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  • 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 […]

  • Thousands without power as temperatures plummet in Illinois, some without heat

    CHICAGO — ComEd says crews have restored power to more than 42,000 customers and are working to restore another 9,400 as double-digit subzero temperatures hit Illinois. The cold struck Chicago transportation Wednesday morning too, with more than 1,600 canceled flights and limited rail service. The National Weather Service says the actual temperature was 23 below zero at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Wind chills in northern Illinois were as low as 57 below in Rockford. Officials have warned against venturing out […]

  • Trump pleads on TV for wall money; Democrats say he ‘stokes fear’

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump made a somber televised plea for border wall funding Tuesday night, seeking an edge in his shutdown battle with congressional Democrats as he declared there is “a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.” Addressing the nation from the Oval Office for the first time, Trump argued for funding on security and humanitarian grounds as he sought to put pressure on newly empowered Democrats amid an extended partial government […]

  • ‘I believe that I’m not guilty of anything’: Ald. Ed Burke charged with attempted extortion

    CHICAGO — Ald. Edward Burke, the longest serving alderman in Chicago history, has been charged with attempted extortion for “corruptly soliciting business” for his private law firm, according to a federal complaint unsealed Thursday. Burke was charged with one count of attempted extortion for conveying to company executives at a group of Burger Kings in 2017 that they’d get the permits if they signed on as clients at Burke’s private property-tax law firm in Chicago, the 37-page complaint said. If […]

  • Chicago police officer, doctor, pharmacy resident dead after Mercy Hospital shooting; gunman killed

    CHICAGO — Four people were killed, including a doctor, a first-year pharmacy resident and a Chicago police officer, after an active shooter incident at a South Side hospital Monday. Chicago police responded to the scene at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center at 2525 S. Michigan Ave. for reports of shots fired just before 3:30 p.m. Monday. The incident started with gunfire in the parking lot before moving into the hospital. The gunman was killed, but it was unclear whether he […]

  • South Side pastor’s security guard fatally shot in Dolton

    DOLTON, Ill. – A South Side pastor’s security guard was fatally shot outside his Dolton home over the weekend. Undra Colbert, 51, was shot and killed Sunday in the 14900 block of South Evers Street while he was sitting inside his car. Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church said robbery might have been the motive behind the shooting. Police have not confirmed that information. When Colbert came to  Brooks and wanted to turn his life around, Brooks welcomed him […]

  • Pritzker responds after 10 campaign staffers file suit alleging racial discrimination, harassment

    CHICAGO — Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, J.B. Pritzker responded Wednesday after 10 campaign staffers filed a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination and harassment within the campaign. In the lawsuit announced Tuesday night, the staff members claimed they were hired for specific race-related tasks such as “rounding up 40 black guys” and to fill a race quota. They said they were not offered meaningful opportunities for advancement, and received less favorable treatment than staff members who are white. Pritzker responded by […]

  • Missing Wisconsin teenager in danger, not a runaway: sheriff

    BARRON, Wis. — A Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn’t a runaway and investigators believe she’s in danger, a sheriff said Tuesday. Authorities have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since deputies responding to a 911 call early Monday found her parents , James and Denise Closs, dead in their home in Barron, a rural western Wisconsin community about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis. The call came from a cellphone […]

  • Chicago area hospital sending overdose patients home with free Narcan kits

    OAK LAWN, Ill. – A suburban hospital will now give opioid overdose patients a life-saving drug free of cost. Advocate Health Care announced Tuesday that they have partnered with the Chicago Recovery Alliance to give free naloxone, or Narcan, emergency kits to people who come into the ER and have overdosed, or are at risk of overdosing. They said the program is aimed at preventing overdose deaths. Steven Stefani’s twin brother, Matt, overdosed four times. Naloxone saved his life before, […]

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