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  • Chicagoans send 100,000 meals to Puerto Rico hurricane victims

    CHICAGO — Chicagoans teamed up to pack and deliver 100,000 meals to people in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Employees of American Airlines and Hyatt Hotels volunteered their time Thursday to box up meals at O’Hare Airport. American Airlines teamed up with Feed My Starving Children to provide MannaPack meals to victims. A town hall meeting was scheduled for Wednesday evening at Casa Puertorriquena in Humboldt Park where President Donald Trump’s recent comments about the island are more than likely going to be […]

  • Police warn of armed robbers wearing surgical masks on Near West Side

    CHICAGO — Police are issuing a warning for residents on the Near West Side. There have been two robberies in the area just this week. The first happened on Monday on the 2200 block of W. Erie. The second happened on Tuesday on the 1300 block of W. Ohio. The offenders are described as two to four African American men between the ages of 20 and 30, wearing surgical masks. They flashed handguns while robbing their victims.

  • Video captures neighbors rescuing woman from burning Englewood building

    CHICAGO — A 64-year-old woman is recovering from her injuries, after being rescued from a burning home on the South Side. Witnesses credit neighbors for saving her life. Wade Rankin and other neighbors flew into action, assisting a son trying desperately to save his mother. Cell phone video captured the moments after Rankin managed to pull Jerri Kelly out of the burning house on the 600 block of West 61st Pl. “If we didn’t react, something bad would have happened,” Rankin […]

  • Leaders call on corporate Chicago to help Mexican quake victims

    CHICAGO –Local leaders met Friday and called on Chicago’s corporate leaders to help with relief efforts for the victims of the earthquake in Mexico. National Coordinator for Casa Mexico, Ciudad de México, Juan Ochoa convened the meeting with elected officials to join forces in support of Illinois’ relief efforts for Mexico. The organization will be holding a fundraiser next Tuesday at the Chicago Cultural Center where corporate leaders are expected to show up out with checks for hurricane relief. Organizers […]

  • Illinois Senate to vote on school funding formula bill

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate could vote Tuesday on an education funding overhaul. Leaders of both parties say it is a compromise and an important day for Illinois. Concerned the measure was a bailout of Chicago, Gov. Bruce Rauner wanted significant changes to the plan. But Chicago will get what it wants. The district expect $450 million under the overhaul. Also, the Chicago Board of Education would be allowed to raise property taxes by another $120 million. The governor […]

  • Police investigate homicide in Hammond

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Police are investigating a homicide at a home on a street in Hammond, Ind. Neighbors said a Lake County coroner’s vehicle appeared between 7:30 and 8 a.m. in the 7500 block of Alexander Avenue. Lucia Gonzalez, 25, was found stabbed to death in the kitchen of the home. They said Gonzalez lived in the home with her boyfriend and kids. Friends said the children were safe and are with loved ones. Police have not released any other […]

  • Durbin: Obamacare repeal could be trouble for Illinois

    CHICAGO — Doctors and hospital administrators are wondering; what happens after August?  Chicagoans who rely on community clinics and Medicaid are especially worried. US senator Dick Durbin is among the concerned.  The high-ranking Democratic leader is visiting a community clinic on the west side.  Depending on what happens in Washington, Durbin fears working families could lose their health care safety net. “We’ve got to find a bipartisan way to solve this problem…to make sure Medicaid continues to reach out and provide […]

  • Good Samaritans save life of shot teen ‘literally dying’ on Pilsen street

    CHICAGO — Two men are getting credit for helping save the life of a teenage gunshot victim in the Pilsen neighborhood. A 16-year-old was shot in the arm, chest and spine in the 1800 block of W. 18th St. Monday evening. Former army medic, Roberto Montano, was about a block away when the shooting happened. When he heard a dozen or more shots, he instinctively parked his car and ran to help. The 44-year-old did what he was trained to […]

  • CPS activists hold demonstration class on 606 trail

    CHICAGO– Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is fed up with Governor Bruce Rauner and his opposition to a new education funding bill.  Rauner is calling it a bailout for Chicago and unfair to taxpayers. But Chicago parents say they’re fed up with both the politicians who can’t seem to agree on anything. “Rahm and Bruce need to stop pointing fingers at each other and take responsibility to fund our schools,” a parent said. Students, parents and teachers found a unique way to sound off about funding Chicago Public Schools. They set up on the 606 trail near Humboldt Park Boulevard with support from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association Thursday to call for less […]

  • Construction begins on 2 new sports fields for CPS

    CHICAGO — Construction started on two new athletic fields for Chicago Public Schools on Thursday. City officials broke ground on a turf soccer and baseball field at Welles High School in the city’s West Town neighborhood. They’re also breaking ground on a baseball and softball field at Roberto Clemente High School. That project will include a sodded turf field for practice and recreation. The total cost of the fields is $3.5 million. They’re expected to be complete this fall.