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  • ‘She will never be forgotten’: Funeral held for murdered teen Marlen Ochoa-Lopez

    STICKNEY, Ill. — Relatives, friends and strangers alike honored Marlen Ochoa-Lopez at funeral services in suburban Stickney on Saturday. The 19-year-old mother was nine months pregnant when she was lured to a South Side home in April and murdered. Her son was cut from her womb. He is in grave condition with no brain activity. “We have a young Latina woman that was brutally murdered, but today I don’t want to remember that,” Julie Contreras said. “I want to remember […]

  • R. Kelly’s new attorney says, ‘Enough is enough’

    CHICAGO — R. Kelly’s new lawyer, Raed Shalabi, is demanding a level playing field after the Lifetime Network aired multiple shows featuring alleged victims of the R&B singer. On Tuesday, his lawyer sat down to speak with WGN’s Micah Materre. His message: Enough is enough. After the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” aired, a press conference was held by the Cook County prosecutor inviting others to come forward. Charges were then filed. A two-hour followup to the docuseries aired on […]

  • Lightfoot limits aldermanic prerogative in 1st executive order as mayor

    CHICAGO — Newly sworn-in Mayor Lori Lightfoot wasted no time moving to bring the change she promised to Chicago. Lightfoot signed her first executive order aimed at limiting aldermanic prerogative. The order instructs city departments on the process to eliminate the aldermen’s veto power over things like building permits, liquor licenses and even block parties in their wards. The move is not likely to be popular with aldermen, particularly veterans of the City Council used to having the privilege. Some […]

  • Trump arrives in Tokyo for trade visit

    TOKYO, Japan — President Donald Trump opened a state visit to Japan on Saturday by needling the country over its trade imbalance with the United States. “Maybe that’s why you like me so much,” he joshed. Trump also promoted the U.S. under his leadership, saying “there’s never been a better time” to invest or do business in America, and he urged corporate leaders to come. The president’s first event after arriving in Tokyo was a reception with several dozen Japanese […]

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    Man, 76, found guilty in teen’s 1992 strangulation death

    CHICAGO — A 76-year-old man has been convicted in the 1992 strangulation death of an Illinois teenager. Robert Serritella, of Park Ridge, was found guilty Thursday on two counts of first degree murder in the killing of 15-year-old David Chereck, of Skokie. Sentencing is scheduled for June 19. The teen was found strangled with a scarf in a forest preserve Jan. 2, 1992. He had last been seen a day earlier, walking home from a bowling alley in Skokie. Authorities […]

  • On a special family anniversary, Marco Andretti hopes to breakthrough at the Indy 500

    CHICAGO – Forget the “Andretti Curse” for this May. In 2019, it’s all about celebrating the “Andretti Victory.” It was 50 years ago that Mario Andretti, legendary driver of multiple machines in his storied career, came home with his first and only victory at the Indianapolis 500. The red STP machine came home with the win, giving hard luck owner Andy Granatelli his first triumph in the race. His kiss of the driver in victory lane is one of the […]

  • Fetal abduction: Marlen Ochoa-Lopez’s story is one of many in recent history

    ADDISON, Ill. — News about 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopez being murdered and having her baby cut from her womb took over headlines last week. However, the horrifying story is not the first of its kind. A similar story rocked the Chicago area about 25 years ago. Debra Evans was a mother of three and close to delivering her fourth child when she was brutally murdered and had her baby cut from her womb. The crime, which is called fetal abduction, happened […]

  • Chicago agencies roll out Memorial Day weekend safety plans

    CHICAGO — A city service blitz is underway ahead of Memorial Day weekend as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot launches “Our City. Our Safety.” The initiative is a coordinated effort among city agencies and community organizations to try to interrupt violence over the holiday weekend. It’s the first public safety test for Chicago’s new mayor, who was inaugurated Monday. The Chicago Police Department will deploy an additional 1,200 officers over the weekend. There will be extra patrols on the CTA and […]

  • Tornado Watch canceled, threat of rain remains

    The holiday weekend is starting out on a stormy note. The potential is there for powerful storms to develop throughout the Chicago area. A Tornado Watch issued earlier has been canceled. But the threat of showers and some storms remain. INTERACTIVE RADAR: Track showers and storms Showers, heavy downpours and gusty winds are possible for Friday night.  Some areas could see between 1 inch and 2 inches of rain. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect from 7 p.m. until […]

  • Police seek suspects after woman carjacked in Chinatown

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are searching for suspects in a carjacking Thursday in Chinatown. Police said a 47-year-old woman was loading groceries into her silver Honda CRV around 3:30 p.m. in a parking lot in the 200 block of West 27th Street. Police said she was approached by two men. The first man, wearing black pants with white stripes, a white t-shirt, and black hat, pulled out a gun grabbed the woman’s purse and hit her in the back of […]

  • Showers and storms set for holiday weekend


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