- ADM to move headquarters to Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Archer Daniels Midland Company has made it official: It is moving its global headquarters from Decatur in central Illinois to Chicago.
- Dial-a-Carol a holiday tradition at U of Illinois
CHICAGO (AP) — The phones are jingling off the hook at Dial-a-Carol, a student-run project on the University of Illinois' Champaign campus. It's a hotline of sorts for people who prefer hearing holiday music sung by a choir of amateurs who've been up all night studying.
- Illinois county to allow same-sex marriages for gravely ill
By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Same-sex couples in Cook County Illinois, which includes Chicago, can obtain emergency marriage licenses before next June if one partner has a life-threatening illness, officials said on Monday. Last month, Illinois became the 16th state to legalize gay marriage beginning June 1, 2014. Three couples sued for expedited marriage licenses, and a federal judge in Chicago ordered Cook County to issue licenses to anyone who can present proof from a doctor that one or both partners may not live until the law takes effect. Two Chicago women became the first same-sex couple to wed in Illinois late in November after they sued for an expedited license.
- Blago hearing focuses on what's legal politics
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. appeals court judges considering an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich focused their questions during oral arguments Friday on what constitutes run-of-the-mill politics and what crosses into political corruption.
- Judges hear arguments in Blagojevich appeal
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal judges considering an appeal by imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have pressed lawyers to differentiate between run-of-the-mill politics and political corruption.
- Judges to hear arguments in Blagojevich appeal
CHICAGO (AP) — Imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday gets what's likely his last chance to win his freedom as a three-judge federal panel hears oral arguments in his appeal.
- Three Chinese men charged with stealing U.S. seed technology
By Carey Gillam KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Three Chinese nationals have been charged in two separate cases of trying to steal seed-technology, trade secrets under development in the United States, authorities said on Thursday. After a two-year investigation, a man working for a Chinese conglomerate was arrested on charges of stealing inbred corn seed from production fields in Iowa and Illinois and trying to smuggle it into China, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa Nicholas Klinefeldt said. The man, Mo Hailong, director of the international business of the Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co, a part of DBN Group, was in the United States legally. But prosecutors said Mo and others who were not named conspired to steal from several U.S. seed companies between September 2011 and October 2012.
- Another man freed in Chicago police torture saga
PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — During his more than 30 years behind bars, Stanley Wrice insisted he was innocent, that Chicago police had beat him until he confessed to a rape he didn't commit. On Wednesday, he walked out of an Illinois prison a free man, thanks to a judge's order that served as a reminder that one of the darkest chapters in the city's history is far from over.
- Man alleging police torture released from prison
PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — A man who says Chicago police tortured him until he confessed to a rape he did not commit walked out of an Illinois prison on Wednesday after spending 30 years behind bars.
- Canada vows to defend Santa Claus
Canada vowed Tuesday to defend the North Pole and Santa Claus, insisting the mythical figure is a citizen, after Russia ordered its military to step up its Arctic presence. Paul Calandra, parliamentary secretary to the prime minister, cited Canada's claim of the North Pole to bash an opposition party in Parliament. "We are defending the north further by making a claim on the North Pole," he said. "We know that the (opposition) Liberals do not think that the North Pole or Santa Claus are in Canada.
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