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    East Coast weather forces flight cancellations at O’Hare, Midway

    CHICAGO — More than 280 flight are canceled so far today at O’Hare Airport and 55 are canceled at Midway because of East Coast weather conditions. There were cancellations to every major destination in the Northeast U.S., including Philadelphia, Boston and New York. Quite a few standed travelers spent a restless night on airport benches and floors. Because the blizzard was not as bad as expected, many stranded passengers are hoping to make it out tonight or tomorrow.  But the […]

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    Uber unveils new safety initiatives following sexual assaults

    CHICAGO — The Uber ride sharing service is launching new safety initiatives in the Chicago area in the wake of two drivers being charged with sexual assault. The Uber Chicago team says it is committed to developing new technology tools and processes to improve safety for riders. The newest program will deploy security specialists from third party firms, including off-duty Chicago police officers, to conduct monthly, real-time audits of Uber rides.  They will monitor, track and report any quality or […]

  • Chicago police investigate hidden camera in North Side apartment

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are investigating the discovery of a hidden recording device in a Wrigleyville apartment. A large contingent of Chicago police descended on a 3-story building in the 1100 block of West Eddy.  Patrol officers and investigators looked at wiring on the side of the building. They obtained a search warrant to carefully inspect the condo building after a woman told investigators that she found a tiny hidden camera in a ceiling vent in her bedroom. Area North […]

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    Cab union calls for more Uber screening

    CHICAGO — The Chicago United Taxi Drivers Community Council – or UTCC – is calling on the city to better regulate the so-called ride share industry after two Uber drivers have been recently charged with sexually assaulting customers. Uber driver Adnan Nafasat is accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old male customer in July in Boystown. Nafasat was charged Friday.  Driver Maxime Fohounhedo’s case involves a 22-year-old female customer picked up in River North in November. Prosecutors charged him in late […]

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    U.S. flu epidemic expanding

    The flu epidemic across the United States is growing.  Six more children have died from influenza this week alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the flu is now widespread in 43 states, up from 36 states just last week. A total of 21 children have died so far this flu season. Experts are still recommending that most people get a flu shot to reduce their risk, even though one of this year’s flu viruses has mutated […]

  • Cupich attends Catholic Charities New Year’s Day celebration

    Archbishop Blase Cupich visited with families, veterans and senior citizens today at Catholic Charities New Year’s Day celebration meal. It was held at the Montgomery Club, 500 West Superior Street in Chicago. For nearly 100 years Catholic Charities has been an indispensable part of Chicago’s social safety net.  The organization provides shelters for the homeless, food assistance for struggling families and seniors, job training and more — regardless of religion, race or creed. “Trying to take care of over a […]

  • Remembering the murdered: New Year’s Eve march

    Members of St. Sabina Church, Purpose Over Pain, The Brave Youth and Chicago’s Citizens for Change gathered today on North Michigan Avenue to remember those who died by gun violence in 2014. “Those are people’s sons, people’s daughters, people’s mothers, people’s fathers, cousins, these are our brothers and sisters in the city of Chicago,” Father Michael Pfleger told the crowd.  “We all lost 387 people last year.” Father Pleger gathered his parishioners for a march down Michigan Avenue.  The crowd […]

  • Police search for killers of man shot while rehabbing house

    Chicago police are looking for the gunmen who shot and killed a man as he was rehabbing a South Side building. Miguel Haro, 44, of Cicero, was shot Sunday, in the 7200 block of South Hermitage Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood. Haro and a friend were rehabbing a house at the Hermitage location when two men approached and announced a robbery. One of the robbers shot Haro in the head.  He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, where he […]

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    Gas infrastructure repairs continue in Morgan Park

    People’s Gas crews are in the Morgan Park neighborhood today, turning off gas service to 52 homes in the area so they can safely repair a gas line that was damaged Tuesday when a house exploded. That explosion demolished a home in the 2100 block of West 107th Place.  People’s Gas says it was caused by a third party crew working nearby and damaging a service gas line that ignited.  No one was hurt in the explosion. People’s Gas says […]

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    Case continued for key player in Chicago terror plot

    Yet another delay today in the case of Emad Karakrah, as Cook County prosecutors once again asked for a continuance to allow time for discovery. Precisely what prosecutors are waiting for is not yet clear. Karakrah did not say a word in today’s very brief appearance in Cook County Criminal Court.  The judge granted a continuance until January 7. Karakrah is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase last August in a bizarre incident where he is said to […]

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