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    New law requires Illinois colleges and universities to take action against campus sex assaults

    CHICAGO — Attorney General Lisa Madigan held a press conference today on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus, focusing on a new state law requiring institutions of higher education to take action to prevent and respond to sexual violence complaints. The new law, which took effect August 1, aims to ensure that Illinois colleges and universities have a uniform and thorough response plan when it comes to complaints of sexual violence. “We also must understand that our first response […]

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    Funerals held for murdered Sycamore mother, son; $11K reward offered in case

    SYCAMORE, Ill. — Funeral services were held today in Sycamore for a murdered mother and son, as DeKalb County police continue to look for leads in the double homicide that has shaken the small tight-knit community. Hundreds have come to Saint John’s Lutheran Church to mourn Patricia Wilson, 85, and her son, Robert Wilson, 64. Patricia Wilson was very active at the church. Last week the mother and son were found murdered in Patricia wilson’s home on Old State Road, east […]

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    Boy, 10, critically injured in West Side shooting

    CHICAGO — A 10-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was shot Monday night outside his family’s home in the Lawndale neighborhood. Tavon Tanner was shot in the lower back. He underwent four hours of surgery overnight at Mount Sinai Hospital and is recovering in intensive care. His family is hoping for the best — especially his twin, 10-year-old Taniyah Tanner. She is desperately missing her twin brother. Tavon remains hospitalized after his twin did her best to prevent […]

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    Active search for suspect after woman shot in Country Club Hills

    COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. — Police throughout the area are on the lookout for a man from Matteson after an apparent domestic incident turned violent at around 4 a.m. in Country Club Hills. According to a source, a woman was arguing loudly with a man outside her home along the 1100 block of Williamburg Road. She was heard repeatedly trying to get him to leave. The argument lasted just a few minutes when a witness saw the man pull out […]

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    Frightening video captures home intruder watching over sleeping couple in Bucktown

    CHICAGO — Chicago resident’s in the Bucktown neighborhood are on the alert about a man who’s broken into homes in the area, virtually undetected, even while the owners are at home. One couple captured an image of the burglar paying an unwelcome visit.  Police tell the couple they’ve never seen anything like this before. The surveillance video was captured in the wee hours of Monday morning in a Bucktown three-flat owned by Jack Mackercher. Mackercher and his girlfriend fell asleep on the couch, […]

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    Thieves target cooking oil grease from Chicago restaurants

    CHICAGO — It’s a crime you may not think about, but it’s one of the top ways thieves are making money these days. DNAInfo reports thieves are targeting used cooking oil from restaurants — often vacuuming the grease out of containers with garden hoses that leave behind a big mess in alleys all across Chicago. The restaurants essentially give away their used cooking oil to contracted vendors who sell it as part of a $2 billion a year industry. The vendors say […]

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    TSA workers rally for increased staffing

    CHICAGO — Security lines at O’Hare and Midway Airports are back in the spotlight as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers rally today. They’re demanding that more staff be hired to help reduce wait times. The rally at O’Hare is one of many that will be held today at various airports. The TSA workers, backed by their union, the American Federation of Government Employees, demonstrated curbside between O’Hare’s Terminals One and Two. They’re demanding that 6,000 more workers be hired to […]

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    Outdoor climbing wall coming to Chicago’s Navy Pier

    CHICAGO — Navy Pier is rebuilding its attractions. The next one visitors will see is an outdoor climbing wall. The wall that was part of the indoor “Winter WonderFest” will be moved outside, near the new Ferris wheel. It’s part of Navy Pier’s 100th anniversary renovations. The wall will be 24-feet high and will accommodate no more than three climbers at a time. It should be open by the end of the month. The wall will be in addition to Navy […]

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    Alderman proposes private security patrols in Wicker Park, Bucktown

    CHICAGO — Alderman Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) wants to hire private security guards to help police patrol the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods. But the idea has been tabled for now. Hopkins met with a group of Wicker Park and Bucktown business leaders today to discuss the idea and explain how it would be paid for. The Wicker Park and Bucktown Special Service Area (SSA) operates like a business district in which businesses pay a special tax for services like […]

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    Air travelers cash in airline miles for shorter waiting lines

    Some frequent fliers can now use their airline miles to cut wait times at TSA security lines. Airlines like Southwest and JetBlue are partnering with the TSA and offering, for a limited time, incentives for their most frequent fliers to sign up for the TSA PreCheck program. A Southwest Airlines spokesperson says fliers can cash in Rapids Rewards points toward a voucher for TSA PreCheck. JetBlue will pay to register its TrueBlue Mosaic members. Travelers who register for TSA PreCheck do not […]