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Ill. man in joking mood despite nail in brain

Associated Press. OAK LAWN, Ill. -- Gail Glaenzer still can't believe that her fiance unknowingly shot a nail into his skull, let alone that he posted a picture of the X-ray on Facebook during his ambulance ride between hospitals for surgery.. But she was joking about the circumstances Friday

Trial set for man accused of killing Hudson family

CHICAGO -- A judge on Thursday ordered a man charged in the 2008 Chicago slayings of Jennifer Hudson's mother and two other family members to stand trial in April, despite the objections of his attorney, who said she was not ready.

Blagojevich vows to appeal conviction on 1 count

CHICAGO -- A federal jury found former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty on Tuesday of one count of lying to federal agents, and the judge said he intended to declare a mistrial on the more serious remaining 23 counts.

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Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski dies

CHICAGO -- Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, the Chicago Democrat who became the leading architect of congressional tax policy in the Reagan era but later went to federal prison for corruption, died Wednesday, a family friend said. He was 82. View and sign Guest Book inside this story.

Playboy readers get 3-D centerfold in magazine's June issue

CHICAGO -- Playboy readers who can only imagine what it would look like if a centerfold jumped right off the page are getting new specs to help them see into Hef's world.

Playboy gets animated with Marge Simpson on the cover

CHICAGO - Aye Carumba!

Playboy gets animated with Marge Simpson on the cover

CHICAGO -- Aye Carumba!Marge Simpson has done something that Homer might not like but will make Bart the proudest kid in his school: She's posed for Playboy magazine.After more than a half century featuring women like Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford and the Girls of Hooters on its cover, Playboy has for the first time given the spot to a cartoon character.

Must read: Lynching victim Till's casket to go to Smithsonian

CHICAGO - The glass-topped casket that displayed lynching victim Emmett Till's disfigured body to the world and became a rallying point for the civil rights movement is headed to the Smithsonian Institution, Till's family announced Friday.

Clunkers sit and await death Long lines of traded cars to get scrapped

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. - They were waiting down at Gibson Chevrolet near Chicago for a couple of five-gallon cans of sodium silicate - liquid glass, they call it - to poison and kill the clunkers when the latest condemned car pulled up.

Must read: The big 2-0-0: Lincoln to be celebrated coast to coast

CHICAGO - Two centuries after Abraham Lincoln's birth, everybody suddenly wants a piece of him.

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