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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...
Mar 7, 2019
Sen. Martha McSally, the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat, said she was sexually assaulted by a superior officer and later, when she tried to talk about it to military officials, she “felt like the system was raping me all over again.” The Arizona Republican, a...
Mar 6, 2019
A bill that would keep immigration status private during most civil lawsuits has cleared a Senate Judiciary Committee vote. Senate Bill 1429 would adjust the Code of Civil Procedure to say immigration status may only be admissible evidence if it is absolutely essential to the case or the individual party...
Mar 5, 2019
New legislation would create a statewide tracking system for sexual assault evidence kits, letting victims see where their kits are languishing. There is an estimated 250,000 sexual assault evidence kits sitting on law enforcement shelves nationwide, said Ilse Knecht, policy and advocacy director at the Joyful Heart Foundation, a sexual...
Mar 4, 2019
A 2-year-old girl was killed and several others injured when a vehicle, trying to get away from police, hit another car before striking a tree. Officers were attempting to pull over a black Chrysler at 107th and Michigan late Sunday night, when the driver took...
Mar 1, 2019
Travelers passing through Midway International Airport one night late last week and people who visited a west suburban hospital for a few hours on Sunday may have been exposed to measles, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Most people are vaccinated for the disease in childhood, but those who have...
Feb 28, 2019
Old case files will be reviewed over the next six months to “identify investigative gaps or omissions” and assess whether past CPS investigations complied with federal law that protects students from gender-based discrimination and from abuse and harassment that interfere with schooling. Those reports could have a broad impact. They...
Feb 26, 2019
R. Kelly posted bond and was released from Cook County Jail Monday afternoon. Earlier he appeared in court in Chicago and his attorney entered a not guilty plea to sex abuse charges against the singer. Kelly posted four instances of $25,000 bail – 10 percent of each $250,000 bond amount...