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  • Police investigate homicide in Hammond

    HAMMOND, Ind. — Police are investigating a homicide at a home on a street in Hammond, Ind. Neighbors said a Lake County coroner’s vehicle appeared between 7:30 and 8 a.m. in the 7500 block of Alexander Avenue. Lucia Gonzalez, 25, was found stabbed to death in the kitchen of the home. They said Gonzalez lived in the home with her boyfriend and kids. Friends said the children were safe and are with loved ones. Police have not released any other […]

  • Durbin: Obamacare repeal could be trouble for Illinois

    CHICAGO — Doctors and hospital administrators are wondering; what happens after August?  Chicagoans who rely on community clinics and Medicaid are especially worried. US senator Dick Durbin is among the concerned.  The high-ranking Democratic leader is visiting a community clinic on the west side.  Depending on what happens in Washington, Durbin fears working families could lose their health care safety net. “We’ve got to find a bipartisan way to solve this problem…to make sure Medicaid continues to reach out and provide […]

  • Good Samaritans save life of shot teen ‘literally dying’ on Pilsen street

    CHICAGO — Two men are getting credit for helping save the life of a teenage gunshot victim in the Pilsen neighborhood. A 16-year-old was shot in the arm, chest and spine in the 1800 block of W. 18th St. Monday evening. Former army medic, Roberto Montano, was about a block away when the shooting happened. When he heard a dozen or more shots, he instinctively parked his car and ran to help. The 44-year-old did what he was trained to […]

  • CPS activists hold demonstration class on 606 trail

    CHICAGO– Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is fed up with Governor Bruce Rauner and his opposition to a new education funding bill.  Rauner is calling it a bailout for Chicago and unfair to taxpayers. But Chicago parents say they’re fed up with both the politicians who can’t seem to agree on anything. “Rahm and Bruce need to stop pointing fingers at each other and take responsibility to fund our schools,” a parent said. Students, parents and teachers found a unique way to sound off about funding Chicago Public Schools. They set up on the 606 trail near Humboldt Park Boulevard with support from the Logan Square Neighborhood Association Thursday to call for less […]

  • Construction begins on 2 new sports fields for CPS

    CHICAGO — Construction started on two new athletic fields for Chicago Public Schools on Thursday. City officials broke ground on a turf soccer and baseball field at Welles High School in the city’s West Town neighborhood. They’re also breaking ground on a baseball and softball field at Roberto Clemente High School. That project will include a sodded turf field for practice and recreation. The total cost of the fields is $3.5 million. They’re expected to be complete this fall.  

  • Pregnant mother, sons killed in Beecher crash laid to rest today

    CRETE, Ill –A pregnant mother and her three young sons were laid to rest Wednesday, eight days after they were killed in a car crash. Lindsey Schmidt and her sons Owen, Weston and Kaleb were on their way to vacation bible school last week in Beecher, when the driver of a pickup ran a stop sign and slammed into their car. The driver of the pickup survived and has been cited for running a stop sign. Visitation for the victims […]

  • Local law enforcement pushes wealth-based bails

    CHICAGO — Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and other law enforcement officials say bails are set too high for many crime suspects. They asking the Illinois Supreme Court to force lower courts to issue wealth-based bails. Every day up to 200 people who are accused of minor, non-violent crimes, sit in Cook County jail because they can’t afford bail of $1,000 or less. That wreaks havoc on a system already overworked and oversaturated.  Most of those inmates in this group […]

  • Rough waters prompt swim ban at Chicago beaches

    CHICAGO–People planning to go to Chicago’s beaches over the next two days are urged to stay out of the water. The National Weather Service issued a Beach Hazard Warning. It says high waves and strong rip currents could be life-threatening. Swimming bans are in effect at several Chicago beaches.  Swim advisories have been posted at Ohio Street, Montrose, Rainbow, North Shore, Humboldt and Lane. The warning is in effect until 7 p.m. Saturday. To check the most up to date […]

  • Chicago aldermen say parents should be responsible if kids have guns

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago aldermen say parents should be responsible if their children have guns. Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, and Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th, have introduced an ordinance that would allow police to cite parents if they’re found to know their kids 16 and under have guns and  “fail to make reasonable efforts to stop the possession or report the possession to law enforcement.” The ordinance does not define what constitutes ‘a reasonable effort.’ If cited, parents could be required […]

  • More rain, more flooding, more mess for north suburbs

    As more rain threatens Chicago and the northern suburbs, families already struggling to deal with devastating floods are bracing for even more damage. Some reports are calling for one inch of a rain an hour Friday afternoon. Many people are just starting to clean up and dry out, and the real problem is getting some of the garbage hauled away before it gets washed away again. Lake County officials say getting trash cleaned up and picked up isn’t as simple […]