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  • Police to begin screening CTA passengers bags for explosives

    Next time you ride a CTA train,  you could have your bags screened by Chicago Police. It’s part of Chicago’s ongoing efforts to combat terrorism. Starting November 3, police will start screening CTA rail passenger bags for explosives. A special detail of up to six officers will randomly pull aside passengers to swab their bags and run the swab through a machine called a mobile threat detector. The results can be seen in seconds. The police teams will be stationed […]

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    Stop giving animals antibiotics, doctors and consumer advocates urge

    Consumer advocates and Chicago area doctors are warning about the overuse of antibiotics in animals. The Illinois Public Interest Research Group says up to 70 percent of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in animals. The group says they’re often given to healthy animals to make them grow fatter, faster. The problem is bacteria that come into contact with the animals mutate and become resistant to antibiotics. So the infections these bacteria cause, such as pneumonia and MRSA, become […]

  • Instagram threat forces Skokie middle school to close for second day

    A middle school in north suburban Skokie will be closed again Thursday due to anonymous threats delivered over social media. Administrators with Skokie School District 73 1/2 sent a letter to parents telling them they’re working with Skokie police to investigate a series of Instagram posts that have been shared with some sixth grade students at Oliver McCracken Middle School. Village officials said in a statement that administrators told police Monday of “inappropriate and threatening communication received by students via […]

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    Neely stepping down as city Treasurer

    Chicago’s city treasurer is quitting. Stephanie Neely told her staff Monday she’ll step down at the end of next month. The move will allow Mayor Emanuel to appoint her replacement heading into next February’s city election. Neely was working for an investment firm in 2006 when then-mayor Richard M. Daley appointed her treasurer. She was elected in 2007 and again in 2011. Investment executive Kurt Summers Jr. is considered a top candidate to be appointed by Emanuel.

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    94-year-old man in hospice accused of sexual abuse dating back to 1960s

    Complaints against a former Winnetka gym teacher accused of sexual abuse date back to the 1960s. William Bricker, 94, is charged with sex crimes involving two boys at a summer camp in Wyoming where he served as a counselor from the 1960s to the 1980s. Students at Hubbard Woods elementary school in Winnetka have also come forward to say Bricker molested them. Those complaints dated back to the late 1970s, but now memos have surfaced revealing police and school officials […]

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    Make Chicago’s dangerous intersections safer, group says

    Some of Chicago’s busiest intersections are also the most dangerous. Now a group that promotes biking, walking and public transportation wants to fix that. The Active Transportation Alliance says the intersection of Milwaukee, North and Damen avenues in the Bucktown neighborhood had the highest number of crashes in the city involving pedestrians and bicyclists between 2006 and 2012. The Alliance says accidents can be cut by improving crosswalk markings and adding countdown signals. Other dangerous intersections include Cicero and Chicago […]

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    Hearing for alleged ISIS recruit continued

    The hearing for 19-year-old Muhammed Khan of Bolingbrook has been continued. Khan was arrested last weekend at O’Hare Airport where authorities say he was on his way to meet a contact in Istanbul, Turkey who would take him to ISIS forces in Iraq or Syria. The prosecution is arguing for part of the complaint that deals with minors to remain sealed. Khan will be back in court on Oct. 25th.

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    Chicago police captain shot in Englewood standoff; 1 man in custody, 1 dead

    A Chicago Police Captain wounded during a long stand-off in the Englewood neighborhood is hospitalized Wednesday in serious condition, but is expected to survive. Captain Edward Kulbida suffered a graze wound to the head, and was also shot in the shoulder. He is said to be cracking jokes, and is surrounded by family and fellow officers. “I just was so grateful that he was alive, and I said ‘Officer, God protected you and the angels were watching over you, and […]

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    “Grandma” Clinton returns to Chicago

    Hillary Clinton is coming back home. The former first lady,  secretary of state and new grandmother will be in Chicago next Wednesday night. She’ll be speaking to the Economic Club of Chicago. Clinton is considered a front-running democrat in the 2016 presidential race but has not yet said if she will run. Mrs. Clinton and former President Bill Clinton have just become grandparents. Their daughter Chelsea gave birth to a baby girl last week.  

  • Closing arguments expected today in Joliet double murder trial

    Closing arguments have wrapped up the brutal murder trial in Joliet. Joshua Miner is one of four people who were charged in the 2013 murder of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover,  is accused of being the ringleader in a scheme to lure them to a Joliet apartment and rob them. Prosecutors say Miner strangled the two. He has claimed that he ‘lost control’ when one of the men tried to sexually assault one of the other suspects , Bethany McKee. […]

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