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Past articles by Cris:

Emanuel considers plan to demolish McCormick Place East, build Lucas Museum

CHICAGO — Mayor Emanuel is considering a plan to demolish McCormick Place East to make room for George Lucas’ art museum. According to the Chicago Tribune, a source close to Emanuel&#82… → Read More

Chicago urges vaccinations after new meningitis cases

CHICAGO –Health officials in Chicago say last summer’s deadly outbreak of meningitis in gay and bisexual men is continuing with two new confirmed cases. The Chicago Department of Public… → Read More

Teen dies after freak basketball accident

A high school student in Ohio died following a freak accident at a basketball game. Noah Lear, 16, was attempting a slam dunk back in February when the back board, rim and post all came down on him… → Read More

3 killed, 7 injured in shootings across Chicago

CHICAGO — Three people are dead, seven others wounded in shootings around Chicago since Tuesday. The latest shooting happened Tuesday night near 64th and Kedzie. A man was driving in an SUV w… → Read More

South Side Catholic school reopens after lead discovered

CHICAGO — A Catholic school on the south side reopens this morning after it was shut down because of high lead levels. Classes were canceled for several days last week, at Holy Angels Catholic School when lead was discovered in an older section of the building. Today, students are expected to be relocated to the newer section of the school where testing has confirmed there is no lead. → Read More

Suburban teen gets probation for punching, yelling slurs at Sikh man

WHEATON, Ill. — A suburban Chicago teenager charged with a hate crime after yelling racial slurs and punching a Sikh man has been sentenced to two years’ probation. The DuPage County State&#… → Read More

Several presidential candidates, surrogates in Chicago-area today

CHICAGO — The Illinois primary is now one of the next big races. Ted Cruz is sending his wife and father to the Chicago area today for several events. Heidi Cruz has events at the City Club o… → Read More

Suspected serial killer charged with 5 more murders

CHICAGO — A suspected serial killer accused of killing two women in Indiana, is now charged with the murders of five more women. Darren Vann was arrested in 2014, a day after one victim was f… → Read More

Molotov Cocktail Found In Church Fire

Fire investigators are looking into a suspicious fire at a church in Harvey. A molotov cocktail was found inside the Just Faithful Gospel Church in the south suburb overnight. A firefighter suffered minor injuries while battling that fire. He was treated at the scene. → Read More

Mumps outbreak at Indiana University

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University is dealing with an outbreak of the mumps. There are eight confirmed cases of the disease on the Bloomington campus. The university says it will provide another round of vaccines to combat the disease. Several universities in Indiana have had to deal with mumps outbreaks lately. → Read More

Search for suspect in Tyshawn Lee murder moves to Iowa

CHICAGO -- The search for a man wanted in the murder of a 9-year-old boy in Chicago has led authorities to eastern Iowa. Tyshawn Lee was shot and killed in an alley in November. Police say he was l... → Read More

Chicago officer saves woman at O’Hare airport

CHICAGO -- Quick action by a Chicago police officer saved a woman's life. The woman reportedly collapsed and lost consciousness Sunday at O’Hare. The officer requested a defibrillator to revive her... → Read More

Mother finds body of her missing son in Chicago’s Avalon Park

CHICAGO -- The body of a missing man was found by his mother near a park on Chicago's South Side. The man's name hasn't been released. He was reported missing in December. His mother says she went ... → Read More

State Police Ramp Up Patrols In The Wake of Expressway Shootings

The state police is stepping up efforts to stop shootings on expressways. Seven people have been shot on Chicago expressways so far this year. One victim died. The new strategy is to use more troop... → Read More

Illinois EPA Suspends Emissions Test Reminders

There's another casualty of the budget impasse in Springfield: emissions test reminders. The Illinois EPA says it will not send out notifications, until there is a state budget. Normally, you can... → Read More

California school district considers condoms for middle schoolers

CALIFORNIA -- A school district in California is considering making condoms available to students as young as sixth grade. The San Francisco school board will vote on a proposal to provide condoms ... → Read More

Mayor Emanuel pushes for mental illness training for Chicago police

CHICAGO -- Mayor Emanuel is pushing for changes in the way first responders deal with mentally ill people. There will be a 50 percent increase in officers certified in crisis intervention training.... → Read More

Man secretly proposes to girlfriend 148 times

A man from Grimsby, England proposed to his girlfriend 148 times -- and she never even knew it. Over the course of six months, Ray Smith discreetly held up a card reading "Will you marry me?" in se... → Read More

Police Investigate Fake Islamic Website

Police are trying to figure out who's behind a fake website that promotes violence while using the name of a west suburban Islamic organization. The website claims to represent the Islamic center o... → Read More

Woman, son put on hold during 911 armed robbery call

NASSAU COUNTY, NY - A woman and her son from Long Island, New York are speaking out after they were put on hold during a 911 emergency call. Maureen Breidenbach said she and her son were pulling in... → Read More