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    ‘Young Hearts for Life’ screens teens for hidden heart problems

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Health experts are teaming up with school officials in Park Ridge to screen high school students for possible cardiac problems. “Young Hearts for Life” is a program aimed at reducing heart-related deaths among teens and young adults. Doctors say a simple and painless procedure known as ECG, short for electrocardiogram, can detect close to 60 percent of most heart defects and other problems that can sometimes lead to sudden death. Dr. Joseph Marek of Advocate Medical […]

  • Mayor announces Burge torture reparations package

    CHICAGO — It has taken decades of litigation and heartache, but the city of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the establishment of a $5.5 million fund to offer free counseling and other benefits for torture victims. Lawyers representing torture victims say more than 110 men, all of them African American, were brutally questioned and tortured by then-Police Commander John Burge and detectives under his command from 1972 to 1991. Victims described the use of electric shock and other […]

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    Candidates hit the stump as Mayoral campaign winds down

    CHICAGO — It’s a busy campaign day for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, with Chicago’s Mayoral runoff election now just six days off. Emanuel attended the African American Women for Rahm luncheon in the South Loop at midday. Earlier today the Mayor received the endorsement of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. Polls show Emanuel’s approval among African American voters has improved as election day gets closer. He also picked up the endorsement of a state lawmaker who […]

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    CTU calls for $15 minimum wage for all CPS workers

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union, along with members of the “Fight For 15″ campaign, are calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Board of Education to institute a $15 an hour minimum wage for all Chicago Public School employees, included subcontracted workers at city schools. They gathered today across the street from CPS headquarters, 42 West Madison Street, along with union janitor workers, asking for the wage increase. The Teachers Union is also asking for $15 an hour […]

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    Heather Mack brings baby daughter to live with her in prison

    BALI, Indonesia — The Chicago teenager charged with the murder of her mother on the resort island of Bali has brought her newborn baby to live with her in prison.  Heather Mack, 19, gave birth to a baby girl last week. Mack left the hospital in a wheelchair.  She made her way past photographers and camera crews, her baby wrapped in a shawl. Mack is being held in prison while she and the baby’s father, Tommy Schaefer, 21, are on […]

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    Police issue alert after Lake View robberies

    Chicago police are alerting residents of the Lake View community about a series of armed robberies at local businesses. The first incident happened March 11 at a business in the 3700 block of North Broadway. There were two more holdups on March 20 and March 22, both in the 4100 block of North Clark Street. In each case, there were two robbers wearing face masks or scarves over their faces and at least one carried a handgun. If you have […]

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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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