Illinois State Police documents show that the agency frequently assigns troopers to escort sports teams, musicians and even filmmakers across the congested roadways of greater Chicago.,Illinois State Police wouldn’t comment on the trip, so the Tribune made a public records request for all police escort contracts in 2018.,Though critics have called police escorts for sports teams a frivolous and potentially dangerous use of public resources, state police defend them as a way to provide “safety and security for all those involved in the motorcade as well as for the motoring public.”,The contracts show that visiting NFL teams routinely receive police escorts to and from the airport, hotels and Soldier Field.,College football teams are also major customers: Northwestern University had a standing order for police escorts between its team hotel and Ryan Field on game days, and the University of Illinois paid for the service when it played at Soldier Field in September.

Nearly 50 dioceses and religious orders have publicly identified child-molesting priests in the wake of the Pennsylvania report issued in mid-August, and 55 more have announced plans to do the same over the next few months, the AP found.,The Pennsylvania investigation, led by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, identified nearly 300 “predator priests” dating back seven decades and accused church leaders of covering up for the abuses, in some cases by returning priests to duty after short stays in treatment centers or reassigning them.,In the 16 years between the Boston scandal and the Pennsylvania investigation, only about 30 dioceses around the country had released lists of priests they deemed credibly accused of abuse.,In October, the pope accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, D.C., after he was accused in the report of mishandling some allegations of abuse against priests and others while bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006.,In mid-December, she issued a blistering preliminary report saying a review of church files showed dioceses in Illinois had withheld the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children.

PHILADELPHIA — Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found.,Nearly 50 dioceses and religious orders have publicly identified child-molesting priests in the wake of the Pennsylvania report issued in mid-August, and 55 more have announced plans to do the same over the next few months, the AP found.,In mid-December, she issued a blistering preliminary report saying a review of church files showed dioceses in Illinois had withheld the names of at least 500 clergy accused of sexually abusing children.,The Pennsylvania investigation , led by Shapiro, identified nearly 300 “predator priests” dating back seven decades and accused church leaders of covering up for the abuses, in some cases by returning priests to duty after short stays in treatment centers or reassigning them.,In the 16 years between the Boston scandal and the Pennsylvania investigation, only about 30 dioceses around the country had released lists of priests they deemed credibly accused of abuse.

The final batch of new laws imposed under outgoing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner run the gamut from technical corrections in laws that will have little effect on people’s daily lives to requiring parents of young children to keep them in rear-facing car seats longer.”,One of those new laws requires children to ride in rear-facing car seats until they’re 2 years old, weigh 40 pounds or are 40 inches tall, making recommendations from child-safety advocates into Illinois law.,From the Tribune’s Rosemary Sobol and Hannah Leone: “For the second year in a row, the number of homicides and shootings in Chicago dropped by double-digit percentages in 2018, though some neighborhoods on the West and South sides continue to bear the brunt of gun violence as they have for decades.”,Meanwhile, Chicago homicide “clearance rates have fallen to embarrassing lows, some 20 points below national averages and far beneath other big cities such as New York and Los Angeles.”,* Chicago is getting a big new fireworks display for New Year’s Eve.

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Prep Boys Basketball BSN Classic at Heritage: Georgetown-Ridge Farm vs. Indiana Math and Science, 10 a.m. BSN Classic at Heritage: Salt Fork vs. Centralia Lutheran, 11:30 a.m.

Bi-County Holiday Tournament at Fountain Central, third place: Fountain Central vs. Attica, 3 p.m. Bi-County Holiday Tournament at Fountain Central, championship: Covington vs. Seeger, 6:30 p.m. Pontiac Holiday Tournament: Danville vs. Warren or West Aurora, 4 p.m. BSN Classic at Heritage: vs. Blue Ridge, 4 p.m. BSN Classic at Heritage: North Vermillion vs. Judah Christian, 5:30 p.m. Tri-County Tournament at Kansas: Westville vs.TBD Prep Girls Basketball Charleston Holiday Tournament: Danville vs.TBD, 10:30 a.m. Bi-County Holiday Tournament at Fountain Central, third-place: Fountain Central vs. Attica or Seeger, 1:30 p.m. Blue Devil Classic: Salt Fork vs. Cissna Park, 1 p.m. Blue Devil Classic: Westville vs. South Vermillion, 2:30 p..,m Blue Devil Classic: North Vermillion vs. Villa Grove/Heritage, 2:30 p.m. Braggin Rights Classic in Cincinnati: Schlarman Academy vs. Columbus (Ohio) Africentric Early College, 3 p.m. Tri-City/Sangamon Valley Holiday Tournament: Armstrong-Potomac vs. TBD, 3:30 p.m. Blue Devil Classic: vs. Benton Central, 4 p.m. Bi-County Holiday Tournament at Fountain Central, championship: Covington vs. Attica or Seeger, 5 p.m. Prep Wrestling Fountain Central at Twin Lakes Super 6 Tournament, 8 a.m. Danville at Lincoln Invitational, 11 a.m. Hoopeston Area at Porta Oakwood/Salt Fork, Seeger and Westville/Georgetown-Ridge Farm at New Year's Challenge at Palmer Arena read more

Its owners, the McNaughton family, have long stated that the secret of the Daily Republic’s success is all about listening to the community’s information needs and keeping them informed with the news and information they need, whether it be online or in print.,Whether it is in print or online, the Daily Republic has consistently brought its readers the news that affects its distribution area, from Fairfield, Suisun City and Travis Air Force Base; to Vacaville, Dixon and Winters; to Rio Vista and back to Suisun Valley and Green Valley.,“The secret of the Daily Republic’s success over all these years has everything to do with the people who work here to produce this great paper, the community who continues to subscribe and read us, and the businesses who advertise and support us,” T. Burt McNaughton said.,The Daily Republic is the only daily publication in Solano County that prints and inserts their newspaper within the county, employs graphic artists, has a local business and distribution team.,The McNaughton family publishes not only the Daily Republic, but also the Tailwind at Travis Air Force Base, The Davis Enterprise, the Winters Express, the Mountain Democrat of Placerville, the Georgetown Gazette, Village Life in El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park Life.

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When 2018 began, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer was celebrating a Cotton Bowl victory, Kostas Antetokounmpo was trying to find playing time with the Dayton Flyers and Yasiel Puig was looking ahead to his sixth season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. read more

Within 24 hours of her family appearing on local news channels pleading for the safe return of 18-year-old student Shalyha Ahmad, the University of Illinois at Chicago freshman walked into a police station and told authorities she had never been missing, police said Thursday afternoon.,Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, said Ahmad walked into the 22nd District station on Monterey Avenue in Morgan Park on Thursday morning and told an officer that she was the teenager police had been looking for.,In detailing their account before Ahmad was located safe, her parents said that two weeks ago they dropped their daughter off at the Jefferson Park CTA station to catch a train to the University of Illinois at Chicago.,Shetti Fatima Ahmad said the family first filed a report with university police Dec. 14, and went to the Chicago Police Department’s 16th District station later that day to file a missing persons report.,Shetti Fatima Ahmad said the family moved from the Philippines to Chicago in 2006, when Shalyha was 6.

Aurora's Katie Vondra and Emily Lines (women's volleyball) were named to the AVCA Division III Midwest all-region team.,... Waubonsee setter Natalie Jones (women's volleyball) was chosen Illinois Skyway player of the year in addition to being named to the Region IV team in NCAA Division II.,Kayla Battle and Sidney Fedor also were all-region selections, while Steve Kish won conference coach of the year honors.