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  • Emanuel says animal safety concerns reason for firing head of Animal Care and Control

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded Monday about firing the head of Chicago’s Animal Care and Control on Friday—a move that many found questionable. Susan Russell, the executive director of the Commission of Animal Care and Control for about two years, was fired Friday and said she was given no explanation. Russell said she was asked to resign in a meeting at the mayor’s office with Emanuel’s chief of staff, Joe Deal. Russel said when she said she didn’t wish to […]

  • Mount Rushmore replica makes stop at Millennium Park

    CHICAGO —  Illinois, is of course, the Land of Lincoln. But on Saturday, Millennium Park became the Land of Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson and Roosevelt. A replica of Mount Rushmore was in Chicago just in time for the Fourth of July. “The great thing about Mount Rushmore it’s on everybody’s bucket list, whether you’re American or international visitor, they want to see it as well,” James Hagan, South Dakota secretary of tourism said. “Each president represents something great about our country.” […]

  • Man freed after serving 10 years for gun conviction tied to corrupt ex-Chicago cop

    CHICAGO — A man who alleged he was framed by former Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts won his freedom Monday after serving nearly 10 years in prison. Anthony McDaniels said Watts’ officers arrested him on false gun charges when he refused to pay them  a bribe. His conviction, which led to a 12-year prison sentence, was based largely on the officers’ testimony. McDaniels is the latest of two dozen people to have their felony drug or gun convictions based on Watts’ […]

  • 2 women injured after car rolls into retention pond

    LAKE IN THE HILLS, Ill. – Two women were injured in the northwest suburbs after a car rolled into a retention pond. Two women were pulled from the vehicle and the water shortly after it went into a retention pond in Lake in the Hills just before 6 p.m. Monday on Willow View Drive. The women, who were 33 and 19, were taken to the hospital. One of them was unconscious. The car was about 12 feet below the surface […]

  • CPD Supt. responds after police raid wrong home: ‘That’s not a good thing’

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the department has to “do better” after officers raided the wrong house on the South Side and handcuffed the wrong people before realizing their mistake Tuesday afternoon. “We conduct hundreds of raids every week. We depend on different avenues to obtain that information and when we do hit a wrong house, that’s not a good thing,” Johnson said in a press conference. “We just have to do better in ensuring where we’re getting […]

  • Chicago police raid wrong home on South Side

    WGN Exclusive CHICAGO – Police raided the wrong home on the South Side and handcuffed the wrong people before they realized their mistake Tuesday afternoon. Police raided the first floor of an apartment building on the 5200 South Wells Street in the Fuller Park neighborhood just before 3 p.m. Terricky Pender said her kids got caught in the middle of the incident. The family’s front door is now damaged. “They put us in handcuffs and told us to sit on […]

  • Missing boater identified after CFD diver dies in Chicago River rescue attempt

    CHICAGO —A fire department diver looking for a man who fell off a boat into the Chicago River on Monday night was separated from his partner underwater and was killed. The Chicago Fire Department said that its “prayers go out to the family of Firefighter Juan Bucio.” It said on Twitter that Bucio “tragically passed away answering a call of a person in the water.” The entire Chicago Fire Department's prayers go out to the family of Firefighter Juan Bucio […]

  • Father Pfleger celebrates birthday by standing on street asking Americans to put down guns

    CHICAGO — Father Michael Pfleger spent his birthday on Tuesday standing in the middle of a street on the city’s South Side holding up a sign urging Americans to put down their guns. The outspoken priest posted on Facebook that he would spend two hours standing in the middle of 79th Street and Racine Avenue holding up a sign that says, “AMERICAN PUT DOWN YOUR GUNS…STOP THE NRA SAVE OUR CHILDREN!” He said his mentor, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., […]

  • Some Cook Co. residents calling for reform over rising property taxes

    CHICAGO — Rising property taxes are hitting some Cook County homeowners hard, and some are calling to reform the system for determining fees. So far, two North Side areas of Chicago have gotten the assessments and they are up double digits. A stronger housing market is one reason, but many are in shock that in just three years since the last assessment, their taxes will be increasing so much. Monday’s property tax battle began at the county building downtown. Andrea […]

  • Chicago Cubs honor moms fighting breast cancer at Sunday’s game

    CHICAGO — On a day dedicated to crosstown rivals at Wrigley Field, many fans found a common bond through Mother’s Day. It was a happy Mother’s Day for dozens at the Sunday brunch Advocate Health Care put it together honoring the strong women facing breast cancer. Those women include Vandana Patel, a die-hard Cubs fan, a second grade CPS teacher and mom to 3-year-old Sanaaya. In October, Patel was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. “It was a wellness check. […]