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    Chicago’s ‘Walking Man’ beaten with bat on Lower Wacker

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s downtown wanderer known as “The Walking Man” has been hospitalized after he was beaten with a baseball bat. You may have seen the man, with long wavy hair and a mustache, walking around Chicago’s Mag Mile and Streeterville wearing a sport coat. His real name is Joseph Kromelis and he is 69-years-old. Kromelis was viciously attacked on Lower Wacker Drive near Lake Shore Drive around 11 a.m. Tuesday. He told police he just said “hi” to someone in passing, when […]

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    Man killed in ATV accident on Chicago’s Southwest Side

    CHICAGO — A 49-year-old man was killed when he crashed his ATV on Chicago’s Southwest Side. The accident happened at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 6200 block of South Austin Avenue. Police say the man drove a four-wheeler through a stop sign and then hit another vehicle, knocking the man off the ATV. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His identity has not been released. Police say he was not wearing a helmet and […]

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    Shots fired at Chicago police in North Side alley

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for a man who fired several shots at a police car overnight on the city’s North Side. Around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, officers driving an unmarked police car saw a man on a bicycle yelling gang slogans. The officers tried to stop him, but he got away. A short time later, they saw the man in an alley in the 2700 block of West Peterson. When they followed him, that’s when he pulled out a gun, fired several shots, […]

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    Cellphone may have saved life of woman shot at stoplight, father says

    CHICAGO — A cellphone may have saved the life of a woman shot multiple times, including in the head, as she drove on the city’s South Side. The shooting happened just after 11 p.m. Monday near the intersection of 71st and Wentworth in Englewood. Jeniece Smiley, 24, was sitting in her car at a stoplight when someone got out of another vehicle and opened fire on her car. She then drove into a nearby field. Police say Jeniece was struck in the head, shoulder and […]

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    High lead levels found at South Side Chicago elementary school

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools is addressing concerns over high lead levels at a school on the city’s South Side. Last week, test results revealed higher than acceptable levels of lead in drinking water at Tanner Elementary School near 73rd and Evans. The tests were done as part of a pilot program at 32 CPS Schools. Tanner was the only school that had lead levels higher than the amount acceptable by the EPA. A meeting with parents is scheduled for 4 […]

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    4 injured in SUV rollover crash on Southwest Side

    CHICAGO — Four people were injured after an SUV rollover crash on the city’s Southwest Side. The accident happened around 3 a.m. Tuesday near 35th Street and Kedzie. The SUV was trying to pass another vehicle when it hit a median and flipped over. Three passengers were taken to area hospitals in serious-to-critical condition. Another person was transported in fair-to-serious condition. The ages and genders of those injured have not been released. This is a developing story. Check back for details. -The Chicago Tribune contributed to this […]

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    Man stabbed in attempted robbery in Loop holds attacker for police

    CHICAGO — A 49-year-old man was stabbed during an attempted robbery in the Loop overnight. It happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the Washington Street bridge over the Chicago River. Police say the suspect approached the victim and announced the robbery, and then stabbed him twice in the abdomen with a knife. The would-be robber attempted to get away, but the stabbed man and a witness, who was waiting nearby for a train, detained him until police arrived. The victim is expected […]

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    5 killed, 34 injured in weekend violence across Chicago

    CHICAGO — A city worker was among five people killed and 34 injured in shootings across Chicago over the weekend. 49-year-old city worker Yvonne Nelson was shot just two blocks from Chicago Police headquarters as she left a popular Starbucks at 35th and State on her way home from work Friday afternoon. She was not the intended target. Police say the shooter opened fire on a documented gang member nearby. No one is in custody. Reverend Jesse Jackson stopped by […]

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    Man, 36, shot during scuffle with ATM robber on West Side

    CHICAGO — A 36-year-old man is in serious condition after being shot during an attempted robbery while using a near West Side ATM. A masked man approached the victim from behind at about 2:40 a.m. at the Chase Bank branch near Madison and Oakley. The victim turned and punched the robber, who then drew a gun and shot him before running away. A friend of the victim drove him to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot to the chest. The area is […]


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