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Caterpillar to Blame for Worker's Fall Into Molten Iron

OSHA proposes $145K fine over Steve Dierkes' death in June

(Newser) - A worker had been on the job a little over a week when he fell into a pot of molten iron that ABC News reports was "twice as hot as lava." Steve Dierkes, a melting specialist at a Caterpillar foundry in Mapleton, Illinois, was "immediately incinerated" by...

Driver in Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 7 Had 0.164% BAC

Family of 6 and a teenage friend were killed in July tragedy

(Newser) - The Illinois woman who drove the wrong way on I-90 on July 31, killing two adults and five children in the van she hit, was drunk, police say. The woman was also killed in the crash. The victims were a family of six (the father, who was initially hospitalized after...

At Least 14 Injured in Halloween Shooting

3 children are among the injured on Chicago street

(Newser) - At least 14 people, including three children, were injured in a drive-by shooting in Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood on Halloween night, police said. The youngest victims are a 3-year-old, an 11-year-old, and a teenager who may be 13 years old, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said, per the AP...

Planned Parenthood Plans Mobile Abortion Clinic

Illinois clinic will travel close to Missouri, Kentucky borders

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood officials on Monday announced plans for a mobile abortion clinic—a 37-foot RV that will stay in Illinois but travel close to the borders of adjoining states that have banned the procedure since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year. The announcement came 100 days...

Winners of $1.34B Mega Millions Jackpot 'Over the Moon'

Illinois pair finally steps forward to claim prize, is choosing to stay anonymous

(Newser) - Update: Mystery solved—kind of. Until this week, it wasn't clear if the person(s) who'd won the second-biggest Mega Millions lottery ever, a staggering $1.34 billion jackpot, knew they'd purchased the winning ticket in Illinois, let alone who that was. Now, at least the first half...

This Is the Happiest State in America
This Is the Happiest
State in America

This Is the Happiest State in America

Hawaii tops WalletHub's list; West Virginia lands at the bottom

(Newser) - Happiness is said to be a state of mind—but what state you're in could affect that state. WalletHub wanted to find out where people in the US are at their most content, especially in the wake of the worst of the pandemic and amid new stressors like inflation....

Nearly 3 Decades Later, an Exoneration

Herman Williams' wrongful conviction for ex-wife's murder tore family apart

(Newser) - "Don't give up." That's the message from a man who was just exonerated of a first-degree murder conviction for which he spent almost 29 years in prison. Herman Williams left Illinois' Sheridan Correctional Center on Tuesday after the Lake County State's Attorney's Office acknowledged...

3 Hurt in Amusement Park Shooting Outside Chicago

Someone fired from a vehicle in Six Flags Great America parking lot

(Newser) - Three people were injured late Sunday in a shooting at an amusement park north of Chicago, the AP reports. Three people were hurt in a parking lot outside Six Flags Great America in Gurnee when shots were fired from a vehicle, according to a spokesperson for the park, which is...

Lollapalooza Guard Accused of Ill-Chosen Attempt to Ditch Work

Janya Williams, 18, allegedly sent message to co-worker about a supposed shooting threat

(Newser) - A teen security guard for the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago last week has been arrested after allegedly making a phony mass-shooting threat so she could try to clock out early. Per the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times , Cook County prosecutors say Janya Williams, 18, was working the fest on...

After She Spoke of 'Toxic' Marriage, a Murder-Suicide

Sania Khan said stigma in South Asian communities make it hard for women to flee unhealthy relationships

(Newser) - After his ex-wife discussed their "toxic" marriage and divorce on TikTok, a Georgia man allegedly drove 11 hours, shot and killed the woman, then turned the gun on himself as cops closed in. That's according to Chicago police, who heard a gunshot and a groan as they arrived...

Officials: Parade Suspect Drove North, Considered 2nd Shooting

Suspected gunman will be held without bond

(Newser) - Update: The man charged with killing seven people when he shot at parade-watchers in Highland Park, Ill., confessed to police that he fired on the crowd, a prosecutor said Wednesday, though no plea has been entered in the case. Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Ben Dillon added that police...

Shooting Puts the Focus on Well-Known Highland Park

Actor Rachel Brosnahan 'spent nearly every day after school' near the scene

(Newser) - Monday's mass shooting in Highland Park, Ill., is hitting celebrities with ties to the community especially hard. Actress Rachel Brosnahan, who grew up in the area where director John Hughes shot scenes for movies including Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, wrote on social media that she...

Highland Park Police: 'Person of Interest' Is in Custody

Robert E. Crimo was taken into custody 8 hours after mass shooting in Chicago suburb

(Newser) - Police say a man they have described as a "person of interest" in the mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade Monday is now in custody. Highland Park police say 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo was taken into custody without incident around eight hours after the shooting, the Chicago ...

2 Hours After Parade Killings, Candidate Says, 'Let's Move On'

Darren Bailey issues apologetic statement after negative reaction to his response

(Newser) - The Republican nominee for governor of Illinois posted a Facebook video on Monday addressing the shooting at a Fourth of July parade about two hours earlier in his state. Darren Bailey suggested praying for the victims' families and law enforcement officers, and then returning to the day's festivities, the...

Police Say Parade Shooter Fired From Rooftop

Description of Highland Park suspect released

(Newser) - Police in Illinois have released a description of the gunman believed to have killed at least six people at a Fourth of July parade in a Chicago suburb. Highland Park police say the suspect is a white male, 18 to 20 years old, with a slight build and long black...

At Least 6 Killed, 24 Hurt in Parade Mass Shooting

Witnesses describe terror, chaos at Highland Park Fourth of July parade

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. Police in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park say at least six people were killed and 24 injured in a mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade Monday morning. Witnesses said hundreds of people fled in panic when shooting erupted 10...

Illinois Governor's Race Shaping Up to Be Historic
Illinois Governor's Race
Shaping Up to Be Historic
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Illinois Governor's Race Shaping Up to Be Historic

Contest with weird dynamics may end up being the most expensive nonpresidential race ever

(Newser) - The Illinois primary is Tuesday, and the governor's race is generating national attention. When the dust settles, it may end up being the most expensive nonpresidential race in history, reports the New York Times . The main reason for that is that three extremely rich people are pouring money into...

Lawmaker Makes Gaffe Praising Abortion Decision

Rep. Mary Miller calls it a 'victory for white life'

(Newser) - Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois, speaking at a rally Saturday night with former President Trump, called the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade a “victory for white life.” Miller's spokesman said the Illinois Republican had intended to say the decision was a victory for a...

Illinois Father Charged With Drowning His 3 Young Kids

Jason Karels, 35, charged with murdering his children amidst divorce battle

(Newser) - An unimaginable alleged crime in Illinois, where police say 35-year-old Jason Karels drowned his three young children at his home as their mother, his estranged wife, prepared to pick them up for a doctor's appointment. The two shared custody of Bryant, 5, Cassidy, 3, and Gideon, 2, CBS News...

1 in 5 US Pregnancies Ended in Abortion in 2020

Abortion is on the rise in all regions, even as Supreme Court looks poised to curtail access

(Newser) - One in five pregnancies in the US in 2020 ended in abortion, according to research group Guttmacher Institute , which campaigns for abortion access and says the impact of a Roe v. Wade reversal will be even more devastating than previously thought. US abortions increased 8% from 2017, when there were...

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