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  • Chicago police release October crime stats, say shootings are down

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department released its crime numbers for October of this year. There were 11 fewer murders than there were in October 2017. There were 259 shooting victims this October — that is 16 fewer than in October of last year. Police said overall reported crime is down 8 percent from what it was at this time last year. A breakdown of the numbers is listed below: Shootings: Jan. 1 to Oct. 31 2016: 3000 2017: 2443 […]

  • Chicago considers increasing drone security at large events

    CHICAGO — Chicago could get a new program to deal with the security threat of drones flying over large events, such as Lollapalooza and the Chicago Marathon. Alicia Tate-Nadeau, the head of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, says the agency has a grant to pay for the program. Tate-Nadeau recently addressed City Council during a budget hearing. She says it’s too early to commit to a concrete plan, but wants members of city council to think about solutions […]

  • PAWS Chicago returns with rescued animals from Florida

    CHICAGO — A team of volunteers with PAWS will return from Florida today. They left on Sunday and brought back animals that have been in shelters since before Hurricane Michael tore through the panhandle. Several shelters in Florida contacted PAWS to take in some animals so they make room for those that were displaced by the storm. The volunteers brought back 11 dogs and 24 cats. PAWS says the animals will need medical exams and plenty of rest before they […]

  • 2 Chicago officers face firing over fatal 2016 shooting

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is recommending that two officers be fired for fatally shooting a teenager in 2016. Officers Michael Coughlin Jr. and Jose Torres shot at a stolen Jaguar that Paul O’Neal was driving. A third officer ultimately shot and killed O’Neal during a foot chase. Last year, the police watchdog agency found the officers violated department policy when they fired at the vehicle. However, prosecutors said they would not charged the officers. The case will […]

  • Federal officials withhold $15M from CPS over sex abuse scandal

    CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Education is withholding $14.9 million from Chicago Public Schools. According to a new report from the Chicago Tribune, the Department of Education is freezing grant money for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program. This comes after recent Tribune stories that included details of CPS failing to protect students from sexual violence. The Department of Education sent a letter to the Tribune saying the lack of action by CPS violates Title IX. TLhe department is blocking funds […]

  • Cast of ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical’ performs on the WGN Morning News

    The cast of Legally Blonde: The Musical performs on the WGN Morning News on Sept. 21, 2018. Legally Blonde: The Musical runs through October 21 at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

  • Funeral held for 6 of 10 children killed in Little Village fire

    CHICAGO — Six white caskets were arranged in a semi-circle for the funeral of five siblings and a cousin who died in a Chicago apartment fire. The funeral for 14-year-old Cesar Contreras, 13-year-old Nathan Contreras, 11-year-old Xavier Contreras, 5-year-old Ariel Garcia, 3-month-old Amayah Almaraz and their cousin, 14-year-old Adrian Hernandez, was held Saturday at Our Lady of Tepeyac Catholic Church. Arrangements are pending for four other children who were killed. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that family members wore white T-shirts with the […]

  • Woman, 30, fatally shot while standing in West Side alley

    CHICAGO — A 30-year-old woman was shot and killed Saturday while standing in an alley with a group of people in South Austin. The group was in the 700 block of North Central Avenue around 4 a.m. Saturday when someone opened fire. The woman was shot in the back of her head. She was pronounced dead at the scene. It is not known whether she was the intended target. Her identity has not been released. No one was in custody.

  • Wrong-way driver causes crash on I-57

    A wrong-way driver caused an accident on I-57 around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The driver of a Chevy Malibu was traveling north in the southbound lanes near 147th Street. The car hit a semi truck, which crashed into a guardrail before landing in a ditch. Emergency crews had to extricate someone inside the car. Both the driver of the car and the driver of the semi were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

  • More than 50 shot, 6 killed despite increased police presence this weekend

    CHICAGO — Even with hundreds of additional officers patrolling the city’s most violent areas, Chicago recorded more than 50 shootings for the second weekend this month. Dozens were shot and six people were killed this past weekend, including four teenagers. Speaking Monday, CPD Superintendent Johnson denounced what he called a “culture of guns,” saying it’s more dangerous for criminals to be caught without a gun than it is to be caught with one. “There’s a small subset of individuals who […]