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Man charged in August robbery of 70-year-old at Red Line station | Chicago Tribune Man charged in August robbery of 70-year-old at Red Line station
A man has been charged in the violent robbery of a 70-year-old man at a CTA Red Line station that left the victim unable to speak for nearly two months, authorities said. Karon Cannon, 24, of the 1300 block of West Roosevelt Road in the University Village/Little Italy neighborhood faces felony...
Chicago Tribune | October 20, 2017
From obscure to iconic, the rise of the 'W' flag | Chicago Tribune From obscure to iconic, the rise of the 'W' flag
The white flag with a simple blue “W” has risen from relative obscurity as a banner hoisted at Wrigley Field to indicate a Cubs victory to a prevalent symbol of fan optimism and the team’s recent success in just a matter of years. Although the Cubs 2017 season came up short Thursday in a disappointing...
Chicago Tribune | October 20, 2017
String of Bridgeport garage burglaries reported | Chicago Tribune String of Bridgeport garage burglaries reported
Chicago police are warning residents about a rash of garage burglaries that began Monday and have occurred in the same vicinity of the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side. Most of the burglaries happened after dark or into the overnight hours, according to a community alert. Police have recorded...
Chicago Tribune | October 20, 2017
What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Seattle. | Chicago Tribune What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Seattle.
Amazon.com has driven an economic boom in Seattle, bestowing more than 40,000 jobs upon a city known for Starbucks coffee and Seahawks fandom. Its growth remade a neglected industrial swath north of downtown into a hub of young workers and fixed the region, along with Microsoft before it, as a...
Chicago Tribune | October 20, 2017
Union cries foul after Palatine school district cuts benefits to striking workers | Chicago Tribune Union cries foul after Palatine school district cuts benefits to striking workers
Health benefits for some of the striking workers at Palatine School District 15 have been cut, prompting charges of bully tactics from the employees’ union, which claims they should receive insurance through the end of the month. But district officials said they clearly warned the employees that...
Chicago Tribune | October 20, 2017
Inside Illinois' $16 billion backlog: What does the state owe your town? | Chicago Tribune Inside Illinois' $16 billion backlog: What does the state owe your town?
The state's backlog of bills has been building for years because of budget politics and dysfunction and now stands at more than $16 billion. To get a sense of what those bills are, the Tribune obtained data from the comptroller's office that detail what the state owed to different entities as Aug....
Chicago Tribune | October 20, 2017
Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber 1-2 vs. Dodgers in Game 5 | Chicago Tribune Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber 1-2 vs. Dodgers in Game 5
Contrary to speculation, the Chicago Cubs won't be posting a lineup Thursday similar to the one they employed against Los Angeles Dodgers ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw last Saturday. Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber will bat 1-2 as the Cubs try to hold off elimination in Game 5 of the National...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Man gets 14 years in prison for northern Indiana library fire | Chicago Tribune Man gets 14 years in prison for northern Indiana library fire
A northeastern Indiana man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for causing a library fire by placing a lit, mortar-style firework in a book return chute. Under a plea agreement, 24-year-old Nykolas E. Elkin of Auburn received 12 years in prison Thursday for an arson charge and two years for...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
University of Chicago grad students vote to unionize | Chicago Tribune University of Chicago grad students vote to unionize
Graduate students at the University of Chicago have voted to form a union, despite efforts from the school to delay the vote. After balloting Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board tallied 1,103 votes for the union and 479 against. There were 149 challenged ballots. The university...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Man burglarized homes, struck sleeping residents on Northwest, Near West sides | Chicago Tribune Man burglarized homes, struck sleeping residents on Northwest, Near West sides
Chicago police are searching for a man who they say entered homes, stole items and in some cases, struck the residents while they slept.  A suspect burglarized at least five homes on the Northwest and Near West sides between Sept. 20 and Oct. 9, according to a police community alert.  Three of...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Aurora man who tried to join al-Qaida branch in Mideast given 15 years in prison | Chicago Tribune Aurora man who tried to join al-Qaida branch in Mideast given 15 years in prison
An Aurora teen who was arrested at O’Hare International Airport in 2013 while trying to fly to the Middle East to join an al-Qaida branch was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 15 years in prison. "At your age you traded the opportunity to attend college for a terrrorist training camp," U.S. District...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Suspect in custody after bank robbery in South Loop | Chicago Tribune Suspect in custody after bank robbery in South Loop
A person was taken into custody after a South Loop bank was robbed Thursday, authorities said.The robbery occurred shortly before noon at the BMO Harris Bank, 522 W. Roosevelt Road, according to the FBI.No other details were available.
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
School bus with no kids aboard strikes Elk Grove Village home | Chicago Tribune School bus with no kids aboard strikes Elk Grove Village home
No one was injured Thursday morning when a school bus was struck by another vehicle and crashed into a residence in Elk Grove Village, police said. No students were on the bus at the time. About 7:30 a.m. Thursday, the school bus had stopped in the northbound lane of Ridge Avenue at Landmeier Road,...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
The night Justices Scalia, Ginsburg and Kennedy sang karaoke with Renee Fleming | Chicago Tribune The night Justices Scalia, Ginsburg and Kennedy sang karaoke with Renee Fleming
It takes a special kind of confidence for an amateur musician to bring his guitar to a dinner party attended by the world’s greatest soprano and three Supreme Court justices. But according to Lyric Opera creative consultant Renee Fleming, that’s just the kind of guy the National Institutes of Health’s...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Photographer's death in fall from Loop hotel highlights risks of urban exploration | Chicago Tribune Photographer's death in fall from Loop hotel highlights risks of urban exploration
Mike Kinsch hopped a fence last year and sneaked into the abandoned Edgewater Medical Center. He wore a mask to protect him from air thickened by two decades of decay. As paint chips crunched beneath his boots, Kinsch strolled the dark hallways of the former hospital where Hillary Clinton and John...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
More representation, less jail time: Lake County ready for state criminal justice reform, officials say | Chicago Tribune More representation, less jail time: Lake County ready for state criminal justice reform, officials say
Criminal justice officials in Lake County are in agreement that the county is prepared for the state's new Bail Reform Act, which increases the rights of defendants in bond court, although a staffing issue might still need to be resolved. Officials with the county's Circuit Court, Public Defender's...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Tribune Media shareholders vote in favor of Sinclair merger | Chicago Tribune Tribune Media shareholders vote in favor of Sinclair merger
Tribune Media shareholders on Thursday “overwhelmingly” approved the company’s proposed acquisition by Sinclair Broadcast Group, even as federal regulators slow down the TV station megamerger to allow for more public input. More than 99 percent of the votes cast by shareholders Thursday morning...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Gary cop resigns after being charged with stealing $495 from Walmart | Chicago Tribune Gary cop resigns after being charged with stealing $495 from Walmart
A Gary police officer has been charged with theft after Hammond police said he used a self-serve checkout repeatedly at a store where he was working security to improperly receive nearly $500 in change during numerous transactions, according to court documents. George Edward Dickerson III, 42,...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Senate committee advances Lausch to be next U.S. attorney in Chicago | Chicago Tribune Senate committee advances Lausch to be next U.S. attorney in Chicago
Attorney John Lausch was advanced Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee to be the next U.S. attorney based in Chicago. Lausch was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Chicago-based Northern District of Illinois from 1999 to 2010. He started out working on large-scale gang and drug cases and eventually...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Apple's new flagship store an understated gem on the Chicago River | Chicago Tribune Apple's new flagship store an understated gem on the Chicago River
Chicago’s new Apple store is thrillingly transparent, elegantly understated and a boon to the city’s riverfront.With its huge sheets of laminated glass and an ultra-thin roof of lightweight carbon fiber the store, opening Friday, is simultaneously present and absent, there and not there. From North...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Naperville ranks last among large Illinois communities for LGBTQ equality: report | Chicago Tribune Naperville ranks last among large Illinois communities for LGBTQ equality: report
Naperville ranks dead last among large Illinois communities when it comes to creating a LGBTQ-friendly environment. Neighboring Aurora grades among the state's best. A report issued Thursday by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation shows Naperville scored 42 out of 100 points on its annual Municipal...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Aurora man charged with producing child porn through video-sharing app worked for FAA | Chicago Tribune Aurora man charged with producing child porn through video-sharing app worked for FAA
A 39-year-old Aurora man charged with producing child porn through a popular video-sharing app had been working for the Federal Aviation Administration, authorities confirmed. Richard Barnett most recently of Aurora, is accused of hiding behind the username "davidbanks1014" to entice at least four...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Man found dead in Loop alley | Chicago Tribune Man found dead in Loop alley
Chicago police are conducting a death investigation after a man was found dead in the Loop early Thursday, authorities said. Officers found a 20-year-old man unresponsive in alley near the intersection of East Adams Street and South Wabash Avenue, police said. He was pronounced dead on the scene....
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Aurora man who tried to join al-Qaida branch in Syria faces sentencing | Chicago Tribune Aurora man who tried to join al-Qaida branch in Syria faces sentencing
An Aurora teen’s arrest at O’Hare International Airport in 2013 while trying to fly to the Middle East to join an al-Qaida branch symbolized a growing fear among law enforcement that young, impressionable Americans were becoming increasingly radicalized by online Islamic extremist propaganda. The...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Officer injured heading to shooting scene on West Side | Chicago Tribune Officer injured heading to shooting scene on West Side
A Chicago police officer heading to a homicide scene was injured when the marked squad SUV he was in collided with an off-duty officer’s minivan and a Toyota Corolla near the Leighton Criminal Court Building on the West Side, police said. The 54-year-old driver of the Toyota was issued a traffic...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Two wounded in Oak Park shooting near the Eisenhower Expressway | Chicago Tribune Two wounded in Oak Park shooting near the Eisenhower Expressway
Police in Oak Park are investigating a Wednesday afternoon shooting that left two wounded along its southeastern border with Chicago near the Eisenhower Expressway. According to the village, Oak Park police responded to a report that shots had been fired at 1:10 p.m. at the intersection of Austin...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
OPRF teacher returns from leave after Facebook post appearing to show student in blackface | Chicago Tribune OPRF teacher returns from leave after Facebook post appearing to show student in blackface
A popular Oak Park and River Forest High School teacher has returned to work this week after he re-posted and commented on a social media picture appearing to show a student in blackface. According to teacher Anthony Clark, he has been reinstated after a period of paid administrative leave. "I...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Man seriously wounded in shooting on South Side | Chicago Tribune Man seriously wounded in shooting on South Side
A man was in critical condition following a shooting Thursday morning on the South Side in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, Chicago police said. Shortly after 9:15 a.m., a 21-year-old man was shot in the chest and back in the 200 block of West 69th Street, police said. The man was taken...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Morton Grove man seriously injured after multi-vehicle crashes in Park Ridge: police | Chicago Tribune Morton Grove man seriously injured after multi-vehicle crashes in Park Ridge: police
A 50-year-old Morton Grove man was seriously injured following two separate car crashes in Park Ridge shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, police said. According to preliminary information, the driver was headed west on Touhy Avenue when his 2004 Dodge hit a car near the intersection of Cumberland Avenue,...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
State Supreme Court rules teen cannot be tried by jury in girl's killing | Chicago Tribune State Supreme Court rules teen cannot be tried by jury in girl's killing
The female teen charged with killing 14-year-old Endia Martin in 2014 is not entitled by law to a jury trial in juvenile court, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Attorneys for the shooting suspect, who was 14 at the time of Endia’s fatal shooting, had requested that a jury decide her fate....
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Activists protest police, mayor on eve of anniversary of Laquan McDonald's death | Chicago Tribune Activists protest police, mayor on eve of anniversary of Laquan McDonald's death
They haven't forgotten. On the eve of the third anniversary of the the controversial police-involved shooting of Laquan McDonald, activists held a protest outside Chicago Police Department headquarters to drive home that point. "16 shots and a cover-up," the crowd chanted. The court-ordered release...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Man shot and killed in Bronzeville identified | Chicago Tribune Man shot and killed in Bronzeville identified
A man who died nearly 12 hours after he was shot Tuesday night has been identified. Rodney Wilson, 19, was pronounced dead at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday.  He was shot around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 4700 block of South Forrestville Avenue in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. The teen was in...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Masked men robbed Loop store of money, liquor, cigarettes | Chicago Tribune Masked men robbed Loop store of money, liquor, cigarettes
Two masked men waved a long knife and robbed a convenience store of money and liquor in the Loop early Thursday morning, police said.  The robbery happened at the 7-Eleven store at 128 N. LaSalle St. around 1:10 a.m. near City Hall. The men, wearing hoodies, entered the store and demanded money...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Woman critically injured when nail polish remover poured over her | Chicago Tribune Woman critically injured when nail polish remover poured over her
A woman doused in nail polish remover during a possible domestic incident is in critical condition after she inhaled dangerous levels of acetone, authorities said. A man, 59, who lived in the same building as the woman, 59, in the first block of West Chicago Avenue is in custody, Chicago police...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Democratic candidate Kennedy assails party leaders with government, elections proposals | Chicago Tribune Democratic candidate Kennedy assails party leaders with government, elections proposals
Democratic governor candidate Chris Kennedy on Thursday proposed changes to state government and elections, contending private interests profiting from “crony capitalism” are stifling democracy. In a near half-hour speech to about 75 supporters at a downtown restaurant, the heir to the iconic Massachusetts...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Sears borrows another $40 million from its CEO | Chicago Tribune Sears borrows another $40 million from its CEO
Sears Holdings Corp. is borrowing money — again — from affiliates of its billionaire CEO. The Hoffman Estates-based retailer revealed the $40 million loan in a regulatory filing late Thursday. The loan, the second this month, comes just days after one of Sears’ largest investors said he would step...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Home-plate umpire Jim Wolf on controversial NLCS foul ball call: ‘I was dead wrong’ | Chicago Tribune Home-plate umpire Jim Wolf on controversial NLCS foul ball call: ‘I was dead wrong’
Huddled with three umpires in the eighth inning Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, Cubs manager Joe Maddon was fuming. Yelling-face-to-face, pointing-fingers-in-their-chests, eventually-ejected fuming. It turns out home-plate umpire Jim Wolf thinks he had a right to be upset. With the Cubs leading...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Chicago Heights woman killed in Calumet City shooting | Chicago Tribune Chicago Heights woman killed in Calumet City shooting
A woman died Wednesday after being shot in a Calumet City, authorities said. Calumet City police on Thursday did not respond to a request for information, but according to the coroner’s office in Lake County, Ind., the victim, Seretse Robinson-Perry, 48, of Chicago Heights, was pronounced dead...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
2 plead not guilty in shots fired at sergeant, informant near Midway | Chicago Tribune 2 plead not guilty in shots fired at sergeant, informant near Midway
Two men targeted in an undercover sting last year on the Southwest Side that ended with shots fired at an informant and a police sergeant pled not guilty this week, according to federal court records. Jose Guzman, 22, and Jose Gurumendi, 22, were indicted last month along with Santana Talavera,...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017
Evanston high school officials apologize for alleged sexual abuse by former teacher | Chicago Tribune Evanston high school officials apologize for alleged sexual abuse by former teacher
The Evanston Township High School District 202 superintendent issued a statement Wednesday to stakeholders, expressing how "deeply sorry" the school district is over sexual misconduct allegations that have been leveled recently against a former teacher. "On behalf of Evanston Township High School...
Chicago Tribune | October 19, 2017