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  • Man hit in head with hammer by man he met on dating app

    CHICAGO — A man in the Lakeview East neighborhood was injured after being hit in the head with a hammer by a man he met on a dating app. The 47-year-old man agreed to meet with his date inside a home in the 600  block of W. Aldine Avenue. The two men got into an argument and the man he was meeting hit him in the head with a hammer several times. He’s in good condition and is not pursuing […]

  • Family sues condo association after boy, 5, falls through grate

    CHICAGO — The family of a boy who fell through a drainage grate outside a building in Lakeview is suing the building’s condo association. Newly released video shows the 5-year-old boy falling through the grate in the 400 block of W. Briar Pl., into a 6-foot hole. His grandfather jumped in to try to rescue him but both had to be rescued by police and firefighters. The boy suffered a puncture wound to his stomach and is recovering. The family’s […]

  • Makeshift memorial for man killed in home invasion

    CHICAGO — Customers of a Back of the Yards grocery store, have been lighting candles and leaving flowers for the owner. Francisco Aranda and his wife were victims of a home invasion in Crete Township on Monday, that left him dead. His wife, Maria, told police they were put in the trunk of their car. Her husband was able to kick out the backseat so she could get fresh air.  He did not make it out. An autopsy was inconclusive, […]

  • Police: Robbers bound Crete couple, put them in trunk; wife survived by crawling through backseat

    WILL COUNTY, Ill. — Will County officials have identified the man who was found dead inside a trunk in unincorporated Crete Township as 63-year-old Francisco Aranda. According to police, the Will County Sheriff’s office was called to a home in the 26000 block of South Klemme Road around 10:30 a.m. Monday for a well-being check. Relatives said neither Aranda nor his wife showed up for work, and they were not answering their phones. Upon entry into an attached garage, deputies […]

  • Lightfoot announces 7 new members of Chicago Board of Education

    CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that former Chicago clerk and state Sen. Miguel del Valle is her pick to lead the Chicago Public School Board. Lightfoot also announced six other new members of the Chicago Public School Board; Sendhil Revuluri, as Vice President along with members Dwayne Truss, Elizabeth Todd-Breland, Lucino Sotelo, Luisiana Melendez and Amy Rome. Del Valle has been a longtime presence in city and state politics. He was the first Latino in the state Senate, where […]

  • Illinois lawmakers pass sweeping abortion rights bill

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Senate has approved a sweeping abortion rights bill. The 34-20 vote comes at a time when several other states have passed laws essentially banning the practice. The bill establishes a woman’s “fundamental right” to an abortion and states that “a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus does not have independent rights.” It also repeals the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975, eliminating spousal consent, waiting periods, criminal penalties for abortion providers, and restrictions on abortion facilities. The […]

  • Task force seeks better training, new protocols for Cook County Board government

    CHICAGO — An anti-harassment task force is calling for better training, updated protocols and more transparency in Cook County Board government. The group is calling for the county to compare its employment policies with other cities, and to change procedures to follow up on complaints. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle formed the group in October amid misconduct allegations that prompted the dismissal of her former chief of staff.

  • Illinois may start charging electric vehicle owners $1,000 per year

    CHICAGO — Electric vehicle owners in Illinois may face a $1,000 registration fee. The proposed hike is nearly 60 times more than the current electric vehicle registration fee of $17.50. The proposal is aimed at raising money to make road improvements across the state. Electric vehicles don’t pay the state’s gas tax, which is used to fund road repairs. The hike is being called unfair by current electric vehicle owners and a sales disincentive. Hybrids and electric hybrids, which both […]

  • Illinois I-Cash program pays out nearly $200 million in claims in 10 months

    CHICAGO — Illinois’ I-Cash program has paid out a record breaking near $200 million in claims this year and the fiscal year still has two months to go. The program pairs residents with their forgotten cash and securities, like unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts and unused rebate cards. The average claim this year was about $1,000. If you think you may have some unclaimed money out there, you can check the website

  • CDC warns of dangerous ‘Kissing Bug’ spreading into several states, including Illinois

    CHICAGO — The Centers for Disease Control and Protection is warning residents in the U.S. that the deadly “kissing bug” has made its way to dozens of states, including Illinois. Chagas disease earned the name, the “Kissing Bug”, because the bugs that transmit the disease typically bite people’s faces. Symptoms can include fatigue, fever, rash and swelling but severe cases can lead to stroke or heart failure. The kissing bug can also make pets sick. Researchers say the parasite can […]

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