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    Shooting victims spotlighted after violent Memorial Day weekend

    CHICAGO — Following a violent Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, a Cook County Commissioner Tuesday shined a spotlight on victims of gun violence and proposed ways to curb it. Shootings in the city from Friday afternoon to Tuesday morning wounded 44 people and killed 12 others. County Commissioner Richard Boykin unveiled a collage of victims of gun violence.  The memorial honored the more than 600 people shot and 140 wounded in Chicago from Jan. 1 through early May. Boykin introduced […]


    First phase of Chicago Riverwalk extension opening

    CHICAGO — The first two blocks of the Chicago Riverwalk’s $100 million extension are set to open Saturday. The western expansion of the Riverwalk from State to Clark streets, as well as a one-block addition to LaSalle Street will open in early June. When completed in late 2016, the final design will feature a 11/4-mile jogging, pedestrian and bicycle trail from Lake Michigan to around the Lake Street Bridge. Each of the six blocks will have its own theme, including […]

  • Sheriff names psychologist to head Cook County Jail

    CHICAGO — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has picked a clinical psychologist to serve as head of the Cook County Jail. Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia will become executive director of the jail later this month. Tapia joined the sheriff’s office in 2013 and has been overseeing mental health strategy. Dart says 25%-35% of the inmates suffer from mental illness and the percentage has grown in recent years as the number of mental health facilities has fallen. Tapia says most of […]

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    2 burglary suspects nabbed at Mokena construction site

    MOKENA, Ill. — Police Tuesday morning arrested two men in connection with an attempted burglary at a senior housing complex under construction in Mokena. The site has been the scene of recent burglaries, police said. Mokena police Chief Steve Vaccaro said an officer on patrol saw a car parked outside the Clarendale of Mokena housing complex that is being built in the 21500 block of South Wolf Road. The officer later saw a man outside the building and took him […]

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    Dog found in Elgin finally heading home to Denver

    ELGIN, Ill. — A dog that was found in Elgin is going home to Denver,  more than three years after it disappeared. The 9-year-old, named Lilly,  had a severe ear infection and her fur was matted when she was found. Volunteers at the “Almost Home Foundation” nursed Lilly back to health and discovered she had a microchip which provided  information on her owner. With more help from the AARK Air International, the owners raised $800 on Go-Fund-Me to pay for […]

  • Rauner presses city council to adopt pro-business reforms

    CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner ventured into hostile territory Wednesday to sell on his turnaround plan for Illinois. Mayor Emanuel invited the governor to address the city council, but Rauner’s pro-business agenda may be a tough sell to Chicago aldermen. Rauner made a pitch for Chicago to become a so-called “right to work” city. Rauner says labor unions should not be allowed to impose mandatory dues on employees in unionized workplaces. He also implied Chicago will need to make sacrifices […]

  • Panel hears testimony on medical marijuana for PTSD victims

    CHICAGO — A panel of lllinois health and medical experts met Monday to decide whether military veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder should be able to use medical marijuana. An advisory panel made up of patients, doctors and a pharmacist heard testimony on the issue at the Thompson Center in Chicago. The board will make recommendations to the Illinois State Department of Public Health. Supporters of marijuana research say federal obstacles make it difficult to provide solid evidence of […]

  • Chicago police honor 12-year-old South Side girl battling cancer

    CHICAGO — Chicago police Tuesday honored a girl who is fighting cancer. Bagpipes played as police gave 12-year-old Emily Beazley and her sister honorary stars at police headquarters. Emily is battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and doctors say her chemotherapy treatment isn’t working. There’s been a huge outpouring of support for Emily and her family. A stretch of Homan Ave. in the Mount Greenwood neighbor was just named after her. Also,  Emily’s supporters have made a video appeal to pop star Taylor […]

  • Durbin calls for tighter e-cigarette regulations

    CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) joined doctors and health experts Monday in calling for federal regulators to get moving on tighter restrictions for e-cigarette use. Durbin pointed to a recent report that found e-cigarette use among middle and high school students has surpassed conventional tobacco use for the first time, and that use has tripled in just one year from 2013-2014. Durbin said the Food and Drug Administration has yet to finalize regulations that were introduced a year […]

  • Kris Bryant to start, bat clean-up in Chicago Cubs debut

    CHICAGO — One of the best prospects the Chicago  Cubs have had in a long time is now in the big leagues. The Cubs called up Kris Bryant to debut in Friday’s home game against the San Diego Padres. Bryant had a strong spring training with the Cubs, hitting nine home runs and batting .425 in 40 at-bats, But the team decided to start him in AAA-Iowa so they could keep him under contract for another year. Cubs President Theo […]


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