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    Thieves target cooking oil grease from Chicago restaurants

    CHICAGO — It’s a crime you may not think about, but it’s one of the top ways thieves are making money these days. DNAInfo reports thieves are targeting used cooking oil from restaurants — often vacuuming the grease out of containers with garden hoses that leave behind a big mess in alleys all across Chicago. The restaurants essentially give away their used cooking oil to contracted vendors who sell it as part of a $2 billion a year industry. The vendors say […]

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    TSA workers rally for increased staffing

    CHICAGO — Security lines at O’Hare and Midway Airports are back in the spotlight as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers rally today. They’re demanding that more staff be hired to help reduce wait times. The rally at O’Hare is one of many that will be held today at various airports. The TSA workers, backed by their union, the American Federation of Government Employees, demonstrated curbside between O’Hare’s Terminals One and Two. They’re demanding that 6,000 more workers be hired to […]

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    Outdoor climbing wall coming to Chicago’s Navy Pier

    CHICAGO — Navy Pier is rebuilding its attractions. The next one visitors will see is an outdoor climbing wall. The wall that was part of the indoor “Winter WonderFest” will be moved outside, near the new Ferris wheel. It’s part of Navy Pier’s 100th anniversary renovations. The wall will be 24-feet high and will accommodate no more than three climbers at a time. It should be open by the end of the month. The wall will be in addition to Navy […]

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    Alderman proposes private security patrols in Wicker Park, Bucktown

    CHICAGO — Alderman Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) wants to hire private security guards to help police patrol the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods. But the idea has been tabled for now. Hopkins met with a group of Wicker Park and Bucktown business leaders today to discuss the idea and explain how it would be paid for. The Wicker Park and Bucktown Special Service Area (SSA) operates like a business district in which businesses pay a special tax for services like […]

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    Air travelers cash in airline miles for shorter waiting lines

    Some frequent fliers can now use their airline miles to cut wait times at TSA security lines. Airlines like Southwest and JetBlue are partnering with the TSA and offering, for a limited time, incentives for their most frequent fliers to sign up for the TSA PreCheck program. A Southwest Airlines spokesperson says fliers can cash in Rapids Rewards points toward a voucher for TSA PreCheck. JetBlue will pay to register its TrueBlue Mosaic members. Travelers who register for TSA PreCheck do not […]

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    Thousands turn out for Wheaton 4th of July parade

    WHEATON, Ill. — Governor Bruce Rauner and Senator Mark Kirk were among those taking part in today’s Fourth of July parade in west suburban Wheaton. Thousands of spectators dressed in red, white and blue lined Main Street to the see the parade. The Governor kicked off the festivities, leading the parade and wishing the state a happy Independence Day. “This is a day to celebrate America’s freedom, our democracy, our foundation born 200 years ago,” Rauner told the crowd. “We’re […]

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    Special prosecutor expected to be named in August for Van Dyke trial

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge says a special prosecutor for the Jason Van Dyke murder trial will be named in early August. Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with the murder of Laquan McDonald, appeared in court this morning for a hearing. The judge set his next court date for August 4th and said a special prosecutor would be identified at that time. Van Dyke is accused of shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times in October of 2014.

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    Carol Stream, Naperville among Illinois’ top ten for DUI arrests

    Law enforcement agencies in five Chicago suburbs rank among the top ten in the state for the number of drunken driving arrests made last year. A survey by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists finds Carol Stream tied with Rockford with 464 DUI arrests, the most in the state in 2015. Decatur and Springfield second and third on the list. Naperville is ranked fourth with 369 DUI arrests, followed by Peoria. Cicero, Elgin and Aurora are also on the top ten […]

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    CTA #11 bus returns to Lincoln Avenue

    CHICAGO — Buses began rolling again today on Lincoln Avenue along parts of the CTA #11 bus route where service was cut nearly four years ago. It is only temporary, but the people behind the grassroots effort to get the bus service restored believe if they can get the word out that it’s back, they can make it permanent. Dozens of passengers boarded the #11 Lincoln Avenue bus today for the first time since service was cut. It is a […]

  • Judge to appoint special prosecutor in Laquan McDonald case

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge will name a special prosecutor for the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. But the judge continued a request for a special prosecutor to investigate whether there was a police cover-up. Jason Van Dyke’s attorney id not oppose either request. He does, however, feel his client is being overcharged for political reasons. Because there was no opposition the hearing was rather quick. Last month […]