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  • Cop killer to be sentenced today

    CHICAGO — Friday is sentencing day for a convicted cop killer. Brandon Jackson, of Bellwood, was found guilty in January, of murdering a Cook County sheriff’s officer. Cuauhtemoc Estrada was gunned down outside a Christmas party in 2013 while defending his daughter and her boyfriend from a robber. Hundreds of law enforcement officials attended Estrada’s funeral procession outside Holy Name Cathedral. Estrada was a marine corps veteran, and a 20-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.

  • Loyola’s 98-year-old superfan inspires her team in NCAA tourney

    DALLAS — The Loyola Ramblers begin their hunt for a NCAA basketball title this afternoon in Dallas. It’s their first NCAA appearance since 1985, and the Ramblers will be gunning for their first title since 1963. Loyola’s biggest fan is 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, the ball club’s chaplain for more than two decades; she plans to be in the locker room to deliver a pre-game pep talk. Sister Jean told WGN, the team’s entire season has been emotional and […]

  • St. Charles elementary school to be closed, converted in to early childhood center

    ST. CHARLES, Ill. — Fox Ridge Elementary School in St. Charles will be closed next year and converted into an early childhood center. The school board in District 303 made the decision Monday. About 300 Fox Ridge students, and roughly 600 elementary school students total across the district, will have to move to other schools. Last month, the board rejected a proposal to repurpose both Fox and Lincoln Elementary Schools, citing declining enrollment and underutilized classroom space. Fox Ridge is […]

  • Woman charged with punching Lake County judge on Metra train

    CHICAGO — A woman from Kenosha has been charged after punching a judge in the face on a Metra train. 33-year-old Elizabeth Pope was charged with aggravated battery in a public space after she allegedly attacked Elizabeth Rochford, an associate judge in the Lake County Circuit Court. Pope and her son were riding on a Metra train when she started shouting obscenities and insults at him. Judge Rochford heard it and tried to intervene, and that’s when witnesses say Pope […]

  • Chicago taxi driver charged in sexual attack against passenger

    CHICAGO — A Chicago cab driver is due in court today after being charged with sexually abusing a female passenger. Police say Mustafa Dikbas attacked the young woman Sunday morning on Recreation Drive, north of Belmont Harbor, and he tried to sexually assault her. He ended up leaving with the woman’s cash and valuables. Dikbas was arrested Tuesday. He faces a bond hearing on a felony count of attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault.

  • Body found in Hawaiian river may be that of Chicago-area nurse

    HILO, Hawaii — A body, recovered from a river in Hawaii, may be that of a traveling nurse from the Chicago-area who vanished two weeks ago. Kelly Mrowinski attended high school in Schaumburg. She was last seen Jan. 26. Mrowinski and a companion were hiking along the Wailuku River in the town of Hilo, when they were swept into the water. Her companion made it to shore. Police suspended their search for Mrowinski in early February. The body was discovered over […]

  • 6,000 U.S. pedestrian deaths in 2017

    Newly released numbers show 6,000 American pedestrians were hit and killed last year. The numbers come from the Governors Highway Safety Administration, and they’re comparable to the numbers from the previous year. Three-fourths of those fatal accidents happen at night. Contributing factors include cellphone distraction, marijuana use by both pedestrians and drivers, and poor headlights.

  • Does chocolate milk represent racial diversity?

    A Hyatt hotel executive thought it would be a good idea for Governor Rauner to drink a glass of chocolate milk, in the name of racial diversity. It happened Wednesday during a Black History Month event at the Thompson Center. Tyronne Stoudemire is the Hyatt official who thought it up. Stoudemire stood next to the governor, and poured chocolate syrup into a glass of milk as an example of what he hopes will become more inclusion in business. He explained […]

  • Which states’ residents are happiest and healthiest?

    A new survey of Americans’ views on their own health and happiness, has ranked the 50 states. According to the Gallup Sharecare survey, South Dakota and Vermont are tied, with the healthiest and happiest people. Then come Hawaii, Minnesota and North Dakota. The five worst states are Oklahoma, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and at the very bottom, West Virginia. Illinois finished in the bottom one-third, at No. 36. Check out the full report here.

  • Vehicle carjacked in Belmont Heights found and returned to owner

    CHICAGO — A man’s vehicle was carjacked Wednesday evening in Chicago’s Belmont Heights Neighborhood. The engine was running and the vehicle was unlocked as the driver approached it in the 7800 block of W. Addison St. At that point a suspect jumped out of a silver Dodge Caravan, climbed into the victim’s vehicle and drove away. The vehicle was found, abandoned in an alley, minutes later, and returned to its owner.