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Christensen’s attorneys admit he is responsible for death of Chinese scholar

Yingying Zhang disappeared on June 9, 2017. (University of Illinois Police Department). Inset: Brendt Christensen (Macon County Sheriff’s Department)

“Brendt Christensen is responsible for the death of Yingying Zhang,” federal defender George Taseff told a packed court Wednesday inside the Peoria federal courthouse. Despite the admission, Christensen is not changing his not guilty plea. 

Clarisa Figueroa, left, and Desiree Figueroa (Chicago Police Department)

A Chicago woman and her adult daughter were formally charged Wednesday in the killing of a pregnant teenager whose baby was cut from her womb with a butcher knife.

Watch the June 12, 2019 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

(Photo by Steven E. Gross)

Finger-licking barbecue, scores of electric scooters, Latin beats and rare books usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the Reproductive Health Act into law with bill sponsors Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush, left, and Illinois State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, right, at the Chicago Cultural Center on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune via AP)

“In a time when too many states across the nation are taking a step backward, Illinois is taking a giant step forward for women’s health. In this state, we trust women,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker at a bill signing ceremony Wednesday in Chicago. 

This undated shows the Rev. Augustine Tolton. Pope Francis has positioned for sainthood a former slave and the first known black priest in America. (Photo courtesy the Diocese of Springfield via AP)

Pope Francis on Wednesday deemed the Rev. Augustine Tolton, the first known black Roman Catholic priest in the United States, to be “venerable,” positioning the former slave for possible sainthood.

Journalist Jim DeRogatis appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

Intimate details about R. Kelly are uncovered in a new book. Jim DeRogatis, the reporter who’s been following the singer for years, discusses “Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly.”

This undated photo provided by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office in Kentland, Indiana, shows Edgar Gardozo-Vasquez. (Newton County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Animal Recovery Mission said its new video shows workers abusing adult cows behind the scenes at Fair Oaks Farms at a milking carousel at the popular agritourism destination about 70 miles south of Chicago.