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Chicago’s ‘cartel wives’ traveled abroad, to J.Lo Las Vegas concert with drug cash, feds say

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Missing Lake View man found in Chicago River died from drowning, medical examiner can’t say whether death was an accident

Iñaki Bascaran left a River North bar on Halloween weekend but never returned home. ‘Iñaki would want his story to stay in people’s hearts and help them avoid irreversible tragedies,’ his father said Thursday.

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Obama Presidential Center will have space named for Hadiya Pendleton, murdered South Side teen

Pendleton was caught in gang gunfire on Jan. 29, 2013, days after traveling to Washington to celebrate President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

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Kaegi botched COVID tax relief

The Cook County assessor cut values based on jobs he thought neighborhoods would lose due to the pandemic. It was a wild miscalculation that worked out well for some, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, not so well for residents of a poor South Side neighborhood.

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15 seconds of mayhem on Gold Coast: FBI affidavit lifts curtain on FBG Duck murder case

The document lays out key evidence that led to last year’s indictment against five alleged O Block street gang members now accused in the brazen killing. It also points to so-called "diss tracks," which have fueled street violence.

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Horse racing titan Richard Duchossois dead at 100

Duchossois was born on Oct. 7, 1921 in the Beverly neighborhood and attended Morgan Park Military Academy. He went on to purchase Arlington International Racecourse.

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No bail for man charged in shootout with police on Lower Wacker Drive

Edgardo Perez, 24, faces a count of attempted murder of a police officer in Wednesday night’s confrontation, which was captured on surveillance video. Perez was shot at least three times and appeared at a Friday court hearing in a wheelchair.

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Man charged in cold case murder of Niles woman dies while awaiting trial

Richard J. Sisto, 72, was charged in October in the 1992 slaying of Helen K. Cardwell.

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Former Illinois inmate loses latest effort to convince federal prison officials to approve gender confirmation surgery

Cristina Nichole Iglesias says she’s been trying for years to have the surgery, even filing a federal lawsuit.

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Last stab at ward remap compromise

Rules Committee Chair Michelle Harris (8th) has invited Latino Caucus leaders to a meeting at 10 a.m. Sunday in a last-ditch effort to resolve differences standing in the way of a new ward map.

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6 inches of lake effect snow hits parts of Chicago, over 7 inches at Midway Airport

A winter storm warning was in effect for north and central Cook County until 2 p.m.

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Kyle Rittenhouse’s assault-style rifle will be destroyed

Rittenhouse, who is now 19, wanted to destroy the rifle and throw the rest of the items away so nothing can be used as a political symbol or trophy celebrating the shootings, his spokespeople said.

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A key inflation gauge rose 5.8% in 2021, most in 39 years

Stubbornly high inflation has hammered household budgets, wiped out last year’s healthy wage gains and posed a severe political challenge to President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress.

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Human chain formed to help victims after Pittsburgh bridge collapse

There were minor injuries from the collapse but no fatalities, authorities said.

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This Cook County judge gives convicts his cell number — if they complete addiction program

Judge Charles Burns oversees the Rehabilitative Alternative Program drug court. It helps people beat addiction, find jobs, housing. It’s those who backslide who keep him up at night.

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Tyrone ‘Ty Skippy’ Winfield, renowned stepper with the ‘fastest feet in the land,’ dead at 61

The East Chicago, Ind., resident ‘spoke with his feet,’ says Antoine Carmichael, an R&B performer who records as Carmichael Musiclover. ‘He was the best stepper I’ve ever seen.’

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3 killed, 7 wounded by gunfire in Chicago Thursday

In one of the fatal attacks, two men were killed in a shooting Thursday night in Ravenswood on the North Side, officials said.

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Omicron’s exponential rise followed by ‘exponential decay,’ but COVID deaths keep mounting

The surge is still being felt sharply in intensive care units across Illinois, which are still 88% full. And with four days left in the month, the state has suffered almost as many COVID deaths in January (2,651) as it did over the previous three months combined (2,941).

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Dr. Jeremiah Stamler, ‘Father of Preventive Cardiology,’ dead at 102 

The Northwestern University professor was ‘essentially the world expert on the causes and potential prevention of heart disease.’

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In the months before he allegedly shot and killed a young girl, a 16-year-old boy used a gun in three carjackings and got probation

Emilio Corripio was ordered held without bond Thursday on charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

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After COVID-19 cancellations, Chicago cop crowned queen of downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade

With Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot looking on, Kelly Leyden was named the "Queen of the Court" during a ceremony Thursday evening at the Plumbers Hall in West Town.

A surveillance video frame shows a Chicago police officer taking cover during a shootout in the 200 block of East Lower Wacker Drive Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022.
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Surveillance video of police shooting on Lower Wacker Drive shows officers firing into a stolen car, bullets smashing through the windshield

One of the passengers in the car, a 25-year-old man, was shot several times and seriously wounded. The two officers were not shot but suffered minor injuries, according to a police statement.

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Neighbors sour over closing of historic Mars Wrigley factory: ‘It was divine’

The factory will be phased out over the next two years, the company announced this week. The future of the building remains unclear, as does the fate of its 280 workers.

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Cook County’s top judge defends bond reform, juvenile courts

Chief Judge Timothy Evans addressed a Union League Club audience as 16-year-old suspect— who had been on probation— was ordered held without bond, charged in the murder of 8-year-old Melissa Ortega.

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2 die after they are shot in Ravenswood, their car bursting into flames after it crashed

The men were traveling in a car in the 1500 block of West Wilson Avenue when someone in a white van opened fire, Chicago police said.

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COPA wraps investigation into fatal police shooting of Anthony Alvarez; report to be published following superintendent’s review

In April 2021, COPA recommended Officer Evan Solano be relieved of police powers during the investigation, a rare move that would mean the officer would be placed on paid desk duty after a standard 30-day leave, but Brown stalled on the action.

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Man charged with killing woman, 19, in shooting at illegal nightclub in Jefferson Park

Meagan Bilbo was attending a party on Dec. 5 at the club, which was posing as a computer repair shop, in the 4800 block of North Central Avenue, when a masked person opened fire outside in a parking lot.

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Man shot and killed, another wounded after walking out of church in Roseland, police say

Someone fired shots at them from a dark-colored Chrysler 300, police say.

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Cooperation from Little Village community key to arrests in shooting death of 8-year-old girl, City Council member says

"It worked this time. It doesn’t work all the time," said local Ald. Mike Rodriguez. But "like Melissa’s mother, I have hope. I refuse to be the victim of just the thoughts of doubt and despair. ... I believe in our community. I believe in us."

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Man charged with stabbing girlfriend to death in front of her friends in Fuller Park

Renard Wilson, 40, is charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of 26-year-old Latashia Fonville last week.

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Final public meeting on Southeast Side metal shredder set for next month

The city will make a decision on the permit for the controversial relocated General Iron facility sometime after the meeting.

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Chicago Fire in talks for Near West Side training center

The facility within the Roosevelt Square development would involve a lease for 30 acres of Chicago Housing Authority property.

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Another potential witness against Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson pleads guilty

Cathy Torres’ name appears on a list of potential prosecution witnesses for Thompson’s federal tax trial, which is set for Feb. 4. The feds say Torres communicated with Thompson about his loan at Washington Federal and attempts to refinance there.

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11-year-old boy charged with armed carjacking in Mount Greenwood in November

The boy was identified as one of the people who stole a car at gunpoint from two women in the 11000 block of South Harding Avenue on Nov. 19, police said.

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Rising costs ding McDonald’s profit

Sales rose 7.5% at U.S. restaurants open at least a year as limited-time products and a growing loyalty program brought in customers despite higher menu prices.