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  • Deplaning in Virginia delayed while Ebola scare checked Dec 12, 2014 9:59 PM
    Passengers disembarking from a commercial flight in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday were delayed by about an hour while authorities ruled out Ebola as a cause of a fellow passenger’s symptoms. Crew members of American flight 2984 from Chicago contacted airport officials while the jet was still in flight to advise them that a teenage boy had a high fever and was experiencing abdominal pain.

     
  • Illinois wins $80 million for early childhood education Dec 11, 2014 6:22 AM
    Illinois has won an $80 million federal grant to increase access to early childhood education. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the award Wednesday. His office says the state will receive a maximum of $20 million per year for four years. The federal program is intended to help four-year-olds from low-income families attend preschool. In a news release, Quinn’s office says the grants will help more than 33,000 additional kids nationwide attend high-quality preschool programs. In Illinois, more than two dozen school districts and organizations will receive funding. They include preschool programs in Chicago and its suburbs, Rockford and Monroe and St. Clair counties. Quinn says “Providing high-quality early childhood education is a game changer for our economy.”

     
  • Arab activist freed awaiting immigration sentence Dec 11, 2014 4:38 PM
    A Chicago-area Arab community activist has been released from a Michigan jail to await her sentence for failing to tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction for bombings that killed two people in Israel in 1969.

     
  • Attorney General Eric Holder to visit Chicago Dec 11, 2014 4:42 PM
    Attorney General Eric Holder plans to talk about law enforcement and community relations Friday in Chicago. President Barack Obama asked Holder to set up the meetings in the wake of clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, last month.

     
  • Allstate’s Parking Reminder tool helps navigate crowded parking lots Dec 11, 2014 4:28 PM
    Kukec's eBuzz column features the new Parking Reminder tool on the updated Allstate mobile app. It helps you to find your car in a crowded holiday parking lot, send the location to a family member running back to the car, and even start a timer when you left the car and how much time you have left to feed a meter.

     
  • Deerfield lawmaker rips Quinn for ‘last-minute patronage’ Dec 11, 2014 8:04 PM
    Another fellow Democrat is blasting Gov. Pat Quinn for helping a former aide get a job at the agency that runs U.S. Cellular Field weeks before Quinn finishes his term. State Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield says she’ll introduce legislation in January to prevent future governors from making similar appointments within 60 days of leaving office.

     
  • Tucker insists he’s focused on Saints Dec 11, 2014 11:08 PM
    Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker says he's focusing all his attention on this week's opponent, the high-scoring New Orleans Saints. But that's a difficult task with rumors flying about his job status with the Bears and possible interest from his alma mater, Wisconsin, in their suddenly vacant head-coaching position.

     
  • Cutler’s comments likely irked Marshall Dec 11, 2014 9:23 PM
    It appears as if the Jay Cutler-Brandon Marshall relationship could be on the rocks after some public sniping in recent weeks.

     
  • White Sox get reliever Jennings from Marlins for Rienzo Dec 11, 2014 3:16 PM
    Looking to rebuild last season’s disappointing bullpen, the White Sox acquired left-handed reliever Dan Jennings from the Miami Marlins in a trade for right-hander Andre Rienzo.

     
  • Ex-Red light camera company worker admits bribery Dec 10, 2014 1:01 PM
    A former employee of one of the nation’s largest red-light camera programs has pleaded guilty in federal court to passing bribe money to a Chicago city worker. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 73-year-old Martin O’Malley of Worth entered the plea Wednesday.

     
  • Uber removes driver accused of Chicago sex assault Dec 10, 2014 4:17 PM
    Uber spokeswoman Jennifer Mullin says the ride-booking company is cooperating with Chicago police in an investigation of what she called “an appalling and unacceptable incident.”

     
  • Rauner’s team reviewing options after lottery deal Dec 10, 2014 4:15 PM
    State officials’ handling of an Illinois Lottery agreement has become the latest bump in the handoff between gubernatorial administrations. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s legal team said Wednesday it is weighing options to fight a contract termination deal signed by Gov. Pat Quinn that the Republican alleges hurts taxpayers.

     
  • Cardinal George receives Chicago’s highest honor Dec 10, 2014 4:13 PM
    The Chicago City Council and Mayor Rahm Emanuel awarded the Medit of Merit Wednesday to Cardinal Francis George, who retired as archbishop of Chicago last month and is battling cancer.

     
  • Conservation continues on 2,500-year-old mummy Dec 10, 2014 5:30 PM
    Conservation work has started at the Field Museum on the 2,500-year-old mummy of a 14-year-old Egyptian boy named Minirdis. Scientists opened the coffin last week.

     
  • Emanuel rips Quinn for ex-aide’s appointment Dec 10, 2014 9:23 PM
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is criticizing Gov. Pat Quinn for helping his former campaign manager get a job running the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority just weeks before the governor finishes his term.

     
  • ComEd gets OK for $245 million, consumers see hike in January Dec 11, 2014 11:41 AM
    ComEd today received a rate hike of about $245 million, or about 13 percent less than it had requested from the Illinois Commerce Commission. Consumers should expect to pay more starting in January. “CUB is disappointed in this increase,” said CUB spokesman Jim Chilsen.

     
  • Judy Baar Topinka remembered as good-humored truth-teller Dec 11, 2014 5:03 AM
    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died early Wednesday, less than 24 hours after having a stroke, according to her office. Tributes have been pouring in since. “Never without her signature sense of humor, Judy was a force of nature,” Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement.

     
  • Bears playing for pride at this point Dec 10, 2014 6:13 PM
    Without the playoffs as an incentive, Bears players have to find other methods of motivation while playing out the string in a 5-8 season that includes losses in seven of their last 10 games.

     
  • Sox sign closer Robertson to 4-year deal Dec 10, 2014 11:00 PM
    The White Sox were a mess in the ninth inning last season, but they officially cleaned up the problem Wednesday, signing free-agent closer David Robertson to a four-year, $46 million contract. Robertson saved 39 games for the Yankees last season.

     
  • Authorities: 2 teens shot near Chicago bus Dec 9, 2014 1:34 PM
    Chicago police say two teenagers have been injured in a morning shooting near a public bus on the city’s West Side. Police spokeswoman Janel Sedevic says preliminary information shows the shooting occurred on a sidewalk near a Chicago Transit Authority bus just before 10 a.m. Tuesday. She says two 15-year-olds, a male and female, were both injured and sent to an area hospital. The male was shot in the chest and reported in serious condition. Police say the offender fled on foot. No one is in custody. CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski says one bus line in the vicinity has been temporarily rerouted. She says Chicago police are handling the investigation.

     
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