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    Criminals strike Chicago delivery drivers twice in 24 hours

    CHICAGO — Delivery drivers in Chicago were targeted by criminals twice in 24 hours. Chicago police say thieves held a UPS driver at gunpoint so they could take packages from his truck. It happened just before 9 p.m. Wednesday at 85th and Prairie in the Chatham Neighborhood. Police are looking for two men in the case, but no descriptions were available. The truck driver wasn’t hurt. A FedEx truck full of packages was stolen on the South Side Wednesday. Police found […]

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    Cook County jail downsizing as inmate population shrinks

    CHICAGO — Three Cook County jail buildings are being demolished, as the jail population sinks to its lowest numbers since 1991. County officials announced Wednesday Divisions 1, 3 and 17 are going down, in a move that will save county taxpayers $3 million next year and $180 million over the next decade. Officials say the buildings are obsolete and underutilized.  They say more modern buildings require fewer workers to operate. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart credits the shrinking jail population […]

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    City Council approves Chicago property tax rebate plan

    CHICAGO–The Chicago City Council has approved a property tax rebate to ease the sting of Mayor Emanuel’s record property tax hike. Homeowners making $75,000 or less can qualify for rebates of up to $200. The council is also expected to approve $4.3 million in payouts to people who were victims of police misconduct. The alderman Wednesday passed an ordinance to keep city workers from trapping coyotes. City officials say coyotes help kill rats . They say the city should spend […]

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    Illinois balking at tougher school bus safety standards

    CICERO, Ill. –Illinoisans concerned about bus safety following the fatal crash in Tennessee may not find any relief from Springfield. Il. Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero) heads the Senate Transportation Committee. He tells WGN-TV news that lawmakers haven’t passed mandatory seat belt use on buses because of concerns it would cost too much and reduce bus capacity. The head of the National Safety Council is calling for tighter standards to get children to buckle up on buses.

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    Northwest Indiana sheriff, mayor indicted in alleged bribery scheme

    HAMMOND, Ind. — The sheriff of Lake County, Ind., along with his top deputy and a mayor have been indicted on charges of collecting bribes for contracts for towing and other services. The indictments announced Friday name Lake County Sheriff John Buncich, Chief Deputy Tim Downs, Portage Mayor James Snyder and tow company owners William Szarmach of Lake Station and John Cortina of Portage. The FBI raided Buncich’s offices in Crown Point, Ind. last week. Prosecutors say Buncich received over $25,000 […]

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    Donald Trump plans for first 100 days in office

    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump has a long list of proposals he wants to tackle during his first 100 days in office. The president-elect was criticized during the campaign for being short on details when it comes to sweeping policy changes. But one of the best places to look for information on what Trump plans to do initially is an address he gave Oct. 22 in Gettysburg, Penn. Trump made it clear that illegal immigration is still near the top of his […]

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    Election officials watching polling locations closely

    CHICAGO — Election officials are keeping a close eye on the polling places to make sure there are as few problems as possible for voters. The Chicago and Cook County Board of Elections report some minor issues but no signs of fraud. In Logan Square’s Darwin Elementary School, the technology trouble started early. “When I walked in this morning, they were looking for a power cord. There was a malfunction or it didn’t fit,” said Dan Postelthwait. The electronic voting […]

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    Some Cubs fans camp out for seats at Wrigleyville bars

    CHICAGO — Excitement has been building around Wrigley Field in the hours leading up the ballpark’s first World Series since 1945. Fans have been flooding into Wrigleyville since early Friday morning. Some are camping out in front of neighborhood bars to get a seat inside just to watch Game 3 on television. Some bars are charging as much as $250 to enter. A handful of hopeful fans spent the night outside the park on the outside chance that the Cubs might release […]

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    Ex-Chicago detective who killed Rekia Boyd wants to collect disability

    CHICAGO–A former Chicago police detective who resigned after shooting and killing an innocent bystander is now fighting to collect disability. Dante Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of Rekia Boyd. Servin was off-duty when he pulled up to a group of people outside his home near the city’s Douglas Park neighborhood and fired at a man he said pulled a gun on him. Boyd was shot in the head. Servin resigned just days before he […]

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    $50K bond for Alsip woman charged with hate crime

    CHICAGO — Bond has been set at $50,000 for a woman caught on video using the “n-word” on a couple in Chicago. Jessica Sanders, 26, of Alsip is charged with a hate crime and battery. Police say Sanders repeatedly hurled the racial epithet at an African-American couple during a festival last summer at the South Shore Cultural Center. The couple was able to record part of the confrontation on their cell phone before Sanders knocked the phone to the ground. […]