Tag: Cook County

Donna More Blasts Kim Foxx, Bill Conway as State’s Attorney’s Race Heats Up – NBC Chicago

The Democratic primary election in the race for Cook County State’s Attorney’s post has already been a heated one, and the war of words continued as the candidates continue to jockey for position. Incumbent State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is facing a barrage of criticism for how her office handled the Jussie Smollett case, while challenger Bill Conway is facing tough questions about his top financial supporter: his father. Donna More, who is also running in the race, is facing an uphill battle, but she’s looking for voters to reject her competitors, who both have decided financial advantages in the election. ... Read more

Man Killed, 2 Teens Injured in West Garfield Park Shooting – NBC Chicago

Multiple persons of interest are being questioned after three people were shot — one fatally — Wednesday afternoon in West Garfield Park, police said. They were in a gray SUV about 1:30 p.m. when they stopped at a corner in the 300 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue and had a “verbal confrontation” with someone, Officer Michelle Tannehill, a CPD spokeswoman, said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. The person on the corner pulled out a gun and started shooting, Tannehill said. The driver, a man in his 20s, was hit multiple times. He crashed the vehicle as he drove away. ... Read more

Bitter Cold, Dangerous Wind Chills Hit Chicago Area – NBC Chicago

Overnight wind chills plummeted to dangerous lows in what meteorologists are calling the Chicago area’s coldest night so far this winter. A wind chill advisory was issued just before 9 p.m. Saturday and remains in effect until 10 a.m. Sunday for parts of north central Illinois and the northwest suburbs, according to the National Weather Service. Suburbs affected include Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, McHenry, Woodstock and Cary. Temperatures in the area reached the single digits and wind chills overnight and into the morning could make the air feel as cold as minus 20 degrees, the weather service ... Read more

4 Charged in Connection to Police Chase on Lake Shore Drive – NBC Chicago

Four men were charged in connection with a police chase on Lake Shore Drive that led to a crash near McCormick Place, officials said. Carey Hinton, 27, and Deonte Hill, 23, each face two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, a count of being in possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of more than 500 grams but less than 2,000 grams of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, Chicago Police said. Dezerhea McGee, 21, and Isiah Space, 20, each face one count of being in possession of a controlled substance, possession of more ... Read more

Where to Find a Warming Center in the Chicago Area – NBC Chicago

With temperatures expected to potentially drop to dangerous levels in the coming days, several warming centers have been set up across the Chicago area. Here is a full list of Cook County warming centers to protect yourself: Berwyn – Library 2701 S. Harlem Ave. Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Berwyn – Freedom Park 3701 S. Scoville Ave. Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bloom – Chicago Heights 425 S. Halsted St. Monday and Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday ... Read more

Cook County Board Approves Additional Tax on Cannabis – NBC Chicago

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to levy a new 3% tax on recreational cannabis. A Cook County committee approved the tax, proposed in December, on Wednesday, and the full board followed suit on Thursday. The new tax will be charged to buyers on top of the city of Chicago’s 3% tax, the state’s varying levels of taxation and all regularly-applied sales taxes. The county’s new tax will take effect July 1. In the first 12 days of legalized recreational marijuana use across Illinois, state officials say 495,385 transactions were processed for a total of more than $19.7 ... Read more

Man Shot Dead Near St. Sabina Church Hours After Peace March Was ‘Turning His Life Around’ – NBC Chicago

A 23-year-old man was shot dead Wednesday near St. Sabina Church in Auburn Gresham, just hours after the church held a peace march on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The victim, Emoni Atomah, was “turning his life around” and starting a new job Monday, according to Rev. Michael Pfleger, senior pastor of the church. “It’s painful — It’s hurtful,” Pfleger said in a news conference. Atomah was shot in the chest and abdomen in the 1200 block of West 78th Place, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He ran across 78th Place and flagged ... Read more

Ex-Assessor’s Error Saves Chicago Business $10K In Property Taxes – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — In just a few weeks, Cook County homeowners will be getting their property tax bills. Now imagine you owe nothing. That happened to a booming business on the South Side. CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports it’s now part of a large scale investigation. The former Chicago fire station on West 95th Street now serves as a factory and showroom for Optimo Hatmakers. They produce and sell high end hats online and from a Loop storefront. But it’s the old firehouse location that recently got the attention of the Cook County Inspector General. Specifically: why in 2017 the ... Read more

Alleged Burge Torture Victim Denied New Trial – NBC Chicago

The family of George Anderson, an alleged torture victim of officers connected to disgraced Chicago police commander Jon Burge, stormed out of the Leighton Courthouse on Thursday after a Cook County judge denied Anderson’s appeal for a new trial. “It’s somewhat of a shock … and surprise … given the extensive evidence that was presented at this hearing,” said David B. Owens, an attorney with the Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago that has represented Anderson for more than five years. Anderson said police beat him into giving a false confession more than 27 years ago, leading to his ... Read more

Cook County Board Eyes Additional Tax on Cannabis – NBC Chicago

The Cook County Board of Commissioners was expected to vote Thursday on a new 3% tax on recreational cannabis. A Cook County committee approved the tax, proposed in December, on Wednesday, with the full board to vote Thursday. If approved, that tax would be on top of the city’s 3% tax, the state’s varying levels of taxation and all regularly-applied sales taxes. The county’s new tax would take effect in July, if passed. “The 3% rate the Board is considering is in line with what other local governments are imposing including the City of Chicago,” a spokesman for Cook County ... Read more

Infamous Lincoln Towing Can Stay in Business, Judge Rules – NBC Chicago

Chicago’s Lincoln Towing Service, reviled by owners of illegally parked cars and parodied in song for its aggressive way of doing business, may stay in business, a Cook County judge has ruled Wednesday. The judge ruled the Illinois Commerce Commission “violated fundamental fairness” when it failed to advise Lincoln Towing it could lose its license through the hearing process. The ICC voted in September 2018 to revoke Lincoln Towing’s license for failing to conduct its business “with honesty and integrity.” A temporary restraining order allowed Lincoln Towing to continue operating while it appealed the ICC’s ruling. The company was required ... Read more

Man Killed in Shooting Near St. Sabina Church, Hours After Anti-Violence March – NBC Chicago

A man was shot and killed Wednesday night just steps from Chicago’s St. Sabina Church, hours after a crowd had gathered there for an anti-violence march. The shooting took place at around 11:35 p.m. in the 1200 block of West 78th Place in the Gresham neighborhood on the city’s South Side, according to Chicago police. Authorities said a 23-year-old man was outside when he was shot in the chest and flagged down a passing vehicle. The driver of that car took the victim to the intersection of West 78th Street and South Racine Avenue where they found a police car ... Read more

DUI Charge Dropped Against Retired Priest Accused in Fatal Orland Park Hit-and-Run – NBC Chicago

Prosecutors have dropped a DUI charge against a retired priest accused of running over two Catholic school teachers — killing one of them — last year while leaving a Christmas party in Orland Park. Rev. Paul Burak no longer faces the alcohol-related charge in connection to the Dec. 4 hit-and-run that killed Margaret “Rone” Leja, according to Cook County records. Burak, 73, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the remaining counts of causing and leaving the scene of a deadly accident, court records show. He was initially charged with aggravated DUI, but that charge was dropped by prosecutors Jan. 7. In ... Read more

Man Charged With Killing Mother’s Boyfriend, Trying to Burn Crime Scene in Englewood – NBC Chicago

A 20-year-old man allegedly beat his mother’s boyfriend to death and tried to burn the crime scene last week in Englewood, prosecutors say. Manuel Hunter, 20, is charged with murder and arson in the death of 41-year-old David Marshall, according to Cook County prosecutors. Marshall died of blunt force trauma to his head, and was found inside a burning apartment in the 5900 block of South Union with no smoke in his lungs, a sign he was killed before the fire, prosecutors said. Marshall had been dozing on a couch Friday morning in the family’s apartment, prosecutors said. He was last ... Read more

Your Guide to the Illinois Primary Election – NBC Chicago

Election Day in Illinois is officially here, with voters across the state heading to the polls Tuesday. Here’s a look at some essential resources to help you prepare for the big day — WHAT ARE THE RACES TO WATCH?  SEE WHO’S ON YOUR BALLOT Enter your address below to find out who your representatives are, and who’s running against them. For a full sample ballot, be sure to visit your local election authority’s website. WHO ARE THE CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR?  With a wider field of six candidates, here’s a look at some background information on the Democrats running for the chance ... Read more

Slight Chance of Snowfall For Monday Morning Commute – NBC Chicago

The year’s first major winter storm has moved on from Chicago, and though there’s a chance of a little more snow falling during the Monday morning commute, rising temperatures early this week will bring a little relief. Saturday’s storm included high waves pounding the Lake Michigan shoreline, flooding parts of Lake Shore Drive and South Shore Drive. More than 1,200 flights also were canceled at the city’s airports. Steady rain throughout Saturday turned into snow by night, with 2.1 inches recorded at O’Hare International Airport and 1.2 inches at Midway International Airport by the end of the storm, according to ... Read more

Snowfall Totals Across the Chicago Area – NBC Chicago

After weeks of rollercoaster-like temperatures, the Chicago area experienced some rain showers since Friday night that paved the way for a winter storm Saturday Some areas saw close to three inches of snow, but most cities saw between one-to-two inches of snowfall thanks to the weather system. How much did your area get? Here are the latest snowfall totals from the National Weather Service: Cook County: Countryside – 0.8 inches Harwood Heights – 1.9 inches Midway International Airport – 1.2 inches Oak Park – 1.9 inches Hoffman Estates – 1.7 inches Rogers park – 1.6 inches Oak Lawn – 1.5 ... Read more

R. Kelly Girlfriend Pleads Not Guilty to Battery Charge – NBC Chicago

A fight between two of R. Kelly’s girlfriends inside the embattled singer’s Trump Tower condominium led to a domestic battery charge against one of them and sent the other to the hospital, Chicago police said Thursday. Joycelyn Savage, 24, was taken into custody after allegedly punching a 22-year-old woman in the face Wednesday, police said. She was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery. Savage’s hands were shackled as she appeared in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday to plead not guilty to the charges. The assistant public defender representing Savage asked that she be released on a recognizance bond, and Judge Erika Orr ... Read more

Flood Watch, Weekend Winter Storm Ahead – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS)– A weekend winter storm is on the way, bringing heavy rain, ice, wind and snow. Friday morning, scattered showers are expected to continue with windy conditions. Flood watch pic.twitter.com/w3GWiFr5l7 — Megan Glaros (@MeganGlaros) January 10, 2020 Chicago areas will be under a flood watch by 10 p.m. Friday when heavy rain is expected to begin. Areas under the flood watch could get 2 to 4 inches of rain. Main risks with this storm pic.twitter.com/wlwK6z4wuP — Megan Glaros (@MeganGlaros) January 10, 2020 In northern areas outside of the flood watch, a wintry mix is likely. Ice Accumulation pic.twitter.com/43IIRwLITU — ... Read more

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Challenger Bill Conway Exchange Barbs Over Burke, Smollett – NBC Chicago

In his race to unseat incumbent Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Democratic candidate Bill Conway is looking his opponent not just to the Jussie Smollett case, but also to embattled Chicago Alderman Ed Burke. In doing so, Conway says his goal is simple: to “get politics out of an office it never belonged.”    Conway criticized Foxx for her handling of the Smollett case, saying the actor “got a special deal.” Conway also blasted Foxx for her connections to Burke, saying that she asked the alderman to host a fundraiser for her and that shortly after the conversation Foxx “signed off ... Read more

Merging Governments Tops Illinois Property Tax-Reduction Plan – NBC Chicago

Illinois could lighten its property tax burden by consolidating governmental taxing districts, standardizing property-value assessments, tightening up the appeals process and reining in breaks on commercial redevelopments, according to a draft report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The unpublished report, required by state law signed last summer by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, found that Illinois hauls in $30 billion a year, or 38% of the total taxes collected, from a system put in place when the state was founded on its agricultural economy. Now it’s best known as the nation’s next-to-costliest, behind New Jersey . “Where an owner’s land ... Read more

Here’s What To Do If You Encounter a Coyote in Chicago – NBC Chicago

In the wake of two coyote attacks in Chicago in one day this week, experts are telling people to be vigilant while outside. While the chance for a coyote attack is minimal, Cook County Animal and Rabies Control said being prepared is crucial in case you encounter a coyote. “More than 1,500 coyotes reside throughout Cook County,” said Cook County Animal and Rabies Control in a statement. “While they are very unlikely to attack humans, it is important to take precautions to ensure the safety of residents and their pets.” Two people were attacked Wednesday within hours of each other ... Read more

Mother Sentenced to Prison for Lower Wacker Crash That Killed Her Baby – NBC Chicago

A mother has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for causing a crash that killed her 1-year-old child on Lower Wacker Drive a year ago. Adreannia Donaldson was allegedly driving while high and drunk on Jan. 11, 2019, when she crashed into an oncoming vehicle near Garvey Court, Cook County prosecutors have said. Her child, 23-month-old Amaria Glenn, was ejected from the car and killed, authorities said. The child was wearing a seat belt, but was not in a car seat. Donaldson was sentenced on Tuesday to 3 years in prison by Judge William Gamboney, according to court records. ... Read more

Judge Orders Google to Turn Over Jussie Smollett’s Emails – NBC Chicago

A judge has ordered Google to turn over over a year’s worth of Jussie Smollett’s emails, private messages, photographs and location data to a special prosecutor who is looking into why prosecutors abruptly dismissed criminal charges against the actor. On Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reported that it had obtained two search warrants submitted by special prosecutor Dan Webb and signed off by Cook County Judge Michael Toomin last month. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office filed and quickly dropped 16 counts of disorderly conduct against Smollett for for allegedly staging a January 2019 attack in downtown Chicago and lying ... Read more