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    U.S. issues worldwide travel alert due to increased terrorism threats

    CHICAGO — As Americans prepare to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. State Department has issued a rare, worldwide travel alert due to possible terror risks. U.S. citizens are urged to be aware of their surroundings, and use caution at festivals and events. Some travelers at O’Hare Airport on Tuesday said they can’t live in fear, and aren’t worried. Another traveler said there isn’t much that can be done, and to just try to be safe. In Europe, Brussels is on […]

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    O’Hare airport private security workers on strike

    CHICAGO — Security workers at O’Hare Airport are demanding better pay, benefits and working conditions on Thursday. They’re also accusing their employer, Universal Security, of committing unfair labor practices. They claim they face retaliation for speaking out about conditions and safety issues. There are about 160 security workers at O’Hare, who are separate from the TSA. They are contract workers who earn about $12 an hour. They watch certain doors and roam the terminals. SEIU Local 1 is helping the […]

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    4G now fully available on Blue Line

    CHICAGO — All Blue Line riders will now be able to enjoy 4G coverage. Mayor Emanuel announced Wednesday morning at the Jackson Blue Line Station at 328 South Dearborn, 4G is now available across the entire Blue Line. 4G will also be fully installed on the Red Line later this year. The Blue and Red lines are the two busiest rail lines in the city. The four major wireless carriers, T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, are entirely funding these improvements. […]

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    Abandoned newborn found in Uptown beaten to death

    CHICAGO — Autopsy results on a newborn girl abandoned in Uptown reveal she was beaten to death. The girl was found in the grass outside a high-rise building in the 800 block of West Eastwood Ave late last night.  She was found just a block away from the hospital, still alive. The autopsy finds the girl died of multiple blunt force trauma. Authorities are still searching for the person who abandoned her.

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    Fast food workers demand higher wages, union rights in Chicago protests

    CHICAGO — Organizers say it is the largest strike ever to hit the fast-food industry in the U.S. The goal is to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour and win union rights and their target is industry-leader and Oak Brook-based McDonalds. Fast-food workers in Chicago and those in 269 other cities are speaking out for better wages. In Illinois 2.5 million people make less than $15 an hour according to organizers who protested at  two area McDonald’s earlier today. […]

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    Calls to rebuild Chicago library after major fire

    CHICAGO — Parents, kids, neighborhood residents and public officials in Chicago are hoping the city will rebuild what’s said to be one of the busiest libraries in the wake of a huge fire. The Independence Public Library at Irving Park and Drake in the Irving Park neighborhood is closed indefinitely. This location is claimed to be the second most visited of 80 branches. Its summer reading program participation is also said to be consistently number one in the entire library […]

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    Northwest E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle sickens 39

    SEATTLE — The number of people who have E. coli from eating at Chipotle restaurants in the Pacific Northwest is now at 39. Twenty-nine of the cases are in Washington state, and 10 are in Oregon. Chipotle says eight restaurants are connected to the bacteria outbreak. But, it has voluntarily closed all locations in Washington state and in the Portland, Oregon, area just to be safe. No word yet on the true source of the outbreak.

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    Man accused of pointing gun at woman, baby on Eisenhower

    CHICAGO — A man from Orland Park is accused of pointing a handgun at a woman and her baby on the Eisenhower Expressway. Jamil Elkoussa, 26, allegedly pulled a .40 caliber weapon, and pointed it at the woman and her 10-month-old in the eastbound lanes near Halsted. The woman claims Elkoussa cut her off several times, and yelled at her. But, Elkoussa says the woman almost hit his car and cut him off several times. He claims he waved a […]

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    Boy, 9, shot and killed on South Side may have been targeted: police

    CHICAGO — There’s now an $20,000 reward for information that leads to the capture of whoever is responsible for the death of a nine year-old boy on the South Side. Tyshawn Lee was walking to his grandmother’s house just after 4 p.m. Monday when he was shot several times in an alley near 80th and Damen in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. He may have been targeted. Police say several people were spotted running from that alley. Father Michael Pfleger and […]

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    Dozens of elementary students taken to hospital after CO leak at school

    CHICAGO — Dozens elementary school students were taken to the hospital this morning after a carbon monoxide leak at their school. Shortly before 9 a.m. paramedics responded to a call of a sick child at Prussing Elementary School in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. The children complained of feeling nauseated just feeling sick, headaches and dizzy. Upon arrival the found toxic air and a high, elevated reading of a carbon monoxide in the school, according to the fire department. The school […]


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