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City officials hope to avoid snow day on Monday

City officials are urging residents to prepare for this weekend's winter storm and assuring them that, despite as much as 8 inches of snow expected Saturday through Sunday night, Monday won't be a snow day.<p>"We anticipate a normal morning rush on Monday. Everybody goes to work. No excuses to take …

Weather

Woman, 19, wounded in West Side shooting

A 19-year-old woman was wounded Saturday afternoon in a shooting on the West Side in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.<p>Shortly before 12:30 p.m., a woman was shot in the 900 block of North Homan Avenue, police said.<p>She suffered a wound to the left shoulder, and was taken to Stroger Hospital in fair …

Policing

Man, 88, went missing near lake in Kenwood area

An 88-year-old man went missing early Saturday morning near the lake in the city's Kenwood neighborhood.<p>Lerone Bennett was last seen about 5:05 a.m. in the 4800 block of Lake Shore Drive. He was wearing khaki-colored clothing and black loafers, police said.<p>Bennett may be disoriented, police said.<p>He …

Officials: One killed in single-engine plane crash in Marengo

A person was killed after a plane crashed in Marengo at some point Friday night or Saturday morning, according to Marengo Fire Department officials.<p>Officials believe the only known occupant of the aircraft died shortly after the plane crashed into a cornfield near Meyer Road, just north of Pleasant …

Aviation

Impact of Chicago's violence on girls in toughest neighborhoods often overlooked

Her 3-inch-thick court file reveals a dark and violent world the teen is navigating: multiple arrests and stays in the juvenile detention center, repeated violations while free on electronic monitoring.<p>The girl was sexually abused. She has experienced violence in her own relationships, suffers from …

Chicago

Police searching for missing Englewood man

Police are searching for a 60-year-old man who has been missing for months.<p>Veon Tinsey, of the 69th Street and Wentworth Avenue in Englewood, was last seen Aug. 19 near the intersection of 85th Street and Harlem Avenue in suburban Bridgeview, according to the Chicago Police Department. He had been …

Policing

Tribune sues Police Department over officer complaint, discipline records

For the second time in a week, the Chicago Tribune has sued the Chicago Police Department, this time saying the department has failed to produce public records regarding complaints against officers and disciplinary actions taken in response.<p>In a lawsuit filed on Friday, the Tribune said its …

Policing

'Nightmare' superbug cases rise in Illinois health care facilities

Cases of a dangerous superbug increased 27 percent last year in a region surrounding Chicago, a new survey shows, but incidents were down in the city, and officials say they are making strides in containing the contagion.<p>The state survey counted medical patients who tested positive for a germ known …

Chicago

Two decades after scandal, prosecutor testifies in defense of El Rukn case

William Hogan Jr.'s career as a federal prosecutor has long been linked to the landmark El Rukn trials that ended in controversy two decades ago over allegations that cooperating witnesses had used drugs in jail, stole sensitive prosecution papers and had sex in government offices.<p>At the time a …

U.S. Attorneys

Cops: Attempted murder charges filed after shot fired at police in University Village

A 22-year-old man is accused of firing a gun at Chicago police officers in University Village early Thursday, police said.<p>Marco DiPaolo, 22, of the 1000 block of West Taylor Street, is charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of firearm police said. …

Guns

Arrested Evanston clerk candidate has candidacy challenged

A man arrested last month while gathering signatures to run for public office in Evanston has had his candidacy challenged by two people, one of whom is the wife of the city clerk, whose office the man seeks to hold.<p>On Monday, the Evanston election board will meet to consider the complaints filed …

Emanuel is ordered to produce index of messages as Tribune presses records lawsuit

A Cook County judge on Friday ordered the city and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to produce an index of certainemails and text messages that the mayor sent and received on personal devices, as the Chicago Tribune and the city continue to battle over the mayor's electronic communications.<p>Judge Kathleen Pantle …

Rahm Emanuel

Lake Zurich police: No charges in locker room hazing investigation

Lake Zurich police said Friday that the "inappropriate activity" carried out by members of the Lake Zurich High School football team did not warrant criminal charges.<p>Deputy Chief Kevin Finlon would not specify exactly what happened in the school's locker room Oct. 27, saying multiple accounts had …

Policing

As Old Town stable faces demolition, carriage owners see tenuous future

The sprawling, two-story stable that sits in the middle of a residential block in Old Town has overcome its share of hurdles.<p>Since debuting as a riding school in 1871, the red-brick building has survived multiple bankrupted owners, a business license debacle, a horse heist by a former employee and …

Demolition

Revolution's Deth's Tar release party proves primacy of barrel-aged stouts

It looked like any other big time craft beer release at Revolution’s Brewing taproom Thursday night, and in a sense, it was. The line snaked out the front door, the wait for a beer was at least 20 minutes and the room was full of happy boisterous drinkers who cradled snifters of the inky, boozy …

Beer

Chicago merchants want Emanuel, aldermen to allow menthol cigarette sales near grade schools

Chicago merchants are trying to get Mayor Rahm Emanuel and aldermen to once again allow menthol cigarettes to be sold in stores near elementary schools, an attempt to roll back part of the city's 2013 complete ban on selling flavored tobacco products near schools.<p>The push, which could surface at …

Smoking

Drink This: Bar, coffee roaster and brewery collaborate on heck of a project

Last year, West Loop bar Lone Wolf (806 W. Randolph St.) picked out two barrels of Knob Creek bourbon from the Jim Beam distillery in Kentucky. Once the bourbon was bottled, it was delivered to Lone Wolf along with the barrels in which it had been aged. Lone Wolf then sent the barrels to Dark …

Coffee

Police: Suspect accused of dragging officer with vehicle taken into custody

The man believed to have been driving a stolen vehicle that dragged a Waukegan police officer at a gas station on Dec. 3 was taken into custody on Friday, authorities said.<p>Santos L. Martinez, 18, of the 1300 block of North Ave., Waukegan, is charged with resisting a police officer and aggravated …

Policing

Man, 19, dead in North Austin shooting

A 19-year-old man was pronounced dead Friday afternoon after he was shot on the West Side in the North Austin neighborhood.<p>Shortly after 3:15 p.m., the victim was standing in the 5500 block of West Crystal Street, when two gunmen approached on foot and opened fire, police said.<p>The two fled in an …

Chicago

Person being questioned in attack of 94-year-old woman

Police said a person is being questioned in the home invasion and aggravated battery of a 94-year-old woman on the Southwest Side.<p>Earlier, police released an image of a man wanted for questioning in the Dec. 7 attack.<p>Shortly before noon that day, a suspect followed the victim to her residence in …

Policing

Northbrook police investigate death of person found Wednesday

Northbrook police are investigating the death of a person whose body was found Wednesday in a building on Shermer Road.<p>According to a spokeswoman for the village of Northbrook, officers were dispatched to check on the well-being of a person in the 1300 block of Shermer.<p>Officers found a person …

Homicide

Older workers get boost from federal training program, but do they get jobs?

It's formally called the Senior Community Service Employment Program.<p>But its lofty title and mission — helping unemployed, low-income individuals age 55 and older get temporary jobs and training at nonprofits or government agencies — hasn't shielded the U.S. Department of Labor program from …

Employment

Car drives into Aurora clinic, trapping employee in office

A car drove into a chiropractic clinic on Aurora's West Side Thursday afternoon, injuring one person and trapping an employee in her office, according to police.<p>At about 2:25 p.m., a 79-year-old woman driving a 2013 Mercedes pulled into a parking spot in front of Pure Health Physical Medicine on …

Voice Mail

City to pay $3.8 million as part of Fire Dept. gender bias case

The city is set to pay a group of African-American women $3.8 million as part of a settlement of a long-running federal lawsuit claiming Chicago Fire Department tests were discriminatory.<p>The City Council Finance Committee will consider the payment Monday. It's the latest payout from the city …

Women's News

Rahm rules out DNC chair run, says Dems didn't focus enough on economy

<b>Mayor Rahm Emanuel</b> on Friday morning described Washington D.C. as "Disneyland on the Potomac" during a panel appearance in the nation's capital, then apologized because, "I don't want to insult Disneyland."<p>But though Emanuel said through his spokesman <b>Adam Collins</b> later Friday that he had spent …

Rahm Emanuel

Cops: Laced gummy candy that sent Naperville students to hospital appeared 'homemade'

Laced gummy bear candy that sickened 14 Naperville North High School students earlier this week appears to have been "homemade," Naperville police said Friday.<p>Responding to what he said were "questions about the source of the gummy bears," Naperville police Cmdr. Jason Arres said "it would appear …

Policing

Feast in Bucktown closing for good on New Year's Eve

Feast is serving its last course on New Year’s Eve. The long-running Bucktown restaurant is closing at the end of the year, at midnight, and will begin offering a special “Greatest Hits” menu tonight to say farewell.<p>Owner Debbie Sharpe said the building at 1616 N. Damen Ave. has been sold. The new …

Restaurants

Lethal form of synthetic 'super heroin' seen in 1st Cook Co. overdose death

It goes by the street name of "super heroin," and it's a stronger version of the drug that causes hundreds of fatal overdoses in the Chicago area each year. Now, authorities say, this synthetically boosted narcotic has become even more dangerous.<p>The Cook County Medical Examiner's office said Friday …

Heroin

$11,000 reward offered for information about shooting of AT&T worker in Berwyn

Rewards totaling $11,000 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man wanted in the shooting of an AT&T employee last month in Berwyn, police said.<p>The employee was on duty when he was shot during a robbery attempt about 11 a.m. Nov. 28 in the 6300 block of Park …

AT&T

Man accused of groping, following currency exchange worker

A judge Friday set bail at $1 million for a 19-year-old Chicago man accused of molesting a woman as she left her shift at a South Side currency exchange earlier this week.<p>Kendal Hunter, charged with criminal sexual abuse using force, was not in court but prosecutors brought his case before Judge …