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A Catholic priest from Gary says he performed a series of exorcisms on a woman who appeared to be possessed by demons.

The Indianapolis Star first reported on the case of LaToya Ammons earlier this week.

LaToyaammonsAmmons claims that she and her children were possessed by demons when they lived in a house on Carolina Street in Gary in 2011 and 2012.

The story included claims that one child was seen levitating over a bed, another walked backwards up a hospital wall, and strange, unexplained oily substances were found inside the home.

Her claims were corroborated and witnessed to varying degrees by a police captain, a hospital worker and a family services case worker.

A police officer even took this picture that appears to show a white shadowy figure in the window.

READ THE FULL STORY AT INDYSTAR.COM

As another arctic invasion grips the city, a few restaurants and bars have decided to close up for the day or evening. If you’re planning on braving the sub-zero temperatures today, don’t head to these establishments. This list will be updated as news of more closings hit the wires.

 Closed Today:

 · The Back Room

· The Bluebird (special event)

· Bull & Bear

· Club Foot

· Dimo’s Pizza (staff party)

· Estelle’s Cafe and Lounge

· Goose Island Wrigelyville

· Hideout Inn

· Lizards Liquid Lounge

· mEAT

· Nouveau Tavern (Monday and Tuesday)

· Oceanique

· The Owl

· Pl-zen

· Range

· The Slide Ride

· Telegraph

· Twisted Tapas (Monday and Tuesday)

· Webster Wine Bar

· Wiener and Still Champion

· Wow Bao (no delivery)

Illinois residents are urged to use state’s warming centers and take precautions during dangerously low temperatures.

CHICAGO – UPTOWN DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 5050 N. Broadway, 4th Floor CHICAGO 60640
CHICAGO – CALUMET PARK DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 831 WEST 119TH STREET CHICAGO 60643-5274
CHICAGO – ENGLEWOOD DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 5323 SOUTH WESTERN AVE CHICAGO 60609-5436
CHICAGO – ROSELAND DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 11203 S. ELLIS AVE CHICAGO 60628-4696
CHICAGO – LOWER NORTH DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 2650 WEST FULTON STREET CHICAGO 60612-2154
CHICAGO – MID SOUTH DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1642 W. 59TH ST CHICAGO 60636-1735
CHICAGO – NORTHWEST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 4105 WEST CHICAGO AVE CHICAGO 60651-3698
CHICAGO – WESTERN DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 3910 WEST OGDEN CHICAGO 60623 2495
CHICAGO – WOODLAWN DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 915 EAST 63RD STREET CHICAGO 60637-3609
CHICAGO – NORTH PULASKI DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES (DRS) 743 N. PULASKI ROAD CHICAGO 60624
SOUTH SUBURBAN – BLUE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 3301 WIRETON RD BLUE ISLAND 60406
CHICAGO HEIGHTS – DRS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1010 DIXIE HIGHWAY, 4th FLOOR CHICAGO HEIGHTS 60411
MELROSE PARK – WEST SUBURBAN DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 2701 WEST LAKE STREET MELROSE PARK 60160-3800
SKOKIE – NORTHERN DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 8020 ST. LOUIS AVE SKOKIE 60076-2923
HINSDALE OASIS TOLLWAY NORTH OF I-55 HINSDALE 60521
CHICAGO SOUTHLAND LINCOLN OASIS TOLLWAY WEST OF ILLINOIS ROUTE 394 SOUTH HOLLAND 60473
O’HARE OASIS TOLLWAY SOUTH OF IRVING PARK ROAD SCHILLER PARK 60176
LAKE FOREST OASIS TOLLWAY BETWEEN ILLINOIS ROUTES 60 AND 176 LAKE FOREST 60045
DES PLAINES OASIS TOLLWAY NORTH OF O’HARE AIRPORT DES PLAINES 60018
Chicago Humboldt Park DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1 ILLINOIS BLVD CHICAGO 60647
CHICAGO SOUTHEAST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 8001 S. Cottage Grove CHICAGO 60619

 

TO FIND A WARMING CENTER NEAR YOU CALL (800) 843-6154 OR VISIT: www.keepwarm.illinois.gov

Victim of priest’s sexual abuse gets $2.3M settlementThousands of documents were finally released to the public Tuesday detailing how Chicago Catholic priests took advantage of children who trusted them, and how higher-ups failed to fix the problem.

The Archdiocese of Chicago released a statement Tuesday morning that reads, in part: “The Archdiocese acknowledges that its leaders made some decisions decades ago that are now difficult to justify. They made those decisions in accordance with the prevailing knowledge at the time.”

It goes on to say: “We realize the information included in these documents is upsetting. It is painful to read. It is not the Church we know or the Church we want to be. The Archdiocese sincerely apologizes for the hurt and suffering of the victims and their families as a result of this abuse.”

WGN’s Mark Suppelsa talked to Jan Slattery with the archdiocese’s Office for the Protection of Children and Youth on the WGN News at Five. Watch the compelling interview in the above video player.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CHICAGO ARCHDIOCESE DOCUMENTS

01/03/14

Apps for a fiscally-responsible 2014

MoneyIf your New Year’s resolution is to be more fiscally responsible in 2014, there are plenty of apps out there that can help.

CNN Money did an excellent round-up of the best 15 financial websites and apps, and here are some of my favorite from their list.

Level

Free for iOs

Level reminds me of the grandfather of all financial apps, Mint, but it’s a heck of a lot simpler. After putting in your banking and credit card info, the app analyzes and creates three simple budgets for the current day, week and month.

You can edit whatever budgets Level provides, and even create plans to save money.

SavedPlus

Free for iOs and Android

Save a little bit of money every time you make a purchase with SavedPlus. Put your banking account information into the app and decide how much you want to “save” with every purchase. So, for example, if you spend $100 at a restaurant, another $10 from your checking account will be put in your retirement fund or savings account. You can even set different savings amounts for different types of purchases.

EarMark

Free for iOs

EarMark and SavedPlus are similar, except that with EarMark you don’t have to enter any of your credit card information — it’s more of a motivational tool. Use this app to help you save for big purchases, like a a vacation, a car or a dinner date. Put the item and its cost into EarMark, and then every time you forego a normal purchase, track it with the app and see how much more you have to save before you can afford your next big purchase.

Larky

Free for iOs and online

Depending on your insurance, credit card memberships and association memberships, you may qualify for certain discounts.

Larky aggregates nearly 2,000 memberships and finds discounts that you qualify for. It will even use your device’s GPS to show you what deals are near you. For example, the insurance that I have gets me a discount at Jenny Craig! Woohoo! I can be fiscally responsible AND lose weight in 2014.

Almost every state has enacted at least one new gun law in the 12 months since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Nearly two-thirds of the new laws ease restrictions and expand the rights of gun owners.

Starting Wednesday in Illinois, people will be allowed to apply for the right to carry guns in their pockets or purses.

Only people with state Firearms Owner ID cards will be allowed to apply for concealed-carry permits.

A lingering problem with the law is the confusion over what establishments and facilities may still outlaw handguns. And other gun laws are also causing confusion, since they may differ throughout the state.

So what should you legally know about the new laws in Illinois? Attorney Ned Robertson tells you what you need to know on WGN Midday News.

To keep up with the new local gun laws for your area, visit www.handgunlaw.us which includes up-to-date laws and statues for each state and outlines differing requirements for certain areas.

Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka announced today a new transparency initiative to allow the public to keep closer tabs on how state lawmakers are spending money.

Topinka says she hopes it highlights all the money being wasted in Springfield especially on the government itself.

An insert will now be included in all tax returns showing what Illinois agencies spend, the size of the state’s bill backlog and resources for additional financial information.

You can find it and more information at http://www.ioc.state.il.us/

On January 1, 2014, a new law goes into effect that will increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on several Illinois interstates.

The map of the interstates where the speed limit will increase was revealed Monday.

View the Map of Interstates here.

Once the new law goes into effect, approximately 87 percent of Interstate highways and 98 percent of rural Interstates under IDOT’s jurisdiction will be increased to 70 mph. Approximately 28 percent of the Tollway’s 286-mile system will be increased to 70 mph.

The new speed limit signs have been distributed throughout the state and will be installed between January 2 and January 17, 2014, weather permitting.

For the Illinois Tollway, new 70 mph signs will be installed between January 7 and January 14, 2014, weather permitting, on a 64-mile segment of the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) and on a 15-mile portion of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) at a cost of about $18,000.

The new law includes an additional safety provision, which lowers the limit by five mph at which drivers may be charged by law enforcement with excessive speeding. Currently, the threshold for penalties is 31 mph over the limit. The new law lowers that threshold to 26 mph over the limit, in an effort to increase safety on Illinois roads.

A south suburban mom who wasn’t able to give her kids Christmas presents  is receiving help from another mom who understands her struggle.

Tabitha Wingler tried to sell her TV online to get money to buy her four kids Christmas gifts. The Chicago Heights mom was unable to sell the TV, but after reading her story,  Eileen Howorth sent her a message.

The two talked about their similar struggles, both have a special needs teen.  Howorth decided to start a Facebook page to ask other moms in the area to donate gifts or Wal-Mart gift cards to help Wingler and her kids.

Yesterday the two met for the first time

Howarth and other moms are meeting at the Country Club Hills Wal-Mart at 5:30 today.

Anyone who wants to help the family is welcome. If you would like to donate a gift card via email you can log on tohttps://www.facebook.com/events/251984534960416/

In the market for a patrol boat or snow melter?

Now’s your chance to grab one, through the City of Chicago’s online auction.

The City’s Department Of Procurement Services is putting surplus items on the auction block.

The auctions are held around the clock to help the city generate revenue.

Since 2011, they’ve reportedly generated  more than $10 million.

Items also include a lot of different things from scrap metal and wood pallets to even dvd players.

For a full list, go to: www.publicsurplus.com

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