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4 Hours Scrolling Through Facebook Before Bed Referred To As ‘Winding Down’

TULSA, OK—Saying it felt good to just kick back and decompress after a long day, local woman Kelly Alderman reportedly referred to the four hours she …

Sitting Inside Cardboard Box The Safest 6-Year-Old Will Feel For Remainder Of Life

TOLEDO, OH—Describing how the child entered a state of complete mental serenity free from any stress or anxiety as soon as he closed the flaps of the …

Byrd-Bennett to be arraigned Tuesday in Chicago school kickback scheme

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will make her first court appearance next week to face charges she steered multimillion-dollar no-bid contracts to an education consulting firm in exchange for kickbacks and other perks she thought would net her at least $2.3 million.<p>An …

in News onNov 19, 2013 6:00 pm

<i>Photo credit: ancientlives</i><p>Mayor Emanuel defends CTA President Forrest Claypool's performance amid the Ventra mess. [DNAInfo Chicago]<br>• Former CHA CEO …

A bleak future for the average chumbolone of Illinois

If you're an Illinoisan who isn't on a political payroll — meaning you won't have a fat six-figure pension like many of our public officials — you'll likely spend this last month before the Illinois governor's election in deep contemplation.<p>Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn and businessman Bruce …

At least 3 killed, 22 others wounded in shootings since Friday

At least three people have died and 22 others, including a 14-year-old boy, have been wounded by gunfire across the city since Friday, officials said.<p>In the most recent incident, a 30-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his head around 11:20 p.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of West 59th Street …

2 brothers beaten, robbed at Navy Pier

Two teenage brothers are recovering at home Saturday after being beaten and robbed during a Friday night disturbance at Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest.<p>"It's very horrible,"’ said the two boys' mother, who was reached by phone about the incident involving her sons, 13 and 16. She did not want her …

In the mayoral money race, the rich—that is, Rahm—gets richer

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has raised $1.4 million for his reelection bid—and that's just in the last few weeks.The haul includes more than $500,000 that he …

Demario Bailey funeral: 'The kids are the world. It starts with them'

Mourners who packed a South Side church Saturday morning to remember Demario Bailey were urged to look after each other.<p>Demario's mother and grandmother exhorted the crowd gathered at the slain 15-year-old’s funeral with a simple but passionate plea: Love your children.<p>“Just love your babies,” said …

Man dies day after Albany Park shooting

A man shot in the head in the Albany Park neighborhood died a day later, according to information released Saturday.<p>About 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, a 21-year-old man was shot while sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle in the 4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue when two males, both wearing hooded …

in News onOct 19, 2014 3:30 pm

<i>Photo by Michael Randall</i><p>A ban on city contracts didn’t stop an electrical company from receiving $3.1 million in work from Chicago Public Schools. …

Emanuel to issue bond money to expand pre-K

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration plans to use an emerging form of financing, one that links payback to lenders on the success of the initiatives being funded, to expand early childhood education programs in Chicago.<p>The mayor's office said Tuesday that it will use close to $17 million of what are …

in News onOct 4, 2014 3:30 pm

<i>Photo Credit: mubashir</i><p>Nine people have been shot, and two people were killed, across Chicago since Friday night. [DNAinfo]<br>• Nick Leddy has been …

Scene of the Crime: A fatal shooting in Lincoln Square

Police investigate the shooting death of twenty-five-year old Irbinzon Gonzalez in the parking lot of the McDonald's in Lincoln Square.<p>'The other parents are going to flip out'<p>Twenty-five-year-old Irbinzon Gonzalez lay motionless inside a dark blue BMW in the well-lit Lincoln Square parking lot, …

Cook County Board unanimously approves budget

Cook County commissioners unanimously passed President Toni Preckwinkle's 2014 budget today, a spending plan one commissioner called a "sea change" for its shift in emphasis toward criminal justice issues from county healthcare costs.<p>The $3.2 billion budget includes no new taxes or fees as …

1 charged in shooting of 6-year-old boy

One person has been charged in connection with the attack that left a 6-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the chest after he was struck by gunfire in the Gage Park neighborhood this week.<p>Authorities from the Cook County state's attorney's office declined to approve charges on a second person who …

The Chicago cocaine kingpin who was a federal informant

The fluster of T-Money's truck engine turning and turning but never catching, stalled out in a church parking lot in the middle of the day, was an …

2 shot in Southeast Side restaurant

A man and woman shot inside a fast-food restaurant were among three people shot in Chicago late Friday, authorities said.<p>The restaurant shooting took place at 7:17 p.m. in the 8800 block of South Commercial Avenue, Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.<p>Wounded were a 25-year-old …

in News onNov 5, 2013 6:00 pm

<i>Photo credit: Clarkmaxwell</i><p>Lights atop street sweeping warning signs on the Near West Side are broken but the city is still issuing tickets. [DNAInfo …

2 pedestrians hit by auto, driver beaten up by group

A driver who hit two pedestrians was injured when he was pulled from his vehicle and beaten up by bystanders in the Burnside neighborhood, officials said.<p>Two pedestrians were hit by the car in the 9300 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue about 7:15 p.m., and the driver also was injured, said …

2 shot, 1 fatally, within blocks on West Side

One man shot to death on the West Side and another critically injured in a robbery attempt nearby were among at least five people shot in Chicago Friday afternoon through Saturday morning, authorities said.<p>In West Garfield Park, a 48-year-old man was shot in the 4400 block of West Maypole Avenue …

Chicago Overnight Report

A wrap-up of news from the Tribune's breaking news desk.<p>• A body has been found near the car of a Lake Villa father who disappeared last month on his drive home from work, and police say they believe it is him. "We have reason to believe that these are the remains of Nicholas Steward, based on a …

Fugitive featured in Tribune series held without bail

A fugitive who was captured in his native Mexico more than a decade after he fled charges in the murder of his former girlfriend in Chicago was ordered held Thursday on no bail by a Cook County judge.<p>Raul Andrade Tolentino, who was apprehended after a Tribune investigative series determined he had …

Promising CPS principal follows promising CPS administrator to Madison

​In June I wrote about Melody elementary, one of Chicago's countless hypersegregated public schools. The enrollment at Melody, in West Garfield Park, …