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Cook County Calendar of Events Dec. 19 – Dec. 22
Food Court at the Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart, Chicago. First-time attendees are invited to join other attendees who are in early stage technology startups to compare notes on operational, development and business issues. Bootstrappers Breakfast Chicago is moderated by Travis Johnson,
Cyclist sues Cook County Forest Preserve, says injured when bike caught on chain at Eggers Grove entrance
CHICAGO – A man alleges a chain at a nature preserve caused him to be thrown from his bike. Juan Jimenez filed a complaint on Dec. 4 in Cook County Circuit Court against The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, alleging negligence.
Two Police Officers Killed By Train On Metra Electric District Tracks, Report Says
CHICAGO — Two people were reportedly hit by an outbound train near 103rd and Cottage Grove Monday night, according to multiple reports. The Chicago Tribune, citing sources, said two police officers were killed while investigating a call of shots fired in the area.
Bicycle Rider Dies Trying To Cross Elmhurst Road
A Wheeling bicyclist attempting to cross Elmhurst Road in Prospect Heights was fatally struck by a passing vehicle Monday afternoon (Dec. 17). The crash occurred at approximately 12:34 p.m. at the pedestrian-bicyclist crossing near Elmhurst and Robert Avenue north of Palatine Road. The crossing is p
5 New Houses For Sale In The Forest Park Area
FOREST PARK, IL — When you're looking for a new home, hunting down every new listing in the area can be an exhausting task. That's why we here at Patch have stepped in and done the prepwork for you.
Vigil held for 23-year-old Chicago student slain in Missouri
CHICAGO — A vigil was held Monday for a former Chicago student who was gunned down in Missouri where he was going to college. Friends and family gathered at the Perspectives Math and Science Academy to celebrate the life of D’Angelo Britton-Bland, but also to ask for answers.
Riverside Brookfield Township High School reports 6% truancy rate
The truancy rate at Riverside Brookfield Township High School rose to 6 percent during the 2017-18 school year, according to a West Cook News analysis of the latest Illinois schools report card.
New restaurant brings flavor of Mexico to Franklin Park
Early on, Esteban Ventura learned how distinctive regional Mexican cuisine could be. “When I lived in Mexico, I traveled around in different Mexican regions — Veracruz, Cancun, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Puebla, Guerrero — and I had an opportunity to try food from the different Mexican restaur
Sentencing set for Downers Grove man in student's drug death
A 38-year-old Downers Grove man, who faces between eight and 35 years in prison for giving a fatal dose of methadone to a 15-year-old foreign exchange student from Spain, will learn his fate in February.
Victim Followed, Raped By Attacker In White Van In South Shore, Police Say
CHICAGO — Police are looking for information after a rape late Sunday or early Monday in South Shore. The attack happened between 11 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday in the 7600 block of South Cornell Avenue, according to a Chicago Police community alert. The victim, a woman or girl, was walking when s
‘The Car Came Out Of Nowhere’; Woman Nearly Killed In Country Club Hills Hit-And-Run
CHICAGO (CBS) — The family of a young woman nearly killed in a hit-and-run in south suburban Country Club Hills is asking for help finding the driver who struck her. Cherry Blue, a 20-year-old college student, was out Christmas shopping Friday night, and was crossing the street near 169th and Pulask
After arrests for shootings in Chicago, the road to justice is long and uncertain: 'It’s not comforting at all'
Rick Franklin's hearing before a judge last month lasted about two minutes, if that. Dressed in a tan jail jumpsuit, Franklin crossed his bare arms behind his back as he walked into the courtroom. He was facing gun charges for shooting a man in the foot during a violent weekend in August, when at le
‘So emotional!’ At Kenosha bar, Packers fans watch game at Soldier Field alongside Bears fans
CHICAGO — Chicago Bears fans invaded Green Bay Packers territory Sunday, Dec. 16 — many of them crossing the state line from Illinois to watch the game at Soldier Field at a bar in Kenosha, appropriately named “Rivals.” “Everybody can pick on each other, have a great time. That’s all we’re looking f
Man dies after being hit by CTA train at Belmont 'L' station in Lakeview
A man was killed when he was hit by a CTA “L” train at the Belmont Avenue station in Lakeview Monday morning, officials said. Red, Brown and Purple lines all were stopped at the station, 945 W. Belmont Ave., starting at 7:51 a.m. Service was resuming on two tracks by about 8:40 a.m.
President Trump tweets support for Patti Blagojevich as husband seeks clemency
CHICAGO— After the Supreme Court refused to hear Rod Blagojevich’s case in mid-April, the former Illinois governor’s strategy to appeal his conviction on corruption charges shifted to asking President Donald Trump for clemency, making his case through the president’s favorite media channels.
VIDEO: Chicago Blackhawks Mascot Tommy Hawk Attacked at United Center
The Chicago Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk was allegedly attacked Friday night during the team’s 4-3 overtime loss at the United Center. Per the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago police responded to a disturbance at the arena around 11:15 p.m. Friday. The police said the mascot was punched and put in a headl
1 killed, 18 wounded in weekend shootings
CHICAGO -- A man was killed and 18 others wounded in shootings throughout Chicago this weekend so far. The man died Saturday morning from gun violence in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. At 1:59 a.m., 31-year-old Demond J. Davis was standing outside in the 4800 block of West Quincy when a b
Bears clinch NFC North with win over Packers
The Chicago Bears won the NFC North in the best possible way: by topping their bitter rival. The Bears beat the Green Bay Packers 24-17 on Sunday. By doing so, they clinched their first division title since 2010.
4 Forest Park Area Foreclosures To Check Out
FOREST PARK, IL — Don't want to break the bank, but still need to buy a house nearby? Don't lose hope yet. A tour of the most recently foreclosed properties in the Forest Park area could be a great starting point!
Man dies trying to save dog at McKinley Park Lagoon
CHICAGO (WLS) -- A man who died after jumping into the McKinley Park Lagoon on Chicago's Southwest Side trying to rescue a dog has been identified. The victim was identified as 26-year-old Tao Jiang, of Chicago, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. The cause of death was accidenta