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Illinois: State of the United States of America
Illinois is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It has the 5th largest Gross Domestic Product by state, is the 6th-most populous U.S. state and 25th-largest state in terms of land area. Illinois is often noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in northern and central Illinois, and natural resources such as coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base, and is a major transportation hub. Chicagoland, Chicago's metropolitan area, contains over 65% of the state's population. The Port of Chicago connects the state to other global ports around the world from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean; as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway on the Illinois River. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Wabash River form parts of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world's busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and, through the 1980s, in politics.

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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty in alleged hate crime hoax

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett appeared in an Illinois courtroom Thursday and pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct stemming from accusations he falsely portrayed himself as the victim..
CBS News - Published

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to 16 felony counts for allegedly lying about a hate-crime attack

jussie smollett pleads not guilty to 16 felony counts for allegedly lying about a hate-crime attack
Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts Thursday morning, March 14, in Cook County, Illinois, the Associated Press reported. The 36-year-old "Empire" actor was indicted last week for..
WorldNews - Published

Videos for Illinois

The St. Patrick's Day Green River Is a True Meme Dream Come True [Video]The St. Patrick's Day Green River Is a True Meme Dream Come True

The Chicago, Ill. river gets dyed a festive bright green every year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every year, but this year the green screen potential did not go untapped.

Credit: Time     Duration: 00:40Published

'Empire' Actor Smollett In Chicago Court Charged With Lying About Attack [Video]'Empire' Actor Smollett In Chicago Court Charged With Lying About Attack

CHICAGO (Reuters) - “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett arrived in a Chicago court on Thursday where he will face charges in a 16-count indictment accusing him of falsely reporting to police that he was..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:51Published

Grand Jury Indicts Jussie Smollett On 16 Felonies [Video]Grand Jury Indicts Jussie Smollett On 16 Felonies

According to Reuters, actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts for lying to police. The latest indictment accuses Smollett of falsely reporting that he was assaulted by two bigoted..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:42Published

R. Kelly Freed From Jail After Paying Child Support [Video]R. Kelly Freed From Jail After Paying Child Support

FILE PHOTO: Grammy-winning R&B star R. Kelly arrives for a child support hearing at a Cook County courthouse in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo (Reuters) - Singer R. Kelly..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:43Published

Illinois Shooting Victim Sues State Police Over Gun Buy [Video]Illinois Shooting Victim Sues State Police Over Gun Buy

According to Reuters, a man who was wounded in a shooting at an Illinois warehouse last month has sued the state police for wrongly allowing the shooter to buy the handgun. Timothy Williams, an..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:34Published

Rockford Illinois Active Shooter: Armed Suspect On Loose After Reportedly Shooting U.S. Marshal [Video]Rockford Illinois Active Shooter: Armed Suspect On Loose After Reportedly Shooting U.S. Marshal

Law enforcement is searching for Floyd E. Brown, who is suspected of shooting an U.S. Marshal while the agency attempted to serve an arrest warrant at the Extended Stay America hotel in Rockford,..

Credit: Newsweek     Duration: 01:59Published

House Panel OKs Bill to Raise Fed. Min. Wage to $15 an hour [Video]House Panel OKs Bill to Raise Fed. Min. Wage to $15 an hour

The House Committee on Education and Labor voted Wednesday to advance a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 00:55Published

Charges dropped against 'Downton Abbey' lawmaker [Video]Charges dropped against 'Downton Abbey' lawmaker

Federal prosecutors reached an agreement on Wednesday with former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock to drop criminal charges against him, assuming he pay back missed taxes and his campaign committees..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

Rogue sheriffs refuse to enforce gun laws [Video]Rogue sheriffs refuse to enforce gun laws

A rapidly growing number of counties in at least four states are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, refusing to enforce state gun-control laws that they deem violate the U.S...

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:19Published

Illinois Health Officials Fear Measles Outbreak After Contagious Person Travels Through Busy Chicago Airport [Video]Illinois Health Officials Fear Measles Outbreak After Contagious Person Travels Through Busy Chicago Airport

Business Insider reports that Illinois public health officials are concerned about the risk of a measles outbreak after a contagious passenger landed at Chicago Midway International Airport last..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published

R Kelly Charged With 10 Counts Of Sexual Abuse [Video]R Kelly Charged With 10 Counts Of Sexual Abuse

Singer R Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in Cook County, Illinois.

Credit: Newsweek     Duration: 01:09Published

GRAPHIC AUDIO: Police release Aurora 911 calls [Video]GRAPHIC AUDIO: Police release Aurora 911 calls

Aurora Police Department have released 911 calls and partial police radio excerpts recorded during the mass shooting at the Henry Pratt Company plant in Aurora, Illinois on February 15th. 45-year-old..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:20Published

R. Kelly, Still In Jail, Goes Back To Court [Video]R. Kelly, Still In Jail, Goes Back To Court

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly, who has faced years of sexual abuse allegations, was ordered held on a $1 million bond on Saturday on charges that he sexually assaulted three..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:52Published

Singer R. Kelly Faces New Charges [Video]Singer R. Kelly Faces New Charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than a decade ago, the singer R. Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges after a trial in which the alleged underage victim did not testify against him. Singer Robert..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

From exotic vacations to toilet plungers: a look inside celebrity gift bags [Video]From exotic vacations to toilet plungers: a look inside celebrity gift bags

Luxury getaways and cannabis products are among the swag celebs can pick up during Oscar weekend. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:57Published

R. Kelly Charged With Multiple Counts of Sexual Abuse [Video]R. Kelly Charged With Multiple Counts of Sexual Abuse

The singer has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

Prosecutor details charges against R. Kelly [Video]Prosecutor details charges against R. Kelly

Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx on Friday announced 10 counts of sexual abuse against singer R. Kelly involving four victims, three of whom were allegedly minors at the time. Rough Cut (no reporter..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:20Published

R. Kelly Has Reportedly Been Indicted Following Abuse Accusations [Video]R. Kelly Has Reportedly Been Indicted Following Abuse Accusations

Musician R. Kelly, who has been associated with accusations of abusing young women for more than two decades, has been indicted, two sources with knowledge of the development tell CNN. Cook County,..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:43Published

R. Kelly charged with sexual abuse: reports [Video]R. Kelly charged with sexual abuse: reports

Singer R. Kelly has been charged in Illinois with multiple counts of sexual abuse, according to local media reports. Nathan Frandino has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:58Published

Hundreds of Counties Get Paid to Detain Immigrants for ICE [Video]Hundreds of Counties Get Paid to Detain Immigrants for ICE

With controversy surrounding ICE, more and more officials are reassessing — or ending — their detention deals with the federal government.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 06:19Published

Illinois to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour [Video]Illinois to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

Illinois' governor signed a bill Tuesday that will gradually bump the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025.

Credit: Newsy Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

Employees return to Aurora plant after deadly shooting [Video]Employees return to Aurora plant after deadly shooting

Employees at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois returned to their workplace Tuesday, just days after a gunman killed five of their coworkers and wounded five police officers. Colette Luke has..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:27Published

Grand Jury Seated In Wake Following New R. Kelly Allegations [Video]Grand Jury Seated In Wake Following New R. Kelly Allegations

(CNN)A grand jury has been convened in Cook County, Illinois, in connection with new allegations against singer R. Kelly, according to two sources close to the case. This comes on the heels of attorney..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 01:00Published

Thousands brave freezing cold in vigil for Aurora shooting victims [Video]Thousands brave freezing cold in vigil for Aurora shooting victims

More than 2,000 people braved icy rain and sub-freezing temperatures in Illinois on Sunday for a vigil paying respects to five people killed and five police officers wounded by a factory worker who..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:53Published

 

Members of Congress renew call to combat maternal mortality with "Momma Act"

Members of Congress are renewing their efforts to prevent women from dying during pregnancies and childbirth. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), who introduced the "Momma Act" Tuesday, as well as Dr. Lisa..
CBS News - Published

Factbox: U.S. Army captain, father-to-be among Americans in Ethiopia crash

A former U.S. Army captain from Illinois, a father-to-be from California and a truck driver from Minnesota were among the eight Americans killed in Sunday's crash of a Boeing 737 MAX jetliner in..
Reuters - Published

Ethiopian Airlines crash: Huge crater shows powerful impact of jet

Sunday's deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash killed 157 people onboard. Eight of the crash victims in are Americans, including Melvin and Bennett Riffel from Redding, California; Mucaad Hussein Abdullah of..
CBS News - Published

German scores 23 to lead N. Illinois past Ohio 80-61

Eugene German had 23 points as Northern Illinois topped Ohio 80-61 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tourney
USATODAY.com - Published

Drugs in socks, Taco John’s, Captain Marvel: News from around our 50 states

LGBTQ members of Native community powwow in Arizona, symphony musicians on strike in Illinois, and more
USATODAY.com - Published

Brawl in Illinois high school basketball playoff game gets both teams disqualified

Brawl between Farragut and North Lawndale in Illinois high school basketball playoff game resulted in both schools being disqualified from tournament.
USATODAY.com - Published

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