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    ‘Fight for 15’ protests held for second day at McDonald’s HQ

    OAK BROOK, Ill. — Police say there were no major disturbances or problems when workers marched and rallied today near McDonald’s corporate headquarters, demanding a $15 minimum wage and rights to form a union. The protest coincides with McDonald’s annual shareholders meeting. For much of the morning police had the area surrounded, protecting the McDonald’s Corporation from the angry protesters. Many were there from other cities and industries. Before arriving at the gate protesters tried to venture onto the McDonald’s […]

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    Aldermen hold hearing on rideshare reform proposal

    CHICAGO — Aldermen from two Chicago City Council committees are holding a joint hearing today on a proposed Rideshare Reform Ordinance. The proposal, sponsored by Ald. Anthony Beale (9th Ward), would require Uber and Lyft drivers — most of whom are part-time — to get a chauffeur’s license and submit to tougher background checks. Uber and its supporters say this ordinance will put an end to ridesharing as we know it in Chicago. Taxi groups say the plan would help […]

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    Drew Peterson calls murder of state’s attorney ‘a nice Christmas present’ on secretly recorded audio

    CHESTER, Ill. — Drew Peterson listened to his own words when the first audio tape of his recorded conversations with a fellow prison inmate was played today at Peterson’s murder for hire trial. On it, Peterson can be heard bragging about his prior media attention and at other times talking about his dislike for Will County States Attorney James Glasgow.  On the recordings he refers to himself as the “big fish.” At one point, inmate turned informant Antonio Smith tells Peterson […]

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    Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial under way in Randolph County

    CHESTER, Ill. –Drew Peterson’s former friend and inmate gave explosive testimony today in the murder for hire trial. Antonio Smith said not only did Peterson want Will County States attorney James Glasgow dead but that he had admitted to killing both Stacy and Kathleen. Smith was in protective custody with Peterson when the two became friends.   Smith says in October 2013 Peterson approached him and said he needed someone to kill Glasgow. Smith said he had to think about it. Smith […]

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    Canadian grad student develops new tattoo removal cream

    HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA —  A PhD student in Canada has created a tattoo removal cream that may soon make it easier to get rid of unwanted ink. Alec Falkenham, 29, says his Bisphosphonate Liposomal Tattoo Removal (BLTR) technology goes after the cells that absorb the tattoo ink, kills them, and the blood sends in new clean cells to replace them. Falkenham recently signed a deal with Ontario-based Cipher Pharmaceuticals. It will be up to the pharmaceutical company to get the […]

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    Teachers may be reconsidering end-of-year strike

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union says it is reconsidering the timing of a possible strike. The earliest the teachers could go on strike is May 16. But concerns about whether the union would be able to get the support of parents so close to the end of the school year has the union rethinking its strike plans. Teachers are also concerned about losing their health insurance, as well as their last paycheck before the long summer break. On top […]

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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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