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    3 ‘bladed weapons’ used to kill most of Gage Park family

    CHICAGO — Three “bladed weapons” appear to have been used to kill most of the six family members found dead last week in their Gage Park neighborhood home, a Chicago police spokesman said Wednesday. None of those weapons were recovered, however, as investigators continue to investigate the slayings. A special bio team was sent to clean the home where the six family members were murdered. The Martinez family members were found stabbed and shot to death last Thursday in a […]

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    Applications for housing in Ford Heights open

    ​ FORD HEIGHTS, Ill. — The wait is over. For the first time since 2009, families who need homes could file applications for one location in Ford Heights on Tuesday. Hundreds of low-income families, the elderly and the disabled applied for spots at the Vera Yates Family Housing at 1055 Berkeley. There were 26 newly rehabbed units available. Open enrollment ended at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Budget cutbacks and limited resources have hurt public housing and subsidies for low-income families and renters. For more […]

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    CTU, CPS officials meet again over contract talks — still no agreement

    CHICAGO — Just hours after the rally, both the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools met for another round of negotiations for couple of hours this morning — but at the end of the day, there is still no agreement. Mayor Emanuel and Governor Rauner continue their battle on Friday over the financial crisis that’s hammering Chicago Public Schools. Emanuel criticized Rauner’s call for a state takeover of CPS. He said the comments were not helpful. He added if […]

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    Rauner proposes adding express lanes to Stevenson

    CHICAGO — Commuters used to heavy traffic on the Stevenson Expressway may soon see some relief. Governor Rauner on Thursday pushed for a plan to add at least one express lane in each direction between I-355 and the Dan Ryan Expressway. Right now, 170,000 vehicles use this 25-mile section each day. Construction could start next year, and be completed by 2019. No price tag yet on the proposal. Rauner says the plan will look at managed car pool lanes and […]

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    CTU targets Bank of America as contract battle continues

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union closes accounts at the main Bank of America in the Loop on Wednesday. The union claims it’s an institution that’s adding to the budget crisis. This is the latest move as the union and CPS battle over a new contract. The union had more than $700,000 in the Bank of America at 135 S. LaSalle. It’s protesting against the bank’s so-called toxic interest rate swap deals with CPS. This move comes 24 hours after […]

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    Woman donates late daughter’s heart to mother of three

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — An amazing act of friendship amid deep sadness — that’s what Vicki Olds did for her dear friend Tanisha Basham. After Vicki lost her only child, 18-year-old Domonique “Nikki” Smith, in a drowning accident, she decided to donate Nikki’s heart to Tanisha. Tanisha, a 41-year-old mother of three, has been on the heart transplant waiting list with severe congestive heart failure. Tanisha initially declined this selfless gift. But Vicki insisted. Tanisha underwent a successful heart transplant surgery at Advocate […]

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    1 CPD officer removed from Cedrick Chatman case

    CHICAGO — One of the Chicago police officers at the scene of a controversial shooting is removed from a federal civil rights lawsuit. A federal judge on Thursday made the ruling on behalf of Officer Lou Toth in the Cedrick Chatman case. The 17-year-old was shot and killed in 2013. Chatman’s family filed the lawsuit. The judge said Toth could not have known Officer Kevin Fry was about to shoot Chatman, or had any way to reasonably stop him from […]

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    Rauner addresses proposal of CPS state takeover

    CHICAGO — Governor Rauner says Chicago Public Schools has a financial crisis that’s been long in the making. He attacked Mayor Emanuel for not dealing with the problem. He also called Emanuel’s request for $500 million in state aid to fill CPS’ budget not reasonable. The Governor pushed for his legislation to allow the State Board of Education to take over CPS after donating blood at an American Red Cross Blood Drive at Union Station. “There are a lot of […]

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    Several aldermen push for police-wide Taser program

    CHICAGO — In the hopes of reducing Chicago police shootings, several aldermen are pushing to have every single officer carry a Taser. The plan would put a non-lethal tool in the hands of every officer, so that tense situations don’t become fatal encounters. Alderman Jason Ervin is proposing to equip every sworn officer in the Chicago Police Department with a Taser by this time next year. The issue has become a lightning rod in Chicago after the release of police […]

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    Religious leaders protest at Emanuel’s MLK breakfast

    CHICAGO — A boycott and angry protests at an annual, interfaith event designed to honor a civil rights leader who preached love and unity. Demonstrators gathered outside the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, where the Martin Luther King breakfast was held on Friday. Those angry over Chicago police shootings tried to block guests from entering the event. They yelled “shame” at those who entered. One woman chanted “16 shots” in the ballroom. A group of African-American religious leaders, including the Rev. […]

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