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  • Dozens of activists boycott MLK Breakfast after officers acquitted in cover-up trial

    CHICAGO — Mayor Emanuel and other city leaders, clergy, and community activists attended the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Breakfast on Friday. But, several African-American church leaders boycotted the event. Bishop Larry Trotter and 50 other ministers skipped the breakfast, leaving empty tables in the ballroom. Trotter was supposed to lead the closing prayer. His name was even on the program. They called the acquittals of three Chicago police officers on Thursday in a conspiracy case an […]

  • Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline could fall victim to shutdown

    CHICAGO — Victims of domestic violence may find themselves without help.   The domestic violence hotline may go silent due to the government shutdown. Counselors at the call center refer victims of abuse to local shelters, counseling centers and legal advocates. It’s mostly funded through a Victims of Crime Act, that is administered through the Justice Department. Those funds remain on hold, as long as furloughed Justice Department employees aren’t working. The Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline is running on reserves, but […]

  • Ohio couple dies hours apart on Christmas Day

    ZANESVILLE, Ohio — A couple in Ohio died within hours of each other on Christmas Day. According to the Zanesville Times Recorder, Paul and Janet Brown were married nearly 63 years.  Both were 82 years old. He worked as a meat merchandiser, setting up grocery store butcher shops. Janet raised their four children and later worked as a school bus driver. But mostly, they were known for their love for each other. After they retired, they spent several years traveling […]

  • At least 22 people shot in Chicago over 24-hour period

    CHICAGO — At least 22 people were shot in the city over a 24-hour period this weekend — two of them were killed. In one of the deaths, a 42-year-old man was found with a bullet in his chest, lying on the ground at 26th and Homan in the Little Village neighborhood. In the other deadly shooting, a 23-year-old man was found lying in front of a home in the 2100 block of N. Mulligan in the Galewood neighborhood. He was […]

  • Court filings allege Cohen broke law on President’s direction

    Court filings reveal new details about two men who once had close ties to President Trump. They show the President’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, acted on the President’s direction, when he broke the law in two election-related crimes. Federal prosecutors in New York are recommending a maximum of four years behind bars for Cohen, because they say his crimes were just that serious. In August, Cohen plead guilty to eight federal crimes. This newest report says Trump’s personal attorney was […]

  • Ferry crashes into crowd-filled dock in San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO, Cal. — There was panic at a San Francisco dock yesterday, as a ferry crashed into the concrete. Crowds watching screamed and shouted as they realized the vessel was out of control. More than 50 people were on board the M.S. San Francisco when it crashed.  Two were hurt. Part of the ferry was also damaged. The captain and crew are being interviewed and tested for drugs, as investigators try to figure out what went wrong.

  • FBI warns air travelers to be on their guard for midair sexual assaults

    CHICAGO — The FBI is warning air travelers as they head out for the holidays to be aware. The agency reports that sexual assaults in midair are on the rise and several cases have been reported locally. The most recent one was reported last month. The FBI reports sexual assaults on airplanes increased by 66 percent from 2014 to 2017. The bureau said 63 incidents were reported nationwide last year. That’s compared to 57 in 2016, 40 in 2015 and […]

  • Charter Schools CEO under investigation for inappropriate behavior with graduate

    CHICAGO — Noble Network of Charter Schools CEO Michael Milkie is under investigation for inappropriate behavior with at least one female graduate. Two of his deputies told the Charter Network, he held hands and slow-danced with a graduate. In a statement, Noble said it had no knowledge of allegations that “were criminal in nature”. Last week, Milkie abruptly announced plans to retire at the end of the year. Noble has hired an outside firm to conduct “a full investigation”.

  • Police: Masked men rob home, set it on fire

    CHICAGO — Chicago police said two masked men entered a home, beat a man, robbed the home and set it on fire late Saturday evening. Police said the men entered the home at 54th Street and Damen Avenue Saturday evening just before evening and held a 33-year-old man who had been sleeping, at gunpoint. The intruders then moved upstairs, and terrorized a 56-year-old man and 29-year-old woman. The masked men then pistol-whipped that man about the face and doused him […]

  • Hearing held on cancer risk from Sterigenics plant

    CHICAGO — A hearing was held Friday on the cancer risks at the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook. It comes amid a new report from the Chicago Tribune, that the Trump and Rauner Administrations hid information from the public for months about that risk. Records obtained by the Tribune show the Rauner administration worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency between December and August on an investigation of Sterigenics, and discussed possible solutions for the company’s pollution problem. Records show that […]