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Black moms more likely to die from pregnancy-related ills

CHICAGO (AP) — Black women who have just given birth in Illinois are more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues within a year than non-Hispanic white women, according to an Illinois Department of Public Health study released Thursday.

Foul play suspected in disappearance of postal worker

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say they suspect foul play in the disappearance more than two weeks ago of a pregnant 27-year-old postal carrier.

In a statement, police say they are basing their suspicions on the length of time that Kierra Coles has been missing and "the fact that she has fallen off the grid."

Illinois Catholic dioceses targeted in sex abuse lawsuit

CHICAGO (AP) — Three men and one woman who say they were sexually abused by priests decades ago filed a lawsuit Thursday against every diocese in Illinois for an alleged ongoing scheme to cover up sexual assault by priests.

WILL 13th District Debate 2018

The Illinois 13th Congressional District debate between Republican incumbent Rodney Davis and Democrat challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan at WILL at Campbell Hall on UI Campus in Urbana on Thursday, Oct. 18. 2018.

Man charged after accomplice is fatally shot during gun sale

WAUKEGAN (AP) — A man who went to a gun sale at a suburban Chicago home that ended in the death of an accomplice is being held in lieu of $5 million bond.

Michael J. Zachery of Evanston is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Joseph McHaney of Chicago.

Illinois man charged with child sexual exploitation

PEORIA (AP) — A 47-year-old central Illinois man faces federal charges of child sexual exploitation for allegedly using a social media site to try to contact and meet minors.

A Wednesday statement from Springfield's U.S. attorney's office says Charles A. Hewitt, of Creve Coeur, had been convicted in 2014 of a sex offense.

Migrating white pelicans spotted in Mattoon, Shelbyville

MATTOON (AP) — No, you're not seeing things: Those are pelicans out on by lakes in the Mattoon and Shelbyville area of eastern Illinois.

Champaign County Board member among 10 staffers suing Pritzker campaign

Ten current and former staffers, including a Champaign County Board member, are suing Democratic Illinois gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker's campaign, saying they were harassed and discriminated against because of their race.

Doctor who dispensed drugs for sex gets 12 years

CHICAGO (AP) — A central Illinois physician who pleaded guilty last year to charges of illegally dispensing opioids and other prescription medications in exchange for money or sex has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

Video shows officer shooting unarmed autistic teen

CHICAGO (AP) — Surveillance video released by a civilian oversight agency shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed autistic black teenager in an incident the police department initially described as an armed confrontation.