Officers revive man overdosing at Illinois county court

Posted on August 18, 2017

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in northern Illinois say three correctional officers revived a man who suffered an apparent opiate overdose in a courtroom seating area. Lake County Sheriff's officials tell the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald that two officers were in a courtroom at the Lake County courthouse Wednesday morning when they saw the 24-year-old man slumped over in the public seating area. Authorities say the officers approached ...

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Judge denies motion for new trial in quadruple homicide case

Posted on August 18, 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A judge has denied a new trial for a northern Illinois man convicted of first-degree murder and home invasion in the 2014 shooting deaths of a woman, her two sons and her boyfriend. The Rockford Register Star reports that a defense attorney for 24-year-old Calvin L. Carter III requested a new trial Wednesday, citing an array of errors committed by two judges. First Deputy Public Defender Nick Zimmerman says that among ...

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The Latest: Activist loses citizenship, will be deported

Posted on August 18, 2017

DETROIT (AP) - The Latest on the sentencing for a Chicago Palestinian activist who didn't disclose her convictions for bombings in Jerusalem when she became a U.S. citizen (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A judge has revoked the U.S. citizenship of a Palestinian activist from Chicago who will be deported for failing to disclose convictions for bombings in Jerusalem. Detroit federal Judge Gershwin Drain praised Rasmea Odeh (OH'-duh) for her years of ...

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Officials say soda tax no longer violates food stamp rules

Posted on August 18, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Cook County officials say a problem with the newly imposed sweetened beverage tax that jeopardized about $87 million in federal food stamp funds for Illinois has been solved. Retailers without programed point-of-sale systems were charging soda purchases made with food stamp benefits the penny-per-ounce tax. That is prohibited by federal regulations. However, the county's regulations gave stores the option of issuing a refund. The ...

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Illinois conservative group’s cartoon sparks racial clash

Posted on August 18, 2017

By SOPHIA TAREENAssociated Press CHICAGO (AP) - A political cartoon circulated by a conservative Illinois think tank with ties to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has triggered accusations of racism and insensitivity in the wake of the deadly rally attack in Virginia. The rendering is commentary on Illinois' school funding fight and depicts a black child from Chicago begging for money from a cigar-smoking white man. The Illinois Policy Institute ...

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Chasing eclipses across the globe is a way of life for some

Posted on August 18, 2017

By SETH BORENSTEINAP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - For most people, a total solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event. For some eclipse chasers, it's a way of life. These veteran eclipse chasers spend lots of money and craft intricate plans all to experience another mid-day darkening of the sky. Many work in science and related fields and they'll travel around the world, even to Antarctica, to see one more. For Monday's full eclipse in the ...

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Information on Chicago voters publicly accessible for a time

Posted on August 18, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago election officials say a file containing the names, addresses, dates of birth and other information about the city's 1.8 million registered voters was published online. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners revealed Thursday the information uploaded to Amazon Web Services was publicly accessible for an unknown period, but has been secured. The Chicago Tribune reports the files had been uploaded by Election Systems ...

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Peoria fire department aims to teach CPR to 8,000 people

Posted on August 18, 2017

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois fire department wants to teach CPR to 8,000 people over the next two years. The Peoria Journal-Star reports the effort is part of a nationwide program known as Take Heart America. It's aimed at improving survival rates for cardiac arrest, in part by teaching more people to perform CPR. Last year, the fire department's CPR outreach taught the skill to 650 people, though clinics at the Peoria County Courth...

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Math experts join brainpower to help address gerrymandering

Posted on August 18, 2017

By COLLIN BINKLEYAssociated Press MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Efforts to address gerrymandering are gaining new help from math and data experts at many universities. Scholars from California to Massachusetts have been working on cutting-edge math and computer-science tools that could help federal courts identify voting districts that are drawn unfairly. Gerrymandering, the practice of drawing voting maps to favor certain voting groups, has regained ...

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Illinois House convenes to take up school-funding plan

Posted on August 16, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois House will convene to take up the contentious school-funding issue. But lawmakers don't plan to attempt to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the legislation Wednesday. The Republican governor used an amendatory veto this month on Senate Bill 1 . The proposal would create a new school-funding formula. Rauner says it provides too much money for Chicago and limits state financing flexibility. The Senate ...

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