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    Defense seeks dismissal of all charges against Melodie Gliniewicz

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — The widow of disgraced former Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniwiecz appeared in court today, as her attorneys seek to have all charges against her dropped. Melodie Gliniewicz is facing money laundering and conspiracy charges. She is set to go on trial sometime early next year. But her attorneys have filed a motion to dismiss all charges against her. She appeared today at the Lake County courthouse, surrounded by her lawyers. Melodie Gliniewicz is accused of illegally […]

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    Man charged with murder of 21-month-old girl

    CHICAGO — A man accused of killing a young child is expected to appear in court today for a bond hearing. Uriel Vega, 22, is charged with the murder of 21-month-old Raiylana Vasquez. The little girl died from blunt force trauma. Vega was arrested Tuesday in the 4700 of South Honore Street in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, after paramedics noticed signs of abuse on the child’s body. Vega lives on the same block and was in charge of […]

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    How to deal with stress during Game 7 of World Series

    MAYWOOD, Ill. — Cubs fans are experiencing a range of emotions during this World Series. A clinical psychologist offers a few tips on what to do if the stress becomes too much. Dr. Michael Hakimi of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood says the anxiety level across the Chicago area and Cubs nation is high. For most it’s fun, but for some baseball fans it can become a problem — interfering with work, relationships, and other activities of daily functioning […]

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    Chicago area early voting could set new record

    CHICAGO — With the blistering Presidential campaign still going strong, early voting turnout is also strong. Local election officials expect the final tally to exceed 2012. At early voting sites throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County, hours have been extended to 7 p.m. as of this week. Polls will even be open this weekend. Last Sunday saw the highest number of early voters ever, with 11,000 Chicago ballots cast in just a few hours. Election officials believe the Cubs were […]

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    Former CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett to be sentenced April 13

    CHICAGO — A federal judge has set April 13 as the sentencing date for former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. Byrd-Bennett pleaded guilty last October to fraud charges. She admitted steering no-bid contracts to the SUPES Academy in exchange for the promise of up to $2.3 million in kickbacks. SUPES and Synesi Associates owner Gary Solomon admitted in a plea agreement last week that he offered Byrd-Bennett bribes and kickbacks in exchange for her steering $23 million in contracts […]

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    DNA-based sketches may show what parents of ‘Baby Hope’ look like

    WHEATON, Ill. — DuPage County Sheriff’s investigators are hoping new DNA information may help locate the parents of “Baby Hope” — the still-unidentified infant whose body was found last August in a wooded area near Wheaton. With the help of advanced DNA forensic analysis the investigators have been able to come up with composite sketches that they hope will lead to a break in this puzzling case. The investigators say, based on DNA, both the mother and father of “Baby […]

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    Texting driver sentenced to 4 days in jail in fatal accident

    NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — A driver who was texting when she struck and killed a man will spend only four days in jail over a two-year span. Susan Russo, 48, was sentenced Monday for the fatal accident that happened nearly one year ago. The victim, Joe Tikalsky, 79, of New Prague, Minnesota, was hit as he was walking to his mailbox to get the newspaper. Tikalsky’s wife says she knows Russo did not intend to kill anyone. Russo will spend […]

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    Some Chicago Cubs fans duped by fake playoff tickets

    CHICAGO — Some Cubs fans weren’t just disappointed with Sunday night’s playoff loss to the Dodgers. Many also got duped into buying fake tickets. It’s a problem that is likely to get worse as each game becomes more and more important for the Cubs. Kevin Biederwolf and his roommate got to the gate at Wrigley Field Sunday night, after spending more than they would have liked on tickets — only to find out they were fakes. Kevin found the tickets on […]

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    Reward increased to $7,500 in Chicago teen murder case

    CHICAGO — The reward offered for information leading to the arrest of the killer of a Chicago teenager is being increased. Steinmetz High School freshman Demetrius Griffin Jr., 15, was found dead in a West Side alley a few weeks ago.  His body was burned beyond recognition. The Leaders Network offered a $2,500 reward in the case. Today another $5,000 is being added to that reward. The donor is an Oak Brook businessman who chooses to remain anonymous.

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    CPS and CTU prepare for possible teacher strike Tuesday

    CHICAGO — Negotiations aimed at averting a threatened strike by Chicago Public School teachers were set to resume at noon today. But the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) says it is preparing for the worst. Teachers are picking up strike materials such as signs, flyers and banners this afternoon at CTU strike headquarters, 1642 West Van Buren Street. The CTU says it expects negotiations to go late into the evening. A group of parents and their children, out of school for […]