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  • Cresco Labs launches ‘incubator program’ for minority-owned cannabis companies

    CHICAGO— Chicago-based cannabis giant Cresco Labs is launching a “community business incubator” program for minority-owned companies in Illinois. In a statement, the company said it is accepting applications for an incubator program that provides technical and financial assistance to members of minority communities looking to apply for licenses and launch craft growing or infusing businesses. The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be issuing a limited number of permits for new cannabis companies, including to  “social equity” applicants who are based […]

  • Motorcycle-riding Santa visits students in Cicero

    CICERO, Ill. — Some children in Cicero who are anxiously waiting for Christmas Day to arrive enjoyed an early visit from Santa. He arrived on a motorcycle at Cicero West Elementary on Thursday morning. He and his special helper passed out gifts to the children. The kids also received school supplies, hats, gloves, snacks and refreshments. Illinois State Police Troopers, the ISP Heritage Foundation, and Walmart threw the holiday party. The Cicero police and fire departments also pitched in.

  • Andrew Freund Sr. in court Friday in case of 5-year-old son AJ’s murder

    CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — Andrew Freund, Sr. was back in court Friday in the case of his 5-year-old son’s murder. A procedural hearing was held in McHenry County. The judge is expected to approve the release of medical records to lawyers. But there have been reports Freund, Sr. may also be looking to reach an agreement with prosecutors. Prosecutors claim 60 year-old Freund, Sr. and 36 year-old ex-wife JoAnn Cunningham beat AJ, and then buried his body in a shallow […]

  • Fallen Illinois State Trooper honored in highway dedication ceremony

    A fallen Illinois state trooper was remembered in a special ceremony on Thursday. A section of I-294, between mile marker 49.25 and 50 in Cook County, was dedicated as the “Trooper Christopher Lambert Memorial Highway.” Trooper Christopher Lambert was killed on January 12, 2019. A car struck him, while he was on the scene of a three-vehicle crash on the Tri-State Tollway. He served on the force for five years. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. Lambert was 34 […]

  • Chicago City Council approves Lightfoot’s $11.65 billion 2020 budget

    CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council approved Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $11.65 billion budget plan for 2020 Tuesday in a 39 to 11 vote. The $11.6 billion budget plan will close the record $838 million budget gap the mayor inherited,  partly through government restructuring and wiping out most city job vacancies. The budget also increases taxes on ride-hailing services and boosts the minimum wage without raising property taxes significantly. Lightfoot has called her budget plan a down payment and a major […]

  • Set strike called off at Mount Sinai and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospitals

    CHICAGO — A strike has been averted at Mount Sinai and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospitals. Sinai Health System and the SEIU reached a tentative contract agreement. This development follows a bargaining session that went into early Friday morning. The union had set a strike date for Monday. The contract improves wages, staffing levels, working conditions and lowers costs for health care coverage.

  • CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson addresses report that examined homicide investigation process

    CHICAGO — Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson addressed a report on Wednesday that examined how the CPD investigates homicides. Two independent organizations, the Police Executive Research Forum and the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, conducted the study. They looked examined the Chicago Police Department’s homicide investigation process in Dec. 2018 and Jan. 2019. The CPD reached out to the authors in an effort to provide a road map for improving the detective division. The CPD has about […]

  • Trial for Chicago cop charged in 2017 murder begins Tuesday

    CHICAGO — Opening statements took place on Tuesday in a Chicago police officer’s murder trial. Lowell Houser, 60, is charged with first-degree murder. He was off duty in January of 2017 when he shot and killed 38-year-old Jose Nieves, who was one of his neighbors. The two were said to have had an ongoing feud. In opening statements, Houser’s attorney said the officer was on medical leave for prostate cancer at the time of the incident, and the last thing […]

  • Calls for Sinai Health System to keep Holy Cross Hospital open

    CHICAGO — Holy Cross Hospital workers and community leaders called on Sinai Health System on Thursday to keep the Southwest Side hospital open. Due to financial challenges, Sinai announced earlier this week the hospital will temporarily suspend OB-GYN services beginning Nov. 1. Maternity care and neonatal services will continue at Mount Sinai. The hospital will also consolidate its two critical care units, from two 20-bed units to one 10-bed unit.  

  • CPS classes canceled for Thursday; Contract talks continue

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public School classes will be canceled again Thursday as contract talks continue. Thursday will mark one week since teachers walked off the job. Students will have missed six days of classes. Union leaders said late Thursday that both sides have now reached about 80 tentative agreements but major issues, like class size, remain. They said they will continue to bargain and hit the streets until a deal is done. “Momentum has been slowed by the mayor’s inability […]

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