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    Metra offers free rides for kids going to parents’ work

    If you take your sons or daughters to work Thursday, they can ride Metra for free. The rail agency is waiving fares for people under 18 who are accompanied by an adult. Every adult who buys a Metra ticket can bring up to three children for free. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is held every year in April. The goal is to encourage children to learn about becoming part of a workplace team and accepting responsibilities.

  • New community center coming to Gresham, Englewood neighborhoods

    CHICAGO — A new community center designed to combat violence is coming to one of Chicago’s most violent areas. Community leaders announced Tuesday the center will be housed in an old bank at 7919 S. Ashland Ave. in the Gresham neighborhood. The center will offer programs that address financial literacy, credit development, real estate, job training and entrepreneurship. Chicago police officers will teach workshops on knowing your rights with police. Most programs will target people 12 to 24 years old […]

  • EPA chief tours toxic East Chicago site

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is in the Chicago area Wednesday to look at a public housing complex with dangerous toxins in its soil. Scott Pruitt is touring a housing complex in East Chicago, Indiana where 1,000 people have been ordered to evacuate because of lead and arsenic in the ground. Residents and environmentalists are calling for more support and testing. They are worried Pruitt won’t do enough to eradicate the problem because he […]

  • Blagojevich lawyers argue for reduced sentence

    Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich were back in federal court Tuesday, trying to get his 14-year sentence reduced. Blagojevich’s attorneys told the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Judge James Zagel failed to take into account Blagojevich’s good prison record when he re-sentenced him after five of his corruption conviction counts were dropped. Lawyers also argued Blagojevich did not commit extortion, a crime for which he was convicted. Prosecutors say that the inmates letters and recommendations were […]

  • Mundelein boy, 13, struck and killed by vehicle

    MUNDELEIN, Ill. — Students, teachers and staff at a middle school in Mundelein held a moment of silence Monday morning in memory of a 13-year-old student killed after being hit by a vehicle. Carl Sandburg 7th grader¬†Adrian Marinez was struck Friday night while trying to walk across Townline Road in Vernon Hills. A 16-year-old boy was driving the vehicle. He was not ticketed, and authorities say alcohol, drugs, or cellphone use were not suspected.

  • Oswego girl, 10, returns to neonatal unit to share gifts, goodwill with newborns

    AURORA, Ill — A Oswego girl who spent the first days of her life in the intensive care unit of a hospital has returned more than a decade later to show her appreciation. It was a happy homecoming for 10-year-old Olivia-Bailey Powell. The 5th grader was all smiles today as she brought in a box of gifts for families in the neonatal unit of Rush-Copley Medical Center. Olivia and members of her church helped collect clothes and stuffed animals for […]

  • 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 […]