ill. (AP) — Using a southwestern Illinois steel plant as a backdrop, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin lobbied Friday for legislation designed to reward companies that keep their headquarters in the United States. The Illinois Democrat made his pitch for passage of the Patriot Employer Tax Credit...

  • ADM permitted to store carbon dioxide underground

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a permit for Archer Daniels Midland Company to store carbon dioxide deep underground in Decatur, the agency said Friday. The permit will allow ADM to store 1.1 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, according to an EPA news...

  • Man with self-inflicted wound found at FAA site

    CHICAGO (AP) — Emergency crews responding to a fire Friday at an air traffic control facility in suburban Chicago discovered a man in the basement with a self-inflicted wound, said a spokesman for the city of Aurora. The fire started in the basement of the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control...

  • Central Ill. man facing child pornography charges

    CHICAGO (AP) — A central Illinois man has been charged with possessing and distributing thousands of computer files containing child pornography, prosecutors said Thursday. Jacob R. Stark, 26, of Chatham, in Sangamon County, was arrested Thursday after investigators searched his place of...

  • Coast Guard : Be careful, water getting colder

    CHICAGO (AP) — It may be a beautiful and even warm time of year to go boating on Lake Michigan, but the Coast Guard said that water temperatures are dropping and may pose safety risks. In a news release, the Coast Guard said that while the temperatures out on the lake might be warm, the water...

  • Durbin praises Eric Holder as 'valuable ally'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin called Attorney General Eric Holder "a valuable ally" for Illinois and "an important partner in working to address gun violence in Chicago and East St. Louis." President Barack Obama accepted Holder's resignation Thursday. In a written statement, Durbin...

  • Decatur drug maker expanding

    DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A pharmaceutical plant in Decatur is expanding and could eventually add jobs, city officials said. Akorn Inc. on Thursday broke ground on a project that will add 40,000 square feet to its plant. The company recently bought a neighboring property to accommodate the...

  • Nephew of Chicago anti-violence activist shot

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago anti-violence activist Andrew Holmes on Thursday showed up at the scene of shooting as an ambulance was pulling away, revealing later he had no idea at the time the victim inside was his nephew. A 15-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, were shot in the South Side's...

  • State names Gene & Jude's "Delicious Destination"

    RIVER GROVE, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago-area hot dog stand has been named the state's first ever "Delicious Destination" by the Illinois Office of Tourism. Gov. Pat Quinn bestowed the award upon Gene & Jude's Red Hot Stand at a ceremony at the River Grove stand on Thursday. The restaurant has been...

  • Report: 12 firms linked to Rauner went bankrupt

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — At least a dozen of the many companies owned by the investment firm of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner have gone bankrupt, according to a published report. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reported (http://bit.ly/1rvTRKN ) Thursday that a review...

  • Illinois firefighter sentenced on arson charges

    GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — A former volunteer Williamsfield firefighter who was convicted of several counts of arson earlier this year has been sentenced to jail time and probation. Blake Walsh, 24, received a sentence Wednesday of six months in jail, which he has already served, and 30 months of...

  • Chicago says coal-storage site will shut down

    CHICAGO (AP) — A company involved in legal skirmishes last year over piles of petroleum coke in Chicago has sold its facility, and a second company has been fined $50,000 for violating an order to stop handling coke and coal products, city officials said Thursday. Indiana-based Beemsterboer...

  • With end of season, Wrigley Field revamp to start

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will begin a $575 million Wrigley Field renovation project any day and will likely start demolishing the outfield bleachers next week, a team spokesman said Thursday. Spokesman Julian Green said the team plans to have seven new electronic signs in the outfield —...

  • Waukegan woman gets 40 years for torture-murder

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A Waukegan woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison for her role in the 2011 torture-murder death of a man in a local auto body shop. Nadia Palacios, 24, received the sentence late Wednesday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in July. She's the fourth of five...



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