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    Men who fought for release of police shooting tape call for reforms

    CHICAGO — The freelance journalist who helped fight to get the videotaped police shooting of Laquan McDonald released says he hopes the case will lead to reforms in the Chicago Police Department. Brandon Smith says, even though McDonald’s family did not want the video made public, he believes it had to be done. “I do understand the perspective (of) not wanting their son to become the poster child of police reform,” Smith said.  “(But) the fact remains that people we […]


    Ramp from LSD to Mag Mile closed for roadwork

    CHICAGO — Downtown drivers, take note: A major exit off Lake Shore Drive is closed for part of Tuesday into Wednesday. The exit ramp from the Drive to Michigan Ave. is shut down until 3:30 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Chicago transportation department crews are finishing up working on ramp resurfacing. The city says southbound drivers should get off Lake Shore Dive at Lasalle St. or Grand Ave. to get to north Michigan Ave. or Streeterville.

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    Deadly Chicago police shooting video to be released by Wednesday

    CHICAGO — A controversial police video that shows a black teenager being shot 16 times by Chicago police could soon  be released to the public. The police dashcam video of the shooting of Laquan Mcdonald was recorded last year. On Wednesday, a judge ordered that it be released no later than Nov. 25. The officer who pulled the trigger is on desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation. The family has already accepted a $5 million  settlement from the […]

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    Chicago City Council votes to support Syrian refugees

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council weighed in on the fight over how to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis in light of the Paris terror attacks. In a largely symbolic resolution, aldermen voted Wednesday to establish Chicago as a sanctuary city for refugees. The move is in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call to withhold aid for refugees in Illinois until the Paris investigation is complete. Members of groups including RefugeeOne and the Heartland Alliance said Wednesday they believe Rauner doesn’t have the […]

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    Police searching for suspects in North Side alley fires

    CHICAGO — Police say kids may be responsible for some of the fires that have been set in several North Side alley fires over the past month. About 18 fires have been reported near Hamlin Park, Lakeview, Roscoe Village and West DePaul since Oct. 18. Investigators say people have been setting fire to trash bins and disregarded items. Several garages and at least one coach house have been destroyed or damaged, but most fires have been contained to the garbage […]

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    Parent outraged after teacher’s obscene drawing on son’s paper

    EL PASO, Texas — A Texas high school teacher who drew a sexually explicit image on a student’s assignment will not be disciplined for it. According to KMOV, Kim Juzdowski drew a picture of a penis on the student’s paper because he wasn’t doing his work. The student’s mother saw the paper and demanded that Juzdowski be fired. The district decided not to punish the 14-year language arts teacher because she admitted to the drawing and apologized for it. The […]

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    Girl, 8, found dead in closet of Chicago home

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating the mysterious death of an 8-year-old girl in her home on the Far South Side. The girl reportedly was found hanging in her closet in a house at 92nd and LaSalle Wednesday The Cook County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy. Investigators are looking into whether the girl hanged herself. The girl’s grandfather, Todd Evans, says she was “too young to know what suicide is.” Evans said his daughter had recently moved the 8-year-old […]

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    All CPS students getting access to high-speed Internet

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public School students soon will have access to high-speed internet. A $38 million federal grant will help equip all city schools with broadband and Wi-Fi by next year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing to make computer science a graduation requirement. He says the internet upgrade will help CPS reach that goal.

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    Stranger driving by house fire helps rescue residents

    CHICAGO –A man on his way to work spotted a raging fire inside a historic home in Chicago Heights, and risked his life to rescue three people. Fire consumed the Miller family home this morning on the 300 block of West 16th Street.  The stunned family woke up to a wall of searing heat and smoke. Tyree Miller, Jr  was inside the home at the time.  Tyree Miller, Sr,  was apparently unconscious and had no way out. And his girlfriend […]

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    Judge allows police statements in Baltimore trial

    BALTIMORE, Md. — A judge has ruled that statements made to investigators by at least one Baltimore police officer charged in Freddie Gray’s death will be admissible at trial. Six officers face assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct charges. Sgt. Alicia White made statements which will be allowed in court. Freddie Gray died from a spinal injury while in custody in April. An officer accused of failing to provide or request medical care for Gray will stand trial next month. The […]


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