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Australian Trader Pleads Guilty to ‘Spoofing’ in Chicago

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (liz_noise / Wikimedia Commons)

An Australian commodities trader has pleaded guilty to manipulating market prices by placing orders in the millions of dollars on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, then canceling them within milliseconds so that he could sell smaller orders at a profit.

Chicago Women’s March Canceled Amid National Claims of Anti-Semitism

Crowds gather in Grant Park on Jan. 20, 2018 for the March to the Polls. (Amanda Vinicky / Chicago Tonight)

Organizers cited logistical issues in canceling next month’s Women’s March in Chicago as the national movement continues to face accusations of anti-Semitism. 

Tourists Dismayed That Lincoln Home Closed by Government Shutdown

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Springfield (Daniel Schwen / Wikimedia Commons)

The ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government has prevented visitors from touring Abraham Lincoln’s former home in Springfield. 

Appellate Court Sides With Chicago on Tobacco Tax Ordinance

(Raul Lieberwirth / Flickr)

After clearing a legal hurdle, the new Chicago ordinance will raise the prices of cigars, self-rolled tobacco and chewing tobacco. 

Ryan Expressway to Obama Expressway? Ryan Family Says No

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A suggestion by Chicago mayoral candidate Bill Daley to rename the Dan Ryan Expressway after former President Barack Obama has drawn criticism from the Ryan family. 

Chicago Police Seize More Than 9,600 Illegal Guns in 2018

The Chicago Police Department says the illegal gun seizures are part of a strategy that has helped significantly reduce the number of homicides, robbery and other violent crimes in 2018.

Man Says He Found Gun that Led Chicago Cops to Train Tracks

Edward Brown (Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department)

Edward Brown, 24, was ordered held on $200,000 bond Thursday during his first hearing since he was charged with felony reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Chicago Archbishop to Have Leading Role in Sex Abuse Reforms

Archbishop Blase Cupich (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP File Photo / Pool)

Cardinal Blase Cupich expressed regret for “our failures to address the scourge of clerical sexual abuse” in a statement responding to the attorney general's report.

Illinois AG Finds 500 More Catholic Clergy Accused of Abuse

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a blistering report about clergy sexual abuse, saying, “The preliminary stages of this investigation have already demonstrated that the Catholic Church cannot police itself.” 

Planned Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel Clears Final Hurdle

This July 19, 2002, file photo, shows the Mackinac Bridge that spans the Straits of Mackinac from Mackinaw City, Michigan. (Carlos Osorio / AP File Photo)

A proposal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes cleared its final hurdle Wednesday, gaining approval of a Michigan panel created a week earlier. 

Man Charged After Train Deaths of 2 Chicago Police Officers

Edward Brown (Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department)

Edward Brown is facing two felony weapons charges in connection with the deaths of two Chicago police officers who were struck and killed by a commuter train while they were chasing him.

Funerals Set for 2 Officers Struck, Killed by Commuter Train

Chicago police Officers Conrad Gary, left, and Eduardo Marmolejo (Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department)

The Chicago Police Department says services for Officer Conrad Gary will be held Thursday and Friday, while services for Officer Eduardo Marmolejo will be held Friday and Saturday.

Elon Musk Unveils Underground Tunnel, Offers Rides to VIPs

A modified Tesla Model X drives in the tunnel entrance before an unveiling event on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 for the Boring Co. Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, Calif. (Robyn Beck / Pool Photo via AP)

Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday. Musk said he thinks the Chicago project that would take travelers from downtown to O’Hare Airport has the most potential to open the soonest.

Lincoln Papers Project Gets Grant for Tracking Software

The grant will pay for software for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln to track hundreds of thousands of documents related to the 16th president.

New Legislative Inspector Was Prosecutor, Appellate Judge

(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

The Illinois Legislative Ethics Commission has chosen a permanent inspector general to investigate complaints against lawmakers. Former prosecutor and circuit judge Carol Pope was recommended Tuesday. 

Chicago Officers Likely Didn’t See Train That Killed Them

Passengers sit on a train while police officers work the scene where two officers were killed after they were struck Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 by a South Shore train near 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune via AP)

Two Chicago police officers may not have seen or heard the commuter train that fatally struck them because they were focused on another train coming from the opposite direction, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

Chicago Police: 2 Officers Die After Being Struck by Train

Police investigate the scene where two officers were killed after they were struck by a South Shore train near 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune via AP)

Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a train as they investigated a report of gunshots on the city's far South Side.

Lawyer Argues Scholar Kidnapping Case Belongs in State Court

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

Lawyers for the man charged with kidnapping and killing a Chinese University of Illinois scholar have argued the case should be heard in state court, where the death penalty isn’t an option.

Bears Clinch NFC North with 24-17 Victory over Packers

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy celebrates after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Chicago. The Bears won 24-17. (David Banks / AP Photo)

The Bears (10-4) secured their first playoff appearance since the 2010 team won the NFC North. And even better for them, they did it with a rare victory over their heated rivals.

Michigan Governor Reaches Final Deal on Great Lakes Pipeline

This July 19, 2002, file photo, shows the Mackinac Bridge that spans the Straits of Mackinac from Mackinaw City, Michigan. (Carlos Osorio / AP File Photo)

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration said Thursday it had wrapped up negotiations with Enbridge Inc. on building a tunnel to contain an oil pipeline beneath a Great Lakes waterway.

Packers Fan Loses Bid to Wear Team Colors at Soldier Field

Soldier Field (Tony / Flickr)

The Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, resident argues the Bears' rule prohibiting fans from wearing opposing team gear on the sidelines violates his rights to free speech.

Suburban Police Chief Fired After Sex Video Charges

Christian Daigre (Chicago Police Department)

The Chicago Heights Park District's action against 41-year-old Christian Daigre follows his suspension as chief after he was charged in late October with non-consensual dissemination of a private sexual image and intimidation.

Illinois Investment Board Says Airbnb West Bank Action is Illegal

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Illinois officials say that Airbnb's ban on lodging listings in the disputed West Bank violates state law.

United CEO: No More Pilot Training Needed on New Boeing Jet

In this May 2, 2017 file photo, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a House Transportation Committee oversight hearing. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP File Photo)

The CEO of United Airlines says his pilots don't need any additional training on the new Boeing jet that is at the center of the investigation into a deadly crash in Indonesia.

Illinois Resident Among 5 Dead in Warplanes Crash Off Japan

In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Japan's Coast Guard ship, top, and U.S. military plane are seen at sea off Kochi, southwestern Japan, during a search and rescue operation for missing crew members of a U.S. Marine refueling plane and fighter jet. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast.