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Smollett Told Police Attackers Knew He Was on ‘Empire’

In this Aug. 8, 2017 file photo, Jussie Smollett participates in the “Empire” panel during the FOX Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan / Invision / AP, File)

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett told Chicago police that his attackers seemed to know who he was before they beat him and tied a rope around his neck.

Cubs Family Patriarch Apologizes for Racist Emails

In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, online brokerage TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts speaks during a ceremonial unveiling of his portrait which will hang in company headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. (AP Photo / Nati Harnik, File)

The patriarch of the family behind the Chicago Cubs has apologized after an online media outlet published emails in which he took part in racist comments and conspiracy theories.

FAA: Chicago’s O’Hare Airport Was Busiest in US Last Year

O’Hare International Airport had more than 903,000 arrivals and departures during 2018, according to data released Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration. Atlanta’s airport came in second.

Midwest Awaits Spring-Like Thaw Just Days After Bitter Cold

Icicles hang from the Harrington Inn in Geneva, Ill., as commuters pass by on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (Jeff Knox / Daily Herald via AP)

Forecasts say temperatures will climb as much as 80 degrees. Experts say the rapid thaw is unprecedented, and it could create problems of its own — bursting pipes, flooding rivers and crumbling roads. 

Boeing Soars and Lifts Markets with It

In this Feb. 5, 2018, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 7, the newest version of Boeing's fastest-selling airplane, is displayed during a debut for employees and media of the new jet in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson, File)

Boeing reported annual revenue of more than $100 billion for the first time and shares soared after the company easily beat Wall Street’s profit and sales expectations for the fourth quarter.

McDonald’s Logs Strong Growth Globally

(Mike Mozart / Flickr)

The world’s biggest hamburger chain said sales rose 4.4 percent at established locations in the fourth quarter and 4.5 percent for the year.  

Flights Canceled, Mail Suspended Amid Frigid Midwest Weather

Reflections of a snowy city are seen in the 110-ton stainless steel Anish Kapoor sculpture called “Cloud Gate” at Millennium Park in Chicago, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures on Wednesday, triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses, and the canceling of more than 1,500 flights from Chicago's airports. 

Illinois Braces for Brutal Cold, Schools and Courts Closing

Pedestrians cross an icy Chicago River on Madison Street near the Civic Opera House on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (Rich Hein / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago Public Schools announced that Wednesday’s classes have been canceled. The University of Chicago, DePaul and Northwestern Universities will close their campuses from Tuesday until Thursday morning.

Caterpillar Stumbles; China’s Slowing Growth Begins to Show

In this Monday, July 24, 2017 file photo, Caterpillar loaders are parked in Middleton, Massachusetts.  (AP Photo / Elise Amendola)

Caterpillar fell well short of fourth-quarter profit expectations and the machine maker said that sales have begun to slow in China. Shares tumbled 10 percent at the opening bell Monday, the worst sell-off in more than seven years.

Much of Illinois to Get Snow, Record-Breaking Cold

The National Weather Service says northern and central Illinois will see record-breaking low temperatures of 18 or 19 degrees below zero or colder on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Manteno Veterans’ Home Resident with Legionnaires’ Dies

Colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) with moderately-high magnification depicts a large grouping of Gram-negative Legionella pneumophila bacteria. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

A Manteno veterans’ home resident who contracted Legionnaires’ disease has died, state officials said Friday, becoming the 15th resident of a state veterans’ facility killed by the flu-like illness.

Bitter Cold Brings -30 Wind Chills to Northern Illinois

The National Weather Service says Friday's deep freeze is a preview of next week, which could bring more than a half-foot of snow and the potential for the “coldest stretch in years.”

Suspect Wanted in Fatal Orland Park Mall Shooting Arrested

This photo provided by the Orland Park Police Department shows Jakharr Williams of University Park. Police identified Williams as the suspect in the fatal shooting of a teen at Orland Square Mall on Monday.  (AP Photo / Orland Park Police Department)

Orland Park Police say Jakharr Williams of University Park was arrested Wednesday without incident. He was wanted in connection with Monday's fatal shooting of Javon Britten of Richton Park.

Judge Limits Access to R. Kelly’s Chicago Recording Studio

The ruling comes a week after Chicago building inspectors found code violations at the R&B star’s recording studio on the city’s Near West Side during a court-ordered inspection. 

Police Seek Man Suspected in Fatal Shooting at Orland Park Mall

This photo provided by the Orland Park Police Department shows Jakharr Williams of University Park. Police identified Williams as the suspect in the fatal shooting of a teen at Orland Square Mall on Monday.  (AP Photo / Orland Park Police Department)

Orland Park Police identified the suspect as 19-year-old parolee Jakharr Williams of University Park. The department said that Williams, who fled after the shooting and has not been arrested, should be considered armed and dangerous.

Reports: Sony Drops R. Kelly After Furor Over Allegations

This June 13, 2008 file photo shows R&B singer R. Kelly arriving at the Cook County Criminal Court Building. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

The announcement comes two weeks after the popular documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” drew fresh attention to the sex abuse allegations against R. Kelly, which have dogged him most of his career. 

Chicago Archdiocese Removes Ex-Children’s Home Chief Accused of Sexual Abuse

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The Rev. John Smyth has been removed from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s ministry while it investigates accusations of sexual abuse against the longtime priest. 

Illinois Preparing for Winter Storm

Commuters walk to a bus stop as snow falls, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Chicago. (Kiichiro Sato / AP Photo)

The Chicago area is forecast to receive 5 to 9 inches of snow through Saturday followed by chances of lake effect snow Sunday.

Gov. Pritzker Orders Worker-Training Investment Review

In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker speaks after he is elected over Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

The governor’s third executive order requires a review of emerging industries so that state money for workforce training can be best used.

Inspectors Find Code Violations at R. Kelly's Chicago Recording Studio

Chicago Building Department spokesman Gregg Cunningham says the agency will list the violations during a court hearing next week. 

Sears Survives a Near-Death Experience, But for How Long?

This Oct. 15, 2018 file photo shows a sign for a Sears Outlet department store is displayed in Norristown, Pa.  (AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File)

Eddie Lampert, the hedge fund owner who steered Sears into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, is aiming to keep open roughly 400 stores and preserve tens of thousands of jobs.

Suburban Chicago Man Accused of Luring Robbing Victim Via Dating App

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A 19-year-old man from Elgin allegedly stole a cellphone belonging to an individual he met through an unidentified dating app. 

Archdiocese of Chicago Closing Seminary on Loyola University Campus

Loyola University Chicago (hearkencreative / Flickr)

With current enrollment of just 20 students and a small incoming class projected, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced it will close St. Joseph College Seminary. 

Prosecutors Seek More Time to Indict Ald. Ed Burke

Ald. Ed Burke, 75, walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The request was filed hours after Ald. Burke waived his right Monday to a preliminary hearing to determine whether there was probable cause for the criminal complaint against him filed Jan. 3.

Gunman Gets 84-year Term in Hadiya Pendleton Murder

In this Aug. 23, 2018 file photo, defendant Micheail Ward appears just before closing arguments during the trial for the fatal shooting of Hadiya Pendleton at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune /Pool, File)

Cook County Judge Nicholas Ford handed down the sentence to 24-year-old Micheail Ward on Monday, five months after Ward was convicted of murder and aggravated battery in the killing of Hadiya Pendleton.

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