Ex-chief says he didn’t intentionally ‘deceive’ anyone

CHICAGO (AP) — Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn’t “intentionally mislead or deceive” anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the whe...

Illinois' automatic voter registration delays worry experts

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' top leaders trumpeted the benefits of automatic voter registration when signing a bipartisan plan in 2017 to change how the state finds and signs up eligible but unregistered ...

Deported Army veteran returns to US in bid to become citizen

CHICAGO (AP) — An Army veteran deported to Mexico in 2018 says he's overwhelmed to be granted permission to re-enter the country for another chance to become a U.S. citizen. Immigrat...

Obama library brings elation but also fear of displacement

CHICAGO (AP) — When word spread that the Obama Presidential Center was coming to the lakefront park Tara Madison has watched through her apartment windows for a decade, she was elated at the idea of a...

Advocates: 'Horrible deja vu' in continued family separation

NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for migrant parents and children separated at the border say there's a "horrible sense of deja vu" in the continued disruption of families even after a court injunction over ...

As Trump expands deportation powers, immigrants prepare

CHICAGO (AP) — A sweeping expansion of deportation powers unveiled this week by the Trump administration has sent chills through immigrant communities and prompted some lawyers to advise migrants to g...

US poised to begin immigration enforcement operation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting people who are in the United States illegally is expected to begin this weekend after it was postponed last month by Presiden...

AP Explains: The law criminalizing improper border crossings

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal law that President Donald Trump used in justifying the separation of migrant parents and children at the border last year is creating waves on the 2020 campaign trail, with so...

Activists step up trainings amid Trump deportation threats

CHICAGO (AP) — Ceci Garcia believes that if her husband had a better understanding of his rights, he would have avoided deportation to Mexico after telling a suburban Chicago police officer during a 2...

Illinois governor signs law expanding access to abortion

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed sweeping protections for abortion on Wednesday in a new law that establishes access to the procedure as a "fundamental right" for women. ...

Activists to copy Illinois 'gay panic defense' ban elsewhere

CHICAGO (AP) — Starting in January, Illinois is outlawing a rare criminal defense argument allowing the use of a victim's sexual orientation as justification for violent crime. It's a ban that gay rig...

Chicago foundation awards $100M to Syrian children's program

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago foundation awarded $100 million Wednesday to two New York-based organizations to help educate millions of Syrian refugee children through home visits, learning centers and loc...

Rev Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson's disease diagnosis

CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he's been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy. In a Friday le...

Latest front in Weinstein scandal: Statehouses say 'me too'

CHICAGO (AP) — The response to sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein has spread to statehouses nationwide, with hundreds of lawmakers, lobbyists and consultants coming f...

Open letter alleges sexual harassment in Illinois politics

CHICAGO (AP) — An open letter alleging widespread sexual harassment in Illinois politics and urging women and their allies to come forward has been circulating around the state Capitol, a move that fo...