Federal judge orders commodities trader to pay nearly $500 million

Dirksen courthouse

By Steven Porter Sanctions amounting to nearly half a billion dollars have been imposed upon an offshore commodity-pool operator who for years defrauded American investors, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced Wednesday. The penalty is the result of a 2012 civil complaint filed by the CFTC against Nikolai Battoo and his companies BC Capital […]

Foxx wins key endorsement from Cook County Dems, tightening state’s attorney race

Kim Foxx

By Max Greenwood Kim Foxx, the former chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle running for state’s attorney, won a key ally in the Cook County Democratic Party on Thursday, five months after the party said it wouldn’t endorse a candidate for the office. The endorsement could pose a significant challenge for […]

Dinosaurs in heat: the original lovebirds

By Kathleen Ferraro  The first physical evidence of dinosaur lovefests–long grooves likely created by amorous dinosaurs in the throes of a courtship ritual–has been discovered in Western Colorado, researchers are reporting. Paleontologist Martin Lockley, of the University of Colorado at Denver, along with an international research team, discovered scrapes likely made by two-legged, meat-eating theropod […]

Evanston lotto fever

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By Lawrence Rigby Evanston had a Powerball lottery winner in 2014. Can the Chicagoland produce a jackpot record-breaking winner again?