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  • ‘Cradles to Crayons’ collects items for kids on MLK day of service

    CHICAGO — The day when we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a day of service for an organization known as “Cradles to Crayons.”  They’re collecting items for children in the city and suburbs Monday. Gov. JB Pritzker was among those joining volunteers at a donation site at the South Side YMCA, 6330 South Stony Island Avenue.  Pritzker helped sort through the donations. Once the donations are processed they will be bagged up to be distributed to kids. “Cradles […]

  • Agreement allows ICE to deputize Chicago police as ‘customs officers’

    CHICAGO — Some immigrants rights activists are concerned about an agreement between Chicago police and federal authorities that allows Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deputize Chicago Police Department employees as “customs officers.” Those officers are “authorized to enforce the full range of federal offenses” but are not allowed to “enforce administrative violations of immigration law.” The Chicago Sun-Times obtained a copy of the agreement, which was signed last April by former Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Police Department spokesman Anthony […]

  • Chicago Fire Department welcomes new firefighters and paramedics

    CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Fire Commissioner Richard C. Ford II were among those on hand to congratulate the city’s newest firefighters and paramedics. The CFD graduation ceremony was held Monday morning in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The 110 new firefighters include 33 military veterans, 20 former Chicago police officers, and 11 graduates of Chicago public schools.  44 percent of the class is made up of minorities. The graduation ceremony also recognized 30 new paramedics who […]

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    Chicago travelers can dump pot in ‘Cannabis Amnesty Boxes’ before getting on planes

    CHICAGO — Even though recreational marijuana is now legal in Illinois, you can’t take it with you — not if you’re traveling by air. Block Club Chicago reports that’s why the city has set up “Cannabis Amnesty Boxes” at the end of every TSA checkpoint at O’Hare and Midway Airports. The blue metal boxes are a safe spot for travelers to dump pot and other drugs, after passing through security and before getting on planes. Traveling with marijuana is still […]

  • Chicago Police Department expands detective divisions

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department is expanding the number of detective divisions from three to five. Interim Superintendent Charlie Beck said it’s intended to improve the response times of detectives. Additional detective divisions in the areas will also help the Bureau of Patrol’s gang and saturation teams to more quickly suppress upticks in crime. The expansion in areas 4 and 5, on the North and Northwest sides of the city, will make CPD detectives more responsive and improve access […]

  • Chicago man in viral police ‘takedown’ video appears in court

    CHICAGO — A preliminary hearing was supposed to be held Thursday for a man who was body-slammed by a Chicago police officer, but instead the state is going to ask a grand jury to indict Bernard Kersh. He is scheduled to be arraigned next month. Kersh, 29, is charged with assault and resisting police. Cell phone video of the arrest was posted on social media. A Chicago police officer body-slammed Kersh, and he can be seen in the video hitting […]

  • Hate crime reports up 60% in Chicago

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department has seen a 60 percent increase in reported hate crimes based on immigration status, sexual orientation and religion. There were 78 reports of hate crimes during all of last year, but with nearly two months to go in 2019 there have already been 77 hate crime reports this year. The Chicago Sun-Times reports political vitriol coming from Washington D.C. is apparently having a spill-over effect in Chicago. President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened to cut […]

  • First responders honored for saving 14-year-old shot on the South Side

    CHICAGO — Members of the Chicago police and fire departments were honored Monday for taking quick action to save the life of a 14-year-old victim of gun violence earlier this month. On October 12, the first responders rushed to the 8600 block of South Elizabeth Avenue after a call of two people shot in the area. After arriving, they discovered a 14-year-old boy shot in the chest, bleeding out and barely breathing. Working quickly, they sealed the wound and slowed the […]

  • Council committee approves Sunday liquor sales changes

    CHICAGO — A City Council committee has endorsed a proposed ordinance that would allow about 75 more Chicago supermarkets to start selling liquor earlier on Sundays. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Committee on License and Consumer Protection approved the ordinance at the behest of 47th Ward Ald. Matt Martin. The city code currently limits early-morning liquor sales to supermarkets with at least 10,000 square feet of space. Smaller stores have to wait until 11 a.m. Sundays to start selling booze. […]

  • Burglars carry off ATM machine from Wicker Park tobacco shop

    CHICAGO — Police are looking for three men suspected in an ATM theft in the Wicker Park neighborhood. When police responded around 2:40 a.m. Monday to an alarm at the Smoke Times tobacco shop, 1850 West Division Street, they found the front door smashed in and broken. Inside the shop, the thieves hadn’t just stolen money from the ATM — they took the whole machine. The entire heist is captured on surveillance video. The shop owner said in addition to […]

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