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Study: Obama Center making neighborhoods too expensive

CHICAGO (AP) — The yet-to-be constructed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago is already having an effect on property values and the rent being charged nearby residents. Former President Barack Obama plans to build the $500 million center in Jackson Park on the South Side. Janet Smith of the

Head of suburban Chicago autism center accused of fraud

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of a suburban Chicago facility that treats patients with autism is accused of defrauding an insurance company of millions of dollars. Latrice Harrell is the executive director of The Champion Center for Autism in Oak Forest. She is charged in U.S. District Court with

Sears laying off 250 at headquarters outside Chicago

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Sears has told the state of Illinois it’s laying off 250 employees at its corporate headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates. Sears said in a notice last week to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity that the employees have

Lawsuit after bartender is punched, run over is settled

CHICAGO (AP) — 7-Eleven has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a Chicago bartender who was knocked unconscious outside one of the company’s stores, robbed by passers-by and fatally run over by a taxi. Security cameras captured the February 2016 incident that left 32-year-old Marques

Hunting guide who used electronic bird caller pleads guilty

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois owner of an outfitter service has pleaded guilty to federal charges that included deploying an electronic bird caller to lure geese into shooting range. A statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield says 58-year-old Rick A. Hamm, of

3 Illinois men charged after pursuit involving 10 agencies

  VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Police say three Illinois men have been charged with resisting arrest following a pursuit involving 10 law enforcement agencies and shots fired by officers. Valparaiso police say the three Dolton, Illinois, men — 22-year-old Kobe Watson, 19-year-old Chaz Murray

Hearing for Chicago teens charged with murder postponed

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A preliminary hearing was postponed for five Chicago teenagers charged with murder in a fatal shooting that occurred during an attempted burglary. Lake County prosecutors asked for the delay Thursday, saying the investigation into the Aug. 13 shooting in Old Mill Creek