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    Chicago Safe Passage program expanding

    Dozens more Chicago public schools will be part of the Safe Passage program this year with a new $10 million investment from the state of Illinois. The money will be used to hire 600 new Safe Passage workers. 27 schools are being added to the program, bringing the number to 120 elementary and high schools in the city’s South and West side neighborhoods. The Safe Passage program was started in 2009 to address concerns about student safety while traveling to […]

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    Two airline passengers grounded after fight over reclining seats

    A United Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Chicago after two passengers got into a fight over reclining seats. It happened Sunday on a flight from Newark to Denver. Witnesses say one passenger put a device called a Knee Defender on his tray table to prevent the person in front of him from reclining. This inexpensive device made headlines earlier this summer but was quickly banned by all major U.S. airlines. The man said he was trying to work […]

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    Pat Quinn vetoes statewide ridesharing regulations

    A victory for supporters of ridesharing services as Governor Pat Quinn vetoes a bill they say protects the taxi industry. UBER, Lyft and Sidecar are three ridesharing services here in Chicago, where people use their personal vehicles for hire, much like taxis. Governor Quinn said the bill would have prevented local governments from adopting rules which fit their communities while imposing statewide regulations on commercial ridesharing. Chicago’s new ridesharing ordinance goes into effect on Tuesday. It establishes new regulations to […]

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    College student charged with sexual assault

    A student at Aurora University is charged with sexually abusing another student. 22-year-old Kelly Moore of Chicago appeared in bond court in Kane County on Sunday and was ordered held on $40,000 bail. A 19-year old woman says Moore invited himself into her dorm room at Centennial Hall early Saturday morning. She says he sexually abused her despite her telling him to stop and trying to get away. Moore’s aunt, Cassandra Moore, tells the Chicago Tribune her nephew has strong […]

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    Family sues nanny service in connection with child’s death

    The parents of a 3-month-old baby girl who died have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company that helped them find the babysitter charged in the child’s murder. Nathan and Reggan Koopmeiners of Kenosha are suing the sitter, Sarah Gumm and Care.com, a nanny screening service. They say Care.com failed to perform an adequate background check. The Koopmeiners claim it would have revealed Gumm had a prior criminal record. Gumm was charged with first-degree murder in the 2012 death […]

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    Police investigate robbery at Hancock Center

    Thieves smashed the front window at a Best Buy store in the John Hancock Center early Thursday morning. Police were called after the store’s alarm went off about 4:30 a.m. They searched the store but no one was inside. An undetermined number of phones were stolen. No arrests have been made.

  • Fans go wild for Jackie Robinson West as team advances in LLWS

    Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West lives to see another game at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They were in a back and forth game with the team from Rhode Island Monday night. But it was the kids from the South Side who hung on to the lead, for the 8-7 victory. That had fans on their feet back home at a viewing party at Jackie Robinson Park. Jackie Robinson West plays again tonight, against Texas. Another viewing party […]

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    Palos Park police ask homeowners to help solve burglaries

    Palos Park police are asking for the public’s help to solve a recent string of car burglaries. Investigators are asking property owners to review their private exterior security cameras for any suspicious activity on Shadow Ridge or Fox Lane, between 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Police say several car burglaries were reported during that time period. Anyone with information can call the Palos Park police.

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    Girl attacked by otter

    A girl survived being attacked by an otter and has a pretty good sense of humor about it. 12-year old Rory Kliewer lives in Minneapolis but went swimming last weekend with friends in a lake in Wisconsin. She was climbing onto a dock when something started biting her. Rory said the otter was hissing, while biting and clawing her from head to toe.  “I was kind of amazed that in less than a minute it could do all of this, […]

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    Police, FBI searching for gunman who shot teller in bank robbery

    The First Midwest Bank branch in Bolingbrook remains closed Tuesday as police and the FBI continue to search for the gunman who robbed it Monday. The case highlights new statistics revealing a sharp spike in bank robberies in northern Illinois. According to the FBI the robbery in Bolingbrook pushed the number of regional bank robberies to more than 100 so far this year. The suspect in this case is described as six feet tall and just under 200 pounds.  He […]

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