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  • Mel Reynolds pleads not guilty to tax evasion

    CHICAGO — Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds pleaded not guilty today to tax evasion charges. Reynolds pled not guilty to four federal counts.  He is accused of  failing to file his federal taxes for four years, between 2009 to 2012. Reynolds says South Side real estate developer Elzie Higginbotham wrote him checks and paid for his travel to Africa to establish business opportunities there. Reynolds say Higginbotham also gave him money to pay for his kids’ education, but calls the […]

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    Texas D.A. wants more testing on body of Sandra Bland

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas — The attorney representing Sandra Bland’s family says the Texas District Attorney on the case wants a second autopsy. But a representative of that office tells WGN it is not requesting a second autopsy, but rather additional testing to confirm whether Sandra Bland may have swallowed large amounts of marijuana before her death. “We don’t know what we can have faith in,” said attorney Cannon Lambert, expressing concern now that he says he has been put on legal […]

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    School Board votes to borrow more money; CTU protests outside

    CHICAGO — The Chicago School Board voted unanimously today to borrow more money through the issuance of bonds to keep system afloat. The Chicago Teachers Union picketed outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters before today’s board meeting. CPS is struggling to make pension payments, while being saddled with billions of dollars in debt. CPS announced a thousand layoffs and $200 million in cuts earlier this month. Interim CEO Jesse Ruiz says CPS simply has no choice but to get more money through […]

  • Hundreds of CPS schools to get less money in coming school year

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public School principals are finding out today how much money they will have to run their schools over the coming year.  And in a conference call with reporters, CPS officials predicted even more cuts to come for the school district. More than 400 schools will be receiving less funding in the fiscal year that began on July 1. Charter and contract schools will receive an increase in funding, while district schools will receive fewer dollars than they […]

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    No shootings in Englewood over Fourth of July weekend

    CHICAGO — Over a violent Fourth of July weekend in Chicago one South Side neighborhood stood apart. Not a single person was shot over the long holiday weekend in Englewood. No one can say for sure how or why Englewood, a community that is synonymous with gun violence, was able to accomplish such an amazing feat.  But credit has to be given to community organizations who stepped up and decided to be proactive. Autry Phillips, Executive Director of the Target […]

  • Grayslake police seek missing sex offender

    GRAYSLAKE, Ill. — The Lake County Undersheriff confirms that local police are looking for a convicted sex offender who appears to have cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet on June 30. Howard Sebring, 57, is 6 feet tall and weighs about 150 pounds.  Most recently he is believed to have been living at 394 West Main Street in Hainesville. He is on parole and was wearing an Illinois Department of Corrections electronic monitoring bracelet, limiting his movements. He is barred […]

  • Chicago stores ready with Stanley Cup gear

    CHICAGO — If the Blackhawks bring another Stanley Cup title to Chicago, championship merchandise will be ready for fans immediately following the win. That includes official locker room gear. The store manager at the Sports Authority store at 620 North LaSalle Street admits it has been tough keeping Blackhawks gear on the shelves. Right now they are out of jerseys except for a couple of specialty ones. Othwewise it’s T-shirts and a few hats, along with novelty items like a […]

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    Girl sexually assaulted in South Side high-rise

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are asking for help from the public to find the man who sexually assaulted a girl in a South Side high-rise. Police have not released any information about the victim — whether she is hospitalized or whether she is at home. All we know about her is that she is a juvenile. The attack happened Sunday around 4:30 p.m. in a housing complex in the 6300 block of South Calumet Avenue. Police say a man followed […]

  • Three meetings to be held on O’Hare noise concerns

    CHICAGO — Residents of Chicago’s Northwest Side and suburban communities around O’Hare Airport will soon have an opportunity to sound off about airport noise. All involved in getting to this point are calling it a huge victory for the thousands of people who have had their lives and the peace and quiet of their homes interrupted by jet noise coming from O’Hare. Today state, federal and local leaders — along with the community organization FAiR (Fair Allocation in Runways) which […]

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    Sheriff’s SWAP program helps clean up North Side cemetery

    CHICAGO — An historic Chicago cemetery has fallen into disrepair, and a program run by the Cook County Sheriff’s office is stepping in to help out. Jewish Graceland Cemetery is located on Clark Street, just south of Irving Park Road. It is actually four different parcels. The two middle parcels are well kept, being taken care of by the Hebrew Benevolent Society. It is the two outer parcels, owned by Doris Weiss-Evon, that have fallen into disrepair. Cook County Sheriff […]

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