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Ten Things to Do in Chicago This Week The Complete Beethoven Symphonies, C2E2, Elizabeth DeShong, Jessie Edelman, Typeforce 11, and more.

Trump urges calm as US sees 1st possible case of 'community spread' Outbreak of the new respiratory virus sweeping the globe isn't inevitable even as top health authorities at his side warned Americans that more infections are coming. Shortly after Trump spoke Wednesday, the government announced a worrisome development: Another person in the U.S.

Unlimited refills? Panera Bread now offering 'subscription' coffee service Panera Bread is now offering a coffee subscription. For $8.99 a month, you can get unlimited coffee at Panera Bread locations. You can redeem your subscription once up to every two hours with unlimited refills while you're in the cafe.

Milwaukee shooter kills 5 Molson Coors employees at brewery in Miller Valley before killing himself, police say A mass shooting in Milwaukee at the Molson Coors, formerly MillerCoors, facility in the Miller Valley neighborhood has left five employees dead in addition to the shooter, who killed himself.

Dunkin' Snackin' Bacon: Dunkin's latest release is 8 half-strips of bacon in a bag Snackin' Bacon is now available at Dunkin' restaurants nationwide. What's that, you wonder? It's just like it sounds: Eight half-strips of bacon wrapped up in a sleeve. "Here at Dunkin', we've been working hard to formulate the perfect afternoon pick-me-up and really, what's better than a bag full of bacon?" the company said in a blog post.

CPD to overhaul gang-related database, announces new 'Criminal Enterprise Information System' The new system is expected to launch Thursday and is called the "Criminal Enterprise Information System," CPD said. According to CPD, this new database will allow officers to better prevent, investigate and solve gang-related crime.

Japan closing schools for a month over coronavirus concerns Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was asking all elementary, middle and high schools to remain shut until spring holidays begin in late March.

WATCH: Officer kicks in door, pulls unconscious man out of burning California home in heroic rescue Oficer Jonathan Brown kicked in a back door and grabbed the man by his feet to pull him to safety.

5 takeaways from Matt Nagy's press conference at NFL Scouting Combine As was expected, Nagy faced an onslaught of questions revolving around the struggles of the offense last season and what's ultimately being done to remedy those mistakes in 2020. Nagy stated the obvious when it comes to the importance of establishing an offensive identity as soon as possible.

Timothy Scott Vieregge Timothy Scott Vieregge, 53, Woodbridge, VA died unexpectedly February 10th, 2020. He was born on June 23rd, 1966 to Elvin and Billie Vieregge of Greenville. Tim joined the Army in 1984, was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in 2005 with 21 years of service.

Elderly Couple Mistaken For Bank Robbers; Husband Can't See, Wife Can Barely Walk The two great-grandparents were detained for almost an hour before a teller finally told police that they had the wrong people. The wife said, "He can't see to drive! And I can't even walk fast, less only run. But we're bank robbers." Facebook: The Karen Clark.

Wisconsin boy, 9, kicked off plane due to motion sickness The family calls the airline's policy ridiculous and says to make matters worse, they weren't offered a refund. The couple says every now and then, their 9-year-old son Owen gets motion sickness. They didn't think it was serious at all, but the airline felt it was best he didn't fly.

Program will send veterans on Illinois' first all-women trip A program that honors women veterans and their service wants to send those in Illinois to Washington, D.C., where they will tour war monuments for a day and be celebrated for their service upon their return home.

Hippopotamus wanders through South Africa gas station A hippopotamus was caught on video taking a stroll near a gas station in St. Lucia on Sunday. St Lucia lies at the edge of the vast iSimangaliso Wetland Park, home to a large population of hippos. Marie Stubbe was stopped across the street when the hippo wandered upon the forecourt of the Engen gas station.

Stocks open sharply lower; Dow 10% below recent record high Stocks are opening sharply lower on Wall Street, extending a weeklong rout and bringing the Dow Jones Industrial Average 10% below the record high it hit two weeks ago.

Simeon High School employee removed, accused of engaging 'improperly' with student, principal says Parents of the affected student have been notified and support has been made available, Harper said. Based on the information learned during the OSP investigation, a final determination will be made regarding whether it is appropriate for the individual to return to Simeon.

CDC graphic shows which beards, mustaches interfere with face masks, respirators The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said facial hair can interfere with face masks and respirators. In relation to the coronavirus outbreak, the CDC advised that face masks should only be used by people with confirmed or suspected cases and others in health care settings.

I-57 crash near I-80 seriously injures 2; lanes closed The pair was trying to put gas in their disabled vehicle about 7:05 a.m. near northbound I-57 and westbound I-80, Illinois State Police said. Another vehicle hit possibly both the two people and their vehicle from behind, seriously injuring the two.

Calling someone a 'jackass' is a tradition in US politics Kaine's epithet was hurled because Trump hadn't shaken hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi before his 2020 State of the Union address. Yet jackasses are so entangled in American political history that I must ask: Where would politics be in this country without jackasses?

PODCAST: Oskee Talk Episode 104 - Wildcats & Hoosiers On this episode of Oskee Talk, the guys preview Illinois' matchups against Northwestern and Indiana, We finish the episode talking about the possibility of a new mascot. Here's the rundown:. 0:42 - Northwestern preview. 6:25 - Indiana preview. 12:00 - Mascot debate.

Illinois Baseball: Illini trying to find balance in restructured lineup The Illinois baseball team is coming off a solid season in 2019. The Illini are now trying to find balance in a restructured lineup.

NFL Calendar 24-March 2 - NFL scouting combine, Indianapolis. Feb. 25 - First day for clubs to designate franchise or transition players. March 10 - Deadline for clubs to designate franchise or transition players before 4 p.m. March 18 - Free agency, trading periods begin, 4 p.m.

NBA Calendar April 15 - Regular season ends. April 18 - Playoffs begin. May 19 - Draft lottery, Chicago. May 21-24 - Draft combine, Chicago. June 4 - NBA Finals begin. June 25 - NBA draft.

Ex-Baltimore mayor set to be sentenced in book sales scheme Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in a lucrative, years long scheme that sold her self-published children's books to nonprofits and foundations to promote her political career and fund her run for mayor. Pugh, 69, pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in November.

How to Watch Illinois at Northwestern: Game Time, TV Channel, Online Streaming, Radio and Odds Illinois has a chance to clinch an above.500 conference record.

Local Breweries Branch Out With Nonalcoholic Drinks Lagunitas, Marz Community Brewing, and Middlebrow offer creative beverages without a drop of booze.

Saxons' Patterson able to get the MSL title his dad never captured It is a thrill for every father to watch his son to exceed dad's accomplishments. As a sophomore, Schaumburg's Vaurice Patterson Junior can cross one off his list. Young Vaurice helped lead his Schaumburg boys basketball team to the Mid-Suburban League title Wednesday with a 49-43 win over Buffalo Grove.

Ragin' Cajun was first to bring boiled crawfish craze to Houston The crawfish craze is huge in Houston and Ragin' Cajun is definitely a fan favorite. The family-owned business first opened in 1974 as a po' boy shop and became known as the first restaurant in town to serve fresh boiled Louisiana crawfish. Customers are known to come from 100 miles away to get a big plate of spicy mudbugs.

Optimism over funding for Cairo River Port New bill filed in IL Senate last week includes much-needed funding for the Alexander-Cairo Port District. The bill is seeking $40 million for planning, design and construction of a new port on the Mississippi river side of Illinois' southernmost city.

Needle Exchanges Slowed An HIV Crisis, Now Their Future Is Unclear Five years ago, Indiana experienced one of the nation's worst HIV outbreaks. Mike Pence was governor then, and he approved a needle exchange to keep the problem from spreading. Now state leaders are debating whether that exchange - and others - can stay open.

2020 NFL Scouting Combine weigh-ins and measurements: RB, OL, ST On Tuesday, the running backs, offensive linemen and special teamers continued. Here's the schedule for weigh-ins and measurables:. Let's take a look at how the running backs, offensive linemen and special teamers fared during weigh-ins and measurables:.

Constable: Growing up on the farm, some March lambs had the chops to be lions On page 295 of "Gnomologia: adagies and proverbs; wise sentences and witty sayings, ancient and modern, foreign and British," British author Thomas Fuller says of March: "Comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb." This is meant to suggest that March begins with strong remnants of winter weather and ends with a meek arrival of a mild spring.

Comets End Season In Semifinals The Greenville Comets had their season come to an end Wednesday night with a loss in the semifinals of the Roxana Class 2A Regional. Roxana defeated the Comets 37-31. GHS led by two after one quarter and opened up a nine point lead midway through the second frame.

Man Stabbed on Blue Line Near Jackson, Woman in Custody A 62-year-old man was stabbed Wednesday while riding a CTA Blue Line train near the Jackson station in the Loop. He was riding the train about 11:45 p.m. in the 300 block of South Dearborn Street when he accidentally bumped into a 50-year-old woman, Chicago police said.

Signs Of Progress As Illinois Works To Bring Computers Into Present Day "I welcome it. Come in," Guerrier said at the time. "I love the challenge." Those six months are up, and in a report on Thursday, Tucker followed up. She sat down with Guerrier, chief information officer from the state, for their second such meeting.

House Makes Lynching a Federal Crime, 65 Years After Death of Emmett Till Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep.

Chicago mother, 2 children missing since January Police said Casey Farley, 32, was last heard from on January 3. She has two small children, 5-year-old Soraya Muhammad and 2-year-old Zaima Muhammad. Farley is described as African American, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 100 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Joliet man charged after 2 fatally shot in SUV - A man has been charged in the fatal shooting of two men in Joliet Wednesday morning. Joliet police were called to the area of Chicago Street and 5th Avenue at about 12:49 a.m. after a report of a person slumped over at the wheel of an SUV.

Burglars Target Bronzeville Apartments: Police Police are warning residents on the South Side of a series of burglaries reported in recent weeks in Bronzeville. In each case, the burglars forced the front door open, Chicago police said in a community alert. The burglaries happened:. Police did not immediately provide a description of any suspects.

Illinois prepares for trio of ranked foes at Frisco Classic With a two-game winning streak and a 3-3 record under its belts, the Illinois baseball team will face three ranked teams in the Frisco Classic this weekend. The games will be played in Frisco, Texas, and will pit Illinois against No. 18 Texas A&M on Friday evening, No.

Illinois hit the road for West Coast Classic Illinois looks to move on from mixed results at the Baylor Invitational, where the team finished 2-2, and turn its focus to the Judi Garman Classic, where the Illini will be taking on five different teams in three days.

Investigation Continues After Gunman Kills 5 at Milwaukee Brewery Before Taking Own Life An employee opened fire Wednesday at one of the nation's largest breweries in Milwaukee, killing five fellow workers before taking his own life, police said. The assailant who attacked the Molson Coors complex was identified as a 51-year-old Milwaukee man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Feder: Lee Phillip Bell, 'First Lady of Chicago TV,' recalled as 'gracious and kind' Lee Phillip Bell, the Chicago talk show pioneer who co-created two long-running CBS soap operas, is being remembered as the "First Lady of Chicago Television," Robert Feder writes. Bell died Tuesday in Los Angeles at 91. From 1952 to 1986 she hosted "The Lee Phillip Show" and "Noonbreak" on CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2.

Vermilion Co. Treasurer Darren Duncan Seeks 15th Congressional District GOP Nomination Darren Duncan is a seventh-generation farmer in Vermilion County, who said he wants to be a voice for the 15th District's agricultural and rural communities in Congress.

This Georgia Town Has Welcomed Thousands Of Refugees. Hear What Residents Have To Say Producer Andrea Tudhope of America Amplified: Election 2020 spent time with residents in Clarkston, Georgia, a suburb east of Atlanta that has resettled some 40,000 refugees over the past 30 years. Refugee admission into the U.S. has dropped dramatically in recent years.

Memorial Hospital in Belleville refers patient for coronavirus testing Memorial Hospital in Belleville has referred one patient to the Illinois Department of Health over concerns of coronavirus, according to hospital spokesperson Kim Renth. "Following guidance from the U.S.

The 2020 Chicago Fire Season Preview Welcome to Hot Time in Old Town's Chicago Fire season preview. Ruben - Hello again, It's my second year as editor for the Fire desk at Hot Time in Old Town. I've been with the site in various capacities since 2011 and am probably most well known for manning the HotTime twitter on Fire game days.

Central And South Math Teams Dominate Competition Central and South finish first and second, respectively, in regional competition.

Three Keys & a Pick: Illinois at Northwestern Lead basketball reporter Derek Piper previews Illinois' matchup at Northwestern on Thursday.

Ohio State Football: Can Buckeyes get to CFP unbeaten again? The Ohio State football team wasn’t satisfied with the ending to the 2019 season. However, 2020 provides an opportunity to fulfill its hunger. In Ryan Da…

Meetings Market Survey: Starting From a Good Place Going by the responses to Convene's 2020 Meetings Market Survey, the business events industry is on solid footing — which should help it better withstand the negative impacts of COVID-19.

10 Contemporary African Authors Lauren Beukes is a South African author who is popularly known for her 2010 award winning novel 'Zoo City' which was described by the New York Times as 'an energetic phantasmagorical noir'. She also won the Arthur C Clarke Award and the Kitschies Red Tentacle and was long-listed for the IMPAC Award.

Hartford women win first game in its season finale Jada Lucas scored 20 points and Hartford - which had been the only winless Division I program this season, women or men - won its first game in its season finale, beating America East champion Stony Brook 73-70 on Wednesday night. The victory was also the first in Morgan Valley's head coaching career.

Westbrook scores 33 as Rockets rout Grizzlies 140-112 Russell Westbrook and James Harden combined for 63 points as the Rockets sailed to their fifth straight win, 140-112 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Harden piled up 30 points without playing in the fourth quarter and Westbrook, who had 33, sat down for good with about six minutes left.

Viola Davis, Cynthia Nixon attend launch of Martin Luther King 'I Have a Dream' speech virtual reality exhibit at the DuSable Museum Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered at the March on Washington, has been created in virtual reality. It launched at the DuSable Museum of African American History Wednesday.

City leaders meet about 2nd e-scooter pilot program, docking stations "We need to learn and we need to adjust," said 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett. "We need to make sure people are safe. Affordable transportation is great for a lot of people. Safety is very important."RELATED: Halfway into city-wide trial period, are Chicago's shared scooters making the grade?

Compher, Francouz lead Avalanche to 3-2 win over Sabres Compher broke a tie on a wrist shot with 8:06 remaining and the banged-up Avalanche won their fourth straight, beating the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Wednesday night. Landeskog also scored to help the Avalanche vault into second place in the Central Division.

Elderly couple swarmed by police, handcuffed after being mistaken for bank robbers in Oak Park In a statement the Village of Oak Park said the incident "was a case of mistaken identity based on the initial report of an eye witness to an armed robbery" and that the "witness continued to say the individuals were the ones seen leaving the bank." A bank teller finally told the cops they had the wrong suspects.

FERC ruling could impact Illinois residents' electricity bills A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruling in December could increase some Illinois residents' electricity bills, the Citizens Utility Board executive director testified to a Illinois House legislative committee hearing last Friday.

News Around Illinois – February 27, 2020 Decatur Schools And Union Meet With Mediator. DECATUR – Negotiators for Decatur Public Schools and their teaching assistants union met with a federal mediator for about three hours on Wednesday. But talks ended without a settlement, and no date for another session has been set.

News Around Illinois - February 27, 2020 DECATUR - Negotiators for Decatur Public Schools and their teaching assistants union met with a federal mediator for about three hours on Wednesday. But talks ended without a settlement, and no date for another session has been set. A District 61 news release called the meeting "productive" and said another bargaining session would be held soon.

UConn routs Cincinnati 105-58 Megan Walker scored 25 points, freshman Anna Makurat added 20, and No. 6 UConn dominated a match-up of the American Athletic Conference's top two teams in every way, beating Cincinnati 105-58 Wednesday night. The Huskies had already clinched their seventh AAC regular season title.

Read the Transcript of Duane Raible’s Calls to Chicago 911 NBC 5 Investigates has been following the case of Duane Raible, a Pennsylvania man who was alone in his Chicago hotel room last October when he suffered a severe stroke. He couldn't reach the hotel phone from his bed, so he called Chicago 911 on his cell phone.

New Revelations Emerge After Chicago Stroke Victim Had to Call 911 Multiple Times NOTE: NBC 5 Investigates has compiled a complete transcript of Duane Raible's 911 calls, which you can read here. When Duane Raible, a businessman from Pennsylvania, began to fall violently ill in his hotel room in downtown Chicago, he had no idea he was about to go through two major ordeals at once.

Judge Reassigned After Video Apparently Shows Child Being Placed in Holding Cell at County Courthouse A Cook County judge has been reassigned pending an investigation into allegations that she put a young girl into lockup at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse last week.

CDC calls new California case 'possible instance of community-spread' This suggests the virus could be spreading in a local area, the CDC said. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 in California in a person who reportedly did not have relevant travel history or exposure to another known patient with COVID-19," the CDC said in a press release.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Backs China Trade Agreement In House Testimony The head of the Illinois Farm Bureau on Wednesday told the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee the China trade agreement is good for the country. That's in spite of trade war damage to Illinois farmers. Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert acknowledged Illinois farmers sold $2.3 billion in soybeans to China in 2016.

Is California a Better Venue for BIPA Litigation Than Illinois? Webcast Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - When you have access to data visualization tools, it opens a world of possibilities for your firm. Law.com. Webcast Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - As a whole, the legal industry has a problem attracting women to the legal field and retaining them.

Choosing A Wedding Photographer Here are some questions your photographer should be able to answer. This help ensure that your wedding day will be seamless and savored by your photographer! Why should I choose you as my wedding photographer? This is an excellent question that I have never been asked!

Freight Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails in East Chicago, Officials Say A freight train derailed in East Chicago just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, sending several cars full of crude oil careening off the tracks. According to fire officials, a CSX train heading eastbound derailed in East Chicago on Wednesday evening.

New Exhibit at DuSable Museum Offers MLK Jr. Virtual Reality Experience A new exhibit opening at the DuSable Museum of African American History Friday is recreating the 1963 march on Washington D.C. using virtual reality. The experimental exhibit is coming to Chicago in hopes of placing participants right in the middle of all the action.

Trump campaign sues NY Times for defamation over Putin The campaign to reelect President Donald Trump sued The New York Times for defamation Wednesday, saying it was responsible for an essay by a former executive editor for the newspaper that claimed the campaign made a deal with Russian officials to defeat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Rep. Ro Khanna Wants to Create a National Apprenticeship Program On Tuesday, the California Democrat who represents Silicon Valley will introduce legislation that would provide colleges and employers grant money to create apprenticeship opportunities for students.

Hardest-hit China, South Korea count 767 new virus cases South Korea and China each reported hundreds more virus cases Thursday as the new illness persists in the worst-hit areas and spreads beyond borders. South Korea reported 334 more cases, bringing its total to 1,595.

Illinois State Police Says Meth Use Is On The Rise The Illinois State Police says opioid overdoses are declining, but that agency is also reporting an uptick in the use of methamphetamines. In the past, meth was homemade, so the state restricted access to some of the ingredients like sudafed. Now, drug cartels are smuggling the drug into the U.S.

Could This Former QB Be Patriots' Long-Awaited Rob Gronkowski Replacement? INDIANAPOLIS - In 2015, Adam Trautman arrived at the University of Dayton with a clear goal in mind. Having just set school records for passing and all-purpose yards as a dual-threat quarterback at tiny Elk River High School, Trautman wanted to continue his quarterbacking career at the collegiate level.

New US coronavirus case may be 1st from unknown origin Health officials have confirmed a new case of coronavirus infection in California that could be a sign that the virus is spreading in a U.S. community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the case Wednesday night.

Congress finally outlaws lynching 65-years after the horrific murder of Emmett Till, 14 THE US House of Representatives has approved a bill outlawing lynching, some 65 years after the torture and murder of Emmett Till. The 14-year-old African American boy was horrifically lynched to death by two white men in Mississippi after allegedly flirting with a white woman in a local store.

Police: `Critical incident' at Molson Coors in Milwaukee Milwaukee police are responding to what they are calling a 'œcritical incident' on the Molson Coors Brewing Co. campus amid reports of a possible shooting. WISN-TV in Milwaukee reported Wednesday that a Molson Coors employee received an email about an active shooter near one of the buildings.

Can you travel safely when Coronavirus is spreading fast? The spread of Coronavirus has seen countries imposing quarantines, cancelling major events and closing schools. Its impact on tourism is also damaging. Cancellations and shrinking demand have led to airlines slashing flights and destinations devoid of tourists.

Journalism As Activism: A Talk With Photojournalist Marcio Pimenta 19 and 20, Marcio Pimenta, an internationally-recognized freelance photographer and journalist, held a student talk and public lecture discussing entry into the journalism profession and the activism aspect of the industry.

2020 Oregon Offense: Dark Horse Edition The success of the 2019-2020 season has jacked up the stoke level for Oregon football, and yet many questions loom. The Ducks replace four starters on the offensive line, a four-year starter at quarterback, and an offensive coordinator who left to be head coach at UNLV.

Open Carry for Students on Campus is a Bad Idea A group of Tennessee Republican lawmakers wants to allow college students to carry guns on campus. This is a bad idea for so many reasons. Since 2017, state law has allowed certain employees of public colleges and universities to carry firearms on campus, which, in and of itself, was a precarious move.

NFL, players move closer to new CBA, but deal not done yet The NFL and its players have moved closer to a new collective bargaining agreement and the next decade of labor peace that would come with it. If the process is at first-and-goal now, though, there's still work to be done to get into the end zone.

Minority candidates sound alarm over prospect of all-white Illinois Supreme Court There's a vacancy on the court due to the retiring of Justice Charles Freeman. The only African American on the court, Freemen held the seat for 30 years. Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr. is serving out the rest of Freeman's term. Neville is among the candidates running for the job permanently.

Freight train carrying crude oil derails in East Chicago, streets block at Chicago Ave, Indianapolis Blvd. - Fire officials in East Chicago said a freight train carrying crude oil derailed Wednesday evening. According to fire officials, the five to 10 of the 41 cars on the train were fully off the tracks along Chicago Avenue. The tankers are carrying class three flammable crude oil.

Suburban Residents Seeking Answers to Severe Pothole Issues on Subdivision Streets A group of neighbors in suburban Algonquin say their street has become unsafe because of an abundance of potholes, but the question remains unanswered over who is actually responsible for paying to fix the issues.

Pepper Spray Discharged at Smyth Elementary Sends 10 Students to Hospitals Nearly a dozen elementary school students were taken to hospitals Wednesday after pepper spray was discharged in a classroom. A student discharged the irritant about 2 p.m. in a third-floor classroom of Smyth Elementary, 1059 W. 13th St., according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

Waukegan man 'no longer employed' by Dist. 117, suspended by Dist. 46 after arrest A Waukegan man has been suspended from one school district and is "no longer employed" by another after he was arrested in a Lake County prostitution sting, officials said. Timothy Christian was suspended from his role as a program assistant in Grayslake Area Elementary District 46, according to Superintendent Lynn Glickman.

Chicago Police Release Video of Suspects in Fatal Avalon Park Shooting Chicago police have released chilling footage of the moment that three suspects opened fire into a store in the city's Avalon Park neighborhood, killing a woman and injuring several others. The footage shows the three suspects, identified as two men and a woman, walking up to the store's front door in the 7900 block of South Avalon.

Large Fight at Suburban High School Ends With 7 Arrests Seven teenage girls have been charged in connection with a large fight Tuesday at Wheaton North High School in the north suburb. The "premeditated brawl" broke out about 7 a.m. in the hallway near the cafeteria at the school, 701 W. Thomas Road in Wheaton, according to a statement from the DuPage County state's attorney's office.

'We need the representation': South Side neighborhoods organize to ensure accurate count in 2020 census He's one of several Chicagoans joining pastors and community leaders to ensure participation in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census. Organizers said black residents living in the South Side community have been under-counted for decades.

Bill banning red light cameras in certain villages, municipalities passed by Illinois House A House bill that would prohibit what are known as "non-home rule" towns from enacting or enforcing red-light cameras overwhelmingly passed on Wednesday afternoon.

Demolition set for AJ Freund's home in Crystal Lake The Crystal Lake house where authorities say 5-year-old AJ Freund was killed by his parents last spring is scheduled to be torn down starting Friday. Demolition of the cottage-style house at 94 Dole Ave. could take two days, according to David Pardys, an attorney who represents the city in a lawsuit initiated last July.

Disney's 'Frozen 2' sees Jason Ritter venture into unknown world of musicals "And they said, you know, why don't you go to a vocal coach for a month and come back and sing again?"MORE: Disney's 'Frozen 2' effects artist Erin Ramos talks making movie magic Disney's "Frozen" is known for being a visual masterpiece.

Tractor Tech of the Future Is Now A Reality What happens when you combine a tractor with a Tesla? The future is now!

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Pres. Trump names VP Pence to lead US response to COVID-19 coronavirus threat Trump had told Congress earlier this week that the government needed to spend $2.5 billion to fight the virus. "We're very, very ready for this, for anything," even if it's "a breakout of larger proportions," Trump told a news conference.

Zion-Benton Township High School students take part in historic enlistment ceremony - Thirty-five students in the Chicago area took part in an enlistment ceremony with the U.S. Army. They and other students around the country were led in a live oath by a NASA astronaut at the International Space Station. Zion-Benton Township High School is an institution with a military tradition.

Chicago is prepared for a coronavirus outbreak, Lightfoot says Mayor Lori Lightfoot reassured the public Wednesday that the city of Chicago is ready for anything, despite national health officials' ominous warning. "Let's not get ahead of ourselves," Lightfoot said. "As I said, we had two cases here in Chicago. Those cases have been dealt with, the people are recovering.

Upgrades planned for suburbs' last drive-in Fans of McHenry Outdoor Theater, the only remaining drive-in in the suburbs, can rejoice that its owner has long-term plans for the future with a bunch of upgrades and improvements. Scott Dehn, who has operated the theater for years, announced on Feb.

Lawmakers Want To Research Rising Costs Of Prescription Drugs Illinois lawmakers want to research the rising costs of prescription drugs, especially the price of prescription drugs. State Rep. Will Guzzardi, a Democrat from Chicago, said healthcare is top of mind for many Illinoisans. He pointed to a recent survey in which more than half of respondents say the cost of healthcare is burdensome.

Two Charts Show Chicago Getting More Democratic Chicago doesn't just reflect the identity of today's Democratic Party. In many ways, it created that identity. The New Deal coalition, which bound working-class white voters to the Democrats, began to break apart at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, held in Chicago.

This Volunteer Is Inspiring Others Through His Service "I live in this city, I want to be proud of it. I have family that lives here and comes to visit, I would hate for them to drive through a trashy neighborhood," Boos said. Boos is retired and spends his days trimming trees, cutting overgrown grasses and picking up garbage.

Partial ban of red-light cameras passes Illinois House Pritzker, the policy would prohibit red-light cameras from being installed in non-home-rule communities, which are those with populations of 25,000 or less, unless they achieved home-rule status by referendum. Non-home-rule towns with existing cameras could no longer use them as of Jan.

Illinois carrier to cease operations: cites brutal freight market, soaring insurance costs Family-owned BK Trans Inc. of Arlington Heights, Illinois, said it will cease operations in March, citing a brutal freight market, the ongoing struggle to find qualified drivers and soaring insurance costs as the main reasons behind the small carrier's decision to close after 10 years.

Chicago Schools to Observe Indigenous People’s Day Instead of Columbus Day Thanks to a decision reached at the Chicago Board of Education meeting Wednesday, students and faculty will now observe the second Monday in October as Indigenous People's Day rather than as Columbus Day.

With new deputy CIO, Illinois poised to modernize IT With state CIO Ron Guerrier’s role confirmed and chief of staff Jennifer Ricker appointed as the state’s deputy CIO, the team says it’s ready to address Illinois’ many aging systems.

Supreme Court rules Elk Grove Village term-limits referendum invalid In a huge victory for long-serving Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson and his supporters, the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a referendum asking to impose retroactive term limits on him and other village leaders is invalid. The unanimous decision reverses a Cook County judge's Jan.

Dispensing Dignity: IL Law Promised Free Supplies In Schools Imagine this: you're in the 9th grade, and when the bell rings, you've got five minutes to get from Language Arts to algebra. That gives you just enough time to visit the ladies room. And surprise! Your menstrual period has arrived a few days early. With no supplies in your purse, you panic.

Illinois House OKs Partial Red-light Camera Ban, Part of Fed Probe The Illinois House approved a ban Wednesday on some Chicago suburbs' red-light enforcement cameras, an unpopular program with motorists and now part of a federal bribery investigation. Rep.

Celebrate spring at Chicago's best flower and garden shows Chicago is a city with a lot of nicknames, but one of the most fitting is Urbs in Horto - Latin for "city in a garden". And there's no better time to experience the city's green thumb than spring, when Chicago's many flower and garden shows bloom all over the city.

Police ask help in locating missing South Elgin woman South Elgin police are asking the public's assistance in locating a woman who went missing more than five months ago after she fled from a rehab center. Suzanne Rezab, 33, was wearing only a gown of unknown color in mid-September when she left the rehab center in Oak Park, police said in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

Federal Lawsuit Challenges City of Chicago Controversial Towing Program A Chicago man who filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday is going after the City of Chicago, challenging the city's controversial towing program. All it takes is two or more unpaid parking tickets for the City of Chicago to boot and then tow a residents' car-and it happened almost 20,000 times last year.

Can Catholics Eat Plant-Based Meat on Fridays During Lent? Chicago Archdiocese Weighs In With many Catholics abstaining from eating meat on Fridays during Lent, it appears plant-based burgers might not be a valid alternative.

'Block her in': Sanders supporters swarm Illinois Democratic congressional candidate's car Bernie Sanders supporters attempted to intimidate an Illinois Democratic congressional candidate into supporting the socialist's agenda. The Vermont senator's supporters on Monday live-streamed their activity on social media while Betsy Dirksen Londrigan concluded a campaign appearance in Champaign, Illinois.

Chicago Officials, Medical Professionals Detail Plans to Combat Coronavirus As concerns grow over a potential coronavirus outbreak in the United States, Chicago officials are assuring residents that the city is well-prepared to deal with the disease. In January, there were two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Chicago-area.

Snow Leads To Bus Accident The slick conditions caused by Wednesday morning's snow led to a Bond County Unit 2 school bus sliding off Millersburg Road at the "S" curve, south of Interstate 70. The incident occurred between 6:30 and 7 a.m.

GHS FFA Auction Brings In Over $15,000 This is National FFA Week and Greenville High School FFA members held their annual fundraising work auction Tuesday night. WGEL's Joe Doll talked with FFA Advisor Steve Zimmerman about the success of the event and about the FFA's petting zoo, to be held Thursday.

GHS Chili Cook Off The Bond County Unit 2 foods students are once again hosting their own chili cook off, in honor of National Chili Day, on Thursday, February 27. Patti Maurer, teacher of family and consumer science, said the students have been working in teams to create chili recipes.

County Animal Control Report For January The January report of activities in the Bond County Animal Control program has been released. There were 47 complaints about animals, 23 in Greenville and 24 from the county area. Thirteen dogs and eight cats were impounded with nine dogs released to owners.

Risk Factors For Heart Disease Half of all Americans have at least one of the top three risk factors for heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The top three risk factors are: high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and smoking.

Aces Lose In Regional The Mulberry Grove Aces' basketball season came to an end Tuesday night in the Class 1A Altamont Regional. The Aces lost to Dieterich 56-45. Head Coach Andrew Beckham said he was proud of his players for the fight they showed, especially after losing to the same opponent by 51 points back on February 15.

Illinois federal court dismisses two biometric privacy lawsuits on similar grounds Federal judge dismissed a lawsuit alleging injury under the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act this past week on grounds it lacked standing under Article III of the U.S. Constitution and remanded it back to a lower state court.

Highland Girls To Play For Title The Highland High School girls' basketball team is playing for a Class 3A sectional title. The Highland squad beat Mount Vernon Monday night, 66-30, to advance to the championship game, which will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday in Effingham. The opponent will be Bethalto, which defeated Mattoon, 57-37, in its sectional semifinal game.

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment 24, 2020, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. began examining all aspects of the Illinois State Police's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The examination is part of the Commission's re-accreditation process.

Milwaukee police respond to Miller Valley Molson Coors facility for 'critical incident' Police tweeted that officers were responding to the 4000-block of West State Street in response. The Molson Coors facility is located at 3939 West Highland Boulevard. Police asked people to stay clear of the area in Miller Valley at this time. No further details about what kind of incident this is have been released.

How to Find Early Voting Locations in the Chicago Area's Suburban Counties Already made up your mind on who to vote for - and want to avoid the Election Day rush?. You can vote early at dozens of locations across Chicago's suburban counties every day through March 16. With the exception of Will County, if your county offers multiple early voting locations, you can pick whichever one is most convenient for you.

Look out, weekend! From family fun to eclectic events, we will clue you in! For the weekend of February 27 - March 1, 2020:Second City - Black History Month Show, northwest corner of North Ave. and Wells St., Chicago. Tuesdays and Wednesdays through March 11th, 2020.

How Organs For Transplants Sometimes Get Lost On Commercial Flights Birtch, MD, Center for Transplant Services at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois. Kevin Cmunt, President and CEO of Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network in Illinois. JoNel Aleccia, Senior correspondent with Kaiser Health News.

It doesn't sound like Bears are moving on from Leonard Floyd While the Bears pass rush as a whole suffered in 2019, Floyd was especially underwhelming. While Floyd had a career-high 12 quarterback hits, he had a career-low three sacks last season. In fact, every season his sack total has decreased since entering the league in 2016.

What the state is doing about coronavirus The Illinois state health department says it is taking proactive steps against the spread of novel coronavirus as federal authorities warn that a spread of the virus in the U.S. is imminent.

Batavia coach, family man remembered as 'one of the good ones' He was always the dad helping." That's why, when Prescott fell in the grocery store last month and suffered a traumatic brain injury, community members immediately rallied around his family, bringing meals, looking after the kids and raising tens of thousands of dollars through a GoFundMe page.

6 Dead, Including Gunman, in Shooting at Molson Coors Brewing Co. in Milwaukee Six people were killed, including the gunman, in a workplace shooting Wednesday at Molson Coors Brewing Co. in Milwaukee, police confirmed. Police said the gunman is a 51-year-old Milwaukee man who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The identities of those who passed away will be released at a later time, Police Chief Alfonso Morales said.

7 girls charged after 'premeditated brawl' at Wheaton North Seven girls from Wheaton North High School are facing mob action charges following a premeditated brawl Tuesday at the school, authorities said. Three of the girls also are charged with unlawful use of a weapon and one is charged with aggravated battery of a teacher.

These Are All 54 Early Voting Locations for Suburban Cook County Residents Dozens of early voting locations across Cook County officially open their doors Monday, giving voters who have already made up their minds a chance to hit the ballot box ahead of the rush.

Illinois Homeowners: Tips For Water Damage From Faulty Plumbing Broken fixtures and leaking pipes that are out in the open are easy to spot, and water damage can be minimal if caught early. To contain a water leak before calling a plumbing contractor:. Need a pro when you have water damage? Here's how to find one in Illinois.

BMW Championship in Olympia Fields still looking for volunteers 18 to 23 at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields. Volunteers must be at least 18 and commit to work at least three shifts during tournament week. Shifts range from four to six hours in length.

Chicago Golf Show attendees will get free rounds, time with Robbie Gould, Cliff Levingston Stephens Convention Center. Professional athletes, including former Bears kicker Robbie Gould and former Bulls player Cliff Levingston, will be in attendance, too.

Parts of Lake Shore Drive reopened after dumpster fire sends smoke onto roadway Chicago fire officials reported a fire downtown near Lake Shore Drive and Wacker Drive, sending smoke onto the roadway. The fire was contained outside in a dumpster and put out by around 2 p.m., fire officials said. Still and box. Lakeshore drive and Wacker.

President Trump Holds A News Conference On Coronavirus President Trump is holding a news conference about coronavirus alongside CDC officials and others amid criticism of the government's response to the outbreak. Watch his remarks live..

Music is for every body Lots of other venues that I don't have the space to address in detail also do a fine job, among them Thalia Hall, Martyrs', the Vic, Sleeping Village, Schubas, and Bottom Lounge. I need to declare my bias before I proceed. I love the Empty Bottle in a way that I doubt I'll ever love a human person.

Parent posts 1,200 handwritten notes of encouragement to students' lockers at son's high school - Students returning to their New York high school from winter break found hundreds of inspirational notes posted to their lockers. Each of the colorful Post-Its decorating the halls of Amsterdam High School in the Albany suburbs has its own handwritten message.

Ways to protect you and your family in case of coronavirus outbreak in US This came less than 24 hours after the Centers for Disease Control issued a stern warning to Americans that there could be an outbreak here in the U.S. The CDC director said the most recent data raises the level of concern, and that is not a question of if, but when the virus will be widespread in the U.S.

Plano provides a loopy look at three sisters As one of three sisters, I feel uniquely qualified to review the chaotic choreography of dialogue that constitutes Plano, First Floor Theater's presentation of the Chicago premiere of Will Arbery's play, directed by Audrey Francis.

REFILE-Judge throws out bribery charges in U.S. trial of former Alstom executive Feb 26 - A federal judge on Wednesday tossed all bribery charges on which a former executive at French industrial company Alstom SA had been found guilty at trial, a setback for U.S. prosecutors in a case that has tested the scope of an anti-bribery law.

Chicago's black music brought to life by 312 Soul For February's Black History Month, in conjunction with 2020 being named the "Year of Chicago Music" by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 312 Soul explored the years 1955 through 1990 and the songs and sounds that emanated from Chicago's South Side by highlighting a different decade each week.

Congress makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation. The House approved the measure, 410-4, on Wednesday. The Senate unanimously passed virtually identical legislation last year.

US testing capacity for coronavirus delayed amid 'inconclusive' results from kits distributed by CDC ATLANTA - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that some of its coronavirus test kits sent to laboratories across the U.S.

House makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Emmett Till murder WASHINGTON - Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep.

Coach Wicky, Chicago Fire FC Excited For New Season After six preseason games, new coach Raphael Wicky and the squad are pumped to get the season going.

Smart Museum's take on 'Allure of Matter' spends time on the details The Smart Museum of Art's "Allure of Matter" taps into those characteristics that scratch my creative itch and takes to a whole new scale. As a regular at the Smart Museum, I was thrilled to hear that they teamed up with Wrightwood to tackle the expansive exhibition of Chinese artists making material art.

Illinois House passes bill banning red light cameras - The Illinois House has passed a bill which would ban red light cameras in the state. Rep. David McSweeney of the 52nd district proposed House Bill 322, which would prohibit non-home rule units of government from enacting or enforcing red light camera ordinances.

SEC is looking into Better Housing Foundation deals in Illinois All have defaulted on bonds. "Prior to the commencement of the debtor's chapter 11 case, BHF was served with a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking records related to the events that preceded current ownership's involvement in BHF and its affiliates," Clark Hill Plc attorney Scott Schreiber reported in the filing.

Lake Shore Drive Reopens After Smoke Blocks Roadway Lake Shore Drive has reopened after a fire caused a large amount of black smoke to billow over the roadway, temporarily closing it to vehicles. The fire, which has since been struck out, originated just before 2 p.m. from pallets at a construction site in the 400 block of East Wacker Drive, according to Chicago fire officials.

China slams US over 'attack' on its candidate to UN body For an 'œattack' on China's candidate to head a United Nations agency that monitors and tracks intellectual property like patents, trademarks and industrial designs - a lucrative and crucial part of the growing digital age.

Stocks open higher on Wall Street following 2 steep drops Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as the market finds its footing following back-to-back drops of more than 3% as fears spread about economic fallout from the virus outbreak. Technology stocks and banks did well in early trading Wednesday.

Chicago Nabs 19 James Beard Nominations In a total shocker, the Chicago nominees for Best New Restaurant included a place that I had barely heard of: Thattu, an Indian restaurant inside the Politan Row food hall. The other Chicago entry, Tzuco, comes from a prominent chef, Carlos Gaytan, so that's less surprising.

Renovated football locker room part of Vandy athletics plan Vanderbilt has released an athletics strategic plan described as a first step by the Southeastern Conference's only private university toward upgrading the Commodores' athletics facilities.

Deere denying design defect allegations in tractor fire suit Has formally denied allegations from Kingsbury County farmers that a design defect led to fires in one of its tractor models. Deere responded earlier this month to a federal lawsuit brought by Brad, Greg, Jeff and Jon Albrecht, the Argus Leader reported.

Virus fears keep guests trapped in sunny 'luxurious prison' More than 100 guests could be released in coming hours from a 4-star resort in Spain's Canary Islands that's been under lock-down over fears of a further spread of the new coronavirus.

MLS owners predict league will surpass MLB, Premier League Los Angeles FC lead owner Larry Berg predicts Major League Soccer will surpass Major League Baseball in popularity during the next 10 years and Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas maintains it will be of higher quality than the Premier League or La Liga by 2045.

Meet the Chalk Artist Sawica is focused on celebrating the happy in life, one chalkboard at a time, by creating customized sign decor for local businesses, events and special announcements. "Showcasing community and happiness is key to who I am," Sawica said. "I feel like this world is filled with enough ugly and darkness and we don't need to focus on it.

Chicago AccuWeather: Breezy with snow showers Wednesday Slippery roads likely in the morning. Highs in the low 30s.Get the latest weather info with our ABC7 Chicago AccuWeather app. Wednesday: Breezy with snow showers. High: 32, Low: 28Thursday: Partly cloudy, cold. High: 30, Low: 18Friday: Partly cloudy, cold with flurries.

Despite CDC Warning, Illinois Officials Say Coronavirus Risk Remains Low State health officials say they're taking preventative actions to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The annoucement comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that it's only a matter of time before the virus begins to spread in the U.S.

Chocolate in a Burger? This Is How It Tastes… "It's kind of crazy, my brother actually said, hey you got to try this hamburger, I made it with Snickers inside of it," Owner Rafael Andrade describes. Chocolate in a burger? "I'm a huge chocolate fan so I was kind of weary about it, and once you bite into it, it's an explosion of well balanced flavors", local teacher Claudio Estrade explains.

State's attorney: Addison cops justified in shooting man armed with a gun Three Addison police officers have been cleared in an October shooting in which they opened fire on an armed 32-year-old man who authorities said took his own life. DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin on Wednesday said officer Timothy Johnston, Sgt.

Is Coby White's hot streak changing the outlook on the Bulls' future? He's continuing to get better. He's 20 years old. He's starting to find his groove right now." I asked White if anything's changed in his routine. He's often regarded as a workout warrior, with his older brother Will in town to rebound for him during late-night sessions at the Advocate Center.

Indiana Senate Approves $500 Fine for Holding Phone While Driving A new cell phone driving ban awaiting the governor's signature would fine Hoosier motorists for steering while holding a device in Indiana. HB 1070 has passed the Indiana House of Representatives and the Senate, and with a few minor tweaks is headed to the governor's desk for his approval.

Bears have met with TE Brycen Hopkins at NFL Scouting Combine The Bears will be targeting a TE in the NFL Draft, and Purdue’s Brycen Hopkins is one prospect that has been linked to Chicago.

2 Chicago men facing charges after 2 found fatally shot in van in Calumet City, police say Police said 26-year-old Dorian Cresswell and 24-year-old Jarrell Longs are each charged with two counts of first-degree murder after two men were fatally shot inside of a van early Friday. The shooting occurred near the intersection of Sibley Boulevard and Clyde Avenue at around 2 a.m., police said.

2 Men Found Dead in Vehicle in Joliet Two men were shot to death early Wednesday while riding in a vehicle in southwest suburban Joliet. Officers responded to a shooting about 12:50 a.m. and found an SUV with the driver slumped over the wheel at Chicago Street and 5th Avenue, Joliet police said in a statement.

Waukegan man tries to set officers on fire during barricade situation, police say A Waukegan man tried to set Lake County deputies on fire during a barricade situation Tuesday, police said.

State of Illinois taking preventative action to limit spread of coronavirus - Officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health have announced they are working with local, state and federal health partners to take "all preventative steps available" to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Illinois Sheriffs, Republican lawmakers fear undocumented felons are walking free Police and Republican lawmakers say they're concerned about a recent change in procedure by the Illinois Department of Corrections related to undocumented felons.

Chicago's seven "most endangered" buildings Preservation Chicago announced the 2020 edition of its annual list of the city's "7 Most Endangered Buildings" today, with the James R. Thompson Center and Jackson Park each making their fourth appearance. Here it is:. The James R. Thompson Center, 100 W.

Green Space Sessions Panel on Growing and Harvesting Cannabis at Home will run 4:30 PM-5:30 PM and includes:. Ashley Zborek, Justice Grown Illinois, Regional Director of Cultivation, will discuss what to look for when you buy seeds, and what one can learn about a strain / variety of cannabis by looking at the terpenes.

2020 NFL Scouting Combine weigh-ins and measurements: QBs, TEs, WRs Here's the schedule for weigh-ins and measurables:. Let's take a look at how the quarterbacks, tight ends and receivers fared during weigh-ins and measurables:. 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, 2020 NFL Season, Chicago Bears, Scouting Combine measurements, Scouting Combine weigh ins, News, NFL Combine, NFL Draft.

U.S. stocks fluctuate amid coronavirus concern Equities swung between gains and losses as investors digested fresh evidence of the widening coronavirus outbreak. The dollar advanced. The S&P 500 dipped after a report said officials in the New York region are monitoring people for exposure. The benchmark index had slid more than 6% over the prior two days.

Watch Sumos and Eat Sushi At this Immersive Dining Experience How immersive you may ask? Just ask ABC's Karl Schmid, who stepped into the ring! "It's an interactive dining experience that we put together to give people the opportunity to experience Sumo first hand, something that is usually pretty foreign to people here in America,"describes Producer Sam Minkoff.

How 6th District candidates Ives, Kinzler would change Social Security Congress in the 6th District. Jeanne Ives said Social Security needs to provide better returns for the high rates employees and employers are required to contribute. And Gordon "Jay" Kinzler said Congress needs to protect Social Security funding, allowing it to stay set aside only for its true purpose.

Trump to detail U.S. coronavirus efforts. Schumer seeks $8.5 billion to fight virus The new cases bring the U.S. tally to 59. Congress in recent years took a similar approach with the opioid epidemic, pumping out federal dollars for treatment and prevention. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York unveiled an $8.5 billion coronavirus proposal.

Shark Tank: 'Sharks' reflect on the greatest moments in the 'tank' A special edition of 20/20 hopes to answer that question tonight. The show has been on the air for 11 seasons and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit. This one-hour primetime special looks back at the most successful products, unforgettable pitches and clever entrepreneurs to appear over the years.

Breese Teams In Semis Both high school boys' basketball teams are in the semifinals of the Gillespie Class 2A Regional and play Wednesday. Mater Dei faces Hillsboro at 6 p.m. and Breese Central has a 7:30 game with Carlinville.

Trump can withhold grants to New York City, 7 states in immigration fight, court rules Immigration enforcement, a federal appeals court in New York ruled Wednesday in a decision that conflicted with three other federal appeals courts. The ruling by the 2nd U.S.

Winter storm packs less punch than feared Snow accumulation across the region ranged between 1 and 3 inches as of Wednesday morning. It points to the unpredictability of this winter storm, evidenced by rapidly changing "weather models". computer simulations based on millions of data points.

MSU Women's Basketball: Illinois Preview Meanwhile, Kennedi Myles is the team's leading rebounder and ranks ninth in the conference in rebounding with 7.1 per game in conference play. Myles is also ninth in the league in steals, averaging 1.6 per game in conference. Illinois is fifth in the conference in three point scoring percentage.

Bomb Threat Prompts Extra Police Presence at Minooka Community High School A bomb threat at Minooka Community High School has prompted Channahon police to staff extra officers at the far southwest suburban school on Wednesday. A threat directed at the school's south campus, at 26655 W. Eames St., was sent Tuesday night to the school's anonymous tip center, Channahon police said in a statement.

Proposed Bill Aims to Raise Speed Limit on Illinois Highways Could the speed limit on some Illinois highways go up again? A newly proposed bill aims to raise the maximum speed limit from 70 mph to 75 mph on interstate highways outside of an urban area.

Bears have talked about contract extension for Allen Robinson Allen Robinson has already voiced his desire to remain with the Chicago Bears for the long haul. Now, the ball is in Ryan Pace's court. Robinson has one year remaining on his original three-year, $42-million deal, and the Bears need to make it a priority to lock down the one consistent player from their struggling offense last season.

Dining out: Eat well during Rosemont, St. Charles & Lake County Restaurant Weeks Lake St., Grayslake, 752-8529, lightthelampbrewery.com/. Passero: The North Woods Friday Night Fish Fry starts Friday, Feb. 28, and will be available for lunch and dinner on Fridays throughout Lent. Dine on Great Lakes beer-battered walleye, fresh-cut fries, coleslaw and rye bread for $21.

How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans to start preparing for a possible pandemic outbreak of the coronavirus in the United States, noting it's not a question of "if" the outbreak will happen but "when." While the CDC outlined what that level of preparation should look like in U.S.

Illini Basketball Illinois at Northwestern - Thursday, February 27th - 7:00pm CT - BTN Always fun when the @IlliniMBB players take over a media avail. @_Trentfrazier1 and @alangriffin_ question @AyoDos_11 this morning.

Gireesh Gupchup named board chair for Southwest Illinois Division of United Way LOUIS - Gireesh Gupchup, director for university-community initiatives and professor of pharmacy at the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been named 2020 auxiliary board chair for the Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater Saint Louis.

Illinois Lawmaker Wants To Raise The Speed Limit 25th District Republican State Senator Jim Oberweis introduced two bills in late January that would raise the maximum speed limit in both urban and non-urban areas. Senate Bill 2564 would change the maximum speed limit outside of an urban district to 60 miles per hour instead of 55 miles per hour on specified highways, roads, and streets.

LL Surplus Lines Series : Illinois Introduces Changes to Surplus Lines Laws Regarding Declinations and Group Policies On February 14, 2020, Illinois introduced legislation that would make significant changes in the manner certain surplus lines placements are made in Illinois. Illinois would be the latest state to amend their surplus lines laws and improve efficiency in the placement of surplus lines risks.

Illinois Basketball: 3 ways the Illini can take down Northwestern So without further ado, here are the three ways the Illini can take down Northwestern. This Illini team is coming off a win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Monday night. That win helped the Orange and Blue improve to 18-9 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten, and they are currently No.

Pangea still reigns More than 17,000 Chicago renters wound up in eviction court last year according to 2019 court data obtained by the Reader from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. The number of cases filed remains on par with city eviction filings since 2016, though the data provided by the clerk excludes sealed eviction cases.

Coronavirus: Illinois Should Plan Now For Pandemic A top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's only a matter of time before the new coronavirus reaches Illinois.

Illinois lawmaker proposes alternative to $15 minimum wage Pritzker's favored statewide minimum wage of $15, State Senator Weaver introduced Senate Bill 3396, which that allows a city or a county to set their own minimum wage, a figure set by employment numbers and their cost of living.

Is Indiana better off than Illinois? This researcher's analysis reveals an answer that might confound Illinois-bashers.

5 takeaways from Ryan Pace's press conference at NFL Scouting Combine Here are five takeaways from Pace's press conference at the combine:. While Pace continues to publicly back Trubisky, it doesn't exactly feel like it's the same behind closed doors. When asked if the Bears would pick up Trubisky's fifth-year option, Pace said that's a decision that doesn't have to be made until May.

Suspect in CTA Train Robberies Held Without Bail An 18-year-old Lawndale man charged in two robberies on CTA Blue Line trains within the last month was order to be held without bail Tuesday. Rickari Oneal was arrested Monday in the 1300 block of South Homan Avenue after police identified him as the man who punched a 30-year-old man and stole his property aboard a Blue Line train Feb.

Restaurateur Amy Morton and Chef Debbie Gold Join Forces The James Beard Award–winning chef is throwing her weight behind Morton's suburban fine dining spots.

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Chicago Blues Festival Announces 2020 Lineup Chicago's 2020 Blues Festival lineup has been announced ahead of the annual summer event at Millennium Park. Set to take place in June, the list of performers includes Shemekia Copeland, Candi Staton, Eric Gales and more.

Furious Spoon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Ramen in March Former Chicago dining overlord Carrie Schedler remarked on Twitter that Arbor "was too pure for this world and I will miss it dearly," which is about as good an epitaph as I could come up with. Enough bad news - how about some great boozy news? You can go out to drink even earlier on Sunday mornings!

Have You Ever Heard of a Tuba Museum? Vincent's goal has been to obtain tubas that were produced from the widest variety of tuba manufacturers throughout history.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, American Medical Association officials to announce new health investments on West Side West Side United was founded in 2017 and aims to reduce the life expectancy gap between the Loop and 10 West Side neighborhood by 50 percent by 2050. The West Side United collaborative is comprised of six Chicago hospitals, including Rush University Medical Center, Ann and Robert H.

Malcolm X nursing student killed, 4 critically wounded in Avalon Park shooting A Malcolm X College nursing student was killed and four other people were injured in a shooting Avalon Park Tuesday. Police are looking for three gunmen.

Is Ryan Pace actually committed to Mitchell Trubisky? And that's our goal." Only, that declaration feels hollow considering how Pace once again remained vague about picking up Trubisky's fifth-year option. While Pace didn't necessarily rule it out, he didn't inspire much confidence by not confirming whether they'd pick his option up.

Fired CPD Officer Didn’t Intentionally Lie About Laquan McDonald Shooting, Lawyer Says An attorney for a fired Chicago police officer says his client didn't intentionally lie about how he saw the fatal 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald by officer Jason Van Dyke. Ricardo Viramontes and three other officers were fired last year by the Chicago Police Board because of statements made to an investigating detective or in police reports.

No exceptions when it comes to our kids' health Imagine a world in which our children are not using tobacco or addicted to nicotine - a world in which tobacco products that appeal to youth cannot be sold, the tobacco industry is prohibited from preying upon youth with their deceptive marketing, and tobacco no longer represents a grave health threat to children.

U.S. Rep. Doggett Asks White House for Price Controls on Coronavirus Drugs San Antonio-Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett sent a letter to President Trump this week asking him to rein in the price of any coronavirus vaccine that…

Congress makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Emmett Till The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation and after dozens of similar efforts were defeated. The measure was approved 410 to 4 on Wednesday in the House and now goes to the White House, where President Donald Trump is expected to sign it.

Portland leaders cautious as they review complex proposal for eastern waterfront Is asking the city to create a new business and tax district that includes 10 acres of land it is redeveloping at 58 Fore Saint The proposal includes a request for a 20-year property tax break worth an estimated $127.8 million to help finance the redevelopment of the former Portland Co.

Army awards grants to eight universities to tackle modernization challenges Army awarded grants to eight academic teams from diverse scientific fields to develop disruptive solutions to some of the most promising challenges important to Army modernization.

Amazon opens company's first cashier-less grocery store The online retailing giant is opening its first cashier-less supermarket, where shoppers can grab milk or eggs and walk out without waiting in line or ever opening their wallets. It's the latest sign that Amazon is serious about shaking up the $800 billion grocery industry.

Congress makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after the murder of Emmett Till WASHINGTON - Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, Congress has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep.

Mendota students receive John Ourth Awards MENDOTA - This year's Illinois Principals Association John Ourth Awards were presented to Mendota District 289 students on Feb. 20 at Streator High School. Northbrook School Principal Paula Daley, center, presented the awards to Northbrook eighth graders Bria Frey, left, and Billy Hall.

Some Felons Who Faced Deportation Being Released Into Illinois Communities: Sheriffs The Illinois Sheriffs' Association said Tuesday that some violent felons who had faced deportation are instead being released into local communities after their prison terms end as a result of a policy change by Gov. Pritzker's administration.

Nonprofit says it will open America's 1st supervised injection site in Philadelphia District Judge Gerald McHugh, in a final ruling Tuesday, said the Safehouse proposal doesn't violate federal drug laws because the intent is to save lives, not encourage drug use. "We are grateful that the court has once again found that saving lives is not a crime," Safehouse board member Ronda Goldfein said Tuesday.

Report: Illinois has second-highest property taxes in nation It may not come as a surprise to residents that a new report again found Illinois' property taxes were the second-highest in the nation, but the debate about how to address the problem continues, including among members of the Illinois Property Tax Relief Task Force.

Pritzker, Lightfoot Make Risky Moves - Biden's Illinois Backers - Pot Pac Targets Naperville Pritzker campaign spokesman Quentin Fulks recently told Playbook: "The governor will not be making any contributions to anyone in the Illinois state legislature - House or Senate - during the session." But supporting a challenger in a contested race is OK.

Chicago Weather: Snow continues to fall across area, creating slick conditions for morning commute Tuesday afternoon 10-foot waves crashed onto the lakefront path at Fullerton. They look majestic and powerful, but they're also dangerous, which is why the Chicago Park District put up barriers closing the path at several spots along the lake.

Coronavirus: World braces for battle against virus as CDC warns Americans to prepare for 'significant disruption' Worries over the ever-expanding economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis multiplied, with factories idled, trade routes frozen and tourism crippled, while a growing list of countries braced for the illness to claim new territory.

OSF and Illinois work hand in hand with "Telehealth Doctors" Through "Telehealth Doctors," a part of OSF Healthcare, patients are able to phone in via video to any of the 14 OSF medical centers throughout Illinois. Governor J.B. Pritzker says it's important for small communities in the state to be able to connect with specialists in other cities to provide the best care possible.

3 persons of interest in teen's stabbing near North Side CTA Red Line station released without charges The 15-year-old victim was walking with another boy in the 1600-block of North Bissell Street just before 1 a.m. when police said two people got out of a silver Dodge Charger and chased them, police said. The teenager suffered stab wounds and then ran into the North and Clybourn Red Line station for help.

Fired Lincoln Park High School Administrators Sue CPS for Defamation The fired top administrators of a Chicago high school filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the city's school district, claiming deprivation of due process, defamation and infliction of emotional distress. Interim Lincoln Park High School principal John Thuet and Assistant Principal Michelle Brumfield were fired Jan.

Hoops Recruiting 16.7 points, 8.1 assists, 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 steals to close out an amazing regular season. Over his 4 years, Andre has had a record of 95-10 at LuHi, while eclipsing the 1000 point mark, 400+ rebounds, 400+ assists and 200+ steals.

Teen mom of 15-month-old at center of Amber Alert charged Megan 'Maggie' Boswell, 18, was charged Tuesday on one count of filing a false report. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office said that during the search for missing 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell, Megan reportedly gave detectives conflicting statements.

Massive fire breaks out at Marathon refinery near Los Angeles Our sister station KABC-TV reports the fire from the Marathon Petroleum Corporation was visible from miles away, as the plumes of smoke were rising up hundreds of feet into the air. The refinery is located 13 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. Just drove by this massive fire at Marathon Carson Refinery near Long Beach Los Angeles.

Biden looks beyond Super Tuesday with Illinois endorsements Pat Quinn and more than 80 other top Illinois Democrats are endorsing Joe Biden for president, as the former vice president looks ahead to a state that votes weeks after Super Tuesday's contests. Biden's campaign released the list of endorsements on Wednesday.

Barr, DeVos, Sekulow speak at religious broadcasters forum Attorney General William Barr will be a featured speaker Wednesday at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Tennessee. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Jay Sekulow, one of the attorneys who defended President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial, are also on the schedule.

Egypt holds full-honors military funeral for Mubarak Egypt held a full-honors military funeral Wednesday for the country's former autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, who held power for decades before he was ousted in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that swept much of the region.

Bears lay out plan for fixing the offense; Will it be enough? The Chicago Bears have a plan for the 2020 offseason. Ryan Pace never gives away his secrets, but at the NFL scouting combine on Tuesday, he and Matt Nagy made clear how they plan to improve this spring.

A cosmic crossword on the gig poster of the week This week's featured gig poster was created by Minnesota-based illustrator Shawn Reed.

Don't try to tell Black folks that the outrage surrounding Michael Vick isn't about race Forgiveness is forgiveness." The first take exposes a double standard. After all, one could say Vick represents what our country says are the goals of imprisonment: rehabilitation and becoming a productive member of society.

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Across Chicago Area as Snow Continues A winter weather advisory remained in effect Wednesday morning as the Chicago area woke up to more snow - though it was less than what was initially projected. The advisory went into effect Tuesday and will last through 6 p.m.

Light snow/rain mix; otherwise cold & blustery A quick hit of light snow is falling across much of Southern Illinois early Wednesday morning.

Scouting the MSL championship game: Buffalo Grove at Schaumburg What: Mid-Suburban League boys basketball championship game, featuring the East champion Bison and the West champion Saxons. When: 7 p.m., Wednesday. Coaches: Keith Peterson, Buffalo Grove ; Wade Heisler, Schaumburg. History: Both teams have had a long lull since their last appearance in the MSL title game.

Feder: 'Oprah Winfrey Show' to be recycled as weekly podcast Oprah Winfrey is opening the vault to 25 years of "legendary interviews, a-ha moments, ugly cries and unforgettable surprises," according to an announcement this week by her company, OWN, Robert Feder writes. Starting Tuesday, audio from more than 4,500 episodes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will be released as a serialized weekly podcast.

Hot Pockets heir, Michelle Janavs, sentenced to 5 months in prison for college admission scandal Michelle Janavs, whose father and uncle invented the microwaveable Hot Pockets turnovers before selling their company, showed no emotion as the judge delivered his sentence after she apologized for abandoning her moral compass and hurting her family and friends.

Camargo Physician Chuck Ellington Seeks 15th District GOP Nomination A family physician from Douglas County said he's running for Congress because of a "failure of leadership" he sees in Washington. Doctor Charles "Chuck" Ellington lives in Camargo, with his medical practice in Arthur. He's also on the faculty of the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, and holds a law license.

Singer Duffy says she was 'raped and drugged and held captive' NEW YORK - Grammy-winning singer Duffy says she's been out of the public limelight for years to focus on recovering from being "drugged and raped and held captive over some days." The Welsh performer said in a revealing Instagram post Tuesday that it has taken time to recover and asked her fans to support her.

New Flyer of America to supply Illinois with hydrogen buses The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, the public transportation provider in the Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy regions of Illinois, has ordered two hydrogen fuel cell buses from New Flyer of America.

Election 2020: How To Vote For Judges In The Illinois Primary Need help voting for judges in the Illinois primary? Compare evaluations from 13 different bar groups before you head into the voting booth.

Love in an Elevator I assure you this story has a point. I once nearly lost a hand in an elevator door. True story. A group of coworkers and I were staying in an elegant older hotel in San Antonio. We'd just checked in and were waiting for a group to exit the elevator so we could enter.

How the Harlem Globetrotters Rose From Midwest Obscurity to Become Global Stars: Photos The team got their start in Chicago during a time when segregation was pervasive and basketball was not even a well-known game.

AKHAN Semiconductor Announces Major European Patent AKHAN Semiconductor, a technology company specializing in the fabrication and application of lab-grown, electronic-grade diamonds, announced today that it has been issued a patent by the European Patent Office.