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Past articles by Sean:

Youth hockey team from Ukraine in Chicago area to play, raise funds

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — A youth hockey team from Ukraine arrived in the Chicago area this week to raise money to rebuild their ice rink that was destroyed by Russian bombs. Most of the players on the team are 12 and 13-years-old. One is young as 7 and one is celebrated his 18th birthday Tuesday. The […] → Read More

Exonerated brothers fight to clear name nearly three decades later

CHICAGO — Two brothers exonerated after being convicted of murder will have to wait a little longer before being declared officially innocent. Both were allegedly victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge. It’s still not clear why the judge in this case postponed this until later this week. Only sharing she […] → Read More

Layalina: From Baghdad to Skokie, Assyrian-inspired play highlights immigrant family

CHICAGO — A play that awakens the story of a multigenerational family emigrating from Baghdad to Skokie, Illinois will now be playing at a world-renowned theater. The playwright, Martin Yousif Zebari, is a the youngest of six kids who moved to the United States from Iraq when he was just a boy. Being the youngest, Yousif […] → Read More

CPD honors fallen Officer Vasquez-Lasso during graduation ceremony

CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department celebrated new and promoted officers Tuesday, while also honoring a fallen officer. One of the first moments of the graduation ceremony was a moment of silence for fallen Officer Andres Vasquez-Lasso. Less than a week ago, he was killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic […] → Read More

New immersive experience inspired by Mozart opens in Chicago

CHICAGO — Nearly 40 years since his life became the inspiration for a hit Hollywood film, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the inspiration for Chicago’s newest immersive experience. The Lighthouse Artspace in Old Town is the canvas for Mozart Immersive, The Soul of a Genius. It’s the same space used by the popular immersive Van Gogh […] → Read More

Chicago Votes helping get people out to vote in 2023 election

CHICAGO — In the final days before the 2023 Chicago election, it’s the youngest voters who are, in many ways, being courted and encouraged. Chicago Votes is a non-profit working to inspire residents to cast their ballots. “Our focus is to engage young people and young people are really energized around this election,” Stevie Valles, […] → Read More

WATCH LIVE | Mayor Lightfoot responds to state comptroller over denied disability benefits for Chicago police

CHICAGO — Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is pushing for a new law to protect Chicago police officers, including her brother, “severely affected” by COVID-19. Mendoza held a press conference Tuesday to announce a bill being filed by State Sen. Bill Cunningham and State Rep. Jay Hoffman aimed to support officers who “could be left without […] → Read More

Ald. O’Shea hosts 9th annual fundraiser for CPD bulletproof vests

CHICAGO — A Chicago alderman hosted his ninth annual pancake fundraiser to bring in money for bulletproof vests for the city’s nearly 12,000 officers. The money raised goes to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s “Get behind The Vest” program with a side of delicious pancakes. CPD officer Erik Moreno was released from the hospital just […] → Read More

US: Russia has committed crimes against humanity in Ukraine

MUNICH (AP) — The United States has determined that Russia has committed crimes against humanity in Ukraine, Vice President Kamala Harris said Saturday, insisting that “justice must be served” to the perpetrators. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Harris said the international community has both a moral and a strategic interest in pursuing those crimes, […] → Read More

3 teens released from custody after fatal crash that led to death of 70-year-old man in Robbins

ROBBINS, Ill. — Three teenagers involved in a fatal crash that killed a 70-year-old man have been released from custody, and the victim’s family want to know why. Donald Carter Sr. was driving on Kedzie Avenue in his hometown of Robbins Sunday afternoon, when his car was struck by a stolen Kia — ending in […] → Read More

Migrant shelter planned for shuttered Chicago store

The K-Mart is about 96,000 square feet and would be redeveloped, according to reports, to house about 600 people. → Read More

Workers accused of stealing from unit after Kenwood high-rise fire

CHICAGO — Two cleanup crew workers following a deadly high-rise fire last week in Kenwood allegedly stole from a unit. Jose Gamboa, 26, and Anger Jose Uzcátegui Pacheco, 20, are facing burglary charges after a fire encompassing nine floors at the Harper Square Cooperative, located in the 4800 block of South Lake Park, Wednesday morning. […] → Read More

Men honored for saving Chicago-area teacher’s life

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Two men were honored as heroes Sunday at a CPR class in Deerfield for helping save a teacher’s life months ago. For Steve Farber, a math teacher at Glenbrook South, this type of training is the reason he is here today. In October, his heart stopped on the court while playing paddle […] → Read More

Illinois Senate approves assault weapons ban

The bill will now go back to the state House for another vote. → Read More

Speaker McCarthy: A weakened leader or emboldened survivor?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Kevin McCarthy is the new House speaker, but as bruising as it was for him to seize the gavel in a history-making election, it may be even more difficult for the embattled leader to do much with the powerful position — or to even keep it. Like the two most recent Republican speakers, John Boehner and Paul Ryan, McCarthy takes […] → Read More

What singles should know on Dating Sunday

CHICAGO — Jan. 8 is Dating Sunday, the day when dating apps see a huge increase in the number of new memberships signing up. Because of this, it’s also a prime time for online scammers to prey on those looking for love. Professional matchmaker Erika Kybartas with It’s Just Lunch Chicago joined WGN Weekend Morning […] → Read More

‘Save the children’: Group hopes gun lock handout in West Roseland will save a life

CHICAGO — Hundreds of gun locks were handed out this weekend in a move to secure handguns in Chicago. “We’ve got to save these kids,” Andrew Holmes, a crisis responder, said. It’s not the first time Holmes has led the charge on gun locks. During an Easter basket giveaway in April, Holmes’s family foundation handed […] → Read More

$49 million house for sale in California comes with dog spa

LA JOLLA, Cali. — There’s a luxury home for sale in San Diego that goes beyond the standard high-end features. It comes with two matching dog houses and a spa built for a king. So there’s no doubt your dogs will feel like royalty. The $49 million house also comes with a two-story master bedroom, a tennis court, a giant pool and a 10-car garage. → Read More

‘Brilliant strategy’: Video shows dramatic bald eagle rescue in Waukegan Harbor

WAUKEGAN, Ill. — A bald eagle, stuck on floating ice, was rescued Sunday morning in Waukegan Harbor. At around 10 a.m., eight bird watchers were enjoying their morning at the harbor when they noticed the bald eagle on a thin piece of ice. They immediately called the rescue organization Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, which has […] → Read More

A look at Christmas celebrations around the world

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — The biblical town of Bethlehem marked a merry Christmas on Saturday, with thousands of visitors descending upon the traditional birthplace of Jesus as it rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic. Tourism is the economic lifeblood of this town in the occupied West Bank, and for the past two years, the pandemic […] → Read More