CHICAGO AREA SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND EARLY DISMISSALS

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  • Dozens of activists boycott MLK Breakfast after officers acquitted in cover-up trial

    CHICAGO — Mayor Emanuel and other city leaders, clergy, and community activists attended the 33rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Breakfast on Friday. But, several African-American church leaders boycotted the event. Bishop Larry Trotter and 50 other ministers skipped the breakfast, leaving empty tables in the ballroom. Trotter was supposed to lead the closing prayer. His name was even on the program. They called the acquittals of three Chicago police officers on Thursday in a conspiracy case an […]

  • City inspectors report multiple violations at R. Kelly’s Near West Side studio

    CHICAGO — Building inspectors found multiple possible violations in R. Kelly’s warehouse studio on the Near West Side Wednesday, according to officials, as the singer faces increased scrutiny over sexual abuse allegations. Last week, an anonymous call to 311 claimed people were living in the warehouse on the 200 block of North Justine Street, and a judge granted the City’s emergency motion to enter the building. Kelly is the only tenant in the warehouse, which is zoned for commercial use only. […]

  • Chicago mayoral candidates discuss Burke, taxes, ethics during Tribune forum

    CHICAGO — Several of the 15 City of Chicago mayoral candidates took part in a Tribune Editorial Board forum Tuesday. The candidates who participated were Toni Preckwinkle, LaShawn Ford, Willie Wilson, Gery Chico and Bill Daley. The candidates discussed ethics in the wake of the extortion charge against Ald. Ed Burke. Daley proposed looking at the size of the City Council, and making the aldermanic position full-time to stop outside income. Chico believes an alderman’s right to unilaterally decide permits, licenses, […]

  • Missing boy, 9, from Englewood reunited with father

    CHICAGO — A 9-year-old boy who was reported missing Tuesday night has reunited with his father in Englewood. Michael Campbell was reunited with family members Wednesday morning near 74th and Vincennes, just a few blocks from the child’s home. According to the father, the fourth grader was at a friend’s house during the all-night search for him. He said Michael was afraid to head home after school on Tuesday afternoon because of gunfire, and fell asleep after playing video games. As a precaution, […]

  • Chicago police expand crackdown on stolen vehicles

    CHICAGO – Chicago police expand their crackdown on stolen vehicles. Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced on Tuesday morning the addition of 200 more License Plate Readers. The LPR’s help officers quickly identify and recover stolen vehicles by matching license plates against the list of stolen cars. The extra LPR’s will be rolled out over the next four months. Until now, there were only 44 in the city. By the end of April, every police district will have […]

  • Burke steps down as Finance Committee chairman after federal charge, Emanuel says

    CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday that Ald. Ed Burke would step down from his position as chairman of the City Council Finance Committee. The 14th Ward alderman was charged with attempted extortion Thursday. He’s accused of trying to shake down a major fast-food restaurant chain seeking city remodeling permits. Emanuel spoke to the media about the charge against Burke for the first time Friday “You can make all the changes you need to make, and changes to laws. […]

  • Chicago Archdiocese delivers ultimatum to Southwest Side school

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Archdiocese delivers an ultimatum to a school on the city’s Southwest Side. The Archdiocese gave St. Walter Elementary in Morgan Park until next Monday, Jan. 7, to raise a little more than $360,000 to stay open for the 2019-2020 academic year. It says the funding is necessary for operating expenses for this year and next. The Archdiocese is providing a $100,000 grant to the school for this year. St. Walter School’s endowment bank balance is $60,655. […]

  • Woman, son shot in domestic altercation in Dolton

    DOLTON, Ill. — A mother and her son were shot during a domestic incident in Dolton. The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. Thursday in a home near 145th and Dobson. Both victims are in critical, but stable condition at the University of Chicago Medical Center. The female victim is 40 years-old, and her son is 19 years-old. Police say the two showed up at the woman’s ex-boyfriend’s house to pick up some belongings. Authorities say, the ex-boyfriend shot them both. […]

  • Mayor Emanuel targets state constitution to solve pension crisis

    CHICAGO — Since 2010, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been working to shore up city pensions. Taxpayers have had to really stepped up to the plate. But new trouble is on the horizon and Emanuel is out with a new plan. Before exiting his job as Chicago mayor, Emanuel is leaving behind a blueprint to fix public pensions. The city is facing $1 billion in new annual payments in five years with the first increase in contributions due next year. “Simply […]

  • Group of people use pepper spray while robbing Akira store

    CHICAGO — A teenager faces charges in a pepper spray robbery in Bucktown. The Akira store at 1814 W. North Ave. was robbed around 9 p.m. Monday. A group of up to 10 people targeted the store, just as employees prepared to close. One worker asked the group to leave, but some of them started grabbing clothes worth hundreds of dollars and heading for the door without paying. As an employee confronted the group, one of them used pepper spray in […]