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    Cubs pop-up store opens on city’s Northwest Side to meet high-demand

    CHICAGO — As Chicago Cubs fans get excited for Game 6 at Wrigley Field on Saturday night against the Dodgers in the NLCS, they’re busy buying gear to show their team spirit. A Clark Street Sports warehouse “popped-up” at Lawrence and Kilbourn on the city’s Northwest Side to meet the high-demand. The store’s offering Cubs jerseys, hats, and other items. Some fans are focusing on prayer. Students and teachers at St. Viator at Addison and Kedvale are praying hard for […]

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    Chicago area teens warned of dangers of texting and driving

    CHICAGO — A warning for teenagers who text and drive. The Illinois Partners for Traffic Safety hosted on Wednesday its annual Teen Driver Safety Fair. The free program during National Teen Driver Safety Week is open to all schools in the Chicago area. It took place at House of Hope Arena at 752 East 114th Street in Chicago. Students had a chance to see the effects of texting and driving in a rollover accident simulator, among other presentations and activities. Traffic […]

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    Man attempts to lure kids during school recess in La Grange Park

    LA GRANGE PARK, Ill — A suspicious man tries to make contact with young kids during their school recess in La Grange Park. Police say the person attempted to make contact with a 10-year-old girl and others students at Forest Road Elementary School back on October fourth. Similar incidences were reported in September. In La Grange Park, a man in a dark-colored SUV drove up to a girl, and asked her if she wanted to go for drinks. Also, in La Grange, a […]

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    Franklin Grove nursing home contests $50,000 fine after resident’s death

    FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. — A nursing home in Franklin Grove is fighting a $50,000 fine for an equipment failure that state investigators say helped cause a resident’s death. A state report shows a lift at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center was used to transfer a woman from a wheelchair to a bed, and a support loop broke. The patient fell, breaking her legs. She died four days later. The center is cooperating with the state, but Administrator Jessica Rogers says the […]

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    As CPS strike nears, alderman pitches plan to avert walk-out

    CHICAGO — A Chicago alderman and other elected leaders are trying to avert another strike at Chicago Public Schools. Teachers may walk-out on Tuesday, October 11. 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas is urging Mayor Emanuel to commit additional T.I.F. (tax increment financing) funds. He says diverting these dollars is an investment in school kids. The Mayor has already committed $32.5 million in special T.I.F. funds to CPS. CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union are still trying to reach a deal. CPS says it’s […]

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    Man dies from apparent self-inflicted gunshot after exchanging fire with Aurora police

    AURORA, Ill. — A man who allegedly exchanged gunfire with an Aurora police officer has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Police say an officer pulled the 18-year-old man, and a 36-year-old woman, over around 8:41 p.m. on Tuesday at North Avenue and Fourth Street. The woman was driving the vehicle, and the 18-year-old was the passenger. Authorities say the officer smelled marijuana coming from the car, and asked the man to step out. They claim he then ran-off. Police say he […]

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    Conviction stands in day care murder; judge denies new trial for Melissa Calusinski

    A Lake County judge decided on Friday not to throw-out Melissa Calusinski’s murder conviction. She was found guilty of fatally injuring 16 month-old Benjamin Kingan at a daycare center in Lincolnshire in 2009. She’s now serving a 31 year prison sentence. The defense argued prosecutors knowingly manipulated key, X-ray evidence. But, the judge decided there was no new evidence, and no new X-rays. Defense attorney Kathleen Zellner says she expected the ruling, and the decision will be reversed. She claims the judge […]

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    Aspiring rapper killed in shooting on Eisenhower Expressway

    CHICAGO – A 22-year-old aspiring rapper was killed in a shooting on the Eisenhower Expressway Thursday morning. Johnathon Ortiz, who was better known by his stage name “John Doe,” was shot in the westbound lanes near Laramie at about 5:30 a.m.   His girlfriend, 22 year-old Alexis Garcia, was critically wounded, and is being treated at Stroger Hospital. Relatives say the two were going to breakfast. The Illinois Department of Transportation shut down for hours the outbound Eisenhower between California and Central […]

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    Whole Foods Market, Starbucks open in Englewood

    CHICAGO — Englewood residents can now buy healthy groceries and enjoy a mocha latte in one-stop shopping. Whole Foods and Starbucks opened in the Englewood Square shopping center at 63rd and Halsted on Wednesday. The two stores are part of a $20 million complex. Some shoppers were so excited about the new Whole Foods, they got in line at 2:30am on Wednesday. Whole Foods will buy from several local suppliers, and employ about 100 people. The CEO of Whole Foods was on-hand […]

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    Dog missing from Chicago firehouse found

    CHICAGO – A Chicago firehouse dog that was missing for more than a month, is happily reunited with his crew on the South Side. Two year-old “Bull” ran-off from Engine Company 116, Squad 5 at 59th and Ashland back on August 14th during a call. A woman spotted the short-haired, Bullmastiff-hound mix with two men. The men returned the dog to the firehouse on Thursday. They claimed they didn’t know the dog was missing. “Bull” went to the vet, and showed no signs of abuse. […]