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Indianapolis, IN, United States

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Past articles by Courtney:

Chicago Fire FC training facility continues to draw concerns from community

CHICAGO — Residents and housing advocates are asking city leaders to reconsider a plan to build a soccer facility on land once used for public housing. But, a local group argued that there are legal implications of this initiate that haven’t been considered. The plan to build the Chicago Fire Football Club training facility at […] → Read More

Chicago police vote for union president Friday

CHICAGO — Members of Chicago’s police union are casting their votes Friday for the person they want to serve as president for the next three years. It comes as the city prepares for a shake-up in City Hall, including Chicago Police Department’s superintendent stepping down. The Chicago FOP Lodge 7 represents about 17,000 men and […] → Read More

Chicago area law enforcement sees rise in machine gun conversion device recoveries

CHICAGO — Law enforcement across the country, including in the Chicago area, are working to combat a dangerous trend of criminals using small devices that turn a semi-automatic handgun into a fully automatic weapon. Although machine-gun conversion devices (MCDs) go by a handful of names, one of the most common types, is known as a […] → Read More

2 men taken to hospital after scaffolding collapse in Garfield Park

CHICAGO — Two men are in the hospital after a scaffolding collapsed in front of a residential building Monday afternoon, according to the Chicago Fire Department. The collapse happened in the 3300 block of West Warren Boulevard around 1 p.m. and firefighters tell WGN that one of the men was found in the street in […] → Read More

Archdiocese of Chicago welcomes Nicaraguan political prisoners at mass in Buena Park

CHICAGO — Newly released political prisoners from Nicaragua were welcomed to Chicago at a mass held in Buena Park Sunday afternoon. Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Blase Cupich, issued a statement that was read to begin the service at Saint Mary of the Lake Catholic Church. “In solidarity with the suffering Church of Nicaragua, I have […] → Read More

Local nonprofit gifts boy paralyzed in Highland Park shooting new adaptive bike

The family also has an ongoing GoFundMe page which has raised more than $2 million. → Read More

Chicago Auto Show 2023: What you need to know

CHICAGO — The Chicago Auto Show. It’s the nation’s largest auto show and it returns once again McCormick Place this week. The 2023 Chicago Auto Show rolls into town and is open to the public starting on February 11. Where is Chicago Auto Show held? McCormick Place,2301 S. King Dr.Chicago, IL 60616 When is Chicago […] → Read More

Police, SWAT looking into shooting of two dogs in Lakeview

CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department continue to have a large presence in the Lakeview neighborhood Tuesday evening. Police said SWAT teams are responding to an incident in the 1000 block of West George Street related to an armed individual inside a residence. According to police, the armed individual is a man who allegedly shot […] → Read More

Fire destroys business near Chicago’s Midway Airport

CHICAGO — A fire broke out and destroyed a catering business near Midway Airport on the city’s Southwest Side. The Chicago Fire Department was called to a building at 63rd and South Central Avenue just before 12:30 a.m. Friday. At least four engines, two trucks and a tower ladder responded to the scene for help. […] → Read More

CFD: 5 adults taken to hospital after incident of ‘unknown origin’

CHICAGO — Five people were taken to the hospital Sunday after what the Chicago Fire Department called an incident with an “unknown origin.” Fire officials said they were called to the 3600 block of West 111th Street where they found five individuals — all adults — needing medical attention. Two of the individuals found were […] → Read More

Chicago Restaurant Week kickoffs with First Bites Bash’s return

Welcoming crowds were met with the aromas of local eateries like Luella’s Southern Kitchen. → Read More

UIC faculty to strike Tuesday after failing to reach agreement with administration

CHICAGO — After months of negotiations and failing to reach an agreement with administration during a marathon bargaining session Monday, faculty at the University of Illinois Chicago are going on strike Tuesday. Faculty members plan to strike starting at 10 a.m. It follows a promise if an agreement wasn’t reached by midnight, that would be […] → Read More

16-year-old boy fatally shot in Des Plaines

DES PLAINES, Ill. — Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a teenager in Des Plaines. Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Perry Street for a report of shots fired around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, officials discovered a 16-year-old boy lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds. The Des Plaines Fire […] → Read More

Danny Golden, family host event thanking Chicago community for their support

CHICAGO — Officer Danny Golden and his family came together to throw an event giving back to the Chicago community Sunday, a way of saying thanks for all the support they’ve received since Golden was paralyzed from the waist down trying to de-escalate a fight outside a South Side bar last July. The event — […] → Read More

Woman sucker-punched in River North, warns of another random attack

The victim said the offender made his way across the street as if nothing had happened. → Read More

Balloon release held in memory of 9-year-old Jarvis Watts

CHICAGO — Family, friends and faculty from Rudyard Kipling Elementary where 9-year-old Jarvis Watts attended school gathered Tuesday afternoon for a balloon release in honor of the little boy. “It’s so hurting to see a nine-year-old to get shot like that, for a baby to die,” said Dorothy Wheeler, whose grandchildren were friends with Jarvis. […] → Read More

Lightfoot calls for nearly $54M in state aid to support migrants

The city has 11 alternate shelters to provide meals, clothing and showers while also connecting people to legal resources. → Read More

Residents displaced days after losing power, heat, and water at Hyde Park apartments

CHICAGO — Residents in several buildings at an apartment complex in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood have been out of their homes for days following a total electrical outage. “I’m not sure what today’s going to bring, I’m not sure what tomorrow’s going to bring,” one resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told WGN. The concerned […] → Read More

South Side apartment tenants demand answers after going days without heat, hot water

CHICAGO — From space heaters to leaving gas ovens on and booking hotels, residents at an apartment complex in Greater Grand Crossing say they are desperate for management to take action. “It’s not all about me. It’s about the entire building. It’s about everyone,” said Carla Wells, a resident at the apartment complex. “It’s about […] → Read More

Police search for 2 people accused of robbing, kidnapping man in Northalsted

CHICAGO — Two people forced a 26-year-old man into his own car and forced him to withdraw money from an ATM before they stole his car on Christmas Eve in Northalsted, according to Chicago police. The man was forced into his car by two people wearing all dark clothing and ski masks around 10 p.m. […] → Read More