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    Gary man formally charged in case of Indiana murders

    Lake County, Ind authorities have formally charged a Gary man suspected of murder. 43-year-old Darren Vann was identified as a suspect in at least seven murders and authorities say there could be more. The case against him began to unfold at a Motel 6 off I-80 in Hammond where the body of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy who police say was a prostitute was found Friday night. She was strangled to death. Police say Vann met Hardy through the website When […]

  • City, state leaders announce plans for community center on Southwest side

    The development will be called Focal Point and will sit on the site of the old Washburn trade school at 31st and Kedzie. Today is the is the launch what will be a $450 million development. Focal Point will have major retail tenants, a newly constructed Anthony Hospital, a charter school, a trade school, childcare center, recreation center and a variety of wellness programs. Elected officials such as Gov. Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Sen. Dick Durbin were in attendance […]

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    Family of Thomas Eric Duncan says his death from Ebola is ‘racially motivated’

    The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola on U.S. soil, joined the Rev. Jesse Jackson at his Rainbow Push headquarters to call foul on the treatment Mr. Duncan received. They say the treatment Duncan received was at best ‘incompetent’ and at worst ‘racially motivated.’ Duncan passed away last week, but his mom and nephew spoke out at Rainbow Push’s weekly gathering today. The family is asking why Duncan wasn’t moved to Emory University Hospital, […]

  • Karen Lewis’s health battle and what it means for the mayoral race

    With Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis declaring she won’t run for mayor, the election landscape has changed. Many say the African-American community is worried they won’t have a voice in the mayoral race. A Sun Times poll a few months back had her beating current mayor Rahm Emanuel and since then she had been gathering signatures to get in the ballot. Lewis was still an undeclared candidate but there were very strong indications she was going to run. She […]

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    Former Bears GM says NFL hid ‘hundreds’ of domestic violence cases

    Former Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo says the NFL hid hundreds of domestic violence cases over his three decades in pro football. Angelo was GM of the Bears for 11 seasons. He told USA Today he was part of that mistake and he’s not proud of it. He said he would make sure no one was injured and then quietly move on. Angelo didn’t give any examples, but he says teams wanted to keep their players on the field […]

  • Artful horses honor fallen officers

    Downtown Chicago is being inundated with not painted ponies but painted horses as part of the city’s newest public art display. They are to honor fallen police officers and help families move forward. The program, called Horses of Honor, will help to provide support and assistance to the families of those men and women who have been killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. Former Chicago police superintendent Phil Cline who is now the executive director of the […]

  • Second day more than 125 students sick at Indiana elementary school

    More than 125 children were sick from school again today after more than 130 children got sick in an outbreak of Norovirus at Peifer Elementary School in Schererville. Over a quarter of the entire student body was out ill on Wednesday and then again today on Thursday. Extra cleaning crews were brought in and worked into the night to disinfect the school. They used a with a mixture of water and bleach, which was recommended by the Lake County Health […]

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    Hammond police sued over smashed windows, use of Taser during traffic stop

    Hammond police have been hit with a lawsuit claiming officers went too far during a traffic stop caught on cellphone video. The confrontation happened Sept. 24.. The driver of a car was pulled over for not wearing a seat belt. Video shows the driver and the front-seat passenger arguing with officers as police ordered them to get out of the car. Officers then smashed the passenger side window and Tasered the passenger. The plaintiffs say children in the back seat […]

  • Bond denied for fourth suspect in Skokie murder

    A judge has denied bond for the alleged mastermind in a drug deal and robbery that left a Skokie teenager dead. 17-year-old Max Gadau was shot in the back September 28th on Kedvale Ave. A 17-year-old girl was shot in the face; she remains hooked up to a respirator, and she’ll face a series of operations on her face. Police say 19-year-old Dzevad Avdic hatched a plot with three friends to buy marijuana from the girl — all the time […]

  • FAA: Aurora facility to be returned to full service by Oct 13

    Construction crews continue to work to fix the damage done by the man who set fire to the FAA facility in Aurora Friday. The FAA says it hopes to have the air traffic control center repaired and returned to full service by October 13, the agency said Sunday in a press release. The FAA says it’s bringing in extra technicians to replace the damaged communications network in the building, officially called the Chicago En Route Center. “The first shipment of […]


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