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  • Last minute shoppers scramble for gifts

    The countdown to Christmas is on! Last minute shoppers have only hours until it’s time to unwrap presents. Luckily, some stores have extended hours today to accommodate the late rush of shoppers. Macy’s on State Street: 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m Target Stores (Chicago): 8:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m. Target (1154 S Clark St): 8:00 a.m – 11:00 p.m. Kohl’s: 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. K-mart: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Wal-mart Stores: Various Home Depot: 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 […]

  • Maine West hazing trial under way

    Attorneys presented their opening statements today in the trial of a former Maine East High School soccer coach charged in connection with a hazing scandal.  Michael Divincenzo has opted for a bench trial, rather than having a jury decide his fate. Divincenzo, 37, walked into the Cook County courthouse in Skokie this morning, offering a simple “no comment” when he was asked if he had anything he wanted to say before the start of court. Several former and current Maine […]

  • Officer shot, gunman killed during stand-off in Arlington Heights

    A police officer is wounded and a suspected gunman is killed during a stand-off and hostage situation in Arlington Heights. Police responded to a call of a 41-year-old man with a gun around 6:50 p.m. Thursday. That man has been identified as Eric M. Anderson of Niles. When officers tried to enter the townhome in the 1900 block of Windham Court, they were met with gunfire. A 20-year-verteran of the Arlington Police Department who was first inside the home was […]

  • President Obama takes selfie at Mandela memorial service

    President Obama is being criticized for his behavior at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. The president was spotted posing for a picture during the memorial service in South Africa’s FNB Stadium yesterday morning. He was seen leaning in for a “selfie” cell phone picture with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minster David Cameron. Images of the “selfie” quickly spread online. Critics called the photo and behavior of the three world leaders “inappropriate.”

  • Salvation Army: Red Kettle donations down

    Donations for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettles are down this holiday season. With Christmas two weeks away, the iconic red kettles have taken in $3.3 million. That’s down 8% from this time last year. Officials say a shorter holiday season is to blame, and fewer people are carrying cash while doing their holiday shopping. But it’s not all bad news for the Salvation Army. Internet donations are up 270%. This comes as online users set up their own digital red […]

  • Controversial billboard rejected in Times Square now in Chicago

    New York’s Times Square is known for its eye-catching billboard, but there’s one sign that you won’t see in Times Square, and the reason why, is causing controversy. The ad by Snore Stop shows a solider and a Muslim woman with the phrase, “be together.” Snore Stop sells anti-snoring sprays and pills. The company says the idea behind its ads is that its products can keep any couple together. But media company Clear Channel wasn’t on board with the concept […]

  • Chicago poised to have highest cigarette tax in U.S.

    Smokers in Chicago may soon pay the highest cigarette taxes in the nation after the City Council votes on the Mayor’s 2014 budget. The City Council is expected to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $7 billion budget plan today. That includes a compromise on a cigarette tax hike. The Mayor agreed to reduce the proposed tax hike to 50-cents a pack from 75-cents Monday. That puts Chicago on track to have the highest cigarette taxes in the country. With the 50-cent […]

  • Report: Todd Stroger eyeing county seat

    Former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is ready to make his return to city politics. The Chicago Sun Times reports, Stroger announced plans to run for Cook County Commissioner in front of a politics class at Roosevelt University this week. Stroger lost his bid for reelection as Board President back in 2010. At that time, he was facing criticism over his policies and many of his hires. Stroger wants to run for the seat left vacant by William Beavers. […]

  • Indiana woman killed in Bahamas plane crash

    A woman from Indiana was among the people killed in a small plane crash in the Bahamas. The Northwest Indiana Times reports, Cynthia Mierzwa and three others died when their single-engine plane crashed on Sunday. The plane took off from Grand Bahama, the closest island to Florida. It crashed in low waters, seven miles from a control tower. Mierzwa was from Union Township, near Valparaiso. She worked at several hospitals in the south suburbs of Chicago as a neonatal nurse. […]

  • Bed bugs found in Glen Ellyn school

    One bed bug was found inside a classroom in Glen Ellyn, days later an infestation was uncovered. A single bed bug was discovered inside a classroom at Hadley Junior High last Thursday. A letter posted on the school’s website from District 41 Superintendent Dr. Paul Gordon says a company came in and found several areas with traces of the insects. The pest control company is calling it a light case of bed bugs. To get hold of the problem, crews […]

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