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  • Quigley pushes for better election security against hackers

    CHICAGO — An Illinois congressman wants more help to protect elections from hackers. Chicago democrat Mike Quigley says Illinois is still vulnerable to election cyberattacks. Quigley, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian hacking of the 2016 election, says he’s worried about 2018 because cyber experts say that a perfect defense is next to impossible. The 5th District congressman says if the election infrastructure is attacked in 2018, detection and recovery is vital. Experts say once the system is […]

  • 1 dead in NW Indiana house fire

    LAPORTE, Ind. — A house fire in the Northwest Indiana has killed one person. Firefighters in Laporte were called to the fire just after 7 a.m. Thursday. They saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the two-story home. Inside, they discovered a man on the floor, about ten feet from the front door. Paramedics tried but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • CTA approves price hike, fares increase Jan. 7

    CHICAGO — The CTA board voted unanimously on Wednesday to raise bus and train fares by a quarter. The plan will increase the cost of a bus ride to $2.25 and a train ride would increase to $2.50. The proposal would bump the cost of a monthly pass to $105. A 30-day Ventra card would cost $5 more. The new fares go into effect January 7. The agency said state budget cuts have left them with no options. Protesters at […]

  • Gov. Rauner urges Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios to resign

    WHEELING, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner said Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios should resign, after a report in the Chicago Tribune concluded that Berrios’ office is giving preferential treatment to businesses over middle and lower income homeowners when evaluating properties for taxes. Rauner held a news conference Monday at the home of a Wheeling couple who said their property taxes have doubled over the last ten years. A recent investigation by the Chicago Tribune and Pro-Publica against Joe Berrios uncovered assessment […]

  • Toys from WGN Drive-Thru Toy Drive sent out for distribution

    LAKE VILLA, Ill. –Thousands of toys collected at the 15th annual WGN Holiday Toy Drive have reached their penultimate destination. Many of the toys were driven to One Hope United in Chicago far northern suburbs Friday. One Hope United provides support services to children and families in need. The toys ultimately will be handed out to children cared for by the organization.

  • CTU protests plan to close 4 South Side high schools

    CHICAGO–Parents, students and members of the Chicago Teachers Union protested a plan to close four South Side high schools at the end of the year because of low enrollment. They spoke out Wednesday at CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison, before a Chicago Board of Education meeting. The schools slated for closing are Harper, Hope, Robeson, and TEAM Englewood high schools. CPS officials say the money saved from the closings would go toward a new $85 million high school for the […]

  • Rodents invade CPS school on South Side

    CHICAGO — Despite a thorough cleaning over the Thanksgiving holiday, a South Side elementary school still has a rodent problem. Mollison Elementary School, located at 4415 S. King Dr., remains open — but no hot lunches are being served while school officials try to rid the school of rats and mice. A pest control vendor hired by Chicago Public Schools set up hundreds of bait traps throughout the school on November 22, but the Chicago Department of Public Health inspected the […]

  • Chicago movie director releasing anti-gang movie

    CHICAGO — A Chicago filmmaker is out with a new movie that aims to steer kids away from gangs. “Step Off the Block” is the eighth film from Hyde Park director Will Adams The movie is about Chicago street violence and the young kids who get caught up in that violent world. One of the characters in the movie is loosely based on Chicago anti-violence activist, Andrew Holmes. The main actors in “Step Off the Block” are Aaron Hill, Carrie Abernathy, Jamar Metzler, Julian Kenner, Lawrence E Johnson Jr. and Chastity Washington. It will be screened for seven days at Studio […]

  • Cook County Commissioners discuss sexual harassment ordinance

    CHICAGO — The Cook County Board of Commissioners is the latest governing body to tackle the issue of sexual harassment in the work place. A proposal by Commissioner Dennis Deer would require county employees to undergo sexual harassment training every year. The proposal would spell out exactly constitutes sexual harassment. Deer introduced the measure at a committee meeting Wednesday morning. Similar plans are being considered for City of Chicago and State of Illinois workers.

  • Without soda tax revenue, Preckwinkle proposes layoffs and budget cuts for 2018

    CHICAGO — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed $200 million in budget cuts to balance the budget after the sweetened beverage tax was eliminated. The cuts would come by laying off mid-level managers, holding off on raises and requiring workers to take unpaid days off. Nearly $50 million would be saved by eliminating 1,000 open jobs. The biggest number of layoffs would affect the offices of Sheriff Tom Dart and Circuit Court Judge Tim Evans. Both Dart and […]