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  • CPD applications due at midnight tonight

    CHICAGO — If you’re thinking of joining the Chicago Police force, you need to get your application in by midnight. So far, 10,000 applications have been turned in. The Chicago Sun-Times reports about half the applicants are Chicago Public Schools graduates, 77 percent are minorities and 10 percent are military veterans. The Department says it wants to hire 100 officers per month from now until the end of next year. You can apply at bethechangecpd.com.

  • Frankfort officer forced to take unpaid maternity leave months before due date, lawsuit says

    FRANKFORT, Ill. — A southwest suburban police officer is suing the Frankfort Police Department for sending her home while pregnant on unpaid leave months before her due date. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says this is a pretty clear case of pregnancy discrimination. The officer, Jennifer Panattoni, was five months pregnant when she was sent home on unpaid leave. The senior patrol officer is the first female who was on the street to get pregnant in Frankfort. Panattoni says […]

  • Ancient Viking sword found in mountain

    SOUTHERN NORWAY — Two reindeer hunters stumbled upon a rare find in Southern Norway. They discovered a rusty, iron sword dating back to the Viking era. The three-foot-long sword was between some rocks with the blade sticking out. A Norwegian archaeologist says it may have been left by someone who got lost in a blizzard. The quality of the iron and the cold, dry conditions helped to preserve it.

  • Chicagoans don’t believe soda advertisement claims

    CHICAGO — Most people in Cook County say they don’t believe the advertisements that link the sweetened beverage tax to health concerns. A We Ask American poll found that 83 percent of those polled said they saw the health-related ads. Nearly 88 percent said they believed the commissioners voted for the tax for reasons that weren’t health-related. Nearly 85 percent of those polled also said they wanted the tax repealed.

  • Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida; at least 20 dead in Caribbean

    MIAMI, Fla. — Millions leave Florida in one of the largest evacuations in U.S. history. Hurricane Irma is making its way toward the U.S. after leaving a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean.  At least 20 people have been killed in the storm in the Caribbean. The eye of Hurricane Jose is expected to pass just east of Barbuda this afternoon, slamming into the island as a Category 4 storm.  It’s a double whammy for the tiny Caribbean island. […]

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    Rockford cop delivers own baby

    ROCKFORD, Ill. — A very special moment for police officer in Rockford who delivered his own baby, but not before some very scary moments. Officer James Nachampassack was on duty early Sunday morning when his girlfriend, Phenh Thammavong, called to say she was going into labor. He went straight home to drive her to the hospital but along the way they decided the baby was not going to wait. He pulled into a hotel parking lot and called 911, but […]

  • Mandatory evacuation in effect in West Houston

    HOUSTON, Tex. –A mandatory evacuation is in effect in parts of West Houston. The order affects about 300 people who’ve stayed in parts of the city that remain underwater after Hurricane Harvey. The utility company is cutting power to those homes this morning as well. Meanwhile, President Trump got a look at the damage yesterday, as he returned to Texas.  He’s asking Congress for a $7.9 billion down payment for relief and recovery. At least 50 people died in the […]

  • House legislators prepare to vote on school funding bill

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  — House legislators are preparing to vote this afternoon on a school funding bill. Legislative leaders met in Springfield this morning and afterwards the Republicans said there is a deal and it is holding up. It sounds like there is agreement to do most of the language in Senate Bill 1 with compromises — including $75 million in tax credits for a private school scholarship program, lifting some unfunded state mandates from local schools and providing property tax […]

  • Harvey forces cancellation of 2700 flights

    CHICAGO — Tropical Storm Harvey has forced the cancellation of 2700 flights across the country through Monday. The storm is even making things hard for those traveling in and out of Chicago. So far 44 flights have been canceled at O’Hare and Midway Sunday.  Thirty-one of those flights are from O’Hare International Airport.  The other 13 are from Midway. Most of those cancelled flights connected to areas where Harvey was hit, like Houston, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Houston’s Hobby […]

  • CPD works on behavioral health in reform effort

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is focusing on its commitment to reform. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is joining experts from across the country to help officers stay mentally healthy on the job. The project is the marriage of police work and complex algorithms or computer-driven problem solving calculations. The problem these national police and behavioral health experts are working to address at Chicago’s Motorola Solutions are police officers who need help. “What we want to do is to identify behaviors and patterns that might be problematic and get them the help that […]