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  • Illinois’ highest paid school superintendent fired

    CALUMET CITY, Ill. — The highest paid school superintendent in Illinois has been fired following an investigation into alleged misconduct. Troy Paraday is accused of padding his own pay without authorization, destroying or altering documents involving when he worked, and misrepresenting the financial status of Calumet City District 155. Paraday made more than $430,000 this past year as District 155 Superintendent. He was fired last Friday following a school board investigation. Records show Paraday had been on paid leave since Oct. 6, […]

  • Illinois vets to be honored at Bicentennial celebration

    CHICAGO — Two hundred military veterans will be honored during the Illinois Bicentennial celebration. The veterans come from more than 50 counties across the state. They were evaluated based on their achievements and their contributions to their communities. All have been invited to attend the state’s 200th birthday celebration on Dec. 3 at the United Center in Chicago. The organizers say the Bicentennial HONOR 200 recognition is one of the most important commemorations of the yearlong celebration.

  • Raw: Crowd member shouts at Mayor Emanuel about schools during city’s birthday celebration

    Emanuel rewards allies with $20,000 campaign checks

    CHICAGO — There was a surprise item on the menu when Mayor Rahm Emanuel hosted a breakfast for more than two dozen Aldermen Wednesday morning. The Chicago Tribune reports that after thanking his City Council allies for backing a series of property tax hikes and other politically difficult votes, the Mayor handed out $20,000 checks to each of the Aldermen to help with their reelection campaigns. 49th Ward Aldermen Joe Moore called it “Christmas in October.” The money came from […]

  • Van Dyke in court for pre-trial hearing

    CHICAGO — Another hearing was held today in the case of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder and his trial is just three weeks away from jury selection. His defense team has subpoenaed Laquan McDonald`s mother, Tina Hunter, for a pre-trial hearing. She has repeatedly not complied, and no one has been able to reach her. The judge said today that Hunter will be […]

  • Lawmakers, advocates urge Governor to approve Women and Girls legislation

    CHICAGO — Key female leaders from around Illinois came together at the Thompson Center today to urge Gov. Bruce Rauner sign a bill creating the Illinois Council on Women and Girls. It’s a group that will ensure women have a seat at the table as policymakers to help shape the state’s priorities with regard to women, and deal with economic disparity and gender discrimination. Lawmakers stood together in solidarity, showing their support for creating the council and urging Gov. Rauner […]

  • Searching for signs of the Underground Railroad on Chicago’s Northwest Side

    CHICAGO — An urban archaeological dig is underway in Chicago’s Old Irving Park neighborhood. Lake Forest College Professor Rebecca Graff is leading a team of students searching for signs that the site may have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. The property at the corner of Grace Street and Kostner Avenue once belonged to John Gray, a Cook County sheriff who is said to have been an abolitionist. Gray built a home there in 1856, in the years after […]

  • 4-year-old girl escapes child luring attempt by doing everything right

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for three suspects in an attempted child luring incident in which a 4-year-old girl thwarted what could have been a really horrible situation. The little girl’s mother, Rachel Holler, says she is extremely proud of her daughter Rosie. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon in the 4000 Block of North Plainfield Avenue in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. At about 4:15 p.m. Rachel went into the house with two of her boys for a few minutes, […]

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    Sensory-friendly hours at this year’s Taste of Chicago

    CHICAGO — Children with autism or other sensory disorders will have a special place at this year’s Taste of Chicago. Northbrook-based Autism Home Support Services is sponsoring the first ever “sensory friendly” hours at the Taste on Sunday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. It offers less stimulating entertainment and a “quiet tent” to provide a fun experience for the children and their families. A “quiet tent” will also be available on July 14-15, from 10 a.m. to 6 […]

  • Officer in LeGrier case expected to take stand Tuesday

    CHICAGO — Opening statements concluded Monday morning in the high-profile police shooting case involving Quintonio LeGrier. LeGrier, 19, had a history of mental illness. He was wielding a baseball bat in the entrance of his home when he was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer on the day after Christmas in 2015. His family is now suing that officer in civil court. Jurors have been asked to decide whether the city should be held liable for LeGrier’s death. […]

  • Brookfield Zoo introduces newborn baby gorilla

    BROOKFIELD, Ill. — Meet the newest resident of Brookfield Zoo! A baby Western Lowland Gorilla was born at the zoo on June 1. It doesn’t have a name yet, and the gender is still unknown. Visitors can see the newborn in the zoo’s “Tropic World: Africa” habitat, where it’s living with its mother, 23-year-old “Koola”, its father, 38-year-old “JoJo”, and several other members of their extended family. The baby will cling to its mother for about the first three months […]