Snow, more cold temps to hit Chicago, N. Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) - Officials are gearing up for more snow on top of dangerously low temperatures in the Chicago area and north central Illinois.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory from midnight to 4 a.m. today. They say the area could get 2 to 4 inches of snow combined with dropping temperatures and that could make for a treacherous rush hour.
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on yesterday morning recorded a temperature of 6 below zero. That was the earliest subzero temperature at the airport since 1995.
Cities across Cook County were opening warming centers and the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is preparing to deploy snow plows.
Gary Schenkel is executive director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. He's urging residents to check on their neighbors.
Illinois trying to land new Boeing facility
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is among the states trying to land Boeing's new aircraft manufacturing plant.
The Chicago-based company is choosing a location to build its new 400-seat 777X jetliner.
The state submitted an offer yesterday that would provide economic incentives if Boeing selects Illinois.
David Roeder is a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Commerce. He says it's "a compelling proposal" but that he couldn't elaborate because of a confidentiality agreement.
Boeing is looking at a $7 billion to $10 billion plant that would start with 3,250 workers in 2018 and grow to 8,500 by 2024.
Several other states also submitted offers by yesterday's deadline. They include Missouri, Alabama and California.
Boeing officials are expected to announce the new plant's location early next year.
SEX TRAFFICKING RING
Bolingbrook man convicted in sex trafficking ring
CHICAGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a suburban Chicago man has been convicted in connection with a sex trafficking ring that involved at least four victims including a minor.
Authorities say 41-year-old McKenzie Carson of Bolingbrook was found guilty yesterday of four counts of sex trafficking. He has been in federal custody without bond since his January 2012 arrest.
Prosecutors say the ring was active in 2009 and 2010. They say all four victims testified at Carson's trial in Chicago federal court.
A sentencing date wasn't immediately set.
Kirk home after gallbladder surgery
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is at home recovering from surgery to remove his gallbladder.
The Republican from Highland Park underwent the common procedure Monday morning at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.
Kirk tweeted "It's good to be home" yesterday afternoon.
The physician who performed the surgery says the gallbladder procedure was not related to a stroke Kirk suffered last year. He returned to work in Congress earlier this year.
Kirk went to the hospital Saturday with stomach pain. Tests revealed gallstones - hard deposits that can form in the gallbladder.
A spokesman says Kirk will miss work in Washington this week before Congress recesses for a holiday break.
ILLINOIS-CHILD ABUSE DEATHS
Ill. looks for reasons behind rise in child deaths
CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois' child welfare agency says a spike in the number of children reported to have died of neglect might be the result of a change in reporting guidelines.
The Department of Children and Family Services says 104 children died of abuse or neglect in the 2013 fiscal year.
Seventy-four of those deaths were neglect cases. That's an increase that coincides with new department guidelines. Under the change, DCFS categorizes the deaths of children who suffocated while sleeping in bed with their parents as neglect if it can be proven parents were warned of the dangers of co-sleeping. That applies even if the parents had not consumed alcohol or drugs.
The agency's acting director, Denise Gonzales, announced the finding at a state senate committee hearing investigating the increase.
GIRL KILLED-MOTHER CHARGED
Mother charged with obstruction after girl's death
EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - The mother of a 7-year-old southern Illinois girl who authorities say was stabbed to death by an uncle made her first court appearance.
Twenty-six-year-old Ciara DeRyke of Watson was granted a public defender yesterday in Effingham County. She faces a misdemeanor obstruction count alleging she lied to authorities.
Authorities say DeRyke claimed to have last seen daughter Willow Long alive in their home the morning of Sept. 8. But the girl was already dead, her body found the next day near a river.
State's Attorney Bryan Kibler says DeRyke wasn't involved in the killing or efforts to conceal it. He alleges she lied to make her appear to be a better mother, covering up that she was out the night of the killing.
110-year sentence in Illinois clerk's killing
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - A Lake County judge has given a 110-year prison sentence to a man convicted in the 2007 killing of a suburban Chicago woman.
Montago Suggs was sentenced yesterday in Waukegan. Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes told the 29-year-old he wants him to "spend the rest of your days in prison."
Suggs was convicted in September in the shooting death of 22-year-old Melinda Morrell of Round Lake Park at a Check 'n Go in Waukegan.
Suggs apologized to Morrell's family and said he wanted them to know he didn't kill Morrell. He said he's "not a monster."
Morrell's mother and sister also gave impact statements. Sheryl Morrell said she would "never forgive" Suggs.
Cost estimate lowered for Rockford airport work
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - It's going to cost less than expected to expand a terminal at Rockford's airport.
It originally was estimated that the project at Chicago Rockford International Airport would cost about $37 million. But airport deputy director Amy Ott says it will now cost less than $20 million.
Plans call for a 20,000-square-foot addition. Airport officials say it's necessary because the current terminal can't handle passenger volume during peak travel periods. The airport had about 242,000 passengers in 2012.
Ott says construction could start next fall.
Consulate to hold Chicago memorial for Mandela
CHICAGO (AP) - A memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela will be held later this week in Chicago.
A spokesman for the South African consul general's office says he expects a capacity crowd at Friday evening's memorial on Chicago's South Side.
The event is being held at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters, which can hold about 1,000 mourners.
Friday's service is set to begin at 7 p.m. and is being billed as a celebration of Mandela's life. It will feature religious leaders from a variety of faiths and is one of a number of similar memorials being held around the country.
Mandela died last week at age 95.
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