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  • Chicago-area families give up custody of kids in exchange for need-based college financial aid

    CHICAGO— Dozens of suburban Chicago families gave up custody of their children to get need-based college financial aid in return, ProPublica Illinois reports. ProPublica found more than 40 cases in the past year of this practice in north suburban Lake County, but is investigating at least five more cases in other counties. It is a legal loophole in the financial aid system. Parents gave up custody of their children in their junior or senior year of high school— usually to […]

  • Park Ridge death investigation underway after woman found dead in home

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Police in suburban Park Ridge are investigating after a woman was found dead inside a residence. Park Ridge police said they responded to the 1900 block of South Courtland Avenue for a well-being check around 12 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived, they discovered a woman dead inside the home. Police said the death was suspicious in nature. Police said the incident was isolated and that there was no danger to the public. Park Ridge police along […]

  • Lincoln Yards megaproject kicks off, Fleet Fields opens

    CHICAGO — On the western edge of Lincoln Park was the kickoff to one of the largest developments in Chicago. 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins was head cheerleader in city council for the Lincoln Yards megaproject. On Sunday, still surrounded by an industrial corridor, the fleet field soccer area opened to the public. “We’re looking forward to building roads and bridges and more open, public space for people to enjoy,” Anna Simpson, Sterling Bay, said. Sterling Bay is developing the […]

  • Microchip helps bring kidnapped dog back home

    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — A suspected crime ring may be responsible for the kidnapping of several dogs, some of them in the East Chicago and Hammond, Indiana areas, but thanks to technology and a family who never gave up, one dog found his way back. 7 -year-old Zino is home at  last. He was gone since February when he was stolen from the backyard. Josephine Lopez looked for hours that winter night, but not a sign of her little four […]

  • Teen caught on camera stealing packages multiple times

    CHICAGO — A young man is caught on camera stealing packages and neighbors want him caught. Tuesday afternoon, a young man that looks to be under 18 with a backpack trudges onto a front porch, grabs a package and leaves.  “He looks about my sons age, my son is 12,” Gregory Middleton, retired staff sergeant, said. “He’s maybe a year or two older.” Middleton emailed WGN News when he saw that video. It was his house and his package that […]

  • Kankakee County Democrats apologize after photo posted comparing Trump MAGA hats to KKK hoods

    KANKAKEE COUNTY, Ill. — An Illinois Democratic group has apologized after a photo was posted on Twitter comparing President Donald Trump’s red MAGA hats to Ku Klux Klan hoods. The photo was posted Monday by the Kankakee County Democrats and showed a red Ku Klux Klan hood with the words, “Make America Hate Again.” The photo has since been deleted, but was reposted by others. Amid the state GOP county chairmen’s flap over the “Jihad Squad” faux-movie poster, there’s this […]

  • Video shows man at Jewel hours before he broke into home, attacked female customer: police

    CHICAGO — Police have released surveillance video from a Northwest Side grocery store in hopes of locating the man suspected of breaking into a woman’s residence and attempting to sexually assault her. Police said the woman, 32, was inside her residence in the 3700 block of North Whipple Street in the city’s Irving Park neighborhood around 12:30 a.m. on June 15. The woman told police she fought the man off, gouged his eyes and scratched his face. He ran out […]

  • Immigration groups on guard after Trump delays sweep, says ‘big deportation’ still likely

    CHICAGO — It was relatively quiet day for many immigration groups Sunday, but if not for a reversal by President Donald Trump, sweeping immigration raids would have likely been underway across Chicago. On Saturday, President Trump delayed a nationwide immigration sweep aimed at deporting people living the United States illegally, including families. The raids were set to target those who have ignored deportation orders in 10 major cities, including Chicago, which the president singled out as a “high crime” sanctuary […]

  • Girl, 2, killed in crash involving car chased by Chicago police

    CHICAGO — A 2-year-old girl was killed, and several others injured, when a vehicle being chased by police hit another car and crashed into a tree. Officers were attempting to pull over a black Chrysler at 107th Street and Michigan Avenue late Sunday night, when the driver took off. The vehicle hit a white Acura sedan a few blocks away, then struck a tree. Danyla was ejected from the car. The toddler, identified as Danyla Owens, was not strapped into […]

  • Life-threatening cold heads toward Chicago; many schools, businesses to close Wednesday

    NOTE: Chicago Public Schools closed for 2 days due to weather CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the double-digit subzero temperatures forecast for the city are life threatening and “not to be taken lightly.” Emanuel spoke Tuesday morning at a warming center, telling Chicagoans that the frigid weather expected through Thursday is a “public health risk.” The National Weather Service (NWS) says wind chills could dip to 46 below zero in Chicago. A wind chill of minus 25 (negative 32 […]

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