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    City fast-tracks demolition of abandoned buildings to make communities safer

    CHICAGO —  The city of Chicago is fast-tracking the demolition of vacant building in high crime areas. Three buildings in the 200 block of West 113th Street in Roseland are being torn down today. Neighbors say these three buildings have been a magnet for crime and violence. The goal of fast-tracking the destruction of the abandoned buildings is to bring about a dramatic reduction in criminal activity. “These locations over here, these vacant buildings — we know that they are […]

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    North Dakota overdoses linked to Chicago heroin ring

    WILLISTON, N.D. — Investigators say a Chicago-based heroin ring is linked to a string of overdoses in a North Dakota oil town. Three men are facing felony drug conspiracy charges that carry a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.  At least two of the suspects are from Chicago. The victims include one man who died and nine people who ended up in the hospital. They were found in homes, motels and cars across the oil patch hub of […]

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    FBI investigates North Side bank robbery

    CHICAGO — The FBI is looking for the man who robbed the Byline Bank in the 700 block of Diversey Parkway. Surveillance cameras captured images of the robber. He is described as between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a slender to medium build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a White Sox cap. If you have any information, you are asked to call the Chicago FBI office at (312) 421-6700.

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    Most Detroit schools closed by ‘sick-outs’

    DETROIT — Most Detroit public schools are closed today because of teacher “sick-outs”.  The protest is timed to coincide with President Obama’s visit to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Detroit Public Schools announced on its website this morning that 88 of the district’s approximately 100 schools have been forced to close today because of teacher absences. It means most of the district’s 46,000 students have to stay home. Teachers have been holding a series of “sick-outs” […]

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    Hot Doug’s is back! For one day only

    CHICAGO — Doug Sohn closed his celebrated Northwest side hot dog restaurant in October of 2014, and says he doesn’t miss it. “The actual running of a restaurant, I don’t miss it in the slightest, from the moment I shut the door, I was like, that was awesome, to me the whole run was just perfect and i’m happy to be done,” said Sohn. But every once in a while he’s coaxed out of retirement for a special event. On […]

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    Mother accused of hiding newborn in plastic bag wants baby back

    CHICAGO — A woman accused of hiding her newborn baby son in a plastic bag under a pile of towels now wants her baby back. Xin Zeng, 21, a Loyola University student from China, is charged with attempted murder. Police say she would not tell them where the baby was when they were called to her home in Morton Grove last month. A Fire Department lieutenant searched the house, found the infant in a plastic bag in the bathroom, and […]

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    Man shot to death near CTA train stop along Safe Passage route

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for the person who shot and killed a man today near a CTA train stop at Lake Street and Central Avenue in the Austin neighborhood. The victim, a 21-year-old man, was shot in the chest.  He was taken in critical condition to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police describe the victim as a “documented gang member.” So far police have no suspects.  They are continuing to look […]

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    Emanuel speaks out about city attorney who quit after judge’s rebuke

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there is zero tolerance for any individual not upholding professional standards, especially when that individual represents the city of Chicago in the courtroom. Emanuel made the remarks at a West Side press conference called to talk about the CTA’s expansion of it’s “Second Chance” program — a program that gives non-violent offenders jobs working with the CTA. The questioning quickly turned to other hot button issues affecting the city right now, including yesterday’s abrupt […]

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    Swastikas spray painted on Riverside home

    RIVERSIDE, Ill. — Police in west suburban Riverside are asking for help from the public as they try to find whoever spray painted Nazi symbols on a home. Police were called out on Christmas morning to a house under construction in the 300 block of Lionel Road. They found swastikas spray painted on all 25 windows of the home. The vandals used purple spray paint. The contractor called out a crew to remove the symbols after police photographed them as […]

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    Archbishop Cupich visits families at Lurie Children’s Hospital

    CHICAGO —  Archbishop Blase Cupich took some time out this Christmas Eve to spend time with families that can’t be home for Christmas. The Archbishop visited young patients and their parents at Lurie Children’s Hospital. As he arrived at the hospital this morning, the Archbishop spoke briefly with reporters. He said it was a day both to bring hope and experience hope. The Archbishop said he is encouraged by the many good things he sees at the hospital, including the […]


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