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  • Wheaton College remembers Rev. Billy Graham

    WHEATON, Ill. — Long before he was famous, Billy Graham went to school at Wheaton College. His local sermons quickly began to draw large crowds, as the college provided the first platform to the gifted young preacher. “One of the things that’s most remarkable about Billy Graham is, in a way, his ordinariness,” said Wheaton College President Dr. Philip Ryken. “He really was the same person in public that he always was private.” Remembering his encounter with Rev. Billy Graham, […]

  • Flooding closes south suburban roads

    SOUTH SUBURBS, Ill. — One road after the other was closed this morning in the suburbs south of Chicago due to flooding. The flooding made it difficult for residents to get around. Heavy rains overnight, melting snow, and the ground still being frozen were the perfect combination to create flooding. Tow trucks came to the rescue after cars stalled. The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways worked to open drains. In between Chicago Heights and Park Forest, Sauk Trail […]

  • U of C Medicine changes visitor policy amid flu outbreak

    CHICAGO — A big increase in severe influenza cases has prompted the University of Chicago Medicine to make temporary changes in its visitor policy. Starting Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., hospital patients will not be allowed visits from children under 12, or from anyone with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or nasal congestion. Also, patients and visitors going to the clinic with these symptoms must wear masks. University of Chicago Medicine says visitors — especially children — may […]

  • 1 teen killed, 1 injured in shooting near West Side school

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating a double shooting that killed one teenager and wounded another in the Austin neighborhood. It unfolded around 9 a.m. Monday near the YCCS-West Youth Connection Charter School. Police say an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old were shot in the 1100 block of North Lamon Avenue. One of the victims ran into the school for safety. The 18-year-old died. At this point his identity has not been released. The 17-year-old was shot in the leg and […]

  • 3 teens in custody after man robbed, assaulted on CTA Green Line

    CHICAGO — Three teenagers accused of robbing and beating a man on the CTA Green Line are in police custody.  They’re expected to appear in Juvenile Court today. The incident happened shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday at the 35th Street station, near State Street. The 19-year-old man told police he was confronted by three males, hit several times and ordered to hand over his wallet and cell phone. He says all three of his attackers wore hoodies, one wore a mask. […]

  • New automated screening lanes up and running at Midway Airport

    CHICAGO — Just in time for the big Thanksgiving holiday travel period coming up next week, new automated screening lanes are now in operation at Midway Airport. Officials with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) say about 28,000 travelers will be screened at Midway every day during the Thanksgiving travel period. The new technology will help speed up the process. There are already five automated screening lanes up and running at O’Hare International Airport, and now there are two at Midway. […]

  • Inmates get tablet access at Rockford jail

    ROCKFORD, Ill. — Inmates at the Winnebago County jail in Rockford now have access to tablets that can be used as phones and for approved classes. The inmates can use the tablets between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The tablets cannot be used to browse the Internet and they don’t have social media, video or camera capabilities. They only allow content the sheriff approves, such as anger management and parenting classes. Inmates with money in their commissary accounts can use […]

  • Gun dealer bill does not pass in Illinois House

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House called it quits until January on Wednesday and a bill regarding gun dealers did not get called. About 100 moms came to the Capitol Wednesday to push for new gun laws. They want the state to license Illinois gun dealers. But the House adjourned before calling the bill. The mom’s say they will be back. “We will be back because we know that this bill will reduce the number of guns that get on […]

  • Emanuel wants more parking tickets on weekends

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to see more parking tickets handed out in Chicago on weekends. The Mayor’s 2018 budget includes plans to pay parking enforcement workers overtime to ticket illegally parked cars on weekends — not just downtown, but in other neighborhoods as well. City Comptroller Erin Keane said the city will look to bring in a firm to provide parking enforcement workers with up-to-date “data analytics” about areas where business owners and others are complaining about cars […]

  • 4 Wheaton College football players plead not guilty in battery case

    WHEATON, Ill.  — Four of the five Wheaton College football players charged with battery against one of their teammates pleaded not guilty today. The four players appeared before DuPage County Judge Brian Telander on Monday morning. They are accused of duct-taping the teammate’s hands and feet and attempting to sodomize him with an object in March 2016. They later dumped him half-naked in an off-campus park. Each player was charged last month with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint. […]