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    ‘Youth for Black Lives’ group to meet with Chicago police superintendent

    CHICAGO — The group Youth for Black Lives will hold a public forum with Chicago’s police boss this evening. The teens were part of a silent protest in Millennium Park last summer against the police shootings of black men. Superintendent Eddie Johnson will take questions at Walter Payton College Prep, starting at 6 p.m. The group wants to communicate its concerns over what it considers excessive police brutality aimed at African-Americans; the group also wants to know what the police […]

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    Crash victim charged with sexually abusing Chicago paramedic

    CHICAGO — A paramedic was escorting an injured man to the hospital after he crashed his car, when she says he tried to sexually assault her. Chicago police have charged 72-year-old Roy Hall with felony aggravated battery and felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse. It happened Thursday evening near 33rd St. and King Dr. The paramedic fought off her assailant, and when the ambulance arrived at Northwestern Memorial, security guards restrained him; and the victim was treated for her injuries.

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    Bicyclist fatally hit by car in Chicago’s Humboldt Park

    CHICAGO — A bicyclist was hit and killed in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. The man was riding westbound on Division, crossing Sacramento, just before 11 p.m. Wednesday when a Chevy Cruze hit him from the left. The man’s name or age has not been released. Chicago police are investigating. So far, the driver hasn’t been ticketed.

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    Chicago school official shot to death in car

    CHICAGO — An executive at a school on Chicago’s Near West Side was shot to death. People who knew Jason Goodfriend called him Jay, he was the business manager at the Chicago Tech Academy. He was found Saturday, slumped over the wheel of his car, with a bullet through the head, in the 1300 block of West Hastings, not far from the school. The car’s engine was still running when the body was discovered. A GoFundMe page has been created to […]

  • Budget countdown in Springfield

    Illinois budget deal in the works?

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — There is new hope for a budget deal in Springfield, as Illinois lawmakers report for work. It’s been two-years since the last budget was passed, but the outlines of a compromise are taking shape. Senate staffers have been meeting to iron out the differences. The deal could freeze property taxes, overhaul the state pension system and funnel more money to schools, in exchange for a state income tax hike, plus a new tax on sugary drinks.

  • obamafarewell

    Tickets for Obama’s ‘Farewell Address’ in Chicago available Saturday

    CHICAGO — President Obama is returning to Chicago to give his “Farewell Address” next Tuesday, January 10 at McCormick Place. The event is free and open to the public, but you will need a ticket. They’ll be distributed at McCormick Place Saturday, January 7 starting at 8 a.m. No one will be allowed to line up before 6 a.m. Tickets are limited to one per person, and will be on a first come, first served basis.

  • Crime

    Nearly 300 Chicago officers promoted as struggle to combat city violence continues

    CHICAGO — With the start of the new year, the City of Chicago is looking to get a handle on deadly street violence by attacking it from several directions. Tuesday alone saw three people killed and at least 11 others wounded in shootings on the South and West sides. That included the killings of two teenage boys in East Garfield Park in an apparent drive-by shooting which police believe was gang-related. A stray bullet wounded a 65-year-old woman inside her […]

  • Bike Cameras: The New Protective Gear

    New Illinois bike law that gives bicyclists same rights as drivers takes effect

    CHICAGO — If you’re a bike rider, there’s a new Illinois law that benefits you. The new measure amends the state vehicle code, by giving cyclists the same right-of-way automobile drivers enjoy. In essence, it says bikes are vehicles, too. The bill is called Dennis’ Law. It was named after Dennis Jurs, who was hit and killed by a driver in Hampshire. Nearly 200 new laws took effect Sunday in Illinois. Illinois becomes the first state in the nation that […]

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    Kids’ lemonade stand robbed for $13

    LUTZ, FL — Two 9-year-old boys were robbed — at their lemonade stand. It happened in the town of Lutz, Florida, just north of Tampa. Two teenagers ordered a cup of lemonade; when a 16-year-old girl demanded a bigger cup, one of the young merchants doused her with water; that’s when the girl’s partner snatched $13 and the kids’ iPad off the stand and ran away. He was caught and charged with felony theft. The kids went back to selling […]

  • garbage

    Garbage collection by grid saves Chicago big bucks

    CHICAGO — The City of Chicago says, changing its garbage collection system is saving it a lot of money. Instead of collecting by ward, the city has been collecting by grid for the past four years. The system requires fewer garbage trucks, and less spending on gas and maintenance. Altogether, the city says the new system has saved it more than $30 million.