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  • CPS students head back-to-school as threat of possible teachers strike looms

    CHICAGO —Tuesday was the first day for Chicago Public Schools, but a potential teachers strike could bring classes to a halt this year. CPS teachers are going back to school without a contract in place, but the teachers union said they’re hard at work negotiating a new one. About 360,000 students are headed back to the classroom Tuesday morning, as Chicago Public Schools confront budget cuts and slashed staffing for the new school year. Contract negotiations between the city and […]

  • Sister Jean celebrates 100th birthday at Loyola campus

    CHICAGO — Jean Dolores Schmidt, who is affectionately known as Sister Jean, celebrated her 100th birthday Wednesday at Loyola University Chicago’s campus surrounded by hundreds who turned out for her celebration. Sister Jean captured the hearts of many around the world during the Ramblers’ Final Four run last year during the NCAA tournament. But around Chicago, she has always been a treasure. In a video tribute, sportscasters from Jim Nance to Dick Vitale to Joe Madden, all saying her story […]

  • Study says Chicago casino wouldn’t be profitable

    CHICAGO — A consultant has determined that a casino in Chicago would not be profitable enough. The study by Union Gaming Analytics released Tuesday concludes that Illinois casino tax and fee structures are too “onerous” to allow a developer to make more than 1% or 2% profit. Casino gambling in Chicago was authorized this year by the General Assembly. A Chicago casino operator would have to pay a $250,000 application fee upfront, a $15 million “reconciliation” fee when the license is issued […]

  • 5-year-old boy saves family’s lives in house fire

    CHICAGO — The quick thinking of a child saved the lives of everyone in a house fire, including his two sisters and three cousins. 5-year-old Jayden Espinoza was the only one awake in his aunt’s apartment in the 5000 block of South Marshfield Avenue. It was 3 a.m. Saturday when the fire started and as it raged, Jayden went into action. “I yelled to my auntie there was fire,” Jayden Espinoza said. “I said fire was coming in the kitchen.” Jayden’s […]

  • Protests held outside customs convention at South Loop hotel

    CHICAGO — As the heated debate over immigration continues, U.S. Customs and Border Protection held its Trade Symposium at the Marriott Marquis Chicago in the South Loop. About 100 immigration activists were demonstrating outside the event Tuesday, with a heightened police presence to facilitate a peaceful protest. Far more people were inside for a conference said to be focused on business and trade. Nearly 1,000 government workers and trade industry professionals are attending this symposium over the next two days. […]

  • ‘ICE will come’: Naperville gas station clerk suspended after viral Facebook video

    NAPERVILLE, Ill — A suburban gas station clerk has been suspended after a video posted to Facebook shows him in a confrontation with customers as he tells them, “ICE will come,” and makes other anti-immigrant comments. The clerk, who worked at the Bucky’s Mobil gas station at 1576 Washington in Naperville, was recorded on video arguing with customers. The woman who posted the video on Facebook on Tuesday wrote, “Look at this guy who didn’t want to sell us anything […]

  • Past meets present at Bears100 Celebration Weekend

    ROSEMONT, Ill. — Generations of fans are colliding at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center as the Bears kick off their centennial celebration. A sea of blue and orange flooded River Road for the festivities, which brought legends like Mike Ditka, Richard Dent, Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus, Devin Hester and many more together, under one roof, for the first time. “I couldn’t believe the amount of people trying to get in here,” remarked Butkus. “It’s six deep and it goes […]

  • Mom of girl injured in hit-and-run speaks out; $500K bond for man charged

    ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP, Ill. — Bond was set at $500,000 for a man accused of a hit-and-run that left a girl in critical condition, but it is unclear if he’ll be able to post it. Brian Quartuccio, 42, appeared in bond court Tuesday after spending the night in the Kane County Jail. Quartuccio faces five felony charges, including leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident. He is accused of hitting and injuring 7-year-old Lexi Hanson […]

  • lllinois AG asks court to order new sentence for Van Dyke

    CHICAGO — Illinois’ attorney general on Monday asked the state’s highest court to review what prosecutors consider to be a too lenient sentence for the Chicago police officer who fatally shot teenager Laquan McDonald. Attorney General Kwame Raoul and the special prosecutor who won the conviction against Jason Van Dyke said they believe Judge Vincent Gaughan did not properly apply the law when he sentenced Van Dyke to six years and nine months in prison. In a rare move, Raoul and Kane […]

  • Ice jam breakups along Kankakee River causing flooding, evacuations

    WILMINGTON, Ill. — An ice jam is breaking up along the Kankakee River in northeastern Illinois, releasing backed up water and forcing evacuations. The National Weather Service on Wednesday morning issued a flash flood warning for parts of Grundy and Will counties, blaming the rapid breakup of ice stretching for miles on the River. A Flash Flood WARNING has been issued for Will and Grundy County. #ilwx https://t.co/6zdDpyxx3r — Mike Janssen (@MikeJanssenWX) February 6, 2019 Will County Emergency Management, Will […]

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