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    Teen charged in beating of South Elgin 7th grader placed on electronic monitoring

    ST. CHARLES, Ill. — A middle school student accused of severely beating another student at a school in South Elgin has made his first court appearance Tuesday. The 14-year-old boy is charged with felony aggravated battery for allegedly attacking Henry Sembdner, 12, at Kenyon Woods Middle School on February 3. The teen was placed on electronic home monitoring. Henry’s family says the 14-year-old picked up Henry and slammed him to the ground headfirst after Henry bumped into him in a […]

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    Law enforcement, lawmakers tackle growing opioid epidemic

    CHICAGO — Lawmakers and law enforcement officials met on Chicago’s West Side Monday to talk about the growing opioid epidemic affecting Illinois and the rest of the nation. Officials say many of those using opioids and overdosing are in their teens and 20’s. They say it’s important to start educating kids in middle school and high school so they understand the dangers of opioids and stay away from them.

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    Chicago area consumers warned about alternative gas costs

    CHICAGO — Chicago area consumers are being warned about using alternative gas utilities. The Citizen’s Utility Board says they may not always be the cheaper alternative to the regulated companies. CUB warns that some companies offer lower prices to get consumers to sign up but then rapidly raise rates. They say some people are signed up to alternative gas supplies without even knowing it. CUB suggests you be wary of salesmen selling utility plans door-to-door. The group says never give […]

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    New crime-fighting lab set up on Chicago’s West Side

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is bringing advanced crime-fighting technology to another of one of the city’s most violent neighborhoods. The department has set up a Strategic Decision Support Center in the 11th District on the West Side. The center gives police the tools to predict and analyze crime so they can better prevent, fight and respond to it. The first center was opened last month in the 7th District, which covers the city’s Englewood neighborhood.

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    Family of teen killed by man she met on Backpage.com fights back

    A man accused of killing a teenage girl he met on a controversial website appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Anthony Rosales, 32, is accused of sexually assaulting and killing 16-year-old Desiree Robinson last year. The teen’s body was found in a garage in south suburban Markham on Christmas Eve. Rosales met Robinson through the website Backpage.com. Robinson’s family has hired an attorney and plans to file a civil claim against the website, sighting gross negligence.  

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    ‘I am hopeful’: Chicago church waits for Syrian refugee family

    CHICAGO — Amid President Donald Trump’s crackdown on Muslims coming into the United States, members of a North Side church are waiting anxiously for a Syrian refugee family to arrive in Chicago. The Epiphany United Church of Christ raised money and set up an apartment for a family of four who have been living in a refugee camp in Turkey. Even though the family has gone through all the legal channels, including thorough vetting, church members say they are worried […]

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    Chicago Police Department unveil new crime-fighting tools

    CHICAGO –The Chicago Police Department has announced new tools in its effort to fight violent crime. It is billed at predictive technology and analytical tools for preventing, combating and responding to crime on the city’s South and West sides. ShotSpotter gunshot detection technology has been installed in the 7th district (Englewood) and the 11th district (Harrison). Police in those districts also will start using new Strategic Decision Support Centers which combine real-time intelligence with data analysis from University of Chicago […]

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    Donald Trump to become 45th president Friday

    WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday. The inauguration ceremony is set for noon. As estimated 800,000 people are expected to turn out for the event. The forecast calls for rain so the National Park Service is lifting its “no umbrella” policy to allow collapsible mini umbrellas on the parade route and the National Mall. Trump tweeted Thursday morning, “Getting ready to leave for Washington, D.C. The journey begins […]

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    Chicagoans honor MLK with day of service

    CHICAGO — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘what are you doing for others?’” With sleeves rolled up and paint brushes in hand, hundreds of students and adults volunteered to makeover Curie High School on the Southwest Side. Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, painted a quote by Margaret Mead on the wall of a classroom while employees of Groupon helped. New U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) did some manual labor as […]

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    Mother of Chicago police shooting victim skeptical of improvements

    CHICAGO — The mother of a man who was shot by Chicago Police says she’s not optimistic the department will make improvements in response to a Dept. of Justice report. Dorothy Holmes is the mother of Ronald Jonhson, who was shot and killed by police in 2014 during a foot chase in Washington Park. Holmes watched Friday’s DOJ press conference and listened to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s promises of reform. She said the DOJ report confirmed what she already believed: that […]