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Paintball attacks explode citywide: ‘This is unneeded stupidity’ [MAP]

Paintball attacks explode citywide: ‘This is unneeded stupidity’ [MAP]

Filed under:More than 200 paintball shootings were reported across the city in September and October, nearly five times the number reported between January and August.UPDATE: This story has been updated to include figures from October.The number of paintball attacks in Chicago has skyrocketed this fall, according to police records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.There have been 208 paintball shootings reported across the city in September and October, the records show. That’s nearly five times the 42 attacks reported between January and August.Though the shootings have been recorded all...

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Man hanging off side of Trump Tower demanding to speak to president

Man hanging off side of Trump Tower demanding to speak to president

Filed under:Police have blocked off traffic around the tower, which overlooks the Chicago River at 401 N. Wabash Ave.A man who is hanging off the side of Trump Tower from a rope Sunday evening is demanding to speak to President Donald Trump.The man, who is in his 20s, has been dangling from the tower’s 16th-floor balcony since about 5:30 p.m., asking to speak to the president and trying to get his message to the media, according to Chicago Police spokesman Tom Ahern. Police officers at the scene said they believe the man is using a climbing harness.The man has threatened to kill himself,...

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United Steelworkers shine ‘Biden-Harris’ projection on Trump Tower

United Steelworkers shine ‘Biden-Harris’ projection on Trump Tower

Filed under:The “bat light” endorsement also made an appearance on Wrigley Field, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Theatre during its time in the city.Members of the United Steelworkers union brought their traveling “bat light” to Chicago overnight Friday to project their endorsement of Joe Biden onto Trump Tower.The words “Biden-Harris” were shown in blazing blue letters over President Donald Trump’s name on his hotel and condo building overlooking the Chicago River at 401 N. Wabash Ave. The endorsement also made appearances on Wrigley Field, the Art Institute of Chicago and...

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Oct 18
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Student activist killed in shooting weeks after protesting police presence in CPS

Student activist killed in shooting weeks after protesting police presence in CPS

Filed under:“Caleb was a son, a brother, a community organizer, and a neighbor. His light and potential have been extinguished at the hands of gun violence, like so many others in Chicago,” Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) said.A student leader with a youth activist group that has been prominent in the push to remove police from Chicago Public Schools died Sunday morning after he was shot two days earlier in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.Caleb Reed, a 17-year-old junior at Mather High School on the North Side, just weeks earlier at a news conference with public officials ahead of a Board of...

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ATF agent shoots at would-be carjacker in Austin

ATF agent shoots at would-be carjacker in Austin

Filed under:The agent who fired his gun is permanently stationed in Chicago and not affiliated with , a Justice Department initiative that has sent over 200 federal agents to Chicago to combat a “sudden surge in violent crime” in cities across the United States.A federal agent opened fire on a would-be carjacker Friday in Austin on the West Side.The agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) witnessed the attempted carjacking about 6:15 p.m. at Madison Street and Austin Boulevard, according to Kimberly Nerheim, spokeswoman for the Chicago Field Division of the ATF.The...

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Girl, 7, shot to death at her grandmother’s house in Austin at a Fourth of July party

Girl, 7, shot to death at her grandmother’s house in Austin at a Fourth of July party

Filed under:‘For her life to be cut down for no reason, it’s ridiculous,’ the girl’s father Nathan Wallace said outside Stroger Hospital, where Natalia Wallace was pronounced dead.A 7-year-old girl died Saturday after being shot at a family Fourth of July party in Austin — the third weekend in a row in Chicago that’s seen a child under 10 among the city’s shooting victims.The girl was playing on a sidewalk around 7 p.m. in the 100 block of North Latrobe Avenue when three men got out of a white car and shot more than 20 times in the direction of the people holding the party, a group that the...

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Illinois man sues Trump for denying stimulus checks to Americans married to immigrants

Illinois man sues Trump for denying stimulus checks to Americans married to immigrants

Filed under:“It’s a deliberately cruel carve-out,” Manar Waheed, senior legislative and advocacy counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, said in the lawsuit.An Illinois man is suing President Donald Trump and other high-ranking Republicans for denying stimulus checks to American citizens married to immigrants who don’t have Social Security numbers.The plaintiff, named in the class-action lawsuit as “John Doe,” is one of the 1.2 million Americans married to an immigrant without a Social Security number. Because Doe and his spouse file their tax returns jointly, the couple, who have...

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