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  • Police supt. in DC for gun violence summit after dozens shot over weekend

    CHICAGO–Chicago’s police superintendent is meeting with other police chiefs in Washington, D.C. Monday to talk about ways to curb gun violence. The summit follows another deadly weekend in Chicago with three killed and 37 wounded in shootings across the city. The latest numbers show more than 1600 people have been shot in Chicago since Jan. 1, exceeding statistics for the same time in 2014, when there were nearly 15-hundred, and in 2013 when there were a little more than 1200. […]

  • Fans and city prep for Lollapalooza

    CHICAGO–More trains with less alcohol allowed on them will be running to and from Chicago during Lollapalooza this weekend. The South Shore line plans to add an extra westbound train from the Portage/Ogden Dunes stop to Chicago at 9:57 Saturday morning. An outbound train will be added from the Millennium Park station Saturday night at 10:50 to Portage. Also, alcohol will be prohibited on South Shore trains after 7p.m. Friday, and on all South Shore trains Saturday and Sunday.  

  • ‘Stop and frisk’ ordinance introduced in City Council

     ​ CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council held its final meeting Wednesday before an August break. Ald. Procco Joe Moreno drummed up support for the proposed ordinance known as the Stop Act,  designed to better track the effectiveness and fairness of police stops and searches where arrest are not made. In a report earlier this year the American Civil Liberties Union found that Chicagoans are four times more likely than New Yorkers to be stopped by police with the controversial […]

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    Cullerton tells Rauner to give lawmakers a budget

    CHICAGO–Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is throwing the ball back in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s court to do something to end the state’s budget impasse. In a Wednesday morning news conference,  Cullerton said Rauner needs to send them a spending plan or risk another downgrading of Iliinois’ bond rating, which is already among the lowest in the country. Rauner has said he will only approve a budget if it includes his pro-business proposals, but Cullerton echoed House Speaker Michael Madigan’s contention […]

  • Illinois House tries to pass a temporary budget

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois’ budget impasse is now its tenth day, with no deal in sight. Lawmakers are trying to come up with a temporary fix to keep state government running. The House is meeting Thursday to vote on a temporary budget. The $2.3 billion spending plan would only fund government through July. Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he would veto a temporary budget. He wants the General Assembly to pass a budget that includes his pro-business agenda. Democrats say Rauner’s proposals […]

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    Police search for Stevenson Expressway shooter

    CHICAGO — Illinois State Police are looking for someone who shot at a car on the Stevenson Expressway, forcing a partial shutdown of the interstate. It happened around 7:45 Thursday night in the southbound lanes of I-55 near the Pulaski Road. Police say someone in a silver Cadillac drove up to a black Toyota and fired shots at the Toyota. No one was hit, but the right lane of the outbound Stevenson was closed for two hours while police investigated […]

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    Blackhawks hoping for home ice celebration tonight in Game 6

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to make history Monday night. They can win their third Stanley cup in six years and celebrate on home ice for the first time since 1938. The Hawks lead the Tampa Bay Lightning three games to two in the series. Every game so far has been decided by a goal. Game time is 7 p.m. at the United Center.

  • Chicago police investigate report of South Side home invasion, rape

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating a report of a woman catching a man sexually assaulting her daughter in their home. The attack happened in a house near 90th and Carpenter in the Gresham neighborhood. A woman told WGN’s Tonya Francisco she got up around 3:15 Tuesday morning and noticed a bathroom window wide open. She said she went to check on her 23-year-old daughter and saw a man attacking her. The daughter’s 1-year-old son was sleeping next her at […]

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    Hawks heading to Tampa for latest Stanley Cup quest

    There go the Hawks. Just back from their series-clinching win in Anaheim,  the Blackhawks take off Monday afternoon for Tampa to take on the Lightning in the Stanley Cup finals. The Hawks are trying to win their third title in six season. Tampa last won a Stanley Cup in 2004. Game one is 7pm (CDT) Wednesday at Amelie Arena in Tampa.  

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    Aldermanic aide gets 15 month for taking a bribe

    CHICAGO — The chief of staff for Chicago alderman Howard Brookins has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for taking a bribe to help fix an alcohol license application. Curtis V. Thompson pleaded guilty in December to taking $7,500 from a man who said he wanted to open a convenience store It turns out, he was an undercover informant working for the FBI. The feds alleged Brookins was present as the informant offered a $12,000 bribe at another meeting, […]

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