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  • Apollo the Dog shot dead

    Cop who fatally shot dog defends his action: I did what I needed to do

    A police officer from southwest suburban Hometown is out of a job after fatally shooting a dog. The owners of Apollo, a one-year-old German Shepard mix, say the dog got out of their house on the 8700 block of Beck Place on Friday afternoon. Police arrived at the home but by that time the dog had returned to the front yard, the owners said. Nicole Echlin, one of the dog’s owners, said she called for the dog to come inside, […]

  • Kirk speaks at rally: ‘In the Senate, we stand with Israel’

    Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) addressed a rally in the Thompson Center Plaza Monday, telling the crowd, “In the Senate, we stand with Israel.” The rally was sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. “We should not have a cease-fire until Hamas is militarily defeated by the IDF [Israel Defense Forces], our allies the Israelis,” Kirk told the group at the rally. “The only way we can bring peace to that area is to defeat those who bring terror to […]

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    CTA completes full transition to Ventra cards

    The CTA has finally completed its transition to the new Ventra card fare system. Starting Tuesday, passengers can no longer use the old magnetic-strip cards. If you do not have a Ventra card you’ll have to use cash or a “contactless” credit or debit card. Riders can transfer existing balances on their old fare cards to “Ventra” until September 1st.  


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