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    Major concerns about gun violence in Chicago as holiday approaches

    A possible explosion in gun violence this 4th of July weekend is a major concern in Chicago. The holiday follows a high murder count in June. There were 72 murders last month. Also, there were 355 shootings and 429 shooting victims. Chicago Police are beefing up patrols, and adding thousands of additional officers to the streets. Federal agents, Cook County Sheriffs, and State Police officers will also provide assistance. Earlier this week, CPD raids targeting gangs resulted in 27 arrests in the Uptown neighborhood. Special […]

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    Chicago Police Department changes how officers are assigned overtime

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department will change how it assigns officers overtime as it battles violence. Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced on Tuesday that more officers who work overtime will be assigned to their home districts. Supt. Johnson believes this will build trust between neighborhoods and officers. The additional personnel will work the early evening to early morning hours. The number of high-priority zones where the overtime shifts will be assigned will also expand from 19 to 25. The CPD has spent $100 million […]

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    Chicago-area sees storm damage

    CHICAGO — Severe weather thunders through the Chicago area on Wednesday evening. In Mount Prospect, the wind blew down the canopy at a Shell gas station at Northwest Highway and Forrest Avenue. No one was hurt. In Palatine, flash flooding hit a Taco Bell parking lot. In Evanston, lightning struck a two-story home in the 1500 block of Wesley Avenue and set the attic on fire. The homeowner was out to dinner at the time. Firefighters put the flames out in […]

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    Orlando shooter’s wife once lived in Chicago-area; may face felony charges

    The man who shot and killed at least 49 people inside a gay nightclub in Orlando called a friend to say goodbye as he carried out his rampage. Omar Mateen also dialed 911 and a TV news producer, and said he carried out the slaughter due to his allegiance to ISIS. Meantime, his wife may face criminal charges. She is identified as 30 year-old Noor Mateen. During a previous marriage, she reportedly lived in Oak Lawn, in the Chicago-area, before she married Mateen […]

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    Man tried to sexually assault woman in Bridgeport

    CHICAGO –Chicago police are searching for a man who yanked a woman off of a bicycle, exposed himself, and tried to assault her in the city’s Bridgeport neighborhood. The attack happened in an alley near 32nd and South Wells just after midnight on Saturday. The woman was riding through the alley behind her apartment when the suspect pulled her off the bike and exposed himself. The suspect apparently drove off in a red or maroon sedan with a rear spoiler. […]

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    BB gun fire shatters 3 car windows in Park Ridge

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. — At least three vehicles in Park Ridge were hit by BB gun pellets on Tuesday night. In one case, a 70 year-old mother and her adult daughter were heading home from work when a pellet shattered the driver’s side window. The mother and daughter initially thought it was a rock. Two men’s cars were also hit. Police say a jogger saw two male teens in the woods, one of whom had a pistol-like BB gun. Stepped […]

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    Most Illinois schools won’t open without a budget deal, CPS head warns

    CHICAGO — Here’s how dire the situation is for the Chicago Public Schools: after the district makes its pension payment on June 30, it will have just $24 million dollars on hand. That’s enough money to operate the schools for just two days. While the schools are in danger of not opening this fall, two of the biggest stakeholders are playing the blame game; the district administration is pointing at Springfield, while the teachers are blasting the district. And today, […]

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    6 killed, nearly 70 wounded in violent holiday weekend in Chicago

    CHICAGO  — A high school freshman who was one of six people shot and killed in Chicago over the Memorial Day holiday weekend is remembered on Tuesday. 15 year-old Veronica Lopez was honored at North-Grand High School in Cicero. Her mother was on hand for the emotional tribute. Lopez was in a car with two men on Saturday morning when gunfire rang out from another vehicle. Police believe it was over either a gang dispute or road rage. Nearly 70 people were also […]

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    3rd annual ‘Faith and Action Kickoff’ tonight

    CHICAGO — A push to fight against violence in Chicago on Friday night. The 3rd annual Faith and Action Kickoff will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Residents are urged to do all kinds of activities, like enjoy walks, clean up their neighborhoods, pray, or play sports. Chicagons are urged to show presence and solidarity tonight to help the fight of creating a safer and more peaceful city. For more information, go to:

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    Coyotes may help fight Chicago’s rat problem

    CHICAGO — Coyotes may help fight against the city’s rat problem. Alderman Brian Hopkins, Ward 2, is pushing a policy on how to respond to coyote sightings. Hopkins says the animals have no interest in garbage cans, and instead like to hunt rats, rodents and Canadian geese. “If someone just sees a coyote and they call 911 to report it, or even 311, they’ll be told ‘There’s no problem there.’ If the animal’s not behaving aggressively, we don’t have to respond, […]