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  • Group introduces “Baby on Board” buttons for public transportation riders

    CHICAGO — A Chicago group hopes to make rides on public transportation smoother for expectant moms. Starting next week, you may notice moms-to-be wearing “Baby on Board” buttons while riding on the train or bus. They’re aimed at encouraging other riders to offer up their seats. The buttons were introduced by “The Mom Project,” which will be handing out the buttons at the Clark and Lake L station next week. The idea was based upon a similar program in place […]

  • Potholes Beware! Blitz Days kick off Saturday

    CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago’s Department of Transportation kick off weekend “Blitz Days” on Saturday. Road crews will be out on Saturdays in September and October repairing potholes and resurfacing streets ahead of winter. CDOT is urging residents to call 311 or use the website at to help identify potholes and roads that need repair. The city also reminds motorists to slow down when driving past road crews.  

  • Man charged in Chicago Officer John Rivera’s shooting death representing self

    CHICAGO — The man charged with murdering an off-duty Chicago police officer rejected a court-appointed attorney and is representing himself in trial. Jovan Battle, 32, faces murder charges for his role in the shooting that killed 23-year-old Officer John Rivera on March 23. Police said Rivera was sitting in his car with friends in River North when a group of gang members opened fire on them. While three people were charged in the murder, including Menelik Jackson and Jaquan Washington, […]

  • 2 critically injured in Logan Square fire

    CHICAGO — Two people are in critical condition after a fire raged through a five-story apartment building in Logan Square. It happened around 2:00 a.m. in the 3200 block of W.  Fullerton St. Heavy flames blew out of a second floor apartment on the west side of the building.   The fire was so intense it damaged the building next door. One man was taken to Stroger Hospital.  A woman was taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital. They’re both in critical condition. […]

  • Chicago’s federal court gets first female Chief Judge

    CHICAGO — For the first time in its 200 year history, a woman will be at the helm of the U.S. Federal Court in Chicago. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer takes over as Chief Judge Monday. She succeeds Judge Ruben Castillo, who announced earlier this year that he would be stepping down. Pallmeyer has served as a district judge since President Bill Clinton nominated her in 1998. Among the cases she’s presided over include former Gov. George Ryan’s corruption trial, […]

  • 5 injured in Logan Square porch collapse

    CHICAGO — At least five people were injured after a second-floor porch collapsed in the back of an apartment in the Palmer Square neighborhood around 2 a.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police the building in the 2900 block of West Lyndale Street had a raised porch that suddenly came crashing down onto the first-floor wooden deck. Those who were injured are believed to have been occupying both back outdoor areas at the time. Witnesses said the porch came unhinged and fell […]

  • Chance the Rapper’s second annual SocialWorks summit today

    CHICAGO — Chance the Rapper is hosting his second annual SocialWorks summit Thursday afternoon, outlining ways his nonprofit will continue to support children in Chicago. This year’s plans include a new initiative that focuses specifically on mental health. SocialWorks has teamed up with Chicago Public Schools principals, as well as the Children First Fund, to develop the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund, which provides grants to schools that have dealt with budget cuts. Chance the Rapper founded SocialWorks two […]

  • Man fatally shot behind Old Town apartment

    CHICAGO — A man was fatally shot behind an apartment building in Old Town early Saturday. A person is in custody. The 24-year-old victim was found unresponsive in the 500 block of West Division Street just after midnight Saturday. He was shot in the left thigh and pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Chicago Police Department. Cameras captured police chasing down a suspect and taking him into custody about a block away. The victim’s name is being […]

  • ‘Serial Stowaway’ Marilyn Hartman appears in court

    CHICAGO — The woman known as the “Serial Stowaway” made her first appearance in court today since a judge determined she was fit to stand trial. Marilyn Hartman, 66, is accused of sneaking onto a plane and flying to London earlier this year, without a ticket. She’s had more than a dozen incidents at airports over the last few years. Her attorney says she suffers from depression and delusions. Hartman was released last month on electronic monitoring and is staying […]

  • More CPS students are staying in school

    CHICAGO — More CPS students are staying in school. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and school leaders touted the achievement during the Back-to-School Ministers Breakfast this morning at the JLM Center. The one year dropout rate hit an all-time low of 6.4 percent, with African-American students having the biggest improvement of 1.3 percent. The mayor credits this growth to the district’s investment in mentoring and after-school programs, as well as social-emotional learning. The overall one-year dropout rate fell by 0.7 percent, from […]

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