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Apr 17, 2019
Federal prosecutors charged 60 physicians and pharmacists Wednesday with illegally handing out opioid prescriptions in what they say is the biggest crackdown of its kind in U.S. history.   A special strike force from the U.S. Department of Justice, which led the investigation, began making arrests in five states early Wednesday....
Apr 10, 2019
Candida auris has been the subject of repeated alerts from public health officials, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has spread rapidly in the Chicago area since then, to the point where Illinois has about one-quarter of the cases nationwide. The disease was first found in Japan...
Apr 4, 2019
House Republican Leader James B. Durkin and Rep. Deanne M. Mazzochi introduced legislation last week that will enact new restrictions on ethylene oxide emissions and facilities that use the chemical in...
Apr 2, 2019
Seven members of Illinois’ congressional delegation on Monday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to bar Sterigenics from using ethylene oxide at its Willowbrook plant until the surrounding community is assured emissions of the gas no longer endanger public health. Ethylene oxide, which is used to sterilize devices, can cause...
Mar 27, 2019
The Chicago Police Department has released its police reports in the Jussie Smollett case in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from WGN. CPD provided WGN with two reports. Both reports have redactions. Smollett had been charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct after Chicago police say he staged...
Mar 26, 2019
The audit of the state’s handling of Legionnaire’s cases at the Civil War-era home found that Shah dismissed the need for having the CDC visit the facility on the eighth day of the outbreak that began Aug. 21, 2015. In an email at the time, Shah said he didn’t “think...
Mar 22, 2019
Two-year-old Ja’hir Gibbons was found dead earlier this week in his Washington Park home — his mother Brittany Hyc and her boyfriend Dejon Waters have been arrested in connection to the boy’s death. Court papers say Waters beat the child until he foamed at the month and died. Ja’hir had...
Mar 20, 2019
Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man’s cancer, a jury determined Tuesday in the first phase of a trial that attorneys said could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar...
Mar 18, 2019
A Cook County judge has allowed cameras in a Cook County courtroom for hearings in the sex abuse charges facing R. Kelly, a sharp contrast to the secrecy in the R&B superstar’s court fight over child support. In making the ruling Friday, Judge Lawrence Flood, who is presiding over Kelly’s...
Mar 12, 2019
The Justice Department on Tuesday charged more than 30 people — including two television stars — with being part of a long-running scheme to bribe and cheat to get their kids into big-name colleges and universities. The alleged crimes, according to officials, involved cheating on entrance exams, as well as...