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  • Massive CTA reconstruction on Red Line to begin next week

    Red Line trains rerouted due to ‘small rubbish fire’ at Lake stop

    CHICAGO — 95th-bound Red Line L trains are being rerouted to the elevated lines for several stops after firefighters responded to a what CFD called a “small rubbish fire” Tuesday evening. The fire is now out and no injuries are reported. Howard-bound trains were also rerouted but have since resumed normal service below ground. Response was for smoke in the CTA subway system on state Street. Minor rubbish fire. No injuries — Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) January 18, 2017 As […]

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    Adler offering families unlimited access, live entertainment ‘After Dark’

    The Adler Planetarium is bringing back the popular nighttime event known as Adler After Dark for families. Friday, Feb. 3 the planetarium will host a family edition of the after hours event that was a big hit with the over-21 crowd. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. guests will have full access to unlimited sky shows and all the other exhibits, as well as live entertainment.

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    Chicago cop moonlighting as school security guard charged with sexual assault of student

    CHICAGO — A 51-year-old CPD officer is facing felony charges alleging he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student while working as a high school security guard. In bond court Sunday, prosecutors said Officer Euegene Ciardullo worked part-time as a security guard at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences for the past six years. They said the victim, who was a student at the school, started communicating with Ciardullo on social media when she was 16. A year later, […]

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    Are you a target of ‘price discrimination’ online? Here’s how to find out

    Companies are increasingly using what they know about you to determine how little – or how much – you should pay for everything from flights to DVDs. Between information stored on your computer and data tracked through online accounts, companies can learn quite a bit about who you are and what you buy. Many are using that information to change the prices they show you in a practice known as price discrimination. Here are some ways online retailers can use your […]

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    WGN reporter gets ski lesson on live TV

    WGN’s Marcus Leshock and Ana Beleval take a ski trip down Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin.

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    10 plans for Chicago that will finally become real in 2017

    CHICAGO — Here are some of the long-awaited dreams, ideas, and major projects that will finally become real for Chicagoans in 2017: (You can also find out how new laws will effect Chicagoans in 2017)   Shiny, new license plates Illinois is getting new license plates starting January 2017 which feature a picture of Abraham Lincoln and skylines from Chicago and Springfield. And the newly-designed plates will be free of charge, according to Secretary of State Jesse White. A new vision for […]

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    Here’s how Illinois laws taking effect in 2017 may affect you

    Hundreds of new laws are set to go into effect in Illinois on January 1, 2017, and they will do everything from tweaking legalese (they’re “Public Hunting Grounds for Game Birds,” okay?) to regulating how long after “candling” an egg can be sold  (45 days, FYI). But what do they mean for you? Here are just a few ways you may be affected, depending on who you are: For women No more “Tampon tax!” An update to the tax code […]

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    Hit-and-run driver swerves around Good Samaritans, kills woman who collapsed in the street

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for a driver who swerved around a crowd of people and ran over a woman who had collapsed in the middle of the street, killing her, before speeding off Monday morning. The Cook County Medical Examiner identified the woman as 52-year-old Annette Crosby, who lives blocks away from the spot of the accident, according to the M.E.’s records. It was still dark out around 6:15 a.m. Monday, as surveillance footage from a gas station in the Austin neighborhood shows. Video […]

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    Words from 2016 that should be ‘banned’ for misuse, according to university’s list

    MICHIGAN — Lake Superior State issued its 42nd annual list of “banned words” that wordsmiths from the university believe should be banished from the Queen’s English for misuse, overuse, or general uselessness. “Overused words and phrases are a ‘bête noire’ for thousands of users of the ‘manicured’ Queen’s English,” said an LSSU spokesperson on the university’s website. “We hope our modest ‘listicle’ will figure ‘bigly’ in most ‘echo chambers’ around the world.” According to the university, the banned word list […]

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    Man killed in police-involved shooting inside North Riverside store

    NORTH RIVERSIDE — A man who was shot by police inside a Burlington Coat Factory in North Riverside Tuesday afternoon has died, police confirmed Wednesday. According to police, the man was rushed to Loyola Hospital but died around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Police initially responded to a bank robbery attempt at a TCF Bank inside a nearby Jewel, and in a statement North Riverside police said the man fled the scene and ran into a the Burlington Coat Factory. Here’s what […]