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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Illinois Vikings, a Chicago area youth football team, needs some help securing their way to the national championship game they qualified for.The team is set to compete in Florida next month and are currently undefeated. They secured money for flights down to the game, but still need help paying for housing, transportation and meals for the week.The team is comprised of kids aged 14 and under from a number of Chicago neighborhoods and some suburbs, and won city, state and regional championships in St. Louis to get to the national competition. The team will represent Chicago, the state of Illinois and the Midwest in the tournament from Dec. 4-11."Ninety percent of our young men come from single parent homes and that causes some financial issues when it comes to paying for these trips that our young men have earned and deserve," said Coach Tomorrio Anderson.If you want to donate to help the team live their championship dream, you can do so in the following ways:Donate through Zelle using the email Buildingleadersacc@gmail.com or Illinivikings@gmail.comDonate through CashApp using...
    Cook County, Illinois, has claimed a grim milestone with over 1,000 homicides in 2021, the highest total since there were 1,141 homicides 27 years ago, the country’s Medical Examiner’s Office said. WGN Web Desk reports: There have been 1,009 homicides to date in 2021 in Cook County, showing an increase over 986 homicides recorded in all of 2020. Last year’s homicide totals were more than 40 percent higher than 2019’s total of 675. The county’s record for most homicides in a year was recorded in 1991, when 1,229 homicides were handled by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The city of Chicago has registered 777 confirmed homicides in 2021, with just under 23 percent occurring in suburban Cook County. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) has received pointed criticism over her handling of gun violence in her Democrat-run city, which saw nearly 40 people shot by Sunday morning alone during Thanksgiving weekend. 20 city council members previously urged for the public safety committee chairman to conduct hearings on gun violence. “Nobody’s going to save us,” criminal justice reform activist Will Calloway said. “Let’s put an...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois public health officials reported 5,714 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 23 related deaths Tuesday.There have been 1,809,875 total COVID cases, including 26,414 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.The seven-day statewide test positivity rate from Nov. 24-39 is 5.2%.Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 125,128 new specimens for a total of 39,115,497 since the pandemic began.As of Monday night, 2,379 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 457 patients were in the ICU and 217 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.SEE ALSO: All vaccinated adults should get COVID-19 booster shot because of omicron variant, CDC says A total of 17,288,192vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Tuesday, and 57.96% of the state's population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 47,423.Chicago doctors tracking new omicron variantWith the new omicron variant spreading, the CDC is urging everyone 18 and older to get a booster shot. Doctors in Chicago are already tracking the new omicron variant's movement.Throughout...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago couple is reeling over their beloved dog, Ruby, who was killed when someone fired six shots into their car as their pet was in the backseat. The Friday after Thanksgiving, they were driving back home to Chicago. It all started on the Bishop Ford Freeway at 115th Street, but ended at the emergency vet, where the couple was forced to say goodbye to Ruby. READ MORE: Woman With Concealed Carry Permit Shoots At Wound-Be Gunpoint Carjacker In RoselandNow Illinois State Police are asking for your help tracking down the shooter. Loving, energetic and loyal; not even 3 years old; brown-eyed, rescued border collie mix, Ruby, was more than a dog to her people, Joan Levergood and Doug Johnson. “She was a family member,” Joan said. A family that celebrates Thanksgiving together; so Ruby was along for the ride to and from Michigan for their celebrations. Ruby snuggled between them after the big meal on Thanksgiving Day; the last picture they have together. “She was a good, good pup,” Joan said. A memory, that only makes looking...
    PARADISE, Nev. (AP) — Marcellus Earlington had 14 points as San Diego defeated Illinois-Chicago 64-52 in the Las Vegas Classic on Friday. Joey Calcaterra pitched in with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Toreros (4-3). Damaria Franklin had 12 points and seven rebounds to pace the Flames (2-4). ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ Portions of this story were generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    11/26/21 – Republican Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Jesse Sullivan told "America's Newsroom" Friday that Chicago had become a "war zone" that reminded him of his time advising the military in Afghanistan, condemning political leaders who he said have prioritized criminals. JESSE SULLIVAN: CHICAGO'S OUT-OF-CONTROL CRIME CRISIS IS A FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP JESSE SULLIVAN: Blood on the streets of Chicago every single day. Look, I've lived and worked in some of the most dangerous corrupt violent cities across the world. From Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Helmand, Afghanistan, and it pains me that this home that I love so much, Illinois, and this great city of Chicago, it's now become a corrupt war zone. Why? Because our political leaders have failed us. They want to separate this out into blue lives vs black lives. It's not only wrong-headed, it's dangerous, because the truth is 95% of all of those violent deaths that have happened, the victims are of minority communities, our Black and Brown brothers and sisters. I listen to those gunshots happen on the streets of Chicago and it brought me right back...
    PARADISE, Nev. (AP) — Mate Colina scored 23 points as Hawaii beat Illinois-Chicago 88-80 in the Las Vegas Classic on Thursday. Colina hit 9 of 12 shots. Kamaka Hepa had 19 points for Hawaii (3-1). Jerome Desrosiers added 16 points and Junior Madut had 10 points. Damaria Franklin had 22 points, six rebounds and three blocks for the Flames (2-3). Kevin Johnson added 20 points and seven assists. Jalen Warren had 14 points. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Fed-up Chicago business owners are going directly to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx – demanding answers about violent crime. As CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported Tuesday evening, the big question the business owners have is why repeat offenders appear to be getting back on the streets so easily. READ MORE: Thanksgiving Travel: Here's What You Need To Know Before Heading OutEveryone is concerned about safety – that is number one. But the point the business owners wanted to get across to the State’s Attorney is the way criminals are handled here is ultimately affecting the entire city and its bottom line. Members of the city’s business community say flashing lights, police tape, and blocked off crime scenes are sights too common across Chicago’s 77 community areas and 22 police districts. “We want to be the voice for every neighborhood,” said Sam Sanchez, Board President of the Illinois Restaurant Association. But it is not just the uptick in crime that had business leaders concerned as they called a meeting with State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. It is what...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — If you get unemployment benefits from the State of Illinois, your money will now come in paper instead of plastic. The state is nixing those troubled debit cards we have been reporting on for months. READ MORE: Jackson Sparks, 8, Becomes Sixth Victim To Die After SUV Plows Through Waukesha Christmas Parade, Bail For Suspect Darrell Brooks Set At $5 MillionThey are going back to mailing out paper checks. If you are currently using an IDES debit card, deposits will end after Dec. 26. READ MORE: Heated Eats: Cold-Weather Outdoor Dining In Chicago For 2021-22CBS 2 is committing to Working For Chicago, connecting you every day with the information you or a loved one might need about the jobs market, and helping you remove roadblocks to getting back to work. We’ll keep uncovering information every day to help this community get back to work, until the job crisis passes. CBS 2 has several helpful items right here on our website, including a look at specific companies that are hiring, and information from the state about the...
    Illinois-Chicago (2-2) vs. Hawaii (2-1) Las Vegas Classic , Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada; Thursday, 4 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Illinois-Chicago and Hawaii are set to square off in the Las Vegas Classic. Hawaii won against Pacific 73-61 on Nov. 13, while Illinois-Chicago fell 80-63 to Loyola of Chicago on Saturday. STEPPING UP: Hawaii’s Bernardo Da Silva has averaged 15.3 points and eight rebounds while Noel Coleman has put up 16.7 points. For the Flames, Damaria Franklin has averaged 16.3 points and 8.5 rebounds while Kevin Johnson has put up 10.8 points and 7.3 assists.DOMINANT DAMARIA: Franklin has connected on 33.3 percent of the 24 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 15 over the last three games. He’s also converted 64.3 percent of his foul shots this season. DID YOU KNOW: Hawaii is ranked second among Big West teams with an average of 82.7 points per game. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — City officials are investigating complaints of wage theft, discrimination, and sexual harassment against Parlor Pizza, weeks after police raided the chain’s three Chicago restaurants as part of an unspecified criminal investigation. The city’s Department of Business of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Chicago Commission on Human Relations said they are “working to conduct a comprehensive investigation of allegations that workers were not paid for overtime work, that employees were sexually harassed and that customers were discriminated against based on their race and/or age.” READ MORE: Ring Video Shows Waukesha Christmas Parade Suspect Darrell Brooks Pleading For Help, Getting ArrestedCity officials also are urging current and former employees who believe they were victims of unjust business practices, and any customers who believe they were victims of discrimination, to come forward. Workers can lodge complaints with the city’s Office of Labor Standards by sending an email to laborstandards@cityofchicago.org or by calling 312-744-2211. Customers can contact the Commission on Human Relations at by sending an email to cchr@cityofchicago.org or by calling 312-744-4474. The announcement comes after Block Club...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- At the beginning of the pandemic, Belmont Cragin had the highest COVID-19 rates in the state of Illinois. Now, with the help of organizations like Northwest Center Housing, it has the highest vaccination rate of all neighborhoods of color in Chicago."We are excited to announce all our efforts have led to an 84.5% vaccination rate in Belmont Cragin," said Nancy Valentine, Northwest Center Housing.The neighborhood became the model for the Protect Chicago Plus Program, a city effort to bring the vaccine directly to communities most impacted by COVID. In September, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a goal to get 77% of residents 12 and older in all 77 of the city's neighborhoods vaccinated with at least one dose by the end of the year. Monday, she said that effort has paid off early."By the end of the Thanksgiving week, we will reach the goal, 30 days early," she said.The mayor said accomplishing this did not work with a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, the city provided weekly data to community organizations like Northwest Center, and let them lead the way."It...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois public health officials reported 4,989 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 23 related deaths Wednesday.There have been 1,752,502 total COVID cases, including 26,160 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.The seven-day statewide test positivity rate from Nov. 8-Nov. 16 is 3.5%.RELATED: Chicago children under 12 begin getting COVID-19 vaccinesWithin the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported testing 77,035 new specimens for a total of 37,537,725 since the pandemic began.As of Tuesday night, 1,609 patients in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 325 patients were in the ICU and 149 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.SEE ALSO: Chicago couple, unvaccinated and together for years, die from COVID weeks before weddingA total of 16,553,367 vaccine doses have been administered in Illinois as of Wednesday, and 57.32% of the state's population is fully vaccinated. The seven-day rolling average of vaccines administered daily is 61,474.Chicago travel update: Arkansas added back to list; advisory stands at 38 states, 1 territory
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker addressed violent crime in Illinois on Tuesday, but a political organization called the comments rhetoric. The governor spoke in Rockford regarding his Reimagine Public Safety Act, which establishes the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention that will focus on communities with the highest rates of gun activity. The office is headed by violence prevention worker Chris Patterson, who will make nearly $153,000 a year. “The people of Chicago, of Peoria, of East St. Louis, of Champaign, and communities up and down the state deserve to be safe,” Pritzker said. Pritzker said it is his goal to commit $250 million over the next three years to directly reduce violence in Illinois neighborhoods. The resources will draw from federal and state funding, including $50 million in the current budget. But the $100 million in appropriations won’t be a sure thing with lawmakers. “This is nothing more than an attempt to garner positive headlines in an issue he has long has refused to address, and I think that crime has become a huge concern not just for the Chicagoland area but...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Harris W. Fawell of Illinois, who served seven terms in Congress and was a state senator, has died. He was 92. Fawell died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease Thursday at his home in suburban Naperville, his wife Ruth told The Associated Press on Sunday. Fawell, a Republican, represented a Chicago-area district in Congress from 1985 to 1999 when he retired. He was known as a fiscal conservative, and spent time on a bipartisan panel that objected to excessive government spending on lawmakers’ pet projects. Family members recall a caring man of quick wit. “He was a loving, honest and intelligent man,” his wife of 69 years said. “A husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.” Fawell was born in West Chicago in 1929. He earned a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law and practiced as an attorney. He was part of a well-known family in DuPage County politics; His late brother, Bruce, was a circuit court judge and his late sister-in-law, Beverly, was a state senator. Harris Fawell began...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois will get $17 billion from the recently passed federal infrastructure plan.President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill into law Monday.Our Chicago Part 2EMBED More News Videos DePaul University School of Public Service Professor Joe Schwieterman spoke with ABC7 about the $11 billion Illinois is set to receive for infrastructure repairs. SEE ALSO | Biden to lay out how infrastructure bill will help ports, supply chainThe money coming to Illinois includes more than $11 billion for highway projects, bridge replacement and repairs."I think that we as a state fared pretty well in this bill. And I think we'll see big investments in the roads, particularly the expressways and mass transit systems," said Joe Schwieterman, a professor in the School of Public Service at DePaul University. "We have some serious needs so it won't fix everything, but boy it's good news."Holly Bieneman, director of planning and programming for the Illinois Department of Transportation, spoke with ABC7 about how projects will be selected and prioritized."We're definitely focused on fixing what we currently have and that has been...
    VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Damaria Franklin had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Illinois-Chicago edged past Valparaiso 74-70 in overtime on Saturday. Kevin Johnson had 17 points and nine assists for Illinois-Chicago (1-1). Zion Griffin added 10 points. Jamie Ahale had six rebounds. Thomas Kithier scored a career-high 28 points and had 11 rebounds for Valpo (0-2). Kevion Taylor added 16 points. Sheldon Edwards had 13 points and four blocks. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood of Illinois had surgery Thursday in Chicago to remove uterine fibroids and will spend the “coming weeks” recovering in Illinois, her office said. Surgery for the 35-year-old Democrat “went as planned” at the University of Chicago Medical Center, according to her office. “She is grateful to the team of doctors, nurses, and support professionals at UChicago Medicine and looks forward to traveling throughout the 14th District and returning to the House of Representatives soon,” her office said in a statement. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that are fairly common in women during childbearing years, but they can cause symptoms including pain. Treatment includes medication and surgery. Underwood won a second term last year in the Chicago-area district that includes suburban and rural areas. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Illinois-Chicago (0-1) vs. Valparaiso (0-1) Athletics-Recreation Center, Valparaiso, Indiana; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Illinois-Chicago and Valparaiso look to bounce back from losses. Illinois-Chicago fell 64-54 at Dayton in its last outing. Valparaiso lost 69-61 loss at home against Toledo in its most recent game. PREVIOUSLY: Illinois-Chicago earned a 16-point win over Valparaiso when these two teams faced each other last season. DID YOU KNOW: Illinois-Chicago went 3-2 against non-conference programs last season. In those five games, the Flames gave up 65.6 points per game while scoring 67.4 per outing. Valparaiso went 1-6 in non-conference play, averaging 65.1 points and allowing 71.6 per game in the process. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Toumani Camara had 15 points and 10 rebounds to carry Dayton to a 64-54 win over Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams. Kobe Elvis had 10 points and seven rebounds for Dayton. Zion Griffin had 17 points for the Flames. Damaria Franklin added 13 points. Kevin Johnson had 10 points and seven assists. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Rehearsals, the set, the stars - country is ready to sing out and celebrate with the 2021 CMA Awards on Wednesday night.Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year winner and American Idol judge Luke Bryan is hosting the show for the first time."To be behind the curtain, behind the scenes, when the lights come on and I get to go out and stand in front of my peers and the greatest fans on the earth, sit back and enjoy the realness and relatability of the songs that you're hearing, and how the artist gives you where they're from, who they are through their music," said Bryant.Nominee Ryan Hurd was born in Chicago and raised in the south suburbs, just like "Our Man in Nashville," George Pennacchio!"I'm from Chicago so I get to do a lot of work with the Chicago Cubs, Aurelios Pizza in Homewood, Illinois that's the end all be all to me. Everybody here is from somewhere else, this truly is a place you come to make your dreams come true," said Hurd.Hurd and wife Maren...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- An experience unlike any other, Teatro ZinZanni has been back in Chicago. But they're showcasing some new blood this time around.World-class acrobats, musicians, illusionists and aerialists fill the intimate Spiegeltent ZaZou, a unique jewel box mirror tent located on the 14th floor of the Cambria Hotel, 32 W. Randolph St., Chicago.It's described as "whirlwind of international cirque, comedy, and cabaret all served with a fabulous four-course feast."The latest rendition of Teatro Zinzanni was the first production to reopen in the Loop following the pandemic shutdowns in March 2020.The cast includes three new featured cast performers including singer Liv Warfield from Peoria."I tell people come, come dressed up, don't expect anything just expect for your life to be changed," Warfield told Eyewitness News.Visit www.ZinZanni.com for tickets.New Cast Members:Liv WarfieldIn 2006, Liv caught the attention of Prince and was quickly brought in to be a part of Prince's New Power Generation and vocalist for 3rdEyeGirl. In 2013, with Prince's support, Liv refocused on her solo career and delivered another successful album called "The Unexpected". The album received rave reviews...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A total of $1.7 billion is headed to Illinois to replace the network of lead pipes that have left many residents — Chicagoans in particular — drinking dangerous, lead-laced water. The CBS 2 Investigators have been uncovering the problem as part of our “Getting Hosed” series on bad water bills. READ MORE: Mail Stolen Again From Collection Boxes At Park Ridge Post OfficeAs CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reported Monday, the funding comes through the federal infrastructure bill – which includes nearly $16 billion to replace lead service lines across the country. A good chunk of that money will be coming to Chicago, which has more lead pipes than any other U.S. city – a total of 387,095. We introduced you to South Side resident Daniel Wasserman last month. His home gets its water from a lead service line. When he shared the results of the lead level tests on his water, both readings over the federal legal limit of 15 parts per billion. “My numbers were 24 on one drawing and 40 on another,” Wasserman...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- History was made in Illinois on Saturday.Special Olympian Tommy Shimoda was celebrated as the first athlete with intellectual disabilities to receive the Order of Lincoln, the state's highest honor "for professional achievement and public service.""We all play sports and work hard so we can go to competitions," said Schimoda.The 29-year-old Chicagoan, who is non verbal, shared his message with the help of a device at the Chicago History Museum ceremony Saturday night."Now that I have the Lincoln Laureate Award I feel that you know I work very hard to be good at sports and to help my friends. Thank you Lincoln Academy. I will do my best job," Shimoda said.Shimoda was diagnosed with Autism as a child and has been a Special Olympics athlete for more than 20 years. Along the way he has won the gold in speed skating at the 2017 Winter World Games in Austria. He's also an honorary ESPY recipient and a Chicagoland Sports hall of Fame Inductee."Absolutely clarifies and solidifies the idea that we're all special," said Illinois Supreme Court Justie Anne...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A law professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago is defending himself as some students call for his firing following accusations he used racial slurs in his teaching.Rev. Jesse Jackson joined members of UIC's Black Law Students Association Thursday to call for the dismissal of Prof. Jason Kilburn.UIC launched an investigation over a test question that used a redacted version of a racial slur in one of Kilburn's classes. UIC's Office of Access and Equity found Kilburn's conduct was harassing based on race, and violated school policyBut Kilbun told ABC7's Stacey Baca that the entire incident is a huge misunderstanding. He said he was trying to connect with students and did not mean to offend anyone.UIC said the professor was placed on temporary paid administrative leave for a short time in January. He is now scheduled to teach two classes in the spring.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Employment Security is finally making headway in getting help to people stuck in its callback system. New numbers obtained by the CBS 2 Investigators show just under 8,000 claimants in the callback queue right now. That is the lowest number we have seen all year. READ MORE: Chicago Public Schools System Cancels Classes For Friday, Nov. 12, For 'Vaccine Awareness Day'Demand spiked to nearly 49,000 last month after IDES launched its new ILogin system – meant to keep identity thieves from hacking claimants’ accounts. IDES told us they expected an increase in people reaching out with questions about ILogin, but called the backlog “minimal.” READ MORE: Prosecutors Seek 45-Day Prison Sentence For Bradley Rukstales, First Illinois Resident To Plead Guilty In Capitol InsurrectionCBS 2 was first to report problems with the iLogin ID verification system. CBS 2 is committing to Working For Chicago, connecting you every day with the information you or a loved one might need about the jobs market, and helping you remove roadblocks to getting back to work. We’ll...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former Democratic leader in the Illinois House of Representatives pleaded guilty Wednesday in a bribery scheme that cost him his political career and could send him to prison for 20 years. Luis Arroyo entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Chicago to one count of depriving the public of his honest services through a scam that involved popular but technically illegal “sweepstakes” games and entwined a state senator and the son-in-law of a once-powerful Cook County politician. The so-called blind plea, offered without knowing of the sentence he will receive, could land the 67-year-old Chicago Democrat in prison for 20 years and cost him a $250,000 fine. Sentencing was set for Feb. 18. Arroyo was charged with bribery in October 2019 after federal prosecutors announced he had paid a $2,500 bribe to an unnamed state senator who was wearing a recording device. He resigned the next month from the House seat he had held for nearly 13 years while rising to a leadership position. A follow-up indictment filed last year added...
    CHICAGO (AP) — A defrocked Chicago priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing children was released from an Illinois prison last month and is now back living in the city, a state agency says. The Illinois Department of Human Services confirmed that Daniel McCormack was released Oct. 7 from the state’s Treatment and Detention Facility for sex offenders. McCormack, who pleaded guilty in 2007 to sexually abusing five children while he was a priest at St. Agatha’s parish, has since registered as a sex offender with the Illinois State Police and is listed as living in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. An internal report by the Archdiocese of Chicago found 30 “substantiated” claims of abuse at the hands of McCormack. A Cook County judge ruled in 2017 that McCormack is a sexually violent person who should remain indefinitely at the state facility in the Schuyler County city of Rushville. McCormack remained there after serving his five-year sentence in 2009. But this May, an Illinois First District Appellate Court panel overturned the judge’s decision. The appellate court...
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker has declared gun violence in Illinois a public health crisis with an executive order . Officials on Monday unveiled a $250 million investment to implement a public safety plan over the next 3 years, and curtail gun violence around the state. According to data from the 2020 Uniform Crime Report, the crime rate in Illinois was 6.9% higher than the overall national crime rate. There were a total of 1,151 murders committed in Illinois in 2020, up 38% from the previous year. Chicago, a city struggling with high rates of gun violence, was the setting of 774 of those murders, a more than 50% increase from 2019. Pritzker, who has been criticized for a lack of response to Illinois’ crime problem, said gun violence affects the entire state. “In Chicago, Peoria, East St. Louis, Champaign, Decatur and Rockford, in every region of the state and this nation in communities large and small,” Pritzker said. The data-driven Reimagine Public Safety Plan is a community-based violence prevention initiative. The program will address gun violence with the support of high-risk...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The State of Illinois will spend $250 million over the next three years to reduce and interrupt violence in some of Chicago’s hardest hit neighborhoods. Grants will go directly to community-based groups focusing on violence prevention services including street-based interrupters and emotional or trauma-related therapy, high-risk youth intervention programs, youth development programs such as after-school and summer programming, and trauma recovery services for young people. READ MORE: Judge's Ruling Puts Vaccination Deadline For Chicago Police On Hold; Reporting Requirement Stays In Place“This ongoing epidemic of gun violence is heartbreaking. It’s forcing us to say goodbye to loved ones far too soon. It’s devastating our communities,” said Illinois House Speaker Emmanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Westchester), “and it must stop. It must stop now.” READ MORE: 'They Stay Longer And Spend More': Chicago Rolls Out The Welcome Mat For Vaccinated International TouristsIn October, 356 people were shot in Chicago, compared to 490 in September. A total of 59 people were killed in October. MORE NEWS: Chicago Sky Gets CTA Train In Honor Of WNBA ChampionshipGov. declared the gun violence in...
    PARLOR Pizzas in Chicago are under investigation by authorities as of October 27, 2021. Three locations have been closed until further notice. 2Three Parlor Pizzas were shut in Chicago as federal agents investigate the premises Why were Parlor Pizzas raided in Chicago? Parlor Pizzas in Wicker Park, River North, and the West Loop in Chicago have been shut for an unspecified criminal investigation. Law enforcement and federal agents are working together with the Illinois Department of Revenue to investigate the restaurant. Witnesses claim they also saw employees with the Chicago Building Department taking pictures inside the pizza shop. The Illinois Department of Revenue released a statement regarding the investigation, saying: “In the event of potential violations of the Illinois Tax Act and related offenses, our bureau of criminal investigations will investigate potential violations.  2It is unclear why the pizza shops have been shutCredit: YOUTUBE/WGN NEWS “The Illinois Department of Revenue cannot comment on ongoing investigations, however, or their existence.” What did people say about the Parlor Pizza closure? Amid the news that the three locations in Chicago had closed, people...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- State lawmakers are set to meet in Springfield Tuesday to consider updated congressional maps unveiled over the weekend by Illinois Democrats.From Logan Square to the western suburbs, Latinos are Illinois' fastest growing community of color. The proposed updates include a second, predominately Latino, Chicago area district.RELATED: Gov. Pritzker signs Illinois General Assembly's redistricting maps that reflect 'diversity'"They have been migrating to the Northwest Side of the city and to the Northwest suburbs," Ald. Gilbert Villegas, 36th Ward. "It's important since they are moving there that they are reflected in a potential congressional seat."Villegas and the City Council's Latino Caucus have successfully made their case to Springfield for a second Latino congressional district. Villegas is considered one of the top candidates for the new seat."Right now, I'm waiting to see what the boundaries look like and I'll make a decision then," he said.Currently, Congressman Chuy Garcia's seat on the South Side is Illinois' only Latino district. Under a revised remap, the proposed new seat connects Hispanic populations on the city's Northwest Side to the western suburbs, but not...
    CHICAGO -- Illinois Democrats have unveiled updated congressional maps that propose a second Latino-leaning Chicago area district and could mean primary matchups for two Democratic incumbents in the suburbs and in two other races featuring Republican incumbents.Democrats, who control state government and redistricting in Illinois, released the revised maps Saturday. The maps come weeks after their first draft of boundaries that were also aimed at giving Democratic candidates an advantage in elections as the party fights to keep control of the U.S. House in 2022.The video featured is from a previous report.State legislators are scheduled to meet in Springfield on Tuesday and Wednesday to consider the maps, which are redrawn every decade based on census data. Illinois, which currently has 18 U.S. House members, will lose a congressional seat because of population loss.RELATED: Gov. Pritzker signs Illinois General Assembly's redistricting maps that reflect 'diversity'Under the new maps, a proposed congressional district would connect Latino populations on the northwest side of Chicago with the city's West Side and western suburbs for a second Latino-leaning district, in addition to the one currently...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Sky Champion Dana Evans joins Ryan and Val in studio to talk about her basketball career, WNBA Championship and this week's Skytown celebration on Windy City Weekend.RELATED: Roz Varon's Weekender ReportRise Up Exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust MuseumThe Illinois Holocaust Museum is hosting the groundbreaking exhibit "Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement" which explores the June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn and ignited the modern gay rights movement in the United States. The exhibit features over 85 photographs, interactive displays and artifacts and examines pop culture's role in influencing and reflecting attitudes about the LGBTQ+ community through film, television, sports and music."Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement" runs now through May 2022. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM with last entrance at 4:00.For more information, visit www.ilholocaustmuseum.org or call 847-967-4800Gearhead WorkspaceGearhead Workspace is the only DIY auto repair shop in the city of Chicago. The garage, located in the Bridgeport neighborhood, has all the tools and space you need to fix your own...
    CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Cook County taxes on guns and ammunition violate the state constitution. In a decision Thursday, the high court ruled the taxes “directly burden a law-abiding citizen’s” Second Amendment right to buy the items for self-defense. READ MORE: Kenosha County Sheriff's Deputy Shoots Chicago Homicide Suspect At Bristol Gas Station After Two-State Crime Spree; Suspect Shot Police K-9 During ConfrontationCook County approved the $25 tax on the retail purchase of a firearm within the county in 2012. In 2015, the county approved a tax ranging from 1 cent to 5 cents per cartridge of ammunition. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Patchy Frost Well InlandA gun rights organization, Guns Save Life, sued the county, saying the tax violated the second amendment. A Cook County spokesman says they are disappointed in the ruling and will work to determine next steps. MORE NEWS: Along With Chicago FOP, Alderman Wants To Repeal COVID Vaccine Mandate(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
    Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain, DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg, and Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird have all said they will not be sending their own officers to Chicago simply to help with Lightfoot's self-imposed police shortage. "ILEAS typically responds to emergency situations where there is no opportunity for planning," Hain said Tuesday, according to the Daily Herald. "This situation to me is much different." "It's like a preplanned police shortage," Mendrick said. "The lack of logic is the thing that astounds me." "If there is a qualifying emergency situation and emergency assistance is requested, we will deploy personnel to assist, so long as we are able to maintain adequate staffing levels to keep the Lake County community safe," Idleburg told the paper. Not only are the sheriffs refusing to help the city avoid a problem of its own making, some are also questioning the logic of bringing in unvaccinated sheriff's deputies to replace unvaccinated Chicago officers. Mendrick and Hain both pointed out they do not require their deputies to get vaccinated as a...
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot received a rude awakening after multiple sheriffs in nearby jurisdictions refused her request to fill the gap in police manpower after she threatened to fire 3,000 local officers for not complying with the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick and Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said they've helped Lightfoot in the past, but her latest request is a self-inflicted wound that could have been avoided. They said they would only step in and help the Chicago Police Department if city officers were in distress or under duress. "[The Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System] typically responds to emergency situations where there is no opportunity for planning," Hain told the Daily Herald on Tuesday. "This situation to me is much different." CHICAGO MAYOR SAYS POLICE UNION TRYING TO 'INDUCE AN INSURRECTION' WITH VACCINE MANDATE OPPOSITION “This is all begotten by a lack of planning and support of the Chicago Police Department,” Hain added. “So now, they are bleeding that out to us.” Mendrick called the Chicago situation a "preplanned police shortage" and said, "The...
    The National Fraternal Order of Police issued a blistering statement in response to Chicago’s request for suburban police officers to volunteer to help fight surging crime in the city’s urban center. "The devolving situation in Chicago and the very real threat to public safety in the city has been entirely manufactured and unnecessarily escalated by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Now she is searching for a way out of this mess and insists that ‘contingency plans’ are in place," the statement issued on Wednesday said. "The truth is her recent call for help through the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS), a system designed to help agencies respond to emergency situations that may overwhelm responding agencies, has been met with considerable skepticism and rejection by at least two nearby agencies. This emergency system is for emergencies and is not intended for instances where a mayor or agency suspends or fires a large number of their own police force." ILLINOIS SUBURBAN POLICE ASKED TO HELP CHICAGO IF NEEDED AMID POSSIBLE CITY OFFICER SHORTAGE: REPORT Illinois suburban police are being asked to volunteer and...
    (CNN)Here's a look at former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.PersonalBirth date: November 29, 1959Birth place: Chicago, IllinoisBirth name: Rahm Israel EmanuelRead MoreFather: Benjamin Emanuel, a pediatricianMother: Martha (Smulevitz) Emanuel, a psychiatric social workerMarriage: Amy Rule (1994-present)Children: Leah, Ilana and ZachEducation: Sarah Lawrence College, B.A., Liberal Arts, 1981; Northwestern University, M.A. Speech and Communication, 1985Religion: JewishOther FactsEmanuel's father is Israeli, and his mother is American. Emanuel worked at Arby's during high school. Part of his finger had to be amputated after a cut from a meat slicer became severely infected. Took ballet in high school and received a scholarship to study dance at the Joffrey Ballet School, attended Sarah Lawrence instead.Maintained dual American-Israeli citizenship until the age of 18.Is sometimes called "Rahmbo" by news outlets such as the Economist and Salon for his tough, no-nonsense approach to politics and fundraising. Timeline1980 - Works as a fundraiser on David Robinson's congressional campaign for Illinois' 20th district, in Chicago.1984 - Works on Paul Simon's campaign for US Senate.1988 - Serves as national campaign director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.1989 - Chief fundraiser and...
    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said on Tuesday he is hoping to lift “certain mask mandate” before the holidays if cases decline in the state. “We want to remove the mitigations as we approach the holidays,” Pritzker said at a COVID-19 briefing, The Chicago Tribune reported. “That’s an important marker for us.” “We want to make sure that these numbers keep going down,“ he added. Illinois implemented an indoor mask mandate regardless of a person’s vaccination status after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the move for any area with high rates of transmission.  All counties in Illinois were considered areas for high transmission rates on Tuesday under CDC standards, but cases have still been going down in the state. The governor did not lay out specific guidelines or markers for when the state would lift the indoor mask mandate. “We are closely monitoring numerous COVID-19 metrics including new cases, hospitalizations, deaths, vaccination rates, and outbreaks to help inform the need for increased or relaxed mitigations,” the state’s administration told the outlet in an email sent earlier...
    Local health officials in Chicago are showing no immediate signs of lifting the city’s mask mandate, as Dr. Allison Arwady of Chicago’s health department said they will have a “better sense by, I think, Thanksgiving.” “I know there’s a lot of interest in not needing to wear the mask,” Arwady said during a Monday press conference, explaining that removal of the mandate is not “imminent,” as the Windy City is reporting an average of 291 cases per day.  “I have been talking with [the Illinois Department of Public Health] about taking that regional approach and being able to remove that as an indoor mask requirement,” Arwady continued, adding she would be “very happy” if the city could get out of what she described as the “substantial risk” category.  “But, really, looking ahead, we’ll have a better sense by, I think, Thanksgiving,” she said, suggesting the mask mandate is likely to stay in place for at least another month. Arwady’s remarks coincide with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D), who has also shown no signs of lifting the statewide mask mandate, which he...
    The Chicago Police Department has started placing officers on unpaid leave for failing to report their vaccination status by Friday's deadline.    As of Tuesday, 4,543 officers – a little over one third of the force – have not complied and are being given one last chance to report whether they've been vaccinated or be put on no-pay status.  Meanwhile, the city has started seeking recruits from suburban Illinois to fill the potential staffing shortage.  So far, about 50 officers have been placed on an unpaid status, according to Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara. Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday, however, called the 50 officers a 'very small number' who have had their pay stopped by the city for refusing to cooperate with the mandate.  About one third of the Chicago Police Department, or 4,543 officers, have not complied with the city's demand to report their vaccination status  As of Tuesday, about 50 officers were placed on unpaid status for refusing. Some said that Mayor Lori Lightfoot's mandate violates their collective bargaining rights  Ahead of Friday's deadline, the police department warned...
    Illinois suburban police are being asked to volunteer and help Chicago in the event that possible city police officer shortages lead to critical situations, according to a report.  A coordinator from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) sent an email to a dozen police officials across the state requesting they ask members of their specialized units whether they could respond to dangerous situations in Chicago, and how fast they could get there, Chicago's WGN-TV reported.  "To be clear, if members of the ILEAS Special Teams programs are requested, it would be for emergency situations, NOT for routine police assistance and the answering of calls for service within the city limits. Illinois State Police and Cook County Sheriff’s Office would be tasked with the patrol needs," the email read. CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER SHOT IN FACE, SUSPECT TAKEN INTO CUSTODY: REPORTS A Chicago police officer attempts to deescalate tension as Englewood residents clash with demonstrators protesting outside the 7th District station of the Chicago Police Department on August 11, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) (Photo by Scott...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The power of a wish was celebrated Sunday, as Make-A-Wish Illinois hosted two Walk for Wishes events. One of the events was held on Chicago’s lakefront, the other in the northwest suburbs. READ MORE: Chicago Sky Win First WNBA Championship As They Top Phoenix MercuryFor the lakefront event, the morning began with a little moving and shaking at Montrose Harbor. READ MORE: Jubilant And Inspired Fans, Booming Businesses Near Wintrust Arena As Chicago Sky Win WNBA ChampionshipSupporters from all walks of life were on hand to raise money for the renowned charity, which makes wishes come true for children with critical illnesses. MORE NEWS: Amid Continuing Water Pressure Woes In Dixmoor, Residents Aren't Confident The Next Fix Will Be The LastThe northwest suburban event was held with Elk Grove Village.
    Getty General manager Ryan Pace of the Chicago Bears has yet to weigh in on the team's Arlington Heights purchase. The Chicago Bears were founded in 1920, and they have never been a publicly owned team. Former owner and founder George “Papa Bear” Halas owned the team from 1921 until his death in 1983, and his daughter, Virginia Halas McCaskey, has been the owner ever since. Now, in light of recent moves by team management, one Illinois senator, Robert Peters, whose district includes Soldier Field, has introduced a bill that would essentially make the Bears a publicly owned team. There was a bill that was introduced in Illinois this week that’s called The Monsters of the Midway Act that could potentially make the Chicago Bears a publicly owned team. pic.twitter.com/QGJJIi7G6L — Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) October 14, 2021 The Bears have been playing their home games at Soldier Field since 1971, and their recent purchase of the Arlington Heights Racecourse, owned by Churchill Downs Inc., has fueled the notion of a pending move to build a bigger and more...
    Gov. J.B. Pritzker has pushed back a deadline for state employees of veterans' homes, prisons and other congregate facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as his office negotiates with labor unions representing some workers.Pritzker, who in August set an Oct. 4 deadline for state workers covered by his requirement to get the vaccine, on Friday said employees have until Nov. 30 to be fully vaccinated, the Chicago Tribune reported. The workers are employed by the departments of Corrections, Veterans Affairs, Human Services and Juvenile Justice. Gov. JB Pritzker at a press conference on April 24, 2019. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune) CALIFORNIA PARENTS, TEACCHERS PLAN STATEWIDE, WALKOUT TO PROTEST SCHOOL VACCINE MANDATE Pritzker's administration has reached agreements with several unions representing state workers. But negotiations continue with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 and Teamsters Local 700. AFSCME, which represents some 15,000 state workers affected by the requirement, objected to what it called "rigid mandates.""This administration continues to work to protect vulnerable residents in our care or custody by ensuring state employees in congregate...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Ongoing mail delays in Chicagoland and across the nation were the focus of a special congressional hearing in Chicago on Friday Democratic lawmakers called for U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to be removed. READ MORE: Judge Bars Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara From Encouraging Officers To Defy City's Vaccine Mandate“Instead of delivering good service, he’s delivered the opposite; and now, as we approach the holiday season, unfortunately with the service standards that he is rendering to the American people, he’s going to be delivering a lump of coal,” said U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy. A congressional oversight panel gathered in downtown Chicago to question local postal leaders about the problems at the U.S. Postal Service. READ MORE: Child, 3 Adults Seriously Hurt In Pin-In Accident In Grand CrossingLawmakers said the amount of mail getting delivered on-time has dropped dramatically compared to a year ago. Their report on Illinois’ 7th District found on-time two-day mail deliveries dropped 11% compared to the same period in 2020, and on-time three-...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — New advice today from Illinois Health officials as we prepare for Halloween celebrations during the pandemic. Trick or treating and other activities will look a little different as we put safety measures in place. READ MORE: Chicago Father Building Communication While Mentoring CPS StudentsMasks are still required in all indoor public spaces. Health officials say a costume mask is not a substitute for a well-fitting mask to prevent COVID-19. READ MORE: Drivers Suspect Scam After Cars Towed From Uptown Parking Lot During Concert At Aragon BallroomIf you’re trick-or-treating, doing so outdoors in small groups is the safest option. MORE NEWS: Chicago Police Search For Suspects In Attempted Carjacking Leaving A Brazilian Man Hospitalizedbut if you must be inside, open doors and windows for increased ventilation and wear a mask.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Get ready to get scared! These haunted houses across the Chicago area offer frights and fun during the Halloween season.RELATED: Top haunted houses in IllinoisEMBED More News Videos FrightFind.com, a horror-themed website, compiled a list of some of the best haunted attractions in Illinois. 13th Floor Haunted HouseOfficial WebsiteOpens: Friday, Sept. 24Closes: Saturday, Nov. 131940 George StreetMelrose Park, ILLocation, Dates and HoursBuy TicketsBasement of the DeadOfficial WebsiteOpens: Friday, Sept. 24Closes: Saturday, Nov. 642 W. New York StreetAurora, ILLocation, Dates and HoursBuy TicketsStatesville Haunted PrisonOfficial WebsiteOpens: Friday, Oct. 1Closes: Saturday, Oct. 3117250 S. Weber RoadCrest Hill, ILBuy TicketsThe Old Joliet Haunted Prison Official WebsiteOpens: Thursday, Sept. 30Closes: Saturday, Nov. 6401 Woodruff RdJoliet, ILLocation, Dates and HoursBuy TicketsD.E.A.D. Rising Haunted HouseOfficial WebsiteOpens: Friday, Sept. 25Closes: Sunday, Oct. 31Behind 13624 S. CiceroCrestwood, ILLocation, Dates and HoursBuy TicketsMidnight Terror Haunted House Official WebsiteOpens: Friday, Sept. 24Closes: Saturday, Nov. 65520 W 111th StOak Lawn, ILLocation, Dates and HoursBuy TicketsAdmission $18.Realm of Terror Haunted HouseOfficial WebsiteOpens: Friday, Oct. 1Closes: Sunday, Oct. 31421 W. Rollins RoadRound Lake Beach, ILLocation, Dates and HoursBuy TicketsBasement of...