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    American Airlines flying Cubs ‘W’ flags to LAX this week

    CHICAGO — American Airlines has caught the Cubs fever. This week, flights from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will sport Cubs “W” flag victory towels. We love what our ORD #AATeam has done with the place! Check out AA1081's festive decor as it travels from ORD to LAX. #NLCS #FlyTheW — American Airlines (@AmericanAir) October 18, 2016 And rightly so, American Airlines has been the team’s official airline for the past two seasons. Did someone say #FlyTheW? We […]

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    Preckwinkle wants to give board members $500K each for projects

    CHICAGO — Toni Preckwinkle thinks she may have an idea on how to pass her proposed beverage tax. The Cook County Board President wants to give each board member $500,000 to spend as they see fit on projects in their communities, according to the Chicago Tribune. It’s not a new idea — Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly hands out money to Chicago aldermen for projects in their wards. Such a move could build support for Preckwinkle’s budget, which includes a tax on […]

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    Report: Less than 1% of Chicago police complaints lead to firings

    CHICAGO — A new report finds, less than one out of a hundred complaints about Chicago police misconduct result in anyone being fired. That’s according to information, just released by City Hall. The Sun-Times examined more than 130,000 citizen complaints against the police, covering 34 years. They were directed at about 19,000 officers. Only one out of eight complaints resulted in any action against the cops. Fewer than 600 were fired, others were suspended or reprimanded.

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    Man shot dead in car in Austin neighborhood

    CHICAGO — A man was shot to death and another man was injured overnight at a street crossing on the city’s West Side. Their car had stopped at a stop sign in the 1700 block of N. Mayfield when several young men on foot fired shots into the car. The car then crashed in front of a house. Police haven’t released the name of the dead man; a source says both shooting victims were documented gang members.

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    Adler Planetarium offers free admission on Columbus Day

    CHICAGO — If you can get away from work Monday, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium has a deal for you — free admission. All you have to do is show a legal Illinois I.D. and you’re in. Chicago school children will have the day off for Columbus Day, so it’s a good day for a family outing. If you want to upgrade from general admission to an all-access pass, the Adler will offer reduced pricing. Free admission hours are Monday from 9:30 a.m. […]

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    4 CPS high schools fraudulently inflated attendance records: report

    CHICAGO — A critical report finds that four Chicago high schools grossly inflated student attendance records to boost their government funding. The Chicago Sun-Times quotes Chicago Public Schools’ Inspector General Nicholas Schuleras saying at least one school increased attendance rates by 20 percent. The paper identifies the schools as Orr High School, Manley High School, Team Englewood and Marshall. The inspector general recommends the firing of former Orr principal Tyese Sims and Manley principal Trista Harper. There has been no […]

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    Mayor Emanuel: Budget address won’t be postponed by threat of teacher strike

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has no plans to postpone the unveiling of his new city budget to the City Council, even though Chicago teachers are set to strike on the same day as his budget speech. A spokesman for the mayor says a postponement isn’t being considered because both the city and the teachers’ union want the same things: a teacher pay raise and more security for teacher pensions. The mayor’s office expects a contract agreement before the strike […]

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    Chicago woman, sister die mysteriously at African resort

    A woman from Chicago and her sister died mysteriously while vacationing in Africa. It happened Sept. 22. The bodies of Annie and Robin Korkki were found in their villa at a luxury resort in the Seychelles Islands, a thousand miles from the African mainland. Annie lived in Denver, Robin in Chicago. A doctor says there were no signs of trauma on the women’s bodies. The Daily Mail says they had been drinking throughout the day, and had to be assisted back […]

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    More than 25 arrested in raids targeting fentanyl-laced heroin

    CHICAGO — A series of Chicago police raids led to the arrests of more than two dozen convicted felons and suspected gang members. The charge: Selling heroin spiked with the painkiller fentanyl. In combination, the two drugs are highly concentrated and potentially lethal. Undercover officers arranged drug buys and then, the evidence they collected allowed police to target at least 25 people. The roundup has been going on since Thursday morning. Dozens of people have died of fentanyl-related overdoses over the past year […]

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    Half of privately-owned guns belong to 3% of Americans

    A new study suggests that while a declining percentage of Americans own guns, more than half of country’s stockpile is in the hands of “super-owners.” Harvard University researchers studying gun ownership shared their preliminary findings with the Guardian. They said a majority of America’s 55 million gun owners have just one or two guns. However, around half of all privately-owned guns in the U.S. belong to just 3% of the population. These super-owners have 17 guns each on average, researcher Lois Beckett told NPR. They sometimes inherit guns, collect […]