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Judge blocks Cook County soda pop tax

A judge on Friday put Cook County’s penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages on hold at least until July 12. It was set to go into effect Saturday. The ruling by Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak to grant a temporary restraining order came days after the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and…

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  • Experts say hot dogs minus artificial nitrites may be no better

    Experts say hot dogs minus artificial nitrites may be no better

    Backyard cooks looking to grill this summer have another option: hot dogs without “added nitrites.” Are they any healthier? Oscar Mayer is touting its new hot dog recipe that uses nitrite derived from celery juice instead of artificial sodium nitrite, which is used to preserve the pinkish colors…

  • Are Illinois taxpayers finally waking up?

    Are Illinois taxpayers finally waking up?

    Property taxes on the climb. An income tax hike debated in Springfield. An unpopular soda tax in Cook County. Residents with their pockets inside-out in Chicago. It appears there’s an awakening among Illinois voters. And it’s about time, after decades of risky borrowing, faulty promises, weak-kneed…

  • Doctor who killed 1, wounded 6 at NYC hospital was accused of sex harassment

    Doctor who killed 1, wounded 6 at NYC hospital was accused of sex harassment

    A doctor forced from a New York hospital because of sexual harassment accusations returned Friday with an assault rifle hidden under a lab coat and shot seven people, killing one woman and leaving several doctors fighting for their lives, authorities said. The gunman, Dr. Henry Bello, fatally shot…

  • Judge blocks Cook County soda pop tax

    Judge blocks Cook County soda pop tax

    A judge on Friday put Cook County’s penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages on hold at least until July 12. It was set to go into effect Saturday. The ruling by Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak to grant a temporary restraining order came days after the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and…

  • Freight train hauling crude oil derails, causing evacuation but no injuries

    Freight train hauling crude oil derails, causing evacuation but no injuries

    Several cars of a freight train hauling crude oil derailed Friday night in Plainfield prompting an evacuation but no injuries, officials said. Canadian National Railway initiated its emergency response plan and has crews and equipment, including hazmat and environmental teams responding to the…

  • Bulls waive Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Canaan, prepare for free agency

    Bulls waive Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Canaan, prepare for free agency

    On the eve of 2016 NBA free agency, the Bulls had a first-day, in-town visit with Rajon Rondo scheduled. Days later, Dwyane Wade felt Pat Riley and the Heat spurned him and he chose his hometown team. This year’s free agency, which will begin at 11:01 p.m. Friday, will carry no such big-name pursuits….

  • What to expect if no Illinois state budget deal is reached

    What to expect if no Illinois state budget deal is reached

    As Illinois hurtles toward a third year without a budget agreement, the state’s political leaders have managed to accumulate a series of notable, if inglorious, distinctions — the lowest credit rating of any state, just a whisker above junk status; a growing pile of unpaid bills that now stands…

  • 2 women shot dead in Washington Park: 'My heart just dropped. I couldn't think'

    2 women shot dead in Washington Park: ‘My heart just dropped. I couldn’t think’

    The young woman got as close as she could to the red SUV where two women were found shot to death in the Washington Park neighborhood Wednesday night.She got on her knees and yelled out, “That’s my momma!”The South Side crime scene was quiet as she raised her right hand to her face and cried out,…

  • Woman found guilty in fatal Palos Park home invasion

    Woman found guilty in fatal Palos Park home invasion

    A 21-year-old Indiana woman was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday for her role in a Palos Park home invasion scheme gone bad where one assailant was killed by the homeowner. Prosecutors presented enough evidence at trial last week to prove Sarah Risner was accountable for the death of…

  • Judge: Cash-strapped state must pay more toward medical bills

    Judge: Cash-strapped state must pay more toward medical bills

    A federal judge on Friday ordered Illinois to start paying $293 million in state money toward Medicaid bills every month and an additional $1 billion over the course of the next year, worsening a cash-flow problem caused by two years of budget-free spending by state government. U.S. District Judge…

  • Inside the 'cutthroat,' gossipy world of LPGA player-caddie relationships

    Inside the ‘cutthroat,’ gossipy world of LPGA player-caddie relationships

    Cristie Kerr has a one-word explanation for why some LPGA players are so quick to switch caddies. “Hormones,” she said. “Honestly. Women are moody. I’m moody. Sometimes when I wasn’t playing well early in my career, I’d take it out on my caddies.” Kerr figures she has gone through six or seven…

  • 1 dead, 9 injured in shootings on West, South sides

    1 dead, 9 injured in shootings on West, South sides

    A man was killed in a rifle attack and at least nine other people were wounded Friday in shootings on the West and South sides, police said. In the most recent shooting, at least two people were found shot in the 6500 block of South State Street in Englewood, according to a Chicago Fire Department…

  • Meechy Monroe, Chicago blogger on black beauty, dies at 32

    Meechy Monroe, Chicago blogger on black beauty, dies at 32

    After an unflattering but fateful haircut in 2009 led Meechy Monroe to chop off her chemically treated hair in favor of a short Afro, women on the street would walk up to her and ask how they could get their look to resemble hers. “People would come up to me and ask what I did to my hair,” Monroe…

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