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  • UIC joins med students across the country for Match Day

    CHICAGO–Friday is Match Day for medical students across the U.S. It’s the day students find out where they will be doing their residencies. In Chicago, 172 UIC students gathered at the Chicago Hilton and Towers Friday morning to open their match letters. Student Valeria Valbuena, an aspiring surgeon, was excited to learn she is matched up with her first choice: The University of Michigan.

  • Immigration activist given more time to fight deportation

    CHICAGO — Federal officials in Chicago have extended the probation of immigration activist Elvira Arellano, giving her more time to fight her third deportation to Mexico. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities agreed to extend the probation for one year. Arellano has been trying to win political asylum from the U.S. since 2006 when she sought sanctuary at a church in Humboldt Park. Arellano argues her life would be in danger in Mexico where she has spoken out against human traffickers […]

  • Chicago now accepting summer job applications

    CHICAGO–Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office is calling it the largest jobs program in Chicago history. The city is offering 30,000 jobs and learning opportunities through its One Summer Chicago program. Kids and young adults from 14 to 24 can apply for jobs, starting today through May 15, at Also this year, the city is making it possible for people to support the cause. People can donate money to the jobs program also at

  • 50 CPS students face off in spelling bee championship

    CHICAGO — Some of the Chicago Public Schools’ best spellers faced off Friday in the Citywide Spelling Bee Championship. Fifty CPS students from 3rd through 8th grade competed in the event at Lindblom High School. Winners competed for a spot at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The 2017 Spelling Bee Champion will receive a $40,000 grand prize. Earlier this year, 148 schools held individual, school-wide spelling bees and declared one winner from each school. All 148 winners completed […]

  • Gov. Rauner tours damage after tornadoes, severe weather hits Illinois

    NAPLATE, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner surveyed the damage from Wednesday’s tornadoes in North Central Illinois. At least one person was killed and 14 were injured in Tuesday evening’s severe storms. 76-year-old Wayne Tuntland was killed in Ottawa by a falling tree, local police confirm, and Saint Elizabeth Medical Center reports they received 14 patients as a result of the storm with injuries to the head, knee and arm areas. Rauner talked with victims and emergency responders while looking over homes […]

  • Illinois Tollway eliminating coin buckets

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. –Those large plastic buckets you toss change into at Illinois tollway booths will be gone soon. State tollway officials have approved a deal to replace the buckets with new touch screen machines that can accept credit cards, bills and coins. The new machines will cost about $76,000. They will be phased in over a year, starting this spring. As for the buckets, they’ve became outdated with the use of I-Pass lanes. A tollway spokesman says the buckets […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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.