Facebook Works to Stop Broadcast of Violent Crimes

May 4, 2017

Some leaders in Chicago’s black community say they’re working with Facebook to stop violent crimes from being broadcast on the social networking site.  Several horrific acts of violence have been streamed live on Facebook this year in Chicago, including the murder of a 2 year old.

A tentative contract agreement has averted a possible strike that was planned by thousands of Illinois nursing home workers.  Representatives of more than 5,000 workers at nursing homes around Chicago and Rockford had planned to strike starting on Thursday, but a statement on behalf of Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois says an agreement was reached on a 3-year deal.

Future of CTA Blue Line Stop in Limbo

May 3, 2017
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says there’s a big open question involving the sale of the James R Thompson Center downtown, what’s going to happen to the Clark and Lake Blue Line stop? Governor Bruce Rauner wants to sell the state office building, but Emanuel says he needs to know how the state will deal with the busy L station that’s underneath it.

If the station goes away, the mayor estimates a replacement station could cost $80 to 120 million dollars.

"I’m not gonna stick that on Chicago taxpayers. The developer! Or the state has to do it!"

A man injured during a raid by immigration agents has filed a federal civil rights complaint in Chicago alleging authorities wrongly believed he was a gang member.  The lawsuit claims Immigration and Customs Enforcement entered Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez's home March 27 without a warrant or consent. ICE allegedly relied on incorrect information from a Chicago police gang database. 

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A march toward downtown Chicago on May Day is taking up several city blocks, with organizers estimating an attendance of 20,000 people.  Many signs in the crowd call for an end to deportations. But advocates of several organizations are pushing for numerous causes, including workers' rights, environmental justice and a higher minimum wage.

Bears Pick Third in NFL Draft

Apr 27, 2017

The Chicago bears have the third pick in tonight’s NFL Draft.  Number three is the highest the Bears have picked in more than four decades.  General Manager Ryan Pace is in charge of making the selection for Chicago.

A second person has been charged in connection with the death of Cook County Circuit Court judge who was gunned down outside his home.  Chicago police announced first-degree murder charges have been filed against Earl Wilson in the fatal shooting of Judge Raymond Myles earlier this month.

Obama Speaks In Chicago

Apr 24, 2017

Barack Obama was back in Chicago today for his first big appearance since leaving the White House three months ago.  Obama sat on a University of Chicago stage with six young people to talk about issues he’d like to address now that he’s no longer president.

The 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will celebrate the 100th birthdays of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald.  The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events recently announced the headliners. The three-day festival at Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center will be Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. 

Documents show the man overseeing Chicago's investigation into the dragging of a passenger from a United Airlines plane was hired despite his termination from the Illinois Tollway amid sexual harassment allegations.

Chicago's City Council has voted to create a municipal ID card for people living in the U.S. illegally and other city residents.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel asserted the ID will help bring people out of the shadows and allow them to get on with their lives.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the dragging of a dentist off a United Airlines flight by airport security officers show they shouldn't be allowed to carry guns.  Cellphone video of the incident sparked widespread outrage.  Emanuel called what happened to Dr. David Dao totally, all-around unacceptable.

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Many of Chicago's recreational softball teams have been displaced from lakefront fields because of damage from a World Series celebration last year. Chicago hosted the parade and rally to celebrate the team's first World Series championship since 1908.

United Airlines pilots want it known that they had nothing to do with the incident in which a passenger was violently dragged off a United Express plane in Chicago.  In a statement, the pilots union says that the forcible removal of Dr. David Dao by O'Hare International Airport security officials happened Sunday night on a United Express carrier that is separately owned and operated by Republic Airline.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who fatally shot a judge outside his Chicago home.  Authorities say Cook County Associate Judge Raymond Myles and a woman were getting ready to go to a gym early Monday when they were shot outside his home. The 66-year-old Myles was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The 52-year-old woman was reported in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the leg.

A Cook County Circuit Court judge has been shot to death outside his home on the South Side of Chicago.  Chicago police say Associate Judge Raymond Myles and a female acquaintance were shot shortly before 5 a.m. today.  Myles was pronounced dead at a hospital. The unidentified woman is expected to survive.

An actor on the television show "Empire" has been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in Chicago.  Police say 46-year-old Morocco Omari was arrested Wednesday afternoon. They say officers were called to the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago's South Side by a 24-year-old woman who identified herself as Omari's girlfriend. 

Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich says Pope Francis has written him a letter saying he is praying for the city's victims of violence.  Cupich read from the pope's letter during an event announcing the Chicago Archdiocese's new initiatives to fight violence in the city. Chicago has seen killings spike, hitting a 19-year high last year when there were 762 homicides.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing his office to review all local police oversight by the Department of Justice. That could have a big impact on Chicago.

Police say two people have died in a drive-by shooting in the same Chicago neighborhood where separate shootings several hours earlier left five people dead, including a pregnant woman.  The shooting happened late Thursday when a vehicle pulled alongside a van in the city's South Shore neighborhood. Police say a man and woman were shot and the van crashed.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's leaders say they'll keep fighting against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" despite financial risks.

Amtrak officials say three cars derailed when a train carrying about 200 passengers arrived in Chicago from the East Coast.  Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the train was switching from track to track when three cars in the middle of the eleven-car train lost contact with the track.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is asking the Illinois Legislature to allow work to start on Interstate 55 in the Chicago area via a public-private partnership.  Rauner, the state transportation secretary and Republican House Leader Jim Durkin, made the push at a news conference. They say the Illinois Legislature needs to pass a resolution supporting the project by the end of the month. 

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A Chicago father and his twin sons have been sentenced for running a sex trafficking business with underage girls.  Nathan Nicholson is sentenced to 16 and a half years in prison, and his sons, Tyrelle and Myrelle Lockett, are sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison each. 

A study of the Chicago Police Department's stop-and-frisk procedures reveals a dramatic decrease in the number of stops.  The drop is since the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois found officers were targeting blacks and other racial minorities in hundreds of thousands of the stops.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Newly released Census Bureau estimates show the Chicago-area's population has declined two years in a row.

Chicago's top law enforcement officer says an Illinois Senate proposal to increase prison sentences for repeat gun offenders would help stanch the city's rampant gun violence.  The proposal would direct courts to toughen penalties for repeat gun offenders within existing sentencing limits of current law. Judges could still hand out lighter sentences. But they'd be required to explain the factors behind their decisions.

A Wall Street rating agency says Chicago isn't alone in grappling with underfunded city employee pensions, but that it's in the worst shape among the nation's 15 largest cities.  The city registered the highest annual debt, pension post-employment benefits costs as a percentage of governmental expenditures, and the highest debt and pension liability per capita.

Chance the Rapper is on a mission to better fund education in the state, particularly in Chicago. The musician, who grew up on the south side of the city, has won three Grammys at the young age of 23, making him well-known outside just the hip hop world. He's been using that fame to hold Gov. Bruce Rauner's feet to the fire when it comes to the education funding issue. 

An Illinois man accused in a 2012 Chicago expressway killing and mistakenly released from state custody last month has been captured in Georgia.   Authorities found Garrett Glover in Atlanta's suburb of Lithonia late Friday. He was at the apartment of a relative's girlfriend.