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Aurora shooting victim texted wife "I love you, I've been shot at work"

A man sent his wife a text message telling her that he loved her during a mass shooting at a manufacturing warehouse outside Chicago on the day after Valentine's Day. "I love you, I've been shot at work," Josh Pinkard said in the message to Terra Pinkard.


New Illinois mileage bill would tax drivers by the mile

ILLINOIS (KMOV.com)-- A new bill introduced Thursday would impose a tax on each mile driven by Illinois motorists. The bill, which was proposed by Rep. Marcus C. Evans, would create a pilot program that would charge motorists per the mile. Drivers who voluntarily participate in the program would pay


Election Day in Chicago: What you need to know

CHICAGO — Election Day in Chicago is Feb. 26. Chicagoans will be voting for a new mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and all 50 City Council (aldermen) positions. If you want to cast your ballot before Election Day, early voting is underway. Check out the map above of early voting locations. Keep in


Jussie Smollett Attack Investigation Takes a Major Turn: Everything We Know

Three weeks ago, Jussie Smollett was reported to be the victim of an alleged racist, homophobic attack. Now, after questioning two men originally thought to be suspects, police say new information has "shifted the trajectory of the investigation."


CITY OF BERWYN: Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact And Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds

City of Berwyn issued the following announcement on Feb. 11. These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural Requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Berwyn (“Berwyn”).


Local Native Born Resident Set to Release New EP

Shawn Rieke of Green Oaks IL, a 2013 graduate of Vernon Hills High School is set to release his new album on Spotify on February 23rd. An EP release concert is scheduled for Friday, February 22nd at The Wire, located at 6815 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL. CD’s will be available for purchase at the concer


Illinois' worst 100 grade school ELA scores: Where does your school district rank?

Grade school districts in Sauk Village, South Holland and Calumet City ranked among Illinois' lowest for reading aptitude, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. As part of the annual Partnership For Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers ("PARCC") examination, Illinois public


Fun government and politics events in Chicago this week

Looking to get involved in politics and government?. From a panel discussion on the first two years of the Trump presidency with journalists who cover the White Houseon to a conference on the Freedom of Information Act, here's a rundown of local events coming up in Chicago this week that will get yo


Riverside police: Masked intruder runs away as teen throws pots, pans at him

RIVERSIDE, Ill. -- A 13-year-old woke up to a masked male Friday morning in west suburban Riverside and chucked cookware at him during the intruder's escape. At 3:30 a.m., a male with a mask covering his lower jaw broke into an apartment in the 2800 block of South Harlem for a burglary, according to


Why didn't the Cubs go after Bryce Harper or Manny Machado? Owner Tom Ricketts says the team is out of money

The Chicago Cubs were rumored for years to be a potential suitor for free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper. Even this winter, the expectation was that the Cubs would eventually surface in the bidding. Yet Harper remains unsigned here in mid-February, and the Cubs are still out.


Analysis: Cicero administrators rank 741st in state for average pay

Administrators in Cicero School District 99 earn an average of $81,897 per year, ranking 741st out of 864 districts in the state, according to a West Cook News analysis of the latest Illinois schools report card.


Chicago man charged with using stolen credit cards

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A man is facing felony identity theft charges for allegedly using multiple credit cards that were stolen in burglaries last year. Kevin Purdis, 25, is charged with four felony counts of identity theft, three felony counts of aggravated identity theft and a misdemeano


Snow-day sturgeon, upside-down, private-public: Notes around Chicago outdoors

Notes from around Chicago outdoors. photographed some upside-down feeders, including a red-breasted nuthatch and downy woodpecker (below). WOTW, the celebration of wild scenes around Chicago outdoors, runs as warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bow


Protest over planned closing of Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park

MELROSE PARK, Ill — Plans to close a west suburban hospital sparked a protest outside the medical complex Monday. Demonstrators marched and spoke out against the move to shut down Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park.


Cubs to host seven Advocate Children's Hospital kids at Spring Training in Arizona

Keeping a secret from their 11-year-old son, Joey, for the past four weeks wasn’t easy for Norridge residents Jason and Deana Pachowicz. But the payoff and Joey’s reaction to it Monday is something no one in the family will forget.


2 killed, 9 others wounded in Chicago shootings this weekend

At least 11 people were shot — two fatally — in Chicago this weekend, including a 17-year-old boy shot to death by police on the Southwest Side. About 8:30 p.m., the boy, identified as Michael Elam, was shot during an “armed confrontation” after he got out of a car that crashed during a police pursu


R. Kelly Could Face Indictment After New Tape Allegedly Surfaces

New charges may be coming down the pipeline for R. Kelly after multiple sources reported that a new tape has surfaced that allegedly shows R. Kelly engaging in sexual acts with a young girl.


‘I'm Chuck': Man tries to lure boy in Chicago by saying he knows his mom

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Chicago police are looking for a man who tried to pick up a boy who was walking home from school last week in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.


Parolee charged with gun possession after fleeing Old Town traffic stop

A parolee is facing a gun charge after allegedly driving away from a traffic stop Sunday evening in the Old Town neighborhood on the Near North Side. Gaston Tucker, 32, dropped a loaded handgun as he fled from a traffic stop at 7:05 p.m. in the 1300 block of North Sedgwick Street, according to Chica


Man, 18, crashes car after being shot in Brighton Park

An 18-year-old man crashed his car Monday afternoon after being shot as he drove through the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side. The teen was sitting in his car about 2:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of West 43rd Street when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up behind him, according to Chicago