The monarch butterfly has been the state’s official insect for nearly 40 years , thanks to the lobbying efforts of a group of 3rd graders from Decatur. Chris Young, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said the butterfly’s numbers have dwindled since the mid-1990s.
In the two years since he was indicted on bribery charges, state Rep. Derrick Smith has defiantly maintained his innocence in public, but within hours of his arrest, he allegedly admitted to FBI agents that he “f – - – ed up” when he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe.
Marcus Lynch, of the 4700 block of South Loomis Boulevard, allegedly followed a 22-year-old woman from a gas station at the corner of Halsted and Addison streets, and into a nearby alley Tuesday afternoon.
Under a negotiated agreement approved Tuesday by Lake County Judge James Booras, Nyasha Mbawa, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of predatory criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony that carries a penalty of six to 30 years in prison, or a term of up to life if extended.
The man, 20, was standing in a parking lot in the 100 block of West Garfield Boulevard about 3:25 a.m. when someone exited a dark-colored sedan, produced a handgun and shot at him.
Truck driver Bobby Cruz, 34, of Des Plaines, committed sick acts that were “brazen beyond belief” when he photographed himself abusing the children ages 2 to 11, U.S. District Judge Robert Dow said during an emotionally raw hearing Tuesday.
About 11:05 p.m., the man was at a bar in the 900 block of East 79th Street when he became involved in an argument with another male, who produced a handgun and shot him.
They lost their jobs last week when the near west suburb of Lyons took drastic measures to fight financial troubles.
A fire in the West Pullman neighborhood injured seven people; including two firefighters, a police officer, and two children who jumped from a window to reach safety.
One year ago, Mark Busiak was in Boston and on Tuesday, he stood outside Old St. Pat’s where bells marked the anniversary of the Boston tragedy.
Police are looking for a suspect after a woman was sexually assaulted in the 3500 block of North Halsted in Lakeview neighborhood Monday afternoon.
A surveillance camera in the West Side store was rolling when the suspect pulled out a submachine gun.
Authorities are investigating a robbery at a Fifth Third Bank branch in the Loop Tuesday afternoon, but will not confirm reports that a suspect is in custody.
White Sox executives spoke to some Chicago high school athletes about bringing change as part of Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.
Nine people were hurt when a van went through a red light and struck a CTA bus Tuesday afternoon on the Near West Side.
A baby Great Horned Owl that apparently fell out of its nest in McHenry County is now safe, thanks to a police officer in the village of Bull Valley.
Ruggles hatched June 12, 2013, to parents Drake and Magdalena, according to a statement from Shedd. She weighed only 75 grams at birth, but now weighs 4.9 pounds.
Fewer than 11 percent of Chicago high school students reported smoking last year.
There are a lot of spaces across Chicagoland where nobody lives, according to the U.S. Census.
The Rev. Michael W. O’Connell will resume his role as pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish on Thursday, according to a statement from Archdiocese of Chicago spokeswoman Susan Burritt.
A CTA Blue Line train jumped the tracks at the O’Hare station early Monday, after the train failed to slow down while pulling into the station, and went through the barriers at the end of the tracks.
A man wanted for murder in Georgia rammed several cars while fleeing police Sunday, before crashing on Lake Shore Drive, prompting a standoff with police that lasted more than 8 hours.
Much of the town of Washington, Ill was destroyed by a tornado on Sunday.
We asked Blackhawks fans to share their photos as they headed out to the Stanley Cup victory rally and parade.
Heavy rainfall that continued for several hours early Wednesday in the north and northwest suburbs left many streets and homes flooded.