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  • Small cargo plane crashes into home near Midway Airport

    Pilot who crashed plane into Chicago home reported engine trouble: NTSB

    The pilot who crashed his plane into a Southwest Side home reported having engine trouble just before the deadly accident. That’s according to a report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The small cargo plane hit a house at 65th and Knox near Midway Airport two weeks ago. The report says Eric Howlett told the Midway Control Tower he was having issues with his left engine and asked to return to the airport. He was cleared to land but was […]

  • Snow hits Chicago, causes airport delays

    Chicago was hit with some pre-Thanksgiving snow Monday. The temperatures dropped from the mid-50s around 8 a.m. to the mid-30s by noon as high winds blew wet, sticky snow across the city and suburbs. The weather is causing problems for air travelers. The Chicago Department of Aviation reports some flights at O’Hare Airport are delayed up to 50 minutes Monday afternoon and airlines have canceled more than 115 flights. At Midway Airport,  two dozen flights were backed up by about 40 minutes. Only a few […]

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    Improvements made to Chicago’s Plow Tracker

    Chicagoans can keep better track of city snowplows when the winter weather hits. The city has made some improvements to its Plow Tracker website. You’ll be able to watch snow removal operations on a larger map with an improved snow plow icon design. You can also view the direction of travel for all snow removal vehicles in real-time so you’ll know if a plow is headed your way. It’ll be easier to read current snow event information, including snowfall totals […]

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    ComEd pitches in for repair of vandalized veterans memorial

    Veterans Day is Tuesday,  but local vets got a welcome boost from Commonwealth Edison Monday. The utility honored veterans with a ceremony in Oak Brook Terrace. The Rowe-Clark ROTC Color Guard joined company officials and some 200 ComEd employees for the tribute. ComEd officials also announced that its parent company, Exelon, was donating $10,000 to help restore a veterans memorial site in southwest suburban New Lenox. Stone slabs representing each branch of the armed forces were cracked or uprooted by […]

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    Molly Glynn’s husband sues over actress’ death

    The freak accident that killed actress Molly Glynn has spawned a lawsuit. Glynn, 46,  was killed in September when a tree fell on her while she was riding a bike in a north suburban forest preserve. The tree was uprooted by a wind gust as a storm moved in. A lawsuit filed by Glynn’s husband, Joe Foust,  claims the Cook County Forest Preserve District failed to keep the area clear of dead or dying trees. A spokesman for the district […]

  • Chicago votes still being counted after major delays

    Election workers in Chicago and Cook County are still counting ballots. That’s because some weren’t cast until early Wednesday morning. At Welles Park on Chicago’s North Side,  many voters waited more than eight hours to cast their votes. The final vote there was finally cast just after three a.m. Voters say there were not enough election judges to handle the large turnout. Many of those voters showed up to use the new “day of registration” option.

  • 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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