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  • Ohio Street underpass to be locked overnight

    CHICAGO — The Ohio Street pedestrian underpass to the lakefront will be closed nightly from midnight to 5 a.m. starting tonight. A 25-year-old woman was recently shot near the underpass. The City Council Finance Committee was set to take a vote today on 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s proposal to close the underpass overnight. But Reilly deferred the proposal and said the Emanuel administration told him it will have a city worker lock the gate at the underpass each night.

  • Police warn drivers about ‘bump and run’ car thieves

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are warning drivers to be on the alert after a string of car thefts on the North Side. In each case, the victims’ vehicles are rear-ended, then the thieves drive off with their cars. Police say the car thieves seem to work as a team — as many as two or three individuals riding inside their own vehicle, then ramming their car into the back of the victim’s car. Lincoln Park residents are understandably alarmed to […]

  • Cook County businesses warn customers about upcoming beverage tax

    CHICAGO — Signs are up at stores across Cook County warning shoppers about the new beverage tax set to take effect at the start of next month. Businesses say they’ll be hurt by the tax through loss of sales. The refrigerators at the Jackpot Minimart, 535 West 111th Street, are lined with signs warning customers that, come July 1, they’ll be paying more for that soda, juice, sports drink, or flavored water — any drink that’s ready to go. The […]

  • Sick and injured animals get second chance at life

    BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. — More than three dozen sick and injured cats and dogs rescued from Chicago Animal Care and Control are getting a second chance at life. It’s all thanks to the Shelter Animal Surgical Service, a program launched by the Veterinary Specialty Center of Buffalo Grove to provide their veterinary interns with more surgical experience. Veterinary Specialty Center works closely with organizations that rescue animals from CACC — including Fetching Tails Foundation, Chicago Rescue Intervention & Support Program […]

  • Aurora best city for ‘American dream’

    West suburban Aurora is tied for number one in the nation on a list of “The Best Cities for Living the American Dream in 2017”. Website smartasset.com  based its rankings on diversity, economic mobility, home ownership, home values, and the unemployment rate in the cities. Aurora is tied with West Valley City, Utah for the top spot. Midland, Texas, Aurora, Colorado, and Rochester, Minnesota round out the top five. Twelve of the Top 25 ranked cities are in Texas. Washington D.C. […]

  • Coyote pups found dead in container in forest preserve

    BARRINGTON, Ill. — Authorities are trying to find out who killed half a dozen coyote pups, leaving just one from the litter alive but badly injured. Cook County Forest Preserve police discovered six coyote pups in a bag in a container in a forest preserve in Barrington. The bucket was found May 11 near Penny Road Pond, part of the larger Spring Creek Valley Forest preserve. One of the pups, just weeks old, somehow survived the ordeal. The animal is now […]

  • Judge bars texts and emails from evidence in Melodie Gliniewicz trial

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — The widow of disgraced Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniwicz was back in court today. And the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office learned it will have to prosecute the case against her without what could have been an important piece of evidence. The judge ruled that text and email messages between Melodie Gliniewicz and her late husband will not be admissible. The judge also continued until June 13 a hearing on Melodie Gliniewicz’ bid to have the charges against […]

  • Suburban organic landfill one step closer to reality

    CHICAGO — A new organic composting landfill is one step closer to becoming a reality in the northwest suburbs. Cook County commissioners approved it this afternoon over the passionate objections from people who will live near the landfill. Patriot Acres wants to use land just east of Des Plaines River  in the 9800 block of East Central for the project. People who live nearby are worried the landfill will increase traffic in the area and hurt the environment. It is […]

  • Travelers at O’Hare question recent airline anger

    CHICAGO — It’s much calmer at Chicago’s O’hare International Airport than it was on Monday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, where several angry passengers were arrested when fighting and screaming matches broke out after nearly a dozen Spirit Airlines flights were canceled. There were some residual delays, but Spirit passengers at O’Hare weren’t feeling too many of the aftereffects. The airline blames the situation on what it calls an “unlawful labor activity” by some pilots. The pilots union has […]

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    2 local companies receive warning letters from FDA

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Two Naperville companies are among more than a dozen nationwide who have received warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration about selling fraudulent cancer-fighting products online. The Vitamin C Foundation and Oxygen Health Systems are accused of marketing a variety of products that the FDA said were “not generally recognized as safe and effective” for fighting cancer. They were given 15 days from their April 17 notifications to correct the violations or face regulatory action. The […]