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    Major construction projects in store for Indiana

    If you are planning to head to Indiana and Michigan this summer for weekend getaways, be prepared for heavy traffic. The Indiana Department of Transportation announced on Thursday there will be six, major construction projects along the entire I-80/94 corridor between the Illinois and Michigan state lines. The work is scheduled to last through the fall. Crews are expected to do most of the work at night. State police will beef up their presence at the construction sites.  

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    9-year-old girl killed in ATV crash in Plainfield

    PLAINFIELD, Ill. — The life of one family was altered dramatically in seconds when a little girl and her mother’s boyfriend crashed on an ATV in Plainfield. The boyfriend survived. The little girl did not. Just before seven o’clock last night on Ridge Road, 9-year-old Alexis Richardson was riding with a 53-year-old man between 135th Street and Plainfield Road on an asphalt path intended only for walkers and cyclists. The man drove the vehicle onto the grass, into a culvert […]

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    Preparations begin for 2016 NFL Draft Town in Chicago

    CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, Chicago is gearing up to host the NFL Draft. Crews are already building the popular, “Draft Town” in Grant Park. The 2016 NFL Draft will take place in Chicago from April 28th through the 30th. More than 200,000 people checked out “Draft Town” last year. The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) reminds motorists and residents in the Grant Park area to expect traffic issues. Some street closures are already […]

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    Man gets 6 month sentence for torturing girlfriend’s cat to death

    URBANA, Ill. —  — A man who tortured his girlfriend’s cat, which later died of its injuries, was sentenced to six months in jail and probation. 24-year-old Nathan Sitter, of central Illinois, said in court Wednesday he is ashamed of his actions and is remorseful. He pleaded guilty in March to one count of animal torture. According to The Sun-Times, Sitter admitted that in December he repeatedly dunked the cat, named Mocha, under cold water and punched it. Prosecutors asked for […]

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    Suspect in custody after bomb threats close several Indiana schools

    LAKE COUNTY, Ind. –A suspect is in custody in connection with a bomb threat that forced school closures in Lake County, Indiana today. Nine schools were impacted. They are all three Hammond Baptist Schools, Homan Elementary School, St. Michael School, Kolling Elementary, Clark Middle Schools, St. John the Evangelist School, Crown Point Christian School, and St. Michael. The threats were made after 9 p.m. on Monday night. The decision to shut-down the schools came after midnight. The school superintendent sent a […]

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    Obama tells crowd at University of Chicago Garland is ‘indisputably qualified’

    CHICAGO – Briefly reviving his earlier-in-life position as a constitutional law professor, President Barack Obama sought Thursday to imbue his case for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland with academic heft, insisting Republicans hold hearings as a matter of legal responsibility. Speaking at the University of Chicago Law School, where he taught for 10 years, Obama argued that without substantive concerns about Garland’s record, Republicans were blocking his nomination solely on political grounds. And he pushed back on criticism Garland wouldn’t bring […]

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    Federal investigation into fatal construction accident in Des Plaines

    DES PLAINES, Ill. — A strap or chain may have failed at a construction site in Des Plaines, and possibly caused a 40-ton steel beam to kill a worker and injure three others. The deceased victim is 47-year-old Vicente Santoyo, of Berwyn. He was married and had four kids. A funeral service will be held for him on Monday. The family’s pastor remembers him as a very, very nice person. Crews were removing the beam from the Touhy Avenue overpass […]

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    Retired CPD officers, DOJ officials meet

    CHICAGO — A group of retired, African-American Chicago police officers on Thursday share what they think needs to be done to reform the CPD. They expressed their views during a meeting with Justice Department officials at the “Gathering Point Community Council” at 76th and Vincennes. The DOJ is conducting what’s known as a “pattern-and-practice” probe. It’s in response to the Laquan McDonald shooting. Justice Department officials are focusing on the use of force, the disciplinary process, and the ways the […]

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    State Department issues travel warning for Europe in wake of Brussels attack

    WASHINGTON – Security is extra tough at O’Hare Airport on Wednesday in the wake of the terror attacks in Brussels. Authorities who are undercover and in uniform are patrolling the airport. The TSA is also checking bags more thoroughly. Travelers were dealing with long, slow lines in the morning. Meantime, the U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning to all Americans living in or traveling to Europe. The alert warns that the Islamic State and other terrorist groups continue to […]

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    Chicago police increase security following Brussels attacks

    CHICAGO – Travelers at O’Hare and Midway Airports, as well as Union Station, are seeing extra security in the wake of the terror attacks in Brussels. Travelers say it’s nerve racking, and comforting to see more law enforcement. They are experiencing long, slow lines. Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department insist there are no threats against the city, but precautions are in place to be on the safe side. The CPD released the following statement: There is no current […]

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