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  • Rahm Emanuel gives final budget address as Chicago mayor

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel spelled out his final Chicago city budget Wednesday morning. The budget includes millions in new funding for the police. There is also money set aside for investments in summer jobs, mentoring, and basic services like rodent control, tree trimming and garbage cart replacement. Prior budgets brought property tax increases and higher fees and fines so the city could pay more toward public employee pension funds. “Getting the city back on track has not been a walk […]

  • Is Chicago paying for deportations from Gary airport?

    GARY, Ind. — Some lawmakers in Chicago are furious about deportations from the Gary airport. Aldermen Ed Burke and Gilbert Villegas, and State Senator Martin Sandoval, are sharply criticizing the Gary-Chicago International Airport Authority Board. They say, some of the Chicago dollars that support cargo operations at Gary may have helped immigration officials deport 19,000 immigrants in America illegally. But a statement from city hall says, federal authorities, not local ones, decide where flights operate and who they carry, and […]

  • 1/3rd of West and South Side residents carry guns, study says

    CHICAGO — A new study offers some perspective on the high level of gun violence in Chicago’s West and South Side neighborhoods. The study by the Urban Institute, finds that one-third of residents in those areas carry guns for self-protection. More than one-third report being shot at. Victims of gun violence are three times as likely to be armed, but it is not clear whether they got their guns before or after being attacked. People who carry guns also believe […]

  • Tours to start at Old Joliet Prison

    JOLIET, Ill. — You’ll soon be able to tour the historic Old Joliet Prison. The Joliet Correctional Center, closed in 2002, housed 1,300 inmates. Many were moved to Stateville Prison. What’s left behind is filled with history, and some of the prison’s former guards will be among the tour guides. People may be familiar with the prison from the opening scene in “The Blues Brothers” movie. The cost is $20 a person. Tours will be available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. You […]

  • Driver linked to fatal shooting crashes into multiple cars on Ike during police chase

    CHICAGO — A driver of an SUV linked to a homicide was taken into custody after leading a police chase on the Eisenhower Expressway that caused a multiple car crash. According to the Chicago Tribune, the police chase started after 10 p.m. Thursday when officers located a Jeep believed to be linked to a fatal shooting in the 3100 block of W. Arthington St. on the West Side. The chase was led on to the Eisenhower Expressway, until the Jeep crashed into […]

  • Laquan McDonald’s mother appears in court

    CHICAGO — The judge in Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial doesn’t want certain words used in court. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan ordered prosecutors not to refer to 17-year-old Laquan McDonald as a victim. Lawyers are also not allowed to use the term “code of silence” about Chicago police. Van Dyke fatally shot McDonald 16 times in October 2014. The teen had been stealing car radios with a small knife. Police who responded to the scene in […]

  • 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 […]