News from Chicago’s metro area and the surrounding state of Illinois.

Amarise Parker, who was reported missing from the 10900 block of South Wood Street, was last seen on Aug. 30 when she left her home after coming home from school, according to a Chicago police missing persons alert.
A judge vacated the convictions of James Soto, 62, and David Ayala, 60, who were serving life sentences in the 1981 shooting deaths of a Marine and a teen girl in McKinley Park. They were both released Thursday night.
Morgan Mesi says Breakthru Beverage Illinois denied coverage of a bilateral mastectomy and hormone therapy, according to a complaint filed in federal court Thursday.
Many parents, students and public education advocates have long said the choice system creates “haves” and “have-nots” and leaves children competing with one another for resources.
If passed, the Chicago Rideshare Living Wage and Safety Ordinance would raise drivers’ wages, improve driver safety and create a transparent system to handle driver deactivation.
The high court had been asked to issue an injunction that would have blocked the year-old law, which prohibits the possession, manufacture or sale of semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines.
The Illinois Commerce Commission cut off spending for the pipe program last month pending an investigation into the project, which is years behind schedule and billions of dollars beyond initial budget estimates.
A split decision from the Illinois Commerce Commission sends ComEd back to the drawing board for a plan that lines up with a clean energy law signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker — and it means Chicagoans will see much smaller electric bill increases than expected in the new year.
A hair recovered from the gloved left index finger of victim Frances Murphy belonged to one of four brothers from the area, according to a DNA test, and the only explanation is that someone else was involved in the 1960 crime, attorney Andrew Hale wrote in a letter to a Will County prosecutor.
Teresa Haley denies making the inflammatory comments about asylum-seekers apparently captured on video from a recent conference call of NAACP leaders.
She was found by a city worker in an alley in the 8500 block of South Vincennes Avenue on Tuesday morning, police said.
Sean Richards, 14, was killed in July when a car wash employee sped out of the car wash in a Jeep, struck the boy, then crossed the street and crashed into a sub shop.
Still hurting from the pandemic, the nonprofit said it is trying to sell its apartment buildings to operators who will maintain the sites as affordable properties.
Johnny Huizar, 32, was driving Saturday in the 6100 block of South Central Park Avenue when two people fired shots from a sidewalk, authorities said.
The symbol is alarming to Chicago’s Ukrainian community, especially as support for the country’s fight against Russia has waned since the war started nearly two years ago.
After reviewing video surveillance authorities determined Megan Lewis was picked up by Juan A. Vega-Montoya on Nov. 26 in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood. Her body was found three days later in Old Mill Creek.
Dateisha House testified during the murder trial Wednesday that her child’s father, Ralph Turpin, sent the message shortly after FBG Duck was gunned down in the Gold Coast in August 2020.
The 17-day event gives diners a chance to sample some of the area’s top dining destinations at a special fixed price.
Admission of the will that mysteriously surfaced was not the “final word on validity,” a Cook County judge said, leaving hope for distant relatives who expected a share of Joseph Stancak’s millions.
The tavern-restaurant announced Wednesday that it will shut down at the end of dinner service on New Year’s Eve.
Darryl Porter, 32, was struck multiple times in the chest about 10:40 a.m. Sunday in the 3700 block of West Lexington Street, authorities said. No one is in custody.
Artist Shawn Michael Warren previously completed a giant mural featuring Oprah Winfrey in the West Loop.
Under an ordinance approved Monday, Rosemont could impose fines of $750 per vehicle, arrest drivers and impound buses used to bring asylum-seekers to town.
Brushing aside criticism that he has remained silent since the crash, CTA President Dorval Carter said National Transportation Safety Board rules prohibit him from commenting on the investigation. But he tried to allay speculation about a potential design flaw.
Beale tried briefly to suspend the rules Wednesday for immediate consideration of a new version stating: “Should the city of Chicago limit its designation as a sanctuary city by placing spending limits on its public funding?”
The Lake County coroner’s office identifies a body recovered Tuesday as that of Brissa Romero, who was reported missing last week. Her cause of death is consistent with drowning, authorities say.