11-year-old boy rescued from icy retention pond

NAPERVILLE (AP) — First responders rescued an 11-year-old boy who fell through an icy suburban Chicago retention pond.

Gunman to be sentenced in honor student's killing

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man faces decades in prison for fatally shooting a 15-year-old honor student a week after she performed at then-President Barack Obama's inauguration festivities in 2013.

Tom Kacich | Reps. Davis, Kinzinger crossed aisle versus shutdown

Two Illinois Republican congressmen last week joined with Democrats to pass spending bills to reopen parts of the federal government.

Chicago saw record 57.6 million visitors in 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago set a new tourism record last year, attracting more than 57.6 million visitors during 2018.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the new numbers Friday morning, saying the increased number of visitors has meant more jobs and economic opportunities for the city. Chicago tourism-related employment was estimated at more than 150,000 jobs last year, up 1.2 percent.

Lawyer says man innocent in postal worker shooting

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (AP) — The attorney for a man charged with shooting a U.S. Postal Service worker last month in suburban Chicago says his client is innocent.

Pritzker makes more Cabinet appointments

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker filled more Cabinet positions ahead of his inauguration, and his choices include several women and show a bipartisan approach.

$2.1 million settlement reached over worker's death

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Court records show that the family of a McLean County maintenance worker will receive $2.1 million after he was killed in a work-related accident in 2015.

The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Thursday that an agreement was filed in McLean County Circuit Court that was reached with Leah Hoeniges, administrator of her father John Hoeniges' estate.

Officials urge vaccination after Illinois girl dies of flu

AURORA (AP) — Health officials are urging people to get the flu shot after a 3-year-old girl died of influenza in suburban Chicago.

The Kane County Health Department and the Kane County coroner's office said this week that the child died Dec. 21 at Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora.

Illinois accepts $10 million bid to repair state fair coliseum

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois officials have accepted a more than $10 million bid from a contractor to repair the deteriorating Illinois State Fair Coliseum.

The State Journal-Register reports that Springfield-based R.D. Lawrence Construction Co. was awarded the contract Friday. The company hopes to begin construction in the coming weeks.

Up to 7 inches of snow forecast in parts of Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for parts of central and southern Illinois with as many as 7 inches of snow forecast.