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Chicago police blame Facebook for illegal gun, drug sales

CHICAGO (AP) — Private Facebook groups have “emboldened” sellers of illegal drugs and guns to connect with potential buyers over the social media site, Chicago police said Tuesday, as leaders announced that a two-year undercover investigation led to more than 50 arrests. Police leaders,

OSF HealthCare: ‘Meridian owes OSF millions of dollars’

PEORIA – OSF HealthCare says Meridian owes “millions of dollars” to the corporation. The announcement comes days after OSF’s decision to terminate with Meridian Medicaid and Medicare plans due to provisions they say do not align with the Ministry’s current strategy.

Northern Illinois man convicted of torturing puppy

WINTHROP HARBOR, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man who sent a video to a woman that appears to show him choke a puppy has been convicted of felony animal torture. Lake County Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti found Robert Ehrhardt of Winthrop Harbor guilty Monday of one animal torture count and

A ship that has been at an Illinois port for years will move

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — An abandoned-looking ship bulk carrier will finally be moved from an Illinois port after sitting there for decades. C-T-C No. 1, which is currently at the Port of Chicago, is a shipping freighter that first set sail in 1943. The ship originally hauled cargo, including raw

Lawyer: Teen charged in mom’s killing involuntarily drugged

MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — The attorney for a 17-year-old western Illinois girl accused of fatally shooting her mother says she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was under the influence of a prescription antidepressant she was forced to take. Attorney James Mertes says in a motion

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city’s retiring police superintendent Monday, citing “ethical lapses” that included telling lies about a recent incident in which Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel of his car after having drinks. Named to the job in the wake

University of Illinois joins campaign against climate change

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois has joined more than 200 higher-education institutions worldwide in a letter declaring a climate emergency ahead of a major United Nations global warming conference in Madrid. The SDG Accord is an effort by colleges and universities to support