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  • Storm causes heavy damage in Schaumburg, Itasca

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill. —  Strong winds, severe downpours and hail caused major damage in several north and northwest suburbs with Schaumburg and Itasca among the hardest hit. Massive amounts of rainfall — then hail –and high winds quickly turned destructive with trees uprooted, tree branches snapped in half and power lines downed. There was serious damage to homes in several subdivisions, including one not far from the Schaumburg Village Hall and police stations near Schaumburg Road and Weathersfield Way. There were […]

  • Chicago police officer shot responding to armed robbery

    CHICAGO –A Chicago police officer is recovering tonight after being shot while on duty this afternoon. The officer and her partner had responded to an armed robbery in progress in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. As soon as the officers got out of their squad car, the suspects fired. The officer was hit in the leg But she and her partner both returned fire. The injured officer was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. Police took […]

  • Restraining order on Cook County soda tax extended a week

    CHICAGO  — A Cook County judge has extended for another week a temporary restraining order blocking a proposed tax on sweetened beverages. Judge Daniel Kubasiak on Friday heard arguments from the county and attorneys for the Illinois Retail Merchants Association on the county’s motion to dismiss the order. Afterward, Kubasiak said he would rule on the issue on July 28. The tax on sweetened beverages was to go into effect July 1. The temporary restraining order was issued June 30 […]

  • More rain, more flooding, more mess for north suburbs

    As more rain threatens Chicago and the northern suburbs, families already struggling to deal with devastating floods are bracing for even more damage. Some reports are calling for one inch of a rain an hour Friday afternoon. Many people are just starting to clean up and dry out, and the real problem is getting some of the garbage hauled away before it gets washed away again. Lake County officials say getting trash cleaned up and picked up isn’t as simple […]

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  • White House Shakeup: Sean Spicer resigns, Anthony Scaramucci will be communication director

    WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday morning after President Donald Trump named a new White House communications director, capping off a rollercoaster six-month tenure as the chief spokesman for an administration besieged by a steady drumbeat of controversy. Newly-minted communications director Anthony Scaramucci, taking to the White House briefing room for the first time early Friday afternoon, announced that principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over as press secretary. Spicer’s resignation came after Scaramucci, […]

  • Illinois rivers continue to rise, and more rain expected

    ALGONQUIN, Ill. — The Fox and Des Plaines rivers are rising again thanks to Thursday’s new rainfall — and there’s more to come. The water level receded in Algonquin, but when the new storms reversed its course, people had to use their sandbags and pumps. The river hit a new record high Thursday. More rain is expected today and tomorrow. For the latest weather updates, go to Chicago Weather Center

  • 911 dispatcher charged with shooting 18-year-old in apparent road rage incident

    CHICAGO — A Chicago 911 dispatcher has been charged after police say she shot an 18-year-old woman in an apparent road rage incident. Keli McGrath, 47, is charged with aggravated battery involving the discharge of a firearm. She expected to appear in bond court Friday. Police say McGrath opened fire after a verbal argument in the 3500 block of South Ashland Avenue on Thursday. The 18-year-old woman was shot in the chest and remains hospitalized at Stronger Hospital. McGrath was […]

  • Metra service resumes after train fatally strikes pedestrian near Arlington Heights

    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Metra service has resumed after an inbound train fatally hit a pedestrian near Arlington Heights. The accident happened around 7:45 a.m. Friday. According to Arlington Heights Deputy Police Chief Andrew Whowell, the person killed was a woman and the incident appears to be a suicide. Train #626 was headed to Chicago when the pedestrian was hit. Metra UP-NW trains were stopped in both directions for more than two hours. ARLINGTON HEIGHTS: Metra UP-NW passengers on train […]

  • Illinois reports 1st human case of West Nile virus this year

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois public health officials say the state has confirmed its first human case of West Nile virus this year. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Thursday that the victim is a Will County man in his 60s who became ill at the end of June. In 2016 the first human case of West Nile virus was reported June 6. Last year the department reported 155 human cases, including six deaths. The virus is transmitted through bites […]

  • PAWS Chicago looking for foster homes for 38 kittens

    CHICAGO — The PAWS-Chicago-Medical Center has an overflow of kittens, and there is not enough space to rescue more from the city pound. The organization is looking for foster families to commit to a two-week foster home for 38 adorable kittens. If interested in fostering a kitten, you can fill out an application at: For more information, go to: PAWS Chicago