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    Illinois teacher fired for stepping on US flag during free speech lesson

    MARTINSVILLE, Ill. — A high school English teacher was fired for stepping on a small, U.S. flag during a lesson on free speech. Jordan Parmenter taught at Martinsville Junior-Senior High School. He claims he stepped on the flag during class on May 15 as an example of free speech. A student felt he was disrespectful, and the school board unanimously voted to fire him. Parmenter says he plans to speak to his union representative.

  • Jackie Robinson West suing over stripped title

    CHICAGO — Jackie Robinson West is fighting to keep its national title. In February, Little League stripped JRW of its title amidst accusations of residency rule violations. On Wednesday, the team’s attorney, Victor Henderson, has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of getting Little League International to answer some questions. He also released a 97 page report that raises issues about how the situation was handled. The players and coaches were in attendance, but did not speak. Little League International […]

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    Demetrius Ivory breaks down the six different tornado levels

    COAL CITY, Ill. — The National Weather Service will examine the damage from the tornadoes in Coal City in the hopes of measuring their strengths. There are six different levels, and some communities in Illinois have been through some of them before. An EF0 hit Summit in May 2015. It had winds of 65 to 85 miles-per-hour. An EF1 struck Plainfield in June 2014. An EF2 hit Coal City in November 2014. That had winds of 111 to 135 miles-per-hour. […]

  • Frustrations made public over Lincoln Square home renovation project

    CHICAGO — Some Lincoln Square residents are going public with their anger over a home construction project. People around 2419 W. Wilson are outraged over the renovation they claim has been going on for six months. Residents say the scaffolding went up around Thanksgiving, but the actual construction never started. There are now barricades blocking the sidewalk, and parking restrictions. Neighbor Carrie Hoffman is hanging a sign outside her home that asks, “Tired of this Mess, Too?,” with an arrow […]

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    Evacuation plans in place if bad weather hits Mumford & Sons concert

    Evacuation plans are in place if thunderstorms or rain hits during a major concert Wednesday night near Montrose Beach. Mumford & Sons will play at Cricket Hill. 35,000 people are expected to attend the sold-out show. The opening act takes the stage at 6 p.m. The concert comes at a time when neighborhood residents are concerned about noise and traffic. Both have been problems from past shows at Cricket Hill. If there’s an evacuation, people may take shelter at Lake […]

  • Suburbs cope with flooding day after heavy rains

    NORTHLAKE, Ill. — Some Northlake residents are finally getting a break Tuesday afternoon. The flooding they have been dealing with since last night is starting to recede. Around Division Street and 45th Avenue, there was bad flooding. The Addison Creek overflowed, and sewer systems became backed up. The water entered basements and flooded them, as well as yards. Neighbors say this always happens whenever there’s a flash flood. The Northlake mayor is looking for money from the state or county, […]

  • Apparent accidental shooting on Northwest Side: police

    CHICAGO — A 16 year-old is shot in the head on the Northwest Side on Friday, and Chicago police believe it was an accident. Police say around 7:45 a.m., a group of teen boys were playing with a gun and it went off. The victim was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. The shooting happened in a rear coach house of an apartment building at Addison and Kilpatrick. Investigators found the gun on a […]

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    Lake Shore Drive-Stevenson Expressway ramp construction

    Part one of a major construction project affecting Lake Shore Drive and the Stevenson Expressway has kicked-off. The northbound LSD ramp to the outbound Stevenson will undergo reconstruction. The ramp was closed from 1 a.m. to 5a.m. Thursday, and that will be the case again on Friday. Throughout construction, the ramp will remain a single lane, but be reduced to just 11 feet wide. The project is expected to be completed next summer. The reconstruction of the southbound LSD ramp […]

  • Man shot while driving on Lake Shore Drive

    CHICAGO — A man was shot while driving on Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville. It happened in the southbound lanes near Oak Street around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. A 31-year-old man driving a 4-door Sedan was shot at by someone inside a silver or gray Ford Mustang. The Sedan ended up on the sidewalk near a building on Delaware Place. The man suffered a graze wound to his elbow, but refused medical attention. No one is in custody. An investigation is […]

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    Chicago teachers, students march for peace on South Side

    CHICAGO – For the third year, a march and rally against violence on Chicago’s South Side Friday morning. Mayor Emanuel and about 2500 students, teachers and community leaders spoke out against the bloodshed as summer vacation approaches. The march started at 10 a.m. at 24th and State in the South Loop. They walked 12 blocks south and ended at Perspectives Math and Science Academy at 3663 S. Wabash. Then, there was a Peace Jam. The idea for the march came […]

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