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    The following editorial represents the collective opinion of editorial boards of the following papers owned by Lee Enterprises: The Pantagraph; Herald & Review, Decatur; The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale; Quad-City Times; and Journal-Gazette & Times-Courier, Mattoon.

    Authorities say a car has gone out of control and slammed into a suburban Chicago restaurant, sending a family of four to a hospital. They say the crash occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Monday at a Culver’s restaurant in Morton Grove. They say the car went across a parkway and a drive-through lane and slammed into a seating area where the family was dining. Firefighters say members of the family suffered minor injuries. It's not clear what caused the car to careen out of control. Police say an elderly woman was driving the car.

    A jury has awarded more than $2.6 million to three former Lake County employees who claimed the county clerk fired them because they supported her opponent in the 2016 election. One of Lake County Clerk Erin Cartwright Weinstein’s first acts after taking office in December 2016 was to fire three former top deputies of former clerk Keith Brin, whom she defeated in the election. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Weinstein, who won a second term as clerk in 2020, denied that the firings were tied to the trio’s support for Brin. The former workers’ attorney said Friday’s verdict showed the jurors believed they were fired because they weren’t on Weinstein’s team.

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