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  • Aide: Dorothy Brown shook down employees for campaign cash

    CHICAGO — A former aide to Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown says Brown took payoffs from her employees. Brown is currently running for mayor. She is under investigation for shaking down her employees for campaign donations. A federal judge granted the FBI permission to search the phone of a longtime employee of Brown’s. The aide claims Brown personally collected the payoffs from a bagman, the Chicago Tribune reports. Brown denies any wrongdoing.

  • Chicago Stock Exchange announces job cutbacks

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Stock Exchange is cutting its workforce. The exchange was recently acquired by the owners of the New York Stock Exchange. About a dozen people were informed that they won’t have jobs anymore. The exchange’s CEO, John Kerin, has left its Intercontinental Exchange division. The Chicago Stock Exchange handles less than 1 percent of the country’s equity trading.

  • Surveillance video exposes car burglars in Harwood Heights

    HARWOOD HEIGHTS, Ill. — Police in Harwood Heights now have video images of burglary suspects who have been breaking into vehicles for the past month and a half. The surveillance images were shot on July 19 in the 4800 block of Odell Court. The video shows four people, including a woman wearing a hijab headdress, looking for unlocked vehicles. In one case, a garage door opener was stolen and used, but the garage wasn’t entered.  

  • OPRF teacher charged with cocaine possession

    BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — A gym teacher and former baseball coach at Oak Park and River Forest High School was arrested after police found cocaine in his car during a traffic stop. Chris Ledbetter, 47, of Elmhurst, was charged with a possession of a controlled substance. Ledbetter was stopped by police in Bridgeview Tuesday night for making a left turn without signaling . When he failed to produce a valid driver’s license, officers searched his car and found a white powdery substance. Police […]

  • Improved lakefront trail reopens

    Chicago’s new and improved lakefront path, from Wacker to Roosevelt, has been officially reopened; the ceremonial ribbon was cut Sunday. Runners and bike riders no longer have to share the same trails. It’s part of the ongoing project to remake the entire 18-mile stretch from Ardmore Ave. to 71st St. The project should be completed by Thanksgiving.

  • Burglar shot to death in Gage Park, police say

    CHICAGO — A man was shot and killed while trying to break into a home in the Gage Park neighborhood, Chicago police said. It happened Tuesday evening near 57th Street and South California Avenue. A witness told police he saw the man trying to break in. The witness then saw the man running across the home’s backyard. Minutes later, officers found a man matching the witness’s description dead with a bullet through his neck. His identity has not yet been […]

  • Man shot in hijack attempt on Chicago’s South Side

    CHICAGO — A man was shot as he escaped two men who tried to hijack his car on the city’s South Side. It happened Sunday evening near 87th and King Dr. in the Chatham neighborhood. The man, in his 50’s, was stopped for a red light, when the two men walked up and demanded his car. When he drove off, they opened fire and shot him in the leg. He drove himself to the hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening. […]

  • 18 charged in Sikh temple melee

    GREENWOOD, Ind. — Eighteen people will face charges in a brawl at a Sikh temple in southern Indiana. It happened April 15 at the Gurdwara Sikh Temple, 1050 S. Graham Rd., in Greenwood, just south of Indianapolis. The fight drew nearly every law enforcement officer in Johnson County. Several people were injured. One man was stabbed with a spear; another was attacked with a nail sticking out of a board. A young girl was sprayed with mace. Temple officials said […]

  • Conviction in murder of Niles North High School student

    CHICAGO — A Chicago man was convicted of murdering a Niles North High School student during a marijuana robbery. Maxwell Gadau was shot to death, and his girlfriend Jeanette Spitz was shot in the face and seriously injured, during the holdup in Skokie in 2014. A jury convicted an acquaintance, Dzevad Avdic, of murder, even though another man fired the fatal shot. State law dictates that a crime like robbery that results in someone’s death can be prosecuted as a […]

  • Woman charged with spitting on off-duty officer during protest

    CHICAGO — The woman is charged with spitting on an off-duty police officer outside a City Council meeting last month. Penny Hawthorne, 20, of Oak Park, is the daughter of Chicago Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne. Unionized officers were protesting a new training academy on May 23, when police say Hawthorne approached an officer, yelled obscenities at him, and spat on his cheek. According to a news release, police say a warrant was issued for her arrest, and she turned herself […]