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  • Crime doubles on ‘L’ despite CTA adding thousands of surveillance cameras

    CHICAGO — Thousands of surveillance cameras on Chicago’s CTA platforms haven’t been able to prevent a rash of crimes on the “L.” The Chicago Tribune reports serious crimes like rape and robbery have nearly doubled in the past four years, arrests for those crimes have actually fallen. One-fourth of all crimes in 2015 resulted in an arrest. Now, it’s one-sixth. The likelihood of being arrested for a crime on the “L” is lower than for other crimes across the city. […]

  • Garrett Popcorn alleges former employee stole secret recipes

    CHICAGO — A former employee of Garrett Popcorn is accused of stealing the company’s secret recipes. Aisha Putnam was Garrett’s director of research and development until she was fired last month. She was one of only three people with access to the recipes. Garrett claims, she downloaded more than 5,000 files in the days before she was terminated. A federal lawsuit filed Monday seeks a restraining order to prevent her from using or sharing the trade secrets. Putnam has not […]

  • Man, 22, found fatally shot inside apartment near Northbrook

    NORTHBROOK, Ill. — A man was found dead after being shot inside an apartment in near north suburban Northbrook. Cook County sheriff’s officers responded to an apartment building in the 3600 block of Salem Walk around 10 p.m. Sunday. Authorities found the body of 22-year-old Daniel Middaugh inside the apartment, and discovered he’d been shot. No one is in custody. The fatal shooting is being investigated as a homicide.    

  • AAA shares tips for safe travel in cold weather

    CHICAGO — This cold weather is taking a harsh toll on vehicles on Wednesday. AAA has been busy jump-starting cars, fixing flat tires, and dealing with frozen locks. Due to the extreme temperatures, AAA is only responding to emergencies. The American Automobile Association (AAA) is offering these tips: Keep your cellphone charged, and take a charger with you Keep warm blankets and other warm gear in your car Take water and some non-perishable food on each winter trip in case […]

  • FBI secretly recorded Mike Madigan at his law office, report says

    CHICAGO — Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan was secretly recorded by the FBI trying to secure a developer’s business for Madigan’s private law firm, according to a published report. The Chicago Sun-Times reports it happened in 2014 as the developer sought state assistance to build a hotel in Chinatown. A federal court affidavit says the developer was sent by Alderman Danny Solis, who worked with the federal officials to secretly record Alderman Ed Burke seeking law-firm business from a Southwest Side […]

  • Vigil held for missing Chicago postal worker

    CHICAGO — A candlelight vigil was held Thursday evening for a missing postal worker. Family members and fellow postal workers gathered outside the Chicago post office in the city’s South Shore neighborhood. Kierra Coles was dressed for work when she vanished Oct. 2 outside her home on the South Side. Coles called in sick that morning. Family and friends are asking the community to help find her.

  • R. Kelly spotted at South Side club amid new allegations: report

    CHICAGO — Chicago police were called to a club on the South Side Wednesday where singer R.Kelly was reportedly celebrating his birthday. TMZ reports police responded to V75 Nightclub on a call about a warrant for the singer’s arrest. “Law enforcement confirmed to TMZ that they did indeed go to the club and made contact with Kelly — however, once they determined there was NO actual arrest warrant … Kelly was free to go about his business,” TMZ reports. People […]

  • Court upholds CPD officer’s conviction for shooting into car full of teens

    A federal appeals court just upheld the conviction of a former Chicago police officer accused of using excessive force. Marco Proano is serving five years in federal prison for firing 16 shots into a car full of teens in 2013.  Two teens were hurt. Proano’s  attorney asked for a new trial, saying the jury heard improper evidence, and prosecutors relied on inadmissible statements; the court said no.

  • Chicago will finish 2018 with fewer murders

    CHICAGO — For the second year in a row, Chicago`s murder rate has dropped. Violence continues to plague large parts of the city in some neighborhoods on the South and West sides. According to the Cook County medical examiner, 540 people were killed as of this last week of December. That is down considerably from 664 in 2017 and 781 in 2016. But these figures do not include killings on the city’s expressways Helping reduce numbers, the CPD credits better […]

  • Ricketts family once considered moving the Cubs out of Chicago: report

    CHICAGO — Newly published emails reveal the Ricketts family once considered moving the Cubs out of Chicago. According to the website Splinter, Todd Ricketts was incensed that Mayor Rahm Emanuel rejected a taxpayer subsidy to renovate Wrigley Field in 2013, and he suggested moving the team. In an email to his father, Todd Ricketts wrote, perhaps his family was “not the right organization to own the Cubs.” The mayor’s office responded, “The mayor told the Ricketts family the same thing […]

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