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  • Indianapolis to open ‘First Church of Cannabis’ next month

    INDIANAPOLIS — Some churches light incense, but a new church in Indianapolis will be lighting up joints. The First Church of Cannabis, a marijuana-based religious group, will have its opening service next month. That’s when Indiana’s new religious freedom law goes into effect. The law protects the use of marijuana for religious ceremonies. The church’s founder says the service will be about more than just smoking pot. The congregation will discuss seven topics: ‘live, love laugh, learn, create, grow, teach.”

  • Chicago to host first-ever ‘Teens in the Park’ festival

    CHICAGO — A popular Chicago rapper will hand-pick the headliners for the city’s first ever Teens in the Park festival. Chance the Rapper is working on the festival’s line up. Chicago rapper Phenom will emcee the event, and Donnie Trumpet will be one of the performers. Chance himself is not scheduled to perform. The festival is free and open only to Chicago youth ages 13 through 24. Those interested must pre-register on

  • Chilling photo captured moments before deadly lion attack

    SOUTH AFRICA — A chilling photo, captured right before an American tourist is mauled to death by a lion in South Africa. It happened at a popular tourist destination called “Lion Park,” where people drive their cars around and animals roam freely. A park official said she was snapping pictures with her window down when the lion lunged into the car. A witness in the following car took this chilling photo of the lioness with its head at the window, […]

  • Girl, 8, escapes abduction in Glendale Heights

    GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill. — Glendale Heights Police have issued an alert after a man tried to drag an 8-year-old girl away from her home. The girl told police that she was playing in front of her home in the 200 block of Water`s Edge Sunday afternoon. The man grabbed her and tried to drag her away. She broke free and started screaming, and the man ran away. Police are still looking for the suspect.

  • Mayor talks city issues with WGN reporter during run with Chicago police cadets

    CHICAGO — Mayor Emanuel shares his outlook on violence plaguing the city, the possibility of casino, and negotiations with the teachers union- following a morning run with police cadets. The mayor says running gives him a chance to bond with those who will be patrolling streets, and gives him time to clear his head as he gears up for the challenges ahead of him. One of those challenges is gun violence. Police investigating 9 shootings overnight– one of those victim’s […]

  • Georgia mom arrested, shackled for son’s unexcused school absences

    SCREVEN COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia mom was arrested because of her 10-year-old son’s sick days. Julie Giles was arrested and shackled earlier this month because her son had 12 unexcused absences from school. Under Georgia law a child can miss up to 10 school days before action is taken. Giles said that she and other parents should have the right to keep their kids home without having to get a doctor’s note every time. In Illinois, excessive absences can […]

  • Emotional photo of U.S. Marine praying with his bride-to-be goes viral

    ASHEVILLE, NC — A U.S. Marine’s emotional moment with his bride was caught on camera. Caleb Earwood wanted to pray together before their wedding ceremony on Saturday. But he didn’t want to break tradition by seeing the bride before she walked down the aisle. So the two decided to take a moment together with a doorway between them to block the view.   The photographer, Dwayne Schmidt, posted the photo to Facebook on Saturday night, meant to be a sneak […]

  • Fallen soldiers honored at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

    ELWOOD, Ill. — A crowd of several hundred — including Governor Rauner — gathered at Lincoln National Cemetery where some of the strongest and bravest among us have been laid to rest. While Memorial Day is dedicated to those military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving, it has become a day to remember those who served but died after serving. At Abraham Lincoln national cemetery each grave marker is adorned with an American flag. The federal […]

  • Mayor Emanuel announces summer violence prevention initiative

    CHICAGO — Mayor Emanuel is coming up with a plan to help prevent violence in the city during the summer months. The renewed city initiative is a focus on summer anti-violence programs with a concerted effort by churches. City leaders said a variety of programs are making a difference. But they agaee that keeping crime is a challenge during summer months. So far, the number of murders has already topped 130 this year. Mayor Emanuel again expressed displeasure with the […]

  • Cook County Sheriff’s Office holds seminar on campus sex assault

    RIVER GROVE, Ill. — First responders from local colleges and universities around are attending a training session on how to handle sex assaults on campus. This is the first of it’s kind. Officials say women on college campuses are not reporting sexual assaults nearly as frequently as they occur. Friday’s course at Triton College is an attempt to help campus police fix that problem and ensure students safety. The course will cover dynamics of assault, collecting evidence and documentation, and resources […]

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