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    Suburban man dies after falling from catwalk at Aragon Ballroom

    CHICAGO — A Suburban man who entered a restricted area to get a better view of a concert at the Aragon Ballroom died after falling from a catwalk. It happened Friday night while the local band Chevelle was performing. The group didn’t even know the accident happened until police forced them to stop playing. 24-year-old Kyle Kirchoff from Hanover Park reportedly stepped off the catwalk onto a plastered area, which gave way. Kirchoff fell onto an organ and was impaled […]

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    4-year-old girl among weekend shooting victims

    http://go.wgntv.com/1cbhAuI CHICAGO — A 4-year-old girl’s condition has stabilized after she was shot in the head in the Englewood neighborhood. Jacele Johnson was sitting in a parked car with her 17-year-old cousin near Justine and 70th Streets, when another vehicle drove up and someone opened fire just before 8 p.m. Friday outside of a prom and graduation party. Johnson’s mother tells the Chicago Tribune she stepped away from her car for a few minutes in order to gather her other […]

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    CTA Yellow Line to remain closed for several weeks

    SKOKIE, Ill. — The CTA Yellow Line won’t be up-and-running again for at least several more weeks. Service was shut down Sunday when an embankment under the tracks collapsed along McCormick Boulevard, between Howard and Oakton Streets in Skokie. It happened while construction crews were digging a trench at the nearby water reclamation plant. The CTA can’t begin track work until the reclamation district completes its repairs. Shuttle buses are being offered in the meantime.

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    Jay Z and Beyoncé paid protesters’ bail, report says

    Jay Z and Beyoncé have reportedly been giving behind-the-scenes support to protesters in Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, Missouri. Dream Hampton, a social activist and writer who contributed to Jay Z’s book, sent out a series of tweets Sunday. She says the couple helped bail out people who were arrested while protesting the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Grey. Hampton says the couple contributed tens of thousands of dollars, and never asked for anything in return. She has since deleted […]

  • Warm and humid Sunday with severe thunderstorm potential

    CHICAGO — Some showers or thunderstorms possible early then mixed sun and clouds. Breezy, warm and humid. Gusty south winds boost afternoon highs into the lower 80s and negate any lakeside cooling. More showers and thunderstorms developing by late or evening. Some could be strong/severe with heavy downpours. Warm and muggy at night with a period or two of thunderstorms. Lows in the middle/upper 60s. Check Chicago Weather Center for updates.  

  • Weekend opens on a warm and muggy note with a threat of t-storms

    CHICAGO — Warm and humid with afternoon highs reaching the lower/middle 80s. Southeast winds 8-15 mph keep readings cooler along the Illinois lake shore. Sporadic thunderstorms impact 50-60 percent of the area but also many rain-free hours. Breezy warm and humid overnight with a thunderstorm or two possible. Lows hold in the middle 60s. Go to Chicago Weather Center for more on the forecast.

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    Illinois lawmakers reject right-to-work measure

    SPRINGFILED — Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan called a vote on a proposal to make Illinois a right-to-work state. It was controversial because Governor Bruce Rauner, who has been pushing it as part of his pro-business plan, never filed a bill with the legislature. Madigan put together a bill using the Governor’s talking points. The measure to let employees opt out of unions did not receive a single “yes” vote. 72 lawmakers voted against it, 37 voted “present”.

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    Car bursts into flames on I-355, driver escapes

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — A car drove into a wall on I-355 in the western suburbs and burst into flames. It happened at 1:30 a.m. Sunday near Butterfield Road. The driver was the only person in the car and he managed to escape without injury before the car was engulfed in flames. Illinois State Police have not cited him.

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    WGN employees among Silver Circle Award recipients

    CHICAGO — WGN would like to congratulate some of our very own, the 2015 Silver Circle Award honorees. They were recognized Friday night at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel for 25 years or more of excellence in television. Among the WGN honorees was cameraman Richard “Ike” Isaac. He is one of the original cameramen at WGN covering news, special projects and sports. Isaac is known for shooting with one eye in the lens and the other looking for the next shot. […]

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    Female motorcyclist injured in crash

    CHICAGO —  A female motorcyclist was seriously injured in a crash on Chicago’s North Side in the Bucktown neighborhood. Police say she blew through a stop sign at Hoyne and Armitage Avenues just before midnight Friday, and slammed into the side of a car. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Two other people in the car were also hurt.  

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