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$8.7 Billion O’Hare Airport Expansion Underway

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday joined airline executives at a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of his plan to remake O’Hare International Airport.

Attorneys: Church List of Accused Illinois Clergy Incomplete

Attorney Jeff Anderson speaks as Joe Iacono, left, and Cindy Yesko listen during a news conference in Chicago on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Advocates for clergy abuse victims say their list of 395 priests or lay people in Illinois who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children is far more extensive than the names already released by the state’s six dioceses. (AP Photo / Kiichiro Sato)

Advocates for clergy abuse victims released the names Wednesday of 395 priests and lay people in Illinois they say have been publicly accused of sexually abusing children.

Illinois Man Pleads Not Guilty in Deputy’s Fatal Shooting

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

Floyd E. Brown pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges accusing him of fatally shooting 35-year-old McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner.

Chicago Police Union Wants Federal Probe in Smollett Case

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)

The Chicago police union’s president alleges that the county’s top prosecutor interfered with the investigation of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett before recusing herself.

AP Source: Justice Department Probing Development of Boeing Jets

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)

U.S. prosecutors are looking into the development of Boeing’s 737 Max jets, a person briefed on the matter revealed Monday.

Are Eggs Good or Bad For You? New Research Rekindles Debate

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The latest U.S. research on eggs won’t go over easy for those who can’t eat breakfast without them. Adults who ate about 1.5 eggs daily had a slightly higher risk of heart disease than those who ate no eggs, a study shows.

R. Kelly Case Poses Challenge: Separating Artist from Anthem

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)

The dilemma of separating the sides of R. Kelly, who faces 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, now confronts millions who listen to or perform the singer's music. 

FAA’s Close Ties to Boeing Questioned After 2 Deadly Crashes

In this photo taken Monday, March 11, 2019, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for TUI Group sits parked in the background at right at Boeing Co.'s Renton Assembly Plant in Renton, Washington.  (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

The FAA’s oversight duties are coming under greater scrutiny after deadly crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jets operated by airlines in Ethiopia and Indonesia, killing a total of 346 people. 

Judge Allows Courtroom Cameras for Trial of R. Kelly

In this Nov. 17, 2015, file photo, musical artist R. Kelly performs the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks in New York. (AP Photo / Frank Franklin II, File)

A Cook County judge on Friday OK’d cameras during the R&B singer’s upcoming court appearance next Friday.

R. Kelly Sex Tapes: From Duffel Bag to National Circulation

In this Nov. 17, 2015, file photo, musical artist R. Kelly performs the national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks in New York. (AP Photo / Frank Franklin II, File)

An acquaintance of R. Kelly’s recalled how the singer once lugged a duffel bag everywhere — to recording studios, film sets and gyms. Stuffed inside, she said, was a collection of his homemade VHS sex tapes.

Feds: Charity Funneled Millions in College Bribery Scam

William “Rick” Singer, front, founder of the Edge College & Career Network, exits federal court in Boston on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo / Steven Senne)

The mastermind of a wide-ranging college admissions scandal set up a charity that wove a deep web of deception and fraud to mask bribes and payoffs,according to prosecutors and tax documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

R. Kelly Appears in Chicago Court in Child Support Case

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

R. Kelly’s publicist says the R&B singer wants his child support payments lowered, but it doesn’t appear that they were reduced during the most recent hearing in the case.

US Grounding of Boeing Jet Shows Limits of Company’s Clout

In this photo taken Monday, March 11, 2019, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for TUI Group sits parked in the background at right at Boeing Co.'s Renton Assembly Plant in Renton, Washington.  (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Bowing to international pressure, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the U.S. were being grounded following the Ethiopian Airlines disaster.

Pilots Have Reported Issues in US with New Boeing Jet

In this photo taken Monday, March 11, 2019, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for TUI Group sits parked in the background at right at Boeing Co.'s Renton Assembly Plant in Renton, Washington.  (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Airline pilots on at least two U.S. flights have reported that an automated system seemed to cause their Boeing 737 Max planes to tilt down suddenly.  

A Britney Spears Musical Stage Comedy is Set for Chicago

In this June 13, 2017, file photo, U.S. singer Britney Spears performs during her concert in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo / Chiang Ying-ying, File)

She is the latest pop star to throw her fedora onto the stage. The show “Once Upon a One More Time” will have its world premiere this fall in Chicago, with previews beginning in October.

Smollett’s Lawyer Welcomes Cameras in Courtroom

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, center, arrives at Leighton Criminal Court Building for a hearing to discuss whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during his disorderly conduct case on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Matt Marton)

An attorney for Jussie Smollett says she wants cameras in the courtroom throughout the “Empire” actor’s trial so that the public “can see the evidence and the lack thereof.”

2nd Crash Renews Safety Concerns for Boeing’s Prized New Jet

In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, SilkAir's new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft is seen through a viewing gallery window parked on the tarmac of Singapore’s Changi International Airport. (AP Photo / Wong Maye-E, File)

The second deadly crash of a prized new airplane in five months has renewed safety concerns about the 737 Max that could shape Boeing's fortunes for many years.

Man Accused of Shooting Deputy Makes Court Appearance

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

Floyd E. Brown of Springfield is charged with first-degree murder in the death of McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Keltner. 

Chance the Rapper Marries Longtime Girlfriend

In this Nov. 26, 2018 file photo, Chance the Rapper, right, and Kirsten Corley appear during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the San Antonio Spurs in Chicago. (AP Photo / David Banks, File)

Chance the Rapper tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend in a star-studded ceremony. Reports say the couple married in Newport Beach, California on Saturday.

Growing Number of Boeing Max 8 Planes Grounded After Crash

In this Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, SilkAir's new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft is seen through a viewing gallery window parked on the tarmac of Singapore’s Changi International Airport. (AP Photo / Wong Maye-E, File)

Chicago-based Boeing’s stock plunged 8 percent Monday morning as aviation authorities in China, Indonesia and Ethiopia ordered airlines to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes the day after one crashed in Ethiopia.

Attorney: Tape Appears to Show R. Kelly Sexually Abusing Girls

Gary Dennis, seated with lawyer Gloria Allred, speaks during a Sunday, March 10, 2019 press conference announcing a videotape said to present further evidence of wrongdoing by recording artist R. Kelly. Dennis said the tape, which he found at his home in Pennsylvania, shows R. Kelly sexually abusing more than one underage girl. (AP Photo / Kevin Hagen)

A man who said he was cleaning out an old videotape collection found a tape that showed a man who appeared to be R. Kelly sexually abusing girls, he and his attorney said Sunday.

R. Kelly: ‘We’re Going to Straighten All This Stuff Out’

Singer R. Kelly left, speaks to the media while his attorney Steve Greenberg right, looks on after being released from Cook County Jail, March 9, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty)

R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday after someone who officials say did not want to be publicly identified paid $161,633 that the R&B singer owed in back child support.

After Making Millions, R. Kelly Could be Left with Nothing

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

R. Kelly built a worldwide musical brand that earned tens of millions of dollars over a nearly 30-year career. But tax and legal issues could leave the Grammy Award winner with next to nothing.

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.