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  • Protests planned for Monday after deadly Chicago police-involved shooting

    CHICAGO — Chicago police have released body camera video of a fatal police-involved shooting as a community on the South Side demands answers. Community activists say they’re planning a major act of civil disobedience in the coming weeks, including a protest scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. near 71st St. and Jeffery. On Saturday, Chicago police shot an armed man in the city’s South Shore neighborhood, prompting angry protests from residents. Bodycam video from one of the officers shows police […]

  • Bar fight trial begins for Chicago officer involved in fatal shooting of LeGrier

    CHICAGO — A misdemeanor trial is underway today for Chicago Police Officer Robert Rialmo, who is charged with battery from a December bar fight that was recorded on surveillance video. Security was unusually heavy at the courthouse at 5555 W. Grand Ave. because of the high profile of the defendant. In Monday’s proceedings, prosecutors said in their opening arguments that an off-duty Rialmo attacked two men last December at Moretti’s in Edison Park without provocation. Surveillance video of the incident […]

  • Excessive heat warning extended through Sunday

    CHICAGO — The dangerously hot weather in and around Chicago has officials warning people to drink lots of water and avoid going outside for periods of time. An Excessive Heat warning is in effect for the entire Chicago area, including Chicago as well as northern Illinois into northwest Indiana, through 7 p.m. Sunday. Very dangerous heat indices should range from 105 to 115-degrees with even higher values possible as temperatures reach into the middle and upper 90’s during the afternoon.   Overnight […]

  • Groundbreaking for Navy Pier’s first hotel slated for July 11

    CHICAGO — A groundbreaking for Navy Pier’s first hotel has been rescheduled for July 11. Architects say the seven-story hotel at the eastern end of the pier will feature floor-to-ceiling windows to show off Lake Michigan. There’s also space for a 30,000-square-foot rooftop bar. The hotel will be run by Hilton’s Curio Collection.

  • Defense witness says Officer Rialmo’s use of force was in line with standards

    CHICAGO — The wrongful death trial of the Chicago police officer who killed Quintonio LeGrier continued for a fifth day Friday. Officer Robert Rialmo shot and killed LeGrier, 19, when the teenager approached him with a baseball bat in Dec. 2015. One of the issues at the center of the trial is whether the 19-year-old swung his bat at Rialmo and how close he got to the officer who responded to the 911 call on the night of the shooting. […]

  • 68-year-old man dies in skydiving accident

    OTTAWA, Ill. — A 68-year-old man died in an apparent skydiving accident Friday afternoon. It happened in a field across from Skydive Chicago in Ottawa. Deputies arrived at the scene at about 4:50 p.m., to find the man lying in the field.  He had already died. The incident is under investigation.

  • Chicago considering tiny houses idea to shelter homeless

    CHICAGO — Tiny houses could soon pop up in neighborhoods across Chicago as a way to house people who are homeless. The city has contacted developers and housing agencies about the viability of the idea. The initiative will be supported by funding from the city’s fee on house-sharing companies like Airbnb. It’s estimated that there are more than 8,000 homeless people in Chicago.

  • Chicago’s Independent Bookstore Day

    CHICAGO — If spending a day curled up with a good book sounds like a piece of heaven, today is your day. It’s Chicago’s Independent Bookstore Day. The highlight today is the “My Chicago Bookstore Crawl.” You can grab a passport at a participating indie bookstore this morning. Then spend your day getting your passport stamped at other indie bookstores in the area. If you hit 10 by the end of the day, you earn a 10-percent discount all year. […]

  • Chicago launches anti-harassment campaign with ads produced by David Schwimmer

    CHICAGO — The City of Chicago is launching a campaign called “That’s Harassment.” A series of ads, produced by actor David Schwimmer, depict inappropriate behavior based on real-life incidents. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he signed on to the project to help empower victims to speak out against sexual harassment. “This ad is about awareness,” Emanuel said. “It’s awareness that leads to empowerment. It’s empowerment that leads to action. Nobody wants any employee or family member working in an environment that’s hostile […]

  • Ramblers get small heroes’ welcome on their way to the Sweet Sixteen

    CHICAGO — The Ramblers returned to a police escort and cheers from fans welcoming the Sweet Sixteen-bound team home Sunday as their underdog story continues in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Loyola beat No. 3 seed Tennessee 63-62 in dramatic fashion Saturday after guard Clayton Custer scored with just ten seconds left on the clock. It was the team’s second upset of the tournament after also beating Miami in the first round. Back on campus in Rogers Park, students continued […]