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2 suspected coyote attacks in Chicago, several sightings

Authorities on Thursday were on the hunt for coyotes in downtown Chicago after police said a 5-year-old boy was bitten in the head by one such animal and a man …


Musical menagerie: Menzel, Ne-Yo, Chicago, Koz, Halford offer holiday standards and strong originals

It’s been a prolific season for holiday albums. The 17 titles covered in this column even omit a few 2019 releases, and there isn’t any deserving of lumps of coal, …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

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

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 …


Jussie Smollett: Chicago prosecution was malicious

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett says his $10,000 payment after the close of a criminal case should prevent Chicago from seeking reimbursement for a police investigation of his claim that …


Former Los Angeles police chief named interim in Chicago

Chicago’s mayor on Friday named former Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck to serve as Chicago’s interim police superintendent, a day after the city’s top police officer announced he’s retiring.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Chicago’s top cop retiring after turbulent 3-plus years

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Thursday that he’s retiring after more than three years as the city’s top cop, a post he took over during one of the most …


Chicago schools, union reach agreement to end strike

Chicago teachers and the nation’s third-largest school district reached a labor contract deal on Thursday, ending a strike that canceled 11 days of classes for more than 300,000 students.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

In Chicago, Trump calls city an embarrassment to the U.S.

President Donald Trump opened a speech to a conference of police chiefs on Monday by slamming the host city as “embarrassing to us as a nation” under the leadership of …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Judge allows Chicago suit against Jussie Smollett to proceed

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss Chicago’s lawsuit against former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

School’s out: Chicago teachers strike, 1st day deal unlikely

Chicago teachers went on strike Thursday, marching on picket lines after failing to reach a contract deal with the nation’s third-largest school district in a dispute that canceled classes for …


No classes, parents scramble as Chicago teacher strike looms

Parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for an expected strike by Chicago teachers that prompted city officials to preemptively cancel Thursday’s classes in the nation’s third-largest school district.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei smashes the world record by 81 seconds in winning Chicago Marathon

Brigid Kosgei shocked the race world with what she did at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday – she had just smashed the world record by 81 seconds, is all – …


SUV drives through Chicago-area mall and crashes into store

A man drove an SUV into a suburban Chicago mall on Friday, sending frightened shoppers scurrying and plowing over a kiosk before he crashed into a clothing store and was …


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …