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  • Winning ticket drawn for $7M Queen of Hearts raffle in McHenry

    MCHENRY, Ill. — After going nearly two years with no winner and racking up a massive $7 million jackpot, the McHenry VFW post’s Queen of Hearts raffle came to a dramatic end Tuesday night as the winning card was pulled. The winner was only identified as “Lori,” and the winning card was the third one to be pulled. Fox River Post 4600 VFW Commander Dwane Lungren says the post just couldn’t keep up with the hype any longer. “Due to […]

  • Jason Van Dyke’s partner testifies about Laquan McDonald shooting

    CHICAGO — The man who was Jason Van Dyke’s partner the night of the Laquan McDonald shooting took the stand Tuesday for nearly 90 minutes as the trial continued into its second day. Joseph Walsh told jurors McDonald was acting erratically before he was shot on Oct. 20, 2014 — flailing his arms and waving a small knife near his chest. Walsh said he believed McDonald was a threat because he was moving toward a Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts, […]

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  • Chicago Mayor Emanuel to write book after he leaves office

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is writing a book. His book titled, “The Nation City: Why Mayors Run the World,” will be published in spring 2020. It will focus on how cities are the ones that are driving innovation and dealing with the environment, immigration, infrastructure, and other major topics. Rahm Emanuel writing a book — Tahman Bradley (@tahmanbradley) September 18, 2018 The book will also touch on the federal government’s dysfunction, and how people are now engaged at […]

  • New system to make Metra trains safer could also be causing delays

    CHICAGO — Local, federal and Metra officials celebrated a major milestone in their efforts to make trains safer Monday, even as riders faced another difficult morning commute. Metra is still working to add Positive Train Control (PTC) to its lines, a federally-mandated safety system designed to stop trains before certain types of crashes can happen. Metra said from the beginning that it would be a long and expensive process, as the system had to be added to every vehicle, and […]

  • Bears honor Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher

    CHICAGO — Brian Urlacher finally got a chance to say goodbye, and he tackled the opportunity the same way he played for 13 seasons. Fast. Urlacher was honored by the Chicago Bears at halftime of their 24-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, after he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. He got his Ring of Excellence from Bears owner Virginia McCaskey, and the team also presented Urlacher and his family with a […]

  • Prosecutors in Van Dyke trial: ‘Not a single shot was necessary’

    CHICAGO — Nearly four years after Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times, the trial of the officer who killed him began Monday. Jason Van Dyke, 40, is the first Chicago police officer in decades to be charged with murder for an on-duty incident. A 12-person jury will decide his fate. “We’re here today because the defendant shot Laquan McDonald 16 times when it was completely unnecessary,” special prosecutor Joe McMahon said during his opening statement at the Leighton Criminal Court […]

  • No late drama this time as Cubs beat Diamondbacks, drop their magic number to 10

    PHOENIX – About the only disappointing thing about Monday night in Arizona for the Cubs was a third of an inning. Kyle Hendricks badly wanted it, just one more of the 27 outs he’d require for his first game of the year. But with a homer already allowed in the ninth and another runner reaching on a hit, manager Joe Maddon decided to pull him after 109 pitches. There was some disappointment for the pitcher that he couldn’t finish it […]

  • Bears hold off the Seahawks for their first win of the 2018 season

    CHICAGO – The sample size is still quite small, but there is one thing for sure in the first two games of the Matt Nagy era: There’s going to be some drama. The Bears looked in control, then fell out of control. Had some great plays on offense and some bad ones. The defense had moments where the looked elite, yet in the second half yielded just enough to let their opponent back in the game. But unlike last week […]

  • Monster’s Mash: What will be Khalil Mack’s second act?

    CHICAGO – Film study got a whole lot different for his second opponent in 2018 about a week before his first game. Russell Wilson knew he’d be facing an experienced Bears’ defense, but he didn’t expect them to have one of the best defenders in the National Football League. “He’s a tremendous player, I have a lot of respect for him and how he plays the game,” said the Seahawks’ quarterback of new Bears’ linebacker Khalil Mack. “Watching the film […]

  • Cubs see the end of a 30-day road ahead as they travel to Arizona

    PHOENIX – Like everything else for the team over the last three weeks, nothing is coming easy. To end a stretch of 30 consecutive days without a scheduled day off, the team has to take one last three-game road trip before returning to Chicago for the rest of the regular season. Of course, they’re heading out West. After a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Reds, the Cubs took off for lengthy flight to Phoenix where they will start […]