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Chicago Police Looking for Source of Leaks in Smollett Case

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)

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the investigation began after Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct last month. 

Suspect in Shooting of Illinois Deputy Arrested

Area law enforcement vehicles gather near the scene of a shooting in Rockford, Ill., Thursday, March 7, 2019. (Ken DeCoster / Rockford Register Star via AP)

A man suspected of fatally shooting a sheriff’s deputy and wounding a woman at an Illinois hotel was taken into custody Thursday after an hours-long standoff.

Rep. Kinzinger Meets with Trump After Deployment to Border

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., speaks to the media on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger says his first-hand experience led him to conclude that the situation at the border represents a legitimate national emergency.

R. Kelly Says Ex-Wife Destroyed His Name, Others Stole Money

In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019 booking photo released by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office is R. Kelly. (Cook County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Embattled R& B star R. Kelly angrily blamed his ex-wife for “destroying” his name and claimed other people stole from his bank accounts in an interview that aired Thursday.

R. Kelly Detained After Child Support Hearing

R. Kelly arrives at the Daley Center for a hearing in his child support case on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Authorities say the R&B star was taken into custody during a hearing Wednesday in Chicago over $160,000 in unpaid child support.

Schock to Reimburse Funds in Exchange for Dropped Charges

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Schock was scheduled to appear in court for the first time since the U.S. Supreme Court declined to get involved in his corruption case. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Former Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois has agreed to repay tens of thousands of dollars in taxes and to campaign committees in exchange for prosecutors dismissing his felony corruption case.

R. Kelly Cries, Calls Accusers ‘Liars’ in Sex Abuse Case

This image provided by CBS shows R. Kelly being interviewed by Gayle King on “CBS This Morning’” Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Chicago. (CBS via AP)

R&B star R. Kelly cried, stood up and ranted about being “assassinated” during his first interview since being charged with sexual abuse, calling his accusers “liars.” 

FDA Chief Calls Out Walgreens Over Tobacco Sales to Minors

(Kruscha / Pixabay)

A top U.S. regulator wants to meet with Walgreens leaders to discuss whether the drugstore chain has a problem with illegal tobacco sales to minors.

Hillary Clinton Rules Out 2020 Rematch with Donald Trump

In this Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves to well-wishers following an appearance at Barnard College with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in New York. (AP Photo / Kathy Willens, File)

Hillary Clinton says she won't run for president in 2020, but vows she’s “not going anywhere.”

Rush Health System Reports Data Breach Affecting 45,000

(Kristen Thometz / Chicago Tonight)

The health system said in a recent financial filing that the exposed data may include names, addresses, birthdays, Social Security numbers and health insurance information.

Publicist: Luke Perry Has Died at 52 After Suffering Stroke

In this Aug. 6, 2018, file photo, Luke Perry poses for a portrait during the 2018 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chris Pizzello / Invision /AP, File)

Luke Perry, who gained instant heartthrob status as wealthy rebel Dylan McKay on "Beverly Hills, 90210," died Monday after suffering a massive stroke, his publicist said. He was 52.

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.

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