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Report on Ethiopian Crash Ratchets Up Pressure on Boeing

In this March 14, 2019, file photo a worker walks next to a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

The findings from the Ethiopian government provide the clearest link yet to a similar crash involving the same Boeing model plane in the waters off Indonesia in October. All 346 on board the two flights died.

Man Charged With Making False Statements After Abuse Claim

This undated photo provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in Cincinnati shows Brian Rini. (Hamilton County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A 23-year-old ex-convict accused of pulling a cruel hoax by pretending to be long-missing Illinois boy Timmothy Pitzen was charged Friday with making false statements to authorities.

Chicago to Sue Jussie Smollett After He Refuses to Pay

In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty, File)

The city of Chicago says Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse costs of investigating what authorities say was a staged racist, anti-gay attack.

Authorities: Teenager is Not Long-Missing Timmothy Pitzen

This undated photo provided by the Aurora, Ill., Police Department shows missing child, Timmothy Pitzen. (Aurora Police Department via AP)

DNA tests disproved a teenager’s claim that he was an Illinois boy who disappeared eight years ago, the FBI said Thursday, dashing hopes that the baffling case had finally been solved.

Lightfoot’s Win Stirs Hope for Change in a Divided Chicago

Lori Lightfoot celebrates at her election night rally at the Hilton Chicago after defeating Toni Preckwinkle in the Chicago mayoral election, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Lori Lightfoot’s victory in the Chicago mayor’s race signaled hope among voters that the nation’s third-largest city may someday move beyond long-entrenched divides.

Chicago Symphony, Striking Musicians to Restart Negotiations

Conductor Riccardo Muti joins striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians Tuesday, March 12, 2019 outside Symphony Center. (Eddie Arruza / WTTW News)

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra said in a Wednesday statement that it and the Chicago Federation of Musicians have “mutually agreed” to continue negotiations Friday. 

Boeing, FAA Say More Time Needed for Fix of Troubled 737 Max

In this March 14, 2019, file photo a worker walks next to a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane parked at Boeing Field in Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it anticipates Boeing’s final software improvements for 737 Max airliners “in the coming weeks.”

Walgreens Lowers 2019 Expectations After 2Q Forecast Miss

(Mike Mozart / Flickr)

Walgreens slashed its 2019 forecast and missed second-quarter expectations with a performance that sent its shares plunging Tuesday and helped knock down the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Lori Lightfoot: Victory Means ‘A City Reborn’

Lori Lightfoot celebrates at her election night rally at the Hilton Chicago after defeating Toni Preckwinkle in the Chicago mayoral election, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

“Out there tonight a lot of little girls and boys are watching. They’re watching us, and they’re seeing the beginning of something, well, a little bit different,” Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday. “They’re seeing a city reborn.”

Judge to Consider Request from Media to Unseal Smollett File

Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on Tuesday March 26, 2019, after prosecutors dropped all charges against him. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

It will be several weeks before a judge decides whether the public will get a look at the sealed court file in the Jussie Smollett case.

2 Major Cases Add Up to Big Doubts About Chicago Prosecutor

This Feb. 22, 2019 file photo shows Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaking at a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo / Kiichiro Sato, File)

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s reputation as a rising political star and legal crusader was badly tarnished by her office’s handling of two celebrity cases involving “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and R. Kelly.

Historic Election: 1 of 2 Black Women Will be Chicago Mayor

 Mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot, left, and Toni Preckwinkle appear on “Chicago Tonight” on May 14, 2018 and Oct. 16, 2017, respectively.

The winner of Chicago’s mayoral runoff election will join seven other black women currently serving as mayors in major U.S. cities, including Atlanta and New Orleans.

New Face and Longtime Politician Vying for Chicago Mayor

In this March 24, 2019 photo, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot, right, participates in a candidate forum sponsored by One Chicago For All Alliance at Daley College in Chicago. (AP Photo / Teresa Crawford)

In some ways the contest between Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot reflects a movement happening nationally in the Democratic Party as typically younger, fresh faces with less political experience challenge the more established “old guard.” 

Woman Details Alleged 2003 Abuse by R. Kelly in TV Interview

R. Kelly appears for a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Friday, March 22, 2019 in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

One of the four women whom R. Kelly is charged with sexually abusing publicly leveled her accusations against the R&B singer in a televised interview that aired Thursday.

Illinois Man Indicted on State Charges in Deputy’s Killing

This undated booking photo released by Illinois Department of Corrections shows Floyd E. Brown.  (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP)

An Illinois man facing federal murder charges in the killing of a sheriff’s deputy now faces state charges, as well. A grand jury indicted Floyd Brown on 75 counts, including 60 counts of first-degree murder.

Team Led by Jeanne Gang Chosen to Design New O’Hare Global Terminal

The O’Hare expansion proposal from Studio ORD (Chicago Department of Aviation)

A team of architects led by Jeanne Gang has been chosen to design a $2.2 billion global terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, officials announced Wednesday.

Trump Calls on FBI, DOJ to Review Jussie Smollett Case

Actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty)

President Donald Trump is calling on the FBI and Department of Justice to review the case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago.

Audit: Slow Legionnaires’ Response at Illinois Veterans Home

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 state audit contradicted former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s claim that his administration had done everything federal experts recommended to remedy a deadly 2015 Legionnaires’ disease crisis.

Honoring Rivalries: Bears-Packers to Open 2019 NFL Schedule

Soldier Field (Tony / Flickr)

As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Bears vs. the Packers  in its season opener Sept. 5.

2 Charged in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer

Jovan Battle, left, and Menelik Jackson (Chicago Police Department)

Two men are charged with first-degree murder in the weekend slaying of an off-duty Chicago police officer who was repeatedly shot while sitting in a parked car.

No Decision on R. Kelly’s Dubai Travel Request

R. Kelly, right, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court for a hearing on Friday, March 22, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Matt Marton)

An overseas trip by R. Kelly is in limbo after his criminal attorney asked for more time to provide details to the court about concerts the singer wants to perform next month in Dubai.

R. Kelly Defense Emerges, Including Saying Accusers are Lying

R. Kelly and his publicist Darryll Johnson, right, leave The Daley Center after an appearance in court for Kelly’s child support case on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Court filings and comments by R.Kelly’s lead attorney after the R&B star was charged in February provide clues about an emerging legal strategy.

MillerCoors Sues Anheuser-Busch Over Corn Syrup Ads

A Bud Light truck in Austin, Texas (Johan Ejermark / Flickr)

A fight between beer giants escalated Thursday after MillerCoors filed a lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch that accused its rival of trying to “frighten” consumers into switching to Bud Light with “misleading” Super Bowl ads.

Illinois State Police Face 2nd Lawsuit Over Aurora Warehouse Shooting

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)

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the family of Vincent Juarez, who was a forklift operator at Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora and was killed in the Feb. 15 attack.

Ald. Willie Cochran Pleads Guilty in Federal Corruption Case

Ald. Willie Cochran entered his plea Thursday to one felony count of wire fraud for spending campaign funds on personal purchases, including gambling and his daughter's college tuition.