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  • First mental health crisis unit in Chicago opens at Holy Cross Hospital

    CHICAGO — Sinai Health Systems has opened the first comprehensive psychiatric emergency center in Chicago. Governor J.B. Pritzker and Sheriff Tom Dart were among those on hand today for the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new mental health crisis unit at Holy Cross Hospital, 2701 West 68th Street. The unit will be open 24 hours a day, with psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners on duty to rapidly diagnose and properly treat mental health conditions. It will accept patients […]

  • Sister Mary Jo heads for LA and the ESPY Awards

    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. — The Catholic nun who tossed a ceremonial first pitch that went viral is on her way to the ESPY Awards. Marian Catholic High School hosted a send-off Tuesday morning for theology teacher, Sister Mary Jo Sobieck. Students, staff, and faculty cheered as she left for her flight to Los Angeles. Sister Mary Jo took the mound at Guaranteed Rate Field last August and threw a perfect strike for the ceremonial first pitch on Marian Catholic High […]

  • Mosquitoes in 3 suburbs test positive for West Nile virus

    HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have turned up in three northern suburbs. A batch of mosquitoes sampled in Highland Park on June 13 is the first to test positive in Lake County in 2019. Mosquitoes collected from traps in Morton Grove and Lincolnwood have also tested positive for West Nile. Mosquito abatement officials recommend that residents take care to minimize mosquito bites — including using insect repellent, wearing loose fitting clothing, and avoiding peak mosquito feeding […]

  • Lightfoot takes test to raise awareness on National HIV Testing Day

    CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot stopped by a Walgreens store on the South Side today to help raise awareness for National HIV Testing Day. She took the test herself during her visit to the store at 3405 South King Drive. Lightfoot thanked the medical professionals conducting the test, and she thanked Walgreens for its partnership and leadership in bringing this testing opportunity to Chicago communities, especially on the South and West Sides. The mayor pointed out that in some communities […]

  • Star witness against ‘El Chapo’ sentenced to 15 years

    CHICAGO — A star government witness at the New York trial of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday in federal court in Chicago. Vicente Zambada was sentenced for his role in trafficking thousands of pounds of cocaine and heroin into the U.S. using speedboats, submarines and jumbo jets. Zambada would have been looking at a sentence of life in prison if not for his testimony last year against Guzman and his […]

  • Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot: Day 3 in DC

    WASHINGTON — While Congress clashes with President Trump over subpoenas and other matters, Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot looks to secure resources for the city and network on day three of her visit to Washington.  Nearly ever member of the Chicago Congressional delegation was at a Thursday morning meeting with Lightfoot.  “It’s my responsibility, which I fully embrace, to be the number one advocate and cheerleader for the city, to make sure that I’m educating people about the good things that […]

  • R. Kelly appears in court for brief hearing on sex-abuse case

    CHICAGO — R. Kelly appeared in Cook County Criminal Court Tuesday for another hearing in his sex abuse case. The hearing lasted only about 10 minutes. Kelly was required to be there because he was a no-show at the last one. The judge set the next hearing date in the case for next month. Kelly walked into the courthouse around 9 a.m. surrounded by his usual entourage. He was silent as he walked by news cameras and had nothing to […]

  • Naperville Ribfest likely headed to Romeoville in 2020

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — This summer marks Ribfest’s final year in Naperville — and it looks like the popular festival has found a new home in Romeoville. The Exchange Club of Naperville is entering into final discussions on a contract with Romeoville to begin holding Ribfest there, starting in 2020. Romeoville Mayor John Noak said Ribfest 2020 would be held in an area on Romeo Road just east of Weber Road that includes fields and a recreation campus. Ribfest has been […]

  • Bond denied for Cicero woman charged in forced labor investigation

    CICERO, Ill. — A federal judge has ordered no bond for a Cicero woman who’s facing forced labor charges. Concepcion Malinek, 49, a dual citizen of the United States and Guatemala, was arrested Tuesday after federal authorities raided her home and found 19 adults and 14 children in the basement of the 1,900 square foot house in Cicero. According to court records, some of the people are from the same family and some are her relatives.  All are from Guatemala. […]

  • Lake County’s K9 Boomer to receive body armor

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — K9 Boomer, a four-footed officer with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, will be receiving new body armor. His new vest will protect K9 Boomer from bullets and stabbing. It’s expected to arrive within 8 to 10 weeks. The new vest is thanks to a donation from the Massachusetts-based non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Boomer’s vest is sponsored by Yorkville Paws and Claws. Lake County Sheriff John Idelburg says it will help keep both K9 […]

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