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    Protesters want TIF money used for Chicago schools

    CHICAGO — Parents, teachers and activists are calling on the Chicago City Council to use surplus TIF money to fund schools and avoid a state takeover. Protesters rallied during at budget committee hearing today. They say $1.8 billion in TIF funds should be shifted to Chicago Public Schools. Committee members later voted to push the proposal to the finance committee. Mayor Emanuel’s budget director recently asked aldermen to shift Tax Increment Financing money away from projects in their wards to […]

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    Protesters say budget impasse could force Chicago State University to close

    CHICAGO — Protesters from Chicago State University rallied today outside the Thompson Center over the state budget impasse. School officials have said CSU will run out of money in March. Trustees have declared a financial emergency which means layoffs could come in the near future. Protesters are demanding Governor Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly pass a state budget to keep the school open.

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    Mom charged with DUI after daughter calls 911 from inside the car

    ROSWELL, Ga. — Police received a tip about a possible drunk driver from inside the suspect’s car. The woman’s 16-year-old daughter called police last weekend after becoming concerned about her mother’s driving. “She noticed her mom was weaving all over the road. She asked her mom several times to pull over. Her friends were in the car,” said Officer Lisa Holland. Police say the teen did the right thing and no one was hurt. Deborah Miller is now charged with […]

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    Police Task Force community forum tonight

    The Police Accountability Task Force is holding a community forum today. They want to hear from residents of Chicago before making recommendations for changes within the police department. The task force wants suggestions to improve accountability, oversight and training of police officers. The recommendations will be presented to Mayor Emanuel and the City Council by the end of March. The forum will be held this evening: 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. JLM Life Center 2622 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

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    Cook County Jail inmates accused of harassing female guards, attorneys

    CHICAGO — A group of inmates at the Cook County Jail is being accused of violating public indecency laws by targeting female guards and attorneys. The group calls itself Savage Life according to the Sun-Times. They throw feces and urine. They also expose themselves in front of female guards and defense attorneys. The sheriff can cancel up to 60 days of a prisoner’s “good time” for such offenses. Inmates accumulate one day of good time for each day behind bars, […]

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    New Barbie is now curvy, tall and petite

    Barbie is on the new cover of Time magazine debuting a new look. Mattel Inc., the maker of the famous plastic doll, says it will start selling Barbie’s in three new body types — tall, curvy and petite. She’ll also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. Barbie just got 3 new bodies: tall, petite and curvy — (@TIME) January 28, 2016 Critics have long said that Barbie’s proportions create unrealistic expectations for women. […]

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    Officer survives being hit by semi truck, dash cam video shows terrifying moments

    EATON, OHIO — New dash cam video of a police officer being hit by a semi truck was released and the officer is speaking out about those terrifying moments. Captain Brad Moore is seen in the video directing traffic around a minor accident earlier this month. The semi truck gets stuck between the gates of a railroad crossing. As Moore tries to direct the truck around the gates a train hits the truck sending it into the officer. Moore was […]

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    Adams Street Bridge will be closed to traffic for 13 months

    CHICAGO — A major reconstruction project downtown means the Adams Street Bridge will be closing for more than a year. Starting tonight the bridge across the South Branch of the Chicago river will close to car and truck traffic. Pedestrians will still be able to use the bridge except for a couple of months later this year. Many commuters use the Adams Street Bridge to reach Union Station. The closure also will affect seven CTA bus routes downtown.

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    Accused murderer marries prosecution’s key witness

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A jailhouse wedding may silence the only witness to a triple murder. Joseph Nelson is charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend Bianca Fletcher, their one-year old son Jojo, and Fletcher’s new boyfriend Shannon Rollins. They were killed last September in Kansas City, Missouri. Prosecutors say the only witness to the crime was Nelson’s new girlfriend, Shellana Davis. The two were married in December at the detention center where Nelson remains behind bars. Missouri law gives spouses the […]

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    Wheaton show choir escapes bus fire, then wins competition

    WHEATON, Ill — A high school show choir didn’t let a bus fire stop them from getting to a competition in Wisconsin. One of two chartered buses caught fire last Friday on a deserted road. Students from Wheaton Warrenville South High School all got off the bus safely, but most of their belongings and costumes were destroyed. The girls loaded onto the remaining bus and headed to the Onalaska High School Show Choir Classic. With the help of parents and […]


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