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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 […]

  • wintersidestreets

    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.    

  • High school raises money for bullet proof vests for Chicago police officers

    CHICAGO — Students at a Catholic high school on the Far Southwest Side ditch the dress code on Wednesday to raise money for bullet proof vests for Chicago police officers. Kids at Brother Rice High School are joining the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation in raising money to get 8,000 new vests. These students have raised about $800 dollars. The vests usually cost about $700 a piece, and have a warranty of only five years. When someone enters the Chicago Police […]

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    Calls for tougher penalties against trucker in fatal I-88 crash

    DUPAGE COUNTY — On the one year anniversary of a fiery crash that killed an Illinois Tollway worker and injured a State Trooper, the same Trooper is calling for tougher penalties on the driver allegedly responsible. Vincenzo Petrella was killed, and Trooper Doug Balder was severly hurt, when Renato Velasquez, who was driving a tractor-trailer truck, allegedly crashed into them on I-88 near Naperville. Balder suffered broken bones, was burned, and was in a medically-induced coma for six weeks. He […]

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    Rauner addresses concerns on financial plans

    PALATINE, Ill. — Governor Rauner addresses concerns on Friday about his lack of information on solutions for Illinois’ financial problems, and the costs of some new posts in his administration. The state’s deficit is expected to hit $6 billion this year. That’s twice more than expected. The pension debt is also expected to reach $111 billion. Rauner believes he has the right people to turn Illinois around. “We have people coming who have been in state government throughout their careers […]

  • Surveillance video captures shootout between off-duty sheriff, robbery suspects

    CHICAGO — Surveillance video captures a shoot-out between a Cook County sheriff’s officer and two robbery suspects in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. It happened in an alley around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wolcott and Belmont. The security company, VinTech, is located about a block away from the scene, and its surveillance cameras recorded some of the exchange of gunfire. Witnesses say an off duty Cook County sheriff’s officer was playing poker on the north side late Wednesday night when he […]

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