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  • Aviation officers say United passenger removed using ‘minimal but necessary force’

    CHICAGO — Documents released Monday shed new light on the removal of a passenger from a United flight earlier this month that caused an international uproar after video of the incident went viral. Documents released by the Chicago Department of Aviation include eyewitness statements and reports made by security officers and supervisors. The documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by WGN Investigates. Among them, a recording of a phone call made to police by United Airlines employees captures the decision United’s CEO now […]

  • Booth statue removed from outside Lincoln library and museum

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A statue of John Wilkes Booth has been removed from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in the Illinois capital of Springfield. Spokesman Christopher Wills told the State Journal-Register that the statue of Lincoln’s assassin had stood in a central plaza inside the museum and library since it opened in 2005. He says the prominent location was “an untimely reminder of a horrific act, and we felt any potential glorification, even if unintentional, was not acceptable.” […]

  • Cubs fans cheer on a dancing David Ross during rain delay at Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO — The Cubs’ triumphant return to the Friendly Confines after their World Series win was delayed for hours as rainstorms came and went. Then soon after the storms cleared, a familiar face returned to the Wrigley Field jumbotron: David Ross. Although instead of wearing cleats, he was wearing his dancing shoes. Cheering on Grandpa: @Cubs show @D_Ross3 competing on @DancingABC on the jumbotron during Wrigley Field rain delay. @WGNNews — Larry Hawley (@HawleySports) April 11, 2017 Returning as a competitor on Dancing […]

  • Wet, wicked wind blows into Chicago prompting closures, warnings

    CHICAGO — Winds gusting in excess of 60 miles per hour could bring waves of over 20′ to shores of Lake Michigan late Wednesday and into Thursday, according to an alert from the National Weather Service in Chicago. The NWS issued a High Wind Warning for Cook County, as well as Porter, Lake, and La Porte counties in Indiana. Those areas are under a Wind Advisory from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 4 a.m. Thursday, when the High Wind Warning takes […]

  • Chance for mayor? Campaign aims to draft rapper into mayoral race

    CHICAGO — A group of young Chicagoans launched an online effort with one goal in mind: convincing popular Chicago artist Chance the Rapper to run for mayor in 2019. Chance hasn’t said he would run for office, but the slickly-designed website and Twitter account @chano4mayor2k19 use the artist’s own lyrics to make the case for him to do so. There’s even this from his 2015 song “Somewhere in Paradise:” “They say I’m savin’ my city, say I’m stayin’ for […]

  • Juvenile first of several to be charged in sex assault streamed on Facebook, police say

    CHICAGO, Ill. — A 14-year-old is the first of several individuals to be charged for their role in the sexual assault of a teen that was streamed live on Facebook, Chicago police said Sunday. In the video, the 15-year-old girl could be seen being assaulted by as many as six young men who also appeared to be teenagers. She was missing for more than a day before police located her. During a news conference, police announced a 14-year-old juvenile has […]

  • Former Bears QB Jay Cutler bares all in Kristin Cavallari Instagram post

    TULUM, Mexico — Is a future as a nude model in the cards for former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler? That remains to be seen, but followers of Cutler’s wife Kristin Cavallari have seen a whole new side of Cutler thanks to a photo of him baring all posted to her Instagram. Cavallari’s posts show the couple are getting a bit of rest and relaxation at a resort in Tulum, Mexico. Swingin' around ☀️ A post shared by Kristin Cavallari (@kristincavallari) on […]

  • How prescription and illegal opioids ‘hijack’ the brain: One family’s story

    CHICAGO — For some, opioids are an effective, non-addictive pain reliever. But about 10 percent of the population is hard wired for addiction, experts say, and even casual use can quickly turn into something even more serious. As the drugs make their way through the body, they bind to natural opioid receptors on nerve cells. In the brain, they take over an area responsible for pleasurable, rewarding and reinforcing experiences. Food and sex spark the same feelings – but for very brief periods. Opioids, […]

  • This video shows what it’s actually like to watch live as a giraffe gives birth

    Video: Tatu the giraffe is born in Greenville, S.C. in 2016 GREENVILLE, South Carolina — Millions of people around the world are reportedly awaiting the birth of a baby giraffe and watching a live stream as its expectant mother, April, paces back and forth in her pen at a New York zoo. As the stream caught on after its Feb. 23 debut, at any given time of the day tens of thousands are tuning in, hoping to witness the miracle of life as it happens. So they […]

  • Chicago almost goes full week without fatal shooting

    CHICAGO — Chicago nearly went a full week without a fatal shooting. The Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune reported the city had passed such a milestone on Sunday morning for the first time in more than five years. However, that was before the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office on Sunday afternoon reported the homicide of 22-year-old Antoine D. Watkins from multiple gunshot wounds. Police say they found him lying face down Saturday in a vacant lot about a block […]