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  • Man shot by Chicago police in Austin

    CHICAGO — A man is in serious condition after he was shot by a Chicago police officer early Saturday. According to a preliminary statement from the Chicago Police Department, tactical officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 5200 block of West Ohio Street about 3 a.m. Saturday. When police arrived on the scene, they spotted a man running away. Officers chased the man, police said, and commanded him to stop. At that point, according to the statement, […]

  • Chance the Rapper quits DuSable Museum board

    CHICAGO — Chance the Rapper is stepping down from the board of trustees at the DuSable Museum of African American History. In a tweet Saturday, the performer said “it was an immense honor to serve on the board the past year” and that he’s leaving because he is too busy to attend board meetings. Chance is one of seven people resigning, according to the Chicago Tribune. Others include Chance’s father, Ken Bennett, and Obama family friend Dr. Eric Whitaker. Also […]

  • Ex-Marine gets 7 life sentences for murdering 7 Indiana women

    GARY, Ind. — The former Marine convicted of murdering seven women in northwestern Indiana was sentenced Friday to seven life sentences. In a surprise move earlier this month, 47-year-old Darren Vann pleaded guilty to seven murders in a plea deal that spared him the death penalty. Vann was scheduled to stand trial in October in the strangulation deaths of Afrikka Hardy, 19, of Hammond, and Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty for Vann in their […]

  • Woman fatally shot by Gurnee police ID’d; Shooting and Antioch standoff linked, authorities say

    GURNEE, Ill. — The armed woman who was fatally shot by police in Gurnee on Wednesday has been identified. The woman, Makell Meyerin, 31, was a passenger in a car that slammed into an Antioch squad car earlier that day — setting off a seven-hour standoff at an Antioch home, police said. The woman was shot dead near Chittenden Park in suburban Gurnee just before 2 p.m. Wednesday. Police said they opened fire when the woman refused to put down […]

  • Civil rights lawyer to defend man charged in murder of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer

    CHICAGO — A civil rights attorney has agreed to defend the suspect in the shooting death of a Chicago police commander. The Chicago Tribune reports Scott Kamin of the Kamin Civil Rights Group is representing Shomari Legghette “pro bono,” or without charge. Kamin took on the case during a hearing Wednesday that was attended by dozens of Chicago police officers, including Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Kamin’s website touts his experience “representing people in the Chicago area who have been abused by the police.” […]

  • 2 in custody after lengthy police standoff in Antioch

    ANTIOCH, Ill. — Two people are custody Wednesday following an hours-long police standoff in Antioch, according to media reports. Antioch police officers responded to a “solicitor complaint” call in the 400 block of Donin Road about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said. When officers tried to speak with a man and woman inside a vehicle, the driver of the car refused to stop — and instead hit the officers’ squad car. A witness saw someone in the passenger seat point a […]

  • $42M Blue Line modernization slated for Belmont, Jefferson Park stations

    CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday said the city is slated to spend $42 million to modernize the CTA Blue Line’s Belmont and Jefferson Park stations. Both projects come as part of a $492 million improvement and expansion project that will rehab 14 stations in all along the O’Hare Blue Line branch. When complete, passengers are expected to save 10 minutes on a round trip between Downtown and O’Hare. Upgrades to the Belmont Blue Line terminal will cost […]

  • Teen charged in Texas school shooting that killed 10 ‘wanted his story told’

    SANTA FE, Texas — The teenager who allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver to kill 10 people and wound 10 others at a Texas high school Friday admitted he didn’t shoot people he liked and meant to kill the ones he did target, a probable cause affidavit says. Suspect Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, has cooperated with police, said Galveston County Magistrate Mark Henry said. Henry denied bail for the student, who is accused of capital murder of multiple people and […]

  • Man exposed himself to pregnant women on Brown Line, police say

    CHICAGO — A man exposed himself to pregnant women on the Brown Line at least twice this month, police said Thursday. The first incident happened about 3:15 p.m. May 8 in the 1800 block of West Montrose Avenue near the Montrose CTA Brown Line stop, according to a community alert. The second occurred about 3:10 p.m. May 10 in the 3400 block of North Southport Avenue near the Southport stop. In each incident, the man sat down near a pregnant […]

  • Georgia man charged in Ogilvie suspicious package incident

    CHICAGO — A Georgia man was charged with disorderly conduct after two suspicious packages led to a lockdown at the Metra Ogilvie station Wednesday. Rajender Chandani, 46, of Hogansville, Georgia, was arrested Wednesday evening, according to Metra officials. Additional charges are pending. Police said a man left two bags near an information booth at the Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison St., about 10 a.m. Wednesday. A station employee called police, who deemed the situation Level 2 Hazmat. The station was evacuated […]