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News from Chicago’s metro area and the surrounding state of Illinois.

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Marion Flynn, corporate banker with passion for community service, dies at 69; staunch advocate for women in Catholic priesthood

Marion Flynn spent more than 22 years in service to myriad local and national nonprofit organizations.

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Authorities identify man killed in Austin drive-by shooting

The 20-year-old was standing in the 4800 block of West Crystal Street when someone in a passing car fired shots, Chicago police said.

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City Colleges opens a technology learning lab for students

In a partnership with Apple, City Colleges opened a technology center for CPS and CCC students and educators.

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Man seriously injured on Dan Ryan expressway shooting

About 8:45 p.m., Illinois State troopers responded to a call of a shooting on I-94 near 69th Street.

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Plea from grandmother of girl shot at Bronzeville high school: ‘I’m assuming this baby that shot my baby is crying for help ... God will help you’

"I understand that maybe you’re in some pain, baby, and maybe you’re hurt, and I understand that. I’m hurting too. My grandbaby is in a lot of pain."

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1 killed, 9 wounded by gunfire in Chicago Wednesday

A man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a drive-by shooting in the 4800 block of West Crystal Street.

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3 men critically wounded in West Englewood shooting

The shooting happened about 4:50 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Damen Avenue, Chicago police said.

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South Side elementary school struck by gunfire, no one injured

Someone in a dark-colored sedan fired at a person in the 8800 block of South Indiana Avenue, and shots went through a window of McDade Classical Elementary School Wednesday morning.

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Man charged in 7-year-old Serenity Broughton’s murder; case had split cops, prosecutors

Chicago police on Wednesday announced murder charges against Aireon Luster, who was allegedly involved in the August fatal shooting that led to an extraordinary battle between police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

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‘Truly incredible man’: Tributes pour in for Timuel Black from family, friends, colleagues

"Tim spent decades chronicling and lifting up Black Chicago history. But he also made plenty of history himself." former President Barack Obama said.

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CPS allows unvaccinated teachers, staff to opt for testing over shots — for now

As of Wednesday, 86% of CPS employees have submitted proof of vaccination, district records show.

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Lightfoot, police unions continue high-stakes game of chicken on vaccine mandate for city workers

The mayor says Chicago will be protected this weekend, even if half of the city’s police force is placed on no-pay status for refusing to report their vaccine status. One City Council member, however, predicted "pure melee."

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Four gunmen opened fire in Wicker Park shootout that left gunman dead, 4 bystanders wounded: Prosecutors

Teanius Sykes, 35, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery, reckless discharge of a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.

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16-year-old boy shot in Englewood

He was outside about 4 p.m. in the 6900 block of South Green Street when someone opened fire, striking him in the shoulder, Chicago police said.

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Chicago’s post office delivery problems to take center stage in House hearing Friday

Members of the Illinois Congressional delegation for months have been pressuring the U.S. Postal Service – run by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy - for improvements.

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City Hall veteran Rosa Escareno tapped as interim parks chief

Escareno agreed to come out of her recent retirement to oversee the Chicago Park District, still in the midst of an investigation into rampant sexual harassment and abuse against lifeguards at the city’s beaches and pools.

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Truck driver charged in deadly DUI crash on Kennedy Expressway

Marvin White, 50, "burned to death" when his car caught on fire in Sunday’s crash.

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Man fatally shot in Marquette Park

Marquis Talley, 50, was in his vehicle about 8:41 p.m. in the 7200 block of South Troy Street when someone fired shots from a dark-colored SUV, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

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City proposes new Metra station on Ashland Avenue to serve Fulton Market, West Loop

The new station would improve connectivity to the Illinois Medical District, Kinzie Industrial Corridor, Fulton Market, the United Center and educational institutions.

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Electric scooters go from pilot to permanent in Chicago — for two years, anyway

The ordinance approved by the City Council allows the city transportation department to issue up to three licenses to scooter-sharing companies. Each could deploy up to 2,000 scooters per day, from 5 a.m. to midnight.

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Timuel Black, historian, civil rights activist, dies at 102

Mr. Black, a political and civil rights activist, educator, historian, prolific author and revered elder statesman and griot of Chicago’s Black community, died Wednesday.

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‘I’m not the one to f--- with:’ Chicago cop faces firing after allegedly using racial slur, threatening suspect during 2019 arrest

The incident that could lead to Officer Jose Troche-Vargas’ ouster happened as he was embroiled in an unrelated lawsuit alleging he tackled and attacked a 15-year-old boy. The suit ultimately cost the city $100,000.

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Woman steals Chicago Fire Department ambulance from Humboldt Park hospital

She was arrested after striking a bicyclist and a car in the 2200 block of West Division Street.

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14-year-old girl, security guard shot outside Bronzeville high school. ‘What happened? Where are my kids?’

The family of the girl said she was "alert and she was speaking" before undergoing surgery at Comer Children’s Hospital Tuesday evening,

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Two children, 14 and 15, among a dozen people shot in Chicago Tuesday.

A 14-year-old girl was shot outside a Bronzeville high school, and a 15-year-old boy was wounded while riding a bike in Gage Park

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15-year-old boy shot while riding bike in Gage Park

Someone in a dark-colored sedan fired at the teen in the 5300 block of South Albany Avenue.

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Man critically wounded in Marquette Park drive-by shooting

The man was getting into his car in the 7200 block of South Troy Street when he was shot, police said.

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FOP president urges police officers to ignore city mandate to report vaccination status — predicts 50% cut in cops on street

FOP President John Catanzara instructed rank-and-file officers to report to work Friday and be sent home for not having reported their vaccine status. Asked to respond, a mayoral spokesperson said they would have "no statement."

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White Sox fans come out in force for playoffs, leave with mixed emotions: ‘Our future is really bright’

As the season ended after a brutal loss Tuesday, fans said it felt good to have something to root for during a difficult year.

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Community rallies behind Timuel Black, honoring a life of service

With no long-term health insurance to cover home hospice care, the community is coming to the aid of the 102-year-old historian, author and political and civil rights activist. It’s about giving this elder statesman and griot of Chicago’s black community his flowers while he is still with us.

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Departing watchdog sounds alarm — again — about CFD response times

Departing Inspector General Joe Ferguson says the Chicago Fire Department still hasn’t implemented changes he first recommended years ago that would allow it to accurately measure emergency response times.

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17-year-old boy critically wounded in South Shore shooting

The teen was walking down the street about 7:35 p.m. in the 7600 block of South Phillips Avenue when he was shot in the chest, police said.