Feds release data on states getting immigrant kids
CHICAGO (AP) - New federal data show Illinois received 305 unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border this year.
The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families released a state-by-state list on Thursday showing the total released to sponsors from January 1 to July 7.
Texas received the most children with 4,280. The other leading states are New York, Florida and California.
The U.S. has been grappling with a surge in the number of unaccompanied children arriving on the border from Central America fleeing violence. Many believe they'll be allowed to stay in the U.S.
Children are placed in government shelters and then released to sponsors while they go through deportation proceedings. In many cases, the sponsors are the children's parents, other relatives, or a family friend.
FAST FOOD WORKERS-CONVENTION
Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands
CHICAGO (AP) - Fast food workers from around the country will gather this weekend in Chicago to discuss how to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation.
About 1,300 workers are expected at a convention in suburban Chicago Friday and Saturday. They say they can't provide for their family on minimum wage and want paid sick days and other benefits.
Industry officials say a $15-an-hour wage would hurt jobs, and that the solution is more education and job training.
Kendall Fells is an organizing director of the national effort who works for the Service Employees International Union.
He says higher-profile protests are coming that may include civil disobedience. So far, most of the protests have included one-day strikes and a protest outside this year's McDonald's Corp. shareholder meeting.
COLD CASE STRANGLING-ARREST
Man held in 1992 strangling death of Illinois teen
CHICAGO (AP) - A 71-year-old man arrested in California in connection with the 1992 strangling death of an Illinois teenager won't fight extradition to Illinois.
Cook County authorities say Robert Serritella was arrested this week in Los Angeles County and appeared in court there Thursday. Another hearing is set for Aug. 25.
The mother of 15-year-old victim David Chereck tells the Chicago Sun-Times she got a Wednesday call from Cook County investigators. Esther Chereck says she was relieved to hear the news about the arrest of a suspect.
David Chereck was last seen walking home from a bowling alley in suburban Chicago on New Year's Day 1992. His body was later found in a forest preserve.
Serritella is in custody in Los Angeles County. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.
U OF ILLINOIS-ARENA
U of I boosts arena budget, gives Groce a raise
CHICAGO (AP) - University of Illinois trustees have boosted the size of the budget for the State Farm Center renovation and given basketball coach John Groce (GROHS) a raise and contract extension.
Trustees meeting in Chicago on Thursday agreed to increase the budget for the arena work from $165 million to $169.5 million. The extra money is intended to cover additional costs related to a new scoreboard, video boards and other items.
Work on the arena has started and is expected to be finished in late 2016.
Groce's annual pay was increased by $100,000 a year to $1.7 million. The coach's contract was extended by a year through 2018-19.Groce has coached two seasons at Illinois and his teams have made the NCAA Tournament and the National Invitation Tournament.
ILLINOIS GOVERNOR-FAINTING SUPPORTER
Teen collapses at Gov. Quinn campaign event
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago teenager has been released from the hospital after appearing to faint at a campaign event where the Illinois governor ended up kneeling over him and holding his hand before an ambulance arrived.
Thursday's event began with the 13-year-old flanking Gov. Pat Quinn with dozens of other children at a Chicago church. The Democrat faced TV cameras to speak about gun violence.
But as the event began, the Chicago eighth grader toppled to the floor unconscious. Quinn went over, knelt down and held his hand before paramedics arrived 15 minutes later.
Charles Rice is the boy's football coach and also attended Thursday's event.
He says the hospital released the teen after a few hours and that he's fine. He says doctors said he may have fainted from dehydration.
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