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Police, paramedics rushing to shooting report hurt in crash

Oct. 20, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Police officers and paramedics rushing to a reported shooting at a party in a Chicago neighborhood have been injured after their vehicles collided. The police cruiser and ambulance crashed Saturday night. The collision tipped the ambulance onto its side. Two officers and two paramedics were...

HUD giving UIC, IIC $2.7 million to study health hazards

Oct. 20, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago is getting $1.7 million and the Illinois Institute of Technology is receiving $1 million from the federal government to look for ways to educate the public about housing-related health and safety hazards. In a news release, the U.S. Department of Housing...

Chicago strike means day off for some, emergency for others

Oct. 19, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents leaned on family, friends and community groups as 25,000 teachers in the nation's third-largest school district went on strike this past week, canceling classes for more than 300,000 kids. For some families, the Chicago Teachers Union walkout meant a day off and a bit of...

Ex-substitute teacher gets 112 years in prison for sex abuse

Oct. 19, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (AP) — A former suburban Chicago substitute teacher has been sentenced to 112 years in prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting a student. The Daily Herald reports a Kane County judge sentenced 64-year-old Carlos A. Bedoya of Lake in the Hills on Friday. Bedoya was charged in 2017 with...

Chicago lawmakers push stricter legislation for farm animals

Oct. 19, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Urban farming has become more common in Chicago neighborhoods, and now lawmakers have begun pushing for stricter legislation that could regulate the number of animals for each household and impose more requirements. A recently proposed ordinance would ban roosters from residential areas in...

Toews, Lehner lead Blackhawks over Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT

Oct. 19, 2019 12:39 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews got his first goal of the season when he was in the right place at the right time Friday night. Big spot for the Chicago Blackhawks, too. Toews scored 46 seconds into overtime and Robin Lehner made 37 saves, leading Chicago to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets....

Chicago's mayor says top cop drinking before incident in car

Oct. 18, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor said Friday that the city's top police officer told her he'd had "a couple of drinks with dinner" before he fell asleep at a stop sign while driving home, an incident that the chief contends was related to a change in his blood pressure medication. Superintendent Eddie...

Buttigieg removes attorney from fundraiser after backlash

Oct. 18, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg is returning campaign contributions from a former Chicago city attorney who led a vigorous effort to block the release of a video depicting the shooting of Laquan McDonald , a black teenager whose death at the hands of police stirred months of protest and resulted in an...

Lightfoot: Taxes will be hiked if Springfield doesn't act

Oct. 18, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city's property taxes will be increased if her agenda isn't addressed during the Illinois General Assembly's fall veto session. Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times that there are limited tools available to her to generate substantial revenue, with the...

Chicago-area relatives charged in undocumented workers case

Oct. 18, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Four relatives are charged with employing at least 18 undocumented workers at their suburban Chicago sheet-metal company. The case announced Friday is a rare instance of federal authorities targeting executives over undocumented staff. Charging documents say an audit found half the 67...