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  • Robert Rialmo takes the stand in Quintonio LeGrier case

    CHICAGO — The Chicago police officer who shot and killed Quintonio LeGrier, 19, took the stand to testify on Tuesday afternoon at a wrongful death civil trial. Former Officer Robert Rialmo testified Tuesday and it was the first time the jury was able to see him. He has not been in court because his attorney said he doesn’t want the jury misinterpreting his client’s body language. Rialmo looked nervous and annoyed at times when answering questions. He gave short one-word […]

  • Man kills himself after being shot by Chicago police in SWAT situation, authorities say

    CHICAGO — A man fatally shot himself after being shot by Chicago police officers during a SWAT situation in the South Chicago neighborhood, police said. It all started about 11 p.m. Friday near 94th Street and Escanaba Avenue. The Chicago Police Department said the man fired a gun from a house, then barricaded himself in a garage. Officers blocked several streets late Friday and early Saturday as negotiators tried to communicate with the man for several hours. When SWAT members […]

  • Depositions released after jury selection in Quintonio LeGrier wrongful death lawsuit

    CHICAGO —  The videotaped depositions of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson were released Thursday after the jury was selected in the wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Chicago after a police officer shot and killed a teen and the teen’s neighbor in 2015. Quintonio LeGrier’s family is suing the city after the 19-year-old college student was shot by Chicago police Officer Robert Rialmo. Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old neighbor, was also fatally shot. Lawyers for LeGrier’s estate successfully […]

  • Judge blocks Deerfield assault weapons ban before it takes effect

    DEERFIELD, Ill. —  An assault weapons ban that was supposed to take effect in Deerfield on Wednesday is now on hold. A judge issued a temporary restraining order. Two residents, with the support of the NRA and other gun rights groups, argued the rule punished people who follow the law. The village board approved the ban in April, in the wake of the school shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida. Deerfield may appeal the judge’s ruling.

  • Man, 79, killed in fire on Far South Side

    CHICAGO — The relatives of the man who died in a house fire in West Pullman are sharing their emotional memories about him. Jimmy Shearrill, 79, was asleep in an upstairs bedroom when flames erupted Wednesday morning at 118th Street and Perry. Avenue. He became trapped. A firefighter who tried to rescue him fell through the floor, and that triggered a “mayday” alert. The firefighter appeared to be okay, and was treated and released. The victim’s niece, Lekeya Shearrill, says her […]

  • Lightfoot running for mayor of Chicago

    CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot is the latest candidate for mayor of Chicago. The former president of the Chicago Police Board and Chair of the Police Accountability Task Force announced her candidacy for City Hall on Thursday morning. She’s among a crowded field. Some of the others running for the top job include former head of CPS Paul Vallas, Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, and former police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. Mayor Emanuel hasn’t formally announced his candidacy, but he has been […]

  • Massive manhunt continues after ATF agent shot in Back of the Yards

    CHICAGO — Authorities are searching for suspects in a shooting that critically wounded an ATF agent early Friday. The agent was ambushed while investigating illegal guns in the Back of the Yards neighborhood about 3:15 a.m. Friday. He was shot in his face and nearly lost an eye, officials said. He remained in the hospital Friday night but is expected to recover. Local and federal police searched homes and executed multiple search warrants Friday near the 4500 block of South […]

  • Closing arguments underway in Marc Winner rape trial

    CHICAGO — Closing arguments are underway Friday in the rape trial of a former tanning salon owner accused of raping multiple women. Marc Winner, 47, took the stand on Thursday and denied having sex with his accuser, who is identified only as J.B. The victim said she was menstruating when she was attacked and Winner removed her tampon. He said that’s impossible because as soon as he found out she was bleeding, he said, “Gross,” and went to take a […]

  • Chicago paving map: City crews to tackle nearly 300 miles this summer

    CHICAGO — You may not have to dodge as many potholes anymore in Chicago. The new paving season is now underway. Nearly 300 miles will be resurfaced. The road work will be frustrating for drivers, but the city says it’ll be worth it in the long run. Since 2011, more than 2,000 miles have been paved in Chicago. Is your street on the list? Click here for the 2018 Chicago paving map. Or check it out below: City of Chicago […]

  • CTU demands more janitors to clean up schools

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union is demanding more janitors clean what they say are filthy conditions in schools. Teachers, parents and some community leaders blame Mayor Emanuel for poor leadership, and say they need more from CPS to get the schools cleaned. The CTU dressed a few people in hazmat-type suits and tried to get into Kenwood Academy. But, they were turned away.  Kenwood teachers say they have problems with trash and rodents. They say the privatization of janitors […]