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  • CPD: Chicago shootings up 20 percent for year

    CHICAGO — Chicago recorded another violent month in June. There were 13 more homicides than a year ago, including the month’s final death in Morgan Park. A man was gunned down while driving at 111th and Hamlet. There were 20 more shootings and 24 more shooting victims than last June; for the year to date, shootings are up 20 percent. But police say overall crime is down 7 percent from a year ago and down nearly one-third in the past […]

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    Walmart apologizes for making ISIS cake

    SLIDELL, La. —  Walmart is apologizing for a cake it sold. A customer asked Walmart bakers in Slidell, Louisiana to make a cake decorated with an image of the ISIS flag. Originally the customer asked another Walmart store to make a cake with the Confederate flag, but that store refused. As soon as the customer got the ISIS cake he made a YouTube video saying, “Walmart, you’ve got some explaining to do.” Walmart says its baker didn’t recognize the ISIS […]

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    SCOTUS: 3 more rulings to end of session

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is expected to rule today on three big issues, before gaveling its 2015 spring session to a close. The justices will decide whether power plants may be compelled to reduce their emissions of mercury and other pollutants. The court is being asked to give its blessing to a new form of lethal injection. And the court will rule on whether state legislatures may outsource the redrawing of congressional district boundaries to non-partisan commissions.

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    Chicago cop killer released from prison; McCarthy furious

    CHICAGO — A convicted cop killer is now a free man, and Chicago’s top cop is furious about it. In 1973 Joseph Bigsby was a teenager. He had just robbed two people, and he was being chased by the police. Bigsby turned and shot officer Edward Barron to death. He was convicted of murder, attempted murder and armed robbery and sentenced to 200 years in prison. But on Thursday the Illinois Prisoner Review Board let Bigsby out after serving just 40 percent of […]

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    Good Samaritan picks up grocery tab for Bolingbrook firefighters

    BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — Firefighters in Bolingbrook got a nice surprise the other day. The firefighters typically chip in $10 for groceries every morning to cover their meals at the firehouse. They raise somewhere between $40 and $50 for the day. According to Patch.com, they got called away to a fire – twice – as they were ready to check out at the supermarket. When a firefighter finally went back to pick up the food, he discovered that someone had paid […]

  • Jackie Robinson West suing over stripped title

    CHICAGO — Jackie Robinson West is fighting to keep its national title. In February, Little League stripped JRW of its title amidst accusations of residency rule violations. On Wednesday, the team’s attorney, Victor Henderson, has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of getting Little League International to answer some questions. He also released a 97 page report that raises issues about how the situation was handled. The players and coaches were in attendance, but did not speak. Little League International […]

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    Acclaimed Fenger High principal Dozier leaving CPS in July

    CHICAGO — The acclaimed principal of a Chicago public high school is stepping down. Elizabeth Dozier led a turnaround at Fenger Academy in Roseland over the past six years. She was recently featured in the CNN documentary series “Chicagoland.” School officials say Dozier informed them that she plans to leave in July. She won’t say why she is stepping down or where she is going next, but authorities say she won’t take another position in the Chicago public school system.

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    Missouri 4th grader saves friend from kidnapper

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — A nine-year-old boy in Missouri saved a little girl from the clutches of a kidnapper. Luke Larson was walking through a park in Gladstone on his way to summer school Monday when he saw a man grab the girl from behind. When she screamed for help, Luke sprang into action. The girl kicked the man in the shins, and Luke ran toward him, shouting. The attacker chose to run away; then Luke grabbed his friend’s arm and […]

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    Kirk apologizes – again – for offensive remark

    Senator Mark Kirk is offering another apology for his joking remark about Senator Lindsey Graham’s presidential campaign. During an off-microphone moment at a senate hearing last week, Kirk referred to Graham, a bachelor, as a “bro with no ho.” He now says, “I apologize to the people of Illinois for my inappropriate remarks.”

  • 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 […]


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