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Pigeon poops on lawmaker discussing pigeon poop problem

A pigeon apparently didn’t think much of a lawmaker’s ideas to address a messy situation at a Chicago Transit Authority stop known by some as “pigeon poop station.”


Suit settled in teen suicide that led to Illinois law change

A lawsuit brought by the parents of a suburban Chicago student who killed himself after being confronted at school about whether he made a video of himself having sex with …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Obama library brings elation but also fear of displacement

When word spread that the Obama Presidential Center was coming to the lakefront park Tara Madison has watched through her apartment windows for a decade, she was elated at the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

Chicago thieves steal 3 mannequins wearing designer clothes

Chicago police say three thieves smashed a display window of a high-end department store and stole three mannequins dressed from head to feet in designer clothes.


Florida expert captures elusive alligator at Chicago lagoon

The alligator had a good run as day after day the people hunting for him in a Chicago lagoon came up empty, but in the end he was no match …


Feds bring new sex crime charges against singer R. Kelly

Singer R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago on sweeping federal indictments that accuse him and members of his entourage of recruiting …


Family: Baby cut from slain Chicago woman’s womb dies

CHICAGO – An infant boy who was cut from a Chicago woman’s womb with a butcher knife died Friday at a hospital where he had been in grave condition since …


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 12:38 p.m.

Chicago police: 44 injured, 8 killed in weekend shootings

Chicago’s police chief on Monday decried a “despicable level of violence” during a weekend in which 52 people in the city were shot, eight of them fatally, and two people …


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

R. Kelly charged with 11 new sex-related crimes in Chicago

Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday with 11 new sex-related counts, including some that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, making them the most serious …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 6:31 p.m.

Pregnant Chicago woman slain, baby cut from her womb

A pregnant woman who had gone to a Chicago home in response to a Facebook offer of free baby clothes was strangled and her baby cut from her womb, police …


Police: Slain Illinois boy was beaten, put in cold shower

Police believe an Illinois couple who reported their 5-year-old son missing last week killed him days earlier by beating him and forcing him to stand in a cold shower for …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 10:55 a.m.

Brothers sue Jussie Smollett’s lawyers, claiming defamation

Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the “Empire” actor’s attorneys, alleging that they repeatedly asserted …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 1 p.m.

Despite recusal, prosecutor told deputy Smollett overcharged

Chicago’s top prosecutor injected herself into the criminal case accusing Jussie Smollett of staging a racist, anti-gay attack in January despite having recused herself, texting a deputy that the “Empire” …


North Central reinvigorates theater program with ‘Chicago’ as school layoffs claim drama teacher

NC’s drama teacher pushes ahead with production of musical “Chicago” even as school officials hand her layoff notice


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 8:07 p.m.

Lori Lightfoot elected as Chicago’s 1st black, female mayor

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot easily won the Chicago mayor’s race Tuesday, earning support from every part of the city to defeat a longtime political insider and become the first …


2 major cases add up to big doubts about Chicago prosecutor

CHICAGO – Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was elected in 2016 mainly because of anger that the prosecutor she ousted had waited a year to charge a Chicago police …


Trump says FBI, DOJ to review Jussie Smollett case

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that the FBI and Department of Justice will review the “outrageous” case of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, calling it an “embarrassment” to the …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 11:24 a.m.

Alaska Airlines flight diverted after odor sickens passengers, crew

An Alaska Airlines flight was diverted to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after a foul odor sickened some passengers and crew members.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 10:46 a.m.

Daley dynasty back on Chicago ballot in crowded mayoral race

The son and brother of Daleys who each ruled Chicago for two decades was among 14 candidates jockeying Tuesday for a spot in an almost-certain mayoral runoff, a transitional election …


Sue Lani Madsen: Defining Hate Crime and the Drive to Just Do Something

An attention-seeking actor was arrested this week for allegedly staging a fake hate crime. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was clearly outraged when he held a news conference to announce …


Chicago top cop says Jussie Smollett faked attack because he was ‘dissatisfied with his salary’

Actor Jussie Smollett faked a threatening letter and then, a week later, staged a racist, anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on the “Empire” …


Prosecutors seek new sentence in Laquan McDonald case

Prosecutors on Monday asked Illinois’ highest court to review what they consider to be a too lenient sentence for the white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan …


Baby shot, critically wounded in parked car in Chicago

A 1-year-old boy who was shot in the head as he sat in the back seat of his grandmother’s SUV on Thursday evening on Chicago’s South Side was in critical …


Smollett told police attackers knew he was on ‘Empire’

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett told police that two men seemed to know who he was before they beat him, shouted racial and homophobic slurs, and looped a rope around his …


Chicago faces one of its coldest days on record as Midwest plunges into deep freeze

The coldest air in at least 25 years is pouring into the Midwest on Wednesday, promising to topple records and prompting officials to warn of “life-threatening” temperatures.


Call for political action after Laquan McDonald cases

Activists and others who were disappointed by the outcome of two historic cases involving the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago police officer see a way …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Judge acquits 3 Chicago officers of Laquan McDonald cover-up

A judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, dismissing as just one perspective the shocking dashcam video of the …


2 Chicago police officers hit and killed by train

Two Chicago police officers were killed Monday night when they were hit by a train while investigating a call of shots fired on the city’s Far South Side, sources said.


Near Chicago, multiple man-made snow flurries pop up

If you happened to glance at the Chicago radar Tuesday morning, you probably saw something a bit wacky. Although no widespread weather systems were in the area to crank out …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

Gunman opens fire at Chicago hospital, wounds at least 4

A gunman opened fire Monday at a Chicago hospital, killing a police officer and two hospital employees after a domestic dispute exploded into a firefight with SWAT team members inside …