Tag: North Side

South Side Hospitals Hope Merger Will Lead to Better Healthcare Options for Residents – NBC Chicago

A quartet of hospitals on Chicago’s South Side are combining their assets to create a new hospital system, and their goal is to help patients live longer and healthier lives, as 60 percent of residents go to hospitals outside of the area. Patients are hoping that the news of the merger between Mercy, South Shore, Advocate Trinity and St. Bernard will help to improve outcomes and quality of care. “People want better service and I think that’d be the best thing for us,” one resident said. Census data shows most South Side communities have significantly lower life expectancies than those ... Read more

Coyote Captured Is The One Involved in Lincoln Park Attack – NBC Chicago

After undergoing DNA testing, Chicago Animal Care and Control confirmed Sunday that the coyote captured earlier this month was the same animal involved in the atttack with a 6-year-old boy in Lincoln Park. “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,” said the CACC in a statement released Sunday. The coyote was chased by officials through several city blocks until they finally captured the injured creature in the 1700 block of North Dayton St. on ... Read more

Captured Coyote Taken to Rehab Center as Crews Continue to Patrol Chicago – NBC Chicago

An injured coyote captured in a heavily documented pursuit in Chicago will be taken to a local rehabilitation center for evaluation, Chicago Animal Care and Control said Friday. The animal, which was captured in the 1700 block of North Dayton St. Thursday night, was “safely darted” with a tranquilizer before being taken away by authorities. Animal control said the coyote will undergo DNA testing to confirm if it is the same animal involved in an attack in the Lincoln Park area earlier this week. That testing could take weeks to complete, officials said. Meanwhile, authorities plan to “aggressively patrol the ... Read more

Coyote Captured in Ranch Triangle Thursday Night – NBC Chicago

 After an exhaustive search and pursuit, Chicago police and animal control officials were able to capture a coyote on Chicago’s North Side on Thursday night. The animal was chased by police and animal control officials through several city blocks, but was finally captured near the intersection of North Fremont Street and West Willow Street just after 10 p.m. Thursday. Video showed the animal being loaded into an Animal Care and Control van after it was shot with a tranquilizer: It is unclear if the animal is the one wanted in a pair of recent attacks in the city. In one ... Read more

Man Bitten by Coyote Marks Second Attack in Chicago in 1 Day – NBC Chicago

A second person was attacked by a coyote in Chicago just hours after a young boy was hospitalized after being bitten on the city’s North Side, officials say. The second incident took place in the evening hours on Wednesday in the 700 block of North Fairbanks Court in the city’s Streeterville neighborhood, according to Chicago police. Authorities said a 32-year-old man walked into Northwestern Memorial Hospital and said he had been walking on the sidewalk in the area when a coyote came from behind and bit him in the buttocks. He was in good condition and was expected to be ... Read more

9 Shot, 1 Killed in Christmas Eve Shootings Across Chicago – NBC Chicago

Nine people were shot across Chicago on Christmas Eve, including a man who was killed in Austin on the West Side. Michael Dumas, 31, was standing on the sidewalk with a 52-year-old man about 2 p.m. in the 700 block of North Lotus Avenue, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. Two male suspects approached them, and both pulled out firearms. The males opened fire, striking Dumas multiple times and hitting the 52-year-old in the leg , officials said. Both men were taken to Stroger Hospital. Dumas succumbed to his injuries about 6:30 p.m., the medical examiner’s ... Read more

Vehicle With Children Inside Stolen in West Rogers Park: Police – NBC Chicago

No one was injured after a vehicle with three kids inside was stolen Sunday in West Rogers Park on the North Side. A 49-year-old man left his 2019 Toyota Highlander running about 11:20 p.m. in the 3100 block of West Devon Avenue, Chicago police said. Inside were his three children, a nine-year-old boy and two girls, ages four and 16. Two male suspects drove up in a 2011 black Toyota Camry which was possibly stolen earlier from the 6300 block of North Maplewood Avenue, police said. The passenger got out of the Camry, went into the Highlander and fled with ... Read more

Project to Protect Chicago’s Lake Shore Moves to South Side – NBC Chicago

A months-long project to help shore up Chicago’s lakefront in the battle against erosion has moved to the South Side. On Tuesday, advance work began on a new project to help stabilize the lakefront between 49th and 51st Streets. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Chicago Department of Transportation, and the Chicago Park District will embark on the bulk of the work in January as they try to save bike paths and beaches along the lakes. Last summer, the lakefront path was separated into two separate trails, and the path closer to the lake is currently unusable because of heavy ... Read more

Brandon Morrow Reportedly Signs Minor-League Contract With Cubs – NBC Chicago

Pitcher Brandon Morrow had high hopes when he signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2018 season, but after two injury-plagued seasons, he’s reportedly going to give the North Side another try. According to multiple reports, Morrow has agreed to a one-year minor league contract with the Cubs. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale and ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers both reported on the deal Friday afternoon. The #Cubs are bringing back reliever Brandon Morrow, agreeing to a minor league contract that will pay him $1 million in #MLB with $1.25 million in incentives — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December ... Read more

Chilling Video Shows Events Leading to Murder of UIC Student

New videos released Wednesday shows the chilling moments leading up to the murder of 19-year-old UIC student Ruth George. The videos, released by police at the University of Illinois-Chicago, shows the chain of events that ultimately led to George’s death inside of a campus parking garage on the morning of Nov. 23. According to authorities, George was sexually assaulted and strangled to death inside of her vehicle in the garage, and using the surveillance footage, police arrested Donald Thurman and charged him in George’s death. In one video, a man, identified by authorities as Thurman, exits a train and leaving ... Read more

Man Charged in November Murder of Nurse in Little Village

A 19-year-old man is being charged in connection with the shooting death of 32-year-old Frank Aguilar in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. According to Chicago police, Armando Lopez was charged by detectives in connection to the murder on Wednesday, and will make his first court appearance Thursday morning.  Just before 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, Aguilar was walking in the 3700 block of West 32nd Street when someone in a gray SUV opened fire, striking him in the chest. He was transported to Mount Sinai, where he was later pronounced dead. Family Remembers Nurse Shot And Killed in Little Village On ... Read more

Cook County Moves To Vacate Pot Cases

In a historic hearing Wednesday, in a building more accustomed to accusations than exonerations, State’s Attorney Kim Foxx began the process of purging what are expected to be hundreds of thousands of low-level cannabis cases statewide. “I am formally moving to vacate these convictions,” Foxx said. “As Cook County’s chief prosecutor, I feel we must own our role in the harm these convictions caused.” The exoneration effort lies at the heart of Illinois cannabis legalization, which is to take effect on Jan. 1. Getting a jump on the new law, Foxx stood before Chief Judge Timothy Evans, and began reading ... Read more

Local Market Grocery Store Opens in South Shore

After six years of empty promises and an empty building, residents in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood are rejoicing on Wednesday as a new Local Market location opened in their area.   The new Local Market location opened Wednesday in a space that was formerly occupied by Dominick’s near the intersection of 71st and Jeffrey. That store closed its doors in 2013, but six years later, an area that was once a food desert is now the proud new home of a 64,000-square foot store. “After Dominick’s closed, we started going to Jewel, and I didn’t know what to do because ... Read more

Officials Investigate Stolen Mail in Schaumburg, Chicago Heights

Residents in Schaumburg say the checks they are dropping off at a post box are allegedly ending up in the hands of criminals. Last month local Chris Slowinksi said she put about 30 checks in a box on Schaumburg Road, paying bills for the excavation company she works for. When she started going over bank records, she said she saw a big problem. “The name had been erased and a different name had been put on the check and those had actually gone through and been cashed…there was like $2,000 worth of checks that had been washed and counterfeited,” she ... Read more

National Film Registry Announces Diverse Class of 2019

More films directed or co-directed by women than ever before have been added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Among the 25 selected are Patricia Cardoso’s 2002 “Real Women Have Curves,” Gunvor Nelson’s 1969 “My Name is Oona” and the 1971 “A New Leaf,” which Elaine May wrote, directed and starred in. Also included are the 1984 documentary “Before Stonewall,” co-directed by Greta Schiller and Robert Rosenberg, and Madeline Anderson’s 1970 “I Am Somebody,” considered the first documentary on civil rights directed by a woman. The annual list of influential films that span both genres and ... Read more

Officials Warn to Check Christmas Trees for Praying Mantis Eggs

Do you have a Christmas tree in your home? You might want to check it. Officials in Erie County, Ohio are warning of walnut-sized and shaped masses in trees. Turns out, they could hold inside them 100 to 200 praying mantis eggs. “Don’t bring them inside,” the county’s warning read. “They will hatch and starve.” Officials advised anyone who finds them to “clip the branch and put it in your garden.” The photo accompanying the post showed a large brown mass attached to the leaves of a Christmas tree. So, how common is it? Christmas Tree Allergies a Problem for ... Read more

Police Respond to Car in Water Off Lake Shore Drive

A vehicle ended up in the water off of Lake Shore Drive in Chicago’s Gold Coast early Wednesday. Chicago police said authorities were called to the 900 block of North Lake Shore Drive at around 7:14 a.m. for a car in the water of Lake Michigan. There were no reports of injuries, officials said. Further details were not immediately available. Check back for updates on this developing story.

Victims in Deadly Orland Park Hit-and-Run Were Teachers Leaving Staff Christmas Party

The two women struck by a car in an Orland Park parking lot Wednesday night, leaving one dead and the other injured, were teachers leaving their staff Christmas party at the time they were hit, the school’s principal said. At around 8 p.m., the two women were walking out of the Square Celt Restaurant, located at 39 Orland Square Drive at the Orland Park Mall, when they were hit by a vehicle that fled the scene, according to a statement from Orland Park police. The women were taken to Silver Cross Hospital where one of the victims, a 61-year-old woman, ... Read more

Lions Announce David Blough Will Start at Quarterback vs. Bears

When the Chicago Bears face the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving in the Motor City, they’ll be facing a quarterback who hasn’t thrown a single NFL pass. The Lions announced Wednesday that quarterback David Blough will be under center for the team in the nationally televised game. The undrafted free agent out of Purdue has not thrown a single pass since joining the league, and with Matthew Stafford on the shelf with a back injury and Jeff Driskel dealing with a hamstring issue, Blough will have to face one of the NFL’s toughest defenses. In 44 career games at Purdue, Blough ... Read more

Overcast Skies, Cool Temps on Menu for Thanksgiving in Chicago Area

After a blustery and windy day Wednesday, calmer and cooler conditions are on the menu for Thanksgiving Day across the Chicago area. The day Thursday will begin with chilly and overcast conditions and will remain that way for most of the day. High temperatures will only rise into the mid-to-high 30s in most locations, and heavy cloud cover is expected to stick around the area for several days. Friday will see more of the same both in terms of clouds and temperature, with a very slight chance of rain or an icy mix on Friday morning, but changes are in ... Read more

UIC Students Hold Vigil Honoring Ruth George

Students gathered at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Monday after it was announced that the man accused of killing a 19-year-old student had confessed to her brutal slaying. Ruth George was reported missing by her family over the weekend. Her body was later found inside of a campus parking garage, and 26-year-old Donald Thurman is facing first-degree murder charges in her death. On Monday, students gathered for a vigil to mourn George’s death, remembering a girl who had been on campus for less than two years, but had made a big impact on the lives of those around her. “We ... Read more

Family Left Devastated After Dog’s Mysterious Death at Doggie Daycare

It was a day like any other for Nick Kamenjarin when he dropped off his dog Pharaoh at a dog daycare center, but when he returned, his dog was unresponsive and he was left with a lot of unanswered questions. On the fateful day, Kamenjarin brought in his 3-year-old dog to Playful Paws in Chicago’s South Old Irving Park neighborhood on the northwest side. When he returned to get the dog, however, something was terribly wrong. “(The owner) came back and said that Pharaoh was not breathing,” Kamenjarin said. Kamenjarin then raced back to the dog play area at the ... Read more

Family of Teen Shot During Police Gun Battle Sues Surviving Suspect

A high school musician who was interning at a Chicago music school when he became the innocent victim of a gun battle between police and a bank robbery suspect may never regain full use of his arm, his family said Monday.  The parents of 15-year-old Rylan Wilder filed a lawsuit Monday against the surviving suspect in a Des Plaines bank robbery that sparked a police chase into Chicago and ended in a fatal gun battle between officers and a second suspect.  Wilder is believed to have been wounded by gunfire from a Des Plaines officer’s weapon, but his family’s lawsuit ... Read more

15-Year-Old Girl Shot to Death in Aurora Sunday

Police are continuing to investigate after a teen girl was shot to death Sunday morning in suburban Aurora. According to authorities, the girl, identified as 15-year-old Jasmine Noble, was shot to death early Sunday morning in the 400 block of Florida Avenue. Just after 12:20 a.m., a 911 call placed to Aurora police reported a girl shot inside of a home. Paramedics rushed to the scene, where they pronounced Noble dead, according to a press release. Police say that the case is being handled as a death investigation with suspicious circumstances. Authorities are interviewing witnesses and reviewing evidence, and are ... Read more