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    Lucas Museum dropping plans to build in Chicago

    CHICAGO —  “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas says Chicago won’t be home to his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Lucas Museum officials issued a statement Friday saying it will no longer consider Chicago as a potential site for the museum because of an ongoing federal lawsuit from a parks advocacy group. Instead, museum officials say the museum will be located in California. “No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot,” said George W. Lucas, founder […]

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    2 new hotels to be added to O’Hare, Hilton to be upgraded

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans Friday morning for three major hotel projects at O’Hare, designed to keep the airport competitive with other major air hubs. The announcement was made on the tarmac outside the international terminal where one of two new hotels will be built. Another new hotel will be built on the northeast corner of O’Hare property near Mannheim Road. The third project will be the renovation of the O’Hare Hilton. The $350 million project will more than […]

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    Woman charged with murder in shooting witnessed by parrot

    WHITE CLOUD, Mi. — A Michigan woman has been charged with murdering her husband. Glenna Duram allegedly shot Martin Durum in a 2015 murder and attempted suicide plot. Duram survived a bullet wound to the head. But what really makes the case unlike any other is the couple’s talking parrot. The African grey parrot allegedly replayed the murder by mimicking two voices – a male and a female arguing. The argument ended with a phrase the sounded like “don’t f*****g shoot.” […]

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    Shots fired on Eisenhower Expressway

    CHICAGO — A shooting shut down the outbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway for several hours overnight. State police received reports of shots fired around 10 p.m. Thursday on the I-290 near Kostner. A Chevrolet Monte Carlo was found shot on the expressway. Nobody was reported to be hurt. Police closed off the outbound lanes of I-290 as they searched for shell casings. All lanes reopened around 2:30 a.m. Friday.

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    Chicago’s first ‘shared street’ to open by late summer

    CHICAGO — Cars, pedestrians and bicyclists may all share the same street soon. Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced an ordinance to make Argyle Street in Uptown the city’s first “shared street.” Between Broadway and Sheridan — the city would raise the level of the roadway, eliminate curbs and add decorative pavement. Chicago’s Department of Transportation says there will be plenty of signage, giving pedestrians the right of way. Construction for the plaza-like project is already underway and should be completed by late […]

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    Mr. Fix It with tips on picking best product at hardware store

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    7 tornadoes struck Illinois Wednesday night

    PONTIAC, Ill. — Severe weather ripped through the Chicago area and portions of Illinois Wednesday night. At least seven separate tornadoes touched down, and the National Weather Service confirmed Thursday where they hit: Pontiac: EF2 Marseilles to Seneca: EF2 Cissna Park: EF1 West Brooklyn: EF1 Ottawa: EF Troy Grove: EF1 Mazon: EF0 Tornadoes and storms caused damage in other towns as well, such as Piper City, Paw Paw, Leland, Earlville, Sheridan, Marseilles, Chatsworth, Troy Grove, Compton and West Brooklyn. The storms appeared to hit hardest in […]

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    Man charged in shooting of 3-year-old boy in Woodlawn

    CHICAGO — A Bronzeville man has been charged in the Father’s Day shooting that injured a 3-year-old boy in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Desean Wynn, 23, was charged Thursday with first-degree attempted murder. 3-year-old Devon Quinn was sitting in his car seat in a minivan just after 6 p.m.  Sunday in the 6100 block of South Kimbark Avenue. Wynn fired a handgun, striking Quinn in the back causing him to be paralyzed. Quinn was transported to Comers Hospital in critical condition. Wynn was arrested Tuesday in connection […]

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    Alligator that killed 2-year-old boy at Disney resort is euthanized

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Flor. — The alligator that killed a two-year-old Nebraska boy at the Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World has been euthanized. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it’s confident they removed the alligator responsible for the attack on Lane Graves. In a news release Wednesday, the FWC said that it has suspended alligator trapping activities in the area. The release says officials have based their conclusions on expert analyses and observations by staff with extensive experience in […]

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    CPS teachers marching again in push for school funding

    CHICAGO –Today was one of two imposed ‘furlough days for CPS teachers–which they turned into a day of action calling it a “Fight Back Day.” Hundreds on union members along with parents and students converged on City Hall and the Thompson Center and called for progressive funding options for Chicago Public Schools. While state Democrats are fighting for a revised funding formula that would give more money to Chicago Public Schools, Gov Rauner fired back in an op-ed piece published […]