200 People Deliver Jars of Gummy Bears To Illinois State Capital To Fight Mass Incarceration

Over 200 people swarmed the Illinois State Capital on Tuesday to deliver jars of gummy bears to state representatives in symbolic protest against mass incarceration, USA Today reports. Their goal? To see an end to the controversial practice of cash bail, a practice often seen as needlessly regressive by critics and as a necessary detention […]

Chicago Toddler Shot In The Head, Hospitalized After Parents Allegedly Fought Over Gun

A 1-year-old baby has been hospitalized in Chicago, Illinois, after he was shot in the head allegedly during an argument. According to ABC News, the toddler, whose name hasn’t been revealed, was in the same room as his parents when the quarreling couple had a physical altercation. The couple, who were also in possession of […]

Facebook To Pay $550 Million For Alleged Facial Recognition Tool Misuse

Facebook is set to pay $550 million in damages to users in Illinois who won a lawsuit against the social media giant’s use of facial recognition tools, the BBC reported. The users argued that Facebook violated the state’s privacy laws. Their lawyer, Jay Edelson, told The New York Times that anonymity is something that must […]

Buffalo Wild Wings Fires Employees For Making A Black Group Change Tables After White Customer Complained

Buffalo Wild Wings has fired several employees at an Illinois location following an incident in which a group of black customers was moved to a different table because a white customer complained that he didn’t “want black people sitting near him,” The Chicago Tribune reports. Back on October 26, Justin Vahl and Marcus Riley visited […]

Martin Sandoval Apologizes For Photos Of A Mock Assassination Of Donald Trump At His Fundraiser

Martin Sandoval, an Illinois Democrat, has apologized after photos emerged that appear to show a mock assassination of Donald Trump at a recent fundraiser, MSN reports. On Friday, Sandoval, an Illinois State Senator from Chicago, held a fundraiser at a golf club in suburban Chicago. According to Champaign’s WCIA-TV, donors paid $250 per plate to […]

Donald Trump Banners, Yard Signs, Other Paraphernalia Stolen From Republican Booth At Illinois State Fair

A Donald Trump banner, as well as Donald Trump yard signs and other Trump-related paraphernalia was stolen from the Illinois Republican Party booth at the Illinois State Fair, Springfield’s State Journal-Register reports. It’s State Fair season in Springfield, which means that all of Central Illinois is abuzz with corn dogs, carnival rides, livestock exhibitions, and […]

Illinois Republicans Apologize After Group Calls Trump-Targeted Congresswomen The ‘Jihad Squad’

Republicans in Illinois are apologizing after a Facebook post calling four members of Congress the “Jihad Squad” was shared on the Republican County Chairmen’s Association of Illinois Facebook page, per a report from RollCall. The post targeted the same four freshman congresswoman who have been the subject of attacks from President Trump, which include Reps. […]

Lovie Smith’s Beard Breaks The Internet

Lovie Smith has been a football coach at various levels of the game since 1980, including a long stint as head coach of the Chicago Bears, a shorter one as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and various assistant jobs. Ever since 2016, right after he was fired by Tampa Bay, Smith has been the […]

Confederate Railroad Mysteriously Dropped From Illinois Fair’s Concert Lineup, Fans Are Furious

The country band Confederate Railroad has been inexplicably removed from the lineup of an Illinois state fair, and fans and members of the band think it was because of their name, The Southern Illinoisan reports. Some fans are calling for a boycott of the DuQuoin State Fair in response. The DuQuoin State Fair takes place […]

Illinois Food Stamp Recipients Can Use Benefits At Select Restaurants If Legislation Passes

Illinois may become the next state to join the federal Restaurant Meals Program (RMP), as lawmakers recently approved legislation that permits Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants to use EBT cards to eat at select restaurants. On Friday, the state senate approved the measure by a landslide vote of 48 to 1. The House previously […]

Illinois School District Removes Stall Doors From Bathrooms, Girls Are Bringing Blankets For Privacy

A Central Illinois school district has removed the doors from restroom stalls, angering parents and students alike, Yahoo News is reporting. Some girls are reportedly bringing blankets from home so they can have privacy. Officials, however, insist it’s necessary after someone wrote a note threatening a school shooting on a stall wall. School officials in […]

Nurses Bail Out Illinois Father Who Was Arrested After Speeding Daughter To Hospital

Every parents’ worst nightmare became a reality on Thursday for an Illinois father named Darius Hinkle when he realized his 1-year-old daughter was choking on a penny. Unable to save his toddler, Hinkle admitted to local reporters the only thing on his mind was getting her to a hospital and saving her life. According to […]

John P. Rivera, An Off-Duty Chicago Cop, Was Randomly Shot Dead In His Car In ‘Devastating Incident’

An off-duty Chicago police officer was gunned down while he, a female civilian, another off-duty Chicago cop, and another police officer from a different department sat in a parked car, The Chicago Tribune is reporting. The officer’s name has been revealed as John P. Rivera. According to Police Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio, Rivera and his […]

Eric Huska Accused Of Drowning His Wife In A Hot Tub, Closing The Lid on Her While She Tried To Get Out

An Illinois man is accused of drunkenly drowning his wife in a hot tub — allegedly closing the lid on her as she “desperately” tried to climb out — and then leaving her to die, NBC News is reporting. Eric Huska, 58, of the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, Illinois, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. […]

Transgender Inmate In An Illinois Prison Is Granted Rare Transfer To A Women’s Prison After Abuse Allegations

A transgender woman who is currently serving a 10-year sentence for burglary in an Illinois prison has been granted a rare transfer to a female prison after she alleged abuse against her person. Deon “Strawberry” Hampton, 27, was only granted the move after a yearlong legal battle with the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). According […]

Satanic Statue On Display At Statehouse In Illinois

The Satanic Temple has been known for their statues and publicity stunts over the years. Recently, they seem to have won the upper hand in Illinois, both figuratively and literally. According to BBC, the Satanic Temple has placed a statue of a hand clutching an apple with a snake wrapped around the arm. The statue […]

Chicago Elevator Plunges 84 Floors Followed By A Dramatic Rescue Of Six Passengers Inside

An elevator at an iconic Chicago skyscraper plunged 84 floors with six people inside followed by a dramatic rescue that took nearly three hours, The Chicago Tribune is reporting. In the wee hours of Friday morning, a handful of tourists left the Signature Room lounge atop the building formerly known as the John Hancock Tower. […]

Chicago Sues Trump Administration For Withholding Federal Grant Money

The city of Chicago is suing the Trump administration for withholding federal grant money for police departments, The Hill reports. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, filed what is now the city’s second lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration Friday. Chicago, a so-called sanctuary city, has refused to cooperate with the administration’s strict immigration policies. […]

Illinois Family Forced To Remove Halloween Decorations That Appeared To Depict Lynching Of An African American

An Illinois family’s Halloween decorations that appeared to depict the lynching of an African American family, and the police made them take them down, Northwest Indiana Times is reporting. Halloween is coming up in a few weeks, and every year, stories like this make the rounds of the media. One family’s decorations may be graphic […]

Illinois Mom Corey Widen Had The Cops Called On Her Because She Let Her 8-Year-Old Daughter Go For A Walk

An Illinois mom is “shocked” and “outraged” after she had the cops called on her for letting her 8-year-old daughter go for a walk around the block, Yahoo News is reporting. It’s a story that seems to hit the news with alarming regularity: a parent gives their child a little bit of freedom – perhaps […]

Storage Safe Manufacturer Closing Its Illinois Plant, Moving To Mexico Because Of Trump Tariffs

After President Trump’s increased tariffs on Chinese metal imports, a storage safe manufacturer located in Chicago, Illinois, is being forced to shut down its plants and move to Mexico, reports The Hill. The manufacturer, Stack-On Products, which makes products ranging from toolboxes to gun vaults, is closing their two Chicago-based facilities and laying off 153 […]

‘How Could This Happen?’ Illinois Family Dog Mistakenly Euthanized By Local Animal Shelter

In what many would consider to be a nightmare scenario, an Illinois family is currently experiencing something that would leave most families emotionally traumatized. According to Fox News, a worker recently entered the back yard of the Wang family. According to the report, he came into the yard unannounced and startled their dog, Moses. By […]

A Hot Beef Sundae Won Top Prize At Illinois State Fair

This year is the first time that more than one food vendor took home the crown for Golden Abe’s Fantastic Fair Food Competition at the Illinois State Fair. Two chefs took home prizes, one for the sweet category and one for the savory food choice. The State Journal-Register journalists reported that Ken Haarstad from Classic […]

Nick Sauer To Resign From Illinois House After Allegation He Used Nude Photos Of An Ex ‘To Catfish Other Men’

Nick Sauer, an Illinois state representative, is expected to resign after allegations that he shared nude photos of his ex-girlfriend in order to “catfish” other men. As Fox News reports, the Chicago-area Republican is expected to turn in his resignation on Wednesday. Back in 2016, Sauer began dating Kate Kelly. At first, the couple, who […]

Barack Obama Officially Endorses Democratic Candidates For Midterm Elections

With Donald Trump holding rallies across America and tweeting support for Republican candidates set to appear on numerous ballots in this coming November’s midterm elections, Democrats were at a bit of a disadvantage, in terms of high-profile endorsements from political leaders. Obama has been largely quiet since his two-term presidency officially ended in January 2017. […]

Video Of Violent Traffic Stop In Illinois Surfaces

Joliet, Ill., officials are in the beginning stages of investigating a traffic stop that resulted in a violent altercation between police officers and 21-year-old Milton Travis. As The Root reports, Travis was on his way home on Friday night when he was pulled over. The police officer alleges that he ran a stop sign, and […]

McDonald’s Salads Linked To Cyclospora Illnesses, Per Iowa & Illinois Departments Of Health

Public health officials are investigating reported incidents of increasing Cyclospora infections that appear to be linked with consumption of McDonald’s salads according to a recent statement offered up by the Iowa Department of Public Health. According to their recent findings on the ongoing matter, similar incidences have been reported by the Illinois Department of Public […]

Officer Who Ignored Puerto Rican Woman Being Harassed For Wearing Puerto Rico Flag Shirt Resigns

The Chicago police officer who ignored the pleas of a woman being harassed by a drunk man for wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rico flag on it has resigned, NBC News is reporting. Officer Patrick Conner has resigned from the Forest Preserve of Cook County’s security force, according to an emailed statement from the […]

Chicago Cop Caught On Viral Video Saying ‘I Kill Motherf*****s’, Now Under Investigation

A Chicago police officer is under investigation after being caught on video saying “I kill motherf*****s,” The Root is reporting. There are several unanswered questions about the now-viral video, which you will see below. It is not clear, for example, when the video was recorded, though it was posted on July 4. It is also […]

Chicago Park Ranger Reassigned After Allegedly Not Helping Woman Harassed Over Puerto Rican Flag Shirt

An apparently drunk man was caught on video harassing a woman for wearing a shirt with the flag of Puerto Rico on it, telling her she “should not be wearing that in the United States of America.” Puerto Rico is part of the United States of America. As The Chicago Tribune reports, Mia Irizarry was […]

To Avoid A Nazi, Ted Cruz Would Rather Illinois Vote Democrat

United States Senate candidate Ted Cruz made a decisive statement about the Illinois election for the third congressional district. Cruz clearly told people not to vote for the official Republican candidate because he is “an avowed Nazi” named Arthur Jones. Vanity Fair reports that Cruz tweeted out that residents of Illinois should vote, but not […]

Serial Drunk Driver Described As ‘Country’s Worst DUI Offender’ Arrested Again

Attendants at a gas station in Riverside, Illinois, called the police earlier this week and reported that there was a drunk woman passed out inside her car. When officers finally arrived at the scene, they came upon an alert woman sitting in her car and rambling about where her kids were. The woman was apparently […]

Deerfield, Illinois Bans Assault Weapons, Will Fine Owners $1,000 Per Day Until They Surrender Them

An Illinois town has banned so-called “assault weapons” and promises to fine owners of such weapons $1,000 per day if they don’t turn them in, Buzzfeed is reporting. Deerfield, Illinois, is a town of about 18,000 people, in the far northern suburbs of Chicago. And on Monday night, town officials enacted an ordinance decreeing that […]

Convicted Child Killer Released From Illinois Prison

A man who admitted to brutally killing a toddler nearly 30 years ago has been released from an Illinois prison. Richard Howard, 62, was released from the Dixon Correctional Facility on Sunday. He’s been there since 2000, when he was sentenced to 45 years for killing 22-month-old Carrie Lynn Gaines in the early 1990s. Howard […]

Renowned College Professor P.S. Ruckman Kills Children, Self, Say Police

Police say a nationally renowned political science professor allegedly killed his two sons before taking his own life inside their suburban Illinois home. According to officials in Winnebago County, police were called to the home of Peter S. Ruckman Jr., commonly known as P.S. Ruckman, at around 7 a.m. Saturday, to perform a welfare check. […]

GOP Is Fielding A Bona Fide Nazi For Congress Who Dismisses Holocaust As ‘Political Pornography’

It appears Roy Moore won’t remain the most controversial GOP candidate to run for Congress after Donald Trump’s election. Moore, who lost to Democratic candidate Doug Jones in Alabama’s Senate race after several women had accused him of sexual misconduct while they were in their teens, might have had a troubling history which voters could […]

High School Teacher Gives Students Math Problem Based On Cocaine, Parents Are Not Happy

An Illinois high school teacher is facing backlash after offering her students a math problem that involved cocaine use, KMOV (St. Louis) is reporting. Roxana Senior High School is in southwestern Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, in the suburban region known locally as Metro East. It was there that, on Wednesday, reports […]

Free Spirit Siberian Rescue Visits Starved Rock State Park For Sled Demonstration And Seminar

An educational event was held this past weekend at Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois. The event was by a non-profit organization, Free Spirit Siberian Rescue. Karen Ferreri-Miller founded the organization in 1999. The rescue center is located in Harvard, Illinois. They held seminars on huskies and dog sledding, along with dog sledding demos. […]

Alexandra Hoyle Accused Of Killing Boyfriend’s 2-Year-Old, Slamming Child’s Head On Floor For Not Eating Food

After telling her boyfriend his 2-year-old son was injured by a dog, DeKalb, Illinois, woman Alexandra B. Hoyle was arrested by police a day later. She’s accused of slamming the little boy’s head against the floor because he refused to eat his food, which ultimately led to his death. On November 10, Hoyle phoned the […]

Murder Charges Dropped Against Illinois Man Who Served 23 Years In Prison

Murder charges against a man who spent 23 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections have been dropped. John W. Horton, 41, stood in front of Winnebago County Chief Judge Joe McGraw Wednesday, October 4, and heard the words he has been fighting for since the day he was sent to prison for life: “case […]

Iowa Mom Left Four Children Home Alone To Take Planned 11-Day Vacation In Germany, Police Say

Iowa mom Erin Lee Macke left her four children home alone so she could take an 11-day international vacation in Germany, Polk County law enforcement investigators say. The 30-year-old Iowa mom has a set of 12-year-old twins and children that are six and seven years old, KWQC reports. The real-life Home Alone scenario ended on […]

Family Brutally Attacked At Six Flags ‘Fright Fest’ In Illinois After Complaining To Teens Cutting In Line

A family was sent to the hospital on Saturday after a group of teens brutally attacked them because they (the family) complained about the teens cutting in line at a Halloween event at Six Flags in suburban Chicago. As WBBM (Chicago) reports, Six Flags Great America, in the Chicago suburb of Gurnee, was the scene […]

Convicted Child Abuser, Sex Offender Charged With Suffocating Son To Death

A rural Illinois woman faces murder charges in the death of her infant son. Elizabeth Roen, 27, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder after a follow-up probe into the May 15 death of 5-month-old Tripp C. Luebke. Jo Daviess County State’s Attorney John Hay told reporters the charges include two theories of […]

Exonerated Client Of ‘Making a Murderer’ Lawyer Kathleen Zellner Settles Civil Suit Against Prosecutor

A man already on the list of those that Chicago lawyer Kathleen Zellner has exonerated has settled a civil lawsuit against a member of the office that brought murder charges against him. Mario Casciaro, who was freed from prison in 2015, settled the civil complaint filed against a member of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s […]

Man Gets Four Life Sentences, Plus 280 Years, For Christmas Massacre

Martia Flint was planning on a special Christmas in 2014. She had just reunited with a former boyfriend who had moved in with her and her two children in time for the holidays. Those days would never come though, because a man named Calvin Carter saw to it that all four members of Flint’s young […]

More Prison Time For Woman Who Faked Cancer To Collect Donations

An Illinois woman convicted earlier this year of falsely claiming she had cancer so she could collect donations will spend more time behind bars after a judge decided her original sentence was not long enough. Melissa D. Barton, of Troy, Illinois, was sentenced in July to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to two […]

Illinois Governor Stirs Up Controversy With New Immigration Law

Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner finds himself under fire today after signing a bill on Monday that would limit cooperation with federal immigration officials. The Republican governor’s apparently surprising approval of the controversial immigration legislation marks a victory for immigrant advocates and a bitter defeat for the more conservative members of Rauner’s own party, who […]

Dead Baby’s Remains Found In Vacant House Fire Still Unidentified: Forensic Sketch Released

The remains of a dead baby girl found in the wreckage of a vacant house fire are still unidentified. No one has stepped forward to claim this child, despite police releasing her description and posting images of the clothes she was wearing. A forensic sketch of what the baby girl looked like has just been […]

What’s The Best Place To See The Solar Eclipse? Here Are 12 Ideal Spots

Looking for the best places to watch the solar eclipse on August 21? Avid skygazers have been planning for months, even years. But even if you’re not the type to plan ahead, you’ve still got lots of great options. The Great American Eclipse website says 12.2 million Americans already live in the path of totality, […]

Anna Schroeder: Illinois Teen Allegedly Killed Mother, Enlisted Best Friend’s Help In Arson Cover-Up

Fifteen-year-old Morrison, Illinois teenager Anna Schroeder has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, concealment of homicidal death, and arson, after allegedly shooting her mother, Peggy Schroeder, and, with the help of her friend, burning down her mother’s house to hide evidence of the crime. A report from the New York Post went into […]