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  • Mom reunited with nurse who helped save her baby’s life

    MAYWOOD, Ill. — At Westlake Hospital, a nurse and a grateful mother came together Monday for a reunion years in the making. Vicelis Negron gave birth to her son Jacob at the hospital in February of 2015, and at first he seemed like a normal, healthy baby. But a couple hours later, labor and delivery nurse Claudia Lopez started her shift – and immediately noticed something was wrong. “Something about the baby I just wasn’t easy with,” Claudia said. Claudia heard […]

  • CDC says don’t eat raw cookie dough (even though it’s delicious)

    For many, one of the best parts of making cookies for the holidays is the spoonful (or 10) of raw dough snuck from the bowl before it’s scooped, baked and turned into actual cookies. Well, the health experts at the Centers for Disease Control say eating unbaked products can technically “make you sick.” That’s because the uncooked eggs in cookie dough could be contaminated with salmonella. The CDC estimates there are over 1 million cases of salmonella illnesses in the […]

  • Mark your calendars so packages arrive on time during the busy holiday season

    CHICAGO — Delivery trucks are out in full force for the holidays, dropping off boxes and other mail in the home stretch of what’s expected to be another record-breaking year. FedEx already averages 14 million packages nationwide every day. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver more than 900 million packages and nearly 15 billion pieces of mail. “It is a busy time of year. There’s a lot of coffee that’s had,” said Chicago […]

  • Dogs and horses displaced by wildfires get special delivery all the way from Chicago

    BARTLETT, Ill. — When two cousins in the Chicago area heard about the devastating wildfires in California, they knew what they should do: Gather whatever supplies they could and bring them to those in need. It’s not the first time they’ve hit the road to help disaster victims either. Arek Zachara said he and his cousin Danny decided to get involved after Hurricane Harvey, asking for donations on social media. They ended up driving down in a convoy of seven trucks […]

  • From theaters to dive bars, neon lights help make Chicago shine

    Neon lights shine from the front of grand theaters and dive bars alike, and after a heyday in the 80s they’re seeing a new resurgence. Get a look behind the glass with Fishtail Neon’s Tom Brickler – in his own words:  In 1981 I came out here, foam cushion as my bed, folding lounge chair as my living room couch, in a Chevy Vega. I started working in a rasta reggae bar and I got a job at a neon […]

  • North Carolina man charged in killing of woman found in Joliet Township

    JOLIET TOWNSHIP, Ill. — A North Carolina man is facing charges in the death of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found in a wooded area in Joliet Township earlier this month, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities identified the victim as Danica Shernay Ford, a mother of two from North Carolina. Her burned body was discovered in a shallow grave on November 12 by a man who was out hunting on private land near Woodlawn Memorial Park in […]

  • Chicago police officer shot in vest after South Side traffic stop

    CHICAGO — A Chicago police officer was shot in the vest after a suspect opened fire during a foot chase in the Gresham neighborhood Tuesday morning, according to police. A tactical officer observed a man “acting suspiciously” around 11 a.m. Tuesday and made a traffic stop near 87th Street and Ashland Avenue, according to CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson. Johnson said police have increased their presence in the area due to a gang conflict. Officers got out of their squad car […]

  • Witness describes frantic scene at Mercy Hospital shooting: ‘She asked us not to leave her alone’

    CHICAGO — An eyewitness to Monday’s Mercy Hospital shooting watched a gunman kill his former fiancée outside the hospital where she worked. “The guy comes really quickly from behind the van and just pulls out a gun and shoots her six times before she even hits the ground,” said the witness, who asked not to be named. He was sitting in a van full of nursing home patients when the scene began to unfold outside Mercy Hospital and Medical Center at […]

  • Chicago police officer, doctor, pharmacy resident dead after Mercy Hospital shooting; gunman killed

    CHICAGO — Four people were killed, including a doctor, a first-year pharmacy resident and a Chicago police officer, after an active shooter incident at a South Side hospital Monday. Chicago police responded to the scene at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. for reports of shots fired just before 3:30 p.m. Monday. The incident started with gunfire in the parking lot before moving into the hospital. The gunman was killed, but it was unclear whether he […]

  • Chicago’s Christkindlmarket opens tonight

    CHICAGO — There may not be any snow on the ground (yet), but a sure sign of winter arrives Friday when Christkindlmarket opens up once again on Daley Plaza. Attracting over a million visitors every year, the 23rd annual market features dozens of vendors from Chicago, Germany and Austria, selling everything from ornaments to roasted nuts and traditional German fare. This year’s market runs from Friday, November 16 until Christmas Eve (December 24), and is open from 11 a.m. to 8 […]