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  • CPS simplifying high school application process

    CHICAGO — Applying at Chicago public high schools is about to get a little easier. The CPS high school application process has come under heavy criticism for being too complicated, but the school board will simplify it, starting next year. There will be one standard application, where a student can list his or her top 20 preferences. If the student isn’t accepted at any of the chosen schools, there’s an option to re-apply. Or, the student can simply enroll in […]

  • Court date in Chicago for FBI Most Wanted fugitive

    One of the FBIs ten most-wanted fugitives will appear in a Chicago courtroom today. Fidel Urbina lived in Little Village; but he fled the country 17 years ago after he was identified as a suspect in the 1998 rape and strangulation murder of Gabriela Torres. He’s also a suspect in the kidnapping and rape of a waitress. He was arrested in Mexico last September; he spent the last seven months in a federal prison in Mexico City, awaiting extradition back […]

  • Chicago passes 1,000 shootings for the year

    CHICAGO — Chicago just passed 1,000 shooting victims for the year. Three more people were shot and killed Monday; 12 others were injured, including a woman and a teenaged boy who were wounded at 79th and Exchange. They were on the sidewalk when someone in a tan Chevy Lumina fired several shots at them. The woman is in critical condition; the teenager is listed as fair.

  • Controversial display by Green Bay bar owner

    A bar owner in Green Bay is making waves with a controversial display outside his bar. David Nichols used dummies to recreate a lynching scene, with a man hanging, and a businessman and a police officer watching. He claims, the city ordered his bar closed a month ago, because he refused to discourage certain people from patronizing the bar. For example, he says he was told to remove rap music from his juke box. The city says the lynching scene […]

  • Judge reprimands courtroom protesters at Van Dyke hearing

    Officer Jason Van Dyke’s defense filed a motion this morning asking that the cop accused of killing Laquan McDonald be excused from future hearings. The request came during the first status hearing since Van Dyke was confronted by people holding signs on his way into court and in the courtroom last month. The judge denied the motion, saying it should have been made when the incidents occurred. But he admonished those in the courtroom this morning that such displays won’t […]

  • Mayor steps out with police recruits to promote violence reduction

    On the heels of a violent Easter weekend, and more street violence Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel began his morning by running a few miles with Chicago’s newest class of police recruits. He did it to showcase Chicago’s effort to reduce gun violence by putting more patrol officers on the city’s streets. Emanuel expects to add about 1,000 new officers to the rolls within the next couple of years. He believe a more visible police presence will put a damper on […]

  • Drive-by triple shooting in Old Town; gunman at large

    Chicago police are continuing their search for a drive-by shooter who wounded three people in the Old Town neighborhood. Two 12-year-old boys and a maintenance man were hit outside a mini-mart in the 1400 of N. Sedgwick Tuesday afternoon. All three are in stable condition. A gray Dodge Charger was seen speeding away. A police officer says he heard about 15 gunshots in all; at least one bullet shattered a store window. Police are looking for witnesses. Residents say the […]

  • Downstate village to choose city manager with coin flip

    A coin toss will determine the next leader of the downstate village of Colp. With all the ballots counted, the Williamson County clerk says candidates Bryan Riekena and Tammy O’Daniell-Howell got 11 votes each. It’s unlikely a recount would change anything, and there are no absentee ballots yet to come in. So the next village manager will be the one who correctly calls heads or tails.

  • Judge shot and killed in front of South Side home; Police seek suspect

    Police are searching for a man suspected of fatally shooting a Cook County judge. Associate judge 66-year-old Raymond Myles was killed outside his South Side home early this morning. He and a 52-year-old female friend were shot near his garage as they were leaving for the gym. She was shot in the leg but is expected to recover. She has been talking to police and helping with the investigation. Police say it may have been an attempted robbery. Witnesses say […]

  • Mother charged with neglect after 4-year-old son shot himself with her gun

    MILWAUKEE — A mother from Milwaukee went to court to face charges of child neglect after her young son shot himself with her gun. Prosecutors say Ashley Carter left the gun in her purse, then walked out of her living room, where her three kids were playing. Her 4-year-old son found the gun and accidentally fired it, wounding his hand. Carter is free on bond, but she’s not allowed any unsupervised visits with her kids; she could spend six years […]