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  • Gov. Rauner visits tornado victims in Fairdale, Illinois

    FAIRDALE, Ill. — For the second time in about a week, Gov. Bruce Rauner is visiting the tornado victims in Fairdale on Friday. He’s helping the Red Cross hand out food to the victims. He’s also meeting with impacted families. He’s calling on the public to continue to donate to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.  

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    Tornado that hit was EF-4, National Weather Service says

    ROCHELLE, Ill. — Officials from the National Weather Service say they suspect an EF-4 tornado hit North Central Illinois Thursday night. Based on early findings the tornado that racked from near Rochelle to near Belvidere and impacted the community of Fairdale appears to have been a single long track tornado, meteorologists said.   Preliminary assessment of survey indicates this tornado was an EF-4. An aerial survey will be conducted later today or tomorrow weather permitting to confirm a final rating. Just In- […]

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    New lawsuits filed against disgraced priest Daniel McCormack

    CHICAGO — Two new lawsuits are filed on Thursday against disgraced, former priest Daniel McCormack and the Chicago Archdiocese. Two people claim he sexually assaulted them at St. Agatha’s on the West Side. The lawsuit claims the Archdiocese ignored obvious warning signs. The lawsuit claims McCormack targeted vulnerable kids through basketball and after-school programs. One of the alleged victims says he was abused between 2001 and 2006 starting at the age of seven. The second alleged victim says he was […]

  • ISU community mourning those lost in plane crash

    NORMAL, Ill. — The Illinois State University men’s basketball coach, one his players, and the athletics director fondly remember on Wednesday two colleagues who were among the seven people killed in a small plane crash downstate. 36 year-old Torrey Ward and 37 year-old Aaron Leetch died when their plane went down in a field near the airport in Bloomington. There was very heavy fog at the time. Torrey was the associate head coach of the men’s basketball team. Leetch was […]

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    Illinois State athletic staffers among 7 dead in plane crash

    MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. — A small plane crash in central Illinois killed at least seven people. The twin-engine Cessna was on its way back from Indianapolis when it hit heavy fog. It went down near the Bloomington airport early Tuesday morning. Illinois State University says its associate head basketball coach and a deputy athletic director are among the seven people who died. University President Larry Dietz confirmed Tuesday that assistant coach Torrey Ward and Aaron Leetch, the athletic department’s deputy director […]

  • Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves prison, expected soon in D.C. area

    CHICAGO — Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is being transferred Thursday afternoon to a “halfway” house in Washington, DC. He was released from a prison in Alabama around 5 a.m., and the drive to D.C. is about 12 hours. He’s expected to make a stop in South Carolina along the way to see his grandmother. Jackson spent a year and a half in Alabama, and he has another year to serve his sentence. He was convicted for illegally spending hundreds […]

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    Lollapalooza 2015 lineup features Paul McCartney, Sam Smith

    CHICAGO — Three-day and single-day passes for Lollapalooza are sold out. But, V.I.P. and Platinum passes are still available. The single-day passes went on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. for $110. The three-day passes went on sale Tuesday morning and sold out. Paul McCartney will play on the opening night of the festival on Friday, July 31. Other headliners include Metallica, Sam Smith, Florence and the Machine and Alabama Shakes. FULL LOLLAPALOOZA LINEUP HERE The festival is in Grant Park […]

  • McDonald’s faces protests, lawsuits over worker safety

    CHICAGO — McDonalds employees protest outside, and inside, one of the restaurant’s locations on the West Side. The workers chanted, “No safety! No peace!” inside the restaurant at Roosevelt and Kedzie Tuesday morning. Police later arrived and had to move the employees back outside. The demonstration was part of a nationwide effort to highlight new labor complaints against the fast-food giant. Workers complain about unsafe work conditions. Employees in 19 cities, including Chicago, filed 28 complaints against McDonalds. They say […]

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    J.R.W. considering jumping to new league

    CHICAGO — Jackie Robinson West is considering switching to a new league. It’s thinking about jumping from Little League International to the Cal Ripken-Babe Ruth League. The team’s still angry at Little League for taking away its national championship in February. Little League stripped J.R.W. of its title because of roster issues. It says it has evidence the team broke rules when it re-drew its boundaries, and therefore had ineligible players on its roster.  

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    More roadwork in store for Western Avenue on North Side

    CHICAGO — More roadwork is heading to Western Avenue on the North Side, and it’s sure to create additional traffic back-ups. Starting Wednesday, crews will begin installing new water mains between Addison and Roscoe on the northbound side. The parking lane and one travel lane will be closed. Then, construction will switch over to the southbound lanes. Once again, the parking lane and one travel lane will be closed. All of the work is expected to take about two months. […]

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