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‘Goliath,’ world’s fastest wooden roller coaster, opens in Illinois

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – A ride nicknamed “Goliath” and billed as the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster went into operation on Thursday at Six Flags Great America amusement park in Illinois, park officials said. The coaster reaches top speeds of 72 mph (116 kph) and has the steepest…

Chicago man faces 120 years for vicious beating of exchange student

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago man convicted in the savage beating of an Irish exchange student, which left her unable to walk or speak, faces up to 120 years in prison when he is sentenced on Thursday. Heriberto Viramontes, 35, was found guilty last October of bashing…

Former Illinois Governor George Ryan released from home confinement

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan was released Wednesday morning from home confinement, after serving more than five years in prison on corruption charges. Ryan, 79, now must spend a year under court supervision. On January 30, Ryan was released from federal prison to home…

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