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  • ‘Surge pricing’ plan for on-street parking near Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO — The city of Chicago may permit so-called “surge pricing” on street parking during special events. The City Council is already preparing a plan to double the price of metered parking around Wrigley Field during Cubs games or concerts to $4 an hour as part of this year’s budget, according to the Chicago Tribune. The city’s Chief Financial Officer Carole Brown said she wanted to increase street parking from $2 to $12 an hour. She’d like to expand “surge […]

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    2 teens found dead in car in St. Charles

    ST. CHARLES, Ill. — Autopsies are scheduled Friday on two bodies, found in a parked car Thursday in the western suburbs. The car was in a parking lot on north 17th Street in St. Charles. One victim was identified as Kody Dietrich, a student at St. Charles East High School. The other was Adalina Donoso of Racine, Wis. No other details are available. Check back for updates.

  • Dog shot after charging kids, police officer in Naperville

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — A big dog was shot and wounded in Naperville when it charged some children, then went after a police officer. Two Rottweilers somehow got out of their house and roamed the 5000 block of Christa Drive Wednesday afternoon. The kids were chased as they got off a school bus; when the dogs turned on the police officer, he shot one of them in the leg. Both dogs ran back to their home. The injured one was treated. […]

  • 351 CPD academy grads part of department’s largest graduation ever

    CHICAGO — 351 men and women walked across a stage and receive their diplomas from the Chicago Police Academy today. It’s the largest graduation ever for the Chicago Police Department. The ceremony was moved from Chicago’s Navy Pier to McCormick Place – a far bigger venue. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson in congratulating 80 new officers, 131 detectives and 140 sergeants. During the ceremony, Emanuel told the city’s newly empowered crime fighters they are part of a far bigger […]

  • Teachers strike date set at Chicago charter schools

    CHICAGO — Teachers at four Chicago ASPIRA charter schools say they’ll walk off their jobs March 17th unless they get a new contract before then. ASPIRA sent the teachers a new contract proposal Monday, and it is currently being reviewed. The previous proposal called for a teacher pay freeze, and for teachers to contribute more money to their pension fund. In response, the teachers demanded full access to Aspira’s financial records. ASPIRA schools serve about 1,500 students.

  • Man shot in stomach, face in Chicago’s Burnside neighborhood

    CHICAGO — A man was shot in the stomach and face in the city’s Burnside neighborhood. The shooting happened early Monday morning at 91st and Cottage Grove. Investigators say he was confronted by a woman with a gun. They argued, and she fired. Police found bullet casings and a car with bullet holes at the scene. The victim was hospitalized in stable condition. The shooter hasn’t been arrested. Chicago made it almost a week without a fatal shooting before a man was […]

  • Residents petition EPA for free water filters in East Chicago

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — Some residents of East Chicago are petitioning the EPA to distribute free water filters to every home in the city. Testing last fall found serious lead contamination in 43 homes. One home had nine times the danger level. Those homes got filters, and they continue to receive bottled water; and the state of Indiana has already ordered East Chicago to improve its water treatment methods. But neighbors say they can’t afford to wait, to see how […]

  • Teen stabbed inside grocery store in Waukegan

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Police in Waukegan arrested a man after a teenager was stabbed inside a grocery store. The stabbing happened Wednesday evening at the Super Fresh Market store, located at 1700 N Lewis Ave. The victim was treated for minor injuries, and so was a friend who was injured in a scuffle with the attacker. The suspect was caught, just a few hundred feet from the store. Police recovered a pocket knife — they’re calling it a random act […]

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    New CPD detectives to begin training

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department will announce today that 131 officers will begin detective training this week. Another 135 officers began their training last month. The detective promotions are part of the city’s plan to put 1,000 new officers on the street by the end of next year. Detective training takes about two months; the next graduation ceremony is March 15.

  • Staffers authorize strike vs. Chicago charter school operator

    CHICAGO — The company that operates four Aspira charter schools in Chicago will resume negotiations with its teachers this morning, with a strike threat looming. Staffers at the schools voted overwhelmingly to authorize a walkout if talks break down. A strike would be the first against a Chicago charter school. Teachers picketed Wednesday outside Aspira headquarters on the northwest side. Together, the four schools serve about 1,500 students.