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  • Local pastor calls on Emanuel to change names of 2 Chicago parks

    CHICAGO – A local pastor and activist is calling on Mayor Emanuel to change the names of two Chicago parks, saying it’s time to stop honoring slave owners. Bishop James Dukes sent a letter to Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Park District on Monday asking the City of Chicago to rename Washington and Jackson Parks which commemorate former presidents George Washington and Andrew Jackson, key historical figures and known slave owners. “When my children and grandchildren walk through these parks […]

  • 2 killed overnight at Chicago beaches due to dangerous conditions

    CHICAGO — Deadly rip currents are keeping many swimmers away from Chicago area beaches. Two men died in the lakefront overnight—and now dive teams from the fire department are warning swimmers to stay away. The lakefront is one of the highlights of Chicago. But it’s off limits to swimmers Saturday, due to rip currents. Swim bans are now in place at 15 city beaches and swim advisories are at another seven beaches.  Waves topping upwards of six feet can be […]

  • Man charged with assaulting several women on CTA

    CHICAGO – A man is in custody charged with assaulting women at or near CTA stops. Chicago police say David Buckner, 23, is charged with criminal sexual assault and aggravated battery in a public place. He’s accused of hugging and grabbing several women. According to the Chicago Tribune, prosecutors said Buckner told officers he had “probably” touched about 75 women on the CTA . Prosecutors also said he “kissed and licked” one woman’s face before fleeing. He’s being held on […]

  • Chicago Pride Parade today

    CHICAGO – Chicago’s 48th annual Pride Parade starts at noon on Sunday. The 4-mile route starts in Uptown at Montrose and Broadway then winds its way south to Diversey and Sheridan in Lincoln Park. Organizers expect as many as one million people to attend the parade. This year’s theme is “Viva la Vida and Stand Up, Stand Proud.” There are 150 entries. You can not bring alcohol along the parade route. Organizers say they’re joining police to help step up […]

  • Police: Woman killed when SUV fleeing officers hits her car

    CHICAGO – A woman was killed in a crash on the South Side early Saturday morning after the car they were riding in was hit by an SUV driven by a man police say was fleeing police. Just after 1:00 a.m. in Englewood,  police say officers heard what seemed to be gunshots and responded to the 5700 block of S. LaSalle St., where they saw a white Kia SUV exit an alley. Officers stopped the vehicle and asked a male […]

  • $2.5M bond for man accused of chasing estranged wife’s boyfriend with chainsaw

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — A judge set bond Wednesday at $2.5 million for a man accused of chasing his estranged wife’s boyfriend with a chainsaw. Jose A. Jaimes-Jimenez, 27, is charged with first-degree attempted murder and aggravated battery. The Chicago Tribune reports Judge Joseph Cataldo said, “this was almost a scene from a horror movie.” Prosecutors say Jaimes-Jimenez waited outside his estranged wife’s workplace on Monday afternoon in the 500 block of W. Golf Road in Arlington Heights. When he […]

  • Donations up at children’s hospital after Jimmy Kimmel monologue

    LOS ANGELES – Donations are up at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles after Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue about his newborn son’s open-heart surgery. On his show this week, Kimmel opened up about his son’s health and thanked doctors at the hospital for saving his son’s life. According to TIME, CHLA has seen a surge in donations since the episode aired. “We have had several hundred calls to the hospital, our heart institute, from former patients thanking us for care and from donors inspired […]

  • Unclaimed lotto tickets in Illinois include $5M, $1M and $800K prizes

    CHICAGO – If you have lottery tickets sitting around, you might want to double check them. There are several unclaimed winning tickets in Illinois. Last Wednesday, a winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket was sold at the AF Truck Stand on North Ave. in west suburban Northlake. That ticket is worth $350,000. On April 14th, a winning Mega Millions ticket was sold at the Snappy Convenience Center at Lawrence and California in Ravenswood. That ticket is worth $5,000,000. On January 28th, […]

  • Study finds Chicago bag tax driving down disposable bag use

    CHICAGO – Chicago’s new 7-cents-per-bag tax appears to be working. That’s according to a study by researchers from ideas42, New York University and the University of Chicago Energy & Environment Lab. Chicago implemented the tax on February 1. Since then, the study found a decrease in both the number of disposable bags used and the number of customers using them. Prior to the tax Chicago shoppers used an average of 2.3 bags per grocery shopping trip. Preliminary analysis shows that since […]

  • CPD launches new platform to make crime reporting easier

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is launching a new website and and technology services bureau to help fight crime. The website, CPDTip.com, will allow anyone to submit tips anonymously on a desktop, smartphone or tablet. It’s designed to be more user-friendly than TXT2TIP. For now, TXT2TIP will also remain active. Police hope the new website leads to more interaction from the community because it offers an opportunity to remain anonymous and does not require a phone number to text from. […]