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  • ‘Matches Made in Heaven’ 8-person kidney swap donors, recipients have emotional first meeting

    CHICAGO — Tears, hugs and warmth radiated from the third floor of the Northwestern Hospital Feinberg Pavilion on Friday as eight strangers came face to face with those that saved their lives. A remarkable surgical endeavor culminated in an emotionally charged moment. Four individuals needed kidney transplants and each of their own family members wanted to donate their kidneys to them. But these family members were not matches for their counterparts. Through Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Kidney Transplantation Program, the four […]

  • State Senate passes tax hike bill, despite Rauner’s veto threat

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A vote in Springfield today could signal an end to the state’s budget impasse, the nation’s longest budget standoff since the Great Depression. The Illinois State Senate passed the tax hike bill, House budget Implementation plan and the House spending plan Tuesday on the 4th of July. The tax bill passed with 36 Democrat votes for a balanced budget and the spending plan passed with 39.  The implementation bill needed 36 votes to pass and it did […]

  • Senate meets to continue budget talks on the House-approved budget plan

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Senate has passed the tax bill and House spending plan as negotiations continue in Springfield for a budget. The tax bill passed with 36 Democrat votes for a balanced budget and the spending plan passed with 39. They’re two of three bills the Senate will be looking at. The House voted 72-45 Sunday on a 32 percent increase in the personal income tax rate. Legislators are attempting to make a decision on the House-approved budget […]

  • Injured bald eagle found in nation’s capital, taken for care

    WASHINGTON — Let’s hope this isn’t a bad omen. Authorities say an injured bald eagle has been found in the nation’s capital. Its discovery being so close to Independence Day has some people calling it a metaphor for the current state of the country. This distressed bald eagle is me and also an accurate depiction of the US. — Lala Geez (@sgeez) July 3, 2017 On the eve of Independence Day, a bald Eagle is found wheezing & weak […]

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Elon Musk discuss plans for high-speed rail from O’Hare to Chicago Loop

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel  met with entrepreneur Elon Mask to discuss the possibility of a greatly desired high-speed rail from O’Hare International Airport to the Chicago Loop. Ambitions for a high-speed rail between the airport and city began in the 90s during Richard Daley’s tenure as the city’s mayor. Emanuel revived these ambitions in 2016 but the idea had not progressed beyond just hopes till now. Chicago Deputy Mayor Steve Koch flew out to Los Angeles late last week to […]

  • Police searching for 13-year-old girl missing from Logan Square

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are asking for help in the search of a missing girl. 13-year-old Kaiden Jones was last seen Tuesday June 20th leaving her home in the  1600 block of North Francisco avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood. She failed to return home. She has blonde hair and hazel eyes. If people have any information, please contact the police Special Victims Unit at 312-744-8266.

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    Missing 12-year-old girl found safe

    CHICAGO — Police have located a 12-year-old girl who had been missing since 7 p.m. Tuesday. Natalie Guartan was found safe and sound. No other information was provided.  

  • Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa will not play in 2017-18 season due to medical issue

    CHICAGO — Blackhawk’s Marian Hossa released a statement saying that he will not be playing in the 2017-2018 season. I have been privately undergoing treatment for a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder. Due to the severe side effects associated with those medications, playing hockey is not possible for me during the upcoming 2017-18 season. While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider […]

  • Kim Kardashian and Kanye West reportedly hire surrogate to carry 3rd child

    Kanye and Kim Kardashian West have hired a surrogate in an effort to expand their family, reported People magazine. The two are are already parents to 4-year-old daughter North and 1-year-old son Saint. Kardashian West has long expressed interest in having another baby but her doctors had warned her about the health risks of becoming pregnant. She suffers from placenta accreta, a condition in which the placenta grows into the wall of the womb and prevents it from easily detaching […]

  • Blackhawks’ 2017-2018 season opener announced

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks announced their season opener Wednesday hours after key player Marian Hossa announced he would not be playing in the 2017-2018 season. The team will open the regular season schedule at the United Center on Thursday, October 5th with a game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The puck will drop at 7:30 p.m. CST. The entirety of the schedule will be announced on Thursday June 22nd around 12 p.m. CST. The new season […]