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Massive New $75M Upgrade Planned For Chicago’s 911 Center – NBC Chicago

Thanks to new high-tech upgrades, soon it will be easier for people to report emergencies in Chicago. The city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications will pay $75 million dollars to upgrade it’s 911 center. “It is critical that we provide our first responders with the right tools to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors,” OEMC Executive Director Rich Guidice said in a press release. The new system will accept texts, photos and videos and it and it will be able to automatically pinpoint a cell phone caller’s location, according to the press release. That same technology will ... Read more

Coach Q’s Personal Tribute – NBC Chicago

Chicago’s love for former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was on full display at the United Center on Tuesday night, as the capacity crowd gave Quenneville a rousing ovation during the Hawks’ game against the Florida Panthers. It was Quenneville’s first return to the UC since he was abruptly fired by the Hawks in November of 2018.   Early November of 2018 was a tough time for Joel Quenneville. Few people know he was dealing with a much bigger issue at the time, after his nephew Conner Zieky was found unresponsive in a near-north side Chicago apartment.     Connor’s death was ruled an ... Read more

Decades Later, Woman Learns Man Who Attacked Her May Have Been a Serial Killer in Chicago’s Suburbs – NBC Chicago

Decades after Annette Lazar says she was sexually assaulted in the basement of a suburban Chicago home, she’s discovered she may have been the victim of a serial killer and rapist who murdered multiple people in the area – and she lived. Lazar was 20 years old in 1979 when she was approached by a man as she walked to a friend’s home in Aurora. The stranger pulled over in a car and asked if she wanted a ride. When she declined, she the man offered give her some marijuana, she said. Lazar agreed and followed the man to a ... Read more

Here Are Chicago’s Top 5 Italian Spots – CBS Chicago

Photo: Giordano’s/Yelp Craving Italian food? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs. Chicago-area buyers tend to spend more in the winter at restaurants than any other season of the year, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a software provider that helps small business owners build an email marketing strategy. The average amount spent per customer transaction at Chicago-area restaurants rose to $30 for the metro area in the winter of last year, 2% higher ... Read more

Amtrak Ends Policy Resulting in $25K Bill for Activists – NBC Chicago

Amtrak announced Wednesday the suspension of a pricing policy that resulted in a $25,000 travel bill for a group of wheelchair-bound activists heading to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois from Chicago for a conference and rally on disability rights. The passenger rail agency told Chicago-based Access Living its policy was to charge extra to reconfigure train cars to accommodate wheelchair users. “It was never meant to be applied to this situation and we apologize for that mistake,” said the statement emailed by Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. ”We are glad it has all worked out and we were able to accommodate our customers’ trip. ... Read more

Lightfoot Staff’s Emails Give Glimpse at 26 Hours Leading Up to Johnson Firing – NBC Chicago

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s surprise announcement on Dec. 2 that Police Supt. Eddie Johnson had been fired capped 26 hours of back-and-forth on how best to present the public argument and break the news to members of the Chicago Police Department, among others. Emails from Lightfoot’s office, obtained via public records request, depict a marathon of communication over the course of the day leading up to Lightfoot’s announcement of Johnson’s termination and well into the day after. NBC 5’s Freedom of Information Act request asked for emails between Lightfoot and her chief of staff Maurice Classen relating to the incident ... Read more

Obama Portraits Headed for Chicago on First Stop of Cross-Country Tour – NBC Chicago

Portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama will leave the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery for Chicago next summer. The artwork by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald is set for a five-city tour in 2021, the gallery announced, with Chicago being the first stop. The tour will begin at the Art Institute on June 18, where it will stay through Aug. 15, officials said. Other cities on the tour include New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Houston. “We view the country as our community,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a ... Read more

Neighbors Stunned After 94-Year-Old Man, Toddler Injured in Far South Side Fire – NBC Chicago

A 94-year-old man and his young grandchild were badly hurt in a fire on Chicago’s Far South Side Wednesday, and neighbors are hoping that both can make a full recovery after the devastating blaze. “He’s a nice old man,” Lisa Hudson said of her 94-year-old neighbor. “He takes care of the kids, and just put his car together in the garage. I pray and hope the little boy and grandfather are alright.” The man, along with a 2-year-old boy, were inside the home in the 700 block of East 91st Street just before 4:30 p.m. when a fire broke out ... Read more

Pritzker Announces Continued Expansion of Early Childhood Programs – NBC Chicago

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday that the state will continue to expand early childhood education programs, but there is still some concern about what the funding formula means for smaller preschool programs in the state. On Wednesday, Pritzker unveiled another portion of the extensive plan, which would allow 500 more children from at-risk families to qualify for home visits, designed to provide coaching and support for parents. These visits start when the mother is pregnant, and continue through the first years of life for the children. “Ninety percent of kids’ brain development happens long before they start kindergarten,” Pritzker ... Read more

Travelers From China Concerned About Coronavirus As They Enter O’Hare – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — New efforts have begun in the interest of containing the spread of the frightening new coronavirus strain. The Chinese city of Wuhan where the outbreak started, population 11 million, is shutting down outbound flights and trains. Meanwhile, O’Hare International Airport this week officially started screening travelers arriving from China. CBS 2’s Marissa Parra talked with some of those passengers Wednesday, and many were concerned. FROM CBS NEWS: What Is The Deadly Coronavirus Illness Now Blamed For 17 Deaths In China? When CBS 2 was at O’Hare, a flight touched down carrying some passengers from Wuhan, where officials ... Read more

Women File Suit Against Former CPD Officers Convicted in Corruption Case – NBC Chicago

Two Chicago women are filing a lawsuit against a pair of former police officers, alleging that they were the victims of a corrupt scheme designed to shake down innocent citizens. Micaela Cruz, one of the women filing the lawsuit, says the disgraced former officers used false information to raid her home, pulled out weapons during the search, and left her family traumatized. According to the suits, the officers stole property and planted drugs during the searches. “They pointed guns at my children, and came in with masks over their faces when they came into the home,” Cruz said. “They woke ... Read more

Teen Hospitalized After Incident at Sleepover Inspired by YouTube Video – NBC Chicago

A teenage basketball and baseball player was hospitalized after a sleepover in a Chicago suburb last weekend went horribly wrong, his family said. Thirteen-year-old Gio Palacios was asleep at a friend’s home in Round Lake Park when he said one of his teammates tried to imitate a YouTube video. “Apparently, nail polish remover was poured on his foot and it was a lighter that was used to put fire to it,” Palacios’ mom Rosario Castillo told NBC 5. Palacios suffered third-degree burns as a result of the incident and was forced to undergo surgery. “My foot was hurting and I ... Read more

New Yelp Program Displays Health Inspection Scores – NBC Chicago

Yelp has started showing “Health Score Alerts” on business pages with the lowest health inspection scores. The company, which launched the pilot program Wednesday, said it hopes to make health scores “easier to find and understand so people can make informed choices about safe places to eat.” Currently, it is only available in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. “The Health Score Alerts program is part of Yelp’s commitment to empowering and protecting consumers by surfacing important information on local businesses they typically can’t easily find,” spokesperon Kathleen Yiu said in a statement. The program is part of the company’s ... Read more

K-Pop Group BTS Announces Tour Dates, With 2 Shows in Chicago – NBC Chicago

K-pop sensation BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, announced their 2020 “Map of the Soul” tour on Tuesday, with two performances in Chicago. The tour starts April 11 in South Korea and ends in Chicago, with two back-to-back shows scheduled at Soldier Field on June 5 and 6. BTS is a seven-member K-Pop, or Korean Pop, boy band formed in Seoul in 2013. The group’s seventh studio album is set to be released Feb. 21. The band dropped its first single “Black Swan” off the album earlier this month, raking in more than 22 million views on YouTube since ... Read more

R. Kelly Misses Court Date; Will Face September Trial On Charges Of Sexually Assaulting Former Hairdresser Lanita Carter – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — When singer R. Kelly goes on trial on sexual assault charges in Cook County in September, prosecutors will first proceed with the case involving his former hairdresser, who says Kelly tried to force oral sex on her in 2003. Kelly did not attend Wednesday’s hearing in his case in Cook County, because he recently had a “medical procedure,” according to his attorney, Steve Greenberg, who did not elaborate on the procedure in court. R. KELLY NO SHOW for “medical procedure.” An order had been signed for singer R. Kelly to appear in Cook Co. Criminal Court but ... Read more

New Details Could be Revealed for R. Kelly Trial in Cook County – NBC Chicago

R. Kelly’s case in Cook County is slated for in court Wednesday and a decision could be made on which charges he will face at trial first. Prosecutors are expected to reveal to a judge which charges they plan to take first to trial in September. It remains unclear if Kelly will be in court Wednesday. A Cook County judge ordered the singer to stand trial on one of four sexual abuse cases on Sept. 14. Judge Lawrence Flood told prosecutors he wants to know by Jan. 22 which of the four separate indictments they plan to take to trial ... Read more

Indulge On Breakfast And Brunch Food At These Top Chicago Eateries – CBS Chicago

The Publican. | Photo: Greg G./Yelp Looking to satisfy your appetite for breakfast and brunch fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end breakfast and brunch restaurants around Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture when cravings strike. 1. The Publican Photo: Daniel Y./Yelp Check out West Town’s The Publican, situated at 837 W. Fulton Market. With four stars out of 3,171 reviews on Yelp, the diner, New American and breakfast and brunch spot has proven to be a local favorite for those looking to ... Read more

Wintry Mix On The Way – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS)– A wintry mix is approaching and could impact your Thursday morning commute. Wednesday is going to be a cloudy, breezy day with temperatures in the mid 30s. Wednesday at a glance pic.twitter.com/dposPqGSiz — Megan Glaros (@MeganGlaros) January 22, 2020 According to CBS 2 meteorologist Megan Glaros we can expect trends of long lasting light snow, mainly Wednesday night through Thursday morning and again with sunset Thursday night into Friday morning. Getting ready for more active weather tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/sry60nkxrV — Megan Glaros (@MeganGlaros) January 22, 2020 Far western suburbs could see snow as early as 10:45 p.m. Wednesday. Snow ... Read more

Quenneville Coaches Panthers to 4-3 Win Over Blackhawks – NBC Chicago

Joel Quenneville barking out instructions from behind the bench. A young team with a couple budding stars showing signs of improvement. It was a familiar scene, with quite a twist. The Florida Panthers got Quenneville a win in his return to Chicago, using a hat trick by Frank Vatrano to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory. “Made it a little interesting at the end of the game, but that was certainly a memorable event that I’m thankful for,” Quenneville said. The 61-year-old Quenneville coached Chicago to three Stanley Cup championships and nine playoff appearances ... Read more

Joel Quenneville Reflects on ‘Special Time’ With Blackhawks as He Makes Chicago Return – NBC Chicago

Former Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville returned to the United Center Tuesday for the first time since being fired by the team he won three Stanley Cups with, and it served as a reminder of what the club was able to accomplish while the future Hall of Famer was behind the bench. “It was a good feeling seeing everyone, and seeing some of the players and the fans,” he said. “It brings back a special time in our lives, a special time for the city. We went through some amazing runs and so many people shared it and so ... Read more

Property Owners Face A Slippery Problem With Their Icy Sidewalks – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Clearing snow from sidewalks is the law in the city of Chicago. A law that appears to be routinely ignored, sometimes by large property owners. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli has the story from near Chicago’s Midway Airport where homeowners are fed up. A large business center sold in 2016 to owners who shelled out tens of millions of dollars. But the-out-of-state property owners do not appear to be shelling out any money to keep the sidewalks surrounding the business clear. And that has residents crying foul. From the ground level, you might think you’re looking at the ... Read more

Chicago’s O’Hare To Begin Testing For Coronavirus – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — The race to contain the spread of a deadly strain of coronavirus. Passengers arriving at Chiago’s O’Hare Airport will be screened for the virus. For the first time, an American has been diagnosed with the illness. CBS 2’s Jim Williams has the story from O’Hare. By the end of the week, O’Hare will be one five American airports screening for symptoms of the coronavirus. The federal health will be stationed at the international terminal as travelers come in from Wuhan, China. Only one flight flew into O’Hare Tuesday afternoon from China, from Shanghai, more than 400 miles ... Read more

Drivers Can Now Identify & Report Issues on Rail Crossings – NBC Chicago

There is a new effort underway to identify rail crossings that are causing the most delays and headaches for drivers.  The Federal Railroad Administration recently unveiled a website for the public to report blocked rail crossings. “FRA expects that collecting this data will help us identify where chronic problems exist and better assess the underlying causes and overall impacts of blocked crossings – locally, regionally and nationwide,” said FRA administrator Ronald L. Batory said. According to the FRA’s Blocked Crossing Incident Reporter, 262 complaints related to Illinois rail crossings have been submitted since December. The Illinois Commerce Commission collects similar ... Read more

Coyote That Bit Boy Won’t Be Euthanized, Was Given a Name – NBC Chicago

The coyote that was captured after biting a 6-year-old boy in Lincoln Park earlier this month will not be euthanized. The coyote, which was caught by Chicago Animal Care and Control Jan. 9 and underwent DNA testing to confirm it bit the 6-year-old on Jan. 8, may had been aggressive due to an injury from a BB gun, Chicago Animal Control officials said. “Through evaluation, it was determined that the animal had been shot in the chest with a BB gun, which could have caused the limp in its movements as well as the aggressive behavior,” CACC said in a ... Read more