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  • New police station opens at O’Hare Airport

    CHICAGO — A new police station is now open at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other city officials joined police Tuesday morning for the opening of the station. It’s bigger and more modern than the old one. It has a new roll call room, locker rooms with showers, a holding cell, interview rooms and storage for canine, SWAT and bomb squads. The new police station is part of O’Hare’s $8.5 billion capital expansion plan. The old station […]

  • Former St. Viator HS coach facing sex abuse charge of minor

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — A former St. Viator High School coach and counselor is facing a charge of sex abuse of a minor. The allegations were made against Joe Majkowski back in May. Arlington Heights police announced his arrest on Dec. 27. Majkowski is also facing four counts of disorderly conduct for texting inappropriate messages to four 15-year-old students. In one of the texts, he said he loves them. Majkowski was escorted off the school campus by police in June, […]

  • Concerned clergy meet with Interim CPD Supt. Charles Beck to discuss diversity on police force

    CHICAGO — Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charles Beck met with faith leaders in Chicago to discuss diversity on the police force, among other issues important to Chicagoans. Beck met Tuesday with Chicago clergy leaders concerned about his agenda. Specifically, they are worried about Beck’s order that does away with the police department’s merit promotion policy which was credited with opening a door of opportunity to talented minority officers looking to move up in rank. Beck’s surprise decision prompted by complaints […]

  • Troopers sue State Police, Tollway for alleged retaliation

    CHICAGO–Three Illinois troopers are suing State Police and the Tollway, claiming the agencies retaliated against them. The suit alleges Commanders Robert Meeder and Dominic Chiappini punished District 15 troopers and a long-time civilian employee for speaking out about problems in the district. Two of the troopers say they were disciplined and blocked from being promoted for criticizing leadership. Another trooper, who was injured in a crash on the job, says he was terminated from his position as a staff officer. […]

  • Chicago officers credited for helping save 15-year-old gunshot victim

    CHICAGO — Four Chicago police officers are getting credit for helping save the life of a teenage gunshot victim. Officers John Mitrogiannis, Dawid Kasprzak, Juan Guerroero and Saul Avila were on patrol on Nov. 19 when they received a call of shots fired near 71st and Lawndale. They found a 15-year-old boy on the ground suffering from gunshots wounds to his back and chest. They used their medical and rescue training to put a seal on the teen’s chest to […]

  • Chicago providing shelter for homeless during record cold

    CHICAGO — With winter making an early appearance in the Chicago area, the city and Cook County are working to make sure the most vulnerable have shelter from the bitter cold. In the city’s Uptown neighborhood Tuesday,  workers from the Salvation Army mobile outreach team provided soup and blankets and offered to help the homeless find a warming center, shelter or other place out of the elements. At least of dozen of such teams have fanned out across the city […]

  • Cook County public defender fighting detention of preteens

    CHICAGO — The Cook County Public Defender wants to undo a court decision that allows holding preteens in custody. The case involves a 12-year-old boy who was arrested last year for his alleged involvement in an armed robbery. A state appeals court upheld a judge’s decision to order the boy to remain in custody. Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli calls the U.S. judicial system’s treatment of juveniles “backward.” She plans to ask the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse the […]

  • Cook County judge rules CPS cross country runners can compete in IHSA sectionals

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge has ruled that cross country runners in Chicago Public Schools can compete in sectionals on Saturday. Cross country runners from CPS asked the Illinois High School Association to allow them to run in this weekend’s state sectional meets. An emergency hearing was held Friday evening. The IHSA originally rejected the runners’ appeal Friday morning. They were ineligible to run in the regionals last weekend because of the strike. But they will now run this […]

  • Thief stealing running, parked cars

    CHICAGO–Thieves have been eyeing easy targets on the Near North Side, stealing cars from people who left the keys inside and the engine running. Chicago Police say it’s happened at least four times since Oct. 16. Investigators say the auto thief strikes when the victim parks a car and runs into a store or restaurant. They have a general description of one suspect but no one is in custody. Here’s a list of the incident times and locations: • 500 […]

  • CPS football players will try to meet with Mayor Lightfoot Friday

    CHICAGO — The Chicago teachers’ strike has put an abrupt end to the sports season for many Chicago Public School athletes. On Friday,  some football players plan to share their disappointment with Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Eight public league football teams have lost a chance to compete in the state playoffs because of the strike. If the strike isn’t settled by Oct. 29, another 18 teams could be forced to forfeit state playoff games. Some seniors and their coaches are worried […]

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