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    Blackhawks hoping for home ice celebration tonight in Game 6

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to make history Monday night. They can win their third Stanley cup in six years and celebrate on home ice for the first time since 1938. The Hawks lead the Tampa Bay Lightning three games to two in the series. Every game so far has been decided by a goal. Game time is 7 p.m. at the United Center.

  • Chicago police investigate report of South Side home invasion, rape

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating a report of a woman catching a man sexually assaulting her daughter in their home. The attack happened in a house near 90th and Carpenter in the Gresham neighborhood. A woman told WGN’s Tonya Francisco she got up around 3:15 Tuesday morning and noticed a bathroom window wide open. She said she went to check on her 23-year-old daughter and saw a man attacking her. The daughter’s 1-year-old son was sleeping next her at […]

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    Hawks heading to Tampa for latest Stanley Cup quest

    There go the Hawks. Just back from their series-clinching win in Anaheim,  the Blackhawks take off Monday afternoon for Tampa to take on the Lightning in the Stanley Cup finals. The Hawks are trying to win their third title in six season. Tampa last won a Stanley Cup in 2004. Game one is 7pm (CDT) Wednesday at Amelie Arena in Tampa.  

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    Aldermanic aide gets 15 month for taking a bribe

    CHICAGO — The chief of staff for Chicago alderman Howard Brookins has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for taking a bribe to help fix an alcohol license application. Curtis V. Thompson pleaded guilty in December to taking $7,500 from a man who said he wanted to open a convenience store It turns out, he was an undercover informant working for the FBI. The feds alleged Brookins was present as the informant offered a $12,000 bribe at another meeting, […]

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    Shooting victims spotlighted after violent Memorial Day weekend

    CHICAGO — Following a violent Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, a Cook County Commissioner Tuesday shined a spotlight on victims of gun violence and proposed ways to curb it. Shootings in the city from Friday afternoon to Tuesday morning wounded 44 people and killed 12 others. County Commissioner Richard Boykin unveiled a collage of victims of gun violence.  The memorial honored the more than 600 people shot and 140 wounded in Chicago from Jan. 1 through early May. Boykin introduced […]

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    First phase of Chicago Riverwalk extension opening

    CHICAGO — The first two blocks of the Chicago Riverwalk’s $100 million extension are set to open Saturday. The western expansion of the Riverwalk from State to Clark streets, as well as a one-block addition to LaSalle Street will open in early June. When completed in late 2016, the final design will feature a 11/4-mile jogging, pedestrian and bicycle trail from Lake Michigan to around the Lake Street Bridge. Each of the six blocks will have its own theme, including […]

  • Sheriff names psychologist to head Cook County Jail

    CHICAGO — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has picked a clinical psychologist to serve as head of the Cook County Jail. Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia will become executive director of the jail later this month. Tapia joined the sheriff’s office in 2013 and has been overseeing mental health strategy. Dart says 25%-35% of the inmates suffer from mental illness and the percentage has grown in recent years as the number of mental health facilities has fallen. Tapia says most of […]

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    2 burglary suspects nabbed at Mokena construction site

    MOKENA, Ill. — Police Tuesday morning arrested two men in connection with an attempted burglary at a senior housing complex under construction in Mokena. The site has been the scene of recent burglaries, police said. Mokena police Chief Steve Vaccaro said an officer on patrol saw a car parked outside the Clarendale of Mokena housing complex that is being built in the 21500 block of South Wolf Road. The officer later saw a man outside the building and took him […]

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    Dog found in Elgin finally heading home to Denver

    ELGIN, Ill. — A dog that was found in Elgin is going home to Denver,  more than three years after it disappeared. The 9-year-old, named Lilly,  had a severe ear infection and her fur was matted when she was found. Volunteers at the “Almost Home Foundation” nursed Lilly back to health and discovered she had a microchip which provided  information on her owner. With more help from the AARK Air International, the owners raised $800 on Go-Fund-Me to pay for […]

  • Rauner presses city council to adopt pro-business reforms

    CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner ventured into hostile territory Wednesday to sell on his turnaround plan for Illinois. Mayor Emanuel invited the governor to address the city council, but Rauner’s pro-business agenda may be a tough sell to Chicago aldermen. Rauner made a pitch for Chicago to become a so-called “right to work” city. Rauner says labor unions should not be allowed to impose mandatory dues on employees in unionized workplaces. He also implied Chicago will need to make sacrifices […]

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