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    Coffee chain Bow Truss closes 10 locations after employees unpaid

    CHICAGO — The Chicago-based upscale coffee chain Bow Truss has closed 10 locations Thursday as the business scrambles to pay employees and rent. Founder Phil Tadros confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that all locations were closed until he can find funding. The closures come about a month after Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC’s “The Profit” and CEO of Camping World, said he had paid several million dollars for a majority stake in Bow Truss. Tadros said he was expecting funding from Lemonis last […]

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    Commuters stranded for hours on South Shore train due to icy weather

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — Extreme weather conditions temporarily suspended South Shore Line service Thursday stranded passengers for several hours. South Shore officials say the trains were experiencing problems with the overhead wires.  Passengers say the wires were encased in ice. Authorities even tried pushing the train with a locomotive engine, but that also failed.   Jason Kerner was on South Shore westbound train No. 6 when the train got stuck near the Indiana-Illinois state line. He tells WGN the train stopped […]

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    Monkeys mourn ‘death’ of fake monkey in new BBC documentary

    A somewhat sad clip is coming out of the BBC’s new “Spy in the Wild” documentary series. The show creators took a monkey robot hooked up with a video camera and put it into a family of Langur monkeys so they could observe them. As a result, the real monkeys bonded with the fake monkey. When the robot monkey falls to the ground, the family responds as though it has died. In the video, they gather around the robot monkey, hugging each other and appear to grieve. You can […]

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    Here’s how you can win a Valentine’s Day with actor Idris Elba

    You’ve seen Idris Elba in the movies and on TV. Now, he could be your Valentine! British actor Idris Elba is raising money for “We Can Lead,” a charity founded to give schoolgirls in West Africa access to education. The winner gets an all expenses paid trip to England and a Valentine’s Day date with Idris. Every dollar donated at the Omaze website gets you 10 entries, and a $10 starting donation earns 100 entries. Click here to enter.

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    Anthony Rizzo gets huge cheers, shoots the puck at Blackhawks game

    CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo received a welcome fit for a World Champion at the Blackhawks game Tuesday night. Many people stood and cheered when the All-Star first baseman was shown on the United Center’s big screen. We're in a glass case of emotion with @ARizzo44 in the building! Welcome back to the UC, champ! — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) January 11, 2017 He also participated in the Hawks’ Shoot the Puck in between the game’s second and third […]

  • CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 02: Chicago Cubs, Carl Edwards (6), Javier Baez (9), Chris Coghlan (8), Kris Bryant (17), Addison Russell (27) and Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrate after game 7 of the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. Chicago defeated Cleveland 8-7 in 10 innings. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).

    Cubs to visit White House on Monday

    CHICAGO — Despite being an avid Chicago White Sox fan, President Barack Obama is welcoming 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs to Washington before he leaves office. Sources tell WGN-TV that the team will visit the White House Monday. The Cubs will be honored for their World Series title since 1908. After the Cubs won the World Series, Obama was quick to congratulate the team and invite them to the White House. It happened: @Cubs win World Series. That's change even this South Sider […]

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    Illinois Rep. Lipinski’s aide found dead after domestic fight: police

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — Marianne Viverito, an aide to Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski, has died. According to the Sun-Times, the 55-year-old was found dead in the basement of an Oak Lawn home in the 5100 block of West 105th Place and may have suffered injuries during an argument with a family member, police said. “Marianne was a beloved and trusted member of my staff, and has been a part of my team during much of my tenure in Congress,” Lipinski said in a statement. “She […]

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    Tom Skilling sits next to Bulls legend Scottie Pippen on flight

    CHICAGO — Talk about a double dose of Chicago royalty! WGN Chief meteorologist Tom Skilling was flying to Miami for vacation, and it ended up that he was seated next former Chicago Bulls World Champion Scottie Pippen on the plane! Skilling posted a photo of him and Pippen to his Facebook page: On WGN Morning News Tuesday, the anchors teased that Skilling was going to talk Pippen’s ear off. But Pippen chimed in on Twitter to set the record straight saying, […]

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    Parents, save up: Cost of raising a child is more than $233K

    WASHINGTON — Expecting a baby? Congratulations! Better put plenty of money in your savings account. The Department of Agriculture says the estimated cost of raising a child from birth through age 17 is $233,610, or as much as almost $14,000 annually. That’s the average for a middle-income couple with two children. It’s a bit more expensive in urban parts of the country, and less so in rural areas. The estimate is based on 2015 numbers, so a baby born this […]

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    New Krispy Kreme opens today in Homewood

    HOMEWOOD, Ill. — A new Krispy Kreme donut shop will open in south suburban Homewood. It’s located at 17815 Halsted Street. The last franchise to bring Krispy Kreme to the Chicago area had 21 restaurants across three states before filing for bankruptcy in 2007. The first 12 customers at the Homewood location will receive a free dozen donuts every week for a year. Customers 13 through 100 will get a dozen donuts once a month for a year.