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McIlroy opens with 63 has Woods struggles in Mexico debut - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois MEXICO CITY - Rory McIlroy nearly made a hole-in-one on the same short par 4 that Tiger Woods hit his first competitive shot in Mexico out-of-bounds. McIlroy kept right on rolling to an 8-under 63 for a one-shot lead Thursday in the Mexico Championship.

IRS Agent Admits Giving Michael Cohen's Financial Records to Avenatti Federal prosecutors say an IRS investigator in California has admitted leaking confidential details of financial transactions by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to Michael Avenatti, lawyer for Stormy Daniels, NBC News reported. John C.

Smollett Case is 'Salt in Open Wounds' For Victims of Unsolved Chicago Crimes, Pastor Says Ira Acree says he's been searching for answers with grieving relatives of Demetrius Griffin, since 2016 when he was murdered. "Do you have to be a celebrity for your life to matter?" Acree asked. "Do you have to have money for your life to matter?" The pastor's 15-year-old niece Yasmin Acree has been missing since 2008.

Runoff, Legal Challenges Appear Inevitable in Chicago Mayoral Race The Chicago mayoral election is just days away, and campaigns up and down the crowded ballot are gearing up for a fight. That battle will, in all likelihood, continue beyond Tuesday, as polls show that no candidate in the field is remotely close to the 50 percent of the ballot needed to win the election outright.

US Violated Victim Rights in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case: Judge Federal prosecutors in Florida violated the rights of victims by secretly reaching a non-prosecution agreement with a wealthy financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

State Sen. Jim Oberweis to Challenge Rep. Lauren Underwood in 2020 State Senator Jim Oberweis, who has represented the state's 25th district since 2013, has confirmed that he will challenge Underwood in the 2020 election, and the former owner of the Oberweis Dairy chain of milk and ice cream stores says he's ready to take on the challenge.

A look at why brothers in alleged hoax appear off the hook Two brothers who played central roles in what Chicago police say was a staged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett are, compared to the "Empire" actor, so far walking away legally unscathed.

US citizen charged in kidnapping of journalist in Somalia Citizen has been charged with kidnapping and other counts for his alleged role in the abduction of a freelance journalist who was held hostage in Somalia for nearly three years, according to federal charging documents unsealed Thursday in New York.

Venezuela's Maduro closes Brazil border to block aid entry Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the vast border with Brazil to be closed, just days before opposition leaders plan to bring in foreign humanitarian aid he has refused to accept.

Chicago Archdiocese Reveals Its Priests Have Fathered Children The Chicago Archdiocese revealed Thursday that current priests have fathered children in the past and were financially supported by the diocese. Four unnamed priests living today have fathered children, NBC 5 has learned, "and the last case was nearly 20 years ago," a Chicago Archdiocese spokeswoman said.

Chicago Mayoral Candidates Weigh in After Top Cop's Smollett Comments Comments made on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's felony charge by Chicago's top cop Thursday received mixed reaction from some of the city's mayoral candidates. Toni Preckwinkle and Gery Chico say they would replace Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson.

Jussie Smollett charged: 'Empire' actor out on bond, staged attack due to salary dissatisfaction, police say "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett appeared in court Thursday after he surrendered to authorities Thursday morning on one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

Nike releasing all-female athletes ad featuring Simone Biles The ad will include a voice over from tennis star Serena Williams, and it will also feature Olympic gold medalist and World Sportswoman of the Year Simone Biles. The theme of this year's ad is called 'Dream Crazier,' spotlighting female athletes who have broken barriers and brought people together through the power of the sport.

Jussie Smollett attack: Timeline of key moments in alleged attack on 'Empire' actor "Empire" actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. There have been dozens of twists and turns since then. Here are some key moments from the start of this story.

5 years in prison for repeat Carpentersville marijuana busts A Carpentersville man heads to prison after pleading guilty in a 2016 marijuana arrest that occurred while he was on probation for a 2013 bust when police discovered some 30 pounds of pot in his house while responding to a domestic complaint. Daniel L.

WATCH: Jussie Smollett Leaves Cook County Jail "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook Couty Jail to a black SUV amid a crush of reporters and cameramen.

Elgin motorcycle dealership owner says closure was heartbreaking The owner of the former BBK Motorsport in Elgin attributed the closure of his business mostly to investing into growth at the wrong time and noted the recent federal government shutdown also may have been a factor.

Read the Proffer: Prosecutors Detail Allegations Against Jussie Smollett In painstaking detail, prosecutors on Thursday presented what they say happened in the days, hours and minutes leading up to, during and following Jussie Smollett's alleged attack, which authorities now allege was a hoax.

Conservation Lobby Day Join us on March 13 for Conservation Lobby Day in Springfield! Conservationists are gathering in Springfield to advocate for Illinois' environment.

Are school boundary changes in District 62's future? Pressed about the implications of a strategic plan that puts an emphasis on "equity," candidates in the Des Plaines Elementary District 62 school board race concede that boundary-change discussions are likely to be coming. After considerable study, school officials recently developed a strategic plan with five overarching goals.

Man hurt in South Shore shooting Someone got out of the car and started shooting at him. The man was shot twice in the lower abdomen, according to police. He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center. Further details were not immediately available as Area Central detectives continue to investigate.

18 members of the Universal Aryan Brotherhood prison gang indicted "There is no direct connection alleged in our indictment to the western Arkansas allegations, but it is the Universal Aryan Brotherhood, it is a prison based gang," that has been affiliated with prison gangs in other states Shores said.

Dead rattlesnake sizzling on grill gave one last scare to Texas hunters, video shows Oklahoma resident Rick Nolan filmed his son Tim grilling up a feast of pork, dove and a freshly killed rattlesnake that seemed to come back to life as it sizzled at their deer lease in Childress, Texas.

Belleville man sentenced to four years in prison for fentanyl distribution A Belleville man has been sentenced to prison time for distributing drugs that included fentanyl. Saint Clair County Circuit Judge Zena Cruse sentenced Jerome M. Ward to four years in prison. He had been charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance containing fentanyl.

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