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  • Lawyers say DNA evidence exonerates 2 men convicted of 1994 murder

    CHICAGO — Attorneys say two men serving time for a brutal 1994 murder in Englewood were wrongfully convicted. They say DNA evidence exonerates Darryl Fulton and Nevest Coleman. The men have been behind bars for more than two decades after they were convicted of the rape and murder of Antwinica Bridgeman on her 19th birthday back in April 1994. Her body wasn’t found for three weeks, and a brick had been shoved in her mouth to keep her from screaming. […]

  • Former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett sentenced to 4.5 years in prison

    CHICAGO — Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett was sentenced Friday to 4.5 years in prison on federal corruption charges. Byrd Bennett pleaded guilty two years ago to wire fraud. It was part of a plea deal reached with prosecutors. She admitted to steering more than $23 million in no-bid contracts to her former employer, Supes Academy, in exchange for kickbacks. Byrd Bennett’s attorneys had asked the judge for a 3.5-year prison sentence while prosecutors wanted her to serve 7.5 years. […]

  • Police chase leads to crash in Old Town

    A police chase in Old Town ended with a crash involving three vehicles early Sunday. Police said they tried to pull over a Lincoln Navigator going the wrong way on Hudson Avenue around 1 a.m. The driver sped up and crashed into a vehicle on North Avenue, before hitting a parked car and rolling over, according to police. The driver, a 28-year-old man, got out and ran, but police arrested him. Two people were injured in the crash. The offender […]

  • Officer injured in crash on Kennedy

    A Chicago police officer was injured in a crash on the Kennedy Expressway last night. It happened on the inbound lanes near North Avenue. A black SUV rear ended the officer’s vehicle at about 10 p.m. Saturday night. The officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

  • Fatal accident on Northwest Side

    Police are investigating a fatal accident that killed a pedestrian early this morning on the city’s Northwest Side. A man was crossing the street just before 1 a.m. when a white Nissan struck him in the 7900 block of West Belmont. The driver stopped and tried to help the man. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

  • Theo Epstein rocks out with Eddie Vedder at the Metro

    Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein strapped on a guitar last night and hit the stage with Eddie Vedder at the Metro, and it was all for a good cause. Epstein’s “Foundation To Be Named Later” focuses on education and leadership skills for urban youth. Money from last night’s event will help fund college scholarships. Other musical guests included Liz Phair, J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound, and Jimmy Chamberlin from the Smashing Pumpkins. Epstein’s foundation will host a […]

  • Man dies after falling off boat at Montrose Harbor

    A 23-year-old man is dead after he fell of a boat at Montrose Harbor. It happened at 5:30 Friday evening. Rescuers pulled the man from Lake Michigan and he was rushed to the hospital, where he died. Authorities are trying to figure out if alcohol played a role in the death.

  • Dennis Hastert to report to prison Wednesday

    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert will have to report to prison on Wednesday for a 15 month sentence. He’ll be serving time at a federal medical prison in Rochester, Minnesota, about 350 miles from Chicago. The Yorkville native is 74-years-old and in declining health. At sentencing, a judge took into consideration a blood infection that nearly killed him late last year. If he needs to, he’ll be able to take advantage of the Mayo Clinic near the prison. Hastert plead […]

  • One in custody after Wrigleyville shooting

    CHICAGO – Chicago police are still trying to piece together the events that led up to a shootout and car chase in Wrigleyville early Sunday morning.  Before it was over, several cars were damaged, one person was injured, and one person in police custody. Chicago police say more than 30 — and as many as 50 — shots were fired between a group of people walking near Racine and Patterson and another group of people in a passing car around 3 a.m. Sunday […]

  • Arrest made in California mosque fire

    COACHELLA, Calif. — Police in California have arrested a man in connection with a mosque fire that started Friday afternoon. 23-year-old Carl James Dial was booked yesterday in Riverside County Jail. He hasn’t been charged, but was arrested on suspicion of arson, felony burglary and a hate crime. Police say a few people were praying inside the mosque in Coachella, California Friday when the fire started. No one was injured, but the building has a lot of smoke damage. The […]