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Deaths of southern Illinois man, boy ruled murder-suicide

HERRIN, Ill. (AP) — The deaths of a man and his young son in southern Illinois have been ruled a murder-suicide by authorities. Firefighters discovered their bodies early Christmas Day while putting out a blaze that gutted much of a house in the Williamson County city of Herrin. The Williamson

Chicago mayor says $11.5M in vehicle sticker debt forgiven

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say $11.5 million in city sticker ticket debt has been forgiven since October. Nearly 11,500 motorists have applied for the program. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot touted it as one of her many initiatives to ease the burden on Chicago families. City residents

Lawyer who helped free wrongly convicted killed by vehicle

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — An attorney who fought to help get people wrongly convicted of murder out of prison has died after getting hit by a vehicle in suburban Chicago. Oak Park police say 62-year-old Karen Daniel was struck Thursday morning and died at the scene. A 63-year-old motorist was

Local unemployment rates increase during November

CHICAGO – Local unemployment rates made a slight increase during the month of November. According to the Illinois Department of Employment and Security, LaSalle County is 4.3% unemployed, the highest rates locally. Putnam County made the biggest increase, still the lowest rates locally,

Bond set at $5M for suspect in Cullom triple-killing

PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — A judge has set a $5 million bond for a state corrections officer who’s charged in the Christmas Day shootings of his wife, adult son and another man in a small eastern Illinois community. Fifty-three-year-old Clifford W. Brewer faces six counts of first-degree