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House Speaker Mike Madigan Cancels Special Session On Education Bill
CHICAGO (CBS) — State schools could be closer to getting the funds they need. State Lawmakers will not meet for a special session on Wednesday to override Governor Rauner’s veto of the state education bill, but both sides reportedly appear to be closer to compromise. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli has a look at when lawmakers are expected to meet again. At the eleventh hour the Speaker of Illinois scrapped plans to try and override the Governor’s veto of a school funding plan. According to the published reports, House Speaker Mike Madigan now says House and Senate leaders will meet in Chicago on Thursday to try to hammer out a deal. Madigan called off the vote because leaders from both parties said that significant progress was made in closed door meetings held Tuesday. That would, of course, avoid the veto override attempt all together. The Speaker had planned to call lawmakers back to Springfield on Wednesday to attempt to override Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of a school funding plan. The Governor said the plan is too generous for Chicago Public Schools. He argues that is gives short shift to suburban and downstate districts. Speaker Madigan ... read more
Published on 08-23-2017
1 hour ago
ESPN Broadcaster Robert Lee Taken Off UVA Game Due To Name
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN broadcaster Robert Lee will not work Virginia’s season opener because of recent violence in Charlottesville sparked by the decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. A spokeswoman for ESPN says Lee has been moved to Youngstown State’s game at Pittsburgh on the ACC Network on Sept. 2. The network says the decision was made “as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name.” Plans to remove a statue of Lee led to a protest in Charlottesville earlier this month that attracted what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade. Violent clashes erupted between a large gathering of white nationalists and hundreds of counter protesters. ESPN says the decision to put Lee on another game was made “collectively.” It also says it’s “a shame that this is even a topic of conversation.” On the eve of the violent rally, young white men wearing khakis and white polo shirts marched through the University of Virginia’s campus, holding torches as they chanted racist and anti-Semitic slogans, according to CBS News. The next morning, many donned helmets and shields ... read more
Published on 08-23-2017
1 hour ago
Police: Person Killed, 2 Injured In Yorkville Crash
CHICAGO (CBS) — One person was killed and two others were injured in a crash early Wednesday in southwest suburban Yorkville, police said. The two-car crash happened about 4:30 a.m. on Route 126 near Hopkins Road, according to Illinois State Police Sgt. George Del Rio. The driver of one vehicle was killed in the crash, but additional details were not available, he said. Two occupants of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, Del Rio said. As of 6:20 a.m., Route 126 was closed to traffic in the area. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.) ... read more
Published on 08-23-2017
2 hours ago
Man Stabbed Multiple Times In McKinley Park
CHICAGO (CBS) — A man was stabbed multiple times early Wednesday in the McKinley Park neighborhood on the South Side. The stabbing happened about 4:30 a.m. in the 3200 block of South Archer, according to Chicago Fire Department Deputy District Chief Michael Del Greco. The man, thought to be in his 30s, suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, Del Greco said. Chicago Police did not immediately provide information on the incident. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.) ... read more
Published on 08-23-2017
2 hours ago
Attorney Defends ‘Split Second’ Decision As Chicago Cop’s Trial Begins
CHICAGO (CBS) — The veteran Chicago cop on trial for his December 2013 shooting of two teenagers made a “split second” decision in what he believed to be a neighborhood full of guns, drugs and crime, his defense attorney told a jury Tuesday. Officer Marco Proano made that decision after arriving at 95th and LaSalle on Dec. 22, 2013, where two fellow officers had crossed paths with a stolen Toyota packed with teenagers. The driver had fled, a BB gun had fallen out of the car, and the vehicle had suddenly begun to reverse with one teen hanging out of a window, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. Daniel Herbert, Proano’s attorney, said the officer’s state of mind quickly boiled down to this: “He knows something bad is happening, and ‘I need to do something.’” Now, Proano is on trial at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse for the choice he made that night. Assistant U.S. Attorney Georgia Alexakis bluntly — and repeatedly — described Proano’s decision to jurors during opening statements Tuesday afternoon. “The defendant pulled his trigger 16 times,” Alexakis said. “He emptied his clip. He used up every bullet in his gun.” A police dashcam captured the shooting on video. ... read more
Published on 08-23-2017
2 hours ago
Police: Man Arrested Carrying 2 Loaded Handguns, Drugs In Elgin
CHICAGO (CBS) — An Elgin man was arrested carrying weapons and drugs Monday evening in the northwest suburb, police said. Darius Holt, 20, faces charges of armed violence, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, according to a statement from Elgin police. screen shot 2017 08 23 at 3 13 36 am Police: Man Arrested Carrying 2 Loaded Handguns, Drugs In ElginDarius Holt (Credit: Kane County sheriff’s office) About 5:45 p.m. on Monday, officers in the Gang Crimes Unit “stopped a suspicious person” near Washburn and Vandalia streets, the statement said. A search of the suspect, identified as Holt, revealed two loaded handguns and illegal drugs, police said. He was arrested without incident. On Tuesday, Holt was ordered held at the Kane County Adult Justice Center on a $250,000 bond, according to the Kane County sheriff’s office. He is due back in court on Aug. 30. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.) ... read more
Published on 08-23-2017
2 hours ago
Police: Man Repeatedly Attacks 69-Year-Old Woman In Aurora
CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are looking for a man who attacked a 69-year-old woman three times in an 11-minute period Saturday morning in west suburban Aurora. The woman told investigators the attacks happened between 5:50 a.m. and 6:01 a.m. while she was out for her usual morning walk near Rural and Ohio streets, according to a statement from Aurora police. As she was walking, a man approached her from behind and demanded valuables. When she told him she didn’t have any, the man knocked her to the ground, kicked her in the face and ran off, police said. He returned a few minutes later, battered the woman again and ran away once more. The woman crossed the street to knock on a door in the 600 block of Ohio Street to seek help, but no one answered, police said. As she walked away, the suspect returned, attacked her again and ran away north on Ohio. The victim then walked to a home in the 900 block of Mountain Street, where a resident called 911, police said. Aurora Fire Department paramedics checked the woman out, but she refused transport to a hospital. The suspect was described as a 5-foot-10, 150-pound black ... read more
Published on 08-23-2017
2 hours ago
Police Warn Of Cellphone Robberies On Near North Side
CHICAGO (CBS) — Police are warning residents about a recent string of cellphone robberies on the Near North Side. In each incident, the suspects approached the victim from behind, grabbed the cellphone, then ran away or rode away on a bicycle, according to a community alert from Chicago Police. In four of the robberies, the suspect jumped into a white Cadillac, which sped away. The thefts happened: – In the morning on Aug. 21 in the first block of West Schiller Street; – In the morning on Aug. 18 in the 400 block of North Clark Street; – In the afternoon on Aug. 14 in the 200 block of East Illinois Street; – In the afternoon on Aug. 14 in the 500 block of North State Street; – In the morning on Aug. 12 in the first block of East Chicago Avenue; – In the afternoon on Aug. 11 in the 600 block of North Lake Shore Drive; – In the afternoon on Aug. 11 in the 200 block of East Delaware Place; – In the afternoon on Aug. 11 in the 200 block of West Kinzie Street; – In the afternoon on Aug. 10 in the 200 block of ... read more
Published on 08-23-2017
2 hours ago
Levine: Lucas Giolito Strong Early, Hurt By Mistakes Later In White Sox Debut
By Bruce Levine– CHICAGO (CBS) — The procession of young players and in particular pitchers continues at a rapid pace for the rebuilding White Sox, who watched as 23-year-old right-hander Lucas Giolito made his team debut in a 4-1 loss to the Twins on Tuesday evening at Guaranteed Rate Field. Joining Reynaldo Lopez and Carson Fulmer in making their first big league starts of this season in recent weeks, Giolito went six innings, allowing four runs, all earned, on six hits while striking out four and walking none. Giolito acquitted himself well early, allowing just two hits, including a solo shot to Jorge Polanco, through four innings in a 1-1 game. Kennys Vargas then took Giolito deep to lead off the fifth inning, and the long ball got Giolito in the sixth inning as well in the form of a two-run blast by Eddie Rosario. “I felt good going in,” Giolito said. “I would say a few mistakes got me tonight. I was trying to go inside with the heater. I left a few over the middle. Guys up here (in the majors) are going to hit mistakes, and that is kind of what happened.” The transition from highly touted ... read more
Published on 08-23-2017
10 hours ago
Police Fire Shots On SW Side
(STMW) — Multiple people are in custody after shots were fired by Chicago Police officers responding to a call of shots fired Tuesday night in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. The officers fired the shots about 8:50 p.m. near the intersection of 26th Street and Albany Avenue, according to Chicago Police. The number of officers who fired shots was unknown. No injuries were reported, police said. Multiple persons of interest were being questioned Tuesday night, police said. The number of people in custody was not known. Additional information was not immediately available. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire copy; Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.) ... read more
Published on 08-22-2017
10 hours ago
Cubs Rally To Beat Reds, Watch As Kris Bryant Leaves As Precaution After Being Hit By Pitch
CINCINNATI (AP) — Cubs star Kris Bryant exited after being hit in the left hand by a pitch, and lefty Anthony Rizzo wound up playing third base as Chicago beat the Cincinnati Reds, 13-9, Tuesday night for their seventh win in nine games. The defending World Series champion Cubs moved a season-high 10 games over .500. This victory came with a late offensive surge, with the Cubs scoring nine runs in the last three innings. Bryant was taken out as a precaution after being plunked in the ninth. X-rays after the game were negative, according to reports. Minus the NL MVP and ahead 13-6, manager Joe Maddon shifted Rizzo across the diamond from first base to make his first career appearance at third — a rare spot for a left-hander. Rizzo didn’t get any plays at the new position. The Cubs rallied in the seventh after loading the bases with two outs. Baez fell behind 0-2 against left-hander Wandy Peralta (3-4), worked the count full, fouled off a pitch and then singled to right for a pair of runs that tied it 6-6, his bat shattering on impact. Zobrist was originally in the lineup, but had trouble getting a rental car ... read more
Published on 08-22-2017
10 hours ago
Twins Beat White Sox, 4-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jorge Polanco homered for the third time in two days, smacking one of the Minnesota Twins’ three long balls in a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Polanco led off the fourth inning with his sixth homer of the season after going deep in both ends of a doubleheader Monday. Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario added home runs against rookie Lucas Giolito (0-1) in his White Sox debut. The Twins remained in playoff position with their fifth win in six games. Acquired from the Washington Nationals in an offseason trade for Adam Eaton, Giolito allowed six hits and four runs in six innings, striking out four. Rookie Yoan Moncada hustled for a double on a slow ground ball through the infield in the first inning, moved to third base on a fly ball from Jose Abreu and then scored on a wild pitch to open the scoring. After Polanco’s home run tied it, Vargas started the fifth with a towering shot to right on an 0-2 count to go up 2-1. Rosario hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Minnesota entered with a half-game lead for the second AL wild card ... read more
Published on 08-22-2017
10 hours ago
Watch Chicago Gourmet’s ‘In 30 Minutes Or Less’ Cooking Demo
Lin Brehmer brought two of Chicago's best chefs Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia, Terzo Piano) and John Hogan (River Roast) to the CBS Radio Culinary Kitchen for 'Chicago Gourmet in 30 Minutes or Less!' ... read more
Published on 08-22-2017
10 hours ago
Trial Begins For Cop Who Fired At Teens
(CBS) — The federal trial of a Chicago police officer who shot 16 times into a car full of teens –hitting two of them — got underway Tuesday. CBS 2’s Mai Martinez was in court for opening statements. Dash-cam video is a key piece of evidence in the federal case against officer Marco Proano. Officer Proano responded to a call for help from fellow officers in pursuit of a possible stolen car in December 2013. As a car full of teens reversed, Proano opened fire on it — emptying his clip of 16 bullets. Two of the teens were hit. In court, prosecutors called Proano’s actions unreasonable and excessive, but Proano’s attorney, Dan Herbert, said the officer did what he was trained to do. He questioned how the government could pursue a case against the officer after the feds have been critical of training by the Chicago Police Department. Herbert went on to say the shooting took about three seconds, and Proano fired because he feared for his safety and the safety of one of the passengers who he thought was being dragged by the car. Herbert also showed the jury a BB gun that looks like a real gun ... read more
Published on 08-22-2017
10 hours ago
$10K Reward Offered In Thornton Township Homicide
(STMW) — A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the April 6 homicide of a Thornton Township woman, according to a statement from the Cook County sheriff’s office. About 2 p.m. April 6, Ramona Shelton was found in her vehicle in front of a home in the 15500 block of South Paxton Avenue, according to the sheriff’s police investigation. She had been shot multiple times and died at the scene. The investigation into Shelton’s murder is ongoing, the sheriff’s office said. The reward is being offered through friends of Shelton. Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart is asking anyone with information about the homicide to contact sheriff’s police detectives at (708) 865-4896. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire copy; Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)   ... read more
Published on 08-22-2017
11 hours ago
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