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    Wave of BB gun vandalism in Arlington Heights

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Someone in Arlington Heights has been randomly shooting at parked cars with a BB gun. Police have issued an alert; the shootings have all happened in the overnight hours. Twenty-eight incidents were reported between late October and mid-November. Police are asking residents with garages to keep their cars inside if possible, and to report any suspicious activity.

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    Chicago police mull new use-of-force policy in wake of recent police-involved shootings

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson outlined proposed changes to the police use of force policy today during a breakfast gathering at the Union League Club of Chicago. Superintendent Johnson mentioned how split-second decisions by officers can often lead to a rush in judgment, and that policing is an increasingly tough job with criminals more emboldened than ever. Chicago’s top cop told the Union League Club audience that revising the Police Department’s use of force guidelines is a major […]

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    O’Hare Airport braces for one-day strike Tuesday

    CHICAGO — The Thanksgiving travel rush officially ends today. But Tuesday, some of the lowest-paid workers at O’Hare Airport plan to stage a strike, to press their demand for more money. The Fight for $15 campaign plans protests at 20 major airports, as well as demonstrations at more than 300 McDonald’s restaurants across the country. Child-care workers and graduate assistants are also joining the campaign for a $15 minimum wage.

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    String of violent thefts reported on Mag Mile: police

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are warning Magnificent Mile shoppers to be alert for a violent group of robbers. Four times in the first 11 days of November, people have been confronted and robbed on or near Michigan Avenue in the afternoon hours of the day. Two of the holdups took place in the 700 and 800 blocks of N. Michigan Avenue. A third happened in the 900 block of N. State St., and the other robbery happened outside the shopping […]

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    Maggie Daley ice skating ribbon set to open November 25

    CHICAGO — With temperatures headed back to the 60’s, ice skating may be the last thing on your mind. But Chicago’s outdoor skating rinks are now scheduled to open, the day after Thanksgiving. Among them will be the new ice skating ribbon at Maggie Daley Park. Originally, the city hoped to open the ribbon this Friday, but it’s still too warm. When the ribbon and rinks open, admission will be free, but skate rental will cost you. The ribbon will […]

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    Metra board votes to hike fares in 2017

    CHICAGO — The Metra board on Friday voted to approve its third rate hike in three years. Fares will raise in 2017 by $11.75 for a monthly pass. Metra’s new budget called for a boost of about 6 percent. Fares were already raised 2 percent earlier this year and 11 percent last year. The additional revenue will pay for the modernization of the commuter rail system.

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    DuPage County deputies to get Epipens

    DuPage County will be the first county in Illinois to provide Epipens to its deputies. The auto-injectors can save the life of a person who goes into shock from an allergy, a bee sting, or any other condition that requires an emergency shot of epinephrine. Epipens will be distributed to sheriff’s department patrol cars.

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    5 shot in just 75 minute period on Chicago’s South Side

    CHICAGO — Chicago street violence is accelerating as we begin the month of November. Two men were killed and 11 others were injured in shootings since Tuesday morning, including five people who were shot in just a 75-minute period on the city’s South Side, according to police. Police say there were three separate attacks between 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. According to police, a  30-year-old man was shot in the chest and a 27-year-old man was shot in the back in […]

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    Illinois: Ballot selfies could mean jail time

    CHICAGO — Take a selfie in the voting booth this year, and your next selfie may be in a jail cell. It’s illegal in Illinois to take a picture of yourself with your filled-out ballot. A lot of young voters wanted to take those pictures as mementos of their first voting experience; but the state says marking your ballot and photographing it can get you one to three years behind bars. On the other hand, if you live and vote […]

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    Ticket refunds if Cubs lose? Website says they’ll give you half back

    CHICAGO — There’s a sports ticket website that will refund part of your Cubs’ World Series tickets if they lose big. A lot of people are willing to pay thousands of dollars for a seat at Wrigley Field to watch the first fall classic here in 71 years — and somehow, a Cubs loss could take a lot of the magic out of the experience. So GameHedge.com says, if you buy your game tickets on its site, and the Cubs lose by […]