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CPD Warning: Man Tries to Lure Girl | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | September 18, 2018
Chicago Police have issued a warning about a child-luring crime that occurred at about 3 p.m. Thursday, September 13 near 50th and Keeler.A man reportedly attempted to lure a 15-year-old girl into his vehicle. He tried to engage her in conversation and asked if she wanted to go for a ride.She report...
Prosecutors continue their testimony in second day of Van Dyke's murder trial | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
The team of special prosecutors at Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial will continue making their case before jurors Tuesday, the second day of testimony in the hot-button case. Prosecutors can be expected to call more officers who were at the scene when Van Dyke shot black teen.....
Van Dyke's partner, testifying under immunity, says shooting video doesn't accurately depict what he saw | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Toward the end of his testimony Tuesday at Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial – and with the defense team’s blessing – former Chicago police Officer Joseph Walsh stepped off the witness stand and walked in front of the jury box. Walsh, who was Van Dyke’s partner the night that Laquan McDonald w...
Police squad caught in gunfire prompts SWAT response in Avondale | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Chicago police were called to the intersection of North Kedzie and West Barry avenues in Avondale in response to shots fired around 11:45 p.m. Monday. Captain Tom Shouse said shots were fired from one car to another, and a cop car may have sustained damage while responding to the call. The gunfire....
Two workers sue water district over South Side plant explosion | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Weeks after an explosion blew the roof off a nearly century-old water treatment facility, sending concrete slabs down onto men working below, two workers filed a lawsuit claiming the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District was negligent. The district failed to adequately inspect the sludge concentra...
6 dogs rescued from moving truck parked in Streeterville overnight | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Six dogs were rescued from the back of a U-Haul truck after concerned passers-by heard barks and called police early Tuesday morning, according to police and one of the men who found the animals. Jayme Tutor and his friend Clifton Brune were walking home from a bar after the Bears game when Tutor...
New legislation outlines terms of Obama center's use of Jackson Park | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
The city of Chicago will introduce two ordinances this week that will outline how the Obama Foundation can use a portion of Jackson Park as the site for the Obama Presidential Center, city officials said. One of the ordinances outlines the user agreement, which establishes the boundaries of the...
State police probe fatal I-294 crash as Tollway officials urge care in work zones | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Illinois State Police are investigating and collecting evidence from a fatal crash over the weekend that killed a construction worker on Interstate 294, police said Tuesday. Meanwhile, Illinois Tollway officials urged drivers to be cautious in work zones to protect workers, fellow drivers and themse...
Gov. Bruce Rauner nets endorsement from business groups, assails J.B. Pritzker on tax plan | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
A group of Illinois business leaders got behind Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday, saying his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker wants to raise taxes and the minimum wage. Rauner said he supports “renegotiating bad trade deals” but didn’t say he supported President Donald Trump’s late...
Priest accused of abuse in Diocese of Fort Wayne list spent time at East Chicago, Munster parishes | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
A priest included on a list released Tuesday of Catholic clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing minors spent time at two Lake County parishes. Bishop Kevin Rhoades, of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, issued the names of 18 men, 17 former priests and one former deacon, and the places...
Kanye West to local high schoolers: 'I'm moving back to Chicago' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Kanye West may be making another homecoming. The Chicago-raised rapper said Monday night that he plans to move back to Chicago. “I’ve got to let you all know, that I’m moving back to Chicago,” said West at “Open Mike,” Chance the Rapper’s open mic event at Harold Washington Library for...
Before Foxconn got access to millions of gallons of Lake Michigan water, Wisconsin quietly gave small village even more | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Governors from all eight Great Lakes states had to sign off before Waukesha, Wis., could siphon water out of Lake Michigan. When Foxconn Technology Group wanted to dip a straw into the lake for its new electronics factory west of Racine, the Taiwan-based company had to undergo a rigorous legal...
4 teens plead not guilty in death of West Chicago teen who authorities say was stabbed, set on fire and run over | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Four teenagers charged in the death of an 18-year-old West Chicago teen — whose body was found smoldering in a fit pit after he allegedly had been stabbed, set on fire and run over with a car — pleaded not guilty Monday at court hearings in DuPage County. The pleas were entered during separate.....
Gov. Bruce Rauner says assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh 'should disqualify him' if founded | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “should disqualify him” if they’re founded, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday. “Those allegations are very serious, very serious,” the Republican governor said at an unrelated event. “They de...
'Cookie Man,' father of 8, killed a year after his son was gunned down | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
A father of eight known as the "Cookie Man" because of his "sweet" nature was shot and killed on the South Side Monday night, a year after his son and namesake was gunned down. “He was a good father,” said his wife Kendell Averhart, who broke the news to the children Tuesday morning. “He loved...
Settlement reached in lawsuit filed over Wheaton College football hazing incident | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a former Wheaton College football player who said he was injured in a hazing incident in 2016, the college announced Tuesday. The former player, Indiana resident Charles Nagy, agreed to a confidential settlement with the school and six of the...
DuPage jail inmate explains bride's no-show at courthouse wedding: 'Her car broke down' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Wedding bells may yet chime for a DuPage County jail inmate, whose courtroom nuptials were canceled last week when his bride-to-be failed to appear for the ceremony. Jeremy M. Jones, 25, of Elgin, who is awaiting trial for an alleged 2016 armed robbery and kidnapping, was back in court Tuesday...
'You are a serial killer': Torrez sentenced after pleading guilty to 2005 double murder in Zion | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Convicted murderer Jorge Torrez was sentenced to 100 years in prison Tuesday for the brutal Mother’s Day 2005 slaying of two girls in Zion. Torrez was linked by DNA evidence in 2014 to the killings of 8-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias in the Beulah Park Forest Preserve in Zion.....
Chase Bank in Roscoe Village robbed Tuesday morning | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
A man robbed a Chase bank in Roscoe Village Tuesday morning, Chicago authorities said. The North Side bank, located at 3531 N. Western Ave., was robbed around 9 a.m., according to the FBI. The agency is offering an $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect, described as a...
2011 mayoral candidate Gery Chico to get into crowded Chicago mayor's race to succeed Rahm Emanuel | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Attorney Gery Chico will become the latest high-profile candidate to jump into the Chicago mayoral race now that Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dropped out, according to two sources with direct knowledge of his plans. Chico, who held numerous key positions in Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration and...
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
Two people in their 70s were found dead in a home in Elburn, police said. The Elburn Police Department was called at approximately 3:43 p.m. Saturday to a residence on the 500 block of South Main Street for a well-being check, police said. Police officers said that through a window they saw a person...
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
A final rush on tickets is expected leading up to Tuesday’s night McHenry VFW Queen of Hearts raffle, where someone will win millions of dollars. After building for nearly two years, the jackpot now tops $7 million, and the big prize will be awarded Tuesday. Organizers, a bit overwhelmed by the...
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
A 28-year-old man was fatally shot early Tuesday in East Chicago. Lake County coroner’s office identified the victim as Marquis J. Dawson, of the 5000 block of Melville Avenue in East Chicago, a release states. The coroner’s office was called to the scene at 12:40 a.m. in the 400 block of Vernon...
Chicago Tribune | September 18, 2018
The mother of a fifth-grade boy sued Chicago Public Schools in federal court last week after teachers and administrators allegedly failed to stop her son’s classmate from engaging in repeated acts of sexual abuse. Angela Wells’ son, identified as “T.C.” in the lawsuit, began as a new fifth-g...
Al's Army mobilizes to salute Cacciottolo | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | September 17, 2018
By Joan HadacEditor and PublisherSouthwest Chicago Post♫ You gotta have friends ♫, as the old song goes--and Al Cacciottolo certainly does, judging by the steady stream of well-wishers who stopped by the popular Lindy's/Gertie's near Archer and Nashville today.Literally hundreds of men...
How the paths of Laquan McDonald and Jason Van Dyke crossed that fateful night | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
The police-involved killing that would rock Chicago started out with what seemed like a routine burglary. On a chilly October night four years ago, a 911 caller said he’d spotted a teen breaking into trucks at 41st Street and Kildare Avenue in an industrial area along the Stevenson Expressway....
As Van Dyke's trial starts, prosecutor counts out each of 16 shots that hit Laquan McDonald | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke knew almost nothing about 17-year-old Laquan McDonald the night he shot and killed him — except for his race, according to prosecutors. “What (Van Dyke) saw was a black boy walking down the street, having the audacity to ignore the police,” special prosecu...
Openings set for Monday morning in Jason Van Dyke's trial for shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
The long-awaited murder trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke begins in earnest Monday morning with opening statements in a racially fraught case that has roiled the city for nearly three years. Before the prosecution starts to lay out its case, Judge Vincent Gaughan will rule on the defens...
Downstate judge tosses murder conviction in death of SIU student Pravin Varughese of Morton Grove | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
A judge has tossed out a murder conviction in the 2014 death of a 19-year-old Southern Illinois University student from Morton Grove. Judge Mark Clarke, who presided over the two-week jury trial in Murphysboro, Ill., that ended in June with the conviction of Gaege Bethune, 24, set aside that verdict...
Mundelein victim's parents confront Island Lake man after he pleads guilty to drug-induced homicide | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
As the parents of the victim looked on, an Island Lake man was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to drug-induced homicide in the 2015 death of a Mundelein man. Under a fully-negotiated plea agreement, Joseph Crisara, 31, will serve the term at 75 percent...
House Speaker Michael Madigan's shadow looms over Illinois' pivotal 6th Congressional District race | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
In the closing weeks of his re-election bid, Republican U.S. Rep Peter Roskam is trying to connect his opponent Sean Casten to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, calling his Democratic challenger a tax-happy “Madigan puppet.” Casten wants to unseat Roskam from Congress, in Washington, D.C.,...
With Emanuel on the way out, aldermen to push for hearings on lead in Chicago drinking water | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
Chicago needs to join scores of other American cities and begin planning for the removal of toxic lead water pipes, according to a group of aldermen pushing for public hearings despite objections from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Nearly 400,000 single-family homes and small apartment complexes — 80 percent...
34-year-old man fatally shot by Vernon Hills police officer identified | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
The 34-year-old man who police say was armed with a rifle before he was shot and killed by a Vernon Hills police officer early Saturday morning has been identified. Randy Rausch died of “injuries caused by gunshot wounds,” Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said in a Monday afternoon news release...
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel aims to hike electronic cigarette taxes | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel is setting up to fire parting shots against electronic cigarettes by moving to again hike taxes and impose stricter rules on stores selling the products. Emanuel will introduce an ordinance to the City Council this week to increase the tax on the purchase of a device...
Corvette crashes into vacant Skokie building leaving driver hospitalized: Police | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
The driver of a Corvette was still in critical condition Monday morning after slamming into a building the night before in the 3900 block of Oakton Street, Skokie police said. Officer Eric Swaback said the case is still under investigation and no charges have been filed as of Monday afternoon. ...
Rosemont officials to seek termination of police sergeant charged in Park Ridge and Norridge armed robberies | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
The Rosemont Public Safety Department is seeking the firing of a police sergeant who was arrested last week in connection with armed robberies of two area gas stations. The department, in a statement released Monday, said it is “moving forward with termination proceedings” for Edward Karas, 40,....
Aldermen approve paying $16 million to family of Bettie Jones, who was accidentally shot by Chicago cop | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
Aldermen gave the go-ahead Monday for a $16 million payment to the family of a woman fatally shot by a police officer who was firing at a teenager carrying a baseball bat, after the city’s top attorney said the “tragedy” of her death could have prompted a jury to award even more money if the c...
Property near State and Rush for sale, could be next luxury high-rise site | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
The longtime owner of a Near North Side property leased to a Lou Malnati’s pizzeria and a Barnes & Noble bookstore is seeking a buyer, looking to cash in on demand for glitzy high-rises in the area. Jones Lang LaSalle has been hired to market the low-slung buildings at 1120 and 1130 N. State St......
In abrupt turn, city halts relocation of track and field in Jackson Park | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
In an abrupt turn, the Chicago Park District and city of Chicago have decided to halt construction on a project that would relocate a track and field in Jackson Park, officials announced Monday. The action means that instead of moving the track and field farther south in the park to make room for...
Lincoln Towing can continue operating while it fights to keep its license, judge rules | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
Lincoln Towing Service can resume operating while it challenges a decision by state regulators to revoke its license, a Cook County judge ruled Monday. Circuit Judge Neil Cohen issued the order five days after the Illinois Commerce Commission pulled the North Side firm’s state license. Cohen said....
Attorney of indicted gang squad sergeant wants wiretap recordings tossed | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
An attorney for a Chicago police sergeant indicted on federal corruption charges is seeking to have wiretap recordings tossed from the case, records show. The 12-page motion filed last week argues that the recordings of Sgt. Xavier Elizondo’s cellphone should be suppressed because government attor...
U. of I. employee dies after he's hit by 2 cars in Crystal Lake | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
A University of Illinois information technology specialist was killed when he was hit by two cars while trying to cross Randall Road in Crystal Lake on Sunday. Bryan Reigart, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene at 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the McHenry County coroner’s office. Reigart worked...
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to announce run for Chicago mayor this week | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will announce this week that she will run for Chicago mayor, sources with direct knowledge of her plans confirmed Monday. Preckwinkle, who also is chair of the Cook County Democratic Party, is planning an event for 3 p.m. Thursday to make the announcement...
Waukegan man grabs steering wheel during argument with driver, causes crash on Route 41, police say | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
A 22-year-old Waukegan man faces charges after Lake County Sheriff’s officials say he got in an argument Saturday night with a woman while she was driving and grabbed the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to crash into a tree and injure everyone inside, including their 1-year-old son. Derwin...
Mother pleads not guilty in shooting death of 2-year-old daughter in Gary | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
Dashana Fowler cried when she saw three young children sitting in the courtroom. “My babies,” she mouthed. Fowler, 22, made her formal appearance Monday morning in Lake Superior Court on charges from the death earlier this month of her 2-year-old daughter, Jayla Miller. Miller died Sept. 4 at an...
Lake Michigan is warming. A new report says that could mean trouble for game fish. | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
A warmer and wetter climate in the Midwest could lead to the displacement of some cold water fish species in southern Lake Michigan and trigger mass die-offs in smaller inland lakes, according to a report published this week by Purdue University. As the atmosphere warms due to the proliferation...
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
A man shot in August in the Gladstone Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side has died of complications from his gunshot wounds, authorities determined. Erik Miller, 36, of Wood Dale, was shot around 9:40 p.m. Aug. 19 in the 5200 block of North Parkside Avenue, Chicago police said. He was pronounced...
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
A 27-year-old man was shot in the chest while he was talking to an acquaintance on a driveway on the Far South Side on Monday night, Chicago police said. He was outside a residence in the 12200 block of South Princeton Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood when someone walked up to him and fired.....
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
A Dolton man has been charged with battery for allegedly punching a Metra conductor who had escorted him off a train after he refused to pay his fare, DuPage prosecutors said Monday. Keimon Snow, 24, was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail after a bond hearing Saturday, prosecutors said. Authoritie...
Chicago Tribune | September 17, 2018
Loaded firearms were found Sunday in the bedroom of a Wilmette juvenile who had been “experimenting with possible explosive devices,” authorities said. The youth has been placed in a “secure facility for treatment,” and as a precaution, Wilmette Junior High School was searched by the Cook Co...