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  • Public hearing explores rules to handle medical marijuana

    Gov. Rauner defends pot licensing process

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner is defending his administration’s handling of medical marijuana licenses. A Chicago company has filed a lawsuit claiming the process of handing out licenses for cultivation centers was flawed. PM Rx LLC argues the state failed to follow its own requirements for deciding who would get to grow and sell the drug. The company wants the applications re-scored or to be given the final license. Rauner’s administration says it tried to fix the process started […]

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    Polar explorer from Evanston loves the deep freeze

    EVANSTON, Ill. — Believe it or not, there are some people who actually enjoy being out in the extreme cold. John Huston of Evanston is a professional polar explorer. He’s tells WGN’s Julian Crews the keys to coping with the cold are good, protective clothing and a positive attitude. “Complaining makes everything more difficult than it needs to be,” said Huston, who is also a motivational speaker. Huston knows a thing or two about dealing with the elements;  he has […]

  • Chicago home to new health tech hub

    CHICAGO — Chicago is now home to a technology hub that deals with the ever-growing health industry. Gov. Bruce Rauner, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were all on hand for the opening of MATTER Friday in the Merchandise Mart. MATTER brings together healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders in a shared space to brainstorm and collaborate on industry innovations. Emanuel pointed out it is the 11th innovation incubator to set in Chicago since he took office. Rauner says […]

  • Priest pleads guilty in alleged violin plot with mobster

    CHICAGO–A Roman Catholic priest accused of trying to help a notorious Chicago mobster retrieve an expensive violin has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Prison chaplain Eugene Klein was due to stand trial Wednesday for allegedly trying to help imprisoned mobster Frank Calabrese Sr. recover a 250-year-old Stradivarius violin hidden in Calabrese’s old Wisconsin home. Prosecutors allege the plot was hatched in 2011 when Klein administered daily communion to Calabrese at the Missouri prison where he’s serving a life […]

  • Obama to visit Chicago for Pullman monument announcement

    CHICAGO–President Obama is returning to Chicago next week to declare the city’s historic Pullman district a national monument. The district dates to the 1880s and was home to the Pullman Palace Car Co. which made sleeper cars for rail passengers. The area included worker housing, making it one of the country’s first “company towns.” Pullman will become the city’s first national park. The designation is expected to help speed up the redevelopment of Pullman which has some blighted sections.  

  • Chicago tourism hits record with more than 50M visitors in 2014

    CHICAGO — Chicago has hit a new milestone in tourism and is launching an ad campaign to keep the momentum going. The city had more than 50 million visitors last year, a 3 1/2% increase over 2013. Chicago had more than 48.5 million domestic visitors last year, topping New York by more than four million. Chicago still lags behind other major U.S. cities in drawing international visitors. So Chicago tourism officials are unveiling a new marketing campaign called “Chicago Epic.” […]

  • Mayoral hopefuls stay on attack in 2nd mayoral debate

    CHICAGO — The four candidates challenging Rahm Emanuel kept up their attacks on the incumbent in the race for Chicago. The five debated the issues Friday in an appearance before the editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times. Ald. Bob Fioretti criticized the Mayor for failing to stabilize the city’s finances. Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia said he would tap into the city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds to help pay off debt and meet the city’s public pension obligations.  He […]

  • Closing arguments expected Friday in bean bag shooting death trial

    PARK FOREST, Ill. — Closing arguments are expected Friday in the trial of a Park Forest police officer who shot and killed an 95-year-old man with a beanbag shotgun. On the stand Friday,  a defense expert who authored a report on the use of deadly force testified John Wrana appeared to be a threat to police and residents at the retirement home where he lived. On Thursday,  officer Craig Taylor spent an hour on the witness stand, describing how, and […]

  • Cop on trial in death of 95-year-old World War II vet testifies

    CHICAGO — A few surprises Thursday at the trial of a police officer in the death of a World War II veteran. Among them, the officer taking the stand and a doctor said he could have saved John Wrana’s life. Dr. Steven Salzman testified there was no question that he could have fixed Wrana’s injuries suffered after Park Forest police were called to subdue the violently agitated 95-year-old at his assisted living facility fired five bean bag rounds into the World War II […]

  • Tollway crews stepping up in deep freeze

    Getting stranded on a toll road is bad enough; getting stuck out in the frigid weather can be dangerous. So Illinois Tollway crews have beefed up their routes to help drivers who need it. The Tollway has mobilized the 24-hour Zero Weather Road to look for drivers stranded in disabled vehicles and respond to calls that come in to *999 motorist assistance, Illinois Tollway dispatch or Illinois State Police District 15. There are at least 11 Zero Weather Road Patrols […]

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