McDonald's says it plans to offer table service across its U.S. stores to make the ordering process less stressful, but did not say when the overhaul will be complete.  The world's biggest burger chain says about 500 of its more than 14,000 domestic stores have been testing table service and ordering kiosks for people who do not want to wait for the cashier. People in those stores order at the counter or kiosks, then sit and wait for an employee to bring them their food.

Chicago Man Sentenced For Attempting to Murder Informant

Nov 15, 2016
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A judge in Chicago has sentenced a convicted drug dealer to 35 years in prison for plotting to kill an informant cooperating with federal agents to disrupt a trafficking ring.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the outcome of the U.S. presidential election won't impact Chicago's commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants.  Chicago has been a sanctuary city since the late 1980s. That means authorities and city officials aren't allowed to ask residents about their immigration status during routine activities, like traffic stops. 

The former chief executive of a red-light camera company has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for a bribery scheme to secure $124 million in city of Chicago contracts.  Karen Finley of Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. wept as she apologized before a federal judge, saying "I'm ashamed of myself."

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say they arrested five people as protesters expressed their disapproval of the election of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says in an email that an estimated 1,800 to 2,000 people protested Wednesday. Among those taken into custody were two men for obstructing traffic, two men for reckless conduct and trespassing, and a boy for trespassing and resisting arrest.

Overall, Guglielmi said there were "no major incidents."

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Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside Chicago's Trump Tower to express their disapproval of the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

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A federal lawsuit contends that the city of Chicago crossed the line into the privacy of people's homes by imposing sweeping regulations governing Airbnb and other home-sharing services.  The lawsuit filed by Keep Chicago Livable, a nonprofit formed by current and former Airbnb hosts.

A law clerk who faces charges of impersonating a judge has been elected as a judge in the Chicago area even though she's been barred from taking the office.  Rhonda Crawford had been expected to win Tuesday's election over a write-in opponent, as she was the only name listed on the ballot. The 45-year-old can't be sworn in to the $180,000-a-year job unless she's cleared of wrongdoing.  

Highway construction in Chicago has turned up charred debris from the Chicago Fire.  The Illinois Department of Transportation is in the final stages of a two-year, $134 million reconstruction of ramps connecting Interstate-55 and Lake Shore Drive.

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CHICAGO (AP) - At least 17 people were killed and over 40 injured in Chicago's street violence over the weekend. 

Two Chicago newspapers, which analyzed police data from Friday afternoon to early Monday, called it 2016's deadliest weekend. Chicago police couldn't immediately confirm that, though a spokesman said their weekend homicide count from Friday midnight through Sunday was 18. 

Either way, the toll surpassed the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times' analysis of holiday weekends when violence typically spikes.  Six people were fatally shot over Memorial Day weekend, five over Fourth of July, and 13 over Labor Day. 

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Some of the White House materials bound for President Barack Obama's presidential library in Chicago will start making their way from Washington, D.C., to Illinois this week. Beginning Wednesday, commercial trucks will carry documents, artifacts and gifts accumulated over Obama's tenure to a temporary storage facility in Hoffman Estates.

Air Force Lt. Col. Vianesa Vargas says over two dozen troops in Washington, D.C., will take materials now stored at the National Archives and Records Administration and load them onto semitrailers for the 700-mile trip.

The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates has endorsed a tentative contract agreement reached with the city's school district.  According to the union, the delegates approved the four-year deal by a 2-1 ratio. The contract proposal now will go before the union's approximately 28,000 members on Oct. 27 for final approval.

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The Chicago Theater community gathers in Oakbrook tonight to celebrate the year’s best work on the stage. Illinois Public Radio's Brian O’Keefe visited with the one of the creative forces behind one of last year’s big winners and this year’s nominees.



The culinary world's prestigious James Beard Awards ceremony will take place in the city of Chicago for five more years.  Chicago has hosted the awards ceremony since 2015. Prior to that, New York had hosted the event honoring the best chefs and restaurants in the U.S. for 25 years.

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A Chicago disability rights group has sued the mobile ride-hailing service Uber for allegedly violating U.S. laws mandating wheelchair accessibility.

3-D Imaging Proves Tiny T. Rex Arms Largely Unused

Oct 14, 2016
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It turns out The Field Museum's T. rex Sue didn't use those tiny arms very much. At least that's the initial conclusion from a detailed look at the fossil's right forelimb at the Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2017 budget includes $1 million for a program to provide identification to people who have trouble getting official photo ID cards.  Emanuel and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza announced the municipal ID program's launch Wednesday. The ID would be available to all Chicago residents, granting them access to city services, cultural institutions and programs.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel used his annual budget speech to laud the cash-strapped city for being "back on solid ground."  Emanuel told members of the Chicago City Council that the 2017 budget he's proposing is free of a pension crisis and insolvency threatening city employee retirements. 

Students and teachers in Chicago headed back to the classroom after the Chicago Teachers Union, and the nation's third-largest school district, averted a strike with a late-night tentative contract agreement.  The union had been prepared to hit the picket lines this morning for what would have been the second major Chicago Public Schools strike since 2012. 

The Chicago Police Department has proposed a new policy that would require officers to use the least amount of force necessary, and centers on the "sanctity of life."  Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the policy will undergo 45 days of public comment which he called a department first, and a step toward a promised improvement in transparency. 

Authorities are trying to determine what caused an 8-year-old refugee from Congo to die not long after his arrival in Chicago.  The boy, identified as David Dieme, arrived at O'Hare International Airport from Dubai on Tuesday with his father and several other children. 

Chicago aldermen have approved an ordinance backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that will revamp investigations into police shootings and officer misconduct. Alderman Ariel Reboyras says the measure is "far from perfect but it shows we want to move forward."

A woman who says she watched a white Chicago police officer fatally shoot a black teenager, has filed a federal lawsuit that alleges police pressured her to change her account or "forget" what she saw.  Alma Benitez says police detained her for hours, and falsely told her the dashcam video contradicted what she said happened on Oct. 20, 2014, when officer Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. 

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An analysis of the homicide toll in Chicago in August shows that it was the deadliest month in the city in two decades.  Young African-American men are the chief victims of surging violence in a handful of the city's most impoverished neighborhoods that have loosely organized street gangs.

The man who calls himself the leader of Illinois' Republican Party conti ues to refuse to weigh in on this year's election.

London's mayor wants to reassure American investors, tourists and students that his city will remain open for business despite his country's decision to withdraw from the European Union.  Sadiq Khan said during a visit to Chicago, that London is demanding a seat at the table when the British government begins formally negotiating its exit from the EU, and will ensure the deal is a "good one."

Construction has started on a new trauma center that will serve the South Side of Chicago, which hasn't had one for 25 years.  Ground was broken on the $43 million project at University of Chicago Medicine. The new facility is expected to open in January 2018. 

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Chicago aldermen are heading off a ride-hailing service's plans for driverless vehicles by proposing an ordinance to ban the vehicles.  Two Chicago aldermen proposed the ordinance during the City Council meeting. 

Cook County prosecutors say a man charged with murder in a Chicago apartment building fire that killed three children and an adult was angered over a deal for sex the woman reneged on.  Prosecutors say 51-year-old Reginald Hester gave a videotaped confession admitting that on Aug. 23, he started the early-morning fire on the rear porch and interior stairway of the building. 

The city of Chicago is asking a judge to overturn an Illinois attorney general's ruling that police officers' personal emails are a matter of public record.  The city filed the complaint arguing that officers' personal emails concerning the shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer aren't subject to the Freedom of Information Act.