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Police searching for man who followed two girls on the West Side | Chicago Tribune Police searching for man who followed two girls on the West Side
Chicago police are searching for a man who they say followed two girls in car while trying to engage them in conversation Friday morning on the West Side. The juveniles, whose ages were not released, were walking around 7:45 a.m. in the 700 block of North Austin Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood...
Chicago Tribune | December 16, 2017
Woman killed when freight train strikes and drags car in Melrose Park | Chicago Tribune Woman killed when freight train strikes and drags car in Melrose Park
A woman was killed when a car tried to go around crossing gates and was struck and dragged by a Union Pacific freight train in Melrose Park early Friday, authorities said. The accident happened just before 2 a.m. at 19th Avenue and Main Street in Melrose Park. The train dragged the car about four...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Chicago companies fear unknown in net neutrality repeal | Chicago Tribune Chicago companies fear unknown in net neutrality repeal
Federal regulators’ decision to end net neutrality and roll back regulations that some say kept data flowing freely on the internet has left some Chicago business owners concerned for their companies’ futures. While it’s still unclear exactly what the repeal of the Obama-era rules will mean, proponents...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Masked man grabbed, chased girl, 10, in South Side child luring | Chicago Tribune Masked man grabbed, chased girl, 10, in South Side child luring
A masked-man tried to lure a young girl with a trip to the candy store in the South Shore neighborhood and then followed her and grabbed her arm, authorities said in a community alert. The 10-year-old girl was walking home from school Thursday about 4:20 p.m. in the 7100 block of South East End...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Man seriously injured in West Side attempted robbery | Chicago Tribune Man seriously injured in West Side attempted robbery
A man was stabbed in the chest during an attempted robbery in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side on Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The man, 43, was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition, police said. The man told police he was walking in an alley in the 3900 block...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Naperville mom gets life for murders of son, girl; 'I love those children,' she says | Chicago Tribune Naperville mom gets life for murders of son, girl; 'I love those children,' she says
For committing a crime police and prosecutors described as one of the most violent they had seen, a Naperville woman was sentenced Friday to life in prison. Elzbieta Plackowska, 45, was ordered to serve the mandatory sentence for the stabbing murders in 2012 of her son and a young girl in her care....
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Man charged with threats against officials in DuPage gets probation in plea deal | Chicago Tribune Man charged with threats against officials in DuPage gets probation in plea deal
A Morton, Ill., man who authorities said sent threatening emails to public officials, including Lombard’s police chief and two DuPage County judges, was sentenced Friday to 2 years of probation and time served. In a negotiated plea, James Brasfield, 45, admitted guilt in DuPage County court to...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Indiana residents oppose potential ICE detention center | Chicago Tribune Indiana residents oppose potential ICE detention center
Hundreds of people gathered at a recent public meeting in opposition to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility proposed in northern Indiana. More than 300 people attended the meeting Thursday in Elkhart to voice their concerns of the potential 1,240-bed facility. The meeting follows...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
High-ranking Cook County prosecutor resigns after inquiry into case referrals to former employer | Chicago Tribune High-ranking Cook County prosecutor resigns after inquiry into case referrals to former employer
A top member of the Cook County state’s attorney’s office resigned Friday after an internal review found he had referred business to his old law firm, allowing it to charge up to $315 an hour above the county’s standard rate, according to an official and county records. Chaka Patterson, a 49-year-old...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Champaign man gets 69 years in 2016 fatal shooting near University of Illinois | Chicago Tribune Champaign man gets 69 years in 2016 fatal shooting near University of Illinois
A 20-year-old Champaign man has been sentenced to 69 years in a 2016 fatal shooting during a party near the University of Illinois.Patton was convicted in September of first-degree murder for killing 22-year-old George Korchev of Mundelein. He was also was convicted of aggravated battery with a...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash on West Side | Chicago Tribune Bicyclist killed in hit-and-run crash on West Side
A bicyclist was killed Thursday when a vehicle ran him over and fled the scene in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, authorities said. The bicyclist, a 46-year-old man, was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, police said. About 5:30 p.m., the driver of a 2009 Saturn Outlook...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Food stamp benefits disrupted for thousands as state launches new eligibility system | Chicago Tribune Food stamp benefits disrupted for thousands as state launches new eligibility system
Tens of thousands of Illinois households aren’t receiving federal food stamp benefits leading up to the holidays because of problems with a state computer system. In 2013, the state’s Department of Human Services began rolling out a new computer system to administer entitlement benefits, such as...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Many Illinois consumers still have time to buy Obamacare plans under little-discussed exception | Chicago Tribune Many Illinois consumers still have time to buy Obamacare plans under little-discussed exception
Many Illinois consumers have more time to buy health insurance on the Obamacare exchange than they thought. Dec. 15 is the official deadline for Illinois consumers to choose health plans on the Obamacare exchange. But under a little-discussed exception to that rule, consumers whose current exchange...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Victim shot during robbery on the West Side | Chicago Tribune Victim shot during robbery on the West Side
A male victim was shot by a robber Wednesday morning on the West Side in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, Chicago police said. Shortly after 10:05 a.m., the victim, whose exact age was not immediately available, was shot by a person who was trying to rob him in the 3600 block of West Harrison...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
City backtracks, decides to not sue estate of teen killed by police officer | Chicago Tribune City backtracks, decides to not sue estate of teen killed by police officer
In an abrupt reversal, lawyers for the city of Chicago announced Friday they would not seek to sue the estate of a teen shot to death by a police officer after all. The change of heart came shortly before the lawyers planned to be in court for an emergency hearing seeking the approval of a judge...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Loop bank robbed | Chicago Tribune Loop bank robbed
A Loop bank was robbed early Friday, according to the FBI. The robbery occurred around 8:35 a.m. at a Chase bank at 55 E. Monroe St., the FBI said. No other details were available.
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Man shot to death on West Side identified as Maryland man | Chicago Tribune Man shot to death on West Side identified as Maryland man
A man found shot in East Garfield Park has been identified as a man from Maryland, according to authorities. The man shot Wednesday night in the 700 block of North Trumbull Avenue was identified as Frank M. Noto, 30, of the 4400 block of Chestnut Lane in Rockville, Maryland, according to the Cook...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Plane that led Normandy invasion discovered, restored in Wisconsin | Chicago Tribune Plane that led Normandy invasion discovered, restored in Wisconsin
A plane that led the invasion of Normandy during World War II has been saved from a junkyard and is being carefully restored in Wisconsin. The C-47, called "That's All, Brother," carried the first paratroopers who were dropped behind German lines at Normandy. The aircraft led the more than 800...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Bank robber caught after crashing SUV in preserve, failing to swim Chicago River: FBI | Chicago Tribune Bank robber caught after crashing SUV in preserve, failing to swim Chicago River: FBI
A man who robbed a Northwest Side bank Thursday was arrested when police cornered him in a forest preserve after he crashed his car and had to turn back when he found he couldn’t swim across the Chicago River, according to the FBI. Daniel Torres, 30, of Berwyn, faces a bank robbery charge after...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Bonaventura stepping down as director of Indiana Department of Child Services | Chicago Tribune Bonaventura stepping down as director of Indiana Department of Child Services
Mary Beth Bonaventura, who was a Lake County juvenile judge when she was appointed director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, is stepping down after nearly five years as its chief. Gov. Eric Holcomb's office says Mary Beth Bonaventura notified the governor Friday that she will resign,...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Concealed carry holder fatally shoots man in South Side parking lot  | Chicago Tribune Concealed carry holder fatally shoots man in South Side parking lot 
A concealed carry holder told police he fatally shot a man who tried to rob him at gunpoint Thursday night in a South Side business parking lot, according to preliminary information from a source. The shooting happened about 8 p.m. in the 1900 block of West 33rd Street in a parking lot shared by...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Police investigating fatal crash on Interstate 88 near Sugar Grove involving 2 tollway trucks | Chicago Tribune Police investigating fatal crash on Interstate 88 near Sugar Grove involving 2 tollway trucks
One person was killed in a four-vehicle crash Friday morning on eastbound Interstate 88 in western Kane County near Sugar Grove, according to Illinois State Police.The crash involved two Illinois Tollway maintenance trucks, a pickup truck and a passenger car, said Master Sgt. Brian McKinney. McKinney...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
CPS basketball player sidelined by transfer woes declared eligible | Chicago Tribune CPS basketball player sidelined by transfer woes declared eligible
High school basketball player Malik Onyeali, who had been prevented from competing after transferring from a Catholic school to Chicago Public Schools for financial reasons, has finally been cleared to play, his parents and coach said. Onyeali, an 18-year-old senior, took the floor for Hyde Park...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Top cop: U.N. has Top cop: U.N. has "no jurisdiction" in Chicago
A day after Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin called for United Nations intervention to stop what he called a “quiet genocide” in Chicago’s black community, the city’s top cop laughed at the proposal, saying the organization had “no jurisdiction” in Chicago. “I appreciate the commissioner’s...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Trump singles out Chicago violence again — but underestimates the problem | Chicago Tribune Trump singles out Chicago violence again — but underestimates the problem
President Donald Trump has again invoked Chicago when discussing violence, but this time, he underestimated how bad the problem has been. The president, who began singling out the city for its stubborn crime problem during his campaign, was speaking to graduates at the FBI’s national academy Friday...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Man charged in East Chicago homicide | Chicago Tribune Man charged in East Chicago homicide
A grand jury has indicted a man in connection with a fatal shooting in May in East Chicago. Donovan J. Harris, 27, no address listed, was charged with murder in Lake Superior Court in the death of Thomas Richardson, 24, records show. Officers responded to a shots fired call just after 5:30 p.m....
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
18-year-old woman pulled from burning Waukegan house dies from injuries | Chicago Tribune 18-year-old woman pulled from burning Waukegan house dies from injuries
A young woman rescued by Waukegan firefighters from a Dec. 4 house fire died earlier this week from complications from smoke inhalation, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. Alonda Caballero Negron, 18, died Sunday Dec. 10 at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, where she was being...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
State panel to examine special education practices at Chicago Public Schools | Chicago Tribune State panel to examine special education practices at Chicago Public Schools
The Illinois State Board of Education has launched an unprecedented inquiry into special education practices at Chicago Public Schools, which have met with fierce criticism since a 2016 overhaul. The inquiry will “address the central question of whether there is a policy environment in CPS preventing...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Well-known suburban lawyer gets probation following DUI arrest, seizure of dozens of guns | Chicago Tribune Well-known suburban lawyer gets probation following DUI arrest, seizure of dozens of guns
A well-known northwest suburban attorney who had dozens of firearms seized from his home by authorities following a DUI charge has been sentenced to probation and drug and alcohol treatment. Donald F. Franz, 51, of Crystal Lake pleaded guilty earlier this week to obstructing a peace officer and...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
State rep's daughter, boyfriend given probation for attack on primary rival | Chicago Tribune State rep's daughter, boyfriend given probation for attack on primary rival
A state legislator’s daughter and her boyfriend pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges of misdemeanor battery in an attack last year on her mother’s political rival, court records show. Jessica Soto and Bradley Fichter, both 28, each were sentenced to two years’ probation by Cook County Judge...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Whistleblower says she warned drugmaker of risks of taking antipsychotic Seroquel with methadone | Chicago Tribune Whistleblower says she warned drugmaker of risks of taking antipsychotic Seroquel with methadone
Few prescription drugs were as popular as the antipsychotic Seroquel. Psychiatrists trusted it, nursing homes used it and addiction specialists prescribed it. Annual sales exceeded $3 billion. But in the winter of 2009, one of the top pharmaceutical sales representatives selling it, Allison Zayas,...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Antioch man accused of sexual abuse of minors while working with Catholic group in Peru | Chicago Tribune Antioch man accused of sexual abuse of minors while working with Catholic group in Peru
Jeffery Daniels left his native Peru in 2001, moved to the U.S., married and started a family, leaving behind the elite Catholic society he’d spent years with for a life in the quiet north Chicago suburb of Antioch. Now, in the wake of an explosive report issued earlier this year, Peruvian prosecutors...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Chicago man's success shows college dreams within reach for more people with autism | Chicago Tribune Chicago man's success shows college dreams within reach for more people with autism
It was never a question whether Paris King would go to college. The 23-year-old, who is on the autism spectrum, loved learning — especially history — and he and his parents saw no reason why he shouldn’t continue to do so after high school. But during the four years King spent earning his bachelor’s...
Chicago Tribune | December 15, 2017
Pedestrian fatally struck by car along Randall Road in Elgin | Chicago Tribune Pedestrian fatally struck by car along Randall Road in Elgin
A 52-year-old man was struck and killed while crossing Randall Road in Elgin Wednesday night, Elgin police said. The preliminary investigation indicates a Lake in the Hills man was crossing at the light near Holmes Road at 9:37 p.m. when he was stuck by oncoming traffic, police said in a press...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Man shot Tuesday on West Side dies | Chicago Tribune Man shot Tuesday on West Side dies
A man has died after being seriously injured in a West Side shooting Tuesday, according to authorities. The 25-year-old man was wounded in the 700 block of North Lawndale Avenue about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, police said. He was standing near the street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood when a...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Authorities find suspected human remains near where woman went missing 7 years ago | Chicago Tribune Authorities find suspected human remains near where woman went missing 7 years ago
Seven years after a Woodstock woman went missing in southern Illinois, authorities say they have discovered suspected human remains nearby where she was last seen. On May 23, 2010, Benedetta “Beth” Bentley was reportedly dropped off by a friend at an Amtrak station in Centralia, Ill., after a weekend...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Judges hear arguments on ATF's alleged racial bias as landmark hearing opens | Chicago Tribune Judges hear arguments on ATF's alleged racial bias as landmark hearing opens
A national policing expert who concluded that the controversial drug stash house stings by federal law enforcement in Chicago were racially biased faced tough questions about his methodology Thursday as a landmark hearing got underway at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. The findings by Jeffrey Fagan,...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Boy, 16, charged in attempted robbery of off-duty officer | Chicago Tribune Boy, 16, charged in attempted robbery of off-duty officer
A 16-year-old boy was charged in the attempted armed robbery of an off-duty officer, who then fired shots at the suspect on the Far Southwest Side, authorities said. The boy faces felony charges of attempted robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number in connection...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Missing Hammond teen found dead in Gary | Chicago Tribune Missing Hammond teen found dead in Gary
A Hammond teen reported missing last week was found dead Wednesday in Gary, police said. Gary officers responded at about 12:40 p.m. to "a call of a man down" in the 7700 block of West 9th Avenue, said Lt. Dawn Westerfield, police spokeswoman. Police found a teen "in the weeds with no apparent...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Lake County deputy, armed with pink cuffs and law degree, set for A&E's 'Live PD' gig | Chicago Tribune Lake County deputy, armed with pink cuffs and law degree, set for A&E's 'Live PD' gig
Deputy Rebecca Loeb knew at the age of 12 she wanted to be a police officer. But Loeb, now 27 with four years of policing and a law degree under her belt, never expected working with the Lake County Sheriff's Office would bring under the spotlights on national TV. She is scheduled to appear Friday...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Oak Park teen charged in convenience store robbery that left another teen shot by clerk | Chicago Tribune Oak Park teen charged in convenience store robbery that left another teen shot by clerk
Police said an Oak Park teenager has been charged in connection with the Monday night attempted robbery of a village convenience store in which another teenager was shot by a store clerk. According to police, a 15-year-old boy was charged with attempted armed robbery on Tuesday in connection with...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Man attempts to lure 15-year-old girl into his SUV | Chicago Tribune Man attempts to lure 15-year-old girl into his SUV
Chicago police are warning of a man who tried to lure a teenage girl into his SUV Wednesday morning on the Near West Side. Around 7:15 a.m., a man in a light colored compact SUV attempted to lure a 15-year-old girl into his vehicle in the 1200 block of South Ashland Avenue, police said. He was...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Chicago man held without bail in home invasion, robbery of Arlington Heights couple | Chicago Tribune Chicago man held without bail in home invasion, robbery of Arlington Heights couple
A Chicago man was held without bail Wednesday after he was charged with armed robbery and home invasion in the theft of $50,000 from an 85-year-old Arlington Heights man and his 79-year-old wife. Antonio Jones, 32, also was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Ex-wife of Cancer Treatment Centers founder appeals multimillion-dollar divorce ruling | Chicago Tribune Ex-wife of Cancer Treatment Centers founder appeals multimillion-dollar divorce ruling
The terms of the divorce between Richard and Alicia Stephenson took eight years, a months-long trial and millions of dollars in legal fees alone to determine. But it’s not over yet. Alicia Stephenson has appealed the ruling in the acrimonious divorce that awarded her a $6.5 million lump-sum payment...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Bring in the U.N. to solve Chicago 'genocide,' Boykin says | Chicago Tribune Bring in the U.N. to solve Chicago 'genocide,' Boykin says
President Donald Trump’s implicit threat to put the National Guard on the streets of Chicago to tackle the city’s violence problem attracted widespread ridicule earlier this year. But if the soldiers were instead wearing the sky blue helmets of United Nations peacekeepers there might not be such...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Electrician in serious condition after hit-and-run on campus of Lovell Center in North Chicago | Chicago Tribune Electrician in serious condition after hit-and-run on campus of Lovell Center in North Chicago
A 47-year-old man was in serious condition after being flown by helicopter to an area hospital Wednesday morning after being hit by a vehicle that fled the scene at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, police say. The electrical contractor was working on equipment...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Three throat surgeries later, Cubs announcer Pat Hughes gives voice to health scare that threatened career | Chicago Tribune Three throat surgeries later, Cubs announcer Pat Hughes gives voice to health scare that threatened career
The smoothest voice in Chicago sports felt rougher than usual. Cubs games on the radio sounded the same to the untrained ear of so many fans that 2014 season, with polished play-by-play man Pat Hughes comfortably providing the soundtrack of summer car rides and barbecues like always. But by the...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Lawsuit targets Berrios over biased residential assessments in Cook County | Chicago Tribune Lawsuit targets Berrios over biased residential assessments in Cook County
A group of public-interest lawyers filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that embattled Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios violated state and federal civil rights and housing laws by knowingly producing inaccurate assessments that punished poor and minority homeowners across the county. The lawsuit,...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Obamacare sign-ups quicken as final enrollment deadline approaches in many states | Chicago Tribune Obamacare sign-ups quicken as final enrollment deadline approaches in many states
Millions of Americans are signing up for 2018 coverage through the Affordable Care Act, defying the Trump administration’s hostility to the law and a year-long campaign by congressional Republicans to repeal it. As a final enrollment deadline approaches Friday for consumers in 39 states, including...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017
Teacher did not purchase drugs from students before allegedly snorting up in class, superintendent says | Chicago Tribune Teacher did not purchase drugs from students before allegedly snorting up in class, superintendent says
Lake Central officials have determined that a teacher allegedly caught using drugs in her classroom in November did not purchase drugs from students, according to its superintendent. Samantha Cox, 24, was arrested last month at the high school after students filmed her allegedly using drugs in...
Chicago Tribune | December 14, 2017