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  • Police shut down Lake Shore Drive beach entrances at Montrose, Wilson avenues

    CHICAGO– Vehicular traffic to Montrose beach was shut down Monday at both Wilson and Montrose Avenue due to overcrowding, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Police on the lakefront have told WGN that the entrance to North Avenue Beach was shut down as well. Officer Lemmon, a Chicago police spokeswoman, said “People are still welcome to come out to the beach but by train or on foot.” It was not immediately known when traffic would reopen. This is a developing story, check back for […]

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    January 2016 expressway shootings higher than last 2 Januarys combined

    CHICAGO– Shootings on the streets of Chicago have been making headlines throughout January however, shootings on city expressways have also spiked this past month. DNAinfo reports shootings on the fast-lane pavements this month were more than the past two Januarys combined. There have been five so far. Illinois State Police stress the shootings are not random. They are usually the result of conflicts that began elsewhere. State police say they don’t consider the expressways unsafe for commuters.

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    7 Day Forecast: Mild temps this weekend followed by snow, cold temps

    CHICAGO– Enjoy the mild temps this weekend– they won’t last! A balmy weekend is ahead, by late January standards, with highs approaching and possibly exceeding 50 degrees by Sunday. Unfortunately, the mild weather will not be sticking around. A powerful winter storm is set to arrive late Monday and last through Wednesday. There are still many questions as to the type of precipitation. We cannot predict exact snowfall amounts at this time, with the potential storm still four days away. […]

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    Details emerge about deal between CTU, CPS

    CHICAGO– More details have emerged about a potential deal between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS. The Chicago Tribune reports that under the new four year contract being considered, CPS would bar layoffs, cap the number of charter schools, and provide moderate pay increases. In exchange, teachers would have to contribute more of their pay toward their pensions and make higher health care contributions. The teachers union bargaining team, comprised of 40 members, will vote on the contract this coming […]

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    Navy Pier’s old Ferris wheel gets new home

    BRANSON, Mo.– The old Ferris wheel at Navy Pier is getting a new home. Come summer it will be the newest attraction at an amusement park in Branson, Missouri. The iconic 15-story Ferris wheel became a landmark in Chicago, attracting thousands of visitors over the years. The “Track Family Fun Parks” in Branson paid $2.5 million for it. As for Chicago’s new Ferris wheel, it’s expected to be up and running at Navy Pier by summer.

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    Substitute teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

    LA GRANGE, Ill.– An elementary school teacher in the western suburbs is accused of sexually abusing a student. 56-year-old Joseph Gurzejk of Westchester is a substitute teacher at LaGrange Highlands Elementary School. Police say they responded to a report Tuesday that Gurzejk inappropriately touched a female student. He’s charged with predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Gurzejk has been a substitute teacher in the district since 2004.​

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    How to make plant-based foods tasty

    CHICAGO– If you’re goal is to eat a healthier diet this year, focus on flavor. Health experts want us to eat more plant-based foods. Making them tasty is the trick. Vicki Shanta Retelny, registered dietitian nutritionist: “The United Nations has designated this the year of the pulses.” It’s news you may not have heard … 2016 is the year to eat lentils, beans and peas – all plant-based proteins that will liven up and lighten your diet. Vicki Shanta Retelny: […]

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    First look at Super Bowl 50 ad

    Super Bowl 50 is still more than two weeks away but we’re already getting our first peek at one of the Super Bowl ads. A new survey by a San Francisco ad agency found that 78% of Americans look forward to the Super Bowl ads more than the game itself.

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    1 dead in crash involving Metra, vehicle

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.– A car was struck by a Metra train just north of the Arlington Heights stop at Euclid Avenue Thursday afternoon. According to a Metra spokesperson, one person was killed as a result of the crash. The crash, involving train #646, occurred at 2:30 p.m. stopping all inbound and outbound traffic. This is a developing story, check back for details.   #UPDATE (METRA UP-NW LINE): ALL IB & OB trains are now STOPPED near Arlington Heights, due to […]

  • TEMP CHANGE

    Rare, 2 day warm-up won’t last; deep freeze ahead

    CHICAGO– It’s been nearly three decades since we had a two day warm-up this strong in January. The low temperature of -2 degrees on Wednesday was followed by a balmy 43 degree high temperature on Thursday afternoon, a change of 45 degrees from one day to the next. This hasn’t happened here in a January since 1988– some 28 years ago when the mercury rose from -12 degrees on January 10th to 33 degrees on January 11th. But, enjoy the mild […]