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    Former CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett to be sentenced April 13

    CHICAGO — A federal judge has set April 13 as the sentencing date for former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Byrd-Bennett pleaded guilty last October to fraud charges. She admitted steering no-bid contracts to the SUPES Academy in exchange for the promise of up to $2.3 million in kickbacks. SUPES and Synesi Associates owner Gary Solomon admitted in a plea agreement last week that he offered Byrd-Bennett bribes and kickbacks in exchange for her steering $23 million in contracts […]

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    DNA-based sketches may show what parents of ‘Baby Hope’ look like

    WHEATON, Ill. — DuPage County Sheriff’s investigators are hoping new DNA information may help locate the parents of “Baby Hope” — the still-unidentified infant whose body was found last August in a wooded area near Wheaton. With the help of advanced DNA forensic analysis the investigators have been able to come up with composite sketches that they hope will lead to a break in this puzzling case. The investigators say, based on DNA, both the mother and father of “Baby […]

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    Texting driver sentenced to 4 days in jail in fatal accident

    NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — A driver who was texting when she struck and killed a man will spend only four days in jail over a two-year span. Susan Russo, 48, was sentenced Monday for the fatal accident that happened nearly one year ago. The victim, Joe Tikalsky, 79, of New Prague, Minnesota, was hit as he was walking to his mailbox to get the newspaper. Tikalsky’s wife says she knows Russo did not intend to kill anyone. Russo will spend […]

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    Some Chicago Cubs fans duped by fake playoff tickets

    CHICAGO — Some Cubs fans weren’t just disappointed with Sunday night’s playoff loss to the Dodgers. Many also got duped into buying fake tickets. It’s a problem that is likely to get worse as each game becomes more and more important for the Cubs. Kevin Biederwolf and his roommate got to the gate at Wrigley Field Sunday night, after spending more than they would have liked on tickets — only to find out they were fakes. Kevin found the tickets on […]

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    Reward increased to $7,500 in Chicago teen murder case

    CHICAGO — The reward offered for information leading to the arrest of the killer of a Chicago teenager is being increased. Steinmetz High School freshman Demetrius Griffin Jr., 15, was found dead in a West Side alley a few weeks ago.  His body was burned beyond recognition. The Leaders Network offered a $2,500 reward in the case. Today another $5,000 is being added to that reward. The donor is an Oak Brook businessman who chooses to remain anonymous.

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    CPS and CTU prepare for possible teacher strike Tuesday

    CHICAGO — Negotiations aimed at averting a threatened strike by Chicago Public School teachers were set to resume at noon today. But the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) says it is preparing for the worst. Teachers are picking up strike materials such as signs, flyers and banners this afternoon at CTU strike headquarters, 1642 West Van Buren Street. The CTU says it expects negotiations to go late into the evening. A group of parents and their children, out of school for […]

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    Clowns threaten to ‘kill’ kids during recess as creepy clown phenomenon comes to Chicagloand

    WAUKEGAN — Greenwood School in Waukegan was placed on lockdown after three people dressed as clowns taunted kids playing at recess and said they were going to come back and “kill them” Tuesday afternoon, according to police. Kids told school staff one of them was wielding a knife and another claimed to have a gun. The clown sighting was just one of several odd events as the creepy clown phenomenon seen across the nation makes its way to Chicagoland. Just before 2:00 p.m. […]

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    4 found shot to death in Kankakee County over weekend

    KANKAKEE COUNTY, Ill. — The Kankakee County Sheriff believes four people murdered over the weekend were targeted. A father, his two sons and another man were found shot to death in two separate locations, all within less than 36 hours. Sunday afternoon at about 1 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies went to a Pembroke Township home on 15500 East Road. The deputies found three men shot to death. The coronor identifies the victims as Reginald Neal, 56, and his sons, Dangelo Neal, […]

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    Doctor accused of giving patients vaccines with cat saliva, vodka

    FLOSSMOOR, Ill. — State regulators are taking what they describe as emergency action to suspend the license of a Flossmoor doctor who is accused of mixing cat saliva and vodka into vaccines that were orally administered. For nearly four decades allergist and immunologist Dr. Ming Te Lin has administered vaccines, among other things.   However, his sometimes unorthodox approach to treating young patients is coming into question. He openly admits he added cat saliva or vodka to orally administered vaccines. The […]

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    Chicago police investigate latest smash and grab burglary at AT&T store

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for the burglars who smashed their way into a downtown business. It’s at least the sixth smash and grab incident in the past two days. A front glass door of the AT&T store at 168 North State Street was smashed in just after 5 a.m. Wednesday. A witness reportedly saw at least one man running from the scene soon after with a backpack filled with merchandise. This morning all iPads and high end phones […]