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    Judge delays decision to give former day care worker new trial

    A judge has delayed a decision on whether to give a former day care worker another trial in the death of a young boy in her care. Melissa Calusinski is serving a 31-year sentence for throwing 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan, of Deerfield, to the floor at a day care center in Lake County seven years ago. Calusinski’s lawyers say, since her conviction, new evidence has surfaced, showing that Ben had pre-existing head injuries. Prosecutors argue the boy may have had a prior injury, […]

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    Wicker Park bar banning people with gang-related tattoos

    CHICAGO — A Chicago bar is banning people with tattoos links to gangs. The Crocodile Bar, located at 1540 N Milwaukee Ave in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood, is turning away people with neck and eye tattoos associated with gangs — such as teardrops and gang signs. People with swastika tattoos are also banned. The bar’s owner says it’s a security issue and an effort to keep their customers safe. An American Civil Liberties Union spokesman says it’s not clear if the tattoo […]

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    Chicago White Sox play home opener against Cleveland today

    CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox play their home opener Friday afternoon. The team will host the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field at 3:10 p.m. Temperatures will be in the mid 30s with wind chills in the 20s. The game is sold out. The White Sox are 3-1 on the season, after winning three of four games in their opening series in Oakland.

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    Cubs fans to face tougher security at Wrigley this season

    CHICAGO — Cub fans will encounter tougher security measures when they head to Wrigley Field this season. The Chicago Police Dept. and the Office of Emergency Management say enhanced security measures will be in place, including undercover officers and the use of bomb-sniffing dogs. The ballpark will open two and half hours before game times this season to allow fans enough time to get through metal detectors and other security enhancements. Fans will be allowed to bring in bags, backpacks […]

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    Limo company involved in fatal I-90 crash shut down, sued

    ELGIN, Ill. — Federal authorities have shut down a limousine company whose driver was involved in a deadly crash in Elgin. A limo owned by Lyons Limousine of Wisconsin flipped over on the Jane Addams Tollway, killing a woman and injuring six others in March. The 20-year-old limo driver told police he was blinded by the sun and hit a construction barrier. An investigation found the driver was underage and had a poor driving record with multiple violations. Two of the […]

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    IL House back in session, but no budget action planned

    SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois House was back at work Monday, but the state budget crisis was not on its agenda. Bills up for consideration included regulating daily fantasy sports betting and easing access to police video. There’s also a bill requiring warning labels on medicinal marijuana to give buyers information about the side effects of marijuana use. Other legislation would criminalize cyber-bullying by parents, and ban drone flights when they could potentially deliver prison contraband.

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    Chicago State University rallies for CPS teachers

    CHICAGO — State universities across Illinois joined in the Chicago Public Schools Teachers’ “Day of Action” Friday. Like CPS, Illinois colleges are also being hit hard by the state’s funding crisis. Chicago State University held a rally and teach-in. Chicago State is cutting its school year short because the school is running out of money. Other rallies and teach-ins took place at Northeastern Illinois University, UIC and the City Colleges of Chicago.


    Waukegan HS principal back at work after wounded while serving in Afghanistan

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — The principal of Waukegan High School is settling back into his job after being wounded in Afghanistan during his fifth tour of duty with the Navy reserves. In August 2015, Brian Riegler, now 48, suffered a severe concussion and other injuries after a car bomb exploded outside his installation in Kabul. His recovery delayed his return home, which was originally scheduled for fall 2015. “Quite honestly I don’t remember all that much about it,” Rielger said of […]

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    WGN EXCLUSIVE: Woman says TSA at O’Hare racially profiled her, searched her braids

    CHICAGO –A northwest suburban woman says she may sue the Transportation Security Administration for racially profiling her. Karen Scruggs of Barrington says she was stopped by TSA personnel at O’Hare Airport Saturday so they could go through her thickly-braided hair. Scruggs says an agent then took her glove off and tested it through the explosive detector and it went off. Scruggs says she was then pulled into a room, questioned and searched with an agent going up and down her […]

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    Marijuana dispensary opens in Highland Park

    HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — A new medical marijuana business has opened in the north suburbs. “Elevele” is the first dispensary to set up shop in Highland Park and the 30th licensed business in Illinois. The company sells medical marijuana in several forms, but customers need a state-issued ID card to buy the drug. About 48,000 Illinois patients now qualify for the state’s program.


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