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‘I Hope The Get Locked Up For Life,’ Uncle Upset After Barbershop Shooting Injures Two Nephews – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Heartbreaking pictures of one of the young victims from Thursday night’s barbershop shooting. Eleven-year-old Lorenzo Matthews recovering in the hospital after surgery. This after a gunman wounded five people on Chicago’s West Side. CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross spoke with the 11-year-old’s uncle as people were gathered in front of the barbershop Friday afternoon for a vigil. There are surveillance cameras outside the barbershop and high above the pavement, a city police camera. The barbershop reopened for business on Friday. The busted barbershop door and bullet hole are visible from outside the Gotcha Faded barbershop. And a glimpses ... Read more

Pritzker Signs Law Ending Driver’s License Suspensions Over Unpaid Parking Tickets – NBC Chicago

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Friday a measure to stop the state’s practice of suspending driver’s licenses over most non-moving violations, like unpaid parking tickets. The General Assembly passed the legislation, known as the “License to Work Act,” with bipartisan support in late October. It will take effect on July 1. “With this bipartisan legislation, Illinois now recognizes the fact that suspending licenses for having too many unpaid tickets or fines or fees doesn’t necessarily make a person pay the bill, but it does mean the people who are suffering from this don’t have a way to pay,” ... Read more

Search For Gunman Who Shot Five People, Including Children, At Chicago Barbershop – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are searching for a gunman who opened fire in a West Side barbershop, wounding five people. Some of the victims were children just there to get their hair cut. Now they’re in the hospital. CBS 2’s Eric Cox has more from West Garfield Park where a community activist is calling for justice. Activist and rabbi Michael Ben Yosef has been outside the barbershop where blood was shed last night since 7:00 Friday morning. Using his megaphone to call on the community to take action after five people were shot. The rabbi said once he heard about ... Read more

5 People, Including 3 Children, Shot on Chicago’s West Side – NBC Chicago

At least five people, including three children, have been hospitalized after a shooting on Chicago’s West Side Thursday evening. Chicago police say the shooting occurred at a barber shop in the 200 block of North Pulaski Road. Authorities say that two people walked into the shop, looked around and then left. The pair then returned and began firing shots into the shop before fleeing the scene. According to CFD officials, three children were taken to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds, where they are listed in critical condition. Chicago police say that a 16-year-old, an 11-year-old, and a 12-year-old were shot ... Read more

Tuesday Marks First Day of 2020 Without Any Reported Shootings in Chicago – NBC Chicago

No one was shot Tuesday in Chicago, marking the first time that Chicago has gone a full day without a reported shooting since November. The respite in gun violence last nearly 27 hours, between 10:10 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago police records. Six people were wounded Monday in shootings across Chicago, the latest of which happened inside a home in Austin on the West Side. That incident, about 10:10 p.m. in the 4800 block of West Quincy Street, left a 33-year-old man seriously wounded. Nearly 27 hours passed before another person was shot in Chicago. ... Read more

CTA Crime Concerns Arise, Residents Call For Action in Meeting With Police, CTA Officials – NBC Chicago

Lakeview residents were expected to face 19th District police and Chicago Transit Authority representatives at a meeting Wednesday coordinated to address the increase in recent crimes reported on CTA trains. Some CTA commuters told NBC 5 they were attacked and robbed between the Roosevelt and Harrison stops on the Red Line about a week ago. Moreover, police were warning CTA passengers of a pair of robberies reported last week on Pink Line trains in Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side. On Jan. 2, police indicated that a man robbed and attempted to sexually assault a woman on a northbound Red Line ... Read more

More People Died From Fentanyl OD Than Homicides In Cook County In 2019 – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — More people died from fentanyl overdoses in Cook County last year than from homicide. The finding comes from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot spoke on Wednesday to some people who are dealing with the reality of the tragedy on the city’s West Side every day. “We lost three people last weekend – in one weekend – to overdoses,” said Dan Hostetler, executive director of the Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, at 2942 W. Lake St. in East Garfield Park. “They evidently got something off the street, that didn’t… was toxic!” ... 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

Chicago Police Announce Expansion of Detective Divisions – NBC Chicago

The Chicago Police Department announced Tuesday the number of detective areas in the city is expanding from three to five in order to improve response times, particularly on the West Side. Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned the plan in October, and a report from the Police Executive Research Forum recommended the expansion, saying it was challenging to effectively police large areas and respond in a timely manner. Detectives in those areas can take between 60 and 90 minutes to arrive at a crime scene, Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said at a news conference. “By then many witnesses are gone and evidence has often ... 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