SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) - A northern Illinois man accused of pulling off the headwear of a woman has accepted a plea deal that requires him to serve two years of court supervision. Michael Dickey of DeKalb was originally charged with two counts of a hate crime, as well as battery and disorderly conduct. The 70-year-old Dickey pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct and, in addition to the supervision, has been forbidden to have contact with the victim. The incident occurred in November.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's former police chief says he's running for mayor against the man who fired him. Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced on his campaign website late Wednesday that he'll challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the February 2019 election. McCarthy was police chief in 2014 when a white police officer fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald. Emanuel fired McCarthy the next year when a judge ordered the city to release dashcam video showing McDonald being shot 16 times.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A new report says the global fleet of coal-fired power plants will begin to shrink by 2022 as plant retirements outpace new construction. But analysts say that won't be quick enough to meet international emission reduction goals intended to stave off the worst effects of climate change. In India and China, coal project cancellations have been growing as the world's two most populous nations struggle to clear polluted skies that have had dramatic negative health impacts.
CARLYLE, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois woman is charged with reckless homicide in the death of her toddler, who she allegedly ran over with her vehicle. Nicole Voss of Beckemeyer is also facing four counts of aggravated DUI in the death of 2-year-old Jensen Voss for allegedly having methamphetamine in her system at the time. Voss' bail was set at $250,000. However during the hearing, she was in custody in St. Clair County on an unrelated methamphetamine charge.
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