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  • Closing arguments expected Friday in bean bag shooting death trial

    PARK FOREST, Ill. — Closing arguments are expected Friday in the trial of a Park Forest police officer who shot and killed an 95-year-old man with a beanbag shotgun. On the stand Friday,  a defense expert who authored a report on the use of deadly force testified John Wrana appeared to be a threat to police and residents at the retirement home where he lived. On Thursday,  officer Craig Taylor spent an hour on the witness stand, describing how, and […]

  • Cop on trial in death of 95-year-old World War II vet testifies

    CHICAGO — A few surprises Thursday at the trial of a police officer in the death of a World War II veteran. Among them, the officer taking the stand and a doctor said he could have saved John Wrana’s life. Dr. Steven Salzman testified there was no question that he could have fixed Wrana’s injuries suffered after Park Forest police were called to subdue the violently agitated 95-year-old at his assisted living facility fired five bean bag rounds into the World War II […]

  • Tollway crews stepping up in deep freeze

    Getting stranded on a toll road is bad enough; getting stuck out in the frigid weather can be dangerous. So Illinois Tollway crews have beefed up their routes to help drivers who need it. The Tollway has mobilized the 24-hour Zero Weather Road to look for drivers stranded in disabled vehicles and respond to calls that come in to *999 motorist assistance, Illinois Tollway dispatch or Illinois State Police District 15. There are at least 11 Zero Weather Road Patrols […]

  • Snow, frigid weather means busy time for AAA

    AAA-Chicago has been busy helping stranded drivers in the first cold snap of the winter. Spokeswoman Beth Mosher says calls for the association’s roadside service have been steady. Mosher says AAA expects to stay busy throughout the week as more snow comes and temperatures remain low.    

  • Man linked to Facebook threats charged with weapons violations

    A man who sent out Facebook postings threatening to kill police and white children was in court Friday on weapons charges. Aries Woodfin, 33, of south suburban Ford Heights is also accused of keeping a makeshift shooting range in his basement. Prosecutors say Woodfin posted comments on a Facebook chat room warning to “kill as many cops and white kids as possible” as a New Year’s resolution. Authorities searched Woodfin’s home last week and found a .45 caliber handgun with […]

  • Group of African-American leaders endorse Chicago mayoral candidate Garcia

    A group of 100 African-American leaders endorsed Jesus Garcia for Chicago mayor Tuesday. Garcia is challenging Rahm Emanuel in the February election. Among the leaders announcing their support were former Cook County Commissioner Bobbie Steele,  her son and current commissioner John Steele and CPS Principal Troy LaRaviere. Supporters called Garcia a true progressive in the spirit of the late Chicago mayor Harold Washington. Emanuel has $9 million for his reelection campaign. Garcia says he has about $1 million in campaign […]

  • A look at Illinois’ medical marijuana law

    Medical marijuana for kids in Illinois in 2015

    Starting New Years Day,  kids in Illinois will be able to get medical marijuana legally. A law took effect this year allowing adults to use medical marijuana, but parents of children with severe seizures launched an effort to allow minors to get the drug as well. Children won’t be allowed to smoke it, but they can get it in food form or liquid drops. Those younger than 18 will need permission from a parent or legal guardian. They must get […]

  • Local marine home for the holidays

    A 23-year-old Marine from Arlington Heights is home in time for the holidays. Marine Corporal Steven Kwiatkowski back from two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He was given a hero’s welcome at his alma mater Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights. Kwiatkowski told an audience he was thinking about fellow Marines who didn’t make it home. The military support group, Warrior’s Watch, was also there to honor Kwiatkowski.    

  • Chicago Pakistani react to school attack by Taliban

    Pakistanis in Chicago say they are shocked, angry and saddened by the news of the school shooting in their homeland. The Pakistan Counsel General in Chicago called its “a despicable and heinous act of terrorism.” “They are not human,” said Chicago resident Rashid Syed. “Whoever did this, they are not human.” Chicago businessman Ali Akbar says he wishes the Pakistani government could do more to stop the Taliban.  

  • Gasoline prices keep dropping

    Gasoline prices in the Chicago area and the rest of the country just keep on dropping. According to website GasBuddy.com, average retail gasoline prices in Chicago have fallen 9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.75/g Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 8.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.57/g. GasBuddy surveyed more than 1,400 gas stations  in Chicago. Including the change in gas prices in Chicago during the past week, prices […]


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