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    5 injured after high-speed police chase ends in crash

    CHICAGO — A high-speed Chicago police chase ends with a violent, three-vehicle crash in the West Englewood neighborhood. Five people are injured, two of them children. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening. Police say someone in a silver van shot at another vehicle near Lake and Kedzie on Monday night. The van and its four occupants led officers on an eight-mile chase to 59th and Western, where the van plowed into two other vehicles. No gunshot victims […]

  • Shooter, victims identified in Louisiana movie theater shooting

    LAFAYETTE, La. — The family of the man who shot and killed two people inside a movie theater in Louisiana once asked a court to have him involuntarily committed, and filed a temporary protective order. 59 year-old John Russel Houser opened-fire about 20 minutes into the comedy, “Trainwreck,” Thursday night. The two people killed were 33 year-old Jillian Johnson and 21 year-old Mayci Breaux. Nine others were wounded. Houser eventually took his own life. Court documents from 2008 show he […]

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    Suspect arrested in fatal Fourth of July shooting of 7-year-old boy

    CHICAGO — A suspect in the fatal shooting of a seven year-old boy in Chicago on the 4th of July is arrested in Wisconsin. 20 year-old Rasheed Martin is expected to face a judge there on Thursday as he awaits extradition to Chicago. He is charged with killing Amari Brown in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. The boy was standing next to his father, Antonio Brown, who is believed to have been the intended target. Antonio is a reputed gang member […]

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    Rauner attacks Madigan over pay hikes and budget

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor Bruce Rauner targets House Speaker Michael Madigan on pay hikes, taxes and other issues on Tuesday as the budget stand-off continues. The governor criticized lawmakers for taking a $1,300 pay raise. He claimed he fought against the increase, and that Madigan won’t discuss it. He also called for what he categorizes as compromise reforms on pensions, workers compensation, real estate taxes, term-limits, redistricting, tort reform and competitive bidding and contracting. Rauner argues Madigan refuses to hold […]

  • Man, 34, fatally shot in North Side alley

    CHICAGO — A furniture deliveryman described as hardworking and devoted to his family was shot and killed on the Northwest side Friday morning. 34-year-old Manuel Arizaga was shot in the head behind his home at Addison and St. Louis. He left for work just before 5 a.m. He was heading to a nearby Kmart to meet a co-worker, but never made it. He may have been the victim of an attempted robbery. No arrests have been made. He was married, and […]

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel selects Forrest Claypool to run Chicago’s schools

    CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has selected his chief of staff to head the city’s struggling school district. Forrest Claypool is a longtime friend of Emanuel who headed the city’s transit agency before he was named Emanuel’s chief of staff earlier this year. He will now lead the nation’s third-largest school district. Claypool succeeds Barbara Byrd-Bennett. She resigned in May amid a federal probe of a $20 million no-bid contract. She has not been charged with any crime. The Chicago […]

  • Fans fill Wrigleyville for Crosstown Classic

    CHICAGO — Let the trash talking begin! The Crosstown Classic is this weekend and the first game went to the Chicago White Sox with their 1-0 win over the Cubs. The rivals will also play Saturday and Sunday at Wrigley Field. The Sox have won 52 of the 98 games in the series. If the season ended today, the Cubs would be in the postseason with the second wild card spot in the National League. The Sox have now won […]

  • 7-year-old shooting victim’s father faces judge

    CHICAGO — The father of shooting victim Amari Brown was in court Wednesday. The judge granted a continuance in a gun charge case until August 10th. Seven year old Amari Brown was shot and killed in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood Saturday. Police say they believe Amari’s father, Antonio Brown, was the intended target because he’s a known gang member. Brown is free on bond after he was charged with possession of a gun by a felon and other crimes. He […]

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    Mundelein mayor’s July Fourth speech sparks controversy

    MUNDELEIN, Ill. — The mayor of Mundelein is facing sharp criticism for a controversial speech on the Fourth of July. Mayor Steve Lentz said the nation is in a moral crisis, and the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on gay marriages is one part of it. He also went on to say America has a crisis with out-of-wedlock births. Some residents are demanding an explanation, and questioning the timing. His Facebook page is receiving negative and positive posts. Lentz refused to […]

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    Illinois teacher fired for stepping on US flag during free speech lesson

    MARTINSVILLE, Ill. — A high school English teacher was fired for stepping on a small, U.S. flag during a lesson on free speech. Jordan Parmenter taught at Martinsville Junior-Senior High School. He claims he stepped on the flag during class on May 15 as an example of free speech. A student felt he was disrespectful, and the school board unanimously voted to fire him. Parmenter says he plans to speak to his union representative.

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