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    Scientists say Field Museum is wrong about ‘Tully Monster’

    CHICAGO — Some scientists are challenging the Field Museum’s claim that a mysterious 300-million-year-old monster is a jawless fish. The “Tully Monster” is a foot long. It was discovered almost 60 years ago in downstate Illinois. Last year, researchers concluded that it was similar to a Lamprey Eel. But now, some paleobiologists say last year’s research is flawed, and there’s no way the Tully Monster is even remotely related to a fish. They say, fish have complicated eyes, but the Tully […]

  • Shawnquail Minnis, 22, is charged with murder in the Nov. 5, 2014, death of her son, Jashawn McBride, who the Cook County medical examiner's office determined died at 54 days old of starvation in a homicide by neglect. (Cook County sheriff's photo)

    Chicago mother charged with starving infant to death in 2014

    CHICAGO — Chicago police charged a Chicago woman with starving her 2-month-old son to death. Shawnquail Minnis, 22, is charged with first-degree murder after allowing her baby to become so emaciated that medical personnel could make out his facial bones and see individual ribs through his skin, according to court records. When Jashawn McBride was born in September of 2014, he was a healthy, full-term baby and weighed more than 8 pounds. When he died two months later, he was down to […]

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    Chuck E. Cheese’s announces date to close troubled Oak Lawn restaurant

    OAK LAWN, Ill. — A Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant in Oak Lawn will be shut down by December 1. The restaurant was the scene of a shooting incident two months ago, and it has a history of fights. Village trustees would prefer that the restaurant close immediately — but they said, trying to revoke its license could lead to a legal fight that could keep the restaurant open for years. The new departure agreement gives the owners of Chuck E. […]

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    Gov. Rauner to offer more troopers to stop Chicago expressway shootings

    CHICAGO — Governor Bruce Rauner will unveil a plan to address shootings on Chicago area expressways when he delivers his state budget address Wednesday. The Chicago Sun-Times reports, Rauner will propose sending more state troopers to Chicago. 200 state police cadets would be trained to deal with the violence spilling from neighborhood streets onto the expressways.

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    University of Illinois students warned about sexual assault

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Police at the University of Illinois are warning students that someone sexually assaulted a student early Sunday morning. They say the assault took place at a residence hall in Champaign, and the victim and attacker know each other. There’s no word yet on whether any charges have been filed. This is a developing story. Check back for details.

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    Coyotes removed from Chicago park after residents fed them, let them play with dogs

    CHICAGO — Animal control officers removed a couple of coyotes from a park on the city’s North Side. Alderman Pat O’Connor said the coyotes were becoming aggressive toward people in Winnemac Park, located at 5100 N. Leavitt St. Apparently, residents fed the coyotes, and even let them play with their dogs — so the coyotes hung around. But when they got aggressive toward their human neighbors, the animals had to be removed. They’ve been re-settled at a wildlife center in […]

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    Chicago Teachers Union to protest today at City Hall

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union plans another protest today at City Hall to press its demand for the resignation of school board CEO Forrest Claypool. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is standing behind Claypool. The CTU also wants more aid from the city and state, and it objects to teachers being forced to take four furlough days; today is one of them.

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    $1,200 worth of vodka stolen from Arlington Heights grocery store

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Someone broke into a grocery store in Arlington Heights and took off with $1,200 worth of vodka. It happened Saturday morning at the Jewel store on Arlington Heights Rd. A store surveillance camera caught an image of the a man leaving the store with a pink backpack full of bottles. He returned minutes later to reload and carry more bottles out. He drove off in a black SUV.

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    Judge: New Chicago tobacco taxes are illegal

    CHICAGO — Chicago’s newest taxes on tobacco are illegal, according to a Cook County judge. The Sun-Times reports, the city is appealing judge Ann Collins-Dole’s ruling. She said the city overstepped its authority last year when it expanded tobacco taxes to smokeless products, cigars and pipe tobacco. City officials say their intent is to reduce tobacco use by minors; and they say the city is making progress in that area.

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    Officer drove around railroad gates before Metra crash in Prospect Heights

    PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. — There are new details about a collision of a Metra train and a police SUV. It happened Wednesday in Prospect Heights. The vehicle ended up in a family’s backyard when a southbound train slammed into it at the camp McDonald Rd. crossing. It turns out, the officer pulled around the lowered crossing gates after stopping for a northbound train, and apparently didn’t see the train coming from the other direction. Sgt. Michael Stone got out of […]