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AMERICA’S TALLEST BUILDING
CHICAGO — Rising from the ashes of 9/11, One World Trade Center in New York has reached its powerfully symbolic height of 1,776 feet and become the tallest building in the country. Or has it? A committee of architects with authority on world building heights is set to decide whether a design change affecting the skyscraper’s needle disqualifies its hundreds of feet from being counted, denying it the title of biggest and watering down its symbolic effect. To add insult to being judged, the ruling comes from a panel based in the rival metropolis of Chicago, another city that revels in its superlatives and wants to be sure its Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) hangs on to the crown of tallest in the nation. By Jason Keyser. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 10 a.m.
EAST ST. LOUIS — A former judge at the center of a southwestern Illinois courthouse drug scandal is expected to plead guilty to federal heroin and gun charges. Michael Cook stepped down from the bench in May. His legal problems surfaced some two months after he was with prosecutor-turned-judge Joseph Christ at a western Illinois hunting lodge when Christ died of a cocaine overdose. Cook isn’t charged in Christ’s death, but two murder convictions have been overturned because of the drug investigation. By Jim Suhr. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, developing from hearing at 1:30 p.m. CT.
CHICAGO — The wife of Charlie Trotter says doctors discovered an aneurysm months before the acclaimed chef died and he was taking medicine to control seizures, his blood pressure and high cholesterol. Trotter was declared dead Tuesday at a Chicago hospital after paramedics found him unresponsive in his home. An autopsy ruled out foul play or trauma as a cause of death, but it can’t be fully determined until further tests are conducted. In a statement released to The Associated Press, Rochelle Trotter says doctors had prescribed the “proper medication” and that medical experts had cleared Charlie Trotter to travel. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, photo.
OAK BROOK — McDonald’s Corp. says a key revenue figure edged up 0.5 percent in October, as the world’s biggest hamburger chain’s better results in the U.S. and Europe offset a decline in Asia. After outperforming rivals for years, McDonald’s has been facing weaker sales due to heightened competition, shifting eating habits and tough economic conditions around the world. To boost sales, the company has been taking a two-pronged approach. On the one end, it’s playing up its Dollar Menu and other affordable options to draw in customers who may be watching their spending more carefully. At the same time, McDonald’s also is trying to adjust its image and menu to better reflect healthier eating habits. SENT: 308 words.
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THE ONION-PRINT EDITION
CHICAGO — The Onion is scrapping its print edition next month as advertising revenue declines. The satirical newspaper, which once published in 17 cities, is ending its final three print editions in December, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The 25-year-old Chicago-based weekly newspaper has been disappearing from newsstands as it struggled to keep advertisers as readers flock to the web. Its most recent Chicago issue was only 16 pages long, including two full-page ads for cigarettes. UPCOMING: 250 words.
DECATUR — Joel Holloway is 76 years old, tall at 6 feet 4, and favors a Chicago Bears cap. His hobby is carving pieces of wood into surreal art. “My creations have names,” he explains, “Yin and Yang,” ”Ego,” ”Mask,” ”Family,” ”Tongue.” They have a message, at least a message I understand. ‘Tongue’ — that’s the most dangerous thing in the world. You make of it what you will.” One of his creations, “Sunburst,” is displayed at the Art Institute in Chicago. Each of his objects is carved from a single piece of wood, oak or black walnut; “Family” was carved from balsa wood. By Bob Fallstrom. (Decatur) Herald and Review. SENT: 290 words, photos.
— CAR IN LAKE-FATALITY: A man has died after driving his car into a Lake Michigan harbor in downtown Chicago. SENT: 130 words.
— NEWBORN ABDUCTED-SENTENCE: A southern Illinois woman was sentenced to a decade in prison for threatening a mother with a knife, and tying her up before taking the victim’s newborn son. SENT: 130 words.
—ALTON KILLING-TRIAL: A southwestern Illinois jury has convicted a 22-year-old man in connection with a shooting death last year near an Alton elementary school. SENT: 130 words.
— DECATUR VIOLENCE: Decatur police say they’ve arrested a dozen people after a series of shootings last weekend. SENT: 130 words.
— TEEN-FAKE OFFICER: A Chicago man who as a 14-year-old fooled police into letting him drive a squad car has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for posing as an officer again. SENT: 130 words.
— ILLINOIS REPUBLICANS-NEW DIRECTOR: The Illinois Republican Party and the Republican National Committee have announced a new state director whose job is to boost the party’s election prospects. SENT: 130 words.
— NORTH AMERICAN LIGHTING-JOBS: An eastern Illinois auto parts maker now says it should add 300 previously announced new jobs at its plant by next summer. SENT: 130 words.
— LINCOLN TOMB: The state of Illinois is spending more than $600,000 to get the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site in shape for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death in 2015. SENT: 130 words.
— SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-FEDERAL JUDGE: A southwestern Illinois attorney has been nominated to fill a vacant seat on the U.S. District Court. SENT: 130 words.
— HIGH-SPEED RAIL-RAILROAD CROSSINGS: Authorities will spend more than $3.8 million to upgrade a series of central Illinois railroad crossings near Springfield. SENT: 130 words.
— STORE SHOOTINGS-DONATION: The owner of a suburban Chicago shopping center is donating $10,000 to a charity created in memory of the five women who were gunned down in a clothing store in 2008. SENT: 130 words.
— ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE-INTERNS: The University of Illinois Springfield is adding five former state Capitol interns to its Legislative Internship Hall of Fame. SENT: 130 words.
— EPA-POWER PLANT POLLUTION: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to hold a “listening session” in Chicago to gather input on its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. SENT: 130 words.
— TEEN DRIVING: Officials for the state of Illinois and private companies are launching a four-day “Drive for Tomorrow” teen-driving school at the Collinsville Gateway Center. SENT: 130 words.
— KCC-TRANSMISSION LINE: The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a route for a Texas company’s proposed $7 billion high-voltage line that would funnel power from wind farms in southwest Kansas, through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. SENT: 130 words.
— WAR SURGEONS: An Army surgical team from Illinois is honing its trauma skills at a Miami hospital. SENT: 130 words.
CHICAGO — The Utah Jazz are in Chicago to take on the Bulls, who’ve lost their previous two games. The Bulls (1-3) are now 3½ games behind in the standings as Derek Rose’s shooting woes continue. He was 6 of 15 during this week’s loss to the undefeated Indiana Pacers. UPCOMING: 750 words, developing from game that begins at 7 p.m. CT, photos.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois opens its season Friday at home against the Alabama State Hornets. The Illini are coming off a 23-13 season that ended at the NCAA Tournament, but are welcoming a bunch of new faces to their roster. Alabama State, meanwhile, finished 10-22 last season. By David Mercer. UPCOMING: 550 words after game that begins at 7 p.m. CT, photos.
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