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Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Tuesday night a comprehensive measure that supporters called one of the nation’s toughest bans on military style firearms, immediately prohibiting their sale and giving current owners until Jan. 1 to register gun serial numbers with Illinois State Police.
Pritzker signed the bill just hours after House Democrats led final passage of the measure on a 68-41 vote, and a day after Senate Democrats approved it 34-20. Pritzker and legislators acted amid warnings from most Republicans and gun-rights advocates that the new law was unconstitutional and would face a legal challenge.
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Two months ahead of trial, federal prosecutors late Tuesday revealed new details of wiretapped conversations and other evidence they intend to use against four people accused in an alleged bribery scheme between Commonwealth Edison and then-House Speaker Michael Madigan.
The trial, which is scheduled to begin with jury selection on March 6, promises to be the biggest political corruption trial at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse since ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted by a jury in 2011.
Metra announced new GPS technology that lets customers see where their trains are and when the trains will reach the station, and the Chicago Transit Authority announced changes to its bus tracking system to create more reliable service for commuters.
The Metra GPS technology was slated to start Tuesday at Metratracker.com, a new real-time train tracking website that officials said will make it easier to view schedules and plan a trip.
During approximately five hours of labor, Lincoln Park Zoo’s 4-year-old female African lion Zari gave birth to three lion cubs Monday evening at the Pepper Family Wildlife Center.
At 5:02 p.m., the first cub arrived. The second cub made its way into the world at 8:37 p.m. Shortly before 10 p.m., the last cub was born. All the while, their mother behaved like “a rock star,” according to zoo staff.
Christopher Petersen often describes what he does as “building memories.” He has captured pieces of Park Ridge as he and other residents remember it in a series of scale models.
He built a scale replica of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s childhood home on the 200 block of North Wisner Street, which he built for Clinton’s visit to Park Ridge in 2019 and donated to the Park Ridge Historical Society.
When Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields recapped his season with reporters, he was asked about taking ownership of the team.
“I feel like it’s already mine,” he responded, noting how his teammates know what he wants to accomplish in Chicago and how hard he will work to get there.
The creepiest moments in the horror genre often come down to a single question provoked by slowly dawning terror; a certain degree, strategic or otherwise, of visual frustration; or a bit of both. Wait. What am I seeing here? That is the question.
With the Canadian nano-budget paranormal film “Skinamarink,” opening tomorrow night in theaters and streaming later this year on Shudder, the answer’s a bit of both, and the movie’s casting a spell more than it’s causing a lot of screams, writes Michael Phillips.