Flakes sprinkle Northeast winter wonderland
December 16th, 2013
04:01 AM ET

Flakes sprinkle Northeast winter wonderland

The storm that whipped the Northeast over the weekend with six to 16 inches of snow has blown off to Canada, but more snow is on its way - maybe just enough to bring out some of that holiday spirit.
The flakes sweeping across the Midwest and Northeast on Monday and Tuesday aren't expected have the heft of the fast-moving storm that preceded them but are predicted to add a couple of inches to the wintry landscape.

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September 23rd, 2013
01:19 PM ET

Two held in Chicago park shooting

Two people are in custody in connection with last week's shooting in Chicago, and a 3-year-old boy injured in gunfire remains in intensive care, authorities said Monday.

The two are regarded as "persons of interest," police told CNN. The Chicago Tribune quoted police as saying no charges have been filed against the two, who are men. They say that "several people of interest" were being interviewed.

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August 14th, 2013
03:37 PM ET

Jesse Jackson Jr. gets 30 months

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., once a rising Democratic star whose political fortunes imploded over the use of campaign finances to support lavish personal spending, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday.

"I misled the American people," Jackson, 48, said before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson imposed the term, which she said should be served in Alabama.

The ex-Illinois lawmaker's wife, Sandi, received a 12-month sentence for her role in her husband's misuse of roughly $750,000 in campaign funds over several years.

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April 24th, 2013
02:12 PM ET

5 killed in Illinois village shooting; suspect slain in shootout

Five people were killed and a 6-year-old girl was taken to a hospital after a shooting in a tiny western Illinois village early Wednesday, officials said.

A suspect in the slaughter in Manchester, Illinois, was killed following a chase and shootout with police hours later, authorities said.
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April 18th, 2013
04:58 PM ET

Flight delays hit Chicago airports

More than 600 flights were canceled Thursday at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports due to heavy rain in the region, the Chicago Department of Aviation said.

Both airports reported delays of between 30 to 90 minutes after the metropolitan area experienced a deluge of nearly 7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period.

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April 16th, 2013
03:37 AM ET

Immigration bill: Must secure border

The border with Mexico must be secure.

This requirement is the cornerstone of an immigration reform bill a bipartisan group of senators are to file on Capitol Hill Tuesday. There will be no path to legal residency for migrants without it.

Undocumented immigrants may also not reach the status of fully legal residents under the proposed legislation, until the Department of Homeland Security has implemented measures to prevent "unauthorized workers from obtaining employment in the United States."

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Film critic Roger Ebert dies
April 4th, 2013
03:44 PM ET

Film critic Roger Ebert dies

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert, who this week said he was facing a recurrence of cancer, has died at 70, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which syndicated his column.

In an essay on his blog Tuesday, Ebert explained he was planning to slow down and reduce the number of movie reviews he wrote. Ebert had already lost his voice and much of his jaw after battling thyroid and salivary gland cancer.

"My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me," Ebert wrote. "What's more, I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review."

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Police: Chicago baby killed with single gunshot
Jonylah Watkins was fatally shot while in her father's minivan in Chicago on March 11, police say.
March 19th, 2013
09:48 AM ET

Police: Chicago baby killed with single gunshot

A Chicago baby who was killed when someone fired on her father's minivan last week was shot once, not multiple times as previously reported, police said Tuesday.

Chicago police spokesman Adam Collins also said the father was not changing 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins' diaper when she was shot as previously reported, but rather that the baby was simply on her father's lap in the vehicle.

And Jonylah's mother wasn't shot in the leg while she was pregnant with Jonylah as some news accounts had said, according to Collins.

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Plane safely makes emergency landing
This plane landed safely in St. Louis, Missouri, Monday after developing problems with its landing gear after taking off from Wooster, Ohio.
March 4th, 2013
02:52 PM ET

Plane safely makes emergency landing

[Update 2:48 p.m. ET] A light aircraft with landing gear problems landed intact Monday afternoon at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport.

CNN affiliate KTVI said eight people were aboard the Learjet.

Officials earlier said that they expected the plane to touch down at St. Louis Downtown Airport, which is across the Mississippi River from St. Louis in Cahokia, Illinois.

The plane landed "without incident" at 1:32 p.m. CT (2:32 p.m. ET), the Federal Aviation Administration said. It had departed Wooster, Ohio, en route to St. Louis Downtown Airport earlier in the day.

[First report 1:53 p.m. ET] A light aircraft reporting landing gear problems is preparing to make an emergency landing at St. Louis Downtown Airport - also known as Parks Airport - in Cahokia, Illinois, according to CNN affiliate KTVI.

Just before noon, the plane reported a problem with its landing gear, KTVI reported.

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Autopsy reveals little in lotto winner mystery
Urooj Khan died in July, the day after the Illinois lottery paid him about $425,000 for winning a scratch-off game.
March 1st, 2013
12:33 PM ET

Autopsy reveals little in lotto winner mystery

No cyanide remained in the exhumed body of Illinois lottery winner Urooj Khan, preventing investigators from determining how the toxin entered his body, the Cook County medical examiner said Friday.

Still, Dr. Stephen Cina maintained his determination from January: that blood samples taken after Khan's death in July show the 46-year-old died of cyanide poisoning, and that the manner of death was homicide.

Officials in January exhumed the body of Khan who died the day after the Illinois lottery issued him a check for about $425,000 for winning a scratch-off game hoping to determine how cyanide entered his system.

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Peterson gets 38 years for ex-wife's death
February 21st, 2013
04:52 PM ET

Peterson gets 38 years for ex-wife's death

Former Chicago-area police sergeant Drew Peterson was sentenced Thursday to 38 years in prison with credit for nearly four years in jail for the 2004 murder of his ex-wife, Kathleen Savio, a prosecution spokesman in Illinois said.

Peterson plans to appeal the sentence, one of this lawyers said.

Peterson was convicted of murder last September. Savio Peterson's third wife was found dead in her dry, clean bathtub on March 1, 2004

The headline-grabbing case did not arise until after Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in October 2007. It was during the search for Stacy Peterson who has not been found that investigators said they would look again into Savio's death, which was initially ruled an accidental drowning.

In February 2008, authorities altered their judgment and ruled Savio's death a homicide. Peterson was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

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Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing funds
February 20th, 2013
12:29 PM ET

Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing funds

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is owning up to allegations that he used campaign funds for personal expenses and now he might get prison time.

Jackson, dabbing at this eyes with a handkerchief, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements.

Sentencing is set for June 28. That charge carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but though the judge noted that prosecutors and defense attorneys appeared to recommend a lighter sentence.

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February 14th, 2013
04:59 PM ET

Illinois Senate passes same-sex marriage measure

The Illinois Senate passed a measure Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage, voting 34-21.

The state House will consider it next. Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, has indicated that he would sign the bill.

Illinois would be the 10th state, plus the District of Columbia, to legalize same-sex marriage, according to Lambda Legal, a gay rights organization.

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Exhumation of Illinois lottery winner begins
A crew works on exhuming the body of Urooj Khan from a Chicago cemetery Friday morning.
January 18th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

Exhumation of Illinois lottery winner begins

Workers have begun the process of exhuming the body of an Illinois lottery winner who authorities believe was poisoned.

A crew is digging at the north-side Chicago gravesite of Urooj Khan, whose July death at age 46 came one month after he became a $1 million winner on an Illinois lottery scratch ticket.

Investigators initially ruled Khan's manner of death natural, and Khan was buried. But after being prompted by a relative, the medical examiner's office in Cook County, Illinois, did more in-depth toxicology tests on the blood that the office had, and eventually determined there was a lethal amount of cyanide in Khan's system.

Police are now investigating Khan's death as a murder, and they want to use the exhumation to determine how the cyanide entered Khan's system. No arrests have been made in the case.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. quits Congress, cites health reasons
November 21st, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Jesse Jackson Jr. quits Congress, cites health reasons

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress effective Wednesday, citing the need to spend time "restoring my health."

Jackson, 47, announced his resignation in a letter sent to House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday.

"For 17 years I have given 100% of my time, energy, and life to public service," Jackson wrote. "However, over the past several months, as my health has deteriorated, my ability to serve the constituents of my district has continued to diminish. Against the recommendations of my doctors, I had hoped and tried to return to Washington and continue working on the issues that matter most to the people of the Second District. I know now that will not be possible."

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Baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk charged with DUI
Carlton Fisk hit one of the most famous home runs in baseball history 37 years ago this week.
October 23rd, 2012
06:21 PM ET

Baseball Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk charged with DUI

Carlton Fisk, one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history, was charged with driving under the influence after driving into a cornfield in New Lenox, Illinois, police said Tuesday.

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Batter beaned in only MLB appearance getting 2nd shot
Adam Greenberg, then with the Cubs organization, is seen during spring training in 2005.
September 27th, 2012
05:55 PM ET

Batter beaned in only MLB appearance getting 2nd shot

Adam Greenberg wasn’t in a bright mood Saturday. The former Chicago Cub  famously hit in the head in his only Major League plate appearance had just watched Spain knock out his team, Israel, in World Baseball Classic qualifying in Florida.

A friend approached him after the game, saying he had someone on the phone with good news. The Team Israel reserve outfielder said he didn’t particularly want to hear it, but his friend insisted.

The man on the phone was Miami Marlins General Manager David Sampson. The Marlins the very team that knocked him out of his only MLB game seven years ago wanted to give him a full Major League at-bat.

“He ended up smiling after all,” filmmaker Matt Liston the friend and the man who’s pushed full-time for Greenberg’s return told CNN by phone Thursday.

The Marlins on Thursday confirmed what they told Greenberg over the weekend: They’ve signed the 31-year-old former prospect to a one-day contract so he can finally have a proper MLB at-bat on Tuesday, when the Marlins host the Mets in their penultimate game of the season.

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September 18th, 2012
06:21 PM ET

Chicago teachers vote to suspend strike

[Updated at 6:43 p.m. ET] Delegates for striking Chicago Public Schools teachers voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to suspend their nine-day strike, meaning classes will resume Wednesday, according to delegates who attended a union meeting.

About 800 delegates from the teachers union gathered at midafternoon to vote on whether to suspend the walkout, which began September 10.

The vote came a day after school officials asked a judge to declare the strike illegal and order the teachers back to work. A Cook County judge had scheduled a hearing on that request Wednesday.

Any contract agreement with the school system would need to be ratified by the more than 29,000 members of the union. The strike has kept about 350,000 students out of class for seven school days.

Teachers walked off the job September 10, objecting to a longer school day, evaluations tied to student performance and job losses from school closings.

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Chicago teachers strike
September 17th, 2012
11:18 AM ET

Chicago schools go to court to end strike

Chicago school officials sought a court order to end the teacher strike that entered its sixth school day on Monday.

The move comes after teachers union representatives decided Sunday not to end a week-long walkout - despite a tentative contract deal reached by union leaders and school officials.

The move left Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowing to go to court to force teachers back to work, calling Sunday's actions by the union "a delay of choice that is wrong for our children."

Emanuel contended Sunday that the strike is illegal because "it is over issues that are deemed by state law to be nonstrikable, and it endangers the health and safety of our children."

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September 14th, 2012
03:18 PM ET

Source: Tentative deal reached in Chicago teachers' strike

A tentative deal has been reached in the dispute between the Chicago Teachers Union and the city's school board, a source with detailed knowledge of the negotiations said Friday.

Students who've been out of school since teachers began striking Monday will be back  in the classroom on Monday, according to the source.

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