Chicago man sues archdiocese over sex abuse
CHICAGO (AP) - A 27-year-old Chicago man is suing the Archdiocese of Chicago, alleging a convicted former priest molested him when he was a boy.
Darryl McArthur is the only alleged victim of priest pedophilia in Chicago to publicly identify himself.
The Associated Press doesn't usually identify victims of sex abuse, but McArthur says he came forward "to remove the secrecy attached to childhood sexual abuse by priests."
McArthur says Daniel McCormack abused him while McCormack was the priest and coach in McArthur's parish school.
McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to abusing five children. He was sentenced to five years in prison and removed from priesthood. He's currently confined to a state mental health facility.
The Archdiocese says it notified prosecutors promptly after receiving McCormack's allegation in 2011.
N. Ill. man sentenced to 62 years for girl's death
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois man has been sentenced to 62 years in prison for the 2011 death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.
Duran Johnson was sentenced yesterday for the murder of Kaitlyn Head.
Judge Gary Pumilia said during the hearing he will never understand how Johnson "could inflict the pain and punishment and torture you inflicted on that child."
Prosecutors say the toddler was beaten, starved and forced to perform extreme exercises before she died.
The girl's mother, Melanie Grant, pleaded guilty in August to aggravated battery and endangering the life of a child charges in exchange for a 20-year sentence.
Johnson was convicted of murder in November.
Yesterday he apologized and said he didn't know why he was being punished.
LOTTERY WINNER POISONED-ESTATE
Poisoned Ill. lottery winner's heirs settle estate
CHICAGO (AP) - The wife and daughter of a Chicago man who was poisoned with cyanide after winning the Illinois lottery have settled his estate.
Urooj Khan died in July, days before he was to collect $425,000 in winnings. His brother raised suspicions that prompted authorities to exhume Khan's body to gather evidence in case prosecutors decide to file charges.
Khan died without a will, leading to a court battle.
Al-Haroon Husain is attorney for Urooj Khan's widow, Shabana Ansari.
He says Ansari will receive one-third of the lottery winnings, their house and business. Khan's daughter from another marriage will get two-thirds the lottery proceeds and some investments.
The settlement approved yesterday also prevents either party from filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the other unless new evidence surfaces in a criminal investigation.
UNITED CENTER-NAMING RIGHTS
United Center to keep name for another 20 years
CHICAGO (AP) - United Airlines has reached an agreement to keep its name on the home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks for another 20 years.
The two main tenants of the United Center and United Center Joint Venture, which runs the arena, joined the airline for the official announcement yesterday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The first naming rights deal for the United Center was announced in 1992 and reportedly cost the Chicago-based airline an average of $1.8 million per year. It was set to expire in 2014.
Under the new pact, United remains the official airline of the arena, Bulls and Blackhawks. It gets exclusivity in the airline category and the right to use the logos of its three partners.
CORPORATE TAX BREAKS-MADIGAN
Madigan: Unlikely to back corporate tax breaks
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - House Speaker Michael Madigan has sharply criticized corporate requests for tax breaks and says he's unlikely to support deals for companies that pay little in taxes.
The influential Democrat also said in a statement yesterday he wants to review how Illinois decides who gets incentives.
Madigan's statement raises new doubts about legislation that would give breaks to Archer Daniels Midland Company and others. ADM and Office Depot are among a handful of companies that asked Illinois' legislature for tax breaks this year as they considered headquarters locations. That legislation stalled last week in the House.
Madigan said Illinois needs to "resist the temptation to cave to corporate officials' demands."
Office Depot on Tuesday chose Florida over Illinois. ADM plans to move its headquarters from Decatur but hasn't decided where.
Brady in top ballot spot; Hardiman wins over Quinn
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Sen. Bill Brady will be the first Republican listed on next spring's primary ballot for governor.
Brady won a four-way lottery yesterday to claim the coveted ballot position.
Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn will be listed second on the Democratic side behind Tio (TEE'-oh) Hardiman.
Brady, of Bloomington, will be followed on the March 18 ballot by Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa (shuh-NOH'-uh), Hinsdale Sen. Kirk Dillard and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner (ROW'-ner) of Winnetka.
Republican Peter Edward Jones will be listed fifth by virtue of filing last. The Sun-Times reports his petitions are being challenged.
Quinn and Hardiman are challenging each other's petitions. Hardiman is the former head of the non-profit group CeaseFire.
Toddler decides ballot order in St. Clair County
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - When it comes to determining the order some candidates appear on ballots, a southwestern Illinois county turned to someone more than 16 years away from being old enough to vote.
Eighteen-month-old Skylar Barnes proved to be the decider yesterday. She picked the order of names for eight races in St. Clair County for the March 18 primary elections.
Held aloft by her mother, Caitlyn Barnes, Skylar drew lettered capsules from inside a shallow box in County Clerk Tom Holbrook's office.
The letter of the capsule - A or B - related to the placement of candidates on the ballot.
The lottery was necessary because the candidates filed their petitions at the same time last month.
Exelon Nuclear appeals assessment on Byron plant
BYRON, Ill. (AP) - Officials with Exelon Nuclear are asking Ogle County to cut their tax assessment on its nuclear plant in northern Illinois.
Ogle County says the Byron generating station is valued at $509 million. But Exelon says the plant is worth $253 million. The appeal would affect 2013 taxes that are to be paid next year. Byron is about 15 miles southwest of Rockford.
Ogle County assessment supervisor Jim Harrison says he set the nuclear plant's value based on assessments of other nuclear plants. He says he also considered that the plant will likely receive a license extension.
A local board will hear the appeal next month. Exelon also appealed last year's assessment. That appeal is pending before the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board.
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