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  • Overcoming adversity just the beginning for Bulls coach Nate Loenser

    While players are usually in the spotlight, one Chicago Bulls coach’s example shows them how hard work can overcome adversity. This is Assistant Coach Nate Loenser- in his own words: Chicago Bulls Assistant Coach Nate Loenser This is my eighteenth year of coaching. Coaching is teaching, and you’re teaching your students or whoever you’re working with about how to be successful. I don’t really think that the guys I work with really care that I have one, two arms, four […]

  • LIST: Popular destinations closing, child care help available during extreme cold in Chicago

    CHICAGO — With Chicago Public Schools and other school districts closing Wednesday due to double-digit subzero temperatures, many parents are scrambling for ways to keep their kids cared for, or to find things to do to keep them entertained. For those without alternate child care options, the Chicago Park District is one of the few places that will be open Wednesday to help parents out. “In this crisis we have an opportunity to have parents come in and enjoy a sample of […]

  • Dramatic video shows Chicago police pull man from icy Lake Michigan

    CHICAGO — Dramatic body camera video released Monday shows Chicago officers pull a 33-year-old man from the icy waters of Lake Michigan after he jumped down a high ridge of ice to rescue his dog and became trapped Sunday afternoon. Officers from the 21st District responded to Foster Avenue Beach around 1 p.m. Sunday following reports of a person in the water. After borrowing a dog leash from a woman on the scene, they carefully made their way out onto […]

  • Midwest’s largest prop shop turns stacks of old, everyday stuff into a thriving business

    Tidying up may be all the rage, but the experts at Zap Props turn stacks of old, everyday stuff into cash. Get a peek inside a hidden gem of Chicago from Zap Props owner Bill Rawski, in his own words. I got involved with the prop end of the business because I got a call from Universal and the girl was looking for items to work for, “A League of Their Own” with Madonna. You know, if you’re an antique […]

  • Alinea co-owner invites Clemson team to feast in Chicago after fast food meal at White House

    CHICAGO — Alinea co-owner Nick Kokonas says he couldn’t care less about college football, but nevertheless wants to treat the Clemson Tigers to a fine dining feast after the National Champions were served fast food as part of a celebratory dinner at the White House on Monday. With much of the White House staff on furlough during the government shutdown, President Trump footed the bill to feed the team and their families hundreds of hamburgers, filet-of-fish, pizza slices and other offerings […]

  • Police: 3 arrested for armed robbery of DePaul student who falsely reported kidnapping

    CHICAGO — Three people are facing felony charges in connection with the armed robbery of a DePaul student who according officials falsely claimed he was kidnapped from campus, with police now saying he was robbed after “voluntarily” meeting one of the suspects on the West Side. In a statement released Monday, police said the 19-year-old student went to the 4200 block of W. Wilcox on January 8 to meet up with 18-year-old Tarika Gilmore, and “during the encounter” was robbed of his belongings. […]

  • Water Tower Place adding weekend curfew for kids to combat ‘disruptive behavior’

    CHICAGO — In an effort to “eliminate disruptive behavior” by unsupervised kids, Water Tower Place will require kids under the age of 17 be accompanied by an adult Friday and Saturday nights starting at 4 p.m., according to a statement. Under new rules going into effect on Friday, anyone under age 17 must be accompanied by a parent or supervising adult that’s at least 21 years old when the curfew is in effect. Water Tower Place has seen multiple instances […]

  • Early vote ballots for mayoral race may be delayed by petition challenges

    CHICAGO — Early voting in the Chicago mayoral election is supposed to begin on January 17, but with so many petition challenges on the docket, the Chicago Board of Elections isn’t sure ballots will be ready on time. The board still needs to rule on nearly 200 objections filed against petitions mayoral candidates submit to get on the ballot. Chicago Board of Election Commissioners spokesman Jim Allen said the large number of challenges and candidates “doesn’t compare” to any other recent election. “We’re going […]

  • County’s first couple married in 2019 ties the knot after dating for nearly a decade

    CHICAGO — Cook County’s first couple to tie the knot in 2019 said their vows before TV cameras and staff in the Daley Center Wednesday morning. When government offices opened for the first time in the new year, Kristina Skare and David Lakoskey were the first in line in the offices of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds to sign a marriage license. The Lincoln Park couple said they first met at a Cubs-Cardinals game at Wrigley Field over nine years ago. […]

  • Catholic church may face over 500 more abuse allegations in Illinois than it admits, report says

    CHICAGO — Attorney General Lisa Madigan said there could be as many as 500 more clergy members accused of sexually abusing children in Illinois than the Catholic Church has admitted publicly, according to “preliminary” investigation findings released Wednesday. Madigan opened an investigation into the issue in Illinois in August after a grand jury report revealed widespread clergy abuse in Pennsylvania. The attorney general has been reviewing thousands of pages of internal documents released from each of Illinois’ six diocese as part […]

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