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  • Pritzker signs bill to expand reproductive rights

    CHICAGO — Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a bill to undo restrictions on women’s reproductive rights in Illinois. The bill removes parts of a 1975 state abortion law that states an unborn child is a human being from the time of conception. The governor signed the measure at the Planned Parenthood office on Michigan Avenue Tuesday morning.  

  • Ohio mom launches ride-sharing for kids

    AKRON, OH — Getting your kids around town to doctors’ appointments, school, practices and rehearsals can be a scheduling nightmare. Now a mom in Akron, Ohio is trying to alleviate the worry for parents in her area. Sierra Young took the idea of the popular ride-sharing services and tailored it just for children. She created “Kid Chauffeur Express” which gives door-to-door service to kids, ages one to 17-years-old. Her company employs 20 drivers — each one is insured and had […]

  • Second group of Chicago charter school teachers set to strike

    CHICAGO — Chicago teachers are ready to go on strike against another charter school operator. Teachers with the Chicago International Charter School network — or CICS — say they will walk out Feb. 5 unless they get a new contract. A strike would affect four CICS campuses, with a total of about 2,200 students. Teachers complain the contract talks have been dragging on for months without an agreement on pay, class sizes and staffing. The head of the group that […]

  • Bystanders pull elderly woman from car before it’s struck by Metra train

    LOMBARD, Ill — A police officer and a pair of Good Samaritans pulled an elderly driver from her car moments before it was struck by a Metra train in Monday night. Shortly after 8:30 p.m., 96-year-old Antoinette Lazarra found herself stuck on the railroad crossing at Grace Street and St. Charles Place in Lombard, according to police. Witnesses say her wheels spun as she tried to break free. With the Metra Union Pacific West line train rolling in, Good Samaritan Steve Spapperi […]

  • Federal workers rally against government shutdown in downtown Chicago

    CHICAGO — Federal workers staged a protest at Federal Plaza Thursday over the government shutdown. Many are worried about how they will manage without getting paid during the stalemate, which is now in its 20th day. The partial shutdown is the result of a fight between President Trump and congressional Democrats over funding for a border wall. The president says he won’t sign off on a budget that does not include $5.6 billion for a border wall with Mexico. Democratic leaders […]

  • String of armed carjackings reported in Logan Square

    CHICAGO — Police are warning people about a string of armed carjackings on the Northwest Side. Authorities say there have been two carjackings and one attempted carjacking in Logan Square between Jan. 2 and Jan. 7. In all three cases, a man pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim’s vehicle. He was accompanied by a woman in one incident. The crimes took place in the 2600 block of N. Spaulding and 2700 block of N. Drake. Police say witnesses […]

  • Fallout from Burke charges felt in mayoral race; Council proposes reforms

    CHICAGO — In the response to corruption charges filed against powerful alderman Ed Burke, several of his City Council colleagues are proposing reforms. The aldermen want to make changes to the city council’s finance committee which Burke controls. They are calling for a third-party probe of a controversial $100 million workers comp program which Burke also controls. They also want to change rules for aldermen who recuse themselves during a city council vote and bar outside employment by city council […]

  • Missing officer with DEA task force found, hospitalized for treatment

    CHICAGO — A missing state police officer working with a Drug Enforcement Administration task force was found on the Near West Side Thursday morning. The officer was reported missing overnight in northwest suburban Arlington Heights. Chicago, State and Federal investigators search for the officer and were able track him down in his SUV in a parking lot near Randolph Street and Ogden Avenue. The officer was in need of medical attention and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The […]

  • 7 Illinois hospitals among top 118 in the nation

    CHICAGO — Seven Illinois hospitals are among the top 118 in the country, according to nonprofit Leapfrog Group’s annual list. In Chicago, the winners include Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Medical Center,  Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center and Resurrection Medical Center. Also making the list are Elmhurst Memorial Hospital,  Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth . The hospitals are rated on patient safety, quality, efficiency and management structures that prevent errors. Last year, five […]

  • Mayor Emanuel on Burke FBI raids: More questions than answers

    CHICAGO — The city’s most powerful and senior alderman says he did nothing wrong. Federal agents raided 14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke’s ward and city hall offices Thursday. Friday, Burke declined to shed light on what he knows about the raids. “It’s been a long time for me in public life and I’ve been the subject of investigations in the past,” he said. “I’ve always fully cooperated. Clearly nothing has ever came of any of those. I’ll cooperate now.” Following […]