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  • 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 […]

  • Emanuel makes big push for Obama library

    CHICAGO — Mayor Emanuel pitched a plan Wednesday to win Barack Obama’s presidential library. The Mayor proposed a bill that would transfer at least 20 acres of public land to city-owned property. There was no discussion on the measure. The land would come from either Jackson or Washington Parks. The University of Chicago is hoping to be home to the library. The library is drawing a lot of support and backlash. “If you have other good options, you should work […]

  • Woman charged with murdering mother in Bali can access her money

    A Cook County judge has ruled the Chicago woman accused of killing her mother in Bali can access her trust fund to pay for a private defense attorney. Heather Mack says she needs the money to hire a new attorney in Indonesia. A retired Cook County judge will also be appointed to serve as interim trustee of the estate. Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer,  are on trial in Bali for beating Sheila von Wiese-Mack and stuffing her body into […]

  • Testimony continues in trial of officer for death of World War II vet

    MARKHAM, Ill. — The trial continues Wednesday for the Park Forest police officer who’s charged with firing several bean bags at a 95-year-old man at a retirement home. John Wrana, Jr. later died of his injuries. Officer Craig Taylor fired five bean bags at Wrana at Victory Centre of Park Forest. Wrana died five hours later. He had refused to have an operation to stop internal bleeding. Officers were sent to the retirement home because Wrana wouldn’t cooperate with the […]

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    Des Plaines homes near river to be demolished

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — Several homes in Des Plaines that are at-risk of flooding will soon be torn-down. The Daily Herald reports six houses will be demolished in the coming weeks. They will be the first set under a voluntary, federal buyout program. Within a year, a total of 21 will be knocked-down. Most of the homes are located on Big Bend Drive, which is a block bordered by the Des Plaines River on three sides. It has been the […]

  • France mourns 12 dead in newspaper attack; manhunt continues

    French authorities are converging on a town northeast of Paris as they search for the two brothers suspected of killing 12 people in a terror attack at a satirical magazine. Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi were possibly spotted at a gas station, and were armed and wearing masks. France’s prime minister is worried the Islamic militants may strike again. Several people connected to the fugitives are in custody. They were arrested during a raid, and one person turned himself in. French […]

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    School’s closed, now what?

    If you’re home with your kids Wednesday because their school is closed due to the bone-chilling weather, there are several fun activities to do outside of the house. You can check out the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Shedd Aquarium, which are providing free admission. The YMCA is also offering programs to members and non-members for a fee. It’s open to kids between five and 13 years-old. It includes arts and crafts, swimming, and gym time. Parents are […]

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