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  • 7-day forecast: Light flurries Monday; warm-up coming by Wednesday

    For all weather updates, go to ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.

  • Police still investigating shooting threat at Indiana H.S.

    HIGHLAND, Ind. — A high school in Indiana was on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after receiving a phone threat of a shooting. That lockdown has since been lifted. Police are still investigating that call out of Texas, but think it may have turned out to be nothing more than a bad joke — and maybe by someone closer to home. Highland police received a phone call just before noon Wednesday from a person threatening to shoot students at Highland High School. […]

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    Vacuum salesman invited to birthday for a child with autism, moves room to tears

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Since Dylan Johnson was 2 years old, he has had a passion for vacuum cleaners. Dylan, who has autism, was never into “normal” toys, his mother Jodie told WTVR. The middle school student turned 14 over the weekend and celebrated his birthday with a party that included close friends, family and a vacuum salesman. In an effort to help make her son’s birthday special, Dylan’s mother sent an email to the Kirby Company, the Cleveland-based makers […]

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    Baby dies after being shot in head by 5-year-old brother

    ELMO, Mo. – An infant died on Monday after being shot in the head by his 5-year-old brother. The 9-month-old boy was shot shortly before 9 a.m. at a home in Elmo, Missouri, according to the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office. The mother of the two children initially told deputies her 5-year-old son shot the infant in the head with a paintball gun. After an ambulance arrived, it was determined the infant had been shot in the head with a .22 […]

  • Jesse White remembers Martin Luther King Jr

    On this Martin Luther King Jr day, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White joined WGN news to talk about the early days of the civil rights movement. White was a student at Alabama State when he first met Dr King. He says he believes we’re still falling short of achieving Dr King’s dream, and have a commitment to following through on all of his work.

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    The 15 trendiest, fastest rising baby names

    We recently shared a list of the 10 baby names trending down in popularity. FindTheBest has now identified the 15 baby names that are trending up in popularity. We’ll start with #15 and count down to the trendiest, fastest rising baby name of all. Note: FindTheBest  graphed each name’s US rank over time and calculated the slope of the line between 2003 and 2013. You can see the graph corresponding to each name on the following slides. #15 | Easton Easton – […]

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    Chicago cop credited with saving man in Lake Michigan

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer came to the aid of a man in Lake Michigan this afternoon. The officer was able to help the man keep his head above the surface while rescue crews arrived. The incident happened around one in the afternoon near Oak Street. Witnesses say the officer grabbed the man in the water and held him above the surface until paramedics and Fire Department rescue teams arrived.  

  • Man hangs from roof of Marriott Hotel on Michigan Ave.

    Two daredevils were spotted doing a dangerous stunt on the roof of the Marriott Hotel on Michigan Avenue. One of the men climbed over the side Wednesday afternoon, and hung 46-stories above the ground while the other man photographed him. A man who works across the street watched it happen. The man hung from the ledge from about 35-seconds, then climbed back onto the  roof and the two men left. It’s not know who they are.

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    86-year-old pedestrian killed in Morton Grove hit-and-run

    MORTON GROVE, Ill. — Police are looking for the hit-and-run driver who killed a pedestrian in Morton Grove. Richard A. Mikulec, 86, was struck and killed Monday night on Shermer Road, just north of Harlem in Morton Grove. Investigators believe the vehicle that hit Mikulec sustained some front-end damage. If you witnessed the accident or have any information that would be helpful to investigators, you’re asked to call the Morton Grove police at 847-470-5200.

  • New security measures at Navy Pier after melee

    Navy Pier is taking on some additional security procedures after a melee Friday night. Five people were arrested on charges of reckless conduct as a result of a disturbance at Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest. It happened Friday night a little before eight o’clock. Police responded to a call and found about 30 people fighting. They temporarily closed the entrance to Navy Pier at around 9 p.m. Witnesses said they saw stampedes of high school groups running away from the Winter Wonderfest area as several fights broke out. […]


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