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    Social services advocates plead for funding during ongoing budget impasse

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With eight days left before the Illinois General Assembly is to set adjourn,  there’s still no sign of an agreement to end the 10-month-old budget stalemate. That could have a devastating effect on education and social service programs already hurt by the impasse. Even though an agreement isn’t in sight, Gov. Bruce Rauner says he still thinks he and the democrats can reach a compromise. But Rauner says he believes many democrats are ready to accept some […]

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    TSA examines long lines at Chicago airports

    The head of the TSA comes to Chicago Friday to find out why there were unusually long lines and waits this week at O’Hare and Midway Airport security gates. Travelers stood in lines for as long as three hours at security Wednesday. Thursday, they were told to arrive at least two hours before departure. The TSA has responded by sending 58 agents to Chicago to help. They’re also upgrading 100 part-time TSA workers to full time. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin […]

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    Prom couple criticized for tornado selfie

    WRAY, Colo.– A high school prom couple is being criticized for taking selfies during a tornado. Colorado teens Charlie Bator and Ali Marintzker stood outside and snapped pictures of themselves with a twister in the background. The two then posted the pictures on Facebook. When they returned to school, some teachers and students told them they were famous. Others said they were reckless. Marintzer said they stayed inside until they knew the tornado was a safe distance from their home.

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    Autopsy underway on body of woman found at Chicago auto pound

    CHICAGO — An autopsy is underway on the body of a woman found inside a car at an auto pound on the city’s Southeast Side. The body was discovered Saturday afternoon at a tow yard at 103rd and Doty Ave. Police aren’t saying if the car was towed to the yard with the body inside or where exactly the woman was found. Authorities are expected to release the woman’s name after the autopsy is completed. Sources tell WGN News the body may […]

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    Chicago Cubs bypass alderman for new plaza liquor license

    CHICAGO — The owners of the Chicago Cubs are bypassing the local alderman in their attempt to get a liquor license for Wrigley Field’s new plaza. The Cubs want to serve alcohol at the area outside the ball park until 11 p.m. on weeknights, and midnight on weekends. Alderman Tom Tunney (43rd) wants to cut it short by two hours. The Chicago City Council tends to support local aldermen on these matters. So the Cubs are applying directly with the city’s […]

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    Judge delays decision to give former day care worker new trial

    A judge has delayed a decision on whether to give a former day care worker another trial in the death of a young boy in her care. Melissa Calusinski is serving a 31-year sentence for throwing 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan, of Deerfield, to the floor at a day care center in Lake County seven years ago. Calusinski’s lawyers say, since her conviction, new evidence has surfaced, showing that Ben had pre-existing head injuries. Prosecutors argue the boy may have had a prior injury, […]

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    Wicker Park bar banning people with gang-related tattoos

    CHICAGO — A Chicago bar is banning people with tattoos links to gangs. The Crocodile Bar, located at 1540 N Milwaukee Ave in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood, is turning away people with neck and eye tattoos associated with gangs — such as teardrops and gang signs. People with swastika tattoos are also banned. The bar’s owner says it’s a security issue and an effort to keep their customers safe. An American Civil Liberties Union spokesman says it’s not clear if the tattoo […]

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    Chicago White Sox play home opener against Cleveland today

    CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox play their home opener Friday afternoon. The team will host the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field at 3:10 p.m. Temperatures will be in the mid 30s with wind chills in the 20s. The game is sold out. The White Sox are 3-1 on the season, after winning three of four games in their opening series in Oakland.

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    Cubs fans to face tougher security at Wrigley this season

    CHICAGO — Cub fans will encounter tougher security measures when they head to Wrigley Field this season. The Chicago Police Dept. and the Office of Emergency Management say enhanced security measures will be in place, including undercover officers and the use of bomb-sniffing dogs. The ballpark will open two and half hours before game times this season to allow fans enough time to get through metal detectors and other security enhancements. Fans will be allowed to bring in bags, backpacks […]

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    Limo company involved in fatal I-90 crash shut down, sued

    ELGIN, Ill. — Federal authorities have shut down a limousine company whose driver was involved in a deadly crash in Elgin. A limo owned by Lyons Limousine of Wisconsin flipped over on the Jane Addams Tollway, killing a woman and injuring six others in March. The 20-year-old limo driver told police he was blinded by the sun and hit a construction barrier. An investigation found the driver was underage and had a poor driving record with multiple violations. Two of the […]

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