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  • Illinois’ prepaid college tuition program stops taking new participants

    Illinois’ prepaid college tuition program stopped taking new participants because it does not have the money to carry out its estimated obligations. Only 450 people enrolled in the College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program during the most recent fiscal year, compared with roughly 4,400 about ten years ago. The program’s had to stop accepting new applicants twice in the last seven years. The program gives parents a chance to pay tuition for a state university ahead of time to avoid possible […]

  • U of C Medicine celebrates completion of a new emergency department for adults

    CHICAGO — The University of Chicago Medicine celebrated on Tuesday the completion of a new, $39 million emergency department for adults. The E.D. won’t start taking patients until December 29th. The Level One trauma unit won’t debut until May of next year. It is pending state regulatory review and approval. The new facility follows years of protest. Activists have noted a lack of adult trauma care on the South Side, and claim people have died while being transported to Stroger […]

  • Metra train derailment could impact evening rush-hour commute

    CHICAGO — Crews are still repairing damage from a Metra train derailment near Union Station, and that could impact the evening rush-hour commute on Wednesday. Three cars of the inbound Southwest Service train went off the tracks just south of Union Station around 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday. That derailment damaged the track, and switching and signal systems. No word on what caused the derailment. No injuries were reported. METRA RIDERS: Delays up to 30 minutes on BNSF, SWS & HC […]

  • Woman shot and robbed in West Town speaks out

    CHICAGO — A woman who was shot and robbed in West Town is telling her story. 69 year-old Silvia Berger, of Utah, is now recovering at her daughter’s house. She’s in pain, but doing well. She says the robbery and shooting happened in a matter of seconds. It occurred just after 7:30pm on Monday at Erie and Wolcott. She was shot through the left leg. She says she didn’t realize it until she felt blood, and couldn’t bend her leg. […]

  • New details about “Sweetheart Swindler” released

    HOBART, Ind. — New details on Tuesday about the man who’s accused of exploiting at least four women sexually, emotionally and financially. 32 year-old Lenard Adams, dubbed the “Sweetheart Swindler,” has been in custody since November 3rd. He allegedly conned his victims out of about $70,000. Six other potential victims have stepped forward in the past 24 hours. His victims range in age from 21 to 59. He allegedly pretended to be a neurosurgeon who was buying toys for charity. Police […]

  • Chicago police investigating 2 more carjackings on Near North Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating two more carjackings on the city’s Near North Side, as the string of crimes continues across the city. There have been more than 700 so far this year, up from 663 last year. There have also been more than 24 this week alone. The most recent happened just before midnight Friday, at Orleans and Chestnut. The victim says he just got off work and was walking to his car in a parking lot, when […]

  • 2 robberies in Chinatown captured on surveillance video

    CHICAGO — Chicago police release new surveillance video of two robberies in Chinatown. In the video, a man and woman are seen walking down the street, right after they allegedly grabbed a 58 year-old woman’s purse and caused her to fall. It happened along 23rd near Wentworth on Saturday night. Another armed robbery occurred on the same block last Wednesday night. The victim is seen walking down the street, when four people run up from behind her. One of the suspects […]

  • Snowfall triggers crashes, slow driving conditions

    CHICAGO — The snowfall on Friday triggered crashes and slow driving conditions on the Kennedy Expressway. Three semi-trucks were involved in an accident at the Kennedy and North Avenue. On the Dan Ryan, the express lanes were closed briefly so salt trucks could go over them. Chicago’s Streets and Sanitation Department deployed 210 trucks. State Police are operating under a “snow emergency plan,” which means if drivers get into accidents and their vehicles are still drivable, they can file a […]

  • CTA train hits car after woman tries to drive around crossing gate in Cicero

    CICERO, III — A CTA train plowed into a car when the driver reportedly attempted to go around the gate in Cicero. There were no serious injuries. But, the gate and vehicle sustained significant damages. The crash happened around 2 a.m. on Thursday at the Pink Line station at 50th Avenue and 21st Place. Police say the gate was down and flashing. The driver and a male passenger allegedly tried to run-off from the scene, but were later caught. Charges […]

  • 1 killed, 2 wounded in Uptown Starbucks shooting

    CHICAGO — The person who opened-fire inside a busy Starbucks in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, killing one person and wounding two others, is still on-the-run. It happened at the coffee chain located near Lawrence and Broadway on Thursday night. The deceased victim is 28 year-old Sauvignon Watkins, of the Chatham neighborhood. A 12 year-old boy is in a hospital in good condition, while a 24 year-old man is listed in serious condition. Police say Watkins and the 24 year-old man […]