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  • Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves prison, expected soon in D.C. area

    CHICAGO — Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is being transferred Thursday afternoon to a “halfway” house in Washington, DC. He was released from a prison in Alabama around 5 a.m., and the drive to D.C. is about 12 hours. He’s expected to make a stop in South Carolina along the way to see his grandmother. Jackson spent a year and a half in Alabama, and he has another year to serve his sentence. He was convicted for illegally spending hundreds […]

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    Lollapalooza 2015 lineup features Paul McCartney, Sam Smith

    CHICAGO — Three-day and single-day passes for Lollapalooza are sold out. But, V.I.P. and Platinum passes are still available. The single-day passes went on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. for $110. The three-day passes went on sale Tuesday morning and sold out. Paul McCartney will play on the opening night of the festival on Friday, July 31. Other headliners include Metallica, Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine and Alabama Shakes. FULL LOLLAPALOOZA LINEUP HERE The festival is in Grant Park […]

  • McDonald’s faces protests, lawsuits over worker safety

    CHICAGO — McDonalds employees protest outside, and inside, one of the restaurant’s locations on the West Side. The workers chanted, “No safety! No peace!” inside the restaurant at Roosevelt and Kedzie Tuesday morning. Police later arrived and had to move the employees back outside. The demonstration was part of a nationwide effort to highlight new labor complaints against the fast-food giant. Workers complain about unsafe work conditions. Employees in 19 cities, including Chicago, filed 28 complaints against McDonalds. They say […]

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    J.R.W. considering jumping to new league

    CHICAGO — Jackie Robinson West is considering switching to a new league. It’s thinking about jumping from Little League International to the Cal Ripken-Babe Ruth League. The team’s still angry at Little League for taking away its national championship in February. Little League stripped J.R.W. of its title because of roster issues. It says it has evidence the team broke rules when it re-drew its boundaries, and therefore had ineligible players on its roster.  

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    More roadwork in store for Western Avenue on North Side

    CHICAGO — More roadwork is heading to Western Avenue on the North Side, and it’s sure to create additional traffic back-ups. Starting Wednesday, crews will begin installing new water mains between Addison and Roscoe on the northbound side. The parking lane and one travel lane will be closed. Then, construction will switch over to the southbound lanes. Once again, the parking lane and one travel lane will be closed. All of the work is expected to take about two months. […]

  • Despite cold weather, Chicago area kids back to school

    CHICAGO — Despite another day of very cold temperatures, roughly 400,000 Chicago Public School students and many suburban kids returned to their classrooms on Friday. As children headed to school, the temperatures were below zero in several communities, and that angered some parents. They feel school should have been cancelled again. But, by the end of the school day on Friday, temperatures should be a bit higher. CPS has used four of its five emergency days.  

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    Cold-related deaths climb in Cook County

    COOK COUNTY, Ill. — A minimum of 18 people in Cook County have died, at least partly, from the cold weather so far this winter. The latest victim is 49 year-old Debra Togtman, of Blue Island. She was pronounced dead on Sunday at Metro South Medical Center. Her death was ruled an accident. Another possible cold-related death case is pending. Last winter, the county had 32 cold-related deaths.

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    Newsweek’s Twitter hacked by group claiming ISIS affiliation

    NEW YORK — Newsweek’s twitter account was hacked, and a group that says it’s affiliated with ISIS is taking responsibility. The organization, “Cyber Caliphate,” broke into the site Tuesday morning for 14 minutes. Twitter’s support team was eventually able to regain control of the account. We're back on Twitter after being hacked: http://t.co/Ib1pfgN3PC — Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 10, 2015 During that 14 minutes, Newsweek’s account profile picture and banner were changed to images of a masked man and the Black […]

  • Evanston threatens to bill homeowners who fail to clear snow off sidewalks

    EVANSTON — The City of Evanston has a warning for its residents and businesses: clear the snow off your sidewalks or you’ll have to pay up. As of Wednesday, there was still snow on the sidewalks in front of 56 homes. The city says if the snow isn’t removed by Thursday, a private contractor will do it and the property owner will be billed. City rules say property owners have to clear a 36 inch path within 24 hours after […]

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    Chicago’s side street clean-up continues after blizzard

    City of Chicago crews are tackling on Wednesday the giant piles of snow, and messy side streets. The city has unleashed around 650 pieces of heavy equipment to remove all of the snow. About 200 of those pieces are on lease, half of which are dump trucks, front-loaders, and backhoes. As always, the alley’s won’t be fully cleared. An alley typically gets a single pass with a small plow.    

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