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    Chicago Gourmet celebrates 9th year in city

    CHICAGO — The ultimate event for foodies and wine lovers took place last weekend at Millennium Park: The Chicago Gourmet. Celebrating its 9th year, it is the ultimate showcase of fancy dining and drinks. Culinary superstars locally, and from around the world were there and showed off what they have to offer. Among the big names was all-universe Chef Rick Bayless.

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    Campsite reservations open for sites in solar eclipse zone

    CHICAGO — You may want to start planning now for a total solar eclipse happening next year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced today that campsite reservations are now available at state parks in southern Illinois. More than 1,600 campsites are available to be reserved in advance. Some sites also allow group campgrounds and picnic shelters to be reserved. Additional campsites are available for walk-up campers on a first-come, first-served basis. The total solar eclipse is scheduled for August 21, […]

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    Mother arrested after 2 Indiana children subject of Amber Alert found dead

    ELKHART, Ind. — Two Indiana children who were the subject of an Amber Alert have been found dead and their mother has been arrested on murder charges. Elkhart, Indiana, police say they believe the two children found dead on Monday afternoon were 7-year-old Liliana Hernandez and 6-year-old Rene Pasztor. They had been the subject of an Amber Alert earlier in the day warning that their mother may have abducted them. Police say their bodies were found in a car matching the description […]

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    Gang member charged in fatal shooting of 54-year-old man near Millennium Park

    CHICAGO — A man was been charged in the fatal shooting of another man near Millennium Park over the weekend. Chicago police charged 32-year-old Paul Pagan with murder Monday afternoon. Pagan is a convicted felon and known gang member with 39 arrests on his record, police say. He has four felony counts, four convictions. Police say Pagan was riding his bike Saturday night when he came upon 54-year-old Peter Fabbri of Berwyn. Fabbri had gotten into a verbal dispute with some […]

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    Mother fatally shot in front of 2 young children in Joliet

    JOLIET, Ill. — A mother was shot and killed in front of her two young children in Joliet. The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday near Washington and Richard Street. A woman was in a car with her 22-year-old brother and her two children when someone opened fire. When officers arrived to the scene, the woman was discovered outside of a vehicle unresponsive and bleeding from the head. She was taken to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet where she was pronounced […]

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    Chicago area students surprised with laptops

    CHICAGO — Some student athletes from around the Chicago area got the surprise of a lifetime today. They showed up at the Illinois Tech campus in the South Loop, thinking they were going to help out for an event. Instead, they were surprised with brand new laptops during a special presentation, thanking them for their community service. Some students coach soccer, others volunteer at their church, while others help out at a food pantry. The surprise presentation is part of the […]

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    LAPD confirms open criminal investigation into Derrick Rose rape allegations

    LAPD confirms open criminal investigation into Derrick Rose rape allegationsLOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed there is a “current and open criminal investigation” of former Chicago Bull Derrick Rose regarding rape accusations against him. A 30-year-old woman has accused Rose and two of his friends of raping her on Aug. 27, 2013 at her Los Angeles apartment. She says they forced their way in after she drank so much she passed out.  Rose denies the accusations, saying the […]

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    Man shot near Millennium Park among 8 killed in Chicago over weekend

    CHICAGO —  It was another violent weekend in Chicago. Eight people were killed, and 43 people were injured across the city over the weekend. Among the victims, a west suburban man who was shot near Millennium Park Saturday night. Peter Fabbri, 54, was pronounced dead at Northwestern Hospital Sunday night, just a day after he was shot while walking on Michigan Avenue. Fabbri was walking with his sister and another woman down Michigan Avenue around 7:35 p.m. Saturday when he got […]

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    Former teacher charged with child porn after camera found in bathroom of Near North Side school

    CHICAGO — Charges have been filed Friday morning against a former music teacher after a motion-activated camera was discovered in the bathroom of an elementary school in the city’s Gold Coast. Police charged Elliott Nott, 41, with seven felony counts of unauthorized videotaping and one felony count of child pornography. Investigators say Nott placed a motion detecting video recording device in the public bathroom of the Ogden International School at 24 W. Walton St. The device was found on September 7, the second […]

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    Construction worker killed after falling from 3rd floor window in Wicker Park

    CHICAGO — A construction worker was killed after falling from a third floor window in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood. The 54-year-old man was working on the third-floor of a building at 1660 W. Division Friday morning, which is under construction, when he fell from the window. He was transported to Stroger Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A death investigation is underway by police. This is a developing story. Check back for details.