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    Man charged in hammer attack near Navy Pier

    A Chicago man accused of hitting two women with a hammer will appear in Cook County Criminal Court Thursday for a bond hearing. Jawaun Westbrook, 28, is charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery and use of a deadly weapon. He’s accused of hitting two 55-year-old women in the face with a hammer as they were walking on a bike path near Navy Pier Tuesday night. Both victims were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in fair condition.

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    Lawsuit accuses United Airlines of improperly bumping baggage

    A Chicago woman is suing United Airlines, accusing the airline of improperly leaving baggage off flights in favor of cargo. Plaintiff Gina Spadoni says she paid $25 to check a bag on a United flight from Chicago to Los Angeles.  But when she arrived, her baggage was still in Chicago, waiting to be put on another plane.   Crain’s Chicago Business reports Spadoni’s lawsuit claims United chose to leave her luggage off the flight because of weight regulations and prioritized […]

  • Bike lanes debated at community meeting

    Residents on Chicago’s Northwest side met with community leaders tonight to discuss the plan to create bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue – which is hitting some speed bumps. A plan calls for car traffic to go down to one lane in each direction on Milwaukee from Lawrence to Elston. Some motorists who use Milwaukee Ave are fighting to keep their lanes open to traffic. Both sides agree changes to the stretch of road are necessary but how far to go […]

  • Obama lays wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

    President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery this Memorial Day. He was joined at the ceremony by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. In his remarks the President paid tribute to the fallen.  And he pledged that the nation will care for its military veterans. “As we have been reminded in recent days we must do more to keep faith with our veterans and their families […]

  • Rauner answers questions at town hall meeting in Northbrook

    Republican candidate for Governor Bruce Rauner held a town hall event today at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel in Northbrook. Rauner has been running a very organized and highly structured campaign. His message is tightly controlled and well thought out, not allowing for glaring mistakes that can derail a candidate. Speaking before a North Shore audience of around 200 women, Rauner called for a shakeup in Springfield. Rauner was joined by his wife, Diana, and his running mate, Evelyn […]

  • Mother of victim in reopened murder case speaks out

    Last week Dixmoor police and the Cook County Sheriff’s office announced they are reopening a 1991 murder case in which five teens were wrongly convicted and served prison time. For the victim’s mother,  reopening this case puts her back on an emotional roller coaster 23 years after her daughter was raped and murdered. Cateresa Matthews was 14 years old when she left her grandmother’s Dixmoor home and never got to her own home. Five teens were arrested after a botched […]

  • Actor Gary Sinise helps at kick off event for Rockin For The Troops

    Tickets went on sale Thursday for the annual Rockin For The Troops summer concert in Wheaton July 19th. Academy Award nominated actor Gary Sinise was in Westmont today to help publicize the event. Sinise said spoke about the estimated 1,000,000 American servicemen and women transitioning back to civilian life over the next five years. “The war’s winding down in Afghanistan, but we’re going to have residual effects from these wars for many years to come,” Sinise said. Sinise and his […]

  • Council committee to discuss plastic bag ban proposal

    A City Council committee meets this afternoon to discuss a proposal to ban plastic bags in Chicago. Under the proposal the ban would go into effect in August of 2015 for chain stores or franchise stores of more than 10,000 square feet. Smaller chain stores and franchises would have to comply in 2016.  Independent stores and restaurants would be exempted. The aim of the proposed ban is to dramatically lower the number of bags found on streets and in trees, […]

  • Gacy investigation helps sheriff’s office solve 35-year-old cold case

    Cook County Sheriff’s investigators have identified the body of a 1978 murder victim. The cold case was solved as part of the ongoing search for victims of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The 1978 victim is Edward Beaudion, 22. His sister, Ruth Rodriguez, tells WGN she never really believed Gacy killed her brother. But when Sheriff Tom Dart put out a call for families of missing people to come forward and submit their DNA to a database, she thought […]

  • Spring brings Chicago another taste of winter

    Just a couple of days ago we were enjoying balmy weather — and maybe, looking ahead to summer. Today is a different story, though, with cold and even a little snow back in the forecast.  WGN’s Robert Jordan was out today on Michigan Avenue taking a look at our roller-coaster spring weather.

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