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    Apartment residents in Arlington Heights displaced by tear gas

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Cook County Sheriff’s police are investigating after tear gas forced the evacuation of an apartment building in unincorporated Arlington Heights. The Sheriff’s office says 25 people were forced out of their apartments early today after the Long Grove Fire Department detected a chemical substance in the 6-unit building in the 4000 block of Jennifer Lane. It turned out to be a canister of tear gas that had deployed. The Long Grove Fire Department HAZMAT determined that […]

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    Wrongfully convicted man freed after nearly 25 years behind bars

    CROWN POINT, Ind. —  Darryl Pinkins walked out of the Lake County, Ind. jail a free man today for the first time in more than two decades. He was greeted by friends and family — including his mother, who said she prayed for him every night. In 1991, Pinkins was convicted of raping a Hammond, Ind. woman. She identified him as the attacker at trial. But Pinkins always maintained his innocence, sticking by his story that he was at home […]

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    Chicago elementary school students march against violence

    CHICAGO — Elementary school students marched against violence this morning in the city’s Englewood neighborhood. About 100 students from the Charles Henderson Academy at 56th and Wolcott led parents, teachers and community members in the march and rally.  The students are participating in the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Student Activist Institute. In recent months an 8th grade student, J. Quantae Riles, was killed and a three-year-old child, Ayden Deer, was shot and wounded one block from Henderson Academy.  Riles […]

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    Someone paid $394K for J.K. Rowling’s chair

    NEW YORK — The chair J.K. Rowling sat in while writing the first two “Harry Potter” books has been sold at auction for $394,000. The chair is one of four mismatched dining room chairs Rowling received back in 1995, when she was a single mother in Scotland. She chose the most comfortable chair to sit in while writing “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on her typewriter. The chair was sold Wednesday […]

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    Cook County officials unveil $50 million anti-violence plan

    CHICAGO — Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, Sheriff Tom Dart and others unveiled what they are calling the “Community Stabilization and Anti-Violence Act” today at Chicago Urban League headquarters on the South Side. Chicago is searching for solutions to a troubling increase in violent crime this year.  So far, in just three months, the city had nearly 800 shootings and more than 130 homicides — making this the bloodiest start to a year in two decades. Experts and advocates believe […]

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    McCullough stays behind bars in Sycamore cold case

    SYCAMORE, Ill. —  On Tuesday night came a new chapter in the saga of convicted killer Jack McCullough. A judge kept McCullough behind bars even after a prosecutor said he’s innocent. McCullough is doing hard time for the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl. His capture was heralded as closure in a cold case, now being reopened. For nearly five years, McCullough, 76, has said he did not kidnap and kill 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957.  His story didn’t change on Tuesday. Over the past six […]

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    Black and Latino Aldermen support Johnson for Police Supt.

    CHICAGO — The selection of Eddie Johnson as Chicago’s next top cop is shedding light on a new alliance between city council’s Latino and Black caucuses and how the two influential voting blocks were able to leverage their power over Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The mayor, weakened by months of protests, political division, and poor approval ratings, seems to have had his hand forced on this big decision. City Hall insiders say the Johnson selection would not have happened without pressure […]

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    Parolee charged in off-duty cop shooting

    CHICAGO —  A parolee three months out of prison is facing attempted murder charges in the shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer during a robbery earlier this week. Police say that this case clearly reveals that our criminal justice system is broken. Samuel Harviley, 24, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, and robbery in connection with the shooting of an off-duty Chicago police officer on Monday. That officer was parking his car near his home in […]

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    2 firefighters among 4 hurt, dogs and cats rescued in Albany Park fire

    CHICAGO —  Four people, including two firefighters, were injured today in a fire in the Albany Park neighborhood. One resident of the apartment building located at 3300 block of West Berteau Avenue was taken to a hospital in fair to serious condition.  Another resident was transported in good to fair condition. Both firefighters were also taken to hospitals — one after falling from a first floor window, the other with minor burns. Several dogs and cats were rescued. The Chicago […]

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    City fast-tracks demolition of abandoned buildings to make communities safer

    CHICAGO —  The city of Chicago is fast-tracking the demolition of vacant building in high crime areas. Three buildings in the 200 block of West 113th Street in Roseland are being torn down today. Neighbors say these three buildings have been a magnet for crime and violence. The goal of fast-tracking the destruction of the abandoned buildings is to bring about a dramatic reduction in criminal activity. “These locations over here, these vacant buildings — we know that they are […]

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