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Unclaimed $400K winning lottery ticket sold in Skokie

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2 kids, ages 2 and 3, found wandering in Northbrook

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ACLU opposes Chicago alderman's plan to crack down on 'prostitution-related loitering'

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Cook County State's Attorney will vacate 15 convictions tied to former Chicago cop

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Cook County State's Attorney will vacate 15 convictions tied to former Chicago cop


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Man in prison for 29 years to be freed after Cook County prosecutors drop charges

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Man in prison for 29 years to be freed after Cook County prosecutors drop charges


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Historic vehicles on display for Veterans Day in Orland Park

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Chicago man dies in I-57 crash in Matteson
A Southeast Side man died Thursday morning after the car he was driving collided with another vehicle on Interstate 57 in Matteson, authorities said. Dean A. Scalzitti, 51, of the 2900 block of East 103rd Street in the South Deering neighborhood, was pronounced dead at 9:06 a.m. Thursday following the crash near Vollmer Road on I-57, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office   Read More ...
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Man shot to death blocks from home in Park Forest
A Park Forest man was shot and killed Thanksgiving night when someone fired at the auto he was riding in, police said. Kiante Albert, 18, of McCarthy Road in Park Forest, was pronounced dead at 8:31 p.m. Thursday at Franciscan Health hospital in Olympia Fields, after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest in an attack on Sauk Trail in the southwest suburb, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office   Read More ...
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Two Horses Dead After Throwing Riders, Running Into Traffic
(CBS) — Two horses are dead, after they were hit by a car Friday afternoon near Hickory Hills. WBBM’s Jim Gudas reports. Sophia Ansari of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office says the horses bucked off their riders on a forest preserve trail near 95th and Kean in Palos Township. The horses then ran into the street and were struck by a vehicle   Read More ...
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3 Charged With Fatal Shooting Of Lyft Driver
CHICAGO (CBS) — Three people have been charged with the fatal shooting of a 53-year-old Lyft driver in April in west suburban Maywood. Denarvis Mendenhall and Trevon Thomas, both 19, and a 16-year-old are charged with a count of first degree murder, according to Maywood police. All three live in Maywood. Adekunte M. Adaranijo was found unresponsive inside his vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds about 1:30 a   Read More ...
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Ex-tenant tipped state liquor agency to Dolton nightclub's troubles before Mother's Day shooting: emails
The Illinois Liquor Control Commission was alerted about potential illegal activity at a Dolton nightclub more than two weeks before a shooting there on Mother's Day, but did little, if anything, to investigate the tip, a Daily Southtown investigation has found. In the weeks before the shooting at Club One, which left five people injured and prompted police to shutter the unlicensed establishment, the building's former tenant contacted liquor control agency officials multiple times about ongoing behavior he thought was occurring at the club and to request his name be removed from a liquor license that Club One's operators are since alleged to have been using improperly, emails obtained by the Daily Southtown show   Read More ...
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Extra Security Surrounds Chicago’s Thanksgiving Parade
CHICAGO (CBS) — The 84th annual Chicago Thanksgiving parade may be taking part under the tightest security ever. A lot of those security measures were unseen. As CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, others are entirely obvious. It may change the look of the parade but not the enthusiasm of the spectators. A parade that took place between a wall of salt trucks stretching all the way from Congress to the south to Randolph to the north   Read More ...
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Long-recommended changes to Park Ridge Police Station back before elected officials
Changes to the Park Ridge Police Station, some recommended more than a decade ago to address safety and space needs, were back in front of the City Council this month as aldermen heard from architects hired to study the entire City Hall complex. Building a secure area for the transport of arrestees, known as a sally port, was included in FGM Architects' Nov   Read More ...
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Thanksgiving Day Parade starts in the Loop at 8 a.m.
The 84th annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is scheduled to kick off at State Street and Congress Parkway in the Loop at 8 a.m. Parade floats, marching bands and others will move north up State for about a mile to Randolph Street during the three-hour parade. Honored guests include Chicago rapper Twista, Miss Illinois 2017 Abby Foster and critically acclaimed chef Graham Elliot   Read More ...
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CVS employee stole winning $1 million lottery ticket, lawsuit claims
An Illinois man is claiming that a CVS employee stole his winning $1 million scratch-off lottery card after being “coerced” inside the store. Carlos Figueroa said in a lawsuit filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court that he bought the "Merry Millionaire" ticket on Oct. 30 at a CVS in Waukegan, but it came out cut in half due to a machine malfunction   Read More ...
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Chicago's Cook County lays off more than 300
CHICAGO --Cook County commissioners have approved a $5.2 billion budget that includes more than 300 job cuts that come after the repeal of a sugary drink tax. The board vote Tuesday on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's budget was 17-0. The budget includes 323 layoffs and requires eliminating about 1,000 currently vacant jobs. The county's offices of its chief judge, sheriff and the hospital system are among those hit with cuts   Read More ...
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Chicago area adds jobs as local unemployment rate falls below 5% for first time in 10 years
The Chicago area added 20,800 jobs year-over-year and saw its unemployment rate fall to 4.9 percent in October, the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Wednesday. The Chicago unemployment rate, which is not seasonally adjusted, is down from 5.7 percent in October 2016. Statewide, the unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, down from 5.6 percent last year. Illinois had a net gain of 18,200 jobs for October, but job growth eluded nearly half of the metro areas   Read More ...
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Waukegan man claims CVS employee stole $1 million instant-winner lottery ticket
A Waukegan man claims in a lawsuit filed last week that a CVS employee stole his winning $1 million Illinois Lottery scratch-off card. Carlos Figueroa claims in the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court that he bought the winning ticket on Oct. 30 from a CVS Pharmacy in Waukegan. The address of the store was not immediately available. The suit states that Figueroa said he purchased the "Merry Millionaire" instant scratch-off through a vending machine that had cut it in half due to a malfunction   Read More ...
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Unclaimed $400K winning lottery ticket sold in Skokie
The Illinois Lottery said the winning ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven located at 8357 Skokie Boulevard and matched all five numbers: 01 - 17 - 24 - 27 - 44.   Read More ...
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Top 20 ZIP codes for FEMA assistance applications highlight widespread damage from Hurricane Harvey
Updated 11:29 am, Tuesday, November 21, 2017 While rebuilding efforts continue around the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey, a new analysis has pinned down the ZIP codes from which FEMA has received the most applications. At the top of the list was 77642 in Jefferson County's Port Arthur area with 13,654 applications, according to an analysis by the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF)   Read More ...
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Top 20 ZIP codes for FEMA assistance applications highlight widespread damage from Hurricane Harvey
Updated 11:29 am, Tuesday, November 21, 2017 While rebuilding efforts continue around the Houston area following Hurricane Harvey, a new analysis has pinned down the ZIP codes from which FEMA has received the most applications. At the top of the list was 77642 in Jefferson County's Port Arthur area with 13,654 applications, according to an analysis by the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF)   Read More ...
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Car flips over, lands on railroad tracks after colliding with truck in Park Ridge: police
A collision with a semi truck caused a car to flip over onto a set of railroad tracks in Park Ridge early Tuesday morning, police said. According to information provided by the police department, an Arlington Heights man was driving east on Oakton Street around 3 a.m. Tuesday, when his 2004 Chevrolet sedan struck the semi truck that was driving in front of him   Read More ...
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Two Chicago men freed from prison after DNA tests prompt retrials
GALESBURG, Ill. — Nevest Coleman’s family waited eagerly Monday outside a state prison in western Illinois as the final hours of Coleman’s 23 years behind bars slowly evaporated. When Coleman finally emerged from Hill Correctional Center, his hands pressed together in front of his mouth as if in silent prayer, his family erupted in smiles. “There he is!” a cousin shouted   Read More ...
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Comings & Goings: Nick's Barbecue moves to Alsip
Nick's Barbecue, which earned a cool $500,000 in August for selling a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket at its Palos Heights location, recently closed that location and moved to Alsip. The Palos Heights location at 127th Street and Harlem Avenue had been open for 24 years, but its lease was reportedly up and it was the only location that did not offer video gaming   Read More ...
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'There will never be another one like him:' Park Ridge native remembered for entertaining as Myron Noodleman
A Park Ridge native who entertained thousands at minor league baseball games with the lovable nerd character he dubbed Myron Noodleman is being remembered as a "comic genius." Rick Hader died Nov. 1 at age 59 of cancer in Tulsa, Okla., said his brother Matt Hader, a Deerfield resident. Rick Hader, who graduated from Maine South High School, created Myron Noodleman in the 1990s and found a home in minor league baseball stadiums with his "cool nerd" act, becoming the self-proclaimed "Clown Prince of Minor League Baseball   Read More ...
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Ex-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger says he's running again
Former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is trying to make a comeback, saying incumbent Toni Preckwinkle has been “dishonest” about taxes with the people she represents. Stroger announced his candidacy for the Democratic primary on Monday on Fox 32 TV’s “Good Day Chicago” morning show. That makes him the second out-of-office politician to say he’s running after former Ald. Bob Fioretti announced his candidacy last week   Read More ...
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Singer-Songwriter Debuts Musical In Chicago, Reflects 40-Year Career
CHICAGO (CBS) — Jimmy Buffett arrived in Chicago for the premiere of his new musical, “Escape to Margaritaville,” which is playing at the Oriental Theater. “Hey, What’s up Chicago?” Buffett said to a cheering audience. The venture into the theater world is something he says has been a bit of a labor of love. “It’s been a long process, and this is our last stop before Broadway, but I love stretching out, seeing this with great people who’ve inspired me and lead me along the way,” he said   Read More ...
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In the 1930s, 10 mischievous monkeys living on an island in Elmwood Park fascinated and frustrated the city
On a July evening more than 80 years ago, a young boy hurled a peanut into a park enclosure and unwittingly started a simian uprising. For three years in the 1930s, a pack of monkeys living on a small, man-made island in Elmwood Park frustrated and fascinated the city. The animals’ exploits provided colorful copy for Omaha’s newspaper writers, embarrassed city officials and sparked a public debate about responsible spending as the country at large slogged through economic depression   Read More ...
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5 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Shootings
CHICAGO (CBS) — Five people have been wounded since Friday evening in shootings across Chicago. The most recent attack happened Saturday night on the South Side. A 24-year-old man was a passenger in a car at 10:46 p.m. in the 7500 block of South State when they drove past a gray Chrysler and shots were fired, according to Chicago Police. The man was shot in the back and grazed in the head   Read More ...
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Lotto Tickets Worth $675,000 Sold In Harvey, Heart Of Chicago
CHICAGO (CBS) — Two lottery tickets worth $675,000 were sold this week in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood on the South Side and in south suburban Harvey. The “Lucky Day Lotto” tickets both matched all five numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing, 04 – 15 – 24 – 25 – 45, according to the Illinois Lottery. One of the tickets was purchased at Luciano’s Grocery, 1714 W   Read More ...
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Funeral services set for Richards High School teacher
The Richards and Shepard high school communities are mourning the loss of Lauren Lamaster, who taught social studies at both schools. Lamaster, 34, of Orland Park, died Wednesday. She recently had been suffering from an illness that was causing severe seizures, according to her Facebook posts. Lamaster had taught for many years at Shepard High School in Palos Heights before moving to Richards High School in Oak Lawn, according to a Facebook post from Community High School District 218   Read More ...
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Dolton schools paid for board member to get 2-day grant training, hired her for $110K grant-writing job
Dolton Riverdale School District 148 paid for a sitting board member to attend a two-day grant-writing workshop in September and then appointed her to an unadvertised $110,000 grant-writing-focused position the following month, records show. The district paid for Lisa Davis-Smith, who resigned her seat on Oct. 10 to accept a grant-writing-focused job with the district, to attend a two-day professional grant development workshop at the University of Illinois at Chicago in mid-September, according to records the Daily Southtown obtained in response to a Freedom of Information Act request   Read More ...
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Four-year-old's Elmwood Park princess party helps raise money for Rizzo's foundation
Dresses, makeup, nail polish, glitter and hairspray filled CoCo Beauty Lounge in Elmwood Park at an event held earlier this fall. The beauty salon hosted a princess party for little girls to raise money in honor of Stella Marzillo, a 4-year-old who is in remission from cancer. The event raised $2,000 for the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, according to CoCo Beauty Lounge owner Linzi CoCo   Read More ...
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TCF Bank in Oak Lawn robbed; FBI offering $1,000 reward for information
A TCF Bank in Oak Lawn was robbed Friday afternoon, according to the FBI. The man entered the bank at at 10350 S. Pulaski Road at 12:52 p.m. and took an undisclosed amount of money, the FBI report said. He did not display a weapon. The suspect is described as being in his 40s and he wore an Arizona Cardinals baseball hat, a red sweatshirt and sunglasses, the report said   Read More ...
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Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx OKs release of 2 men in disputed murder case
Cook County prosecutors on Friday paved the way for two men serving life sentences for a 1994 rape and murder to go free, based on DNA evidence that links the crime to another suspect, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. Nevest Coleman and Darryl Fulton were sentenced to life in prison for the 1994 murder of Antwinica Bridgeman and had served 23 years when a fresh round of DNA testing this spring showed semen stains on Bridgeman's clothing matched a serial rapist   Read More ...
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New hearing set for Park Ridge officer accused of not documenting use of force against teens
Park Ridge officials have postponed considering the future of a police officer accused of failing to document physical contact he admits to having with two boys during their arrests. A hearing to consider the future employment of Park Ridge Police Cmdr. Jason Leavitt was continued to January after the city's board of fire and police commissioners met briefly Thursday. The five-member board agreed to grant Leavitt a continuance at the request of his attorney, and set Jan   Read More ...
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Officials put brakes on auto racing club at Niles high schools
In approving three new auto clubs for Niles West and Niles North high schools Tuesday, the Niles Township High School District 219 school board voted to do away with a controversial auto racing club passionately championed by some student members and their parents. The extracurricular club had been on hold this year due to insurance concerns that were raised by administrators, officials said   Read More ...
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State liquor commission: 7 Skokie restaurants served alcohol to underage customers
Seven Skokie restaurants recently failed compliance checks for selling alcohol to underage patrons, according to the Illinois Liquor Control Commission. In a news release issued Monday, the commission listed the seven restaurants alleged to have violated the law, along five other Skokie businesses that passed the undercover test. Commission officials said the operation was conducted Nov. 8 in conjunction with the Skokie Police Department   Read More ...
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Fossil that fills missing evolutionary link named after University of Chicago professors
Lurking in oceans, rivers and lakes around the world are tiny, ancient animals known to few people. Bryozoans, tiny marine creatures that live in colonies, are "living fossils"—their lineage goes back to the time when multi-celled life was a newfangled concept. But until now, scientists were missing evidence of one important breakthrough that helped the bryozoans survive 500 million years as the world changed around them   Read More ...
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Report sheds light on Chicago's death rate from opioids
CHICAGO -- A report suggests the in the city of Chicago, especially among African Americans, is far worse than many believe, CBS Chicago reports. Kathie Kane-Willis of the Chicago Urban League co-authored the report, which claims last year the opioid death rate among African Americans in the city was 56 percent higher than for whites. In 2016, the overdose rate for African Americans in Illinois more than doubled, according to the report   Read More ...
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Stranger Approached Kids At Bus Stops, Offered Rides, Sheriff Says
(STMW) — Police are looking for a man who approached two children at a bus stop Wednesday morning and offered them rides in unincorporated northwest suburban Des Plaines. About 7:30 a.m., a man riding a black bicycle rode up to a 13-year-old boy waiting for his school bus near Church Street and Boy Colony Drive, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office   Read More ...
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2 kids, ages 2 and 3, found wandering in Northbrook
HAMILTON, Ohio — A father is in jail after police said his two young children were found wandering unclothed in Northbrook. Cameron Sledge, 44, of Hamilton, left his kids, ages 2 and 3, at a Northbrook home unattended Thursday, according to court documents. The kids were spotted by a passing motorist wandering down the street on Deshler Drive, police said. Sledge is charged with endangering children and is being held in the Hamilton County Jail without bond   Read More ...
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Chicago Urban League report: City's death rate from opioids higher among African Americans
CHICAGO -- A report suggests the in the city of Chicago, especially among African Americans, is far worse than many believe, CBS Chicago reports. Kathie Kane-Willis of the Chicago Urban League co-authored the report, which claims last year the opioid death rate among African Americans in the city was 56 percent higher than for whites. In 2016, the overdose rate for African Americans in Illinois more than doubled, according to the report   Read More ...
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Data Centers To Help More Chicago Police Districts
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s top cop says the city is expanding its use of high-tech police centers that have helped cut violent crime in some troubled neighborhoods. Police superintendent Eddie Johnson says the Grand Crossing and South Chicago districts will be getting the so-called Strategic Decision Support Centers. They’re data driven operations that tell commanders where best to deploy officers and resources   Read More ...
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Boy, 2, Fatally Beaten: Police
(CBS) — The medical examiner in Cook County says the death of a 2-year-old DeKalb boy was a homicide. The case began last Friday night, when police in DeKalb were alerted by hospital staff that a 2-year-old boy, Khalil Body, was being transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago because of a severe brain injury. Now, Khalil has died at Lurie   Read More ...
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ACLU opposes Chicago alderman's plan to crack down on 'prostitution-related loitering'
The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois has come out against a West Side alderman’s proposal to outlaw “prostitution-related loitering” in zones to be created by the Chicago Police Department, saying the plan is vague and could lead to people getting arrested based on how they’re dressed. Under a plan from Ald. Jason Ervin, 28th, the police superintendent could designate zones that are “frequently associated with prostitution-related loitering   Read More ...
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