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Teen charged with sexually assaulting CSU student Video included

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Aaron Parks, 17, is in jail after police say he held a 24-year-old pregnant student at knife point and forced her to drive into an alley where he sexually assaulted her Wednesday afternoon.


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2 dead, 12 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

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Two people were killed and and at least 12 other people were wounded — including two people on the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways — in shootings across the city since Friday night.

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Candidates march in Mexican Independence parade

An annual Mexican Independence Day Parade on Sunday in Chicago drew major candidates for the city's 2015 mayoral election and the November contest for Illinois governor. More>>

Man’s body found floating in Sherman Park lagoon

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A man's body was pulled from a lagoon at Sherman Park on the South Side Sunday afternoon. More>>

Gary police investigate deaths of 2 found in car

Gary police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and woman found in car. More>>

Highland teachers may end strike

The school district and teachers union in southwestern Illinois' Highland School District have reached a tentative agreement after a four-day strike. More>>

2 Chicago area schools named for Obama family

Two schools in Chicago's south suburbs will be renamed after the first family, officials said. More>>

Officials ID woman fatally struck by CTA bus

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A woman died Saturday morning after she was struck by a bus on the Southwest Side, authorities said. More>>

CPS to lay off 476 custodians by month's end

Chicago Public School officials plan to lay off 476 custodians, a district spokeswoman said Saturday. More>>

Victim of Brown Line machete attack: ‘I had to do something'

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The victim of a machete attack at a Brown Line stop in Albany Park said Saturday he was cut with the machete when he tried to take it from a gang member holding it to the throat of his teenage brother, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. More>>

Man shot by Chicago Police, officer struck by car on Near West Side

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A man was shot and wounded by the police after striking a Chicago cop with a car Saturday night on the Near West Side. More>>

Chicago alderman challenging Emanuel for mayor Video included

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Chicago alderman Bob Fioretti has officially announced that he's running for mayor.

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Weekend construction closes reversible lanes on the Kennedy

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Construction has closed reversible lanes on the Kennedy Expressway this weekend.Closures began Friday at 11 p.m. for ongoing work on the Ohio Street Bridge. More>>

Roosevelt Road construction in Cicero to begin Monday

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A resurfacing project on Roosevelt Road in west suburban Cicero will begin Monday, bringing lane closures and delays for drivers. More>>

Girl, 12, missing from Morgan Park

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Police are searching for a 12-year-old girl who has been missing from the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Far South Side since Thursday. More>>

4 hurt after car plummets from West Town bridge

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Four people were hurt early Saturday after a car went off a bridge landing on railroad tracks in the West Town neighborhood. More>>

Chicago cop performs CPR to save newborn in Bridgeport

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A Chicago Police officer performed CPR on a newborn baby to help save his life Friday night in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side. More>>

Solar storm arrives at Earth, Northern Lights may be visible from Chicago

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A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday but it was causing few, if any, problems. It also may allow more people to see the colorful northern lights. More>>

Two hurt in small plane crash near Newark

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Two people were hurt when a small plane crashed near a LaSalle County airport Friday afternoon. More>>

Ex-Bears player fundraises for former teammate's son Video included

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Rashied Davis played with the Chicago Bears for five years. Now, the former NFL player is tackling a different challenge: The Men's Health Urbanathlon. More>>

Englewood shelters for abused women seek help after 'Ray Rice incident' Video included

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A group that runs two Englewood shelters for abused women is hoping people in Chicago will help residents in their own neighborhoods after all the recent chatter about Ray Rice.
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Lemont residents upset over removal of trees killed by beetle Video included

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Another community is reeling from the devastating impact of the Emerald Ash borer, which is a beetle that is highly destructive to ash trees. More>>

Fired IDOT workers sue over documents disclosure

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Fifty-five workers who have been told they're being laid off by the Illinois Department of Transportation claimed in a lawsuit Friday that they're being fired to spare Gov. Pat Quinn election-campaign embarrassment... More>>

Suspected 'Hooded bandit' in Chicago area charged

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A 62-year-old suburban Chicago man authorities suspect robbed as many as nine Chicago area banks in the last 18 months was charged with armed robbery in federal court on Friday. More>>

Chase Bank branch robbed in Loop

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A man robbed a Chase Bank branch in the Loop Thursday afternoon. More>>

Car crashes into Buffalo Grove home

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A townhouse in northwest suburban Buffalo Grove was deemed uninhabitable after a car crashed into it Friday morning. More>>

Graffiti vandal spreads positive message across Chicago Video included

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A vandal is defacing property all over Chicago with a positive message: “Keep Havin A Good Day!” More>>

Construction, weekend events shake up transit routes

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CTA construction and weekend events, including parades for Mexican Independence Day, will affect some bus and train routes this weekend. More>>

Police: Man shot to death by Harvey cops sexually assaulted minor girls

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A man who was shot to death by south suburban police when he tried to run them over with his car earlier this year in Harvey has been identified as the attacker who sexually assaulted two minor girls at a Calumet Park hotel.
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Man charged in beating death

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A few weeks ago, Robert Dixon allegedly punched his girlfriend so hard, he knocked a tooth out. More>>

Report released on shooting death of Merrillville police officer

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Michael Hrnciar was wearing police-style body armor and lying in wait at the end of a hallway when he ambushed a Merrillville police officer, investigators announced Friday. More>>

O'Laughlin murder trial to pick back up Monday Video included

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The murder trial of a 41-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing 14-year-old Kelli O'Laughlin could wrap up Friday afternoon.
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Chicago taxi drivers stage slowdown Video included

Chicago taxi drivers are staging a slowdown to press their demand for a fare hike and the regulation of ridesharing operations in Illinois. More>>

Temperatures drop as rain, cold air sweep across Chicago area

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Summer's imminent departure will be felt in doses this weekend as cold air sweeps across the city and surrounding suburbs. More>>

Local family grows 500 lb pumpkin

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One local family is getting into the spirit of fall by growing their own pumpkins. But this family's pumpkins are especially unique.
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2 injured in garbage truck, SUV crash in west suburbs

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A woman with serious injuries was among two people injured Friday morning when a garbage truck and an SUV collided near west suburban Sugar Grove. More>>

Cooking with Corey: Don's Drive-In Video included

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In this week's Cooking With Corey segment, we take a trip to the Southwestside in search of an amazing hot dog. More>>

CPS, health officials stress health precautions Video included

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In an effort to stop the spread of the enterovirus and other illnesses, CPS and the Chicago Dept. of Public Health are reminding parents to take precautions during the cold and flu season. More>>

Man killed in Canaryville motorcycle crash

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A man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Canaryville on the South Side early Friday, police said. More>>

Palos Park police warn of catalytic converter thefts

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Southwest suburban police are warning residents of stolen car parts in the area. More>>

CTA inks contract for unarmed security guards

The Chicago Transit Authority approved a new $10 million contract for unarmed security officers who will help deter graffiti and theft at city and suburban facilities. More>>

Three gang members charged in connection with Little Village burglaries

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Three men -- including a high-ranking member of the Latin Kings -- were charged in connection with a string of burglaries in the Little Village neighborhood since May 2013, according to police. More>>

Man, woman break into church, cause extensive damage: police

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A man and woman were charged with breaking into a northwest suburban church and causing several thousand dollars' of damage in Crystal Lake early Thursday. More>>

World's first and only 3D printed car to debut in Chicago Video included

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Imagine walking into an auto dealership and with the push of a button, printing off the car of your dreams and driving it home the next day.
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How to escape from a car trunk Video included

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Being locked inside the trunk of a car is a terrifying experience, due to the fact that it's a small space that's pitch black and it may seem like there's no way out. More>>

Mother-daughter duo hope to break into medical marijuana business Video included

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Growing and selling pot may be all in the family for a mother and daughter, who hope to become among the lucky few to receive licenses under Illinois' new medical marijuana law. More>>

'Chicago Transit Project' looks to insert humorous ads on Red Line trains Video included

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CTA Red Line riders may soon see advertisements that feature random pictures of goats and facts about squirrels. More>>

Pregnant woman, 24, sexually assaulted in Roseland Video included

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Police are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a Chicago State University student at knifepoint, then locked her in the trunk of her own vehicle Wednesday in the Far South Side Roseland neighborhood.
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Gov. Quinn has lead in new election poll Video included

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Governor Pat Quinn's allies at the Democratic Governors Association released a new voter opinion survey that puts Quinn in the lead. More>>

Illinoisans mark 13th anniversary of 9/11 Video included

Events were planned Thursday across Illinois to mark the thirteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. More>>

Illinois lawmakers push plan for police cameras

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Two Illinois lawmakers on Thursday pushed for a hike in traffic and other fines to raise money for police body cameras and dashboard cameras in the wake of the fatal shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old by an officer in... More>>

New DNA tests sought in murder of Shaun Gayle's girlfriend

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Serving a double life sentence for killing the pregnant girlfriend of ex-Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle, Marni Yang is hoping new DNA tests will pave the way for her exoneration.
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Man pleads not guilty to threatening to kill baby

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A man charged with restricting oxygen to a handicapped baby in a residence at Naval Station Great Lakes pleaded not guilty to several felony charges Thursday.
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Former deputy county auditor indicted for theft, tax fraud

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A former deputy auditor in northwest Indiana, who stole more than $150,000 from the county for which she worked, now faces fraud and embezzlement charges.
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Police release surveillance pics of Louis Vuitton store burglary

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Police are releasing surveillance images of a burglary at the Oakbrook Center Mall's Louis Vuitton store in hopes of catching nine people who took $120,000 worth of merchandise Sunday after smashing through the front door with a minivan. More>>

Tip prompts lockdown at West Aurora High School

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A west suburban high school was put on a soft lockdown Thursday morning as police investigated an anonymous tip about an student involved in an off-campus incident,. More>>

Lake Zurich High School student improving after train accident

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A 15-year-old Lake Zurich High School student who was struck by a train earlier this month is recovering from the accident. More>>

Chicago Park District bans smoking in city parks

The Chicago Park District has approved a ban on smoking at any of the city's 580 parks. More>>

CTA bus crashes on South Side, multiple people injured

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Seven people were injured early Thursday when a CTA bus crashed into parked vehicles in the Oakland neighborhood on the South Side. More>>

UPS plane makes safe emergency landing in Rockford

A UPS cargo plane landed safely Wednesday night at a Rockford airport after the pilot alerted that the aircraft lost all hydraulics, Chicago-Rockford International Airport fire chief Jim Klinefelter said. More>>

Person rescued from West Side fire

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One person was rescued from a fire Wednesday morning on the West Side. More>>

Police: 2 dead, 4 wounded in shootings Wednesday

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Two people were killed and four others were injured in shootings across the city Wednesday, authorities said. More>>

Man gets 20 years for fatally stabbing father in Morgan Park home

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The son of an O'Hare Airport security officer pleaded guilty earlier this month to stabbing his father to death, and was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison. More>>

2nd bird with West Nile in suburban Chicago

A second bird in one of Chicago's western suburban counties has tested positive for West Nile virus, the Kane County Health Department announced Wednesday. More>>

Highland teachers gear up for walkout

Teachers in a southwestern Illinois' Highland School District appear headed to the picket lines, shutting down the schools as part of a labor dispute. More>>

Obama deepens America's military role in Mideast Video included

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Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq. More>>

Maywood firefighters call for chief's resignation Video included

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Just when it looked like the fight over American Flag stickers at the Maywood Fire Department was being resolved, a new development Wednesday night puts the chief in the hot seat again. More>>

New shelter for victims of domestic abuse set to open in Chicago Video included

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While the national spotlight is on domestic abuse around the country, in Chicago, victims will soon have another safe place to go. More>>

Northwestern ranks among best college dining halls in USA

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Northwestern University in Evanston made the list of best college dining halls in America. More>>

Mayor Emanuel wants stricter curfew in Chicago Video included

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A few years after Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the curfew earlier for kids under the age of 12, he now wants to make the curfew earlier for anyone under the age of 18. More>>

Landlord sued in South Side blaze that killed 4 children Video included

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The mother of a man forced to jump with his girlfriend from a third-floor apartment window to escape a fatal blaze Monday has sued the building's owner and management company. More>>

McHenry County reports first human West Nile case

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Northwest suburban McHenry County reported its first human case of West Nile virus Wednesday. More>>

Lawyer pleads not guilty to coaching witness

A high-profile defense attorney in Chicago pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges that he encouraged a witness to lie on the stand in an ultimately failed bid to win an acquittal for his purported cocaine-dealer... More>>

Driver killed when car strikes pole in Lake County

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A driver was killed when her vehicle left the road and struck a pole Wednesday morning in north suburban Third Lake. More>>

Inbound Blue Line train derails on Forest Park branch Video included

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Blue Line trains are moving again, with delays, after an eastbound train derailed near the Pulaski station Wednesday morning on the West Side. More>>

Man, woman found shot to death in Fox Lake apartment

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The Lake County Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the deaths of a man and woman in their 20s who were discovered Wednesday with gunshot wounds in an apartment in north suburban Fox Lake. More>>

State officials keep medical pot under wraps

It's unclear if state officials will release complete information about companies seeking to grow or sell medical marijuana in Illinois. More>>

Tree falls on Metra tracks in Kenilworth, trains delayed

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Inbound trains on the Union Pacific / North Line were halted during a stormy morning commute Wednesday when a tree fell on the tracks in north suburban Kenilworth. More>>

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  • WAHOO! It ain't funny Cleveland. It's racist.

    WAHOO! It ain't funny Cleveland. It's racist.

    Friday, September 12 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-09-12 18:51:59 GMT
    If a pictures worth a thousand words, then Cleveland is a thousand times worse than Washington D.C.
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Cleveland is a thousand times worse than Washington D.C.
  • Ferguson to Detroit: The other side of the badge

    Ferguson to Detroit: The other side of the badge

    Friday, September 5 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-09-05 11:50:22 GMT
    LeDuff: There are conflicting accounts about what happened between the cop and the teen.   There is no videotape and so we may never know what really happened. But after getting an unprovoked beating with a traffic cone in Ferguson myself, I wondered what it must be like to be on the other side of the shield.
    LeDuff: There are conflicting accounts about what happened between the cop and the teen. There is no videotape and so we may never know what really happened. But after getting an unprovoked beating with a traffic cone in Ferguson myself, I wondered what it must be like to be on the other side of the shield.
  • The Americans with Charlie LeDuff: Ferguson - What now, America?

    The Americans with Charlie LeDuff: Ferguson - What now, America?

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:31 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:31:27 GMT
    The streets in Ferguson are calming now. The Attorney General of the United States has arrived. The media will soon get distracted with the next catastrophe, and Ferguson will go on. There will be a trial probably. Will it be enough?
    The streets in Ferguson are calming now. The Attorney General of the United States has arrived. The media will soon get distracted with the next catastrophe, and Ferguson will go on. There will be a trial probably. Will it be enough?

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