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    McCarthy says officer lied about shooting, should be fired

    CHICAGO — If Chicago’s police boss gets his way, a police officer will be fired over a shooting in 2011. Officer Francisco Perez was moonlighting as a security guard at Ashland and Division when he witnessed a drive-by shooting. Investigators say Perez fired 16 shots at the wrong vehicle and injured its driver. Perez insisted he fired at a different car; but surveillance video proved him wrong. Police superintendent Garry McCarthy says Perez should be fired — not for the […]

  • Tax credit fight over Spike Lee film ‘Chiraq’

    CHICAGO — A controversial movie by Spike Lee may have to be produced with no taxpayer money if the Chicago City Council decides that way. This morning the council’s Committee on Finance was supposed to consider a resolution today to deny the film a $3 million Production Tax Credit. Alderman William Burns, who represents the city’s 4th Ward, now says plans are underway for a special hearing on the resolution. The film will center on the high level of continuing […]

  • RAW: CTA pres. on Red Line project: No. 1 goal is to minimize inconvenience

    New CPS CEO Forrest Claypool begins today

    CHICAGO — A new boss takes over today at the Chicago Public Schools. Forrest Claypool has a record as a city hall troubleshooter; he has previously been brought in to fix problems at the Chicago Transit Authority and the Chicago Park District. Most recently, he was Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s chief of staff. Claypool inherits a huge school budget gap, a new round of talks on a teacher contract, and an investigation into questionable contracting by the school system.

  • demonrobinson

    Bond denied for accused robber on CTA Red Line

    CHICAGO — Bond is denied for a man accused of robbing a man and woman in separate attacks on the CTA’s Red Line this week. The woman was injured, the man left unconscious. On Thursday, a judge told Demon Robinson, “You are a dangerous individual,” and ordered that he be held in jail until his trial for robbery and aggravated battery. Robinson was just recently paroled for a robbery conviction.

  • dillanharris

    20 Chicago officers sued over 13-month-old’s death in police chase

    CHICAGO — 20 Chicago police officers are being sued over a chase that cost a 13-month-old boy his life. Dillan Harris was in his stroller at 63rd and Ellis two weeks ago when police say shooting suspect Antoine Watkins tried to outrun several police cruisers, jumped a curb, and hit Dillan. Watkins has been charged with the toddler’s death. WGN obtained dramatic video of the immediate aftermath of the crash. The moments after the fatal hit and run were captured […]

  • brothersfounddeadindiana

    Brothers found dead in NW Indiana were abducted from motel, murdered: police

    HOBART, Ind. — New details are emerging about the murders of two brothers from Gary. The bodies of Arreon and Antonio Lackey were found in the woods in Hobart last Friday, several weeks after their disappearance. Now, investigators reveal the boys’ mother moved the family out of their home after a shooting incident. They all moved into a motel in Merrillville, but police believe the brothers were abducted from the motel around June 16 and murdered.

  • husbandsmokinggoogle

    Husband who ‘quit smoking’ caught by Google Street View

    LIVERPOOL — A man in Liverpool assured his wife he had quit smoking, but he was outed by Google Street View. A Google camera snapped this picture of Donny Riding, standing outside his home, as it swept through his neighborhood. Just hours before his wife learned about the picture, she says her husband angrily denied he is still smoking, and stormed out of the house.

  • Woman declared dead by government is very much alive

    SPARTA, Mich. —  A woman in western Michigan was declared dead a year ago, but she’s much better now. Somehow the Social Security Administration got wind that 25-year-old Sarah Jewell of Sparta had died. Her Social Security card number was retired, then her credit cards were cancelled, and she couldn’t get a license to work as a pharmacy technician because the state won’t license dead people. Jewell had been fighting with the federal government since last year, insisting she never […]

  • el chapo guzman escapes from prison

    How drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’ walked out of prison — again

    International authorities are searching for the world’s most powerful drug kingpin after he managed to walk out of a Mexican prison. Saturday’s incredible escape was made possible with a mile-long tunnel from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s cell to a farmhouse near the prison. The tunnel is fully ventilated and lighted; it even had a motorcycle outfitted to carry dirt and construction equipment on rails. Experts say there is no excuse for it, because there is sufficient technology to monitor and […]

  • Medical Generic

    Brain-eating amoeba kills teen

    A teenager from Minnesota has died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba. 14-year-old Hunter Boutain was exposed to the rare infection Tuesday while swimming in a freshwater lake. The amoeba enters the brain when lake water is inhaled through the nose. Hunter is only the third person north of Missouri to die from the amoeba; most cases have been in the southern states.

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