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    Navy Pier park getting new name

    The park in front of Navy Pier is getting a new name to help pay for the pier’s renovation. The Polk family is paying $20 million for the naming rights to Gateway Park on the western edge of the pier. It will now be called Polk Park. The money will be used for Navy Pier’s modernization plan which includes upgrading the park. Polk Park will feature a lighted water fountain and ice skating rink. Plans for the Navy Pier makeover […]

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    Man charged with spitting in Cook County judge’s face

    A Northside business owner is accused of slapping and spitting in the face of a 79-year-old judge. David Nicosia, 55,  is charged with four counts of aggravated battery and a hate crime. Prosecutors say Nicosia became angry because Judge Arnette Hubbard was smoking near him outside the Daley Center Monday. They say he told Hubbard to move, called her “Rosa Parks,” spit in her face and then slapped her. Hubbard, who is African-American, got her start as a civil rights […]

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    Gas Prices heading down, analysts say

    Gas prices may have finally peaked for the year Drivers paid $3.67 a gallon on average over the Fourth of July weekend. That is the highest price since 2008. Now prices are starting to ease back. According to AAA, the current national average right now for regular gas is $3.65 a gallon. Experts say prices at the pump should keep inching down thanks to falling oil prices.  

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    Daley cites medical issues to avoid testimony

    Former Mayor Richard Daley is claiming a medical hardship to avoid testifying about a controversial restaurant deal in Millennium Park. The Emanuel administration claims a 30-year lease the Daley administration worked out with the owners of the Park Grill was a sweetheart deal that cheated taxpayers out of millions of dollars in revenue. The City of Chicago is suing to break that lease, and lawyers for the Park Grill subpoenaed Daley. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Daley’s lawyers wouldn’t specify the […]

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    WGN Radio celebrate 90 years with Walk of Fame

    Some of the biggest names in Chicago radio are being honored on a new Walk of Fame. It’s part of the 90th anniversary celebration of WGN radio. Inductees for 2014 include Spike O’Dell,  Orion Samuelson, Kathy O’Malley, Wally Phillips, Judy Markey,  Quin Ryan,  Milt Rosenberg,  Jack Brickhouse, Roy Leonard and Bob Collins. The Walk of Fame is located outside the station studio at 435 N. Michigan Ave.

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    Ald. Burke undergoing cancer surgery today

    Chicago Ald. Ed Burke was scheduled to have prostate cancer surgery Thursday. Burke has been a city council member since 1969 and has never missed a meeting. He postponed the surgery so he wouldn’t miss Wednesday’s meeting. Burke says he expects to return to work after a brief recovery period.  

  • CPD Supt. McCarthy makes first public appearance after treatment for blocked arteries

    Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy paraphased Mark Twain when making his first public appearance since undergoing treatment for blocked arteries. “Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated,” McCarthy told the new batch of police graduates at Navy Pier Wednesday. McCarthy was hospitalized last week and underwent angioplasty for blockages in his arteries.  He was home resting but told the cadets he wanted to attend the graduation because it is one of his most favorite days as superintendent. McCarthy thanks the […]

  • CPD sued over alleged cell phone snooping

    Chicago police may have the power to snoop on your cell phone. But one city resident says if it’s happening, it’s unconstitutional. Chicagoan Freddy Martinez is suing to force the police department to reveal details about the alleged spying program. Lawyers for Martinez say the department has bought equipment that allows police to secretly scan people’s cell phones for detecting phone numbers dialed and texted. The technology also allows investigators to track a phone’s location and find a phone’s identification […]

  • Chicago leaders meet to discuss how to turn Chatham neighborhood around

    The recent shooting death of a Chicago high school teacher on South Side has riled up Congressman Bobby Rush. The Chicago democrat convened a summit Wednesday to talk about ways to turn stem gun violence. Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Supt, Garry McCarthy and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle all attended the summit. Last week’s shooting of special education teacher Dr. Betty Hoard happened in Rush’s congressional district. The congressman said it is his goal to transform […]

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel Unveils New Playground At Pilsen’s Whittier Elementary

    Public Officials joined residents in the city’s Pilsen Neighborhood for a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil new facilities at Whittier Elementary School. The $1.5 million revitalized space, located at 1900 West 23rd Street, includes basketball courts, a mini-turf field and a new playground and replaces the old field house building that originally occupied the space, but had to be torn down last year after it was found to be a potential risk to student health and safety. School faculty said […]