Cook County

Chicago trader charged with killing longtime friend, leaving body on South Side

A trader at the Chicago Board of Trade has been charged will shooting his longtime friend and leaving his body in the South Side Washington Park …

Crime

Elgin man pistol-whipped during armed robbery, police say

An Elgin man has been arrested on charges he pistol-whipped a man while robbing him, Elgin police said.<p>Cecil R. Palmer, 26, of the 3100 block of Friendship Street, was charged with one count of class X armed robbery with a firearm by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, according to an Elgin …

Crime

EDITORIAL: Who's watching when the police use deadly force in the suburbs?

A string of police-involved shootings in recent years has led to a long-overdue effort to reform the practices of the Chicago Police Department. But …

Policing

Judge orders Illinois to add intractable pain as a medical marijuana condition

An Illinois judge has ruled the state must add intractable pain to the list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions, a move that could greatly …

Cannabis Industry

11 cold deaths reported in Cook County so far this season

A person found dead on the South Side and another found dead in west suburban Berwyn are Cook County’s 10th and 11th cold deaths of the season.<p>One …

Chicago

Chicago MLK Day marked by community service, tinged by Trump remarks

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was marked Monday by community services and special events, including the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's 28th annual MLK …

Dick Durbin

Man Arrested While Meeting With Parole Officer: Cops

Prosecutor said man was meeting with parole officer when he was arrested on drug charge.<p>OAK LAWN, IL -- Oak Lawn police arrested a Chicago man at his …

Crime

What’s Open, Closed On MLK Day Around Chicago

<b>CHICAGO (CBS)</b> — Mail will be put on hold and libraries and federal buildings will be closed Monday in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.<p>The …

Libraries

No bail in fatal shooting outside Bellwood bar

Bail was denied Saturday for a Bellwood man accused of firing into a crowd in front of a suburban bar, fatally wounding a Chicago man and wounding two others.<p>Troy Taylor, 25, blew a kiss to a loved one in the gallery at the Leighton Criminal Court Building after Judge Stephanie Miller called him a …

Crime

Three Ways Blockchain Could Transform Real Estate In 2018

In December 2017, the value of Bitcoin neared the $20,000 mark, setting off the latest craze of speculation, excitement and skepticism over the future of cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has had a short yet storied history, but while most of the headlines focus on bitcoin as an asset, many of the most …

Bitcoin

Rolling Meadows man arrested in second child sex abuse case

Hours after a Rolling Meadows man charged with sexually abusing a girl was released from Cook County jail on home monitoring Friday, he was arrested …

Crime

Man charged with killing father in Hoffman Estates

Bail was denied for a 22-year-old man charged with shooting his father to death Wednesday morning in northwest suburban Hoffman Estates.<p>Authorities …

Crime

HUD awards $68 million to homeless programs in Chicago

Homeless assistance programs in the state will receive roughly $109 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care …

Chicago

Karen Lewis backs bid to dump anti-pop tax Cook County board member

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is backing a bid to unseat Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, an outspoken leader of the pop tax repeal that led to a trimmed-down county payroll opposed by several unions.<p>Lewis has endorsed CTU organizer Brandon Johnson in the March 20 Democratic …

Chicago

Boys given five years' probation for sex assault of girl broadcast live on Facebook

A Cook County judge sentenced two teenage boys Wednesday to five years of probation and ordered them to register as sex offenders for the sexually assault of a 15-year-old girl broadcast live on Facebook last March.<p>Judge Patricia Mendoza, assigned to the juvenile division, had signaled she would …

Crime

Seattle’s New ‘Sweetened Beverage Tax’ Causes Prices To Skyrocket

On January 1, Seattle’s "sweetened beverage tax" (CB 118965), went into effect. The ordinance places a tax of $0.0175 per ounce on sugary beverage …

Conservative View

Kaegi overcomes challenge to his bid to run against Berrios

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios’ effort to knock Democratic primary challenger Fritz Kaegi off the ballot has fallen short.<p>A hearing officer on Tuesday recommended the challenge to Kaegi’s petitions be overruled, after attorney and top Berrios aide Thomas Jaconetty conceded that Kaegi had enough …

Chicago

Multiple Crashes Shut Down Indiana, Illinois Roadways as Wintry System Impacts Midwest

News<p>Multiple Crashes Shut Down Indiana, Illinois Roadways as Wintry System Impacts Midwest<p>By Ada Carr<p>less than an hour ago<p>weather.com<p>At a …

Weather

Fix Illinois by breaking the state apart? A gubernatorial candidate makes the case.

click to enlarge<p>How to fix all that ails Illinois?<p>Wild card Illinois gubernatorial candidate Robert Marshall has an offbeat suggestion: Dissolve …

Democratic Party

113 Suburban Cop Shootings, Zero Discipline

By <b>Casey Toner</b> and <b>Jared Rutecki,</b><br>Better Government Association<br>Audio by <b>Patrick Smith</b>, WBEZ<br>Illustrations by <b>Leigh Cox</b><br>January 8, 2018<p>In south suburban …

Policing

Costco price labels perfectly expose the absurdity of Seattle’s new sugary drink tax

To ring in the new year, Seattle implemented a new tax on its residents: the dreaded sugary drink tax. Now, we know just how much the tax will hurt consumers.<p>How bad is it?<p>Pricing labels at a Seattle Costco have garnered much attention because they show just how much soda and other sugary drinks …

Conservative View

More Cook County Layoffs Announced

<b>(WBBM Newsradio) –</b> Several unionized Cook County employees were laid off Friday, due to the lingering budget crunch.<p>A spokesperson for County Board …

Bitten by the flu bug? You're not alone, officials say

If you feel like everyone around you is sick, you may have good reason.<p>Flu season seems to be peaking early in Illinois, with more than 100 more influenza outbreaks across the state this season compared to last season at this time. And the most common strain of flu this year is one associated with …

Public Health

Man found on Northwest Side is 6th cold death in Cook County

A man found unresponsive outside in the Palmer Square neighborhood Thursday morning was at least the sixth person to die from cold-related causes this season in Cook County, according to authorities.<p>The man, 59, whose name was not being released pending notification of his family, was found …

Crime

Flu cases surge early in Cook County this season

Many people across the Chicago area called in sick Friday morning. Hospitals have reported a large spike in the number of people coming down with the …

Public Health

KADNER: The pols created Illinois' property tax monster — and they love it

Gov. Bruce Rauner is once again making property taxes a focal point of his election campaign.<p>Rauner did the same thing back in 2014 and nothing much …

Bruce Rauner

Facebook Live captures moment a woman is shot as an argument turned ugly

The victim was shot in the arm in Chicago's Parkway Gardens neighbourhood.<p>A woman was shot while live streaming an argument on Facebook Live, after …

Crime

Kennedy accuses mayor of pushing out Blacks | Gary

<b>Crusader staff report</b><p>Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy is accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of “leading a strategic gentrification plan” …

Rahm Emanuel

Jennifer Hudson talks prejudice in new interview

Oscar winner <b>Jennifer Hudson</b>, who grew up in Englewood and now lives in Burr Ridge, discusses her experiences with prejudice in a new interview.<p>“People also assume that my home belongs to my white driver, Charles. One time, I was having something moved into my house and they wanted to know where to …

Beverly Hills

Veteran Clerk Closes Book On Annual First Wedding Tradition

<b>CHICAGO (CBS)</b> — Cook County’s first wedding of the New Year was also the last performed by County Clerk David Orr.Since 1991, Orr has married the …