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Freezing rain, storms bring outages to northern Illinois

Snow falls as traffic moves slowly along State Street ahead of the Jeff Dunham comedy show at the BMO Harris Bank Center Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in downtown Rockford, Ill.

Associated Press

January 11, 2020

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Freezing rain left roads and trees glazed with ice Saturday across parts of northern Illinois as a winter storm packing a mixed bag of precipitation cut power to about 5,000 homes and businesses across the region. Just under 5,000 Commonwealth Edison customers were without...

Chicago police say body found in Lake Michigan

Snow coats Navy Pier in Chicago on Jan. 8. Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures into the single digits around the United States, with wind chills even lower. (Nam Y. Huh | AP)

Associated Press

December 28, 2019

A woman’s body pulled Saturday from Lake Michigan just north of downtown Chicago, police said. The Chicago Police Department Marine Unit brought the body to shore after it was reported about 8:30 a.m., officials said. The body wasn’t immediately identified, and the cause of death was pending...

More than 200 new Illinois laws take effect at start of 2020

More than 200 new Illinois laws take effect at start of 2020

Associated Press

December 28, 2019

The start of the new year will trigger more than 250 new Illinois laws. While the legalization of recreational marijuana is getting the most buzz, state laws affecting higher education, job applicants, crime, parents and the LGBTQ community are also being set into motion. Here’s a closer look...

Want wifi with that commute? Metra seeks input on new cars

June 2017 saw  a totla of 6,941,185 riders on all of Metra’s lines. However, overall ridership has been declining at a rate of almost 2 percent per year.
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Associated Press

December 22, 2019

Metra is buying hundreds of new rail cars and wants passengers to weigh in on what amenities they'd like to see in them, from cup holders to power outlets, tray tables or wifi. The suburban Chicago commuter rail agency expects to spend almost $1.2 billion over the next five years to buy and rehab...

Chicago police: 13 wounded in shooting at memorial party

Chicago police guard a crime scene in the 5700 block of S. May Street in Chicago after several people were shot there on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.

Associated Press

December 22, 2019

CHICAGO (AP) — A shooting early Sunday at a house party held in honor of someone who was killed in April left 13 people wounded, four of them critically, Chicago police said. The shooting stemmed from a dispute at the memorial party, Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said at an early morning news conference....

Where you’ll be able to buy recreational cannabis in Chicago area Jan. 1

In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, that would grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, a measure that would clear up a longstanding headache for the industry.

Shane René, Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2019

As the world celebrates the start of a new decade on Jan. 1, cannabis users in Chicago and across the state of Illinois will also celebrate the long-awaited end of cannabis prohibition.   This year, in the early days of J.B. Pritzker’s tenure as governor, Illinois became the 11th state to app...

Man stabbed on Red Line at Fullerton stop

CPD car parked outside 55 E. Jackson as police investigated a bomb threat called into the 22nd floor, where the president's office is located.

Bianca Cseke, Online Managing Editor

December 6, 2019

A man was stabbed Friday morning on a Red Line train at the Fullerton stop by DePaul's Lincoln Park campus, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. A 29-year-old man said he was on the train about 6 a.m. and tried to calm down another man who had been yelling, and the other man, 31, attacked him and they b...

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

Sophia Tareen, Associated Press

December 2, 2019

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city’s retiring police superintendent Monday, citing “ethical lapses” that included telling lies about a recent incident in which Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel of his car after having drinks. Named to the job in the wake of a police shooting...

City Council approves Lightfoot’s $11.6B budget plan

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot talks to reporters after meeting with House Democrats for an hour at the state Capitol, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Springfield, Ill. Lightfoot is seeking a break on proposed taxes on a planned Chicago casino to attract developers and wants the Legislature's help on plugging a city budget hole.

Associated Press

November 26, 2019

The Chicago City Council has passed Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $11.6 billion budget plan by a 39-11 vote. Lightfoot’s office says Tuesday the budget is balanced and will close an $838 million shortfall without a “significant” increase in new property taxes. Lightfoot says in a release that...

CTA holiday trains, bus gearing up for season

The CTA says they will add over 1,000 cameras at CTA locations, including cameras at every one of the 146 L stops.  (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Associated Press

November 25, 2019

The Chicago Transit Authority’s holiday train will soon roll into service. The six-car train decorated with holiday scenes, lights and LED displays will begin service Friday on all CTA lines. Santa and his reindeer will ride along and greet children and their families. Saturday riders will get t...

Autopsy shows UIC student found in car died of strangulation

A white vehicle is parked at the scene of a death investigation in a University of Illinois at Chicago parking garage Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Chicago. Authorities say the body of a missing University of Illinois at Chicago student has been found in a car inside campus parking garage.The Cook County medical examiner identified the woman found Saturday as 19-year-old Ruth George of Berwyn.

Associated Press

November 25, 2019

The death of a University of Illinois at Chicago undergraduate student whose body was found inside a campus parking garage has been ruled a homicide. The Cook County medical examiner says Sunday’s autopsy showed 19-year-old Ruth George of Berwyn died of strangulation. UIC police Chief Kevin Booker...

Embattled Illinois prosecutor announces bid for reelection

In this Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at a news conference, in Chicago. Foxx who was harshly criticized when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett, says Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 that she's running for re-election.

Don Babwin, Associated Press

November 20, 2019

A prosecutor who came under harsh criticism when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett and is now the subject of a court-ordered investigation announced Tuesday she is running for reelection. In her news release saying she’s seeking the position again, Cook County State’s...

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