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  • FEMA begins flood damage assessments across several Ill. counties

    FOX LAKE, Ill. — Governor Rauner met with federal and state emergency officials on Friday to get an assessment on the flood damage across several counties earlier this summer. FEMA field officers began their formal assessment on Friday. They will go door-to-door through the weekend. Initial assessments show 300 homes sustained major damage or were destroyed in Lake, Cook, McHenry, and Kane counties. Several thousand other homes also had damage. The Small Business Administration is also looking to help businesses. […]

  • Democrat’s Day in Springfield today

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — It’s Democrat’s Day in Springfield. Candidates for governor and other top, party leaders are gearing up for the election, and attacking Governor Rauner and President Trump. They’re gathering at a hotel, rather than the state fair. Democratic candidates from across the state mingled with officials and activists over brunch. Candidate for Governor, Daniel Biss, scored the endorsement of Congresswoman Robin Kelly. Also, after much speculation, 83 year-old Secretary of State Jesse White announced he will seek another term.

  • Lottery players dreaming big ahead of Mega Millions drawing

    CHICAGO — A mansion in the Caribbean. A massive yacht. Those are probably in the dreams of lottery players, as Friday night’s Mega Millions jackpot reaches $393 million. Meantime, the Powerball is now worth $356 million. The Powerball drawing will take place on Saturday night. It’s the first time both of the games are worth more than $350 million at the same time. The odds of winning both: one in 75 quadrillion.

  • Pizza spill shuts down highway after crash in Arkansas

    ARKANSAS — Hundreds of frozen pizzas end up all over an interstate in Arkansas.        The tractor trailer that was carrying the pies hit an overpass bridge, and that spilled the pizzas all over the highway. The sauce created slick and hazardous road conditions. So, traffic had to be re-routed while crews cleaned up the pizzas. Nobody was injured in the accident.

  • McDonald’s, along with Walgreens, accused of wrongfully implementing new sugary drink tax

    CHICAGO — McDonald’s and Walgreens are accused of wrongfully implementing Cook County’s new sugary drink tax. One lawsuits claims McDonald’s is allegedly adding the tax to the subtotal of orders before calculating other sales taxes, and that results in an overcharge on taxes. Another lawsuit shows a Walgreens improperly charged the tax on unsweetened sparkling water. Both lawsuits seek class-action status. The penny-per-ounce tax took effect last Wednesday.

  • Some lawmakers boycott special session to help prepare classrooms for school year

    CHICAGO — Another special session begins in Springfield on Wednesday. This time, the fight’s over school funding. But, some lawmakers are boycotting. Instead of heading to the state capital, House Democrats Kelly Cassidy and Ann Williams are painting the walls at Gale Academy in Rogers Park alongside parents. They spent hundreds of dollars of their own money on supplies for the school. They say they wanted to do something they consider more productive than playing political games. Cassidy and Williams reached […]

  • CPD high-tech crime detection to begin in Gresham district

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department expands its new, high-tech policing strategy to the Gresham neighborhood. It’s the sixth district to get the technology. The program provides real-time intelligence and data to officers on the streets. It can cut response times by up to seven minutes. Chicago Police Dept. Supt. Eddie Johnson says shootings are down on the West and South Sides in districts with the technology. CPD says the strategy has already reduced shootings sharply in the Englewood and […]

  • Chicago officer charged in murder of Laquan McDonald back in court

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police officer who’s charged with shooting and killing Laquan McDonald returned to court on Wednesday. Jason Van Dyke’s hearing lasted only about an hour. He arrived again with a police escort, and wore a protective vest due to threats. At the next hearing, Judge Vincent Gaughan wants testimony from the former spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police. A subpoena is out, and Pat Camden could be on the stand on Aug. 11. During Wednesday’s hearing, the […]

  • Officers shoot man during traffic stop, say he was holding a gun

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police shot an 18-year-old man twice during a traffic stop in the Belmont Central neighborhood early Sunday morning. Police say they pulled over a vehicle with four individuals between the ages of 17 and 21 for failing to use a traffic signal during a right turn around 3 a.m. Sunday. As officers were getting the driver’s license and registration, police say they noticed a man in the backseat with a gun in his hand. CPD Deputy Chief […]

  • Massive pipe falls on van, only minor injuries in incident

    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A truck accident sent a large piece of scrap metal crashing down onto a van in Florida. Amazingly, the van’s driver suffered only minor injuries. The truck driver lost control, plowed into a guardrail, and then overturned. A 7,000 pound piece of metal pipe fell from the highway overpass, and landed on the van. The driver of the van, 36-year-old Jesus Armando Escobar, a father of three, went to a hospital with minor injuries. The truck […]