Illinois sees teen traffic deaths drop by half in decade

Posted on October 17, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is crediting a graduated driver's license law with a 51 percent drop in teenage-driver deaths in the past decade. The Democrat running for a sixth term in 2018 announced the numbers Monday at the beginning of National Teen Driver Safety Week . White cited Illinois Department of Transportation data that show there were 76 fatalities among motorists aged 16-19 in 2016. That's down ...

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‘Johnny Appleseed’ trees to mark Illinois bicentennial

Posted on October 17, 2017

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois State Historical Society is offering all 102 counties a tree that descends from an original "Johnny Appleseed" tree as part of the state's 200th birthday celebration. The Effingham Daily News reports Illinois was dotted with apple trees from John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, in the early 19th century. The state historical society says Chapman's last-known surviving tree was at a farm in Ohio. An ...

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Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to speak in Chicago

Posted on October 17, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Justice Elena Kagan says one advantage of no longer being the most junior member of the Supreme Court is that she no longer has to answer the door when someone knocks as the nine justices are meeting. The 57-year-old spoke Monday at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Kagan didn't veer into potentially sensitive topics and wasn't asked to by students. She also relinquishes her chairmanship of the high-court cafeteria committee. She ...

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Man wanted in Illinois charged with killing upstate NY woman

Posted on October 17, 2017

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a man wanted in Illinois has been charged with killing a 47-year-old woman in New York's Hudson Valley. Police in the city of Newburgh say officers responded around 2:40 p.m. Sunday to a report of an unattended death. When officers arrived they found Tanya Smith, of Newburgh, dead in a second-floor bedroom. Newburgh detectives and the Orange County District Attorney's Office began an investigation resulting ...

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Demonstrators stage silent protest outside Ravens stadium

Posted on October 17, 2017

BALTIMORE (AP) - More than 100 people participated in a silent protest before the start of the Baltimore Ravens game as the national anthem played inside the M&T Bank Stadium. The Baltimore Sun reports that the protesters stood outside the stadium with their fists raised, then knelt down before the Ravens played the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Organizers said the goal was to show solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin ...

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New University of Illinois school to grant full scholarships

Posted on October 17, 2017

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The first class of students to be accepted to the University of Illinois' new medical school will receive about $200,000 worth of free tuition. The News-Gazette reports that the Carle Illinois College of Medicine has received approval to begin recruiting its first class of 32 students for the fall of 2018. Each student will receive full four-year scholarships funded by donors. Dr. King Li is the medical school's dean. He ...

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Chicago-area woman gets 2 years for posing as counselor

Posted on October 17, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge in Chicago has sentenced a woman to two years in prison for posing as a licensed counselor in the city's northern suburbs. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer on Monday called the case "odd and disturbing" as she sentenced 53-year-old Kimberly Even for illegally collecting more than $230,000 in insurance payments. The Chicago Tribune reports the payments stemmed from treatment of 70 patients at a Northfield ...

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17-year-old charged as an adult in shooting of 2-year-old

Posted on October 17, 2017

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - A 17-year-old has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 2-year-old. In addition to the murder charge, Zachary Pherigo is charged with aggravated battery and unlawful use of a weapon in the death of his nephew, Justin Lee Murphy Jr. A Macon County Circuit Court judge on Monday ordered Pherigo held in lieu of $500,000 bond. According to Decatur police, the toddler was shot Saturday when ...

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Helmet maker vows fight against Hernandez concussion lawsuit

Posted on October 17, 2017

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) - Football helmet maker Riddell says it intends to vigorously defend its products and its reputation against concussion-related lawsuits like one lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have filed in Massachusetts against it and the NFL. Des Plaines (dehz playnz), Illinois-based Riddell says it introduced helmets designed to mitigate concussion risks more than 15 years ago. Hernandez's attorneys filed ...

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Illinois roadway named in honor of state’s 1st black sheriff

Posted on October 15, 2017

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - A stretch of central Illinois highway has been renamed in honor of the state's first African-American sheriff. The Herald & Review reports signs were recently posted declaring Illinois 48 in Decatur the "Sheriff Roger E. Walker Jr. Memorial Road." Walker was elected Macon County Sheriff in 1998. He served for 30 years and later spent five years as director of the Illinois Department of Corrections. Walker died in 2012 ...

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