Mississippi River bridge at St. Louis to reopen next month

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A key St. Louis bridge across the Mississippi River is scheduled to reopen next month after being closed for upgrades since the summer.

Chicago awaits more protests over police shooting

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Chicago teachers rally to push ahead stalled contract talks

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of Chicago teachers and their supporters held a rally as the fight continues between the teachers union and the school district for a new contract.

Police offer tips to avoid pickpockets, other thieves

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are urging holiday shoppers to be extra cautious to avoid criminals.

Collinsville officials approve residential chicken ordinance

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Officials in a southwest Illinois community have decided to allow up to 75 residents to keep chickens within city limits.

Division I recruits keep Rockets on toes

TOLONO — Unity football coach Scott Hamilton knows he has plenty to worry about in Kankakee McNamara running back Jonathan Ward.

The Central Michigan commit, who coach Richard Zinanni said is still being pursued by bigger schools, torched Immaculate Conception for 196 yards and four touchdowns Saturday in a 42-14 win in the Class 3A state quarterfinals.

Weather helps Arcola football study foe

ARCOLA — The day after his team advanced to the Class 1A state finals, Arcola football coach Zach Zehr woke up early and drove northwest.

First, he stopped in Bloomington, where he picked up former Deer Creek-Mackinaw coach Jim McDonald, his high school coach. Then, he dropped off his children at his parents’ house in Mackinaw.

Snowballs from Badger fans lead to ejections, injuries

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison police report more than 100 fans were ejected from Saturday's Big Ten football game against Northwestern at Camp Randall Stadium.

Michael Jordan, Jewel-Osco reach settlement over use of name

CHICAGO (AP) — Spokespeople for Michael Jordan and a supermarket chain say there's a settlement regarding the alleged misuse of the basketball star's name.