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5-Year-Old Boy Playing In Snow Impaled By Curb Marker
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Wheaton Police say a child was impaled by a curb marker in a pile of snow Monday afternoon. Police say the incident happened at the Church of the Resurrection on Union Avenue just before 1 in the afternoon. A boy and his mother were there for a church function.   “A 5-year-old boy who was playing in a snow hill at the church lost his balance and fell,” said Wheaton police Lieutenant Bob Miller. “When he came down, his cheek got impaled on a curb marker — the long, orange-fluorescent curb markers.” Miller says the curb marker went into the boy’s cheek about an inch, then came right back out. The boy was transported to Central DuPage Hospital in good condition. ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
36 mins ago
Top-Ranking Madigan Aide Out After Misconduct Complaints
CHICAGO (CBS) — Shaw Decremer appears to have lost his pivotal role as one of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s top political lieutenants. Once on the state payroll, later a lobbyist, Decremer’s job was to help Madigan-sponsored House candidates get elected — until now. A Madigan spokesman confirmed Monday: “He had assignments (this year), but not now. All I can tell you is he has no current assignments.” #Madigan. Shaw Decremer former field lieutenant to Speaker & successful lobbyist "has no current campaign assignments." Dem lawmakers say that is unusual in primary season. May be a firing. — Edward Marshall (@edmarshallcbs2) February 19, 2018 One week ago, it became known Madigan political aide Kevin Quinn was fired after former campaign worker Alaina Hampton accused Quinn of sexual harassment. Now, the losses in Madigan’s inner circle are starting to add up. Decremer was also named in a lawsuit against Madigan, filed by Jason Gonzales, Madigan’s 2016 primary challenger. “He is a major reason why Illinois is in the condition that it’s in, and he has to go,” Gonzales said. In the suit, Gonzales charged that Decremer placed two “sham candidates” on the ballot to dilute the Hispanic vote. Madigan won easily. ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
1 hour ago
Chicago’s Hijab Billboard Campaign Seeks To Educate
CHICAGO (CBS) — A billboard campaign seeks to educate Chicago-area drivers about a traditional garment worn by some Muslim women. For six weeks, billboards along the Tri-State Tollway and I-55 will feature women wearing the hijab, a veil covering the head and chest. Kiran Malik says when her daughter, Imaan, wanted to wear a hijab to high school, she had one question. “I was like, are you sure? I was afraid. I was afraid for her.” Malik knew from her own experience what might follow. One driver, upon seeing her wearing the garment, attempted to force Malik off the road one time. “Right on 59 in Streamwood. He drove me into oncoming traffic with my kids in the car, spewing out words, like, ‘go back to your country,'” she said. Instances such as these are why Malik, along with other members of the Muslim group GainPeace, wanted the billboards, to demonstrate the hijab as a symbol of empowerment and devotion to their religion. The hope is to dispel what they call negative stereotypes about Muslim women. “I choose to wear the hijab so I follow the command of God,” said Sara Barday, a GainPeace member. “Wearing the hijab is 100 percent my choice. ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
2 hours ago
National School Walkout Planned After Florida Shooting
CHICAGO (CBS) — Last week’s mass shooting at a Florida high school has prompted students in Broward County Florida to call for walkouts on school campuses across the United States aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. “We’re going to make ourselves so loud, so brazen, that they won’t be able to ignore us,” said one survivor of Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Organizers behind the Women’s March are assisting the students, and together have called for a 17-minute walkout on March 14 to “protest Congress’ inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods.” RELATEDThousands In Chicago Protest Gun Laws Following Florida Shooting Dr. Joyce Kenner, principal of Chicago’s Whitney Young High school, said she is sympathetic to the cause, as are other school administrators. “Emotionally, every single day I walk into that building and, hopefully at the end of the day, every student is safe and can go home,” Kenner said. While the Chicago Public Schools district forbids students from walking out of school, Kenner says she will adjust the school’s schedule so students can take 17 minutes outside of the building to remember the 17 who died ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
2 hours ago
Blackhawks Ban Fans: ‘Racist Comments Not Tolerated’
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Blackhawks fans who shouted racist taunts at a Washington Capitals player have been banned from attending games at the United Center. “We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games,” said spokesman Adam Rogowin. “Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.” Four fans were ejected from the United Center on Saturday night for chanting a racial taunt while Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly served a penalty for fighting during the Capitals’ loss to the Blackhawks. “I think all of us feel, that there’s just no place for any of that in society or at sporting events,” Patrick Kane said after Monday’s practice. Smith-Pelly confirmed the fans were chanting “basketball, basketball, basketball” and understood immediately what it meant in being directed at a black hockey player in a sport dominated by white athletes. There are fewer than 30 African-American players on NHL rosters. Smith-Pelly said he’s been the target of racial taunts in the past but wasn’t willing to ignore this one. “We’re at a time now where you can’t brush it under ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
3 hours ago
300 CPS Students Treated To Free Viewing Of Black Panther
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — With the day off from school, 300 Chicago Public School students were treated to see Black Panther at a Chatham movie theater. The lobby of the Studio Movie Grill was full of students, including at least one fan dressed like the main character and some wearing bright African patterns. 20180219 105221 300 CPS Students Treated To Free Viewing Of Black PantherFan dresses as Black Panther for moving screening. (WBBM/Nancy Harty) Members of the Black McDonald’s Operators Association such as Yolanda Travis Mack helped pay for the private screening. She hopes the movie sends a message to young African-American children that they can be whatever they want to be. Troy Pryor, who works to give new filmmakers access to production resources, said he thinks the movie will be a turning point for an industry that hasn’t always featured black characters in a positive light. Pryor’s group, Creative Cypher, and other non-profits Be Super, Royal and Spoken Cafe also sponsored the event. 20180219 105039 300 CPS Students Treated To Free Viewing Of Black PantherSeveral local groups teamed up show 300 Chicago Public School students the new Black Panther movie for free. (WBBM/Nancy Harty) After the movie there was a panel discussion about careers in the film industry. Organizers said they were able to add another showing thanks to a donation ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
5 hours ago
Levine: Tom Ricketts Excited By Cubs’ Offseason Moves, 2018 Outlook
By Bruce Levine– MESA, Ariz. (670 The Score) — As he usually does early every spring training, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts addressed his team Monday with a new season on the horizon. “We are really, really excited about the 2018 season,” Ricketts said. “We have had a core of players for the last several years. I think our offseason moves have really set us up to be one of the best teams in baseball. We have the best rotation since I have been here. We have a really deep bullpen, which every team wants and needs. Coming out of our meeting, everyone is in a good place. Everyone is hungry and wants the season to get off to a great start and make this a memorable year.” Ricketts’ annual message always reminds that winning the World Series is the goal. He and his family have done their job in making the Cubs perennial challengers, as the payroll this season will end up near the $197-million luxury tax threshold and the ownership group has spent big on renovations for Wrigley Field and the surrounding area. “The renovations on the field keep moving forward,” Ricketts said. “Next year will be the last ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
5 hours ago
Deadline To Sign Up For Chiditarod Approaches
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The deadline to sign up for one of the more unusual charitable events in the Chicago-area is Tuesday. It’s the Chiditarod, which raises money and collects food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Spokesperson Stephanie Esposito said the March 3 event which begins at Hubbard and Wolcott features decorated shopping carts racing around city streets in a fun competition. “Chiditarod likes to call itself the world’s largest mobile food drive. We are a pub crawl, food drive, fundraiser, shopping cart costumed race that goes through the streets of Chicago,” she said. Last year the Chiditarod raised about $40,000 dollars to help feed the hungry in the Chicago-area. And while the event is fun, Esposito said hunger across the Chicago-area is a serious problem that this event helps ease. ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
5 hours ago
State Rep. Pushes For Support Of Proposed Gun Legislation After Florida Shooting
CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A west suburban state representative is hoping that discussion, following the Parkland, Florida high school massacre last week, creates more support for gun legislation she’s proposed. State representative Kathleen Willis of Addison has proposed a Lethal Violence Order of Protection and a measure requiring gun shops to be licensed by the state. She said the order-of-protection bill would allow family to accuse a relative of being a danger to him or herself or others which would allow police to take away the guns and the person’s Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card for a year. “We know that family members are usually the first to see warning signs, and it’s warning signs before something tragic has happened,” Willis said. “There are protections in the bill so people cannot put in false reports because they don’t like guns.” People who lied to have someone’s guns taken could be charged with perjury, much like someone could if they falsely accuse someone to get an order of protection placed against someone. Representative Willis said the accused relative would have 14 days to appeal to a court to get their guns back. “Standing on the House floor doing ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
5 hours ago
Bears Necessities: Defensive Line Stands As Team’s Best Unit
By Chris Emma– (670 The Score) After a while, Bears defensive end Akiem Hicks was no secret to opposing offensive lines. He earned plenty of respect and found himself meeting double teams off the snap. The 28-year-old Hicks put together his best NFL season in 2017, recording a career-best 8.5 sacks and leading a Bears defense that made major strides. But it was the issue of those double teams that reflected a defense still needing more. Hicks became the focal point of opposing protections when Leonard Floyd suffered his season-ending knee injury, as he recorded just 1.5 sacks in those final six games without the Bears’ best edge rusher playing. Still, the Bears know well they have a young player getting better and better in Hicks. The Bears defensive line proved in 2017 to be their best position group of any, the key behind the No. 10 ranking in total defense. The injury to Floyd illustrated a need at outside linebacker and also how the Bears need another 5-technique opposite Hicks. Eddie Goldman, 24, had a strong season at nose tackle. A key player alongside Hicks, Goldman did his part in stuffing the run and taking on double teams. But ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
6 hours ago
Rain, Melting Snow Prompt Flood Watch For Chicago Area
CHICAGO (CBS) — A combination of heavy rain and melting snow across the Chicago area could cause flooding by Tuesday evening, and the flooding could be significant along some rivers and streams, especially to the southeast. A string of showers and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday is expected to bring 1 to 2 inches of rain to most of the area, and could produce a total of 2 to 4 inches in some areas, with the heaviest precipitation south and east of Chicago. Storms are expected to continue on and off from Monday afternoon until Tuesday night. According to the National Weather Service, the combination of heavy rain and melting snow will cause flooding along some rivers in northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. Some rivers could see major flooding. A flood watch has been issued for most of northern Illinois and northwest Indiana from 6 p.m. Monday through late Tuesday night. Flood watch remains in effect tonight through Tuesday night for northern Il and northwest IN. #ILWX #INWX pic.twitter.com/maQ7FAFGy6 — NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) February 19, 2018 National Weather Service meteorologist Gino Izzi said floods are a threat just about everywhere in the Chicago region, especially in traditionally ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
7 hours ago
Blackhawks Trade Michal Kempny To Capitals For Conditional 3rd-Round Pick
(670 The Score) The Blackhawks have traded defenseman Michal Kempny to the Capitals for a conditional third-round pick, they announced Monday. The move comes as the Blackhawks have struggled mightily, residing in last place in the Central Division and sitting 11 points outside of the final wild-card spot. The Capitals have a pair of third-round picks in 2018 — their own and the Maple Leafs’ — and the Blackhawks will receive the higher of the two, according to reports. Kempy, 27, had seven points (one goal, six assists) in 31 games for the Blackhawks this season. He has spent both of his NHL seasons in Chicago. He’s on track to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
7 hours ago
MLB Imposes Stricter Mound Limits, Defers On Pitch Clocks
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is imposing stricter limits on mound visits in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018. After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also signed an agreement that it won’t oppose the new rules. The new rules announced Monday include a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change, whether by a manager, coach or player. The changes also attempt to force half innings to start on time. MLB has the right to make playing rules changes without an agreement with one year notice and made both proposals during the 2016-17 offseason. Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
7 hours ago
Levine: Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo ‘Proud’ Of Parkland Community In Wake Of Tragedy
By Bruce Levine– MESA, Ariz. (670 The Score) — Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo came back from his hometown of Parkland, Fla. with a heavy heart after a devastating school shooting killed 17 people last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Rizzo spent the weekend consoling loved ones and community members before returning to Cubs camp and speaking Monday. “I felt it was really important to go back and speak to the kids and families at home,” Rizzo said. “I am really proud to see what Parkland is doing right now. They are speaking out and trying to make a difference. I am really proud of them and proud of my community. I said there needs to be change. I don’t know what that would be. I am just glad the kids are coming together as one in Parkland. This is really inspiring to see and makes me proud.” Rizzo chose not to talk about gun control in his media session, but he emphasized that change of some sort is needed. He also added that the country is becoming desensitized to mass shootings. “People are saying this and that and as an American, you see a whole community with ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
8 hours ago
Bernstein: Who Were The Racists At The Blackhawks Game?
By Dan Bernstein–670TheScore.com senior columnist (670 The Score) I’m not the first to call for this, but I’m here to support the idea. My colleague Steve Rosenbloom of 670 The Score and the Chicago Tribune on Monday requested that we learn the names of the four cretins who taunted Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist invective Saturday, leading to their ejection from the United Center. As Smith-Pelly sat in the penalty box, these pieces of human waste nearby shouted “Basketball, basketball, basketball” at him, in no uncertain reference to the fact that he’s black.  He confronted them immediately, and they were identified and summarily tossed. It’s not enough, for multiple reasons. First is that they don’t deserve the chance to hide behind their behavior as fans to protect them from consequences in their everyday lives.  People around them in any capacity — work, schools or anywhere else their paths may cross — should know that each one of these people chose to taunt a man because of the color of his skin and be better informed to decide on further interaction with them accordingly. Second, we know of many more who did so much less. Rosenbloom is right to note that Steve Bartman was ... read more
Published on 02-19-2018
9 hours ago
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