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Autopsies Confirm Man Killed Family Before Killing Himself

(Tony Webster / Wikimedia Commons)

Autopsies have determined that a Joliet man shot and killed his girlfriend and their two children before he fatally shot himself as police initially believed.

Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Honor Selma March

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., third from left, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson march to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge Sunday, March 3, 2019, during the Bloody Sunday commemoration in Selma, Ala. The infamous “Bloody Sunday” on March 7, 1965, galvanized support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act that year. (AP Photo / Julie Bennett)

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders visited Selma, Alabama to commemorate the commemorate the anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” along with other presidential hopefuls, before hosting a rally Sunday night in Chicago.

Visitors to Midway Airport Last Week Faced Measles Exposure

The skin of a patient three days after developing a measles infection. (Dr. Heinz F. Eichenwald / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Travelers passing through Chicago’s Midway International Airport last week may have been exposed to measles. The Illinois Department of Public Health says an unvaccinated Illinois resident passed through Midway on Feb. 22. 

Judge Sets June 3 Trial in Missing Chinese Scholar Case

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

A federal judge has delayed until June the trial of the man accused of kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China.

Judge Names Monitor to Help Oversee Chicago Police Reforms

A judge has appointed a former federal prosecutor and recent Illinois inspector general to serve as the court’s eyes and ears to ensure the Chicago Police Department fully implements sweeping reforms.

Brothers in Smollett Case Say They Have ‘Tremendous Regret’

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail following his release, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo / Kamil Krzaczynski)

Two brothers who told police that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself in Chicago say they regret their involvement in the incident.

Cohen Returns to Capitol Hill After Slamming Trump as Liar

Michael Cohen, center, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, arrives to testify before a closed-door hearing of the House Intelligence Committee accompanied by his lawyer, Michael Monico of Chicago, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday for hours of closed-door questioning after publicly branding his former boss a racist and a con man.

4 Dead in Possible Murder-Suicide in Joliet

(Tony Webster / Wikimedia Commons)

The Joliet Police Department says in a statement that the four were found dead shortly after 10:15 p.m. Wednesday after officers responded to a report of a shooting.

Contrasts Abound for 2 Black Women in Chicago Mayoral Runoff

Mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot, left, and Toni Preckwinkle give speeches Tuesday, Feb. 26 at their respective election night parties. (Photos by Tyler LaRiviere and Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot, a political outsider, will be matched up against the ultimate insider, Toni Preckwinkle – a longtime member of the Chicago City Council who now holds the top job in Cook County. 

R. Kelly Insiders May Have Helped R&B Star with Sexual Abuse

R. Kelly walks to his vehicle after exiting a cigar lounge in Chicago on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.  A suburban Chicago woman posted the $100,000 bail for R. Kelly to be freed from jail while he awaits trial on sexual abuse charges.  (Tyler LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

R. Kelly is looking at the possibility of decades in prison if convicted, but there’s no official word on whether his manager or anyone else in his inner circle might face charges.

Chicago Will Elect a Black Woman as Its Mayor for First Time

Mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot, left, and Toni Preckwinkle give speeches Tuesday, Feb. 26 at their respective election night parties. (Photos by Tyler LaRiviere and Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Political outsider Lori Lightfoot, who was a federal prosecutor in northern Illinois, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were the top two vote-getters among 14 candidates in the race for mayor.

Illinois Police Release Audio from Aurora Warehouse Shooting

Family, friends and community members attend a vigil Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, Illinois. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Authorities have released the audio of 911 calls reporting the Feb. 15 shooting at the Henry Pratt Co. facility that resulted in five deaths.

R. Kelly’s Affinity for McDonald’s Dates to Childhood

R. Kelly walks to his vehicle after exiting a cigar lounge in Chicago on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.  A suburban Chicago woman posted the $100,000 bail for R. Kelly to be freed from jail while he awaits trial on sexual abuse charges.  (Tyler LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

R&B singer R. Kelly signed autographs and waved at a fan who yelled “I love you!” when he stopped at a McDonald’s in Chicago after being released from jail in his sexual abuse case.

Chicago Voters Head to Polls to Pick Rahm Emanuel Successor

Those looking to succeed retiring Mayor Rahm Emanuel include veteran politicians — a couple whose fathers also held elective office — businessmen, former prosecutors and community activists.

Judge Allows Smollett to Travel to Meet with Attorneys

In this May 14, 2018 file photo, Jussie Smollett, a cast member in the TV series “Empire,” attends the Fox Networks Group 2018 programming presentation after-party in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini / Invision / AP, File)

A Chicago judge says “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett can travel out-of-state to meet his lawyers while he’s free on bond on charges he falsely reported being attacked by two masked men.

Records: 75 Percent of Revoked Illinois Gun Licenses Ignored

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Police say that of the people who received gun license revocations last year in Illinois, more than 75 percent ignored the notices.

‘Empire’ Producers Cut Smollett from Season’s Last Episodes

In this May 14, 2018 file photo, Jussie Smollett, a cast member in the TV series “Empire,” attends the Fox Networks Group 2018 programming presentation after-party in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini / Invision / AP, File)

The producers of the TV show “Empire” say Jussie Smollett’s character will be removed from the final two episodes of this season.

Prosecutor: Jussie Smollett Gave Detailed Instructions for Fake Attack

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail following his release, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo / Kamil Krzaczynski)

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett walked out of the Cook County jail on Thursday about two hours after a hearing in which the judge set his bond at $100,000.

Lawyer Likens R. Kelly to Beethoven to Explain Studio Move

R&B singer R. Kelly is moving out of his Chicago recording studio because a judge has stymied his creativity by barring him from working there overnight due to building-code violations, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Chicago Police Arrest ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett

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)

Facing accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs, “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in early Thursday.

Kim Foxx Recuses Herself from Jussie Smollett Case

In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the “Empire” FYC Event in Los Angeles. (Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP, File)

Chicago's top prosecutor recused herself from the investigation into the attack reported by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett shortly after police requested another interview with the actor.

Judge OKs Suit Aimed at Halting Obama Library in Chicago

This illustration released on May 3, 2017 by the Obama Foundation shows plans for the proposed Obama Presidential Center with a museum, rear, in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side. (Obama Foundation via AP, File)

A judge gives the green light to a lawsuit filed by a parks-advocacy group that aims to stop for good the delayed construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential center in Jackson Park.

Tom Ricketts Apologizes for Distraction of Father’s Emails

Tom Ricketts (Chicago Tonight File)

“The emails that were in there were unacceptable and had no place. My father has no direct role or economic interest in the team. That doesn’t represent what this organization is,” Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said.

Aurora Warehouse Where 5 Killed Won’t Reopen Until Next Week

Family, friends and community members attend a vigil Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, Illinois. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

The Henry Pratt Co. facility will be open to any employees who want to spend time with colleagues and counselors will be available, spokeswoman Yolanda Kokayi said.

Aurora Shooter’s Permit Was Revoked But Gun Wasn’t Seized

Crosses are placed for the victims of a mass shooting Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, near Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing company where several were killed on Friday. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

An initial background check failed to detect a felony conviction that should have barred the man who killed five co-workers and wounded six other people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant from buying the gun.

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