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Carjacking suspect charged in shooting of 3 Chicago officers

Carjacking suspect charged in shooting of 3 Chicago officers

CHICAGO — A convicted felon on parole has been charged with attempted murder in the outside a station.Police said Lovelle Jordan, 25 of Maywood, faces six counts of attempted murder as well as charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a weapon as a felon.Jordan has a prior record and police confirm he was just paroled three months ago.The shooting occurred near the 25th District police station at 5555 W. Grand Ave. around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Police said it occurred during an attempt to arrest Jordan for a carjacking that occurred on June 26.Jordan began firing when an...

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Courthouse confusion continues: Court clerk claims it’s ‘racist’ to ask ‘why?’

Courthouse confusion continues: Court clerk claims it’s ‘racist’ to ask ‘why?’

CHICAGO — For weeks now, people have been showing up to the Daley Center in downtown Chicago for appearances in traffic court that are being handled entirely online or over the phone.   Angelica Velez was among them. She received several citations after being involved in a traffic accident.“I was told to get in the line and then they gave us a paper that says to do it over the phone,” she said.  “I could’ve stayed in bed to do this.”Some have waited for several hours only to learn their online hearing took place while they were waiting in an actual line outside the courthouse. Leon...

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Columbus statue removed in South Chicago

Columbus statue removed in South Chicago

CHICAGO — Another statue of Christopher Columbus has been removed overnight in Chicago.The statue was in the city’s South Chicago neighborhood as part of The Drake Fountain display on a pedestrian island at 92nd and Exhange.The Chicago Sun-Times says the statue was dedicated in 1892. It is believed to be the first statue commemorating Columbus in Chicago.The city released the following statement in regards to the statue’s removal:“Following public safety concerns over planned demonstrations similar to the one in Grant Park two weeks ago, the City has temporarily relocated the Christopher...

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Do not throw out or plant mysterious seeds being sent to Illinois homes, officials say

Do not throw out or plant mysterious seeds being sent to Illinois homes, officials say

WADSWORTH, Ill. — Mysterious seeds sent from foreign countries are being shipped to homes here in Illinois, and agriculture officials are warning those who receive them not toss them out or plant them.The Dekalb office of the Illinois Department of Agriculture apparently received more than 100 calls about deliveries in the past day or so regarding the seeds.Calvin Cox got a box at his Wadsworth home. The first bag of seeds came months ago.“In March when I received them from Bishkek Kyrgyzstan, I was just not sure who sent it to I just put it on the shelf in the garage,” he said.He said on...

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High-ranking CPD officer dies by suicide inside West Side police facility

High-ranking CPD officer dies by suicide inside West Side police facility

CHICAGO — A deputy chief with the Chicago Police Department died of an apparent suicide inside a West Side CPD facility where his body was discovered Tuesday morning, officials said.Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said 57-year-old Deputy Chief Dion Boyd, a 30-year veteran of the department and member of his command staff, died by suicide.“We are shocked, saddened with the loss, and it’s deeply felt by me and the many colleagues and friends with whom Deputy Chief Dion Boyd worked and mentored throughout his career,” Brown said.Sources tell WGN Boyd apparently died inside his office...

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Jul 28
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Confusion grows in Des Plaines over religious ‘Big Tent Revival’ meetings amid pandemic

Confusion grows in Des Plaines over religious ‘Big Tent Revival’ meetings amid pandemic

DES PLAINES, Ill. — Concern is growing in Des Plaines over a large religious event being held amid the pandemic.Members of “The Last Reformation” group are hosting what they call “Big Tent Revival” meetings this week.The community is wondering how they got permission to hold the meetings and it’s proving to be a bit of a mystery.For the next six days, the worship meetings are being held at the Methodist Campground.Torben Sondergaard seems to be the man behind the “Big Tent Revival Meetings.”“Come and join us outside Chicago,” Sondergaard said in a video. “I wanna let you guys know it’s...

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Jul 27
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2 Chicago hospitals listed among top 20 nationwide

2 Chicago hospitals listed among top 20 nationwide

CHICAGO — Two hospitals in Chicago are standouts in a new nationals ranking.Rush University Medical Center has broken into the Top 20 on the Rush now ranks 17th.Northwestern Memorial Hospital is 10th on the list for the second straight year, and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly the Rehab Institute of Chicago, is ranked the nation’s best rehab for the 30th straight year.Loading ...

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DOJ announces first federal arrests in Chicago as part of ‘Operation Legend’

DOJ announces first federal arrests in Chicago as part of ‘Operation Legend’

CHICAGO –  The Department of Justice has announced the first federal arrests related to in Chicago.Three men have been arrested related to illegal possession of firearms or ammunition.Collins was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Chicago police for allegedly illegally possessing ammunition, which was in a loaded handgun, in the 8200 block of South Maryland Avenue in the East Chatham neighborhood.Phillips was arrested early Wednesday morning by federal and local law enforcement officers executing a search warrant in the 2700 block of West Flournoy Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood,...

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DOJ announces first federal arrests in Chicago as part of ‘Operation Legend’

DOJ announces first federal arrests in Chicago as part of ‘Operation Legend’

CHICAGO –  The Department of Justice has announced the first federal arrests related to in Chicago.Three men have been arrested related to illegal possession of firearms or ammunition.Collins was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Chicago police for allegedly illegally possessing ammunition, which was in a loaded handgun, in the 8200 block of South Maryland Avenue in the East Chatham neighborhood.Phillips was arrested early Wednesday morning by federal and local law enforcement officers executing a search warrant in the 2700 block of West Flournoy Street in the East Garfield Park neighborhood,...

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Family of slain 13-year-old Chicago girl welcomes help of federal agents

Family of slain 13-year-old Chicago girl welcomes help of federal agents

CHICAGO – While announcing hundreds of federal agents to Chicago, President Trump focused on recent victims of gun violence in the city during an address on Wednesday.13-year-old Amaria Jones’ family has dreams about her and wake up crying because she isn’t there.Jones when a stray bullet came through the window of her Austin home and hit her in the neck while she was with her family.President Trump acknowledged the little girl who’s death still breaks her family’s heart.“For her to be 13. I think that hurts the most. She hasn’t even lived life,” President Trump said. If I would ask my...

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Jul 23
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Text messages between Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago FOP president show deteriorating relationship

Text messages between Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago FOP president show deteriorating relationship

CHICAGO – Text messages between Mayor Lightfoot and the man who represents 13,000 Chicago police officers show a deteriorating relationship.Hours after Chicago police with frozen water bottles, fireworks and other objects, text messages starting flying between Chicago FOP Union President John Catanzara and Mayor Lightfoot.While the mayor did speak out against violence that targeted police, Catanzara took issue with Lightfoot also encouraging people to report officers who may have crossed the line.“It tells my members you care more about rioters than injured police” Catanzara texted the...

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Jul 23
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Chicago History Museum reopens, free admission through July

Chicago History Museum reopens, free admission through July

CHICAGO – The Chicago History Museum recently reopened to the public with free admission through July.The museum opened on July 10 and admission is free for all guest through July 31.The museum will have the following safety protocols.The museum will be open Monday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sunday, 12–5 p.m.“We at the Chicago History Museum are thrilled to reopen our doors to visitors as we continue sharing Chicago stories and connecting with our communities,” said Gary T. Johnson, president of the Chicago History Museum. “After months of being home, we know Chicagoans are eager to...

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Floating boat cinema may be coming to Chicago, other cities

Floating boat cinema may be coming to Chicago, other cities

CHICAGO — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, drive-in movies have been making a comeback — now a company says a floating cinema allowing people to watch from mini-boats will be making appearances in a number of places around the country — including Chicago.Beyond Cinema, an Australian production company, says it’s bringing Floating Boat Cinema to cities worldwide with a stop in Chicago on the schedule.The location for the aquatic theater planned Sept. 9 to Sept. 13 hasn’t been released, and the movies to be shown haven’t been announced.The group says the cinema will be made up of 12 to 24...

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Art Institute of Chicago reopening to public on July 30

Art Institute of Chicago reopening to public on July 30

CHICAGO – The Art Institute of Chicago has announced it will reopen to the public at the end of July.The museum will reopen on July 30 and offer free admission for Illinois residents through August 3.Because it was only on view for a week prior to the museum’s closure, the exhibition “El Greco: Ambition and Defiance” will remain open through Oct. 19.The initial hours for reopening are noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The first hour of each day will be reserved for members.In addition to “El Greco: Ambition and Defiance”, visitors can...

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Over 100 celebrities, performers sing ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ to support artists in Illinois

Over 100 celebrities, performers sing ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ to support artists in Illinois

CHICAGO — Over 100 musicians, actors, artists and other celebrities with connections to Chicago and Illinois came together to perform a star-studded version of “Sweet Home Chicago” to raise money for artists struggling in the wake of closures during the coronavirus pandemic.The music video put together by a Chicago-based production company raises money for the .It features dozens of participants, including Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Kurt Elling, Jim Belushi, Keegan-Michael Key, Jessie Mueller, Jeff Perry, Ramsey Lewis, Rachel Barton Pine, André de Shields, Joe Mategna, Twista, Rhymefest, The...

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Former Bears linebacker Sam Acho helping turn West Side liquor store into food mart

Former Bears linebacker Sam Acho helping turn West Side liquor store into food mart

CHICAGO – Sam Acho is on mission to make a difference.The former Bears linebacker raised $500,000 to buy Belmonte Cut Rate Liquors on the West Side with the help of Chicago athletes like Mitch Trubisky, Jonathan Toews, Lucas Giolito, Jason Heyward, Diamond DeShields and others.Acho and his group of supporters demolished the building and are now turning it into a grocery store. The surrounding South Austin neighborhood is considered a food desert. It has 17 liquor stores but only two grocery stores in a half-mile radius.The inspiration for the project came from listening circles with the...

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Jul 8
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Chicago police arrest man for first-degree murder of 7-year-old girl

Chicago police arrest man for first-degree murder of 7-year-old girl

CHICAGO – Police have arrested a man in connection to the murder of , who was shot at a Fourth of July party Saturday night.Reginald Merrill, 33, of Chicago, has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated battery after Wallace was shot in the head in the 1000 block of North Latrobe Saturday at around 9:15 p.m.Police believe three men got out of a vehicle Merrill was driving and opened fire. The shooting was reportedly gang retaliation and Wallace was caught in the fire while playing in her grandmother’s yard.Chicago police utilized technology after they were given videos of the...

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Jul 6
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Dog mauls toddler to death following Joliet Fourth of July party

Dog mauls toddler to death following Joliet Fourth of July party

JOLIET, Ill. – A 1-year-old girl died after a dog attacked her while she was in her playpen early Sunday morning.Just before 1:30 a.m., Joliet police responded to the 1800 block of Cumberlan Drive on the report of a 1-year-old bit by a dog.When they arrived, they found an unresponsive 17-month-old girl, later identified as Marley Wilander, of Aurora, with bite marks throughout her body. Wilander was taken to Saint Joseph Medical Center where she was pronounced dead approximately two hours later.After an initial investigation, police said the parents were visiting a friend’s Fourth of July...

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Officials announce 14-day quarantine for travelers coming into Chicago airports from COVID-19 hotspots

Officials announce 14-day quarantine for travelers coming into Chicago airports from COVID-19 hotspots

CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Public Health has issued an that directs travelers returning to Chicago from states experiencing COVID-19 hot spots to quarantine for 14 days.The order will go into effect at O’Hare and Midway on Monday at 12:01 a.m. It applies to states that have a case rate greater than 15 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 resident population, per day, over a 7-day rolling average.The order applies to anyone traveling into Chicago as their final designation from a designated state. It includes both Chicago residents returning from visiting a designated state and travelers...

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Fines of up to $10K possible as Chicago ramps up enforcement of Phase 4 coronavirus guidelines

Fines of up to $10K possible as Chicago ramps up enforcement of Phase 4 coronavirus guidelines

CHICAGO — The City of Chicago will start ramping up enforcement of Phase 4 guidelines to make sure businesses are following the reopening rules over the holiday weekend.The focus will be on businesses, particularly bars and restaurants. They will get fined for not following public health guidelines.This weekend, officials with the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) will be making their rounds, visiting bars and restaurants throughout the city.They’ll be looking for violations related to social distancing, capacity limits and face coverings.If they find them,...

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Chicago bringing back summer youth jobs program amid coronavirus pandemic

Chicago bringing back summer youth jobs program amid coronavirus pandemic

CHICAGO – The city is bringing back , a program that will provide nearly 20,000 jobs to young people across Chicago.In addition to One Summer Chicago, park district will also return.For reluctant parents who may be torn between going crazy at home with their kids or sending them to camps, the mayor said there are options.“We can’t say that there is no risk. COVID is still very much apart of our present but what we’ve been preaching,” Mayor Lightfoot said. “Calculate those risks and take precautions.”Nearly 20,000 youth jobs will be offered through One Summer Chicago and the recently...

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Jun 26
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Gun permit applications up 500% from last year: report

Gun permit applications up 500% from last year: report

CHICAGO — Applications for gun permits are soaring across Illinois.that more than 42,000 people have applied for one between June 1 and June 17.At this time last year, there were only 7,000 applications.The mandatory 72 hours background check required by the state has also been stretched to a wait of more than a week for some people.The state has seen an increase in applications since the COVID-19 pandemic started, but fallout from the protests and unrest after George Floyd’s death could be pushing even more people to get guns.Suggest a Correction× Close Ad

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Saharan dust drifting toward United States, may impact Illinois

Saharan dust drifting toward United States, may impact Illinois

Dust is on the way to the United States this week making the from the Sahara Desert.This might seem to work against typical weather patterns, but dust in the United States from the Sahara happens every year. While it may not be abnormal to see the Saharan dust make its annual journey to the United States, we are expected to see more of it than usual.Tiny individual dust particles combine to make a large plume so big that it can be picked up on satellite images and even be seen from the International Space Station.The massive plume darkened the sky over parts of the Caribbean this past...

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Ex-FBI agent in Chicago accused of storing top-secret documents at home

Ex-FBI agent in Chicago accused of storing top-secret documents at home

CHICAGO — A former FBI special agent has been charged with stealing sensitive government documents and keeping them in his home, according to U.S. District Court documents unsealed Tuesday in Chicago.Yen Cham Yung, who was arrested this week in Colorado, worked in the FBI field office in Chicago for years investigating organized crime, according to prosecutors.Court documents allege that the documents contained information about undercover informants, surveillance of gang activity and email threads among FBI supervisors directing investigations of organized crime.The complaint also alleges...

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13-year-old girl dies, 2 teen boys wounded following West Side shooting

13-year-old girl dies, 2 teen boys wounded following West Side shooting

CHICAGO – A 13-year-old girl is dead and two other teen boys were wounded in an Austin shooting Saturday night.Just after 8:30 p.m., police responded to the 1000 block of North Leclaire Avenue on the report of a shooting.CPD said two teen boys, 15 and 16, were sitting on a porch when one of them noticed a red laser pointed at him. Multiple shots rang out shortly after, police said.A 13-year-old girl was inside the residence and sustained a gun shot wound to the neck. She was transported to the hospital in critical condition where she later died.She has been identified as Amaria Jones.The...

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