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Jury Finds Egg Producers Conspired to Reduce Supply

Defendants included Rose Acre Farms, the family company of Senate candidate John Rust

(Newser) - An Illinois jury ruled this week that several major egg producers conspired to limit the country's supply of eggs in order to raise prices in a case stemming from a federal lawsuit originally filed 12 years ago, per the AP . Kraft Foods, the Kellogg Company, General Mills, and Nestle...

Can $500 a Month for a Year Change a Life?
What Happened When Chicago
Gave Her $500 a Month

What Happened When Chicago Gave Her $500 a Month

A look at how one woman's life was impacted by the yearlong Resilient Communities Pilot

(Newser) - You hear about them every so often: pilot programs that give a select group of people a guaranteed income for a specific amount of time in a quest to see if such an approach can make a difference in the fight against poverty. In a deep dive for Chicago Magazine ...

Jury Awards $7.1M to Woman Burned by Cooking Spray

Attorney says this case is just one of many against Conagra Brands involving 'defective' cans

(Newser) - A jury in Illinois has ordered Chicago-based Conagra Brands to pay $7.1 million to a Pennsylvania woman who was badly injured in 2017 when a can of commercial brand cooking spray ignited in a kitchen at her workplace and set her aflame. The verdict, issued Monday in favor of...

Landlord Pleads Not Guilty in Murder of Muslim Boy, 6

Prosecutors say Illinois man Joseph Czuba targeted victims because of their faith

(Newser) - A man accused of murder, attempted murder, and a hate crime in an attack on a Palestinian American woman and her young son pleaded not guilty Monday following his indictment by an Illinois grand jury. Joseph Czuba, 71, is charged in the fatal stabbing of six-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume and the...

Murdered Muslim Boy's Mom Asks Public to 'Pray for Peace'

'He was my best friend,' says mother of 6-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoume

(Newser) - A Palestinian American woman whose 6-year-old son was killed in what police are calling a hate crime in a Chicago suburb has asked the public to "pray for peace" as she recuperates from her injuries. Hanaan Shahin issued a statement Tuesday through the Chicago chapter of the Council on...

As Crowds Mourn 6-Year-Old, Father Hopes Change Comes

Suspect appears in court on murder, hate crimes charges

(Newser) - Wadea Al-Fayoume, a 6-year-old Palestinian American who was stabbed to death Saturday, was buried Monday after a funeral that drew emotional mourners and speakers to an Illinois mosque. The service took place the same day the man charged with murder and hate crimes in the boy's death appeared in...

Biden Condemns 'Sickening' Murder of Muslim Boy, 6
'The Smallest Coffins
Are the Heaviest'

'The Smallest Coffins Are the Heaviest'

Biden condemns 'sickening' murder of 6-year-old Palestinian American boy

(Newser) - An Illinois landlord accused of stabbing a 6-year-old Palestinian American boy to death could face federal charges as well as state hate crime charges. Joseph Czuba, 71, was due in court Monday as family members prepared to bury Wadea Al-Fayoume, who was stabbed 26 times Saturday morning in an attack...

Cops: Man Angry About Hamas Attack Killed Muslim Boy, 6

Illinois man is charged with hate crime, murder

(Newser) - An Illinois woman called 911 Saturday morning to report that her landlord was attacking her and her son. Police arrived to a horrifying scene at the Plainfield Township home: the woman with more than a dozen stab wounds, a 6-year-old boy who'd been stabbed 26 times, and the suspect...

The 5 Killed in Illinois Crash Died of Exposure to Ammonia

Father and his 2 young kids among the dead in Illinois tragedy

(Newser) - Preliminary autopsies on the five people who died after a semitruck overturned on an Illinois highway Friday night found that all five died from exposure to fumes after the tanker spilled anhydrous ammonia it was carrying. The chemical, used as a refrigerant or a nitrogen fertilizer, created a toxic plume...

Crash of Truck Laden With Ammonia Killed 5

Another 5 were seriously injured in central Illinois

(Newser) - Five people were killed and five were seriously injured in a truck accident involving a toxic leak in central Illinois, authorities said Saturday. A semi carrying caustic anhydrous ammonia overturned about 9:25pm Friday in Teutopolis, spilling more than half its 7,500-gallon load, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection...

Overturned Truck With Toxic Cargo Causes 'Multiple' Deaths

Area around Illinois accident evacuated due to plume from ammonia leak near Teutopolis

(Newser) - A semitruck carrying anhydrous ammonia overturned in Illinois, causing "multiple fatalities" and prompting an evacuation of area residents, police said Saturday. The accident, which involved "multiple" vehicles, happened about a half-mile east of Teutopolis on US Highway 40 on Friday at about 9:25pm local time, Illinois State...

This Handsome Pest Arrives in Another State

Spotted lanternfly, a destructive invasive species, spreads to Illinois

(Newser) - Illinois is the latest state to find invasive spotted lanternflies , a winged insect that's spreading across the eastern US. First detected in the US nearly a decade ago, the hitchhiking pest and its eggs have been getting rides on vehicles and trains as they expand from southeast Pennsylvania across...

Suspect in Murder of Illinois Family Found Dead in Vehicle

Investigators believe Nathaniel Huey Jr. shot himself after police chase, crash

(Newser) - A suspect in the killings of a Chicago-area family and their three dogs died on a highway in Oklahoma on Wednesday, authorities say. Romeoville Deputy Chief Chris Burne said 31-year-old Illinois resident Nathaniel Huey Jr. and a woman also considered a person of interest were in a vehicle that police...

Family of 4 Shot Dead in Illinois, Along With Their Dogs

Police say Romeoville tragedy was not a murder-suicide

(Newser) - Two adults, their two children, and the family's three dogs were all found fatally shot in their Illinois home, and police say the tragedy was not a murder-suicide. They also don't believe it was a random slaying, which is why they haven't issued a shelter-in-place order in...

Tent Collapses at Staff Lunch
Tent Collapses at Staff Lunch

Tent Collapses at Staff Lunch

26 are injured, 5 seriously during employee appreciation event

(Newser) - A tent collapsed onto a gathering at an event in a suburban Chicago parking lot on Thursday, sending 26 people to hospitals, five of them with serious injuries. A witness said a gust of wind brought down the tent during an annual outdoor luncheon at Design Collective by Cinta in...

Drivers in This State Are the Most Confrontational

Arizona tops Forbes Advisor's list of those with the most road rage

(Newser) - Road rage: Most of us have dealt with it, in one form or another. Those different forms—cutting people off, not letting others change lanes, honking the horn, and flipping the bird, just to name a few—are what Forbes Advisor included in its attempt to determine which states have...

Man Who Mocked Marriage on Family Feud Gets Life in Prison

Illinois' Timothy Bliefnick was found guilty in May of murdering his wife early this year

(Newser) - A judge sentenced a former contestant on the television game show Family Feud to life in prison after he was convicted of first-degree murder and other charges in the slaying of his estranged wife in western Illinois. Timothy Bliefnick, 40, showed no reaction as Adams County Circuit Judge Robert Adrian...

On Migrant Bus From Texas to Chicago, a 'Tragic Situation'

3-year-old dies after health issues during trip, part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star

(Newser) - A 3-year-old traveling on a bus of asylum-seekers headed from Texas to Chicago died before reaching that destination. ABC News reports that confirmation of the child's death came via a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Public Health, who noted the agency is working with local and state law...

Illinois Is First State to Eliminate Cash Bail

State's top court upholds new law

(Newser) - Illinois became the first state in the nation to eliminate cash bail as a condition of pretrial release from jail on Tuesday when the state Supreme Court upheld the constitutionally of the law abolishing it. The 5-2 ruling overturns a Kankakee County judge's opinion in December that the law...

Hundreds of Flights Disrupted by Tornado Near Chicago Airport

Twister touched down near O'Hare

(Newser) - A tornado touched down Wednesday evening near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, prompting passengers to take shelter and disrupting hundreds of flights, the AP reports. There were no immediate reports of injuries. A confirmed tornado was on the ground around 7pm, according to the National Weather Service in Chicago....

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