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Retail Thefts, Car Burglaries: Oak Park Police Reports

OAK PARK, IL — Retail thefts, car burglaries and vehicle thefts have been reported this week in Oak Park. On Monday and Tuesday, Oak Park police detained at least three people for retail thefts.


Body of missing 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy found: sources

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — New developments are emerging as Wednesday marks one-week since 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund was last seen in Crystal Lake. Authorities moved their search to Woodstock Wednesday morning. The FBI, along with the McHenry County Sheriff, have gathered off of Gayle Drive and Dean S


Report: Pritzker under federal investigation for alleged property tax appeal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, his wife and his brother-in-law are under federal criminal investigation, according to a report​ from WBEZ. WBEZ, a Chicago radio station, says investigators are looking into them for an alleged dubious residential property tax appeal.


Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Recuses Herself From Battery Case Against Activist Jedidiah Brown, Who Took Selfie With Prosecutor

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has agreed to recuse herself from Jedediah Brown’s case, after a photo surfaced of the two posing for a selfie on Facebook, and they appeared together at a press event earlier this month.


At Least 20 Overdoses Reported On West Side, 3 Victims Dead; Person Seen Distributing Drugs From Car

CHICAGO (CBS) — At least 20 people are confirmed to have overdosed on heroin in a two block area on Chicago’s West Side on Tuesday afternoon, after someone was seen driving around and passing out drugs.


Providing Hope for the Hopeless

In her mid-forties, Dee's social drinking took a turn for the worse: she drank to forget her problems, and found her problems increased. In short order, she lost her job, home, family and friends. Various attempts at rehab failed, and she woke up one day in a hospital with a bruised and bloody face


LIVE: Update Expected in Case of Missing Crystal Lake Boy

NOTE: NBC 5 will offer a live stream of a press conference from police and the FBI beginning at 1 p.m. CT. Watch live in the player above. New information is expected to be released Wednesday as the investigation into the disappearance of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund reaches one week.


Missing Crystal Lake Boy: Wednesday Marks 1 Week Since AJ Freund's Disappearance

Wednesday marked one full week since Andrew "AJ" Freund was last seen. The missing 5-year-old boy's parents told authorities that they put him to bed at their home in northwest suburban Crystal Lake at around 9:30 p.m. on Apr. 17.


6 Injured, 3 Arrested After Car Crashes While Fleeing Police In Fifth City

CHICAGO (CBS) — Six people were injured, including two children, after a car trying to flee a traffic stop and crashed into another vehicle in the Fifth City neighborhood. Three people in the fleeing car were arrested.


Brothers file defamation suit against Jussie Smollett's lawyers

The two Chicago brothers who claim Jussie Smollett paid them to help stage what police deemed a "hoax" attack filed a defamation lawsuit on Tuesday against the "Empire" actor's lawyers.


1 killed, 1 wounded in shooting near Englewood school

CHICAGO (WLS) -- One man was killed and another wounded in a shooting near a school in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood Tuesday night, police said. Police said two men were in a parked car outside Sherwood Elementary School in the 200-block of West 57th Street at about 9:35 p.m. when someone fired s


4 die after at least 17 overdoses from West Side heroin, police say

Chicago police and the Drug Enforcement Administration were working together Wednesday to investigate a rash of at least 17 overdoses — including four deaths — from what’s believed to be a mixture of heroin and fentanyl distributed recently on the West Side, authorities said.


Bill to legalize weed in Illinois could be filed by April 29

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (WQAD) - A bill to legalize marijuana in Illinois could be filed as early as April 29, according to ABC affiliate WQAD in the Quad Cities. Supporters said the bill could be one of the first issues lawmakers talk about when they come back from spring break.


911 audio captures moments father searches for missing 5-year-old in Illinois

911 audio captures the moments Andrew Freund Sr. frantically searches for his missing 5-year-old-son Andrew "AJ" Freund in Illinois. The father tells the dispatcher, he had scoured the park, a nearby school and a "local gas station down here where we sometimes take him to buy treats." But that there


Ashes Found In Foreclosed South Side Home Returned To Family

CHICAGO (CBS)—Real estate investor Mark Wallace stumbled upon an unlikely discovery when he entered a South Side home recently. Wallace found a bag of ashes in the house, which he had bought in a foreclosure sale. The name on the tag was for someone named Elbert Pearson.


E. coli outbreak from tainted ground beef expands to 10 states, including Illinois

(CNN) - Federal officials say more than 150 people have been sickened due to an E. coli outbreak in 10 states including Illinois. The illness is linked to tainted ground beef eaten at home as well as restaurants.


Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Buyers Arrested by Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Dealers

Well, this is a new one. A gigantic drug raid mistake led to police officers arresting…well, each other. Turns out undercover cops in Detroit posed as drug dealers to help catch a pair of sellers. However, thanks to a “tiny” mess up, another undercover police group thought they were real drug dealer


Illinois Governor Pritzker announces grants for safer routes to schools

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Dozens of Illinois communities are receiving grants to improve safety around schools and encourage students to walk or bike to school. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the $5.5 million in grants Tuesday.


Man Found Dead In North Mayfair Fire Might Have Shot Himself As Home Was Burning, Sources Say

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police are investigating whether a 39-year-old man found dead after a fire in the North Mayfair neighborhood might have committed suicide as the fire was burning Tuesday morning, according to sources.


Taxi drivers robbed attempting to pick up riders in Park Manor: police

CHICAGO (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) - At least two taxi drivers who were called to pick up riders in Park Manor on the South Side have been robbed at gunpoint in April, according to a community alert released by Chicago police.