Friday, November 15, 2013
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators say they are evaluating new options now that President Barack Obama has shifted course to let insurers renew health plans they planned to cancel. Blue Cross Blue Shield, which has the most customers in the state's individual market, says it is "determining next steps." But it has stopped short of promising to renew its canceled plans.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The head of Springfield's Catholic diocese says it's scandalous that so many Catholic politicians in Illinois allowed a same-sex marriage bill to pass. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki says he will offer prayers of "supplication and exorcism" next Wednesday as Governor Pat Quinn signs the legislation.
OAK LAWN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman accused in the death of her infant granddaughter has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say Alfreda Giedrojc (gad-ROYDZ') of Oak Lawn used a knife and a sledgehammer to kill six-month-old Vivian Summers last month.
CHICAGO (AP) — Government scientists now say a quarry blast near Chicago earlier this month triggered a small earthquake. People in several communities southwest of the city felt the slight shaking a few seconds after the blast in McCook. The scientists believe the blast triggered a release of tectonic strain at a shallow depth, not miles deep where earthquakes usually originate.