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Boy, 10, with autism reunited with grandmother after found along Eisenhower | Chicago Tribune Boy, 10, with autism reunited with grandmother after found along Eisenhower
CHICAGO – A 10-year-old boy with autism was found walking along the Eisenhower Expressway Monday evening and was reunited hours later with his grandmother, according to the Illinois state police.The boy was spotted near Ashland Avenue around 5 p.m.  State police said troopers responded to a call,...
Chicago Tribune | August 22, 2017
After viewing eclipse downstate, long trip back home anything but stellar | Chicago Tribune After viewing eclipse downstate, long trip back home anything but stellar
After savoring the moments of a total solar eclipse in downstate Illinois, many watchers spent up to 15 hours trapped in their cars as they headed back north on jammed interstates.The eclipse had barely ended early Monday afternoon when the Illinois Department of Transportation was already warning...
Chicago Tribune | August 22, 2017
Woman delivers baby on side of Edens Expressway | Chicago Tribune Woman delivers baby on side of Edens Expressway
A woman delivered her baby in the middle of the night on the side of the Edens Expressway in Northbrook, authorities said Tuesday.  Toll workers near the Edens Spur ramp and Pfingsten Road called police around 1 a.m. and said a woman in a car alone was having a baby, according to Illinois State...
Chicago Tribune | August 22, 2017
Teen fatally shot by off-duty fire lieutenant identified | Chicago Tribune Teen fatally shot by off-duty fire lieutenant identified
Authorities have identified a 17-year-old boy fatally shot by an off-duty fire lieutenant during an alleged car theft on the West Side Monday morning.  Charles Macklin, of the 5300 block of South LeMoyne Street in the North Austin neighborhood, was pronounced dead at 9:33 a.m., according to the...
Chicago Tribune | August 22, 2017
Man gunned down outside church was witness to fatal shooting last year | Chicago Tribune Man gunned down outside church was witness to fatal shooting last year
One of two men gunned down in a brazen killing on the steps of a West Side church during Sunday services a week ago was a witness to a fatal shooting last year, the Chicago Tribune has learned. Emmanuel Fleming was himself wounded in the July 2016 shooting just a block and a half from Friendship...
Chicago Tribune | August 22, 2017
Bullet hits police squad car on South Side | Chicago Tribune Bullet hits police squad car on South Side
A gunman fired at a Chicago police squad car as officers were conducting a traffic stop, hitting the vehicle's rear bumper in the Park Manor neighborhood on the South Side Monday night, authorities said. The incident happened in the 6900 block of South Rhodes Avenue about 8:30 p.m., said Anthony...
Chicago Tribune | August 22, 2017
When J. Edgar Hoover told Chicago FBI to set the Outfit on Dick Gregory | Chicago Tribune When J. Edgar Hoover told Chicago FBI to set the Outfit on Dick Gregory
Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory — who died this weekend at 84 — famously quipped when he ran for president in 1968 that, if he won, "the first thing I would do is paint the White House black."It was a joke, of course. George Wallace, the segregationist former Alabama governor who...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Clouds, showers could overshadow solar eclipse here | Chicago Tribune Clouds, showers could overshadow solar eclipse here
The long-anticipated solar eclipse will begin just before noon in the Chicago area with the sun reaching maximum obscuration of about 87 percent just before 1:20 p.m., Unfortunately, viewing is likely to be impeded by extensive remnant cloudiness left over from overnight and morning showers and...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
$1.6m VFW raffle drawing halted amid 'ordinance issue' | Chicago Tribune $1.6m VFW raffle drawing halted amid 'ordinance issue'
Monday night's drawing for a VFW raffle whose prize money has swelled to about $1.6 million has been called off, with organizers citing a legal snag.Organizers at the VFW in little Morris, Ill., said they "did not get shut down" and will resume ticket sales and the drawing "as soon as possible."...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Chicago aldermen consider stiff regulations for self-driving cars | Chicago Tribune Chicago aldermen consider stiff regulations for self-driving cars
Chicago aldermen went "into the future" Monday, calling for tight regulations on driverless cars and envisioning a time when the automated vehicles could be hacked and used as weapons or cost thousands of residents their jobs. Southwest Side Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, played a clip in City Council...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
North Chicago shooting victim identified | Chicago Tribune North Chicago shooting victim identified
The identity of a man shot to death in North Chicago Thursday night was identified Monday by Lake County's coroner. Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said the victim has been identified as 38-year-old Jeffrey Wilson of North Chicago. After an autopsy Friday morning, Cooper said that the cause of Wilson's...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Live coverage of eclipse | Chicago Tribune Live coverage of eclipse
Continual updates of the first total solar eclipse to cross mainland United States in nearly 40 years.
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
False arrest lawsuit filed in Fox Lake staged suicide of Lt. Gliniewicz | Chicago Tribune False arrest lawsuit filed in Fox Lake staged suicide of Lt. Gliniewicz
The village of Fox Lake and police investigators from several agencies are named in a federal lawsuit filed by two men who claim they were falsely arrested and their constitutional rights were violated during the 2015 investigation into the suicide of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz....
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Block 37 developer sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for fraud | Chicago Tribune Block 37 developer sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for fraud
A prominent Chicago real estate developer whose projects included Block 37 and the Streets of Woodfield was sentenced Monday to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine for bank fraud. Larry Freed, 54, president of Joseph Freed and Associates, was convicted last year on...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Dental records may help identify body found in Aurora garage | Chicago Tribune Dental records may help identify body found in Aurora garage
Dental records may help identify a body found in an Aurora garage Friday as cleaners were preparing the property for new ownership. Without releasing further information, Kane County Coroner Rob Russell said his office completed the autopsy on the body Monday afternoon. A forensic odontologist...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Two shot on city's South, West sides | Chicago Tribune Two shot on city's South, West sides
A man was killed and another was wounded Monday in shootings on the city’s South and West sides, police said. In the most recent shooting, a 21-year-old man was grazed by a bullet in the Englewood neighborhood. Police said the victim was standing in the 7300 block of South Sangamon Street about...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Weekend homicide victims identified | Chicago Tribune Weekend homicide victims identified
Four men slain in weekend shootings have been identified, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Remus Campbell, 32, was killed in the 7700 block of South Ashland Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Campbell, of the 1700 block of West Juneway Terrace, was...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Man killed early Saturday in Waukegan motorcycle crash | Chicago Tribune Man killed early Saturday in Waukegan motorcycle crash
A 28-year-old Round Lake Heights man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Waukegan Saturday, according to Waukegan police. Police responded to reports of an accident at 1:30 a.m. Saturday in the area of Berwick and Grand avenues, and officers came upon the scene of a severe motorcycle crash, according...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Ex-Northwestern professor 'trying to remain hopeful' in jail, his lawyer says | Chicago Tribune Ex-Northwestern professor 'trying to remain hopeful' in jail, his lawyer says
A former Northwestern professor accused of fatally stabbing his boyfriend to fulfill a violent sexual fantasy is "trying to remain hopeful" in Cook County Jail after being ordered held without bond this week, his attorney said Monday."He's a brilliant person," attorney Adam Sheppard said of Wyndham...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
63 shot in Chicago: Most violent non-holiday weekend this year | Chicago Tribune 63 shot in Chicago: Most violent non-holiday weekend this year
More people were shot in Chicago over the weekend than on any other this year, except for the Fourth of July weekend that stretched four days, according to police and data kept by the Chicago Tribune.At least 63 people were shot in the city and eight of them were killed, police said.  More than...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Police: Two juveniles captured in River Forest after carjacking that began in Oak Park | Chicago Tribune Police: Two juveniles captured in River Forest after carjacking that began in Oak Park
Police said two juvenile suspects were taken into custody Monday morning following a carjacking that police said began in Oak Park. According to River Forest Deputy Police Chief James O'Shea, the carjacking occurred at around 8:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Home Avenue in Oak Park. "The victim's...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Police: Off-duty Chicago fire lieutenant shoots carjacker | Chicago Tribune Police: Off-duty Chicago fire lieutenant shoots carjacker
An off-duty Chicago fire lieutenant shot and killed someone who was trying to steal his car in the North Austin neighborhood Monday morning, according to police.  The shooting happened about 10 a.m. in the 1400 block of North Lockwood Avenue, according to police.  The lieutenant was not working...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Despite clouds, eclipse still inspires awe from Chicago to Carbondale | Chicago Tribune Despite clouds, eclipse still inspires awe from Chicago to Carbondale
The first total solar eclipse streaming across the continental U.S. since 1918 — the one that was supposed to put on a breathtaking celestial display here — was less than totally fulfilling for Dave Ellis."You have to say it was disappointing just to get that glimpse of it," said Ellis, a 1980...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Michael Anderson, head of Chicago's FBI office, retiring | Chicago Tribune Michael Anderson, head of Chicago's FBI office, retiring
The head of the FBI in Chicago is retiring after more than 20 years with the agency. Michael J. Anderson has led the Chicago office since October 2015. A Monday FBI statement says his retirement takes effect Sept. 30. It didn't name a replacement. Anderson will take a corporate security job in...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Violent weekend worst since July Fourth: 'It's so bad out here' | Chicago Tribune Violent weekend worst since July Fourth: 'It's so bad out here'
Rose Alexander just couldn't get away from the shooting over the weekend. Friday night, her adult son was shot in the leg near his home in West Garfield Park. She didn't venture out of her house until Sunday night, and then only to escort her brother home. But the two of them soon ran into a crime...
Chicago Tribune | August 21, 2017
Monarchs Find Friends on Mayfield | Southwest Chicago Post Monarchs Find Friends on Mayfield
Important butterflies get VIP treatmentBy Mary HadacSouthwest Chicago Post reporter“Call it ‘The Monarchs of Mayfield,’” one Garfield RidgeJackie Faberneighbor chuckled about the situation in the 5200 block of South Mayfield.But what sounds like the latest BBC miniseries is actually a real-life drama involving monarch butterflies, important pollinators of plants that are part of the world
Southwest Chicago Post | August 20, 2017
7 shot, 1 fatally, in West Pullman parking lot | Chicago Tribune 7 shot, 1 fatally, in West Pullman parking lot
Two women put their arms around another woman as they walked out of a parking lot early Sunday in the West Pullman neighborhood.  "Help me, Jesus," the woman cried out repeatedly.  Inside the parking lot, a man was shot dead just outside the door of a banquet hall located in the 11900 block of...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
Fatal crash leaves one man dead in Little Village | Chicago Tribune Fatal crash leaves one man dead in Little Village
Authorities Sunday were investigating a fatal crash that left one man dead in the city's Little Village neighborhood. The crash happened near the 4000 block of West 28th Street just before 7 p.m., according to Chicago Police. A man was pronounced dead at the scene. No additional details were immediately...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
Man stabbed in West Garfield Park early Sunday | Chicago Tribune Man stabbed in West Garfield Park early Sunday
A 34-year-old man was stabbed in the 200 block of South Kostner Avenue after a robbery attempt, according to a media alert. The man was injured in the back, right eye and nose at 4:55 a.m. in the West Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai where his condition was listed...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
Two men shot Sunday morning | Chicago Tribune Two men shot Sunday morning
One man was shot in the West Englewood neighborhood and another in the Lawndale neighborhood Sunday morning, according to media alerts. A 27-year-old man was injured in the 5700 block of South Paulina Street at 8:45 a.m., police said. He was shot in the left ankle and right arm and taken to John...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
2 triple shootings within 20 minutes in South Austin | Chicago Tribune 2 triple shootings within 20 minutes in South Austin
After coming home to his South Austin from work, a tent that had popped up in the backyard of a nearby home left him with an uneasy feeling. "The moment I saw the tent," he said. "I knew it was going to be a problem. I'm like, 'Oh God.'" The man, who asked not to be identified, heard loud music...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
Man accused of sexually assaulting woman in assisted living facility to appear in court | Chicago Tribune Man accused of sexually assaulting woman in assisted living facility to appear in court
A man was arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a 58-year-old woman at an assisted living facility. Charles Bryant, 57, was arrested at Hazel Crest on Saturday and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said he has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, a class X felony and...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
Ex-Northwestern professor, Oxford employee to appear in court in Near North Side fatal stabbing | Chicago Tribune Ex-Northwestern professor, Oxford employee to appear in court in Near North Side fatal stabbing
Chicago police were tipped off to the vicious slaying of a 26-year-old man at a downtown apartment building by a mysterious caller who warned of a possible crime taking place inside one of the residences, officials said. Authorities revealed Sunday who they believe was responsible for that fateful...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
Homeless group close to suit over bike path plan in Uptown | Chicago Tribune Homeless group close to suit over bike path plan in Uptown
The more than three dozen people who live in tents under the Lake Shore Drive bridges at Wilson and Lawrence avenues know better than anyone that the structures need repair. Concrete from the Depression-era bridges is crumbling onto the sidewalks and streets below, posing a deadly hazard to tent-dwellers,...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
No Powerball jackpot winners; prize jumps to $650 million for Wednesday drawing | Chicago Tribune No Powerball jackpot winners; prize jumps to $650 million for Wednesday drawing
No luck of the draw this weekend. There was no Powerball jackpot winner for the drawing estimated at $535 million on Saturday, with winning numbers of 17-19-39-43-68, a Powerball of 13 and Power Play of 4. The jackpot has now rolled over to $650 million for Wednesday's drawing. The prize has grown...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
Mokena man killed in I-294 crash | Chicago Tribune Mokena man killed in I-294 crash
A 50-year-old Mokena was killed in crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 294, troopers said. Eric Erstrom was pronounced dead on the scene near milepost 10.5 at about 3:30 p.m., according to an Illinois State Police press release. Troopers said the preliminary investigation revealed that Erstrom...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
Autopsies Monday for two dead in Gurnee domestic incident | Chicago Tribune Autopsies Monday for two dead in Gurnee domestic incident
The Gurnee Police Department is working with the Lake County Major Crime Task Force in the investigation into what authorities say were two domestic-related deaths Friday. Gurnee police officers found two men dead after responding to a domestic situation call at 5:31 p.m. Friday in the 4200 block...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
Troopers investigate report of shots fired on Eisenhower Expressway | Chicago Tribune Troopers investigate report of shots fired on Eisenhower Expressway
Troopers spent Sunday morning canvassing the inbound lanes of Interstate 290 after receiving a report that someone shot at a car, Illinois State Police said.  About 3:10 a.m. Sunday, state police received a report that a group of people in a car on the inbound lanes near Halsted Street were shot...
Chicago Tribune | August 20, 2017
Man found shot several times in Longwood Manor neighborhood on South Side | Chicago Tribune Man found shot several times in Longwood Manor neighborhood on South Side
A man was found lying on the ground with several gunshot wounds Saturday morning on the South Side in the Longwood Manor neighborhood, Chicago police said. About 8:35 p.m., officers responded to a call of a man lying on the ground in the 9700 block of South Loomis Street. When they arrived, police...
Chicago Tribune | August 19, 2017
2 men found dead in Gurnee | Chicago Tribune 2 men found dead in Gurnee
Two men were found dead Friday afternoon in suburban Gurnee, according to police.  About 5:30 p.m. Friday, Gurnee police officers responded to the 4200 block of Harper Avenue for a call of a domestic situation, according to a news release from the police department. Officers found two men who were...
Chicago Tribune | August 19, 2017