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Trump honors Illinois officer for school shooting action

By Christopher Russell | October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

DIXON, Ill. (AP) — The police officer credited with stopping a northern Illinois school shooter has been praised by President Donald Trump after being named Officer of the Year by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Trump spoke about Dixon Officer Mark Dallas during the group’s convention Monday in Florida, citing his quick actions…

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Sears names restructuring expert to board as debt is due

By Christopher Russell | October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

by ANNE D’INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. is adding a restructuring expert to its board, suggesting the ailing retailer may be preparing to take significant actions to survive or to protect its remaining assets. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois, company, which also owns Kmart, said Tuesday it was bringing on board…

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Investigators want to know who left gator in Lake Michigan

By Christopher Russell | October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Authorities don’t know who dumped a 4-foot-long reptile into Lake Michigan, but they now know what kind it is. After initially believing the animal spotted Monday swimming near Waukegan, Illinois, by a startled kayaker was a caiman, officials now say it is actually an alligator. Either way, it had no business…

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Trump administration opposes Chicago police-reform plan

By Christopher Russell | October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

by MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday sharply criticized a draft plan hammered out between the nation’s third-largest city and the state of Illinois that envisions far-reaching reforms of Chicago’s 12,000-officer force under close federal court supervision. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Department of Justice will file…

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1 killed by falling beam at suburban Chicago building site

By Christopher Russell | October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a construction worker, killed when a steel beam fell at a construction site in suburban Chicago. A crane was lifting beams from a semitrailer Tuesday morning at a nine-story apartment building under construction in Evanston when the beam fell onto…

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Illinois Business News

Sears names restructuring expert to board as debt is due

By Christopher Russell | October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

by ANNE D’INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp. is adding a restructuring expert to its board, suggesting the ailing retailer may be preparing to take significant actions to survive or to protect its remaining assets. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois, company, which also owns Kmart, said Tuesday it was bringing on board…

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Uber agrees to $148M settlement with states over data breach

By Christopher Russell | September 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Uber agrees to $148M settlement with states over data breach

by TERESA CRAWFORD and JOHN O’CONNOR, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Uber will pay $148 million and tighten data security after the ride-hailing company failed for a year to notify drivers that hackers had stolen their personal information, according to a settlement announced Wednesday. Uber Technologies Inc. reached the agreement with all 50 states and the…

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No way out? US, China tariffs may become the ‘new normal’

By Christopher Russell | September 20, 2018 | Comments Off on No way out? US, China tariffs may become the ‘new normal’

by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The path to peace in a trade war between the United States and China is getting harder to find as the world’s two biggest economies pile ever more taxes on each other’s products. The United States is scheduled to slap tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports…

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Trump’s tariffs put GOP candidates in a bind in rural areas

By Christopher Russell | September 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Trump’s tariffs put GOP candidates in a bind in rural areas

by KEVIN FREKING and NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPANGLE, Wash. (AP) — In the aptly named Harvester Restaurant, wheat farmer Roy Dube makes clear he’s no fan of President Donald Trump’s trade policy. “We get him elected into office and he pulls us out of trade agreements,” Dube said last week as local farmers gathered…

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Sears sales decline improved in latest quarter; shares soar

By Christopher Russell | September 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Sears sales decline improved in latest quarter; shares soar

NEW YORK (AP) — Sears Holdings Corp., the struggling department store operator, said it key sales figure improved and its stock soared in after-hours trading Thursday. The company, which owns both Sears and Kmart, said sales fell 3.9 percent at established stores in its second quarter. That’s an improvement from the same period a year…

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Chicago Bulls

Bulls’ Denzel Valentine sidelined by sprained ankle

By Christopher Russell | October 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Bulls’ Denzel Valentine sidelined by sprained ankle

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say guard Denzel Valentine has a moderately sprained left ankle and will be re-evaluated in one to two weeks. Valentine was injured in practice on Tuesday. He had surgery on the same ankle in May 2017. Valentine averaged 10.2 points last season, his second. The Bulls open at Philadelphia…

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Chicago Cubs

One and not done: Brews-Cubs, Rockies-Dodgers in tiebreakers

By Christopher Russell | October 1, 2018 | Comments Off on One and not done: Brews-Cubs, Rockies-Dodgers in tiebreakers

by BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer Triple Crown contender Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. Nolan Arenado and the big-hitting Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. October baseball is about to begin with Game No. 163 on Monday. Two tiebreakers on the same day for the first time in major league history. Both to…

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Chicago White Sox

Bieber perfect on the road as Indians beat White Sox 10-2

By Christopher Russell | September 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Bieber perfect on the road as Indians beat White Sox 10-2

by PATRICK ROSE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Shane Bieber is going to be an asset in the postseason one way or the other. Bieber remained perfect on the road with six scoreless innings, Francisco Lindor led off the game with a home run and the Cleveland Indians beat up the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on…

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Chicago Bears

Bears’ ‘D’ gets help from ‘O’ in 48-10 romp over Bucs

By Christopher Russell | October 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Bears’ ‘D’ gets help from ‘O’ in 48-10 romp over Bucs

by GENE CHAMBERLAIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — For most of the season, it’s been a solo act for Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears’ defense. After quarterback Mitchell Trubisky’s breakthrough game Sunday, the Bears’ defense and offense seem to be in sync. The defense made three interceptions and Mack continued pressuring the quarterback, while Trubisky…

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Chicago Blackhawks

Longtime NHL forward “Ab” McDonald dies at 82

By Christopher Russell | September 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Longtime NHL forward “Ab” McDonald dies at 82

CHICAGO (AP) — Alvin Brian “Ab” McDonald, who played 14 NHL seasons and scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961, has died. He was 82. McDonald died Tuesday night, according to Blackhawks. The forward played 762 regular-season and 84 NHL playoff games followed by two seasons in the World Hockey Association,…

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College

Former SIU coach Jerry Kill to head athletics department

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Former Southern Illinois football coach Jerry Kill is taking over the athletics department, effective immediately. Chancellor…

Loyola-Chicago rewards Moser with new deal through 2025-26

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Loyola-Chicago rewarded coach Porter Moser with a new contract through the 2025-26…

Illinois signs 5 more for Underwood’s 2nd season

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has signed five players to national letters of intent, including three guards and a 7-footer…

Loyola to test Kansas State’s strong D in regional final

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Kansas State has been an afterthought through the NCAA Tournament — until…

Loyola has hoops fans ‘sitting on the edge of their chairs’

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Loyola-Chicago’s stirring run through the NCAA Tournament has inspired memories of the…

Loyola eyes Tennessee, Buffalo gets Kentucky after upsets

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Loyola-Chicago might have been the first Cinderella in the NCAA Tournament 55…

Fifth-seed DePaul holds off Oklahoma 90-79

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — DePaul started off hot from behind the arc and held off gritty Oklahoma. Amarah Coleman…

February, March were 4th wettest on record in Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois climate experts say the state saw the fourth wettest February and March on record this…

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Illinois political parties key to purging sexual harassment

by JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois political campaigns are traditionally rough-and-tumble, transitory affairs dominated by a…

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Illinois political parties embrace anti-abuse panel’s report

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Leaders of the state’s major political parties are embracing a report’s recommendations to end sexual harassment…

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Illinois governor hopefuls to meet for 1st debate

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B. Pritzker are meeting for their first debate of the Illinois…

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Looking Back

By Arline Adamsick The Peotone Vedette: October 18, 1968 Oh my, things were not good…but maybe trying to holdup a…

Town Calendar

Thursday, October 18 9 a.m.: Crochet, SSC 9:30 a.m.: Crafts class, Frankfort Township Hall 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Senior Assistance, St.…

Today in History

Today is Saturday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2018. There are 79 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight…

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Human Interest

‘Touch the sun’: NASA spacecraft hurtles toward our star

by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Embarking on…

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Tracy Ahrens: ‘A Girl and her Duck’

by Tracy Ahrens One January day a surprise package from Amazon was…

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Searching for Angel’s history

*This story appeared February 12, 2018, in Wayne County Press, a newspaper…

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Forest Preserve

Channahon Woman’s Squirrel Photo Wins September Forest Preserve Contest

Channahon resident Barbara Parisi’s picture of squirrels locked in a heartwarming hug at McKinley Woods won the September portion of…

Forest Preserve Offers Sandhill Crane, Turtle, Owl and History Programs

November 2 is the deadline to sign up for “The Sandhill Crane Experience,” presented by the Forest Preserve District of Will…

Crappie Restocking at Monee Reservoir

Nearly 3,000 crappie hatchlings were let loose recently in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Monee Reservoir. To learn more…

Forest Preserve District of Will County News Briefs

Where is your favorite forest preserve “Happy Place?” For Denise Steffen, a Forest Preserve District of Will County employee, it’s…

Fall Forest Preserve Programs Feature Spooky Stories, Photography, History

Tour the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Joliet Iron Works Historic Site on November 3 to learn how Joliet was nicknamed…

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