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  • Bond stays at $1M for Vernon Hills HS soccer coach accused of sexual abuse

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Bond remains at $1 million for a Vernon Hills High School coach accused of having sexual relations with students at the school. Cori Beard, 28, is charged with 12 counts of criminal sexual assault. Beard is being held in the Lake County jail. Beard’s lawyer failed to have her bond reduced during a hearing Tuesday at the Lake County courthouse. Monday night, the Vernon Hills school board voted to fire the part-time boys and girls soccer coach. […]

  • Judge losing patience with pace of Van Dyke murder case

    CHICAGO — Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan dressed down lawyers for Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke during a hearing Thursday. “I’m not negotiating with you! When did I tell you to get this done?!” Judge Gaughan said during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building. Patience is wearing thin as the judge pushes the defense team to produce a witness by the end of the month. Van Dyke’s lawyers are seeking a change of venue,  arguing it will be impossible […]

  • Chicago scrambles to keep up with pothole repairs

    CHICAGO–Potholes are an annual late winter rite of spring in Chicago, as is the rush to fill them. Crews from the Chicago Dept. of Transportation have patched rough 100,000 potholes since the snow melted, according to CDOT officials. Drivers and residents are encouraged to call 311 or visit the city’s website to report potholes. The city says the average wait time for pothole repair is three days.

  • American Airlines accuses Emanuel of cutting deal with United

    CHICAGO — American Airlines is accusing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel of cutting a secret deal with competitor United Airlines. In an 11th hour announcement, American Airlines on Wednesday said it objects to the city’s proposed $8.5 billion expansion plan for Chicago O’Hare International Airport. “What this deal is, basically, is a bulldozing at the midnight hour of a level playing field at O’Hare,” Dennis Tajer of the Allied Pilots Association said Wednesday. “It’s endorsing a monopoly with United, and it’s […]

  • Protesters at Gary airport rip Trump immigration policy

    GARY, Ind. — The Gary-Chicago Airport was the scene Friday of a protest over President Trump’s immigration policy. The airport is a major hub for deporting undocumented immigrants living in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Civil rights, labor, social justice and religious groups sounded off about the high number of ICE Air deportations at the airport. Demonstrators are urging people to unite in the fight to end them.  

  • Animals rescued from NW Indiana flood waters

    LAKE STATION, Ind. — As flood waters continued to rise along the Little Calumet River in Northwest Indiana, the situation got more desperate. Heavy flooding forced evacuations by boat Thursday. Emergency crews not only helped residents evacuate, they also pulled animals away from the water. Animal rescue underway in Lake Station, IN. @WGNNews — Kelly Davis (@kellykdavis) February 22, 2018 Horses had to be rescued from fields and barns. Several dogs and even a llama were evacuated. The animals […]

  • Gov. Rauner unveils 2019 budget proposal

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov Bruce Rauner wants to shift pensions costs and reel in health care expenses as part of his plan to boost the economy. Rauner is pushing structural reforms to save money and balance the state’s budget. To do so, he’ll need Democratic cooperation and in an election year that seems unlikely. Wednesday, Rauner asked lawmakers to rollback the income tax hike in this year’s budget by changing the state’s pension system and group health expenses. The governor […]

  • City of Chicago tries to keep up with snow

    CHICAGO–The city is working to stay on top of the snowstorm. Snow plows and salt trucks have fanned out across the city to clear the main roads before attacking the side streets. The CTA says it has installed equipment on trains to clear the snow and ice from tracks. Workers from Family and Supportive Services are checking on the elderly and informed to make sure they’re okay.  

  • Chicago area doctor, nurse among 7 killed in Philippines crash

    ALEGRIA, THE PHILIPPINES — A Chicago area doctor and nurse, on a medical mission in the Philippines, were among seven people killed in a crash over the weekend. Aurora Gagni from Orland Park,  Dr. Nunilo Rubio Sr. and five others on their team died in the accident Friday. Rubio was an endocrinologist from Chicago. Rubio’s wife, who is also a doctor, was severely injured. The group was in the Philippines to give medical care to the less fortunate. Police say […]

  • Grandmother reading Bible carjacked during school pickup on Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for a suspect in the armed carjacking of a grandmother while she was picking up her grandchildren at school on the Northwest Side. It happened Thursday afternoon outside St. John’s Lutheran School, 4939 W. Montrose Ave. Family members say the 72-year-old woman was reading a Bible in 2010 Toyota Camry, Illinois license plate K82 8739 — when a man walked up, opened the driver’s side door and pointed a gun at her chest. The […]