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  • Grandfather dies days after saving 7-year-old grandson from house fire

    CHICAGO — A man who saved his grandson from a house fire has died from injuries he suffered in the fire. The fire broke out Sept. 9 in a coach house at 100th St. and Avenue L on the city’s Southeast Side. As the flames and thick smoke filled the home, 69-year-old Apolonia Castellano removed a window and dropped his 7-year-old grandson into the hands of two police officers The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital where he was […]

  • Striking hotel workers march on Mag Mile

    CHICAGO — Striking Chicago hotel workers left their picket lines Thursday afternoon for a rally and march up Michigan Avenue. Workers from 25 hotels walked out last Friday and workers at a 26th hotel joined in the strike earlier this week. The rally started at Ogden Park Plaza near the Sheraton and the workers marched down Michigan Avenue north to Oak Street cheering and chanting. They are asking for year-round health insurance for workers who are laid off during slower […]

  • Next phase of Lakefront Trail project begins

    CHICAGO — The next leg of Chicago’s Lakefront Trail project has started. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others broke ground Wednesday morning for the section between Roosevelt and 31st St. The project will eventually separate pedestrians and bicyclists for the trail’s entire 18 miles. On average, more than 100,000 people use the trail every day . The separation project is halfway finished, and the park district expects to complete it by the end of the year.

  • Chicago Red Cross volunteers ready to help when Hurricane Florence hits

    CHICAGO — A group of Red Cross workers from Chicago is getting ready to head to the Carolinas to help out in relief efforts that may be needed when Hurricane Florence hits landfall. Volunteers will be deployed for up to three weeks at various sites to offer disaster relief at shelters set up for victims. The Greater Chicago Red Cross is urging people to donate to the relief effort. Donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS […]

  • Woman attacked at gunpoint near West Side school speaks to WGN

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for a man who attempted to sexually assault a woman near a school on the city’s West Side. The victim spoke to WGN about the attack as a warning to others. The 29-year-old woman said she was forced to undress by her attacker in an attempted rape and robbery in an alley next to Ellen Mitchell School, 2233 W. Ohio St. The woman said she was walking home from work Thursday evening in he 500 […]

  • Chicago Teachers Union critical of new background check system

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union is criticizing Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools over its new background check process. It was put in place in response to reports of sexual abuse of student by CPS workers, but the union says it’s been “disasterous.” The union says some teachers have been told erroneously they will not be able to report for work because they have not cleared background checks and fingerprinting. CPS CEO Janice Jackson says the union’s claims […]

  • Mixed reaction from parishioners over misconduct allegations against Chicago priest

    CHICAGO — A priest from Chicago has been removed while the Catholic Archdiocese investigates accusations of misconduct with a minor. Rev. Gary Graf was a pastor at San Jose Luis Sanchez Del Rio parish in Hermosa. Cardinal Blase Cupich wrote a letter to parishioners on Monday regarding the investigation into allegations of possible code of conduction violations involving a minor. The 17-year-old parishioner and church employee who made the accusations said there were a series of uncomfortable interactions since July […]

  • Armed woman arrested after barricading herself in home with 5-year-old girl

    CHICAGO — A woman was arrested after a tense standoff with Chicago police on the city’s West Side. Police were called to a building at 18th and Springfield Ave. around 6:15 am. Monday. A 31-year-old woman barricaded herself in a room with a five-year-old girl, police said. After nearly three hours, a SWAT team was able to enter the room and arrest the woman. Police found two weapons at the scene. No injuries were reported, but the woman and the […]

  • Willie Wilson defends cash handouts, rips Mayor Emanuel

    CHICAGO — Candidate for Chicago Mayor Willie Wilson remains defiant. At a news conference Thursday he said  he’s worked hard for his money and if he wants to give it away, he will.  A man of deep faith who’s developed a reputation for helping the needy, a recent cash giveaway at a South Side church remains in the spotlight. It may have been legal, it was not an official campaign stop and he’s not officially candidate, but the Illinois Attorney […]

  • Change of venue hearing next week in Van Dyke case

    CHICAGO — A hearing is set for Tuesday on a change-of-venue motion in the Laquan McDonald murder case. Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with murder, official misconduct and aggravated battery in the October 2014 slaying of McDonald, 17, who was stealing car radios with a knife when police were called to the scene in Archer Heights. Van Dyke’s attorneys are asking for a different judge to rule on their request to move Van Dyke’s trial out of […]