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    CHICAGO (AP) — At least two high-rise buildings along Chicago’s Gold Coast have been struck by gunfire in recent weeks. Authorities said the most recent damage was discovered Thursday, while earlier incidents were found last month, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. The buildings are in the same Lake Shore Drive block. Police were seeking surveillance footage in the area to hopefully lead to whomever fired the shots. Police said there have been four instances in which shots from a handgun struck windows or exterior walls, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Damage discovered Feb. 11 was done to the 30th floor of one building. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — One man has died, and two other people were wounded following an early morning shooting on a Chicago freeway. The shooting occurred about 12:45 a.m. Friday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 57 near 119th Street, according to state police. At least two vehicles were struck by gunfire. Each of the three people shot were taken to hospitals where one of the victims later died. A woman in one of the vehicles was not hurt, police said. At least a dozen shell casings were found on the freeway. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    Authorities in Chicago and in the suburb of Lake Forest were investigating separate incidents in which two people were struck and killed by passenger trains. Both incidents happened Thursday night, the first of which occurred in the suburb north of Chicago at about 8 p.m. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reported that, according to police, the unidentified woman believed to be in her late 60s or early 70s was killed instantly when she was struck by the train. A half hour later, a 71-year-old man was on the platform of the “L” station in the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago's North Side when according to police, he stumbled, fell against an advertising sign and then fell to a spot on the ground in which part of his body extended over the tracks. He was struck by a northbound Red Line train that was entering the station. Chicago Police said he...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a suburban Chicago man to 12 years in prison for trying to help the Islamic State terrorist group by providing cellphones to be used as bomb detonators. Joseph Jones, 38, of Zion was sentenced Wednesday after a jury convicted him in 2019 of conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Prosecutors sought a 17-year term while Jones' attorneys sought a sentence of time served, nearly four years. Jones asked to speak during the hearing Wednesday, saying, “I am not a terrorist. I never had any intention of doing anything involving this crime. I allowed these people (investigators) to play on my sympathies.” Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — Five people were hurt early Tuesday in a carbon monoxide leak and fire in a Chicago apartment building, fire officials said. Firefighters were called for high carbon monoxide readings about 4:30 a.m. at the North Side building, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Four people were taken to a hospital for treatment. Crews found a faulty furnace and returned carbon monoxide levels to normal a short time later, officials said. Residents then were allowed to return to the building. About 30 minutes later, a small fire was found in one of the units, officials said. The blaze was extinguished a short time after it was discovered. One person was taken to a hospital with a minor burn, officials said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium has launched a program encouraging restaurants to reduce the use of plastic. To take part, restaurants have to commit to study their plastic use and seek alternatives when possible. For example, they could offer to-go plastic cutlery by request. The aquarium will provide training and tips. Roughly 22 million pounds of plastic enter the Great Lakes each year, half of which enters Lake Michigan, according to estimates calculated by the Rochester Institute of Technology. The Shedd’s program is supported by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program. “Through our work at Shedd Aquarium, we know that a catastrophic amount of plastic pollution winds up in our rivers, lakes and oceans and can have devastating impacts on aquatic animals, such as fish and waterfowl, not to mention us humans,” said Jaclyn Wegner, the Shedd's director of conservation action. “Restaurants are important cornerstones and leaders in...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Capital Development Board has chosen an architectural firm to design a nearly $50 million makeover of portions of Chicago State University, including its nursing school. CDB announced last week it has selected Stantec Architecture, with offices in Chicago and worldwide, for the work financed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker's Rebuild Illinois capital construction plan. Work on Douglas Hall, which houses the nursing school and will include a nursing simulation laboratory, will total $25.8 million. There will be another $17.9 million for the college to complete maintenance work on the campus. Chicago State is also scheduled to receive $2.8 million from the state for its Center for Solutions of Urban Population as part of the Discovery Partners Institute Initiative. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — Three former postal carriers from Chicago are among 11 people indicted following an investigation into the theft of credit cards from the mail. Federal prosecutors said they were charged Thursday with conspiring to steal mail and committing unauthorized access device fraud, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Another former mail carrier from Broadview, Illinois, and one from College Park, Georgia, also were charged, as were six other Chicago-area residents. The 18-month conspiracy involved the theft of credit cards and other financial instruments in order to sell them for cash or other items, according to prosecutors. Social Security numbers and birthdates were obtained and used to activate stolen cards which were used at several retail stores, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois said. The federal investigation, called Operation Cash on Delivery, led to charges last summer against five other people, including four former postal service employees....
    SCHILLER PARK, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago woman was rescued by firefighters after spending 10 hours trapped beneath an awning that collapsed outside her home under the weight of heavy snow and ice, authorities said. The woman, who is in her 50s, was shoveling snow in the rear of her home when the awning fell onto her sometime between noon and 1 p.m. Monday, according to the Schiller Park Fire Department. Department Chief Mike Cesaretti said the woman's legs were pinned by the fallen awning and her predicament was not discovered until a family member returned home about 10:15 p.m. “She was trying to call for help, but being her head was inside of the awning, nobody was able to hear her,” Cesaretti told WLS-TV. Firefighters rushed to the woman's home Cook County home and found her conscious under the awning. Crews used struts and inflatable bags to raise...
    By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed a measure Tuesday strengthening Chicago's sanctuary policies by removing exceptions where local police can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The revised ordinance, which easily cleared the City Council last month, follows years of campaigning by immigrant rights advocates who’ve said issues of immigration and the criminal justice system are separate. Previously, Chicago's Welcoming City ordinance allowed police to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in limited circumstances, including if a person living in the country without legal permission had an outstanding criminal warrant, a conviction or was named in the city's gang database. “Chicago has been a welcoming city and a city of immigrants since its very founding, and proudly so,” Lightfoot said. Opponents, including aldermen, cited concerns about crime and protecting gang members. But supporters said immigrants can now call authorities and cooperate with investigations without...
    PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 40-year-old homeless woman found dead in a snowbank in suburban Chicago. Officers found the body of Tisha Garrison about 12:30 p.m. Saturday lying in a snowbank in a parking lot in northwest suburban Park Ridge, a statement from Park Ridge Police on Monday said. She was staying at shelters in the Chicago area, police said. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet ruled on a cause of death, police said. Park Ridge Police and a major case assistance team are conducting a death investigation, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — Four people, including a young child and teenager, have died in a traffic crash outside Chicago, according to Illinois State Police. The crash happened late Saturday evening in Rolling Meadows. All four people who died were in the same vehicle, a blue 2019 Ford Fiesta that had stopped on the right side of the road before it was struck by a black 2018 Jeep. Killed were two women, ages 47 and 45, a 17-year-old boy and a six-year boy. Further details were not immediately released. Troopers were called just after 11:30 p.m. to investigate a two-vehicle collision. The driver of the jeep suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — A study of deaths related to opioid-related overdoses in suburban Chicago has found heroin was the chief killer, according to a report released Friday. The report, titled “Opioid Epidemic in Suburban Cook County,” was a joint effort by the Cook County Department of Public Health and researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The report revealed that of the 1,600 overdose deaths recorded from 2016 through June 2020, 83% tested positive for fentanyl or heroin, or a combination of both. The hardest hit suburbs include Worth, Broadview, Maywood and Forest Park, places with low income residents and high poverty rates. “Health outcomes often broadly track with these social conditions that we know have impacts beyond one’s pocketbook,” said Dr. Kiran Joshi, a senior medical officer for the county’s health department. According to the report, whites made up 66.4% of the deaths, Blacks made of 21.9% and...
    By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Friday threw out felony convictions of nine more people framed by a disgraced former Chicago police sergeant, including that of a man who gained fame more than two decades ago when his life in a notorious housing project was chronicled in an award-winning documentary. The judge's ruling at the request of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office is the latest chapter in a story of corruption that dates back years and led courts beginning in 2016 to start overturning convictions in drug cases of African Americans who were framed by former Sgt. Ronald Watts. With Friday's ruling, judges have thrown out well over 100 convictions. In some cases, Watts' victims refused to pay him money or did something that angered him; in others, there appears to be no reason for why he targeted them. Among the seven men...
    BROOKFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Brookfield Zoo, which voluntarily closed its doors at the end of last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is reopening. The zoo located in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield, announced on its web site that it will reopen to the public on March 1. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the zoo, which closed on Dec. 31 — the second time it did so during the pandemic — said mitigation measures will be in place when it reopens. Visitors will be required to wear masks when social distancing isn't possible. Also, the only indoor spaces that will be open are rest rooms. The carousel and the motor safari will remain closed. The number of visitors will be limited, with capacity restricted to 25%, up to 9,000 visitors a day. Visitors will be assigned specific times when they can enter the zoo. Reservations to visit the zoo must...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A stray bullet killed a 68-year-old man as he drove on Chicago's South Side, police said. The man was in a vehicle in the Bridgeport neighborhood around 6 p.m. Tuesday when gunfire pierced the rear window and struck him in the back of his head, police said. His vehicle then collided with a snowbank. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identifed him as Alva Besst. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead a short time later, it said. He was not the intended target of the shooting, police said. No arrests have been made. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — Warming centers in Chicago were to remain open as temperatures in the city and across the region linger well below freezing. Some community centers, various public libraries, the Chicago Cultural Center and several park district locations will be open Monday, WBBM-TV reported. Temperatures in Chicago Monday were expected to reach a high of 12 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-11 Celsius), according to the National Weather Service. Police stations also are available as warming centers. The city is warning residents that 8-12 inches (20-30 centimeters) of snow was expected through Tuesday. City-operated testing sites for the coronavirus also will be closed Tuesday due to the weather conditions. The snowfall and cold are part of a winter storm that is sending temperatures plunging across the southern Plains and prompted a power emergency in Texas. Amid the lengthy deep-freeze, teams of outreach workers fanned out across Chicago over the weekend to offer...
    By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Four COVID-19 vaccination sites dedicated to Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff are expected to be fully operational in the coming week, district officials said. Starting Monday, Chicago will reserve 1,500 shots weekly for employees in the nation's third-largest school district. That’s on top of about 2,000 doses offered in recent days to teachers who are at higher risk of illness or starting back in classrooms sooner as the district gradually reopens. Some pre-K and special education students started in-person classes Thursday. The vaccination sites are at four schools, including Clemente High School where some educators have already received shots. District officials said employees will be excused from work duties during their vaccination appointments. Overall, district officials say more than 7,500 employees have been offered vaccinations, but they can't say how many were given because of medical privacy laws. The district said...
    A Chicago man was arrested this week, allegedly impersonating a police officer -- something he has done several times before, according to reports. At a court hearing Friday following the suspect's Wednesday arrest, a judge called the suspect a "danger to the community."   Vincent Richardson, 26, allegedly dressed in a full Chicago police sergeant’s uniform at least twice last month and again Feb. 3, pretending to be an officer. One time he pulled over a vehicle in an unmarked car and searched the passengers, a Cook County assistant state’s attorney said, according to The Associated Press. Separately, he was allegedly seen searching for the source of reported gunfire and using a flashlight to get motorists to slow down their vehicles in the area. In addition, Richardson, who works as a fleet manager, had somehow obtained a police radio, stun gun, baton, utility belt and police clothing as part of his scheme,...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Two people were killed and two more were seriously injured early Friday when their vehicle hit a concrete wall along a Chicago expressway and plunged off the highway onto a street 50 feet (15 meters) below, police said. The vehicle was traveling northbound on Interstate 55 — also known as the Stevenson Expressway — at around 4 a.m. when it struck a concrete wall and tumbled off the edge, striking a light pole before landing on the street in the McKinley Park neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side, Illinois State Police Trooper Omoayena Williams said. Two people in the car were killed and the two others were hospitalized with serious but non-life- threatening injuries, police said. Authorities have not released the names of the victims. The Chicago crash comes days after a pickup truck plunged about 70 feet (21 meters) off a slippery interchange exit ramp in Wisconsin....
    CHICAGO (AP) — A man arrested three times for impersonating a Chicago police officer, including once at age 14, has been arrested again for the same crime, police said. Vincent Richardson was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony impersonation of an officer, police said Thursday. He is accused of pretending to be a Chicago police sergeant on Jan. 14, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. Authorities haven’t released details on Richardson’s latest actions. Richardson, who was also wanted on a warrant, was scheduled to appear Friday in Cook County Circuit Court. It wasn’t immediately known whether he has a lawyer to speak on his behalf. Richardson was arrested in 2009 at age 14 after being so convincing as a police officer that he was assigned a radio and went on patrol with a real officer. In 2013, at age 19, Richardson pretended he was an officer and was arrested when he...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A man arrested three times for impersonating a Chicago police officer, including once at age 14, has been arrested again for the crime, Chicago police said Thursday. Vincent Richardson, 27, was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony impersonation of a police officer. He is accused of pretending to be a Chicago police sergeant on Jan. 14, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. Authorities haven’t released details on Richardson’s latest actions. Richardson was arrested in 2009 at age 14 after being so convincing as a police officer he was assigned a radio and went on patrol with a real officer. In 2013 at age 19, Richardson pretended he was an officer and was arrested when he tried to buy police equipment. And in 2015 at age 21, Richardson was arrested after police stopped his car while investigating a call of shots fired. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and...
    BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago mayor has temporarily suspended a hotel's business license after a deadly mass shooting there last weekend. The action by Bloomingdale Mayor Franco Coladipietro means the Indian Lakes Hotel must cease operations for 10 days while the west suburban village considers other action, WLS-TV reported. One person was killed and six others were wounded after gunfire broke out at a party in the hotel. Police were called to the hotel around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. “People are running around, yelling, gunshot victims on the ground,” said Frank Giammarese, Bloomingdale's director of public safety. Police say the shooting occurred after a party in which two groups rented a few rooms, then invited nearly 200 people. Detectives believe the group was there to film a rap video. “Two different groups and that is how this all kicked off — a verbal altercation got physical — then shots...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Two people were killed and another was seriously injured when an SUV crashed along a Chicago expressway, halting traffic for hours on the city's South Side, police said. Illinois State Police said the SUV was traveling at high speed when the driver lost control and the vehicle slammed into a concrete barrier about 11 p.m. Tuesday, flipped and became pinned against a pole. Firefighters extricated the driver and passengers, who were trapped inside the crushed vehicle, police said. Two people were taken to a hospital before being pronounced dead, while a third was being treated for serious injuries, police said. Traffic came to a stand-still as emergency crews worked at the scene, diverting vehicles around the crash scene. State police closed all lanes of the expressway but reopened them about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The crash remains under investigation, police said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved....
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    The Associated Press For the week of Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, the 20 most-watched programs in prime time, their networks and viewership, according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday: 1. Super Bowl LV, CBS, 91.6 million. 2. Super Bowl LV Post-game, CBS, 51.5 million. 3. “The Equalizer,” CBS, 20 million. 4. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 7.5 million. 5. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.3 million. 6. “911,” Fox, 6.8 million. 7. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.5 million. 8. “911: Lone Star,” Fox, 6.2 million. 9. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 6.1 million. 10. “Magnum P.I.,” CBS, 5.7 million. 11. “The Bachelor,” ABC, 5.5 million. 12. “Super Bowl Greatest Commercials,” CBS, 5.3 million. 13. “MacGyver,” CBS, 5.2 million. 14. “NCIS,” CBS, 5.1 million. 15. “FBI,” CBS, 4.7 million. 16. “Shark Tank,” ABC, 4.68 million. 17. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 4.67 million. 18. “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 4.32 million. 19. “To Tell the Truth,” ABC, 4.31 million. 20. “The Resident,”...
    By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union agreed Monday to let its thousands of members vote on a plan to get students back into classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the union's house of delegates didn't issue a recommendation on the plan with more teacher vaccinations and metrics outlining allow school closures when COVID-19 infections spike. Union members will vote Tuesday. If they approve it, the first batch of CPS students are expected in classes on Thursday and others in K-8 gradually returning over the next few weeks. Both sides have been negotiating for months over a plan to gradually bring back students in the roughly 340,000-student district, the nation's third-largest. The issues included vaccinations, metrics to gauge school infections and accommodations for teachers who have a family member more susceptible to coronavirus. Union officials argued the district’s plan, which includes air filters...
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    BLOOMINGDALE, Ill. (AP) — A shooting early Saturday at a hotel in suburban Chicago left one person dead and several others injured, police said. Officers who responded about 2:35 a.m. to a report of shots fired on the fifth floor of the Indian Lakes Hotel in the village of Bloomingdale saw several people fleeing the hotel and found “multiple apparent gunshot victims” inside, police said in a news release. The victims were taken to area hospitals, where a man in his late 20s was later pronounced dead, Bloomingdale Public Safety Director Frank Giammarese told WLS-TV. It was not clear exactly how many other people were shot, and he did not have their conditions. One or more suspects involved might have fled after the shooting, in which no police officers were shot, he said. It's not yet clear what led to the shooting. The Bloomingdale Police Department Facebook page asked the...
    GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — A 40-year-old suburban Chicago woman has been charged with attempted murder after her newborn was left in a trash can at the nursing home where she worked. Verna Tolentino of Morton Grove also was charged in Cook County court with child abandonment. She was ordered held Friday on bail. Tolentino was taken Jan. 11 by ambulance from the nursing home in Glenview to a hospital after complaining of abdominal pain, police said. Later that day, cleaning staff found a newborn boy inside a plastic garbage bag in a bathroom trash can. The bag had been tied closed. The child remains in a hospital. Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Andreana Turano said that when found, the boy weighed 2.7 pounds, had an umbilical cord still attached and was struggling to breathe, according to the Chicago Tribune. It later was determined that Tolentino had given birth to the...
    By DON BABWIN and SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot demanded Thursday that the city's teacher's union reach agreement on COVID-19 safety protocols by the end of the day and bring students back to the classroom, but did not say what she would do if that doesn't happen. Speaking during a news conference, Lightfoot was visibly angry at the Chicago Teachers Union for giving her the runaround, saying that her office and the school district officials have not received a straight answer on the union's demands. “We waited for hours and hours last night and still did not receive a proposal from the CTU leadership, and as of this morning we are still waiting," she said. “We need to get a deal done and get it done today. I expect to hear from them, no more delay.” But the threat was only implied; Lightfoot declined...
    By JAMES ANDERSON, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Rennie Davis, one of the “Chicago Seven” activists who was tried for organizing an anti-Vietnam War protest outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago that turned violent, has died. He was 80. Davis died on Tuesday of lymphoma at his home in Berthoud, Colorado, his wife, Kirsten Liegmann, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. A longtime peace activist, Davis was national director of the community organizing program for the anti-war Students for a Democratic Society and was a protest coordinator for the Chicago convention. Some 3,000 anti-war demonstrators clashed with police and Illinois National Guardsmen on Aug. 28, 1968, near the convention. Police clubbed demonstrators and conducted mass arrests. An investigative commission later described the clash as a “police riot.” Davis and four co-defendants — Tom Hayden, Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman and David Dellinger — were convicted of conspiracy to incite...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-year-old girl has become the fifth person to die from a series of shootings last month by a Chicago gunman who was later killed in a suburban police shootout, authorities said. Damia Smith was pronounced dead Tuesday at Comer Children’s Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was riding in a vehicle with her mother when she was shot and had been hospitalized. According to police, Jason Nightengale, 32, of Chicago, shot seven people in a series of attacks Jan. 9 over a roughly four-hour period. Most of the attacks happened on Chicago's South Side before Nightengale drove to Evanston, just north of the city, where officers killed him during a shootout. Authorities have not released a motive in the killings, which they described as random. Nightengale posted numerous disturbing and nonsensical short videos on Facebook before the killings. In one one he...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with pitcher Carlos Rodón, a person familiar with the negotiations said on Saturday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal is subject to a successful physical. The White Sox nontendered Rodón last month, making him a free agent. But they didn’t rule out re-signing him. Rodón was selected by Chicago with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft. He broke into the majors the following season and looked as if he could be a key member of the team’s rotation for years to come before he was hampered by a series of injuries. The 28-year-old left-hander is 29-33 with a 4.14 ERA in 97 career major league games, including 92 starts. He made four appearances last year, going 0-2 with an 8.22 ERA. ___ AP...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Scheidler, the founder of the Pro-Life Action League and prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement, died Monday, the organization announced. He was 93. Scheidler died of pneumonia at his Chicago home, according to Thomas Ciesielka, a spokesman for the group. His oldest son, Eric Scheidler, told the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday that his father “devoted five decades of his long life to proclaiming the value of human life at its most vulnerable stage, the child in the womb.” If people in Chicago, where his organization is based, didn’t know his name they likely knew of him as the man who routinely stationed himself on downtown street corners carrying signs emblazoned with photographs of fetuses. According to the organization’s website, Scheidler and his wife, Ann, founded the Pro-Life Action League in 1980. Since then, he wrote a book about fighting abortion and produced videos on the...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are accepting applications for a scholarship program designed to help disadvantaged students pursue schooling and careers in construction and engineering. The program will provide aid to students who pursue four-year degrees in construction management, industrial engineering, civil engineering and systems engineering. The program is being sponsored by the city, Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Transit Authority and its contractor for a modernization program, Walsh-Fluor Design-Build. “With every CTA project, we are committed to creating opportunity and inclusion for Chicagoans across the city,” Dorval R. Carter, Jr., CTA president said in a statement. “With potential future labor shortages in these industries, there is a growing opportunity for our youth to enter occupational fields in which they have been historically underrepresented.” The program is in its second year. Walsh-Fluor is providing $250,000 for 10 scholarships until 2023. Applications are due March 1. Winners will be announced in...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A fourth person has been arrested in the slaying of a retired Chicago Fire Department lieutenant, who was shot and killed killed during an attempt to carjack his car last month. Late Friday, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced on Twitter that the FBI had arrested the suspect in Pennsylvania. Brown did not identify the suspect but said he was being held on a $2 million warrant that charges him with murder. The police department's news affairs office said Saturday that the person's name would not be released until he is extradited to Illinois. The department has not explained the person's alleged role in the slaying of 65-year-old Dwain Williams, but after the arrest this week of a third suspect, police said only the getaway driver was at large. Surveillance video shows Williams walking toward his Jeep on Dec. 3 from a nearby popcorn shop when two...
    By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The number of homicides and shootings in Chicago spiked dramatically in 2020, ending with more bloodshed than in all but one year in more than two decades, statistics released by police on Friday revealed. After three years of falling homicide totals, 2020 ended with 769 homicides — 274 more than the previous year and the most since the 784 homicides in 2016. The latest shooting victim figures told the same story, with the year ending with 4,033 shooting victims compared with 2,598 the year before. And it never let up, as is illustrated by the fact that in December, there were 50 homicides — 19 more than occurred in December 2019. None of these numbers come as a surprise, as the year unfolded with news reports about violence that often included the word “deadliest," such as after Memorial Day weekend, the deadliest...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago anti-violence activists are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the fatal shooting of a man found dead on Christmas Eve near a hospital. The reward announced Tuesday seeks tips in the killing of Cyle Hemphill, 25. An autopsy by the Cook County medical examiner’s office found that Hemphill, who lived in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, died from several gunshot wounds. His body was found Dec. 24 slumped in the front passenger seat of a car parked outside a garage at the southern edge of an alley near Trinity Hospital on Chicago’s South Side, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Given the extent of Hemphill’s injuries and the lack of damage to the garage, trash cans and fences, it's apparent that he did not drive himself into that alley, said Andrew Holmes, a crisis responder. “With many cameras around here, around the hospital,...
    WESTMONT, Ill. (AP) — Two workers were critically injured when a building under construction partially collapsed in a Chicago suburb, authorities said. The building partially collapsed about 12:30 p.m. Monday in west suburban Westmont, leaving the two workers hospitalized with critical injuries that were not considered life-threatening, officials with the Cook County village said. No details about the collapse were released Monday and officials also did not release information about the injured workers. The building collapse prompted the temporarily closure of a road along the collapse site, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Westmont officials said the U.S. Department of Labor would investigate the workplace incident. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man and a woman were shot Sunday night near the George Floyd memorial site in south Minneapolis, police said. Police received a report of a shooting near 38th Street and Chicago Avenue South at 8:42 p.m. Police spokesman John Elder said the victims were taken to the hospital in private vehicles. He said their injuries were not life-threatening. George Floyd was killed at the corner of 38th and Chicago on May 25 while in police custody. The Star Tribune reports the intersection since has become a Floyd memorial, but residents and authorities say it has also seen increased gunfire. In the seven weeks after Floyd’s death, 11 people were shot in the area. Officials responding to emergencies in the area have reported being harassed, and a perception has emerged that police won’t respond to gunfire reports there unless there is a victim. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press....
    CHICAGO (AP) — A woman and a 12-year-old boy who were crossing a Chicago street were struck and fatally injured Wednesday night by a car that then sped away from the scene, police said. Araceli Gutierrez, 48, and Giovanne Bucio, 12, were taken to different hospitals after they were struck about 8 p.m. in the city’s Gage Park neighborhood, police said. Both were pronounced dead about an hour later. Police did not immediately release information about the relationship between the two victims, who were identified Thursday by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Chicago police are looking for the dark-colored vehicle that fled the scene at a high rate of speed after the victims were struck. Police said that car likely has some front-end damage near the driver's side headlight area and is believed to a Chevy Malibu manufactured between 2009 and 2012. Police are asking the public to keep...
    CHICAGO (AP) — An 84-year-old Chicago man died after he was struck by a speeding vehicle while crossing a street in his wheelchair, authorities said. Marvin Brown was struck about 11:40 a.m. Monday by a Mercedes driven by a 29-year-old man as he crossed a street in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Brown was conscious when officers arrived at the scene but he suffered a head injury and was pronounced dead two hours later at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Autopsy results released Tuesday found that Brown died of multiple injuries he suffered in the collision. His death was ruled an accident. The driver of the Mercedes, which was traveling at a high rate of speed when Brown was struck, was issued a citation for failure to give a pedestrian the right of way, police said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    (CBS/AP) — Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge to resolve misdemeanor drunken driving charges stemming from his arrest nearly 10 months ago on a freeway in the Phoenix area. La Russa pleaded guilty Monday to reckless driving in Maricopa County Justice Court. The 76-year-old La Russa was sentenced to one day of home detention and fined nearly $1,400. La Russa’s attorney said his client underwent alcohol counseling after his arrest. Authorities say La Russa blew out a tire and smashed into a curb, leaving the car smoking. © 2020 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited. Also From CBS Chicago: New Federal COVID-19 Economic Relief Package Is A Lifeline For Many In Illinois, But Will It Arrive In Time? ‘Just Like Not Having...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Two people fired shots into a Chicago house, killing a 71-year-old woman inside, police said. The shooting occurred Sunday night in the Morgan Park neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. The woman was pronounced dead at a hospital in Oak Lawn. No arrests were reported. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois public health officials have attributed 79 more deaths to COVID-19 among 6,003 new cases reported on Sunday. Illinois has had 900,370 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. More than 15,200 people have died, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The state reported 78,079 COVID-19tests in the past 24 hours. Nearly 4,400 people were being hospitalized with 991 in intensive care units. Meanwhile, a suburban Chicago hospital planned to resume vaccinations Sunday. Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville temporarily paused the program when four staff members had reactions after getting shots. Their symptoms included elevated heart rate. Three had mild reactions while one person's reaction was more severe. “We expect there to be some occasional safety concerns with the vaccine, but on balance, this is a miracle that we have this vaccine,” Dr. Robert Citronberg, executive medical director of infectious disease and prevention at Advocate...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A small fire broke out Sunday at a criminal courthouse on Chicago’s southwest side that is known as one of the busiest in the country. No injuries or substantial damage was reported, according to authorities. Fire officials found a small rubbish fire on the fifth floor of the Leighton Criminal Court Building around 12:10 a.m. that had been extinguished by the sprinkler system. The fire’s cause has not been determined. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said authorities are investigating. Officials for the court didn't immediately have further details. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — A gunman opened fire during a party early Saturday inside a Chicago beauty salon and wounded six people, police said. The shooting happened about 12:30 a.m. in the South Side neighborhood of Burnside after the gunman walked in on the gathering. A 41-year-old man was struck in the abdomen and taken a hospital in serious condition, police said. Four other men, ages 28 to 48, and a 36-year-old woman were taken to hospitals in fair condition. The gunman fled after the shooting and no arrests were immediately made. Police didn’t say how many people were inside the salon when the shooting happened. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    Atlanta Hawks vs. Chicago Bulls Chicago; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Bulls begin the season at home against the Atlanta Hawks. Chicago went 22-43 overall and 14-20 at home a season ago. The Bulls averaged 21.2 points off of turnovers, 13.3 second chance points and 38.3 bench points last season. Atlanta finished 20-47 overall and 11-32 in Eastern Conference action during the 2019-20 season. The Hawks averaged 24.0 assists per game on 40.6 made field goals last season. INJURIES: Bulls: Garrett Temple: out (covid-19). Hawks: Kris Dunn: out (knee). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Stan Bowman says he is determined to get the Chicago Blackhawks back on a championship course. The team elevated him to president of hockey operations this week as part of a front office makeover. Bowman will remain Chicago’s general manager, though he didn’t rule out hiring one. The Blackhawks won Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013 and 2015. But they got knocked out in the first round the next two years and missed the playoffs in 2018 and 2019. Bowman says the team will focus on developing its young talent. © 2020 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited. Kirby Dach ©️ Congrats to @kdach77 on being named Captain of Team Canada at #WorldJuniors https://t.co/moNaPXpe3m — Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) December 18, 2020   Also From CBS Chicago: ‘You Have...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-year-old made an initial court appearance Thursday on a murder charge in the death of a retired Chicago Fire Department lieutenant who was shot and killed this month during an apparent carjacking attempt on the city's South Side. Dwain P. Williams, 65, was confronted by the defendant and two other people as he approached his car after leaving a popcorn shop on Dec. 3, authorities said. Williams pulled out his gun and managed to fire it, but he was shot in the abdomen by one of the attackers and was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said at the time. Police said earlier this month that they didn't know if Williams' managed to shoot any of his attackers before they fled in the car they arrived in. Police are still seeking the other two suspects. The teen who was arrested, who hasn’t been named because he...
    CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are going to remain the Blackhawks and there is no sign of a change coming anytime soon. Speaking publicly for the first time since baseball’s Cleveland Indians announced they plan to change their name, Blackhawks CEO Danny Wirtz says the team continues “to deepen our commitment to upholding our namesake and our brand.” The Blackhawks have said they plan to continue with their name because it honors Black Hawk, a Native American leader from Illinois’ Sac & Fox Nation. © 2020 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited. Also From CBS Chicago: ‘You Have the Wrong Place:’ Body Camera Video Shows Moments Police Handcuff Innocent, Naked Woman During Wrong Raid 3 High-Ranking Fire Department Officials Ask For Demotion, Including One Who Sources Say Was Twice Denied...
    By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot apologized Wednesday to a social worker whose home was wrongly raided by police officers who did not allow the woman to put on any clothes before handcuffing her. A civilian review board is investigating the 2019 incident at Anjanette Young's home of which Chicago's WBBM-TV obtained body camera footage. Earlier this week Lightfoot's administration went to federal court to stop the station from airing the footage, but was denied. Lightfoot initially tried to distance herself from the incident, saying it happened before she took office in May 2019 and blaming the Civilian Office of Police Accountability for not releasing the video earlier. COPA's investigation, which could include recommendations for disciplining officers, is ongoing. But the disturbing video prompted wide criticism, including from Chicago aldermen who called for more hearings on the “cover-up of a wrongful police raid” and...
    By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A civilian police review board confirmed Tuesday it is investigating allegations that Chicago police officers serving a search warrant last year barged into the wrong home and handcuffed a naked woman who lived there. The allegations were included in reports by CBS 2 Chicago late last year and most recently on Monday when it aired portions of videos of the Feb. 19, 2019 incident that Anjanette Young obtained as part of her lawsuit against the city. The woman's attorney did not immediately return a call for comment, and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) said it has not released the video, according to a spokesman. Young told CBS-2 she had returned home after working as a social worker and was getting undressed for bed when the officers broke down her door with a battering ram and crowbar. She said did not...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A 16-year-old Chicago girl has been shot to death after returning to help a man being beaten by a group of people, police said. The girl, Lizzette Mata, and the man were walking home in an alley Thursday after eating at a restaurant when four males got out of an SUV and confronted them on the South Side, Chicago police spokeswoman Sally Bown said. The males began to beat the man about 7:10 p.m., and the girl ran to a nearby friend for help, Bown told the Chicago Sun-Times. As the girl and friend returned, someone in the group fired shots, Bown said. The beaten man told investigators he saw the girl fall to the ground. She had been shot in the head. The girl was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital but was pronounced dead at 8:40 p.m., the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. No arrests...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A retired lieutenant of the Chicago Fire Department was killed when he exchanged gunfire with carjackers as he walked to his vehicle from a popcorn shop, authorities said Thursday. Dwain P. Williams, 65, was confronted Thursday afternoon by four carjackers who got out of a dark sedan and was shot once in the abdomen during an “exchange of gunfire,” said Chicago police Chief of Operations Brian McDermott It was not known if any of the four attackers were hit. Williams was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead. The suspects were last seen fleeing in the sedan, McDermott said. Fire department spokesman Larry Langford said Williams retired about two years ago, having joined the department in 1992. “Our hearts are heavy tonight,’′ Langford added. Williams’ final assignment was with the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, where he was going...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of an elderly man who was beaten to death with a baseball bat and then set on fire earlier this year, Chicago Police said Thursday. The boy whose name has not been released because of his age, was arrested Wednesday night. He was also charged with concealment of a homicidal death, police said. The teen is one of two suspects in the death of 74-year-old Earl Miller, whose beaten and burned body was found next to a home in the Fernwood neighborhood on the city's far South Side on Sept. 22. An autopsy revealed he did of multiple injuries from the attack. The other suspect remains at large, police said. The teen was expected to appear in juvenile court on Thursday. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,...
    CEDAR RIVER, Mich. (AP) — A Chicago hunter who disappeared from a Michigan campsite nearly three weeks ago remains missing in the Upper Peninsula. Vladimir Ivanovic, 58, was last seen leaving a tent in Menominee County on Nov. 13, two days before the opening of deer season, authorities said. Two people with him figured he was going to his truck or a cooler at Cedar River North campground. The sheriff's office has advised people to watch for clothing or a body in the Big Cedar River, which flows to Green Bay. Ivanovic's family said he had hunted and camped for years in the same area. Anyone with information can call (906) 863-4441. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Michigan, Illinois
    CHICAGO (AP) — Two people have been killed and two others hurt following a shooting and crash on Chicago’s westside. A Kia carrying at least four people crashed about 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Lawndale neighborhood after shots were fired at it from another vehicle, according to police. Two people in the Kia were killed. It wasn’t immediately clear if they were shot or died due to the crash. A woman and man who also were in the Kia were being treated at a hospital. Four people inside the second vehicle fled after it also crashed. No arrests were made. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — The City of Chicago towed over 230 vehicles on the first day of the overnight winter parking ban. On Dec. 1 every year, from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. until April 1, cars are not allowed to park along 107 miles (172.20 kilometers) of main streets throughout the city. The parking ban is enforced regardless of snow. The city towed 16 less cars than last year at this time, according to officials. Violators of the parking ban will be towed and face a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of $25 per day. “Today rent’s due, December 1st,” said Jabari Phillips, who moved to the city in April. “Terrible time, and is Christmas right around the corner.” With another 500 miles (804.67 kilometers) of main roadways that have parking bans when there’s at least two inches of snow on the ground, the...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man has been charged with murder after a fatal fight that began when he put his hands in Thanksgiving leftovers, authorities said. James Dixon, 28, is charged with killing Vincell Jackson, 52, who was the boyfriend of the Thanksgiving party host. Jackson was trying to escort Dixon out of the Chicago house because he had put his hands in leftovers early Friday, Assistant State’s Attorney Susie Bucaro said. The fight moved to the porch, where Jackson was stabbed at least nine times, Bucaro told a judge Sunday. Dixon fled but was caught with a blood-covered knife, the prosecutor said. Defense attorney Patrick Ryan said Dixon was properly defending himself. A judge set bond at $350,000, the Chicago Tribune reported. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Thanksgiving, crime, Illinois, holidays
    (CBS/AP) — No. 3 Ohio State (4-0) goes on the road for first time in nearly a month to face Illinois (2-3) in Champaign. The Buckeyes have been scoring points by the truckload but in the past two showed defensive vulnerability, especially in the second half. Last week, the Buckeyes had a comfortable four-touchdown lead early in the second half and had to survive an Indiana comeback to escape with a 42-35 win. The Illini have won two straight, including a 41-23 road triumph last week against Nebraska. The Buckeyes are 30-point favorite. ???? A special Thanksgiving edition of The @Carle_org Thursday Walkthrough with @MartinOD64.@LovieSmith: "So many things to be thankful for. Its always good to celebrate another Thanksgiving Day." pic.twitter.com/m1SpQOouoo — Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) November 26, 2020 © 2020 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Vandals tried to topple a Chicago park's statue of President William McKinley early Wednesday using a rope tethered to a car, police said. The attempt to pull down the statue at McKinley Park failed about 4 a.m., but police said the statue was spray-painted with graffiti that WGN-TV reported included the words “Land Back.” McKinley was president from 1897 to 1901 and his push for westward expansion is now widely criticized as racist, for pushing Indigenous people off their land, WBBM-TV reported. No one was in custody and Chicago police did not have a description of whomever targeted the McKinley statue on the city’s southwest side. Protesters have targeted McKinley statues in Buffalo, New York, and Honolulu this year, among other cities. McKinley joins a list of once revered U.S. figures who are now criticized for advancing white supremacy or being silent about attacks on Black Americans...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Two people were taken into custody after a Chicago police officer was dragged by a car and seriously injured when the vehicle sped away from a traffic stop, police said. The officer was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with non life-threatening injuries after Monday night's incident on the city's South Side. Chicago Fire Department officials said the officer was in serious condition. Chicago police said officers were conducting a traffic stop about 8 p.m. when the car sped off and the officer was dragged by the driver’s side door. The vehicle then struck a concrete pillar at the 95th/Dan Ryan Red Line station, causing the officer to be ejected from the door and to strike another a fixed object, police said. Police did not release additional details on the two people taken into custody. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may...
    By HERBERT G. McCANN, Associated Press Chicago (AP) — Computer hacker Jeremy Hammond, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for breaking into computer systems of security firms and law-enforcement agencies, will serve out the remainder of his term in a Chicago halfway house, a U.S. Bureau of Prison spokesman said Wednesday. Hammond, who has gained mythic status among his supporters, was released Tuesday from the Memphis Federal Correctional Institution in Tennessee to community confinement, said Bureau of Prisons spokesman Emery Nelson. Citing privacy and security reasons, Nelson refused to release information on the conditions of Hammond’s confinement. He is scheduled for release in March. The FBI arrested Hammond, who prosecutors called a hacking “recidivist,” during a 2012 raid on his Chicago home after getting the cooperation of Hector Xavier Monsegur, a hacker who helped law enforcement infiltrate the hacking movement ”Anonymous," which led to the conviction of eight hackers....
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois reported 11,028 new or probable coronavirus cases Saturday and 166 deaths. A delay in data had prevented earlier reporting of 66 of the deaths, the Department of Public Health said. Illinois hospitals said they had 5,415 patients with COVID-19 on Friday night, including 9% on ventilators. The number of new or probable statewide cases was below Friday's record-setting 15,415. Local health officials issued a stay-at-home advisory for suburban Chicago. Mayor Lori Lightfoot also urged Chicago residents to stay home to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has made similar pleas, saying he could step up restrictions if things don’t change. The Cook County medical examiner is bringing back refrigerated trailers to handle the increase in dead bodies. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say two of its officers have been hurt after an SUV hit a squad car. The two officers were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries after the crash in the East Garfield Park neighborhood Thursday night, police said. The officers were driving just after 10:30 p.m., when a man driving an SUV failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the side of the squad car, polices said. Citations were issued to the driver of the SUV, WBBM-TV reports. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois saw more than $100 million in marijuana sales in October, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported Monday. There was a record $75 million in recreational pot sales last month, up nearly $8 million from the previous month. Sales of medical marijuana totaled another $33 million, according to officials. The first 10 months of legal cannabis sales total more than $500 million, with about $300 million in medical marijuana sales. Marijuana sales to adults is legal in 11 states and Washington D.C. Four more states approved recreational marijuana use in Tuesday’s election, while six Chicago suburbs joined a growing list of Illinois municipalities allowing cannabis dispensaries for adults. “There is mass acceptance of the U.S. cannabis industry by the consumer and the voter,” said Ben Kovler, founder and CEO of Chicago-based Green Thumb, a cannabis manufacturer and retailer. “In this divided country, there...
    HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A $40 million data center that'll serve the Chicago area has opened in northwestern Indiana. National companies will store their data at the Digital Crossroads data center, in Hammond, according to The (Northwest Indiana) Times. The 105,000-square-foot center was designed to serve soaring demand for data storage, such as for streaming movie and music services. The center, which currently employs about 17 workers, could grow into a larger project. It was built at a former coal-fired power plant site along Lake Michigan that was shuttered in 2012 and had long been one of the Chicago area’s worst polluters. The project has been praised by local leaders who hope it could draw more high-tech companies to the area. Roughly half of the center has been leased for servers that'll be connected to a fiber line to downtown Chicago, according to the newspaper. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man suspected of fatally shooting three women in June has been arrested in Iowa, police said Friday. In a news release, Chicago Police said that John Matthews was arrested in Burlington, Iowa, on Thursday and extradited to Chicago for a court hearing that was scheduled for Friday. The 25-year-old Matthews was charge with three counts of first-degree murder after police identified him as the man who fatally shot three women on the city's far South Side on June 22. According to news reports, the victims including a 27-year-old woman who was shot in the head, 56-year-old woman who was shot multiple times and a 22-year-old woman who was shot in the shoulder. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, crime, Illinois
    EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) — The reward for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old Indiana girl has climbed to $20,000, police announced Tuesday. The Federal Protection Agency, LLC, a security service based in South Holland, Illinois, is now offering an additional $10,000 in the death of Timiya Andrews in East Chicago last month, police said. That's on top of the combined $10,000 put up by the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and by East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland. The girl died Oct. 28 after being shot in the head by a stray bullet six days earlier, police said. She was doing homework in her living room at the time. East Chicago Deputy Police Chief Jose Rivera said investigators believe an unidentified person fired 16 shots from an automatic weapon outside the girl's home when a bullet penetrated the building and struck...
    By JOHN O'CONNOR, The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has deployed Illinois National Guard troops to Chicago to prepare for potential election-related civil unrest. Pritzker was asked about the action during his daily briefing in Chicago on the coronavirus pandemic. He downplayed the move and noted the Guard similarly reported to Chicago earlier this year in case of violence during protests. “We’ve made sure that our National Guard is simply in a state of readiness. We did this back during the few days before the ruling around Breonna Taylor," Pritzker said, referring to the woman fatally shot by Louisville, Kentucky police during a botched raid in March. “We want to make sure that cities, counties that call upon us for help from the state of Illinois, that we have those resources available to them.” He did not say how many troops or what equipment was...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Surging COVID-19 cases in Chicago prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday to ban indoor dining and bar services and limit the number of people gathering in one place. The rules taking effect Friday will force diners and bar patrons outdoors and shut down service at 11 p.m. No more than 25 people may gather at one time, or in other indoor spaces. Occupancy may not exceed 25% capacity. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the state public health director, said positive test results are climbing and have remained above 8% for three consecutive days. But officials are also troubled by an increase in hospital admissions. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, infectious diseases, business, health, public health, coronavirus, Illinois, food and drink, lung disease
    WHEELING, Ill. (AP) — No one was hurt when a Lear jet carrying nine people slid off a runway and crashed into a fence at a Chicago-area airport, authorities said. The jet slid off a runway at Chicago Executive Airport in northwest suburban Wheeling late Wednesday. The jet skidded on the runway, hit a chain-link fence and knocked down a pole, causing some aviation fuel to leak, the Prospect Heights Fire Protection District said. “When the plane went through the fence, the wing actually struck one of the poles, cracking it, and that’s where the aviation fuel starting leaking out,” Scott Olsen of the fire protection district said. The jet arriving from Cleveland, Ohio, carried two pilots and seven passengers. The cause of the incident was not immediately determined. Heavy rain was falling at the time. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials warned Monday of “worrying trends” in increased COVID-19 cases, calling it a second wave that could trigger additional restrictions to curb the spread. There's been a more than 50% increase of positive cases in the last two weeks to over 500 cases per day, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. Commissioner Allison Arwady said it is the most cases since late May, which was the end of the coronavirus pandemic’s first wave. There’s also been a 25% increase in hospitalizations. There are spikes across all groups of Chicagoans and parts of the city. The increase coincides with an increase statewide. “We have to be diligent and push aside the COVID fatigue,” Lightfoot said at a news conference. “If we pretend that COVID is not the deadly virus that it is, the result, with certainty is sickness and death.” Lightfoot is stressing the importance...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A newborn boy delivered after his mother was fatally shot last week in Chicago has died, authorities confirmed Sunday. Chicago police said the baby died Saturday. He was 4 days old. He was delivered Tuesday in critical condition after his mother, 35-year-old Stacey Jones, was shot twice in the back while standing outside her home on the city’s South Side. She was eight months pregnant and pronounced dead at a hospital. Jones’ other two children were sleeping inside the home and were unharmed, according to the Chicago Tribune. Jones moved to Chicago from Tennessee two years ago and had accepted a position as a Cook County probation officer, her father, Tommy Baker, said. “You took something from my family, from me. You took my heart, my firstborn, the sweetest little thing," Baker told the newspaper. “It’s a loss that I’ll never get over.” No charges have been...
    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management says it has suspended in-person classes for two weeks after four students who attended recent off-campus gatherings tested positive for COVID-19. Kellogg’s program for full-time Master of Business Administration students, based in Evanston, will shift to remote learning Monday through Oct. 30, a school spokesman said. Northwestern's announcement Friday came two days after the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business announced it would go remote due to an increase in COVID-19 cases among its students. More than 100 students were told to quarantine after a large group of full-time MBA students gathered off-campus on Chicago’s North Side, many without face coverings, the school said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl witnessed in an online forum used for remote teaching on the South Side, police said. Catrell Walls, 18, is charged with a felony count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under 13, Chicago police said. Walls was seen via an online learning application performing a sexual act with the child about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. Officers responded to the home and took him into custody. The girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital. Police were made aware of the attack when the girl’s teacher saw it on a computer screen during a remote learning session, police said. When officers got there, the girl identified her attacker, and he was arrested. During an unrelated press conference on Friday, Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson called the situation “disturbing.″ The relationship between Walls and...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who was eight months pregnant has died after being shot in Chicago and doctors delivered her baby, who was hospitalized in critical condition early Tuesday, authorities said. Officers responding to a report of gunfire about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday found the 35-year-old woman unresponsive on a porch on the city's South Side with two gunshot wounds to the back, police said. The woman was taken to a hospital, where police said she later was pronounced dead. Her name wasn’t immediately released. The baby was hospitalized at Comer Children’s Hospital, police said. No one was immediately taken into custody following the shooting, which was under investigation, police said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Illinois
    CHICAGO (AP) — A 9-year-old Chicago boy has died after accidentally shooting himself while handling a gun, authorities said Wednesday. The boy, who hasn’t been identified, was playing with the gun he found in a home Wednesday afternoon when it fired and a bullet hit him in the head, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. It wasn’t immediately known who owned the gun or if anyone has been taken into custody as a result of the shooting on Chicago’s West Side. Police say they continue to investigate the incident. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn't given details about the shooting. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, Illinois
    CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — The Chicago Cubs played their final game of the 2020 season after being shutout by the Miami Marlins 2-0. Final: Marlins 2, #Cubs 0. Congratulations to the @Marlins for earning a spot in the NLDS. pic.twitter.com/TIco8SKcfA — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 2, 2020   Game 2 of the NL wild-card series between the Cubs and Marlins was postponed Thursday because there was rain in the forecast. Miami was taking batting practice under sunny skies when the game was pushed back. Miami won 5-1 in the opener on Wednesday.   © 2020 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
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    A rare ‘derecho’ storm brought havoc as 100mph gales ripped through large parts of the Midwest, smashing through Chicago and into Indiana and Michigan. Trees were blown over, vehicles flipped and homes wrecked as 1.1million people were left without power. 16The severe storm toppled the church steeple on the campus of Wheaton College in ChicagoCredit: AP:Associated Press 16Trees were toppled by the storm in Cedar Rapids, IowaCredit: AP:Associated Press 16A truck was badly damaged by fallen trees as the derecho storm ripped through IowaCredit: AP:Associated Press 16The lobby of the Buccaneer Arena in Des Moines was ripped apartCredit: AP:Associated Press The ‘derecho’ storm, which is similar to an inland hurricane, lasted several hours as it tore from eastern Nebraska across Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois, had the wind speed of a major hurricane, and likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado, said Patrick Marsh, science support...
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