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  • Deported Chicago Palestinian activist arrives in Jordan

    AMMAN, Jordan — A Chicago Palestinian activist who was deported from the U-S for concealing a bombing conviction is now in Jordan. Rasmea Odeh, 70, was convicted back in 1970 of two Jerusalem bombings, including one that killed two people. She says she confessed under torture. She was released in 1979 in a prisoner swap, and did not disclose her criminal record when applying for a U.S. visa and later for U.S. citizenship. As part of a deal with the […]

  • Chicago mobilizes for Puerto Rican hurricane relief effort

    CHICAGO — Puerto Rico is already reeling from previous hurricanes and a crippling economic crisis. Now it faces a major challenge in the form of Hurricane Maria, which could deliver a direct hit to the island. Chicago’s Puerto Rican community is gearing up for what could be a massive humanitarian effort. More than 4 million Puerto Ricans are bracing for Maria, which has already devastated the island of Dominica. Chicago’s sizable Puerto Rican community is deeply concerned that Hurricane Maria […]

  • Chicago launches program to rehab vacant homes and create youth job and training opportunities

    CHICAGO — The city of Chicago is launching a pilot program to acquire and rehabilitate 50 vacant homes in the Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Englewood neighborhoods. The Chicago Neighborhood Rebuild Training program is expected to generate transitional jobs and training opportunities for at risk young people and ex-offenders. The rehabbed homes will be marketed and sold at affordable prices. In addition to $2 million in city funding, $4 million in private capital will by provided by MB Financial, Rush […]

  • Judge to decide if ex-priest who molested boys can be committed indefinitely

    CHICAGO — A hearing begins Wednesday to decide if a disgraced ex-priest should remain locked up with other sex offenders. Daniel McCormack, who was formerly a priest at St. Agatha Parish, pleaded guilty in 2007 to sexually abusing five boys. He was sentenced to five years in prison and removed from the priesthood. The Chicago Tribune reports that the allegations against McCormack ranged from inappropriate kissing and touching to sexual assault. They dated as far back as the early 1990s. […]

  • Students invited to back to school celebration at DuPage Airport

    WEST CHICAGO, Ill. — The DuPage Airport Authority and the city of West Chicago hosted a back to school celebration today at the DuPage Airport. Students had a chance to sit inside an airline cockpit and learn about plane instruments, take a tour of the FAA control tower, experience Civil Air Patrol flight simulators, and climb onto airport fire rescue trucks. WGN’s Skycam 9 helicopter was also on hand for the celebration. Students asked questions of the Skycam 9 pilot […]

  • Governor’s Day, school funding at center stage in Springfield

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — There is a lot of action in Springfield today; at the Capitol, more bickering about school funding while across town at the state fair, Republicans threw a party. It’s Governor Day at the Illinois State Fair and Governor Bruce Rauner is rallying the troops ahead of next year’s election. “This is an exciting election. We’re going to win on to victory in 2018. Let’s restore Democracy in the State of Illinois,” said Rauner. The party faithful are […]

  • Longtime West Town resident shot, killed during possible armed robbery

    CHICAGO — Friends and loved ones are grieving the loss a kindhearted family man who worked at a bakery in the West Town community. “I heard the doorbell ringing a lot of times. I told my mom, ‘I’m so scared,” said Magaly Soriano, the victim’s daughter. Magaly knew it wasn’t good. Neighbors were pounding on her apartment door early Wednesday morning to tell the family that Aristeo “Pascuale” Soriano, 49, had been critically shot. Soriano, may have been the victim of an […]

  • Person of interest in custody after tainted heroin sends 8 to hospital

    CHICAGO — Chicago police have made an arrest in a case involving tainted heroin that sent eight people to the hospital over the weekend. Police are calling the woman in custody a “person of interest.” She is believed to be somehow involved in distributing that heroin throughout the South Side of Chicago over the weekend. No official charges have been filed yet and police are still searching for more suspects. Police say as many as eight people overdosed on what […]

  • Evanston’s 95th annual 4th of July parade celebrates first responders

    EVANSTON, Ill. — Neighbors claimed their spots, putting their chairs out early this morning for a front row view of Evanston’s 4th of July parade that starts at 2:00 this afternoon. 140 entrants will make their way from Central Park Avenue, east on Central Street to Ashland. Organizers are blocking roads to clear the path for the 4th of July celebration. It’s a tradition that began in 1922, started by the North End Mothers Club, and continues today through the […]

  • Ohio Street underpass to be locked overnight

    CHICAGO — The Ohio Street pedestrian underpass to the lakefront will be closed nightly from midnight to 5 a.m. starting tonight. A 25-year-old woman was recently shot near the underpass. The City Council Finance Committee was set to take a vote today on 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s proposal to close the underpass overnight. But Reilly deferred the proposal and said the Emanuel administration told him it will have a city worker lock the gate at the underpass each night.