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  • Schools tackle trauma to help students graduate

    CHICAGO — Helping young people deal with trauma and getting them on track to graduate. Ombudsman Educational Services now has four locations for Chicago public school students. For many, it’s their last chance at a high school diploma. “We have to address the challenges and traumas they’ve experienced before they can truly be successful,” Sue Fila, vice president of center operations for Ombudsman Educational Services, said. Since the first Chicago locations opened six years ago, more than 1,000 students have […]

  • 2 Illinois child welfare workers sued over 5-year-old AJ Freund’s death

    CHICAGO — The estate of the 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy who was beaten to death and buried in a shallow grave this year has filed a lawsuit contending that two state child welfare workers ignored clear signs that the boy was being abused months before his death. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday asserts that Department of Child and Family Services worker Carlos Acosta and his supervisor, Andrew R. Polovin, either didn’t investigate allegations that Andrew “AJ” Freund had been abused […]

  • Suspect in shooting of Chicago officer in custody after being shot by police

    CHICAGO — The suspect wanted in a shooting of a Chicago police officer, and an earlier shooting of a woman in the Fulton River District, was shot by police Saturday afternoon after a manhunt that started in West Englewood. The officer was on the 1900 block of West 65th Street around 8:40 a.m. Saturday when he and his partner came into contact with the gunman and a “physical struggle” ensued, followed by an armed confrontation, according to CPD Supt. Eddie […]

  • Surveillance video leads police to test plastic container for missing mother’s DNA

    CHICAGO — Troubling surveillance video and DNA tests may finally tell a South Side family what happened to a missing mother. 43-year-old Chaunti Bryla disappeared back in March and police now confirm they suspect foul play. Her family is frustrated and they don’t understand what’s taking so long to make an arrest.  “We all think about her every day,” Eileen Sterling-Ross, aunt, said. “I used to talk to her everyday and now nothing. And now that I got her son, […]

  • Chicago high school student fatally shot outside Dolton convenience store

    DOLTON, Ill. — A Chicago high school student was shot and killed in Dolton Tuesday night. Police said the shooting happened just before 8 p.m. outside the Moonlight Food Deli and Liquor store at 142nd Street and Woodlawn Avenue. The 16-year-old girl, identified as Akeira Boston, was sitting inside a parked car, when someone in another vehicle pulled up slowly and opened fire as her friend was returning from the store. She was shot twice in the abdomen. Boston was […]

  • Man climbs on roof, throws bottles at police in River North

    CHICAGO — A SWAT team responded after a man climbed onto a roof and threw bottles at police in River North Saturday afternoon. Around 12:04 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance call at a retail store in the 600 block of N. Clark St. where a man was wanted for theft and property damage. Officers relocated to the Chinese Consulate building in the 100 block of W. Erie Street where the man climbed up the roof of a building. The […]

  • Suit accuses 2 Evanston high school security guards of sexually abusing students

    EVANSTON, Ill. — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges two security guards who worked at a public high school in Evanston had sex with female students, and the school failed to adequately protect girls from purported predators. The 22-page suit says school officials knew or should have known the staffers posed a risk at the 3,600-student Evanston Township High School campus. The lawsuit was filed on the eve of a new school year beginning Wednesday, and months after the school settled […]

  • Missing Indiana girl found safe in Arkansas, FBI says

    CROWN POINT, Ind. — Officials canceled an Amber Alert issued for a 16-year-old Indiana girl believed to be in extreme danger Sunday after she was found safe in Arkansas, according to the FBI. The Amber Alert was issued after a car belonging to Madison Elizabeth Eddlemon was found abandoned in Crown Point, IN, with some of her belongings inside and the windows cracked. Family members said they had last seen in the car around 9 p.m. Friday. Officials said they believed […]

  • Gary Police shoot and kill man in traffic stop

    GARY, Ind. — A man was killed after shots were fired during a police traffic stop Saturday morning. Around 3 a.m., Gary police officers were involved in a shooting during a traffic stop in the area of East 23rd Avenue and Kentucky Street. 25-year-old Rashad Cunningham was shot and killed. No officers were injured. A woman who did not want to be identified said she did not hear any gunshots, but she saw the active scene and flashing lights. The […]

  • Housing ordinance introduced to help stop black resident displacement

    CHICAGO — An ordinance to help stop the displacement of longtime, majority black residents around the Obama Presidential Center was introduced at city hall. Members of the Obama Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Coalition gathered at City Hall to introduce the CBA Housing Ordinance. Activists said this is an urgent issue because residents are already being displaced. “I’m hearing people telling me they’re moving out of the community, they’re doubling up with a family, ‘I can’t afford it anymore,'” Ald. Jeanette […]

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