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  • Woman charged with spitting on off-duty officer during protest

    CHICAGO — The woman is charged with spitting on an off-duty police officer outside a City Council meeting last month. Penny Hawthorne, 20, of Oak Park, is the daughter of Chicago Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne. Unionized officers were protesting a new training academy on May 23, when police say Hawthorne approached an officer, yelled obscenities at him, and spat on his cheek. According to a news release, police say a warrant was issued for her arrest, and she turned herself […]

  • Man, 24, charged with felony trespass after running onto Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO — A man who ran onto the field during Sunday’s Cubs game is due in bond court on Monday. Joseph Confer, 24 of Crest Hill, was charged with one felony count of criminal trespass to a place of public amusement, according to police. Police said Confer ran onto Wrigley Field around 4:20 p.m., in the middle of the game. Wrigley security guards caught Confer on the field, and turned him over to Chicago police. Criminal trespass carries a fine […]

  • Illinois lawmakers OK medical marijuana as painkiller substitute; bill goes to Rauner

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill to further liberalize Illinois’ medical marijuana laws is headed for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk, where its future is uncertain. State lawmakers approved legislation to allow medical pot to be used in place of prescription painkillers. Patients would no longer face criminal background checks or be fingerprinted, and getting medical marijuana would require only a doctor’s recommendation. Rauner has resisted most efforts to expand the use of marijuana in Illinois. It’s not clear whether he will […]

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    Chicago is most corrupt city in US, report says

    CHICAGO — Chicago is the most corrupt city in America, according to a new report by the University of Illinois at Chicago. The report cites more than 1,700 federal corruption convictions over the past 40 years. Not all of them involve City Hall, it includes former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, former Congressman Aaron Schock, and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. But it also includes many aldermen, judges and other public officials. Illinois ranks third among the most corrupt […]

  • Planners offer new proposals for Chicago’s segregation woes

    CHICAGO — Chicago planners are offering some new proposals on how to desegregate the city. The recommendations just released by the Metropolitan Planning Council are billed as a roadmap to finally tackle decades of racial segregation in Chicago. The authors claim that, without intervention or policy changes, Chicago will only become more segregated. The issue is highlighted by the lack of affordable housing for low-income Chicagoans, the subject of a WGN Cover Story exactly a year ago. Since then, the […]

  • Man crushed to death in machinery at Niles laundry business

    NILES, Ill. — A man was crushed to death at a laundry business in Niles. Pascual Gonzalez, 42, worked at Eco Direct, located at 6977 N Austin Ave. He was trying to remove a towel from a dryer Tuesday evening, when he accidentally got caught between the dryer and a conveyor belt. Two fire departments raced to free him from the equipment, but they couldn’t get him out in time.

  • Chicago police apologize after raiding wrong home in Woodlawn

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is apologizing for raiding the wrong home. As officers searched for a suspected rapist, they convinced a landlord in Woodlawn to open an apartment door at 62nd and Kimbark Wednesday evening. Officers kicked in a family’s bedroom door, with guns drawn. A couple’s two teen sons were interrogated, and one of them was handcuffed. Turns out, police had the wrong apartment. The correct one was right next door. No one was injured. The police […]

  • 200 people displaced after high winds tear off roof of Bronzeville apartment building

    CHICAGO — An apartment building in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood is partially collapsed, apparently by a microburst from Wednesday night’s storms. All 200 residents of the building at 50th and King Drive will probably have to wait a few days to return to their apartments, after high winds tore off part of the building’s roof. The apartment building has 90 units. Emergency crews say about one-fourth of the roof is gone. Residents say they had to dodge falling bricks as they […]

  • Smash-and-grab thieves target West Side GameStop

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for a team of smash-and-grab thieves who rammed a stolen vehicle though the entrance of a GameStop store. The incident happened at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 1500 block of North Cicero in the city’s North Austin neighborhood. Burglars drove their car through the front of the store, and stole cash and merchandise. The suspects then fled the scene, leaving the stolen car behind. It is unknown at this time how much merchandise and money […]

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    Former Northwestern student testifies about alleged rape in dorm room

    SKOKIE, Ill. — A young woman will continue telling her story of being raped in her dorm room six years ago at Northwestern University On Wednesday, she testified she met Pablo Herrera on a Metra platform, discovered they attended the same church and school and agreed to have drinks. Months later, when she let him sleep on her dorm room floor, she says he raped her. The woman will testify in a Skokie courtroom Thursday morning.