100 days after the fall of Roe, out-of-state abortion patients have spiked in Illinois. Here are 6 things to know about abortion access locally and nationwide.
The high court’s June 24 ruling ended federal abortion protections, leaving the matter of abortion rights to be determined by individual states. Terminating a pregnancy remains legal in Illinois, which has strong reproductive rights protections in the Midwest.chicagotribune.com
Illinois' governor race echoes U.S. abortion, crime debates
The event hosted by the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors largely focused on questions of public safety, economics and abortion rights that have already dominated the campaign for months. But the bail changes have been the source of widespread misinformation and accusations on the Illinois campaign trail this fall. He suggested the Republican would do away with some of Illinois' most progressive pedigrees, including protection of abortion rights following the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of the Roe v. Wade decision. “Nothing is changing,” Bailey said, adding that his focus would be on crime, business and education if elected governor. Bailey rarely shied away from touting his support for Trump or his views on gun rights and abortion during the primary.wftv.com
Abortion ruling intensifies fight over state supreme courts
Instead, Republicans could be on the verge of winning control of the Illinois Supreme Court, where Democrats currently hold a 4-3 majority. After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe, state judicial races have become even more important for Democratic groups working to protect abortion rights. Curran touted his opposition to abortion rights when he ran unsuccessfully for Senate two years ago. The state supreme court races that abortion rights supporters say they are most concerned with are ones Republicans already have been targeting, but for other issues. "We have to do more in the states about the influence and power of our state supreme court."wftv.com
Bidder tied to Mexican gaming company only remaining applicant for Illinois online sports betting license. But it may be forced to drop out.
A deal that would see Caliente Interactive, a Mexican gaming company with ties to a controversial Tijuana businessman, enter the state's online sports betting market may fall through, leaving Illinois without any applicants for its first online-only license.chicagotribune.com
Meet the Illinois youth taking sex education curriculum into their own hands with their handbook, ‘Shattering the Taboo: A Guide to Sexual Health Education.’
The Sex Ed Initiative is a group of high schoolers In Illinois hoping to bring about change to the sex ed curriculum taught in schools to be more inclusive and comprehensive. Called "Shattering the Taboo," the guide is a comprehensive sex education and can be used for high school students across the country.chicagotribune.com
Recall alert: Behrmann Meat recalls ready-to-eat products due to listeria concerns
WASHINGTON — Concerns over listeria contamination have caused an Illinois-based company to recall more than 87,000 pounds of ready-to-eat meat products. >> Read more trending newsAccording to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Behrmann Meat and Processing Inc., of Albers, is recalling approximately 87,382 pounds of various ready-to-eat meat products. The problem was discovered through product and environmental testing provided by FSIS and Behrmann Meat and Processing, the USDA said in its release. Products recalled include Pork Liver Sausage, Pork Ring Liver Sausage, Hot Head Cheese, Head Cheese and Blood Sausage, the USDA said. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Connie Haselhorst, vice president of operations, Behrmann Meat and Processing Inc., at -618-248-5151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Video shows alligator swimming in water park’s lazy river
DECATUR, Ill. — An alligator’s day out featured a splash in a lazy river and some sunbathing at an Illinois water park. >> Read more trending newsThe Scovill Zoo shared a video on Facebook of its alligator, “G,” who got to enjoy a day-long field trip to Splash Cove. G’s keepers wanted to enrich the alligator’s life, and arranged for him to visit Splash Cove after the water park had closed for the season. The park closed to swimmers several weeks ago, and since then the chlorine in the pool water naturally burned off, making it safe for G, the Herald & Review reported. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
2 claim $1.337B Mega Millions jackpot
Lottery officials in Illinois have announced that the winners of this summer’s multibillion-dollar Mega Millions jackpot have finally stepped forward. Illinois Lottery officials announced Wednesday that two people, who decided to remain anonymous, have won the jackpot. They bought the ticket at a gas station in Des Plaines, Illinois, WBBM reported. “They stopped into the Speedway in Des Plaines and grabbed a Mega Millions ticket while they were there. That turned out to be an absolutely life-changing decision when a $3 line of Mega Millions with Megaplier turned into a $1.34 billion jackpot win,” Illinois Lottery Director Harold Mays said, according to WGN.wftv.com
2 claim Mega Millions prize; 3rd-largest US lottery jackpot
Lottery officials say two people who wish to remain anonymous have claimed a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot after a single ticket was sold in a Chicago suburb for a late July drawing, opting to take a lump sum payment of $780.5 million.
Election 2022: How to register to vote, what’s the deadline, where do I vote?
Hawaii: Oct. 31 – by mail; can register to vote online by Nov. 8, and in person on election day13. Illinois: Oct. 11 by mail; Oct. 23 online; can register to vote in person on election day15. New Mexico: Oct. 11 by mail or online; can register to vote in person on election day33. Vermont: Nov. 4 online; can register to vote in person on election day; or by mail on the election day47. Wyoming: Oct. 24 by mail; can register to vote in person on election dayHow to find out if you are registered to vote?wftv.com
A South Bend abortion clinic won a long, bitter battle for an Indiana license. Then the state’s abortion ban went into effect, rendering the license void.
A legal battle made headlines across the country, in part because the clinic was championed by then-Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, South Bend’s mayor at the time and the current U.S. Secretary of Transportation.chicagotribune.com
As abortion is banned in Indiana, Planned Parenthood in Flossmoor sees first patient cross state line: ‘I’m the underground railroad’
A ride share driver bringing a woman from Lafayette, Indiana, to receive an abortion Thursday at the Flossmoor Planned Parenthood facility told workers she was part of an underground railroad.chicagotribune.com
Person of interest in July 4 shooting at Chicago-area parade is in custody
Police say a gunman on a rooftop opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people, wounding at least 30 and sending hundreds of marchers, parents with strollers and children on bicycles fleeing in terror.
Heat wave keeps Midwest and South in its sticky grip
People are flocking to pools, beaches and cooling centers in a swath of the Midwest and South spanning from northern Florida to the Great Lakes, as a heat wave pushed temperatures into the 90s and beyond and may have caused the deaths of at least two people in the Milwaukee area.
Retired Illinois couple receives 2 years worth of vulgar ‘spoof’ calls and texts
For the last two years, Adelmira and Nicholas Garcia of Illinois have endured phone calls and texts from a phantom caller who has used a spoofing app to make it appear as if the calls originated from the couple’s own cellphones.
Jury deliberates in Illinois guards' trial in fatal beating
Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys offered starkly different explanations Friday for the fatal beating of an Illinois prison inmate four years ago in closing arguments before a jury began deliberating in the trial of two former correctional officers.