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14th Ward candidates make their cases to unseat embattled Ald. Edward Burke | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
Embattled Ald. Edward Burke wasn’t on hand Friday as two challengers tried to end his aspirations for re-election, but he dominated their discussion just the same, proof that his decadeslong iron grip on the Southwest Side ward continues to reverberate. Candidates Jaime Guzman and Tanya Patino...
Stories of Chicago-area people hit by government shutdown | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
The effects of a government shutdown with no end in sight are seeping into the everyday lives of Chicagoans. As the shutdown continued into its fourth week, with President Donald Trump demanding $5.7 billion for a border wall and others fighting for the government to reopen, local federal workers...
Five things to know about Women's March 2019. For starters, there isn't one in Chicago this year. | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
The first local Women's March unexpectedly drew a quarter million supporters to Grant Park in 2017 — a mass of iconic pink knit caps rallying in solidarity with millions internationally following the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Women's March Chicago was even bigger in the following...
Funeral services underway for Illinois State Trooper Christopher Lambert | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
Scores of uniformed police officers and hundreds of mourners packed the chapel at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington Friday morning to say farewell to Illinois State Trooper Christopher Lambert, who died after being struck by a car last week while helping victims of a crash. Lambert,....
Rev. John Smyth, former head of Maryville Academy, faces accusations of sexual abuse of minors, is removed from ministry | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
The Archdiocese of Chicago said Friday that Rev. John Smyth, the renowned former head of the Maryville Academy home for troubled youths, has been accused of sexual abuse of minors, and has been removed from the ministry while the allegations are investigated. The accusations date back to 2002-2003,....
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
A 5-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital Thursday night after being struck by a stray bullet that entered her Harvey home, officials said. The child, who is not believed to have been the intended target of the shooting, was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in stable condition, city spokesman...
R. Kelly dropped by Sony Music; singer's former manager turns himself in on threat charge | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
Sony Music has decided to dissolve its working relationship with R. Kelly, Variety has learned. No external announcement of the move is planned in the immediate future, says a source, who added that the company took its time to wade through the issues "responsibly" and avoid legal ramifications....
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
The alleged aggressor in a domestic stabbing in South Chicago Heights Wednesday that sent three family members to the hospital has died, police said. Juan Julloa-Acuna, 23, was pronounced dead Wednesday night, just a few hours after he allegedly attacked his sister-in-law at her home in the 200...
Lampert's $5.2 billion Sears deal gets backing from Bank of America, Citigroup | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
Sears Chairman Edward Lampert will finance his winning $5.2 billion bid to salvage the retailer in part with $850 million from a new asset-based loan, according to a regulatory filing Friday. The deal by Lampert’s ESL Investments hedge fund will also be financed by ESL's forgiving $1.3 billion...
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
A woman suffered “life threatening” injuries in a Thursday afternoon crash involving a semi-truck on I-294 near Glenview. At about 3 p.m., a woman was driving southbound on I-294 at Willow Road when her vehicle left the roadway and struck the rear of a semi-truck that was parked in the striped.....
'We report regardless': Coast Guard protection among Lake County services pressing on during shutdown | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
Lake County townships are mobilizing to get the word out to workers either furloughed or working without pay during the federal government’s shutdown that they might qualify for some benefits offered by township government, including use of food pantries. If the shutdown extends into February,...
Radio host Dan McNeil shares his mental health issues in Facebook post: 'Fear isn't strong enough' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
Sharing a vulnerability uncommon among sports radio hosts, WSCR-AM 670’s Dan McNeil laid himself bare in a post-midnight Facebook post Friday. McNeil, 57, apparently was triggered by a text from a listener who informed him he had been selected in the listener’s so-called dead pool in which the.....
Timeline: What to expect from the weekend winter storm | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
Here's a timeline of what to expect from the winter storm this weekend, and more snowy weather during the week. (Get the latest forecast here). 3 p.m. Friday. Winter storm warning goes into effect for much of northwest Illinois, including the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Winnebago,...
Winter storm warnings issued as snow bears down on Chicago area | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
A winter storm was expected to move into the Chicago area Friday afternoon, bringing with it snowfall rates of up to an inch an hour and gusty winds, making for a potentially messy afternoon commute and dangerous driving conditions into Sunday. The storm was expected to hit beginning midafternoon...
DuPage County fentanyl deaths up 76 percent in 2018, total opioid-related deaths up 3 percent: coroner | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
DuPage County deaths in 2018 caused by fentanyl alone increased by 76 percent over the previous year, according to opioid statistics released Thursday by the DuPage County Coroner’s Office. Fentanyl on its own contributed to 30 DuPage County deaths in 2018, compared to 17 in 2017, 16 in 2016 and.....
Cook County offers $8.5 million in transportation grants | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
Chicago-area towns and nonprofits that want to expand a bike trail or untangle a tricky rail crossing: This is a good time to ask for help. Cook County is offering $8.5 million in grants to help cover the cost of planning, engineering and other construction needs associated with transportation...
Fish eggs are suffocating in Lake Michigan reefs. What will it take to save these nurseries? | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
Across the Great Lakes, collections of underwater rocks have traditionally served as incubators for native fish eggs. In Lake Michigan, this reef habitat can vary from a field of cobblestones the size of baseballs to a hulking assemblage of boulders. Each fall, species like lake trout return to...
Day of reckoning comes for ex-Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke in Laquan McDonald killing | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 18, 2019
Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, closing one of the most racially fraught and socially significant chapters in recent Chicago history. The highly anticipated sentencing comes with added tension...
Local hero uses CTA heat lamps for best possible use: warming pizza | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
We all know that heroes come in different forms — some wear capes, some don’t, etc. A popular Reddit post revealed a distinctly Chicago hero: a man at the Morse Red Line stop, making the best-possible use of the winter heat lamps: Reheating pizza. In the video, the innovative local man holds a.....
Weekend storms could bring 6 to 10 inches of snow to Chicago area, 'travel headache' for Friday commute | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Some parts of the Chicago area could get slammed with 6 to 10 inches of snow by the end of the weekend, before a blast of arctic air hits, according to meteorologists who warn of a potentially dangerous commute home Friday. The snowfall this weekend is expected to come from two snow events. The...
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs law requiring state licensing of Illinois gun dealers | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed legislation to give the state more oversight over Illinois firearms dealers, appearing with anti-violence advocates at a West Side elementary school and saying he’ll push for further gun control measures. The proposal Pritzker signed into law requires gun stor...
James MacDonald, Harvest Bible Chapel's founder and senior pastor, takes indefinite leave, cites actions 'that can only be called sin' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Harvest Bible Chapel Senior Pastor James MacDonald, who founded the church in the 1980s and built it into one of the largest evangelical communities in the Chicago area, has announced that he will take an “indefinite sabbatical” as he seeks time to atone for actions that he said “can only be c...
Teachers at four charter schools in Chicago set Feb. 5 strike date if no contract reached | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Teachers affiliated with the Chicago International Charter School network say they will go on strike Feb. 5 unless there is a breakthrough in contract negotiations, a move that would affect about 2,200 students at four of the organization’s campuses. That leaves a little more than two weeks for...
4 mayoral candidates react to 'code of silence' police ruling in Tribune Editorial Board meeting | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Former Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he respects the acquittal of three officers accused of conspiring to cover up the 2014 fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, as he and three other mayoral candidates reacted to Thursday’s ruling. “I respect the system and.....
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Oak Forest police said they are investigating bomb threats at Oak Forest High School, with classes at the school having been dismissed early. Police in a statement said they were called to the school, 15201 S. Central Ave., just before noon and learned that several notes were left throughout the...
Cicero woman whose son was trapped in vehicle for more than 30 minutes after she drove into pond near Aurora pleads guilty to DUI | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
A Cicero woman whose 6-year-old son was trapped inside her submerged vehicle for more than 30 minutes after she drove it into a retention pond near Aurora pleaded guilty Thursday to drunken driving. In a partial plea deal with DuPage County prosecutors, Gladys Ruvira-Garcia, 32, entered a guilty...
Polar vortex split brings frigid air, storm systems to Chicago, East Coast, possibly for rest of winter | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
There’s a term meteorologists at the National Weather Service offices in Romeoville don’t want to say: Polar vortex. It’s not because the phenomenon isn’t going to have an impact on Chicago this winter — it will bring bitter cold and increased odds of snow beginning this weekend and stretc...
R. Kelly attorney says studio inspection 'uneventful,' despite city finding building used as residence | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
R. Kelly’s lawyer Melvin Sims held a brief news conference Thursday afternoon claiming there was no evidence the R & B singer’s Near West Side recording studio was used as a residence, despite findings by the city Buildings Department. Sims read a statement from a third-floor conference room at....
Willie Wilson now wants Neal Sales-Griffin on mayoral ballot, but hearing officer says complaint must proceed | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
The byzantine fight among candidates to get on the Chicago mayoral ballot took a bizarre turn Thursday. Businessman Willie Wilson announced he no longer wants to prevent tech entrepreneur Neal Sales-Griffin’s name from appearing before voters. Too late for that, the hearing officer overseeing the....
Knife-wielding man charged in Niles road rage attack captured on video: police | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
A driver was allegedly confronted by a man holding a knife in an incident Niles police say was caught on cellphone video. Peter E. Dow, 53, of the 3700 block of North Saint Louis Avenue, Chicago, was charged with battery and aggravated assault following an alleged attack that police say stemmed...
Visitation today for state trooper killed on duty: 'He left this world in the way he lived,' putting safety of others first | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Thousands are expected to attend memorial events for Illinois State Trooper Christopher Lambert, which begin Thursday afternoon with a visitation at Willow Creek Community Church. Lambert, a 34-year-old Army veteran who served in Iraq and Haiti, was finishing his shift and was on his way home to...
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Addison police shot a person armed with a knife during a "domestic-related incident" in the western suburb Thursday morning. Officers were called to a home in the 200 block of Mill Road around 4:25 a.m. and were confronted by a person "brandishing a knife," according to a police statement. Officers....
Freight train fatally strikes person in Lombard, stopping all Metra trains on Union Pacific West line | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
A freight train struck and killed a person in Lombard Thursday morning, halting all Metra trains on the Union Pacific West line, according to police and agency officials. The person was hit shortly before 6 a.m. at Finley Road and Crescent Boulevard in the western suburb, between Metra's Glen Ellyn....
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Chicago police have issued an alert after a woman was sexually assaulted along railroad tracks on the South Side earlier this week. The 29-year-old woman was walking under a viaduct in the 9400 block of South Woodlawn Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when a man approached and asked for money, police....
The boss is retiring. The kids don't want to take over. Family-owned manufacturers confront a succession ‘crisis’ | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Terry Iverson, president and CEO of the manufacturing firm his grandfather founded 88 years ago, loses sleep worrying what will come of the business once he decides to retire. His kids aren’t interested in taking the reins at Iverson & Co. in Des Plaines, which sells and services machine tools....
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Seven Gary educators have had their licenses suspended following an ISTEP+ cheating scandal that was discovered in 2017 at the Frankie W. McCullough Academy For Girls. Five teachers had their licenses forcibly suspended for two years on Dec. 29 — Gina Hannah, Denine Scott, Rita Jackson, Nina Peter...
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
An Elgin woman who authorities say broke into her former boyfriend’s residence, stabbed a woman and then set a fire will receive a 28-year prison sentence as part of a plea agreement, according to DuPage County prosecutors. At a Thursday hearing, Chevaz Odio, 30, agreed to plead guilty to attempte...
Fire engulfs McDonald's under renovation in Aurora | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Fire swept through a McDonald’s restaurant that was closed and under renovation on Aurora’s West Side Thursday afternoon. The fire began around 4:20 p.m. at the McDonald’s at 1023 N. Lake St. The fire was still burning at 5 p.m., Aurora Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Rhodes said. Around 3...
How social media and officials reacted to the acquittal of Chicago cops in Laquan McDonald 'code of silence' case | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Reaction was swift to Associate Judge Domenica Stephenson’s ruling Thursday acquitting three Chicago police officers of covering up the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke. Stephenson, in an hourlong ruling, had blasted the evidence presented by prosecutors as weak, speculativ...
5 takeaways from judge's searing takedown of prosecution evidence in Laquan McDonald cover-up trial | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson on Thursday acquitted Chicago police Officer Thomas Gaffney, former Officer Joseph Walsh and retired Detective David March on charges they conspired to shield patrolman Jason Van Dyke from scrutiny after he fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. While the...
DuPage jury finds homeless man guilty of fatally stabbing girlfriend, burying her body in Glen Ellyn park | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
A DuPage County jury Thursday convicted a homeless man of murdering his girlfriend and burying her body at a Glen Ellyn park. After listening to three hours of closing arguments, jurors deliberated two hours before returning with a guilty verdict on a charge of first-degree murder against Myron...
Cops: DNA links prisoner to death of Whitney Young student with autism | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
A West Side man with a history of violence is accused of fatally stabbing a popular Whitney Young student at a single-residency hotel nearly a year ago. DNA evidence linked felon Darryl Ray, who is currently serving a sentence at the Menard Correctional Center, to the slaying of Brandon Porter-Young...
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
A handful of candidates running for Chicago mayor were sitting before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board on Thursday afternoon when the news broke: A Cook County judge acquitted three Chicago police officers charged with lying in police reports and conspiring to cover up the controversial 2014...
Woman charged with sexually assaulting her 16-month-old son | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
A woman is accused of sexually assaulting her 16-month-old son in her Lakeview East home last year, according to Chicago police. Alyssa Waldon, 30, has been charged with felony predatory criminal sexual assault, according to police and the Cook County state's attorney's office. During a court hearin...
Waukegan man pleads not guilty to charges that he beat 4-year-old to death over spilled juice | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
A man charged with the beating death of a 4-year-old Waukegan girl — allegedly after she spilled juice on a game console — pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of first-degree murder. Prosecutors have said the state will seek a natural life sentence for Johnathan Fair, 19, who was indicted las...
Tom Ricketts rips Ald. Tom Tunney on sports radio, saying 'he is against the Cubs' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts took to sports radio to criticize veteran Ald. Tom Tunney, winding up well-known ballpark and neighborhood development fights and balking at what he called a “vulgar” insult. The Cubs-owning Ricketts family has ripped Tunney as he seeks re-election in the 44th Ward, wh...
Police commander accused of having officers baby-sit his son offers no apology: 'My men and women are happy that work for me' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
A Chicago police commander on Thursday expressed no remorse following a city watchdog report that found he had his officers pick up his child and baby-sit the boy at the station during working hours. “Apology?” Grand Central District Cmdr. Anthony Escamilla said when asked by a Tribune reporter....
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
A 23-year-old train burglary suspect is warming up in a jail cell Thursday night after plunging through ice in the Douglas Park lagoon while trying to run away from police, Chicago police said. The incident began about 3 p.m. as Ogden District patrol officers saw two men trying to break into a...
Tribune Publishing names new CEO as 3 executives depart | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Tribune Publishing CEO Justin Dearborn has stepped down after nearly three years at the helm, the Chicago-based newspaper company announced Thursday. Longtime Chicago newspaper executive Tim Knight was named CEO, effective immediately. Knight, who had served as president of the company, will also...
In final Tribune panel, Chicago mayoral candidates tackle crime issues, discuss pensions | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Four Chicago mayoral candidates debated the best ways to reduce the city’s rampant crime woes and offered up ideas on how to handle an upcoming pension shortfall during the final of three mayoral panels Thursday before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board. Discussion of crime and policing dominated...
Elgin woman gets 28 years for stabbing and trying to suffocate woman, setting victim's home on fire | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
An Elgin woman who stabbed a woman, tried to suffocate her with a plastic bag and then set her Roselle townhouse on fire was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison. Chavez Odio, 30, pleaded guilty to one count each of attempted murder and aggravated arson, both class X felonies, in connection...
Judge to announce fate of Chicago cops charged with covering up Laquan McDonald's killing | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Three Chicago police officers accused of covering up details of the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald are expected to finally learn their fate Thursday when a Cook County judge issues her decision in the unprecedented case. The highly anticipated ruling by Associate Judge Domenica.....
Free City Colleges tuition, free CTA rides and more backed by five Chicago mayoral candidates at packed West Side forum | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 17, 2019
Five Chicago mayoral candidates committed on Wednesday night to free tuition for all city students at City Colleges of Chicago, free ‘L’ and bus rides for youths and seniors, spending $25 million to reopen mental health clinics and abolishing a police database of purported gang members that orga...
Preckwinkle proposes hiking ride-share tax at bus forum | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
At a Pilsen mayoral forum on improving bus service Tuesday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle proposed increasing the ride-share tax to give more funding to transit. Preckwinkle was one of nine candidates for mayor offering various suggestions for improving transit service, from more...
Jurors don’t want judge to give Jason Van Dyke ‘slap on the wrist’ at Friday’s sentencing | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Before being led into a packed courtroom to announce their verdict in the historic trial of Jason Van Dyke, a few jurors huddled near a fifth-floor window in the deliberations room, peering at the activity below. Outside the Leighton Criminal Court Building, television news trucks lined bustling...
Speaking with Tribune Editorial Board, five more Chicago mayoral candidates offer few specifics for looming budget woes | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
A group of Chicago mayoral candidates on Wednesday agreed if elected they’d have to address a staggering public pension debt that looms within a matter of months of taking office this spring, but offered little specificity on how they’d approach it. They disagreed on whether the city should purs...
'Winter is making its return' to Chicago area this week, forecaster says | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Take a look around Wednesday and try to enjoy the mostly cloudy, mid-30-degree weather. It will soon be replaced by snow flurries, snowstorms and, by Sunday, bitter cold. Snow is in the forecast for Chicago on Thursday, but Amy Seeley, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the flurries...
No injuries in Northbrook fire that spread to neighboring homes: 'We thought it was a mild earthquake' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Fire officials say there were no injuries after a Wednesday morning fire in Northbrook destroyed one house and damaged two others. A neighbor called 911 at 6:20 a.m. after a home in the 2500 block of Melanie Lane caught fire, said Northbrook Fire Chief Andrew Carlson. An off-duty firefighter was...
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Cook County prosecutors dropped murder charges Wednesday against a man who spent much of his 16 years behind bars conducting legal research in an attempt to clear his name. Eric Blackmon, who became a paralegal while in custody and litigated much of his post-conviction case on his own, smiled and...
Toni Preckwinkle TV ad says she's ready to take on 'old boys club' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is leaning into her image as a political “boss” in a new TV ad, while arguing that her power doesn’t mean she’s part of the political machine. The move to play tough with the “old boys club” comes as Preckwinkle tries to separate herself from ...
Police investigate fatal shooting of man, 30, in Gary | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
A 30-year-old man was fatally shot Tuesday evening in Gary, police said. Officers responded at 5:58 p.m. Tuesday to a call of shots fired in the 800 block of East 51st Place, Commander Jack Hamady said in a news release. They found a man from Gary laying on the ground near an apartment building...
1 critically injured in Orland Park fire | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Three people were injured and a man was in critical condition following a fire Tuesday in Orland Park, according to the Orland Fire Protection District. Two people were rescued from the home in the 14200 block of 84th Avenue and a man in his 90s was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, the...
Here are the 5 ideas being proposed for O'Hare's massive expansion | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Chicago officials on Thursday will unveil five striking designs for a massive expansion of O’Hare International Airport, many with swooping roofs and some with quirky features like hammocks where travelers could take a nap before flights. The proposals from top architects for the $8.5 billion expa...
Gery Chico, Susana Mendoza argue over soda tax campaign ad | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
City Hall veteran Gery Chico unveiled a new television attack ad against Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza in the Chicago mayoral race, criticizing her for supporting a 2009 bill when she was a state lawmaker that increased a soda tax. Mendoza, meanwhile, hit back at Chico, noting that the bill...
Former Gary employee found guilty of using city funds to buy iPads | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
A Merrillville woman was found guilty Wednesday for using funds from the City of Gary to buy more than 1,000 pieces of computer equipment that she then resold. Monique Bowling-Boyd, who was once Gary’s head of IT services, was convicted Wednesday for buying more than 1,000 iPads and other computer...
The Spin: Mayoral candidates on pension crisis answers | Preckwinkle leans in | Shutdown closes Chicago immigration court | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
We’re on Day 2 of mayoral forums here at the Tribune, and candidates are offering their ideas on solving the city’s pension crisis. Early voting in the city election is expected to begin Jan. 28, but only at one site in the Loop. Early voting sites in the 50 wards won’t open until Feb. 11, cit...
Yorkville woman found dead in basement of Aurora apartment building | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
A 30-year-old Yorkville woman was found dead in the basement of an Aurora apartment building Tuesday morning. Kristina Davies was found around 10:30 a.m. by two maintenance men cleaning the basement of an apartment building on the 1300 block of Monomoy Street on Aurora’s West Side, Aurora police.....
Want to go to a Women's March? Here are 6 Chicago area events | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
While Women's March Chicago recently announced it won't be organizing a march and rally there are a number of events in Chicago and the suburbs Jan. 19.
Chicago police commander catches alleged River North bank robber | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
A Chicago police commander on Wednesday single-handedly caught an alleged bank robber suspected of holding up three banks on the Near North Side in recent days. Daniel O'Shea, commander of the 18th District – Near North, was patrolling in a police vehicle when he saw a man riding in a taxi who...
Unusually mild winter over as polar vortex fractures, kicking off harsh weather conditions | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
The swirling winds tens of thousands of feet high in the sky above the Arctic - the dreaded polar vortex - broke apart into three parts to ring in 2019. Now the eastern half of the United States is about to feel the consequences. Weather models project the onset of a severe and punishing winter...
Rockford man who spent 23 years in prison acquitted after ballistics retest proves innocence | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
An Illinois judge acquitted a man of murder Wednesday, more than two decades after jurors convicted him by relying on ballistics that proved to be wrong. Supporters of 53-year-old Patrick Pursley clapped in a Winnebago County courtroom when Judge Joseph McGraw issued his ruling, saying prosecutors.....
Round Lake Park investigating conflict between two groups that led to gunfire | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
An investigation was ongoing in Round Lake Park after cars and a home were hit by gunfire Tuesday night, allegedly after two groups of mainly teenagers got into a dispute, according to authorities. There were also reports of a stabbing, with two victims telling police they were slashed by a suspect....
Gov. J.B. Pritzker to sign bill to require state licensing of Illinois gun dealers on Thursday | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to sign a bill Thursday that would give the state more oversight over Illinois gun dealers, after Democrats kept the paperwork off former Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk in order to avoid a veto during his administration’s final days, according to a state lawmaker. ....
Building inspectors enter R. Kelly studio to investigate possible code violations | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Building inspectors showed up at R. Kelly’s Near West Side studio Wednesday afternoon to investigate reports that people were living there in violation of city codes. Police blocked off an alley near the studio at 219 N. Justine St. between Laflin and Justine streets after Fire Department and Buil...
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
An off-duty sergeant with the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office is accused of driving 120 mph in a 45 mph speed zone in Yorkville Wednesday, police said. Kendall County Sgt. Mark W. Bunting was driving a personal car around 1:40 a.m. and was stopped by a Yorkville Police Department officer for speed...
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Chicago’s government watchdog recommended that a high-ranking Chicago police official face possible firing for directing officers under his supervision for nearly a year to drive his child from school to his police station in a squad car and baby-sit the kid on the city’s dime. But in the end,.....
South Chicago Heights stabbing sends 3 to hospital, police say | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Three people were hospitalized after receiving apparent stab wounds Wednesday afternoon in South Chicago Heights, police said. Police responded to a reported stabbing in the 200 block of West Sauk Trail around 3:40 p.m. and found three people with apparent stab wounds, according to a statement...
Almost 1,200 immigration hearings in Chicago canceled because of government shutdown; backlogs expected to grow | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Almost 1,200 immigration court hearings have been canceled in Chicago since the federal government shutdown started, and that number is expected to climb as the weeks go by. An analysis from Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse found that as of Jan. 11, already 1,186...
The candidates for mayor of Chicago meet with the Tribune Editorial Board. Here’s how to watch. | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Fifteen candidates for mayor of Chicago have confirmed that they’ll appear before the Tribune Editorial Board and livestream audiences who’ll be watching every moment. Our third group of candidates is scheduled to appear Thursday at 1 p.m. We plan to welcome five more candidates: Amara Enyia, Je...
Allegations against R. Kelly have been reported on in Chicago for 20 years. Why did it take TV to turn the tide? | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
For almost two decades, allegations of sexual abuse of women and girls by singer R. Kelly have been part of the public record. So why did it take a TV show, this month’s Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” to finally draw widespread public attention to the behavior of the fading ...
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
A man told police he was robbed of his jacket by two gunmen who pulled up in a silver Audi as he was walking in the Gold Coast late Tuesday night. The man, 39, said he was near Chestnut and State streets when the Audi with tinted windows stopped and the two robbers got out, both of them with guns,.....
Fire damages historic building in downtown Hobart | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
People watched and took pictures as firefighters battled a blaze into the night Tuesday at one of Hobart’s oldest downtown buildings. “This is like the stuff at the movies,” Miguel Negroni, one of the co-owners of a business across the street from the fire, said. Emergency crews were called ju...
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Two Chicago police officers were injured as they struggled with a man who had pulled a knife on two roommates in Little Village on the West Side Wednesday morning, authorities said. Other officers responding to the attack used a Taser on the suspect and he was arrested, police said. One of the...
Sears stays in business: Edward Lampert's hedge fund wins bankruptcy auction, saving retailer from liquidation | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 16, 2019
Sears Chairman Edward Lampert won a bankruptcy auction for the company with a plan that will keep the bankrupt retailer in business and seek to save tens of thousands of jobs, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. Lampert's bid prevailed over competing proposals from liquidators.....
CPD Alert: Attempted Child Abduction | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | January 16, 2019
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Chicago businesses step up to help furloughed federal workers, offering food, temp jobs | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
With no end in sight to the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history, Chicago companies are coming forward to offer furloughed workers everything from free lunches and museum tickets to temporary jobs. It won’t pay the rent, but benefactors are hoping a pulled pork sandwich or an aftern...
Woman to plead guilty to role in 2014 East Chicago bank robbery | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
A plea deal has been reached more than four years after a couple reportedly robbed at an East Chicago bank and shot at police as they fled, according to court documents. Jeremiah Ellis and Ashley Patterson, who are married, were charged in federal court after robbing First Merchants Bank, 4740...
5th teen charged in Near North Side attack at Red Line subway stop; others still sought | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
Police have arrested another 16-year-old boy after someone tipped off police following a community alert about teens who went on a rampage at a Near North Side CTA stop in December, kicking and punching at least two people, according to Chicago police. The 16-year-old boy is charged with felony...
3 shot outside University Park home | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
Three people were shot Tuesday afternoon outside a University Park home, officials said. Village police responded to multiple shots fired calls in the 700 block of Union Drive around 12:10 p.m. and found three gunshot victims in front of a home, said John Pate, director of public safety. One of...
Funeral set for Illinois state trooper killed while responding to crash on I-294 during snowstorm | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
A funeral for Illinois State Police Trooper Christopher Lambert, who was struck by a car and killed along Interstate 294 over the weekend, has been set for Friday at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church, followed by a funeral.....
Prosecutors win extension on indicting Ald. Edward Burke until at least May | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday won a three-month extension on indicting Chicago Ald. Edward Burke on bombshell charges he shook down two businessmen seeking to renovate a Burger King restaurant in his ward. In a one-page order allowing the delay, U.S. District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo wrote that.....
Murder trial postponed in shooting of Waukegan High School student | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
A Lake County judge on Tuesday reversed her decision to begin a murder trial this week without the presence of a material eyewitness to the alleged crime. Circuit Judge Patricia Fix postponed the trial of Willie Jackson to what will be its seventh scheduled date, Jan. 28, to allow more time to...
Chicago weather this week could include freezing drizzle, snowstorm, then bitter cold | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
All the hallmarks of a Chicago winter could be on display this week, with forecasters calling for chances of freezing drizzle, a significant snowstorm, and excessive cold. A winter weather advisory for freezing drizzle issued Monday afternoon was canceled at 6 a.m., but some spots could see more...
Sears update: Lampert puts up enhanced bid, sources say, as auction stretches to 2nd day | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
Sears Chairman Edward Lampert presented a new bid for the company on Tuesday that included some concessions as talks to save the bankrupt retailer from liquidation continue, according to people with knowledge of the discussions. The new offer includes terms that are more favorable to the department....
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
Police officers and a security guard helped rescue a man from the Chicago River early Tuesday after he was heard screaming for help near the Dearborn Street bridge, authorities said. The guard heard the man in the water and called police around 1 a.m. Responding officers threw a life ring into...
'Where will the money come from? Rich people,' Chicago Teachers Union says as it seeks increased pay, staffing in contract | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
Chicago Teachers Union members lodged their first demands for a new contract Tuesday — including pay hikes and a host of topics state law bars the labor group from striking over — months before negotiations will likely accelerate with a new administration. The CTU’s contract expires June 30. C...
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
An elderly driver was pulled from a car moments before it was struck by a Metra train in Lombard Monday night, according to police. The driver pulled onto the tracks at Grace Avenue and St. Charles Road in the western suburb shortly after 8:30 p.m. and then stopped, Metra said. Several people helped...
Woman forcibly stripped in LaSalle County jail sues sheriff; incident captured on video | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
Nearly five years after LaSalle County authorities paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle lawsuits by female inmates who were stripped naked in the local jail, another woman is alleging she was “humiliated, degraded and dehumanized” when deputies forcibly removed her clothes and then le...
North suburban townships offer help to furloughed federal workers | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
As the partial shutdown of the federal government drags into its fourth week, township officials are reaching out to furloughed and unpaid federal workers to make sure they know about assistance that might help them through the rough patch. Supervisors in Moraine and West Deerfield townships ask...
Prosecutors say Portage mayor 'does not think the rules apply,' while defense says charges are 'lies' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | January 15, 2019
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday painted Portage Mayor James Snyder as someone who moved from one scheme to another, but defense attorneys say those allegations are lies. Opening statements in Snyder’s public corruption case started with prosecutors saying Snyder allegedly schemed to hide assets...