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  • Inmate who was accidentally released in Kankakee County is now back in custody: sheriff

    KANKAKEE, Ill. — A Kankakee County inmate who was accidentally released from jail Friday has been taken into custody in Chicago, officials said Saturday. Anees Ahmed Usmani, 41, was released from the Jerome Combs Detention Center, 3050 S. Justice Way in Kankakee, about 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office. Usmani was accidentally released in the place of another inmate. He has been held at the jail since December on drug-related offenses and was dropped off at a local business after […]

  • Volunteers shovel for senior citizens during snowy Chicago weekend

    CHICAGO — Dozens of volunteers turned out Saturday morning to help snowbound senior citizens and people with disabilities across the city with shoveling duties. Good Samaritans met at the 79th Street Red Line station for the “My Block, My Hood, My City” operation. After picking out shovels, the volunteers headed to the South and West Sides. The organization’s founder said it’s not just about clearing the sidewalks — it’s about making connections and bringing the city together. For more information, […]

  • More than 1,000 flights canceled at Chicago airports

    CHICAGO — More than 1,000 flights were canceled at Chicago airports Saturday after snow blanketed the area overnight. As of 2:35 p.m. Saturday, 1,031 flights had been canceled at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Average delays were 86 minutes. At Chicago Midway International Airport, 84 flights were canceled. Midway delays ran less than 15 minutes. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Chicago area through Saturday afternoon. For more on snowfall, traffic and transit as the winter storm moves through […]

  • Snow blankets Chicago area; NW suburbs saw 8.5 inches overnight

    CHICAGO — More than 700 flights have been canceled at Chicago airports after snow blanketed the area overnight. As of 10:55 a.m. Saturday, 630 flights have been canceled at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Average delays were 48 minutes. At Chicago Midway International Airport, 82 flights were canceled. According to the National Weather Service, some Chicago suburbs woke up to more than eight inches of snow Saturday morning. 11:45AM: Updated Snowfall Reports 8.5” Palatine8.5” Lake Geneva, WI7.8” Arlington Hts7.0” Wonder Lake6.0” […]

  • Man found dead in South Side alley was shot, police say

    CHICAGO — A man was found shot dead in an Auburn Gresham alley early Saturday, police said. Officers were responding to a call of shots fired when they found the man about 12:05 a.m. Saturday in the 1800 block of West 87th Street, according to the Chicago Police Department. The man had been shot in his head. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Detectives are reviewing surveillance footage from nearby businesses to try to identify suspects. No one was […]

  • Freight train derailment cancels morning service on Metra’s Heritage Corridor line

    LEMONT, Ill. — Metra service on the Heritage Corridor has been canceled Monday morning following a freight train derailment east of Lemont in the southwest suburbs. Metra is encouraging passengers to use the Rock Island Joliet, BNSF and SouthWest Service lines as alternate routes. Metra Alert HC – Due to a freight train derailment east of Lemont, Heritage Corridor trains will not operate. Passengers are encouraged to use Rock Island Joliet, BNSF, and SWS as alternative transportation. — Metra HC […]

  • No Pants Subway Ride returns to Chicago this weekend

    CHICAGO — Don’t be surprised when you see people with no pants on the CTA’s Red Line Sunday. It’s the eighth annual No Pants Subway Ride in Chicago. The event started in New York City and has spread around the world. Chicago riders are expected to board Red Line trains around noon Sunday at the Loyola Red Line stop. Groups typically head south to the Loop. For more information, click here to visit the event’s Facebook page.

  • Sunday Brunch: Chicken-Fried Steak with Red Potatoes

    Chef Justin Stadler from Drawl, a Lincoln Park restaurant featuring southern-style cooking and an extensive whiskey program, stopped by WGN to make chicken-fried steak with red potatoes. Drawl 2423 N. Clark St. Chicken-Fried Steak For the red potatoes: Large potatoes – 2 Butter – 1 tablespoon Green onions – 1 tablespoon Salt and pepper – to taste Slice potatoes into rounds. Soak in cold water for 24 hours. Drain water from potatoes and fry at 250 degrees until tender. […]

  • WATCH: Everyone misses Goose Island’s 43-yard field goal challenge

    CHICAGO — They came. They kicked. They missed. More than 100 people tried to kick a 43-yard field goal outside Goose Island’s Fulton Street taproom Saturday — and each one failed. DRUMROLL PLEASE: our first kicker #fieldgoalchallenge — Goose Island Beer Co (@GooseIsland) January 12, 2019 It was all part of Goose Island’s response to Cody Parkey’s ill-fated goal at Sunday’s Wild Card game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Parkey knocked a 43-yard field goal try off the left upright […]

  • 1 dead, 1 wounded in West Garfield Park shooting

    CHICAGO — One man is dead and another in critical condition after a Friday night shooting in West Garfield Park, police said. The victims were sitting in a parked car in the 100 block of South Kildare Avenue about 8:25 p.m. Friday when a black sedan pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to the Chicago Police Department. A 35-year-old man was shot in his chest and neck and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. […]