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    $50K bond for Alsip woman charged with hate crime

    CHICAGO — Bond has been set at $50,000 for a woman caught on video using the “n-word” on a couple in Chicago. Jessica Sanders, 26, of Alsip is charged with a hate crime and battery. Police say Sanders repeatedly hurled the racial epithet at an African-American couple during a festival last summer at the South Shore Cultural Center. The couple was able to record part of the confrontation on their cell phone before Sanders knocked the phone to the ground. […]

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    Cubs’ Javier Baez gets Sportsman of the Year Award

    CHICAGO — It’s been a good week for Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez. His team advanced to the National League Championship Series, in large, part because of his outstanding defense and strong hitting. On Friday, Baez received the Sportsman of the Year Award from the State of Illinois. IL Secretary of State Jesse White gave Baez the award at the Thompson Center. It was given to Baez in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. With his mother and brother in attendance, […]

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    Babysitter tweets photo of niece sleeping while standing on head

    A first time babysitter turned to Twitter for advice, when she found her niece sleeping on her head. Mikaela Long tweeted a photo from the baby monitor camera, showing the child sleeping while doing a headstand. this is my 1st time babysitting & idk where i went wrong but my niece is currently asleep on her head do i call the parents or the exorcist — Mikaela Long (@MikaelaLong) October 9, 2016 She tweeted, “I don’t know where I […]

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    Expect to pay big bucks for Chicago Cubs NLCS tickets

    CHICAGO — Cubs fans looking for tickets to the National League Championship Series may have to pay a lot to get them. The team is not expected to release any tickets for the NLCS, so fans may need to look on the secondary market to find them. As of Wednesday afternoon, Standing Room Only tickets on certain websites were going for close to $500. Game 1 of the NLCS is scheduled for Saturday against the winner of the Washington Nationals-Los […]

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    Owners urged to vaccinate pets against rabies after cats test positive

    CHICAGO — Cook County Animal Control officials are telling residents to vaccinate their pets against rabies after some cats tested positive for the disease. The administrator of Cook County Animal & Rabies Control issued a rabies warning for Cook County Tuesday after two outdoor cats from nearby counties tested positive. If you haven’t already done so, you should get your cat or dog vaccinated. Ogle County, found southwest of Rockford, is close enough to raise a red flag in Cook County.  The September […]

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    Markham police shoot and kill man outside nightclub; family speaks out

    MARKHAM, Ill. — A brawl outside a south suburban nightclub ended with one man shot to death by police. State investigators are now trying to determine if that shooting was justified. Donte Jones’ family says they’re hearing so many different reports, mainly on television, about what happened the morning he was killed, but they’re not hearing from police. Jones’ family members said all they want is to talk to the police and see whatever video there is of the 36-year-old being […]

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    Laquan McDonald shooting witness says police made her change her story

    CHICAGO — A woman who witnessed the 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald has filed a lawsuit, saying police pressured her to change her story and covered up what really happened. Alma Benitez says she watched the shooting from a nearby Burger King and told news reporters that officers overreacted to McDonald’s threat. Benitez says she was detained by police and told to retract or forget what she had seen. The suit accuses several officers and detectives of then writing […]

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    Candidate charged for allegedly impersonating a judge says politics to blame

    CHICAGO — A Cook County law clerk who was fired for allegedly impersonating a judge is defending herself against the allegation. In a news conference Thursday, Rhonda Crawford said it was a mistake for her to put on judge’s robes and sit on the bench, but she never claimed to be a judge while sitting in on three traffic court cases. Crawford is currently running for a seat on the 1st Judicial Subcircuit. And although she defeated two rivals in […]

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    Chicago drives up national murder rate

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s spike in murders has been high enough to make a major impact on the national murder rate, according to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School. The center analyzed data from the 30 largest American cities in 2015, and found that while overall crime remained the same from 2014, murders were up 14 percent. Half of that increase is being tied to Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Chicago had 468 murders in 2015 compared […]

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    Gov. Rauner cuts IDOT patronage jobs

    CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner has eliminated state transportation department jobs he says were nothing more than patronage positions. On Sept. 1,  Rauner sent layoff notices to 29 staff assistants at the Illinois Department of Transportation. The governor announced Monday he is abolishing those positions. Investigators previously found they were hired based on clout instead of merit. A 1990 U.S. Supreme Court ruling bans most political hiring in state government. Hundreds of people were hired into the IDOT posts under […]