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Charlie Wojciechowski

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Recent articles by Charlie:

23-Year-Old Nabeela Syed Becomes Youngest General Assembly Member

For Nabeela Syed, the first order of business is thanking everyone who helped her get to become one of the first Gen X members in state government. On Election Day, voters in the 51st district elected the 23-year-old to the Illinois House of Representatives → Read More

Could Insulated Shelters for Homeless in Near West Side be in Jeopardy?

The residents of this encampment, under the Metra tracks where Fulton meets Milwaukee Avenue, think they have something special. All of their shelters are uniform, insulated, and equipped with battery powered lanterns. → Read More

Woman Claims Hair Straightener Caused Uterine Cancer, Files Lawsuit in Chicago

Thirty-two-year-old Jenny Mitchell had been using chemical hair relaxers and straighteners for more than two decades by the time of her diagnosis of uterine cancer. After a full hysterectomy, she said she is now experiencing menopause. → Read More

‘I Could Have Died': Glenview Doctor Says Apple Watch Led to His Rescue

A doctor in Glenview tells how an Apple Watch helped him by automatically calling 911 after he suffered a fall. → Read More

Man Found Guilty in Gruesome Gage Park Mass Murder of 6 Family Members

After two days of deliberations, the jury held the 28-year-old man responsible for the shocking crime in February of 2016, when six members of his own extended family were found murdered in their Gage Park home. → Read More

Suburban Chicago Mayors Vow to Fight Rail Merger

In Schaumburg on Tuesday, a group of suburban mayors met with Sen. Dick Durbin and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi looking to lessen the impact on their communities. Krishnamoorthi claims no metropolitan area in the country is more affected than the Chicago region with more than 50 crossings along one, 20-mile stretch of track. → Read More

Man Charged After Climbing Stairwell, Grabbing Gun During SWAT Training Session

A 47-year-old Waukegan man is facing eight felony charges after climbing a stairwell at a Chicago Police Department facility and grabbing a gun before being shot by an officer during a SWAT training exercise Monday, according to officials. → Read More

Publisher Cancels Contract Over Controversial Fake Illinois Newspapers

As Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his opponent Darren Bailey set their sights on November, a conservative political action committee is stirring up controversy with newspapers, specifically, political ads designed to look like newspapers and distributed to thousands of Illinois homes. → Read More

Former Waukegan Officer Charged in Controversial 2020 Fatal Shooting

A former Waukegan police officer was charged Thursday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old Black man during a traffic stop in October 2020. Dante Salinas, who was fired after the shooting for not turning on his bodycam, was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery in the death of Marcellis Stinnette, Lake County’s state’s attorney announced…. → Read More

Threats That Prompted Downers Grove Library to Cancel Drag Bingo Are Part of a National Trend, Experts Say

A series of threats prompted the Downers Grove Public Library to cancel a drag queen bingo event scheduled for October. Those threats obtained by NBC 5 Investigates show that one caller promised a “rude awakening” should the event be held, while a social media post told those opposed to “bring weapons.” → Read More

Candidates, Activists Spar Over Controversial ‘Lakeview Screams' Political Ad

For many TV viewers, a conservative super PAC-funded advertisement called “Lakeview Scream” was seen during Sunday’s Chicago Bears game, and the spot sparked immediate controversy. → Read More

Chicago Megachurch Pastor Plans to Step Aside After 42 Years

After 42 years in ministry, most of which were spent as pastor of Salem Baptist Church, Rev. James Meeks will step aside in January of next year, he told his congregation this weekend. → Read More

Man Cleared of Murder in Case Connected to Disgraced Former CPD Detective

A Cook County judge cleared the name of a man convicted of murder, giving him a future and second chance, following his conviction in a case connected to a discredited former Chicago Police Department detective. → Read More

Witness Recounts Moments When Teenager Was Fatally Shot on Chicago's West Side

Chicago police were scouring the city’s Homan Square neighborhood Friday for information in the shooting of a 14-year-old boy who was killed one day earlier. ‘ → Read More

9 Chicago Gang Members Charged in Gun-Running Scheme Involving US Soldiers: Feds

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday released a wide-ranging indictment charging 12 people with conspiring to violate federal firearms statues and traffic... → Read More

Video Shows Moment Gunman Opened Fire in Fashion Outlets of Chicago Shooting

Cell phone video captured the moments of a shooting in which one person was killed and a second injured during a busy Friday evening at the Fashion Outlets of... → Read More

What's Happened Since Jason Van Dyke Was Sentenced For Murder of Laquan McDonald

The 16 shots were heard around the world. Before George Floyd and Derek Chauvin, the October 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of... → Read More

Laquan Mcdonald's Family Demands New Charges for Jason Van Dyke

With less than a day to go until Jason Van Dyke is set to be released, family members of Laquan McDonald are stepping up their calls for new charges against him. → Read More

Laquan McDonald's Family Demands Federal Probe Ahead of Jason Van Dyke's Release

Loved ones of Laquan McDonald have called for a federal investigation into the teen’s shooting death as the former Chicago police officer convicted in his killing is set to be released from prison in early February. → Read More

How Jury Instructions Could Determine Outcome of Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

The prosecution said it wants jurors to be able to consider what are often called “lesser included charges.” Those lesser charges can give the jury an option when there is not a strong case for the charged offenses. → Read More