7:21 AM EDT, Fri May 26, 2017
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Chicago firm will run $1 billion overhaul of Union Station

Chicago firm will run $1 billion overhaul of Union Station

CHICAGO – Chicago’s historic Union Station will get an estimated $1 billion makeover that will include millions of square feet of office, retail and hotel space, according to details unveiled Thursday by Amtrak and the city. The proposed commercial development will span about 3.1 million square feet, including a pair of 12-story residential towers, and is expected to take about six years to complete. On Thursday, officials announced Chicago-based Riverside Investment & Development Co. would oversee the renovation of the station and surrounding Amtrak-owned...
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Family sues Naperville high school, police over teen's death

WHEATON – The family of a Chicago-area teenager who allegedly took his own life by jumping from a parking deck is blaming the school he attended and police for his death. Corey Walgren was accused in January by Naperville North High School officials of having child pornography on his phone and playing it for his friends. Attorney Terry Ekl said the 16-year-old had consensual sex with a girl, the sounds of which were on his phone. Walgren's family said in their DuPage County court lawsuit that school officials and police caused him...
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GOP senators say tough report complicates health care bill

GOP senators say tough report complicates health care bill

WASHINGTON – Republicans senators conceded Thursday that a scathing analysis of the House GOP health care bill had complicated their effort to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law. "It makes everything harder and more difficult," Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said of a Congressional Budget Office analysis projecting that the House bill would cause 23 million Americans to lose coverage by 2026 and create prohibitively expensive costs for many others. "There's blinking yellow lights throughout the whole thing," Sen. Patrick...
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Trump scolds NATO leaders, tells them to spend more for military

Trump scolds NATO leaders, tells them to spend more for military

BRUSSELS – Surrounded by stone-faced allies, President Donald Trump rebuked fellow NATO members Thursday for failing to meet the military alliance’s financial benchmarks, asserting that leaves it weaker and shortchanges “the people and taxpayers of the United States.” Trump, who has often complained back home about other nations’ NATO support, lectured the other leaders in person this time, declaring, “Many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years.” The president’s assertion immediately put NATO under...
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Sears revenue continues to decline amid tough landscape

Sears revenue continues to decline amid tough landscape

NEW YORK – Sears' extended decline in sales persisted during the first quarter and the storied retailer vowed to make additional spending cuts to offset its slowing business. The company's operating loss widened to $222 million, or $2.15 per share, on weak sales. Sears Holdings has been closing stores and selling brands long affiliated with Sears, including Craftsman. A year ago the company reported a loss of $181 million. Still, the company registered a profit of $244 million, or $2.28 per share, counting a gain from the sale of assets....
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Census: Chicago loses population for 3rd consecutive year

CHICAGO – New Census figures show that Chicago has lost population for the third consecutive year as other major U.S. cities gained population. Population estimates released Thursday found that Chicago lost 8,638 residents between 2015 and 2016. However, the city remains the nation's third-largest city with 2.7 million residents. Chicago trails behind New York with 8.5 million residents and Los Angeles, which has 4 million residents. Demographers have cited many reasons for the shifts from dwindling immigration and fertility rates to...
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Illinois to receive $1M of Johnson & Johnson settlement

CHICAGO – Illinois will receive more than $1 million of a $33 million multistate settlement with Johnson & Johnson to resolve allegations that the health care giant sold numerous nonprescription medicines that didn't meet federal quality requirements. The settlement was announced Wednesday by attorneys general in 42 states, including in Illinois. The case dates to 2009, when Johnson & Johnson began dozens of voluntary recalls of popular over-the-counter medicines for children and adults, including Tylenol, Motrin and Benadryl. Those and...
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Poll: Older Americans want Medicare-covered long-term care

Poll: Older Americans want Medicare-covered long-term care

WASHINGTON – A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That option is unlikely to gain much traction as President Donald Trump’s administration and Republicans in Congress look to cut the federal budget and repeal President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law. Most older Americans mistakenly believe they can rely on Medicare already, the poll shows, while few have done much planning for...
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Manchester bomber said to have pleaded 'Forgive me' before blast

Manchester bomber said to have pleaded 'Forgive me' before blast

MANCHESTER, England – The alleged culprit in a deadly concert bombing was driven by what he saw as unjust treatment of Arabs in Britain, a relative said Thursday, confirming he made a final phone call in which he pleaded: “Forgive me.” Salman Abedi was particularly upset by the killing last year of a Muslim friend whose death he believed went unnoticed by “infidels” in the U.K., said the relative, speaking on condition of anonymity over concerns for her own security. “Why was there no outrage for the killing of an Arab and a...
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President Donald Trump's travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump's travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's revised travel ban "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries. Trump's administration vowed to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 10-3 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban likely violates the Constitution. And it upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican...
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Dr. Beach names Florida's Siesta Beach best beach in U.S.

Dr. Beach names Florida's Siesta Beach best beach in U.S.

SIESTA KEY, Fla. – The sand on Siesta Beach on Florida’s Gulf Coast is as fine as powdered sugar, a pure, sparkling white and soft as a kitten’s fur – all because it’s comprised of 99 percent pure crushed quartz. For that reason, and many others, it was selected this year as the best beach in America by a professor who’s made a career ranking and studying beaches around the U.S. “The sand is outstanding,” said Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, a professor at Miami’s Florida International University. “Every time I go...
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Montana's Gianforte wins U.S. House race day after being charged with assault

Montana's Gianforte wins U.S. House race day after being charged with assault

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground. Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur, defeated Democrat Rob Quist to continue the GOP's two-decade stronghold on the congressional seat. Democrats had hoped Quist, a musician and first-time candidate, could have capitalized on a wave of activism following President Donald Trump's election. Instead, the...
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Lawsuit filed after attorney says a nurse was beaten, raped in Delnor Hospital hostage incident

Lawsuit filed after attorney says a nurse was beaten, raped in Delnor Hospital hostage incident

Attorneys representing two nurses and a nurse’s husband called a news conference to counter official statements that nurses taken hostage at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital were not injured in a May 13 incident in which a jail inmate was shot dead by a SWAT team. “In fact, one of the nurses was repeatedly beaten; she was tortured; she was raped,” attorney Sean Murray said at the news conference, which was held Thursday in Chicago. And yet, while the correctional officer allegedly ran and hid after the inmate got his gun, Murray...
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Work for Interstate 90, Route 23 interchange making progress

Work for Interstate 90, Route 23 interchange making progress

MARENGO – Engineering work on ramps for the proposed Interstate 90 and Route 23 interchange project is 30 percent complete, and Marengo city officials are planning meetings in the next several months to address the project that is expected to bring millions in economic impact to McHenry County. The $32 million project includes replacing the bridge, which originally was built in the 1950s. The project is expected to trigger an economic impact of more than $1 billion for McHenry County. If industrial potential is realized, between 900 and about 3,500 jobs could come...
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Funeral set for 2-year-old Carpentersville boy hit by vehicle

Funeral set for 2-year-old Carpentersville boy hit by vehicle

CARPENTERSVILLE – Funeral arrangements have been set for a toddler who died Monday after being struck by a vehicle.  The visitation for 2-year-old Levi Cruz of Carpentersville will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Willow Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 1415 W. Algonquin Road, Algonquin, according to the funeral home’s website. The burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in McHenry County Memorial Park, 11301 Lake Ave., Woodstock.  Levi is survived by his parents, Susi and Joe Cruz, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the family by...