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Police seize 58 cats from Vernon Hills home | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
A Vernon Hills woman who police say was found with 58 cats in her home is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, as officials at Lake County Animal Care & Control say they’re still caring for the felines. Officers on Oct. 4 responded to a townhouse in the 100 block of Maplewood Drive after receiv...
CTA Blue Line service to O'Hare resumes after deer removed from tracks | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
CTA Blue Line service to O’Hare International Airport resumed late Monday afternoon after being stopped between Harlem Avenue and O’Hare for several hours because of a deer on the tracks, authorities said. Service was suspended between the Harlem and O’Hare stations about 1:30 p.m. and was ope...
Police: Man shot multiple times by girlfriend in South Austin neighborhood | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
A 59-year-old man was shot multiple times in his chest and abdomen after being involved in a domestic altercation in the South Austin neighborhood around 9:05 p.m. Sunday, police said. According to police the man was shot multiple times by his girlfriend inside a residential building on the 4800...
Lawmakers to ask questions about supposed Lincoln hat, museum future | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
A state House committee plans a hearing to consider questions surrounding the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum . The Tourism, Hospitality & Craft Industries Committee on Tuesday will review a $26 million collection of Lincoln artifacts the organization's fundraising foundation purchas...
Hobart man charged with murder lived with 80-year-old father he claimed fell in tub | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
A Hobart man who claimed his father injured his head after falling in the shower lived with the 80-year-old he is accused of killing. Michael Yakubec, 50, was charged Sunday in Lake Superior Court with murder after his father, John Yakubec, died Thursday night at Stroger Hospital in Chicago. Michael...
Lake County sheriff's dogs find 2 people missing outdoors in unseasonably cold weather | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
Two individuals described by authorities as having mental-health issues were rescued by Lake County Sheriff’s Office K-9 units on Sunday, with one victim found in waist-deep muck in Round Lake Beach and the other unresponsive on a school bench in Waukegan. In both cases, sheriff’s officials repo...
Family of security guard killed by Midlothian police officer sues over alleged 'unprovoked' shooting | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
A Midlothian police officer used excessive force when he fatally shot an on-duty security guard while responding to a shots fired call at a bar in Robbins Sunday, a lawsuit filed Monday against the officer and the Village of Midlothian alleges. The federal lawsuit, filed just a day after the shootin...
Michelle Obama talks with students at Whitney Young, her former school | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
Just hours before her much-anticipated book became available to the public, former first lady Michelle Obama met with a small group of students Monday afternoon at Whitney Young Magnet High School. The group of 21 teenage girls were provided advance excerpts of some chapters of Obama’s book, “Be...
Pabst says Chicago-based MillerCoors is trying to put it out of business | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
Pabst Brewing Co. and MillerCoors are going to trial, with hipster favorite Pabst contending that MillerCoors wants to put it out of business by ending a longstanding partnership through which it brews Pabst's beers. The case has high stakes for Pabst, whose lawyers argue that the company's very...
City plans memorial for traffic crash victims that will feature 132 pairs of shoes | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
The city of Chicago will hold a day of remembrance for victims of traffic crashes this month, with 132 pairs of shoes representing the 132 lives lost in city accidents in 2017. The event will be held Nov. 19 in Federal Plaza downtown. It is being organized in conjunction with the World Day of Rememb...
OPRF student, 14, charged after allegedly distributing swastika image, Oak Park police say | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
An Oak Park and River Forest High School student has been charged in connection with the electronic distribution of a swastika during an assembly last week at the school, police announced. Oak Park police confirmed that a 14-year-old boy, who is from Oak Park, was charged with dissemination of...
Why we call it 'Veterans Day' and not Armistice Day — or Veterans' Day | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
If you don’t have social media, don’t know why Monday is a federal holiday or have otherwise been living under a rock, Sunday was Veterans Day. That’s Veterans Day — as opposed to Veteran’s Day, Veterans’ Day, Armistice Day or Memorial Day. Americans have celebrated living and deceased v...
In 'urgent appeal,' advocates call for Gov.-elect Pritzker to bolster CPS special education fixes | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
Ongoing problems and inadequate services still plague special education in Chicago Public Schools, advocates declared Monday, months after a sweeping state probe prompted an outside monitor to supervise city practices for the vulnerable students. Advocates said school district promises to fill...
City to sue online e-cigarette dealers, says they're selling to underage Chicagoans | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will keep up his campaign against electronic cigarettes with a lawsuit against online retailers he says are illegally selling the products to underage Chicagoans. The city is planning to file suit Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court against eight companies that sold e-cigarette.....
Driver critically injured after crashing into new Arlington Heights police station | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
A 44-year-old Georgia man was critically injured after, police said, his car rolled over and slammed into the entrance of Arlington Heights’ new, $28 million police station. Authorities responded to the one-vehicle crash around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The 44-year-old man from Georgia was traveling west....
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
A Wisconsin school district is investigating a photo of a group of high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute. Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller said she became aware of the photo Monday after it was posted on social media. The photo of more than 60 male students dressed in suits,...
Chicago Tribune | November 12, 2018
A 17-year-old girl was critically burned after a group of teenagers attempted to start a campfire using gasoline at a party in the city of McHenry, authorities said. About 10:40 p.m. Saturday, the McHenry Township Fire Protection District and McHenry Police Department responded to a report of a...
Alert Man Helps Nab Accused Thief | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | November 11, 2018
Hears scanner report, spots suspect, calls copsBy Tim HadacManaging EditorSouthwest Chicago PostAn alert 53-year-old Garfield Ridge man’s actions are being credited with helping Orland Park Police nab a man who allegedly stole a $7,500 engagement ring from a jeweler in Orland Square Mall.The good ...
You're Invited to a Pancake Breakfast at St. Mary Star of the Sea's Duggan Hall | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | November 11, 2018
Our friends at Boy Scout Troop 1441, sponsored by St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, are inviting everyone to their annual all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, November 4 at Duggan Hall, 6435 S. Kilbourn.Pay just $6 at the door and feast upon delicious pancakes right off...
City Officials Want No More 'Naps' Offered at the Rainbow Motel | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | November 11, 2018
'Naps' Are Legal, Rainbow's Attorney Says; Neighbors Say 'Naps' May Open the Door for HookersBy Tim HadacManaging EditorSouthwest Chicago PostCity officials are pressuring a Garfield Ridge motel to end its practice of offering “nap rate” short stays—but the owners appear to be pushing back.The...
No injuries, but fire damages apartment building on Oak Park Avenue | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 11, 2018
A two-block stretch of Oak Park Avenue was closed for a couple of hours Saturday night as firefighters battled an apartment fire. Oak Park fire officials said there were no injuries reported, but residents likely would be displaced at least temporarily. The fire broke out at an apartment building...
Michelle Obama to appear Tuesday at Seminary Co-op for first book signing of her new memoir before United Center kickoff | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 11, 2018
Before Michelle Obama kicks off her stadium-sized book tour in Chicago, she’ll make an appearance even closer to home. The former first lady will visit the Seminary Co-op in Hyde Park on Tuesday afternoon to sign her new memoir “Becoming.” It’s being touted as the first book signing on the t...
Wife of Metra worker killed this month in Chicago explosion files suit against rail agency | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 11, 2018
The wife of a Metra track inspector who was killed Nov. 3 in an explosion in Chicago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the commuter rail agency. Sandy Zavala, of Joliet, filed a suit in Cook County on Thursday saying Metro failed to provide her husband, Omar Solis, 37, with a reasonably...
Hobart man arrested in connection with father’s death | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 11, 2018
The search for a 50-year-old homicide suspect ended late Saturday when Hobart police arrested him at a home in the 6100 block of Oregon Street. Police Capt. James Gonzales said Saturday Michael Yakubec disappeared from a family waiting room at the St. Mary Medical Center after being questioned...
Talk show: Mayor Emanuel gets chummy with GOP ex-Gov. Chris Christie, offers advice to House Dems | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 11, 2018
Chicago’s outgoing mayor, who seems to be in his glory talking political strategy and messaging, said Democrats taking charge of the U.S House next year will have to use a divide-and-conquer strategy with the Republican-controlled Senate to pass legislation. Mayor Rahm Emanuel used a more artful.....
Man accused of attacking Red Line passenger, then beating him with victim's gun after being shot, is held without bail | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 11, 2018
A South Shore man on parole beat another man aboard a Red Line train even after he was shot twice by the victim, Cook County prosecutors alleged in court Sunday. In fact, authorities said, Roy Lee tore away the victim’s handgun after he was wounded and struck the 24-year-old man with the weapon...
Chicago Tribune | November 11, 2018
A woman’s body was found Saturday on a Lake Michigan beach, just a few miles north of the Highland Park boat ramp near where an Elgin woman disappeared while swimming six days earlier, Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper said. Officials believe the body is that of Lena Lemesh, 52, who was swimming.....
Chicago Tribune | November 11, 2018
Cook County sheriff's police officers were in south suburban Robbins on Sunday, investigating an incident in which four people were shot in the early morning hours at a tavern. The incident occurred at about 4 a.m. at Manny's `Blue Room, 2911 S. Claire Blvd. Robbins police Chief Roy Wells said...
Chicago Tribune | November 11, 2018
As one of the faces of Democrats’ successful bid to flip the U.S. House in their favor in last week’s midterm elections, Lauren Underwood talked Trump, her party’s leadership and her upset victory in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday morning. “The...
Spring of 2019? It Starts Right Now | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | November 10, 2018
Opinion by John T. "Red" RyanALTHOUGH WE ARE now in the midst of our Chicago autumn, with winter bearing down on us, the time is nigh to plan for our spring landscapes. If we want to have a bright and beautiful display of natural flowering surrounding our own private castles, it is incumbent on us t...
Man takes shooter's gun and beats him with it during Red Line fight, police say | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 10, 2018
Two men were hospitalized after an argument turned bloody early Saturday on the Red Line heading south out of the Loop, Chicago police said. The confrontation between the men turned physical as the 24-year-old pulled out a gun and shot the 38-year-old in the stomach around 12:15 a.m. as the train...
Death of man who stopped breathing after struggle with Dolton cop, hospital staff ruled homicide | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 10, 2018
The death of a 51-year-old man who stopped breathing after a struggle with a Dolton police officer and hospital staff at Advocate Christ Medical Center earlier this year has been ruled a homicide, officials said. Solomon Agwomoh, whose wife, as special administrator of his estate, is suing Dolton...
School District 300 failed to disclose full employment history for educator accused of abusing 11 kids, documents show | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 10, 2018
For more than a year, Community Unit School District 300 has failed to give a full accounting of employment for an educator accused of sexually abusing 11 children, a review of documents by The Courier-News found. Since Carlos Bedoya’s arrest in July 2017, the educator has been described multiple....
Police seek Indiana man in suspicous death of elderly dad | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 10, 2018
Police in Hobart, Indiana were searching late Saturday for a man they allege inflicted fatal injuries on his elderly father earlier in the week. Authorities said the son, Michael Yakubec, 50, is considered “armed and dangerous.” He was last seen Thursday at the hospital where police had question...
Chicago Tribune | November 10, 2018
A man was fatally shot Saturday in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Police said the 42-year-old victim was shot in his chest and stomach during an incident in the 5600 block of South Green Street. Rescuers rushed him to the University of Chicago Medical Center where, police confirmed, he later...
Chicago Tribune | November 10, 2018
Three people were hospitalized after a car ran up on the sidewalk of a popular strip of bars early Saturday in the Logan Square neighborhood, Chicago police said. The 20-year-old driver was fleeing from the scene of a car accident he’d just been in when he lost control of his car, jumped a curb...
Chicago Tribune | November 10, 2018
A 32-year-old homeless man allegedly stabbed a man and tried to steal his van during an incident that ended in a crash and chase in the River North neighborhood Saturday morning. It happened about 8 a.m. in the 200 block of East Hubbard Street as a 39-year-old good Samaritan offered to take the...
Taking a Breather from Political Ads | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | November 09, 2018
Opinion by John T. "Red" RyanWELL NOW, SPORTS fans, we can all take a breather from our constant bombardment with political ads on our TVs, Radios (AM and FM), internet, cellphones and our newspapers. Finally, after what was seemingly an eternity, the midterm elections (2018 edition) are now an entr...
Cops Warn of Home Burglaries | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | November 09, 2018
A recent cluster of residential burglaries in Archer Heightsand West Elsdon has prompted the Chicago Police Department to issue a community alert.In all incidents the offenders “gained entry and took property,” the CPD alert read.Crime scenes include:• 5200 block of South Kildare on Oct. 19....
The Face of a World-Class City? | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | November 09, 2018
Opinion by John T. "Red" RyanSO NOW, WE in Chicago are to believe we are truly a world-class city. What with our many amenities and special features, ours is a metropolis that is the destination city of so many tourists from both our country and abroad. The attractions at Navy Pier and the vast arra...
Aldermen to quiz Aviation Dept. officials | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | November 09, 2018
Homeowners want to pack Kennedy High SchoolBy Joan HadacEditor and PublisherSouthwest Chicago PostSouthwest Side aldermen are not characterizing it as a showdown, but a number of disgruntled homeowners see it that way.The “it” is a joint meeting of the City Council Committees on Finance and Avia...
Crime News Update | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | November 09, 2018
Editor's note: The crime news reported by the Southwest Chicago Post---taken directly from Chicago Police Department incident reports---is not by any means an exhaustive catalogue of all crime reported in the Chicago Lawn (8th) District. For example, it typically does not include news of crimes comm...
A Chicago actor was shot. Months later, he's worked his way back to the stage | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 09, 2018
On a Saturday in early April, Sheldon Brown was a 25-year-old Chicago actor having a normal night. He celebrated a friend’s birthday over midnight chocolate chip cookies in Logan Square and warmed up to Frank Ocean in an old dive bar. As the cold evening tipped into early morning, Brown thought...
Sears, Kmart to close 40 more stores, including last Kmart in Chicago | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 09, 2018
Sears and Kmart announced another 40 store closings Thursday, telling employees the locations would shut down in February. The latest round of closings include the last Kmart in Chicago, at 3443 W. Addison St. in the city’s Avondale neighborhood, and a store in Springfield. Also slated to close...
Police: Buena Park man who drew swastika charged with hate crime | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 09, 2018
A 51-year-old man is accused of scrawling swastika graffiti on property in his Buena Park neighborhood, Chicago police said. Heath A. Levey, charged with felony hate crimes, drew a swastika and graffiti on properties in the 800 block of West Hutchinson Street in the Buena Park neighborhood on the...
Judge orders training on transgender issues for all Illinois prison staff amid inmate lawsuit | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 09, 2018
The transgender woman described feeling like a “sex slave” while incarcerated at several men’s prisons across Illinois, claiming repeated abuse and sexual assaults involving guards and inmates, according to court documents. Deon “Strawberry” Hampton has sued the Illinois Department of Corr...
Postelection autopsy has some Illinois Republican leaders fearing for the party's future | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 09, 2018
In far southeastern Illinois’ Crawford County, Earl Deckard looked with trepidation at Tuesday’s election results that put state government in Democratic control as a blue wave swept through what had been Chicago’s traditionally Republican suburbs. “We’ve always had a good Republican count...
Chicago's inch of snow Friday is earliest in nearly 30 years | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 09, 2018
An inch of snow fell in the Chicago area on Friday morning, marking the earliest such snowfall in nearly 30 years. The last time snowfall measured at least an inch before Nov. 9 was in 1989 when nearly 4 inches of snow fell on Oct. 19, according to the National Weather Service. The one inch recorded...
Man accused of stealing thousands from Red Cross in Hammond meant for hurricane victims | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 09, 2018
A man is accused of taking thousands of dollars in Hammond from the American Red Cross that was intended for Texas hurricane victims, court records show. Olanrewaju A. Beyioku, 38, was charged Nov. 8 with wire fraud in a criminal complaint in Hammond’s federal court. Hurricane Harvey struck the...
Metra board passes 2019 budget that includes no fare hike | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | November 09, 2018
Metra’s board on Wednesday passed a 2019 budget without a fare hike, though railroad officials warned that increases could be necessary in 2020 and 2021. The board approved an $822.2 million operating budget and a $185.6 million capital budget for next year at its regular monthly meeting. The boar...