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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. […]

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    Emanuel to unveil anti-violence vision, including more police and social programs

    CHICAGO — Mayor Emanuel is promising to reveal a “comprehensive vision to reduce and prevent crime” Thursday night at Malcolm X College. The speech was scheduled for earlier this week, but Emanuel pushed it back, he said, to make sure he gets things right. Chicago is facing alarming crime statistics: more than 3,000 shootings and 500 killings so far this year.  Key among Emanuel’s strategies for turning this trend around are mentoring, after school activities, and job creation programs aimed at helping young people and communities in need. Another major part of […]

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    Chicago Police Department plans major hiring over next 2 years

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department will dramatically beef-up its force as it battles the deadly gun violence. The CPD will add nearly 1,000 new positions over the next two years to address the spike in crime and offset retirements. Of those positions, 516 will be for patrol officers, 200 for detectives, 112 for sergeants, 92 for field training officers, and 50 for lieutenants. The total cost will be $134 million. But, no details yet on where that money will come from. […]

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    Body of Chicago high school freshman found burned in garage on West Side

    CHICAGO — A teenager found burned to death in a garage on the city’s West Side has reportedly been identified. The victim has been identified as 15-year-old Demetrius Griffin, Jr. Remains were discovered in a burning garbage container at Cortez and Pine in the Austin neighborhood on Saturday morning. Chicago police are looking for whoever’s responsible, possibly a man who may have accidentally burned himself while setting the body on fire. Griffin was a freshman at Chicago’s Steinmetz College Prep. His family […]

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    New water-sewer tax coming to Chicago residents, businesses

    CHICAGO  — Chicago aldermen have approved a new water and sewer tax that has the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. City Council members voted 40-10 on Wednesday to approve the nearly 30 percent tax. Proceeds will go to the city’s financially troubled municipal workers pension fund. The city owes the fund $18.6 billion. The tax is to be phased in over four years. It will cost the average homeowner in Chicago about $53 more next year, going up to about […]

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    Ex-Chicago police commander acquitted of shoving gun in suspect’s mouth speaks out

    CHICAGO — A Chicago Police Officer who was acquitted of shoving a gun down a suspect’s throat speaks out for the first time on Thursday. Glenn Evans says the Independent Police Review Authority tried to frame him. He also claims top police officials pressured him to resign. He broke his silence at The Glasshouse at St. Columbanus Church at 331 East 71st Street. “I was forced to initiate legal action. I can not, and will not allow them, or anybody else, to falsely and/or maliciously […]

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    CPS students head back to school today as possible teachers strike looms

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools kicks-off the new year on Tuesday. But, a possible teachers strike is hanging over the excitement. About 300,000 children are expected to return to the classrooms. Teachers are back without a contract for the second year in a row. Negotiations are still ongoing. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says both sides are back and forth trying to close down some real serious issues. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool says talks will intensify this week, and CPS is doing everything it […]