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  • Community groups file lawsuit to stop Lincoln Yards project

    CHICAGO — Community activist groups have partnered to sue Chicago to stop the $6 billion Lincoln Yards development. Grassroots Collaborative and Raise Your Hand filed the lawsuit Wednesday. It follows City Council’s approval of $1.3 billion in tax increment financing (TIF) for the development, which will transform 55 acres along the Chicago River between Lincoln Park and Bucktown. The lawsuit accuses the city of handing TIF money to projects in neighborhoods that are already thriving. In doing so, the suit […]

  • Police search for hit-and-run driver after woman, 61, critically injured

    CHICAGO — Police are looking for the hit-and-run driver who critically injured a 61-year-old woman in Lawndale on Friday afternoon. The woman was crossing the street in the1200 South block of Central Park Avenue when someone driving a SUV hit her and continued to drive. Investigators said they are looking for a maroon Dodge Journey. It was last seen heading south on Central Park Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Accident Investigation Unit at 312-745-4521.

  • 2 women missing from Gary; car found with fire damage

    GARY, Ind. — Police are looking for two women who went missing from Gary. Jessica Flores, 36, and Melina Cottrell, 26, were last seen Monday, authorities said. It’s believed the two women were together. Flores, who is from South Chicago Heights, was driving her boyfriend’s car when she disappeared, police said. It was found abandoned in South Chicago Heights with fire damage and some of her belongings inside. Flores is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. She […]

  • School worker in Waukegan charged with sexually abusing 13-year-old girl

    CHICAGO — A Waukegan District 60 employee was charged late last month with grooming and sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. Gabriel Valadez, 26, was arrested Feb. 19 at the District 60 administrative office, according to Chicago police Officer Jennifer Bryk. Bryk said she does not know how Valadez met the victim, but that their interactions were online. Valadez communicated with the girl via FaceTime. Valadez worked as an administrative assistant at Waukegan District 60 from Aug. 2017 until he voluntarily […]

  • Cubs surprise kids at Advocate Children’s Hospital with trip to spring training

    CHICAGO — Kids battling serious illnesses got the surprise of a lifetime on Monday from the Chicago Cubs — the young fans are all going to spring training in Mesa, Ariz. The children, ages 9 to 13, are bravely battling various illnesses including cancer, congenital heart defects and sickle cell disease. Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks delivered the surprise in a video message. “Surprise, guys. Pack your bags you’re leaving in three days for spring training. We can’t wait to see […]

  • Person struck, killed by Metra train in Highland Park

    HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Metra service from Highland Park was disrupted Friday evening after a person was hit and killed by a train. The Union Pacific North Line train hit the victim near the Highland Park train station. Inbound and outbound trains were halted. Service resumed with with extensive delays. Officials haven’t released the victims identity or details about the incident.

  • Chicago celebrates New Year’s Eve

    CHICAGO- – A crowd of at least 75,000 people will ring in the year at Navy Pier Monday night. Chicago police are stepping up their presence at downtown locations considered hot spots. Uniformed and plain clothes officers will be on nearly every corner.  They’ll also patrol the water front where revelers will watch the Navy Pier fireworks. Police will also be stationed at CTA stops after a dozens of teenagers attacked a couple at a Red Line train stop. Police […]

  • Parents urge reinstatement of CPS principal

    CHICAGO — Angry parents are demanding the reinstatement of a Chicago Public Schools principal who was removed over alleged attendance fraud. Ogden International School principal Michael Beyer was relieved of his position last week after district inspectors concluded Ogden administrators falsified attendance records. Some of Beyer’s supporters say CPS is choosing to harshly penalize Beyer for a minor and commonplace violation. Ogden merged with Jenner school this year, and parents say the school is under pressure to keep its attendance […]

  • 5 teens charged in armed carjacking on Far North Side

    CHICAGO — Five teenagers have been charged in the armed carjacking of a woman early Thursday morning. Police said the five male teenagers took a 47-year-old woman’s Lexus in the 5800 block of North Winthrop Avenue in Edgewater. One of the teens pointed a gun and demanded her vehicle, then took the keys out of her hand, got into the SUV and drove away. Police spotted the vehicle on the Southeast Side and pursued it. The offenders were captured after hitting […]

  • U.S. Postal Service honors first responders on new Forever stamp

    CHICAGO — The U.S.  Postal Service has created a stamp paying tribute to first responders. The  Honoring First Responders Forever stamp recognizes their bravery, skill and dedication. Designers say the dark background and signs of smoke around the figures suggest the wide range of dangerous situations first responders walk into. The stamp is dedicated to firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical responders. It’s available for purchase at the post office and online. Thanks to @USPS for joining CFD and […]

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