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    State lawmakers approve fracking rules for Illinois

    Illinois state lawmakers cleared the way for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to begin in Illinois. The rules were approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules Thursday, allowing oil and gas drillers to start applying for permits. Environmentalists are angry, because they say the decision was made behind closed doors. And, the rules aren’t expected to be made public until they are published next week. Fracking is a drilling process that uses water, sand and chemicals to acquire oil and […]

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    Chicago’s Christmas tree chopped down in Elgin

    Chicago’s Christmas tree was chopped down today.  Next stop: Daley Plaza. The 57-foot Colorado Blue Spruce is coming from Elgin. The owner wants to get rid of it, because the tree overshadows her house. She nominated it the past three years, but it was always a runner-up. The tree will be delivered to Daley Plaza Friday to be decorated. The city’s official tree lighting ceremony is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. WGN’s own Micah Materre will emcee the ceremony.

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    Third Washington school shooting victim dies

    Another student injured during a school shooting in Washington State has died. 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit had been in critical condition since last Friday, when she was shot by a classmate at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. She died from her injuries Friday afternoon. Two other classmates were killed, and another two remain hospitalized. The gunman, Jaylen Fryberg, killed himself. Police say he text the victims to meet him in the cafeteria, where he shot them.

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    Woman being monitored for Ebola in Oregon hospitalized

    A woman being monitored for Ebola in Oregon has been hospitalized. She was admitted after developing a 102 degree fever. The woman, who had been in West Africa recently, was staying in Portland. Tests are being run right now to determine if she has Ebola. Health officials say she is not a risk to the public. The people who were living in the same house as her are under a voluntary quarantine.

  • Funerals planned for victims of suspected serial killer

    Funeral services are Saturday for three women linked to a suspected serial killer in Northwest Indiana. Darren Vann is suspected of killing seven women. One of them was found at a motel in Hammond, the other six were at abandoned homes in Gary. Vann has only been charged in two of the murders, so far. Services are being held separately Saturday for Afrika Hardy, Teaira Batey and Kristine Williams. The funeral for Anith Jones is being finalized. Three of the […]

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    Coroner works to identify Northwest Indiana murder victims

    The Lake County Coroner is still working to identify the bodies of three women linked to a suspected serial killer in Northwest Indiana. Darren Vann is suspected of killing seven women. One of them was found at a motel in Hammond, the other six were at abandoned homes in Gary. Vann has only been charged in two of the murders, so far. But, he reportedly confessed to police that he killed all of them … including 36-year-old Kristine Williams. Her […]

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    Man arrested in Bedford Park 2002 cold murder case

    Police in Bedford Park made an arrest in a cold case from 2002. Steven Podkulski is charged with murder, in the death of Jennifer Boyd. She was stabbed multiple times in an empty unit at the storage facility where she worked. The case went cold in 2004, but was reopened two years ago. Podkulski is currently in prison for a burglary conviction. He is due in bond court on the new charges Thursday.

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    VP Biden’s son discharged from Navy after failing drug test

    Vice President Biden’s youngest son was discharged from the Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine. It was just revealed that Hunter Biden, 44, was discharged in February, after failing a drug test in June of last year. It came less than a year after he was selected for the part-time position as a public-affairs officer. Biden released a statement through his attorney saying he regrets his actions, but supports the navy’s decision. It went on to read,  “With the […]

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    Police search for child luring suspect on South Side

    Chicago police are looking for a man who tried to lure two children away from their home on the city’s South Side. Several people watched the man as he offered the 10 and 12-year-old children money Sunday night, in the 7800 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue. A parent of the children, and several neighbors, chased off the man. He was last seen about two blocks away, near 79th Street and Kolmar Avenue. The man police are looking for is described […]

  • 2 killed in crash on Bishop Ford

    Two men died when their car crashed into a semi on the Bishop Ford freeway near Cottage Grove early Sunday morning. Witnesses say the car was speeding and the semi had slowed down as it approached a construction zone. The car got stuck underneath the semi. The 26-year-old and the 25-year-old victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The crash shut down the southbound lanes for several hours.

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