U.S. attorney spells out rules of the road for legislators investigating Madigan: Go, until I tell you to stop

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, left; U.S. Attorney John Lausch, center; State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, right. | Rebecca Anzel/Capitol News Illinois; Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times; Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool Ron Safer — a former federal prosecutor now advising House Republican Leader Jim Durkin — called the letter a “green light to […]

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Military Names New Judge for Guantánamo Bay 9/11 Trial

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — A colonel in the Marine Corps was named Thursday to preside as the military judge in the long-running death penalty trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, who are accused of plotting the Sept. […]

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Chargers center Mike Pouncey needs hip surgery and will miss season

The Chargers lost center Mike Pouncey for the season Thursday because of a hip problem he has been dealing with for years. The team announced Pouncey would have surgery sometime this month. “On top of being a Pro Bowl talent, he’s the ultimate captain, teammate and competitor,” general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement. […]

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Economic Expectations of U.S. Consumers Climb to Six-Month High

© Bloomberg. Shoppers walk through the Queens Center shopping mall in the Queens borough of New York. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg (Bloomberg) — U.S. consumers’ economic expectations reached a six-month high in September, with the increased optimism largely concentrated among Republican voters and highlighting a partisan divide about the recovery’s prospects. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort monthly […]

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After Dems try to oust Smollett judge, Cook County judges forego long-established group donation to party

Judge Michael Toomin at the Thompson Center in 2012. | Sun-Times file photo In a rare display of political independence at election time, judges voted 42-13 against donating to the party’s get-out-the-vote efforts as they typically would.  Cook County judges facing retention on the November ballot voted Wednesday night to forgo the long-established practice of […]

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Judges render own verdict on Dems after Toomin rejection — refuse to pony up campaign cash

Judge Michael Toomin at the Thompson Center in 2012. | Sun-Times file photo In a rare display of political independence at election time, judges voted 42-13 against donating to the party’s get-out-the-vote efforts as they typically would.  Cook County judges facing retention on the November ballot voted Wednesday night to forgo the long-established practice of […]

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Poisoned pen pals? Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on letter recapping fed’s rules in Madigan hearings

State Rep. Tom Demmer, left, in 2018; U.S. Attorney John Lausch, center, in 2018; State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, right, last week. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times; Ashlee Rezin Garcoa/Sun-Times; Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool Underscoring the political nature of the special investigatory committee, the Democratic chair of the panel released his letter to U.S. Attorney […]

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NBA teams that keep focused on their game thriving in the bubble

In the hallways outside the convention center ballroom that the NBA has turned into a practice court, Boston coach Brad Stevens swatted away a question like he was Bam Adebayo waiting for Jayson Tatum. Down 1-0 to Miami, the reporter wondered, could his young core of Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart play with even […]

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Family of nursing home resident who died: ‘She had 3 really good years there and 1 really bad week’

Karen Johnson, 77, spent about three years in the Highland Springs Care Center in Beaumont. “She was at an unlocked memory care facility in Hemet, but she got to the point with her Alzheimer’s and dementia … where she needed to be in a locked facility,” said her daughter, Dena Garcia. Eye of the Storm […]

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Northwestern Medicine says it will build in Bronzeville

Northwestern Medicine said Tuesday it intends to build an ambulatory care center in Bronzeville, but key details such as exactly where and when were kept under wraps. | Sun-Times Media It plans an ambulatory care center, but won’t say exactly where it will go in a community affected by the potential closure of Mercy Hospital. […]

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Pelosi: House to stay in session until COVID-19 rescue pact

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, walks to her office, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP Talks between House Speaker Pelosi and the Trump administration broke down last month. WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of […]

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Georgia jail housing ICE, other detainees performed questionable hysterectomies, shredded records, nurse says

An immigration detention center in Georgia performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for COVID-19 and shredded medical records, according to a nurse quoted in a complaint filed Monday. The complaint to the Homeland Security Department’s internal watchdog relies on accounts of Dawn Wooten, who worked full-time as a licensed practical nurse at the Irwin […]

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Nurse questions medical care at immigration jail in Georgia

A nurse at an immigration detention center in Georgia says authorities performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for COVID-19 and shredded medical records By The Associated Press September 15, 2020, 7:02 AM • 3 min read OCILLA, Ga. — An immigration detention center in Georgia performed questionable hysterectomies, refused to test detainees for COVID-19 […]

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As Trump Again Rejects Science, Biden Calls Him a ‘Climate Arsonist’

WASHINGTON — With wildfires raging across the West, climate change took center stage in the race for the White House on Monday as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. called President Trump a “climate arsonist” while the president said that “I don’t think science knows” what is actually happening. A day of dueling appearances […]

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Retirements, layoffs, labor force flight may leave scars on U.S economy

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: People wait outside Kentucky Career Center in Frankfort 2/2 By Howard Schneider and Jonnelle Marte (Reuters) – Judith Ramirez received a letter this month that she’d been dreading: The Honolulu hotel that furloughed her from a housekeeping job in March, during the lockdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, made her […]

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Retired Colonel Criticizes ‘Solitary Confinement’ of Quarantined Soldiers at Guantánamo

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. WASHINGTON — A retired Minnesota National Guard colonel whose daughter recently deployed to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on her second tour is accusing the military of dangerously isolating a company of military police for 14 days to protect the base from the coronavirus. […]

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Take it from Mama: Vote smart and vote early

Workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing at an elections center in Raleigh, N.C. | AP Photos This will be a record year in the United States for early voting and vote-by-mail, but how we worry. The voting experience in 2020 will be like none other in American history. Last week, North Carolina became the first […]

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Cancer Projects to Diversify Genetic Research Receive New Grants

The New York Genome Center awarded six cancer research grants this week as part of an initiative examining the role of race and ethnicity in major types of cancer. The projects will investigate a variety of cancers including pancreatic, colorectal and endometrial cancer in African-Americans; lung cancer in Asian-American patients; breast and prostate cancer in […]

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Panel probing Madigan’s ComEd dealings demonstrates that ‘bipartisan’ doesn’t mean ‘nonpartisan’

House Speaker Mike Madigan, center, is only the third state lawmaker investigated by a special legislative committee this century. The other two were then state Rep. Luis Arroyo, left, shown outside the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in February, and then state Rep. Derrick Smith, right, shown inside the Federal Building in 2014. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times; […]

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George McCaskey on 2020 expectations, GM Ryan Pace and more

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, center, and Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey talk during an NFL Play 60 event at Grant Park, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago before Thursday’s first round of the NFL football draft. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) ORG XMIT: ILKS112 | AP Photos For Bears chairman George McCaskey, […]

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Panel probing Madigan’s ComEd dealings demonstrates that ‘bipartisan’ doesn’t mean mean ‘nonpartisan’

House Speaker Mike Madigan, center, is only the third state lawmaker investigated by a special legislative committee this century. The other two were then state Rep. Luis Arroyo, left, shown outside the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in February, and then state Rep. Derrick Smith, right, shown inside the Federal Building in 2014. | Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times; […]

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Red Stars’ Yuki Nagasato joins men’s soccer club in Japan

Yuki Nagasato, center, is joining the Japanese men’s club Hayabusa Eleven on loan from the REd Stars. | Armando Franca/AP “I want to get the message out to the girls who are playing soccer with the boys that women can join the men’s team and challenge themselves,” Nagasato said Thursday. ATSUGI, Japan — Women’s World […]

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Union membership resumes its decline, report says

Illinois government employee Mark Janus (center) encounters supporters and protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court in February 2018. The court ultimately sided with Janus in ruling that public employees cannot be required to pay union fees. | AP After several years of stability, the drop has accelerated since 2017, the report said. The U.S. Supreme […]

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Violent protests setting up Trump for ‘landslide’ win: Star Parker

Nationwide unrest and protest violence are giving President Trump a leg up in the election, Center for Urban Renewal and Education founder Star Parker told “Fox & Friends Weekend.” “I think they’re setting up Donald Trump for a landslide,” she said. “He may even get the only state that Ronald Reagan didn’t get after the […]

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Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid Are Stuck Between Star and Superstar

It was just two years ago when Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers’ gregarious and talented center, told reporters about an interaction he had with his gifted rookie partner, the much more subdued but still skillful Ben Simmons. Simmons approached Embiid after the Boston Celtics had just eliminated the Sixers in the Eastern Conference semifinals in […]

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