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    Bond set at $175K for Arlington Heights priest charged with child pornography

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — A Cook County judge set bail at $175,000 for a Catholic priest who is facing child pornography charges. Rev. Clovis Javier Vilchez-Parra, 34, appeared for a bond hearing today at the Rolling Meadows courthouse. He is charged with reproduction of child pornography and felony possession of child pornography. He is an associate pastor at the Mission San Juan Diego Catholic church in Arlington Heights. The charges were filed against Rev. Vilchez-Parra following an investigation by the […]

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    Vets offer advice to keep pets safe in cold weather

    CHICAGO — Chicago veterinarians are reminding pet owners that bitter cold temperatures can result in serious health problems for pets and even lead to death. Cats should not be outdoors at all and dogs should only be allowed out for a few minutes to complete their business, then be brought back inside. Pets can suffer from frostbite within minutes. Their tails, ears and the tips of their toes are especially susceptible. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you see any signs […]

  • Family: CPS sub sent graphic texts to student; Police investigating

    CHICAGO –Police are investigating an alleged inappropriate relationship between a substitute teacher and a Chicago Public School student. The teacher is a 28-year-old man and the 14-year-old girl was a student Robert Black Elementary School. The student’s grandfather spoke to WGN news and said he saw some of the texts. He said the exchanges were graphic and took place in early morning hours for more than two weeks. The grandfather says not only did the substitute detail explicit sexual acts […]

  • Courtroom fireworks in Burr Oak Cemetery scandal trial

    BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — There were fireworks in the courtroom and a very unusual start today to the trial of brothers Keith and Terrence Nicks.  They are accused of dismembering and moving bodies at historic Burr Oaks Cemetery in Alsip. Keith Nicks’ attorney, former Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica, drew the judge’s wrath for violating court procedure in opening statements.  The judge angrily denounced Peraica and threatened to sanction him. Peraica made the surprise announcement during opening statements that his client […]

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    East Coast weather forces flight cancellations at O’Hare, Midway

    CHICAGO — More than 280 flight are canceled so far today at O’Hare Airport and 55 are canceled at Midway because of East Coast weather conditions. There were cancellations to every major destination in the Northeast U.S., including Philadelphia, Boston and New York. Quite a few standed travelers spent a restless night on airport benches and floors. Because the blizzard was not as bad as expected, many stranded passengers are hoping to make it out tonight or tomorrow.  But the […]

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    Uber unveils new safety initiatives following sexual assaults

    CHICAGO — The Uber ride sharing service is launching new safety initiatives in the Chicago area in the wake of two drivers being charged with sexual assault. The Uber Chicago team says it is committed to developing new technology tools and processes to improve safety for riders. The newest program will deploy security specialists from third party firms, including off-duty Chicago police officers, to conduct monthly, real-time audits of Uber rides.  They will monitor, track and report any quality or […]

  • Chicago police investigate hidden camera in North Side apartment

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating the discovery of a hidden recording device in a Wrigleyville apartment. A large contingent of Chicago police descended on a 3-story building in the 1100 block of West Eddy.  Patrol officers and investigators looked at wiring on the side of the building. They obtained a search warrant to carefully inspect the condo building after a woman told investigators that she found a tiny hidden camera in a ceiling vent in her bedroom. Area North […]

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    Cab union calls for more Uber screening

    CHICAGO — The Chicago United Taxi Drivers Community Council – or UTCC – is calling on the city to better regulate the so-called ride share industry after two Uber drivers have been recently charged with sexually assaulting customers. Uber driver Adnan Nafasat is accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old male customer in July in Boystown. Nafasat was charged Friday.  Driver Maxime Fohounhedo’s case involves a 22-year-old female customer picked up in River North in November. Prosecutors charged him in late […]

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    U.S. flu epidemic expanding

    The flu epidemic across the United States is growing.  Six more children have died from influenza this week alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the flu is now widespread in 43 states, up from 36 states just last week. A total of 21 children have died so far this flu season. Experts are still recommending that most people get a flu shot to reduce their risk, even though one of this year’s flu viruses has mutated […]

  • Cupich attends Catholic Charities New Year’s Day celebration

    Archbishop Blase Cupich visited with families, veterans and senior citizens today at Catholic Charities New Year’s Day celebration meal. It was held at the Montgomery Club, 500 West Superior Street in Chicago. For nearly 100 years Catholic Charities has been an indispensable part of Chicago’s social safety net.  The organization provides shelters for the homeless, food assistance for struggling families and seniors, job training and more — regardless of religion, race or creed. “Trying to take care of over a […]

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