Former police officer Patrick Sheehan appointed to Illinois House following Timothy Ozinga’s resignation
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by Hank Sanders
41m ago
Former police officer Patrick Sheehan is the newest member of the Illinois House of Representatives after he was chosen Friday to replace Republican 37th District Rep. Tim Ozinga, who abruptly resigned. Republican committeeman in the 37th District had 30 days to choose Ozinga’s replacement after he stepped down April 8, but decided on Sheehan just four days later. Sheehan spent 17 years as a police officer, is a former Lockport alderman and former Lockport Township Park Board member. “I cannot wait to hit the ground running for suburban families by fighting tax hikes, keeping our communities s ..read more
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Girl, 5, died from child abuse: officials
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by Caroline Kubzansky
41m ago
A 5-year-old girl died Sunday afternoon after she suffered multiple abuse-related injuries, according to officials. The girl, whom the Cook County medical examiner’s office identified as Lyric Jackson, lived in the far South Side neighborhood of Roseland. Chicago Police were called to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Lyric was pronounced dead that afternoon and had visible bruises on her face, according to police. The medical examiner ruled the girl’s death a homicide due to child abuse-related injuries following a Monday autopsy. Police said no one is in custo ..read more
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Ship that caused bridge collapse had apparent electrical issues while still docked, AP source says
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by Eric Tucker, Lea Skene
2h ago
BALTIMORE — The massive container ship that caused the deadly collapse of a Baltimore bridge experienced apparent electrical issues before it left port but set out anyway, someone with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday, hours after the FBI said it was investigating whether any laws might have been broken. The Dali left Baltimore’s port early on March 26 laden with cargo destined for Sri Lanka when it struck one of the Francis Scott Key Bridge’s supports, causing the span to collapse into the Patapsco River and sending six members of a roadwork crew plummeting to th ..read more
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Tesla plans to lay off 10% of workforce after dismal quarterly sales, multiple news outlets report
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by Associated Press
2h ago
DETROIT — After reporting dismal first-quarter sales, Tesla is planning to lay off about a tenth of its workforce as it tries to cut costs, multiple media outlets reported Monday. CEO Elon Musk detailed the plans in a memo sent to employees. The layoffs could affect about 14,000 of the 140,473 workers employed by the Austin, Texas, company at the end of last year. Musk’s memo said that as Tesla prepares for its next phase of growth, “it is extremely important to look at every aspect of the company for cost reductions and increasing productivity,” The New York Times and CNBC reported. News of t ..read more
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Ken Holtzman, who threw 2 no-hitters for the Chicago Cubs before winning 3 World Series in Oakland, dies at 78
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by Paul Sullivan, Mark Gonzales
2h ago
Ken Holtzman’s first no-hitter, against the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 19, 1969, at Wrigley Field, was the highest of highs in a memorable Chicago Cubs season that built to a crescendo before an epic September collapse. Hyped as the “next Sandy Koufax” when he came up to the Cubs in 1965, Holtzman would go on to throw another no-hitter in 1971 to add to his reputation as one of the best left-handers in franchise history, then enjoyed more success in Oakland, where he became an All-Star and helped the Athletics win three consecutive World Series. While the New York Mets overtook the ’69 Cubs in Sep ..read more
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Column: South suburban doctors propose solutions to combat high Black maternal death rates
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by Francine Knowles
2h ago
Dr. Lisa Green, CEO and founder of Harvey-based Family Christian Health Center, is well aware of national statistics showing Black women are three times as likely to die due to pregnancy related complications than white women. At a kickoff event last week in Springfield for Black Maternal Health Week, she and other physicians put the spotlight on what’s needed to prevent these avoidable deaths and improve Black maternal health. “From statistics to solutions, that was the whole goal,” Green said in an interview last week. Dr. Lisa Green (Lisa Green) Among those solutions is the need for a compl ..read more
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Johnson’s $1.25 billion bond plan hits snag in committee
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by Jake Sheridan
2h ago
A $1.25 billion bond plan championed by Mayor Brandon Johnson stalled Monday as pushback from aldermen prompted the fundraising effort to be held in committee. The plan was scheduled to face a Finance Committee vote, but chair Ald. Pat Dowell, 3rd, tabled the measure after Ald. Bill Conway, 34th, tried to force major revisions. Conway’s effort to cut the deal’s size and require more council oversight of spending failed, but signaled challenges ahead for the ambitious bond plan. Conway proposed the bond be cut from $1.25 billion to $350 million. He also proposed expenditures larger than $1 mill ..read more
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Afternoon Briefing: Supreme Court has tough questions over bribery prosecutions
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by Chicago Tribune
2h ago
Good afternoon, Chicago. A government attorney faced tough questioning today from U.S. Supreme Court justices over concerns that the federal bribery statute often used to prosecute public officials, including a former Indiana mayor, is vague and potentially criminalizes innocuous gift-giving by people from all walks of life. The oral arguments came in a case involving James Snyder, the former mayor of Portage, Indiana, who was convicted of taking a $13,000 “consulting” fee from a garbage truck contractor that had recently won two lucrative contracts with the town. Here’s what else is ..read more
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‘What does ‘corruptly’ mean?’: Supreme Court has tough questions over bribery prosecutions that could affect Chicago cases
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by Jason Meisner
3h ago
A government attorney faced tough questioning Monday from U.S. Supreme Court justices over concerns that the federal bribery statute often used to prosecute public officials, including a former Indiana mayor, is vague and potentially criminalizes innocuous gift-giving by people from all walks of life. The oral arguments came in a case involving James Snyder, the former mayor of Portage, Indiana, who was convicted of taking a $13,000 “consulting” fee from a garbage truck contractor that had recently won two lucrative contracts with the town. The statute Snyder was convicted under, which is comm ..read more
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Bird flu is spreading to more farm animals. Are milk and eggs safe?
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by Jonel Aleccia
3h ago
A bird flu outbreak in U.S. dairy cows has grown to affect more than two dozen herds in eight states, just weeks after the nation’s largest egg producer found the virus in its chickens. Health officials stress that the risk to the public is low and that the U.S. food supply remains safe and stable. “At this time, there continues to be no concern that this circumstance poses a risk to consumer health, or that it affects the safety of the interstate commercial milk supply,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement. Here’s what you need to know about bird flu and food: Which stat ..read more
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