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West Nile Virus Detected in West Lawn | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | July 16, 2018
 No plans to spray insecticide yet, health dept. saysBy Tim HadacManaging EditorSouthwest Chicago PostThe West Nile Virus has been detected in the West Lawn neighborhood—earlier than it usually is each year—but a Chicago Department of Public Health spokesman says the city has no plans ...
Woman hit, killed by Green Line train | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 16, 2018
A woman was hit and killed by a CTA train that was pulling into the Cicero Green Line station on the West Side Sunday night, Chicago police said. The woman was on the platform at 4800 W. Lake St. in the West Garfield Park neighborhood when she was hit around 9:30 p.m., a witness told police. She...
Chicago Tribune | July 16, 2018
Two people were killed and two others were injured in Chicago shootings on Sunday, including a woman shot by a carjacker on the West Side, police said. The 59-year-old woman was in a vehicle with two others in the 900 block of North Kedvale Avenue in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood when a man...
Chicago Tribune | July 16, 2018
A 64-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run crash Sunday night on the Northwest Side, Chicago police said. The man was crossing the street around 10 p.m. in the 5200 block of West Fullerton Avenue in the Cragin neighborhood when he was hit by a White SUV that was speeding east on Fullerton. The...
New High School Coming to Clearing | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | July 15, 2018
New Hancock building set for 65th and LongBy Joan HadacEditor and PublisherSouthwest Chicago PostFor the first time in more than a century, a high school will be built in the Clearing neighborhood, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-22nd) and 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn ...
Man fatally shot by police identified, additional protests planned | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 15, 2018
The Medical Examiner’s Office on Sunday identified the man who was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer Saturday night, sparking protests and outrage in South Shore. Harith Augustus, 37, of the 7000 block of South Merrill Avenue in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood was pronounced dead at Ja...
Patriots Day Parade Photo Highlights | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | July 15, 2018
The 2018 edition of the Patriot's Day Parade is in the books.The event, which stepped off at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, was sponsored by Third District Congressman Dan Lipinski, 23rd Ward Alderman Silvana Tabares, the Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch, the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the G...
Autopsy confirms Waukegan teen killed by gunshot | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 15, 2018
An autopsy on a 19-year-old killed after Friday’s Scoop the Loop car show found the victim died of injuries suffered from a gunshot wound. Daiyon Bolden, 19, of Waukegan, died about 5 a.m. Saturday, after being shot by a juvenile over what police officials say was an ongoing feud between the suspe...
Arson suspected in Harvey house fire | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 15, 2018
A fire that destroyed a house in Harvey early Sunday morning is being investigated as a possible arson, a fire official said. Firefighters received the call for the fire in the 14800 block of South Honore Avenue at 12:20 a.m. The official said people were living in the home and escaped uninjured....
Durbin: More work needed to make sure Russian hack of voter database 'never happens again' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 15, 2018
Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said charges brought last week against Russian agents accused of interfering with the 2016 presidential election is something “we ought to take personally in Illinois” because the state’s voter database was a target. While Durbin said he has received assurances...
Man charged with shooting at police after South Chicago traffic stop | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 15, 2018
A 31-year-old man has been charged with shooting at police officers who pulled over a car he was riding in Friday night in South Chicago. At least one officer shot back, but no one was hit, police said. Randale Truitt, 31, of the 200 Block of E. 70th Street in the South Side’s Park Manor neighborh...
CVS apologizes after white manager in Chicago calls cops on black customer | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 15, 2018
CVS Health is apologizing after a black customer says white store managers in Chicago accused her of trying to use a phony coupon. Camilla Hudson posted cellphone video of one of the managers appearing nervous. Morry Matson's left hand shakes as he calls police around 11:30 p.m. Friday. The 53-year-...
Southwest Chicago Post | July 15, 2018
Opinion by John T. "Red" RyanLEGENDARY ARE SUCH occurrences as the Nightly Visit by The Sandman to sleeping children, Holiday Nights making the rounds by Santa & the Easter Bunny, Resurrection Mary and even your Social Security Lock Box "Account." along with these widespread legend and myths, we...
Chicago Tribune | July 15, 2018
Four people were shot in two hours Saturday night, including a 16-year-old boy who died and a 72-year-old man wounded in the leg while crossing the street on the Northwest Side. The boy was in the 5900 block of West Diversey Avenue in the city’s Belmont Central neighborhood about 7:10 p.m. when...
Chicago Tribune | July 15, 2018
An attempted carjacking turned into a homicide Sunday morning, killing a 59-year-old woman in West Humboldt Park, police said. About 7:15 a.m. police were called to the 900 block of North Kedvale Avenue on the city’s West Side for a report that a woman was shot. Authorities learned a 71-year-old.....
Chicago Tribune | July 15, 2018
The Gary Police Department and Lake County Coroner’s office are attempting to identify a woman who was found dead in Gary early Sunday morning, the victim of an apparent homicide. The Coroner’s Office was called around 4:45 a.m. to the 2500 block of Central Avenue, where it declared the woman de...
3 vehicles shot on I-57 north in Calumet Park area, police say, but no injuries | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
Three vehicles were shot as they traveled on Interstate 57 north around 3:15 a.m., state police said Saturday. No one was hit and no injuries were reported, but three vehicles were damaged by the gunfire, according to a news release from the Illinois State Police. Investigators believe a person...
Morton Grove race car driver killed in Sycamore Speedway crash | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
A Morton Grove race car driver was killed in a crash during an organized event Friday night at the Sycamore Speedway in unincorporated Kane County, authorities said. Timothy Erjavac, 47, was extricated from his race car and transported by ambulance to Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, where he was...
Woman dead, several taken to hospitals after 3 early morning fires | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
Ivan Ramierz and Sully Torres woke up early Saturday morning to a popping noise outside their top-floor window. Ramirez looked outside and saw the brightness of fire near the house next door on Kilpatrick Avenue. He bolted out of bed and outside, where he saw flames leaping about 3 feet high from...
Man in custody after exchanging gunfire with police in South Chicago | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
A Chicago police officer shot back at a 31-year-old man who fired on police while running from a traffic stop Friday night in South Chicago. No one was hit and the man was taken into custody, police said. Tactical officers from the fourth district were trying to stop the car for an undisclosed...
1 dead, 1 wounded in Waukegan shooting; 15-year-old boy charged | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
A 15-year-old Waukegan boy is accused of fatally shooting another teen and wounding man Friday night in downtown Waukegan. It happened about 11 p.m. in the street at the intersection of Genesee and Clayton streets about an hour after a car festival had ended, police said. Daiyon Bolden, 19, also...
Southern Illinois University president is out amid swirling controversy | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
Randy Dunn is out as president of Southern Illinois University, bookending a wild stretch of controversy and animosity at the two-campus system, the university announced late Friday. Dunn has agreed to a voluntary separation from the university that will pay him a six-month severance of $215,000....
10 shot in 6 hours in Chicago | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
The 27-year-old man heard gunshots while he was walking down the 1100 block of South Mozart Street in Lawndale, then discovered he’d been shot in the leg just after 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Police had not yet taped off the crime scene on Mozart Street north of Roosevelt Road when minutes later,...
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
A crash on the Bishop Ford Freeway on the South Side sent six people to hospitals on Saturday afternoon, fire officials said. It happened around 1 p.m. on the Bishop Ford near King Drive, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt. Three people were taken to Advocate Trinity Hospit...
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
A 48-year-old man who fell on the Brown Line tracks was taken to a hospital in serious condition on Saturday afternoon. It happened about 12:20 p.m. at the Rockwell Street station, 4648 N. Rockwell St., in the Ravenswood neighborhood, according to the CTA and fire officials. Power was shut down...
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
A Jan. 28 trial date has been set for former Illinois Republican Congressman Aaron Schock's trial on corruption charges, including that he illegally sought reimbursement for a $5,000 chandelier. U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce set the trial date Friday, according to a two-page order filed in court.....
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
Officials are looking for a man who robbed a bank in the Lincoln Square neighborhood on Saturday afternoon. The “takeover’’ bank robbery happened about 1 p.m. at the U.S. Bank branch, 4725 N. Western Ave., the FBI said. The robber was described as a white man in his 50s or 60s who was about 5-...
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
A woman who was pulled from the lake Friday evening on the Near North side was in critical condition, police said. Minutes before 6 p.m., the woman, whose exact age was not available, was rescued from the lake in the 700 block of North Lakeshore Drive. She was taken in critical condition to Northwes...
Chicago Tribune | July 14, 2018
A man has died after police shot him Saturday evening in the South Shore neighborhood, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Paramedics responded to the 7100 block of South Chappel Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. and took the victim, an adult male, to Jackson Park Hospital, where he will be...
Eyesore Bank to Be Bulldozed | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | July 13, 2018
New homes set for 55th/Narragansett By Tim HadacManaging EditorSouthwest Chicago PostOne of the Southwest Side’s most notorious eyesores—the old Garfield Ridge Trust & Savings Bank, 6353 W. 55th St.--will be bulldozed in the next year or so, replaced by a cluster of single-family homes....
Mega-Passes on Sale Now for Big, Fun Carnival at St. Joseph School | Southwest Chicago Post
Southwest Chicago Post | July 13, 2018
Mega-passes (wristbands) for the Southwest Side's firstparish carnival of the season are now on sale at St. Joseph School, 5641 South 73rd Avenue and the rectory at St. Joseph Parish, 7240 W. 57th St.The annual carnival is set for Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3 on the grounds of St. Jo...
Another Dan Ryan shutdown averted? Officials in Mayor Emanuel's office, others agree to meet with protesters | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
Activist South Side priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger said he’s not planing another expressway shutdown — or any other acts of civil disobedience in Chicago — for now. Meetings are in the works between community activists and a number of elected officials after the protest last Saturday drew tho...
What happens when Lake Superior has too much water? It dumps it into an already overflowing Lake Michigan | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
For nearly a century, a dam at the head of the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., has been used like a faucet, controlling the amount of water flowing from Lake Superior into lakes Michigan and Huron. In the past five years, following a swift rise in lake levels, the relatively obscure...
Pence family gas stations left costly environmental legacy | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence turns nostalgic when he talks about growing up in small-town Columbus, Indiana, where his father helped build a Midwestern empire of more than 200 gas stations that provided an upbringing on the "front row of the American dream." The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004.....
Woman berated for wearing Puerto Rico flag shirt to speak out today | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
Mia Irizarry, the woman shown in a viral video being berated for wearing a Puerto Rican flag T-shirt, is expected to hold a news conference later Friday morning in Humboldt Park. On Thursday, Timothy Trybus of Chicago was charged with two counts of felony hate crime, which are enhancements on the...
Days after cleared in bar beating, Chicago cop Robert Rialmo involved in another fight | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
Less than three days after he was acquitted of beating two men in a tavern in December, Officer Robert Rialmo was involved in another physical altercation early Friday morning after being ejected from a Northwest Side bar, Chicago police confirmed Friday. Rialmo — who also shot and killed two peop...
82-year-old man shot in Chatham: 'He pretty much raised us all' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
The 82-year-old man was walking a little bit ahead of the younger pair when a gunman opened fire, wounding all three, police said. Witnesses said it looked like the shooter was firing at a 31-year-old man hit in the ankle and 22-year-old woman hit in the shoulder, but also shot the elderly neighbor....
Chicago's last Sears to close for good Sunday | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
Mike Lord remembers treating the Sears at Six Corners as a neighborhood hangout when he was a kid. When his parents pushed to turn off the TV and get outside, he would sneak over to the store’s TV department to watch Cubs games. “It was my babysitter when I couldn’t get friends together to pla...
Rauner embraces Trump White House in Rosemont, calls Pence among the 'greatest leaders in American history' | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
Gov. Bruce Rauner firmly embraced President Donald Trump’s administration Friday, using an introduction of Vice President Mike Pence at a Rosemont campaign event to hail a White House for creating a domestic economy that is “roaring again.” And in a half-hour talk punctuated frequently by shou...
3 charged in beating, shooting of man killed in Gage Park | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
Three men have been charged for their alleged roles in the injury and death of a 47-year-old man who was beaten and shot Tuesday in Gage Park, Chicago police said. Deshun Williams, 23, is charged with a single count of first-degree murder. Chicago police said he “participated in the murder” of.....
Man dies in Antioch Township crash Friday; second motorcycle death in Lake County this week | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
For the second time this week, a motorcyclist has died on a Lake County roadway, officials said Friday. A man was found dead early Friday morning after the Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a motorcycle down near the side of Grass Lake Road in Antioch Township. When deputies arrived,...
Berrios' analysts used Zillow, other shortcuts in assessing property values, documents show | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
Newly released court documents show that analysts working for Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios often changed home values produced by the office’s computer model, a sign of shortcomings in the system that made the property tax system unfair to less-affluent homeowners. More than a fifth of home....
County officials defend Forest Preserves police in wake of man harassing woman over Puerto Rican flag shirt | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
In the wake of a man berating a woman for wearing a Puerto Rican flag T-shirt at a forest preserve, Cook County officials repeatedly have reassured people that the serene expanses of woods are a safe place to go. As part of that effort, they’ve cited the work of Forest Preserves police, saying...
Exotic dancer sues Admiral Theatre for denying her employee wages and benefits | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
A former exotic dancer at the Admiral Theatre filed a lawsuit against the Chicago strip club Wednesday, claiming she was denied wages and benefits while working for tips. Paulina Wisniewska, of suburban Glendale Heights, who had worked exclusively as a stripper at the Admiral since 2013, said she...
Sex offender arrested after seen loitering in park near children, Elgin police say | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
A registered sex offender seen at Elgin’s Festival Park Thursday was arrested on a charge of loitering in a park near children, Elgin police said. A park patron recognized Clintin Allen, 36, of Elgin, and notified police he was at the 132 S. Grove Ave. park about 7:30 p.m., the police department.....
5 things to know about Chicago's Croatian community | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
All eyes have been on Chicago’s Croatian-Americans recently as their ancestral team gears up to compete in its first World Cup final Sunday. But Croatians have called the Windy City home for years, with some of Chicago’s most notable politicians and athletes tracing their roots back to the count...
McDonald's Plaza in Oak Brook to be demolished, redeveloped under buyer's plan | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
Developer Hines has a deal to buy and demolish a McDonald’s office building near the Oakbrook Center mall, with plans to construct several towers on the site. The preliminary agreement for McDonald’s Plaza, which is contingent on Hines receiving zoning approval, comes about a month after McDonal...
Pets now allowed on all Amtrak Midwest routes | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
In time for the dog days of summer, Amtrak customers traveling all around the Midwest can bring their small to medium-sized pets on board trains. The Chicago to St. Louis corridor, served by the Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains, is the final addition to a pet-friendly policy on Midwest trains....
Dyer man accused of offering to buy underage girl on Twitter | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
A Dyer man was arrested after offering to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for an underage girl on a Twitter post, according to court records. George E. Ambroz, 35, of Dyer, was charged Thursday with child solicitation, possession of child pornography and obscene performance, Lake County court.....
Who is in Asia with Emanuel? Campaign donors, lobbyists, developers, business heavyweights | Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune | July 13, 2018
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is wrapping up a trade trip to China and Japan where he met with a company that plans to build the newest version of Chicago’s ‘L’ cars, made a pair of jobs announcements and signed an official partnership agreement with the Japanese government. Emanuel, however, also did pl...