<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSun, 25 Sep 2016 21:42:41 -0500Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:42:41 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chance of Isolated Showers]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:36:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000019788038_1200x675_772951107983.jpg As a few isolated storms made their way through parts of the Chicago area Sunday afternoon, a chance of rain remains into the evening. NBC5 meteorologist Alicia Roman has your full forecast. ]]> <![CDATA[Live Blog: Chicago Bears Take on the Dallas Cowboys]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:30:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610472104.jpg

The Bears kicked off to open the game, and the Cowboys' offense immediately went to work. Ezekiel Elliott had a key run to start the drive, and Dez Bryant also got involved early as Dallas marched down the field.

After Elliott converted on a fourth-and-inches, the Cowboys were able to finish off the drive with a flourish. After Jason Witten got the team to the half-yard line, Dak Prescott did the rest as he punched the ball across the goal line and gave Dallas an early 7-0 lead.

The Bears' offense sputtered out of the gate as they went three-and-out on their opening drive. The Cowboys responded with another solid drive up the field, and even though Jacoby Glenn was able to break up a pass in the end zone, Dan Bailey knocked through a field goal on the next play to put Dallas ahead 10-0 late in the first quarter.

The second quarter got underway with the Cowboys doing the same thing they did in the first. Jacoby Glenn was badly beaten over the top by Beasley to get the Cowboys within striking distance, and Lance Dunbar powered his way into the end zone to make it a 17-0 game.

The Bears finally got their offense going in the second quarter, as Jordan Howard bulldozed his way down the field for a 37-yard gain. A short gain from Alshon Jeffery helped get the Bears closer, but they had to settle for a short field goal from Connor Barth.

Unfazed, the Cowboys romped right back down the field and scored again. After Prescott gained a significant chunk of yardage on a run, Alfred Morris finished off the drive with a dive over the goal line to put Dallas ahead 24-3 with less than a minute remaining in the half.

As the third quarter started, the Bears' offense began to slowly show signs of life. Zach Miller made a big play to get the team within striking distance of the end zone, and then on fourth-and-goal, the big tight end hauled in a touchdown pass to bring the Bears back to within a 24-10 margin.

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<![CDATA[Runners' Recovery Toolkit: How to Bounce Back From Injury]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:10:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/runners+recovery+toolkit+0925.jpg

Have you ever felt like someone was continuously hammering a nail into your foot? Almost as if someone was twisting the sharpest and thickest screw into your muscle?

That's how my left foot felt as I approached the end of training and of course, the big race - the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Naturally, with my first injury of the season came my first meltdown. 

After many tears, an attitude adjustment, and a bout of "resting irritated face," I checked myself into a week of recovery - doctors not included. 

No running (or just no more than 2 or 3 miles), and a few other things pulled me through in just a week. While every body is different and serious injuries should be examined by medical professionals, this is the toolkit that helped me bounce back. 


  1. Biofreeze: This is a fast-acting, pain-relieving magical gel and I seriously recommend it.
  2. Foam Rolling: Let's just say, a little pain goes a long way.
  3. Ice Baths: The freezing therapy limits long run swelling and damaged tissues, so hold your breath and jump in. 
  4. Strength Training: Even if you can't run, working on your fitness makes you feel good. I use the Nike+ Training Club app a few times a week.
  5. Stay positive. You'll get through it!


At this point, we should all be tapering with just two weeks to go until the big day. 

<![CDATA[5 Teens Hospitalized After Overdosing at Suburban Party]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:30:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_140766948.jpg

Five teenagers were hospitalized early Saturday after overdosing on Xanax and alcohol during a party at a north suburban home, according to police. 

Around 12:17 a.m., deputies responded to a call of a 16-year-old girl not conscious or breathing in the 200 block of Stonehenge Lane in Tower Lakes, the Lake County sheriff’s office said in a statement. 

The girl was breathing when officers arrived, police said, but they discovered that she and several other juveniles had taken Xanax and drank alcohol. 

Five of the teens were taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, according to the statement. Two others were monitored at home by their parents, police said, and all have since fully recovered.

The Xanax belonged to one of the teens at the party who had been prescribed the medication two years ago, officials said.

The homeowners knew about the party, which began at around 6:30 p.m. Friday night, but were unaware of the drugs and alcohol, police said. 

<![CDATA[Jose Abreu Makes History for the White Sox]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:42:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/white+sox+abreu+GettyImages-607869286.jpg

It’s been a rough season on the diamond for the Chicago White Sox, but one of their bright spots on the roster made a remarkable bit of baseball history on Saturday night.

That player is Jose Abreu, who has been one of the best players in the game since he came into the league in 2014. A three-hit outing against the Cleveland Indians gave him 179 hits on the season and cemented his place among an elite triumvirate of players.

According to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, Abreu is now one of only three players in baseball history to hit at least 25 home runs and rack up at least 175 hits in each of his first three seasons in the majors. In accomplishing that feat, Abreu joins Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio and Los Angeles Angels star Albert Pujols in the exclusive club.

In 152 games so far this season, Abreu has 25 home runs and 97 RBI for the White Sox, who signed him as an international free agent before the 2014 season. He has hit a career high in hits this season, and he’s 10 RBI away from setting a career high in that category as well.

Unfortunately for Abreu, the White Sox are in the midst of a down season that will see them miss the postseason for the eighth consecutive season, but at least their star slugger is still having a banner year.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Sign Alexandre Fortin to 3-Year Contract]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:15:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/alexandre+fortin+GettyImages-535546286.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks are eagerly trying to add scoring punch to their lineup, and they added a prospect to their system on Sunday morning as they agreed to a three-year deal with Alexandre Fortin.

Fortin, who joined the Blackhawks during their Prospect Camp earlier this year and has been a standout in the early stages of training camp, notched 43 points in 54 games with the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Horanda Huskies last season. He scored 19 goals in those games, and scored four more during the postseason.

The Blackhawks signed Fortin as they’re looking to add scoring depth to their roster after the departures of players like Teuvo Teravainen during the offseason.

It’s unlikely that Fortin will make the team’s NHL roster coming out of training camp, but the fact that they signed him to an entry-level contract seems to indicate that the team thinks highly of his chances to make the team at some point in the near future.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 4 Wounded in Shootings at the University of Illinois]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:26:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/u+of+i+shooting.jpg

One person was killed and four others wounded in a pair of shootings near the University of Illinois in Champaign early Sunday, according to police.

Around 12:38 a.m., officers responding to multiple reports of a shooting in the 300 block of East Green Street found four victims with gunshot wounds, according to a statement from the Champaign Police Department.

Police said an argument broke out at an apartment party near the scene, then spilled out into the street where a fight broke out and shots were fired, striking four people.

All four were taken to area hospitals, according to police, where one was pronounced dead. He was later identified as 22-year-old George Korchev, of Mundelein. The other three victims sustained non-critical injuries, according to police.

Korchev and the other victims were not involved in the fight, authorities said, but were walking in the area when gunfire erupted.

A fifth person who was running from the gunfire was struck by a vehicle and also sustained minor injuries, according to police. 

Approximately 30 minutes later, police received another report of a shooting less than a mile away, in the 700 block of South State Street a few blocks west of campus. Officers found a shooting victim who was taken to an area hospital for a non-critical wound.

Police said preliminary investigations suggest that the two shootings may be related. Authorities also said the gunman was not believed to be a student, according to an email sent to undergraduates in one of the university's residence halls. 

Of the four surviving victims, three had been released from the hospital by Sunday evening, officials said. 

The investigation is ongoing, as police continue to search for a suspect in both shooting incidents. The driver of the car that struck the pedestrian came forward, according to police, and was cooperative with law enforcement. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Champaign Police via email at police@champaignil.gov or by phone at 217-351-4545.

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<![CDATA[Man Critically Wounded in Shooting in Chicago's Loop]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:25:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/millennium+park+shooting+0924.png

One person was wounded in a shooting near Millennium Park in Chicago's Loop on Saturday evening, according to police and fire officials.

Around 7:35 p.m., a 54-year-old man was walking with two women near the intersection of East Monroe Street and South Michigan Avenue when he got into a verbal altercation with another man, according to the Chicago Police Department. 

The altercation turned physical and the offender pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the head before fleeing on a bicycle, police said.

The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, fire officials said.

A person of interest is in custody and being questioned, police said. Further details were not immediately available and authorities continue to investigate.

<![CDATA[Young Girl Struggling to Recover After Horrific Crash]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:29:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/keeshuna+patterson+0923.jpg

Nearly two weeks after a horrific crash on Chicago's South Side that left 11-year-old Keeshuna Patterson critically injured, she and her family are struggling to piece their lives back together again. 

"She got a fractured skull. 23 stitches all the way across," Keeshuna's mother Keeshun Hunt said Saturday.

Keeshuna was walking to get some candy across the street from her home near the intersection of West 80th Street and South Vincennes Avenue on Sept. 13 when the accident occurred.

Police said an SUV driven by 68-year-old William Dunlap, of Calumet Park, struck two cars, injuring six others before plowing into Keeshuna and pinning her to the porch of the candy store. 

Dunlap was charged with one felony count of aggravated DUI causing an accident resulting in bodily harm, two misdemeanor counts of DUI, and one misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident.  

Keeshuna was taken from the crash to Comer Children's Hospital in "very critical" condition. She has since been transferred to La Rabida Children’s Hospital, but remains in critical condition.

"She still is not talking. She's walking, but not on her own," Hunt said, revealing that she and her daughter now communicate through blinking and holding hands. 

"She squeezes my hand," Hunt said. "I say, 'You know who I am, squeeze my hand.' And she squeezes my hand."

Keeshuna is in fifth grade, her mother said, and is an honors student who loves reading, basketball and dancing. But she will now have to learn to walk and talk all over again, and Hunt fears her daughter will never be the same. 

Hunt has not been home since the crash, sleeping in a chair at Keeshuna's side.  

"I want her to wake up and see I'm here," she said. "I'm not going home until my baby goes home."

A GoFundMe account has been created to help Keeshuna's family pay for her medical bills and other expenses. 

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<![CDATA[Mike Ditka Weighs in on Colin Kaepernick's Protest]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:34:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mike+ditka+GettyImages-463267928.jpg

Former Bears coach Mike Ditka has weighed in on the protests sparked by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and he certainly did not hold back. 

"I think it’s a problem, anybody who disrespects this country and the flag," Ditka said in a radio interview Friday. "If they don't like the country, they don't like our flag, get the hell out, that's what I think."

"I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick, he probably has no respect for me," the Hall of Fame coach continued. "That’s his choice. My choice is that I like this country. I respect our flag."

"And I don't see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on," he added. "I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunities. Now, if they don't want to look for them, then you can find problems with anything."

"But this is the land of opportunity because you can be anything you want to be if you work. Now if you don't work, that's a different problem," he concluded. 

Ditka's disapproval of the protests came just days after three players on the Philadelphia Eagles raised their fists at Soldier Field ahead of the Bears' home opener Monday night. 

That demonstration joined the national conversation ignited by Kaepernick who sat, then kneeled, for the playing of the national anthem beginning in August to call attention to the oppression of minorities across the United States. 

Since then, Kaepernick has been joined by several other NFL players, including four members of the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, and Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall.

While some have expressed support for the message of the demonstrations, the protests have sparked outrage among others, including local police unions in Miami and San Francisco, both of which have threatened some form of boycott. 

A recent poll found Kaepernick to be the most disliked player in the NFL, which was conducted just days before his cover for Time Magazine's October issue was revealed. 

He revealed Tuesday that he has received death threats over his protest, and pledged to donate $100,000 in each of the next 10 months to organizations that work toward goals consistent with his message of fighting racial inequality.

This is not the first time Ditka has spoken out on social or political issues. A well-documented conservative, he has publicly expressed support for Donald Trump and flirted with the idea of speaking at the Republican National Convention in July.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Bring Retiring Catcher David Ross to Tears With Tribute]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:31:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cubs+david+ross+GettyImages-609971946.jpg

They've documented his final season on Instagram and showered him with gifts, but on Friday, the Chicago Cubs did something for retiring catcher David Ross they had never done before.

They made him cry. 

That's because the team presented the catcher with a video tribute and several gifts before Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The ceremony was a surprise for Ross, as he will be retiring at the end of the 2016 season.

The Cubs gave Ross several remarkable presents, including home plate from Great American Ballpark that he squatted behind while Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter there earlier this season. The Cubs also gave Ross a "3" plate from the center field scoreboard, and they presented him with a framed jersey, the one that he wore when he hit is 100th career home run earlier this season.

Finally, the Cubs aired a touching video that included tributes from teammates like Jon Lester, Kyle Schwarber, and Anthony Rizzo, and the entire scene moved the catcher to tears: 

"The things they said about me is kind of overhwleming, and the way they treat me, and how much respect they have for me," Ross told Cubs.com after the game. "I'm a guy who tries to work hard and ends up with some years in the big leagues and has done some fun things, and with this group, trying to win a ring this year, the emotion comes from looking back when you reflect on your career. I don't try to do that, because it gets really emotional."

During his lengthy career, Ross has played with seven different teams, including a Cubs squad that he signed with before the 2015 season. Serving as a personal catcher for Jon Lester, Ross has brought a needed defensive presence behind the plate and has hit the cover off the ball this season, with nine home runs and 31 RBI in just 199 plate appearances.

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<![CDATA[Bears' Carey, Goldman Out for Sunday's Game Against Cowboys]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:18:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kadeem+carey+GettyImages-456938182.jpg

On Saturday afternoon the Chicago Bears made their way down to Dallas for their Sunday showdown with the Cowboys, but two players did not make the trip to Texas as Eddie Goldman and Ka’Deem Carey stayed home.

Goldman, who suffered an ankle injury during the Bears’ Monday loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, is expected to miss a month or so with the injury, and while there’s no definitive timetable on Carey’s return, he will definitely miss this week’s game with a hamstring injury.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan has already been ruled out of the game as well with a thumb injury that required surgery, but another player dealing with a thumb issue did actually make the trip to Dallas: quarterback Jay Cutler.

Cutler, who suffered the injury in Monday’s loss, was listed as “doubtful” on the team’s final injury report on Friday afternoon. Head coach John Fox said that he will not name a starting quarterback for the game until 90 minutes before kick-off on Sunday, but it’s assumed that Brian Hoyer will get the start and Matt Barkley will back him up after the latter player was elevated from the practice squad earlier this week.

Nine other players were listed as questionable on the Bears’ injury report, including Alshon Jeffery and Tracy Porter, but all nine players made the trip to Dallas, so it’s not immediately clear who will be out and who will play against the Cowboys.

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<![CDATA[INDOT Manager Suspended Over Email Sent to Columnist]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:33:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/charles+blow+email+indot+0923.jpg

A manager with the Indiana Department of Transportation has been suspended without pay over an email he sent to a columnist from his work account, according to INDOT. 

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow posted a screenshot of the email from David Brewer to his Facebook page Thursday.

"Did your surname come from you being a cocaine addict or just from the fact that your opinion BLOWS? You have no basis in reality! And perhaps you should take a few classes in the English language before writing again. Your poor grasp of the language makes your written opinion less trusted and perceived as coming from an ignorant person," wrote Brewer, who identified himself as a manager of external audit at INDOT in his email signature.

"So Indiana Department of Transportation, I received this from one of your officials, during office hours, USING HIS .GOV email address," Blow wrote. "Shouldn't David be working instead of shooting off nasty emails? Is this how you use tax dollars?" he asked.

Just a few hours later, INDOT shared Blow's post to its own Facebook page and announced that Brewer was suspended without pay effective immediately.

"An email of this nature is an inappropriate use of INDOT resources. Further, the language used is unacceptable and does not reflect the values of INDOT," the post reads, adding that the matter remained under review.

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<![CDATA[Watch Stephen Colbert's Stint as a Wrigley Hot Dog Vendor]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:09:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cubs+colbert+GettyImages-607336348.jpg

When Stephen Colbert threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game earlier this month, he was hardly recognizable - but he still turned quite a few heads. 

The "Late Show" host disguised himself as long-haired Wrigley Field hot dog vendor "Donny Franks" for a segment that aired Thursday night and featured a few familiar faces.

"Since I'm from South Carolina, I'm rooting for my home team, the Chicago Cubs. Now, if you have followed baseball for the last 108 years, you know that the Cubs have long struggled to make it to the post season," Colbert said. 

"In fact, when I lived there, they were like that awkward dork you knew back in high school because it was a miracle if either of them made it to first base," he added. 

"But now, the Cubbies have the best record in baseball," Colbert said to cheers from the audience. "And it's not just the talent on the field that's responsible for their success. It's also the good men and women in the stands: the ticket takers, the ushers, the vendors." 

So Colbert headed to Wrigley Field to fill in for the day, and after a quick tutorial from veteran hot dog vendor Rocco Caputo, he became "Donny Franks," and that's when the fun began. [[393847321, C]]

"Donny" started his day by tossing hot dogs to outfielder Kyle Schwarber to warm up, then batting and running bases complete with his hot dog box strapped to his back. 

"You guys want some meat in your mouth?" Franks asked some unsuspecting fans, encouraging others to "take this dog down to intestine town. It's what it's made of."

"Here you go my man, Chicago owes you a lot," he told Anthony Rizzo as he handed the first baseman a hot dog in the dugout before requesting $6.50. 

After stroking one Cubs fan's beard, and sipping another's beer before putting whipped cream on top of it, Franks was called over for a word with the boss. 

"You've done a great job kid, but you're done man," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said to protests from Franks. "I know you've done a really nice job, but that's it. Thanks a lot, appreciate it. Cubs appreciate it," he added before taking a hot dog and sending Franks on his way. 

Colbert, who attended Northwestern University and launched his career at Chicago's famous Second City theatre, is a noted Cubs fan and even tried to bring the team good luck in July. [[393846831, C]]

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<![CDATA[Cubs Playoff Opponent Watch: Mets Win, Giants Fall]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:25:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cubs+joe+maddon+GettyImages-590465868.jpg

It’s now official: the Chicago Cubs will play the winner of the National League wild card game when they open the playoffs on October 7.

That confirmation comes on the heels of a Washington Nationals loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, meaning that the Cubs will at least share the National League’s best record with the Nationals. One more Cubs win or Nationals loss will clinch the best record in the league for the Cubs, who will have home-field advantage in each of the first two rounds of the postseason.

As for the identity of the Cubs’ potential opponent when the postseason opens, that is still very much up in the air, as we’ll see in today’s update of the National League wild card race.

What Happened Friday:

There are three teams within a game and a half of each other in that race, with the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants currently occupying the top two spots and the St. Louis Cardinals looking in from the outside.

The Cardinals fell to the Cubs 5-0 on Friday afternoon, putting them a game behind the Mets for the top spot in the race. Ben Zobrist drove in a pair of runs and Jake Arrieta struck out 10 Cardinals batters as the Cubs won their 98th game of the season. [[393634811, C]]

The Mets were able to gain the upper hand on the Cardinals thanks to a 10-5 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Michael Conforto hit his 17th home run of the season on Friday for the Mets, and six different Mets pitchers combined for the victory as they inched ahead of both the Giants and the Cardinals.

Speaking of the Giants, they were blown out by the San Diego Padres by a 7-2 margin. Despite the loss, the Giants maintained a half-game edge over the Cardinals for the second wild card spot in the National League, meaning that if the season ended right now San Francisco would play against the Mets in a one-game playoff in the Big Apple for the right to face the Cubs.

In case things weren’t intriguing enough, the Pirates are still hanging around in the race for the second wild card spot. Thanks to their win over the Nationals, they are now just three and a half games behind the Giants for the spot, and they’ll have an opportunity to gain some serious ground next week when they finish up the regular season against the Cardinals.

What’s Ahead:

After the teams in the wild card race wrap up their weekend series, they’ll enter the season’s final week jockeying for position. The Mets will head down to Florida to begin a series against the Miami Marlins on Monday, while the Cardinals will entertain the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. The Pirates will also begin a four-game series on Monday against the Cubs.

The Giants will be off until Tuesday, when they will welcome the Colorado Rockies to AT&T park.

The Major League season will conclude next Sunday, and the National League wild card game will take place on Oct. 5.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Reach Pair of Milestones in Win Over Cardinals]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:06:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+cubs+GettyImages-609983768.jpg

The Chicago Cubs still have nine games left in their regular season, but in a season full of history they accomplished two more remarkable feats on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 at the Friendly Confines in the first game of a three-game set, and the win was their 98th of the regular season. That not only eclipses the 97 wins that they racked up last season, but it also ranks as their best season performance in that category since they won 98 times during the 1945 season.

Of course, any Cubs fan familiar with the team’s long history of losing knows that the 1945 season is the last campaign in which the team made it to the World Series.

The Cubs are still looking to become the first Cubs squad since 1935 to win 100 games, a total that they hit on the nose during that season (in which they also reached the World Series).

The 98-win total wasn’t the only remarkable milestone that the Cubs hit on Friday either. The win was their 56th of the season at Wrigley Field, which ties an all-time record for the franchise. They still have two more games left this season at home, meaning that they could potentially break that record on either Saturday afternoon or Sunday night against the Cardinals.

To put a nice cherry on top of the sundae, the Cubs also clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs on Friday night when the Washington Nationals lost in extra innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Blackhawks Host Training Camp Festival]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks+fans+GettyImages-522497570.jpg

With a freshly painted ice surface and an eagerness to return to action after a long summer off, the Chicago Blackhawks will be back at the United Center on Saturday morning for the team’s annual Training Camp Festival.

The event, which is sold out, is a huge celebration of the Hawks as they prepare for the upcoming season. This year’s event will be no exception, as there are a slew of different events and activities for fans to enjoy both inside and outside of the arena.

Fans will want to get to the arena early, as seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first 10,000 fans to arrive at the United Center will receive a Brent Seabrook souvenir bobblehead.

The outdoor festival kicks off at 8 a.m. in the parking lots outside of the arena, and will feature a wide variety of activities. An outdoor 3-on-3 hockey tournament will take place, and there will be plenty of live music and food and beverage options for fans to partake in before things get started inside.

The arena doors will open at 9 a.m. to fans, and the Blackhawks will conduct a live scrimmage at 11 a.m. at the arena. There, fans will get to see players like Seabrook, Brian Campbell, and youngsters like Vincent Hinostroza and Tyler Motte as the Hawks begin their preparations for the upcoming season.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Possible Shooting on Dan Ryan Expressway]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:08:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-01-28-at-4.42.07-AM.jpg

Authorities were investigating a possible shooting that left one person wounded on the Dan Ryan Expressway early Saturday morning.

Two lanes of the southbound Dan Ryan near 18th Street as well as the ramp to outbound I-55 were closed around 7:30 a.m. as officers investigated a report of shots fired, according to the Illinois State Police.

No shell casings were found at the scene, but authorities said one person arrived at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn with non-life threatening injuries stemming from the incident.

The southbound lanes reopened shortly before 8:30 a.m., though the ramp to I-55 remained closed.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Rash of Thefts Leads to Warning to Women From Police]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:03:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/purse0923.png

An organized crime ring from Florida has returned to Naperville, police confirmed Friday.

Police are warning residents not to leave anything of value in sight in your cars—even for a few minutes.

“Over the last month we’ve had five incidences,” said Naperville Police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso.

The crime ring, called the Felony Lane Gang, is known for smash and grabs, especially in women’s cars, targeting daycares, schools, sporting events and gyms, anywhere a woman might leave a purse in the car, police said.

“They see a mom go in with a child,” Cammiso said. “Not carrying a purse, they know that woman has a purse and they know the purse is in the car.”

Police say the thieves are looking for checkbooks so they can cash checks. They’re known to cash the checks in the farthest lane of drive-thru banks so tellers don’t notice them. They also have taken cash and credit cards, police said.

Residents like Ashley Gonzalez say they’ll be more careful in the wake of the police warning.

“In a nicer neighborhood like this you really don’t expect it, so you’re more likely to leave your guard down,” Gonzalez said.

<![CDATA[Body Found in Burning Vehicle on Chicago's South Side: Cops]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:24:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/police+siren+lights.jpg

A body was found in a burning vehicle on the city’s South Side Friday night, police said.

The body was discovered in the 2100 block of South Jefferson Street in the city's Pilsen neighborhood about 7:48 p.m., police said.

The age and gender of the body were not immediately known.

This is a developing story, check back for details.

<![CDATA[2 Struck by Vehicle on North Side: Officials]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:29:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hitandrun0923.png

Two people were struck by a vehicle on the city's North Side Friday night, Chicago Fire Department officials confirmed.

The incident occurred about 8:07 p.m., police said. Two ambulances responded to the scene at Kingsbury and Willow streets in the city's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Both people were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious to critical condition, officials said.

A police officer at the scene said one of the victims was dragged by the vehicle about 200 yards.

Witnesses said both pedestrians were female and looked very young.

This is a developing story, check back for details.

<![CDATA[Cubs Clinch Home-Field Advantage in NL Playoffs]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:45:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cubs0923.jpg

The Chicago Cubs will at least share the best record in the National League and have home-field advantage in both the Division and Championship Series after the Washington Nationals lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

That Nationals loss, coupled with a Cubs 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, means that the Cubs will get to open both of their first two playoff series at Wrigley Field if they advance in the playoffs. By virtue of the American League’s win in the All-Star Game, the Cubs will not have home-field advantage in the World Series, however.

The Cubs can now finish no worse than in a tie with the Nationals for best record in the National League. The Cubs hold a tiebreaker over Washington for home-field advantage, as they won the season series between the two teams by a 5-2 margin.

Friday’s game was a great one for the Cubs all-around, as Jake Arrieta struck out 10 Cardinals batters and Anthony Rizzo smoked a pair of doubles in the team’s 98th win of the season. If the Cubs can win two more contests, they will win 100 games for the first time since the 1935 season, when they advanced to the World Series and were defeated by the Detroit Tigers.

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<![CDATA[Cell Phone Customer Finds Multiple Cities’ Taxes on Bill]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/233*120/responds0923.png

Illinois cell phone customers already pay some of the highest government fees and taxes in the country. So imagine the sticker shock of paying multiple cities’ taxes on your monthly bills.

Nicole Miller of Lisle said when her Sprint contract was about to expire she started scrolling through her statements looking at her plan’s features to see if she could save money on a new contract.

“When I hit taxes, that’s where I see three different cities that I’m being taxed for: Plainfield, Lisle and Chicago,” Miller said.

Government fees and taxes are nothing new to cell phone customers. However, Miller discovered she had been paying two additional cities’ taxes on top of Lisle’s.

It added up to hundreds of dollars.

“I (previously) lived in Plainfield. I moved to Lisle. I’ve never lived in Chicago, but my brother is on my account and he lives in Chicago,” Miller said. “But I own all the phones. So why am I getting charged three different taxes? Shouldn’t they all be under my address?”

Miller said she updated her billing address with Sprint when she moved to Lisle in 2014.

Miller called Sprint after discovering the additional cities’ taxes on her bill and said the company told her it would issue her a $40 credit and would put it through a dispute.

NBC 5 Responds contacted Sprint to see if they could further investigate the taxes on Miller’s statements.

That’s when Miller said she learned the three phone numbers on her account each had an address.

“That’s something that they never corrected when I changed my address,” Miller said.

Federal law requires cell phone users to only pay taxes and fees in their place of primary use.

Sprint calculated the tax difference and later credited Miller’s account $154.

“I was really happy that they were able to get it done so quickly and that NBC was able to reach out to them,” Miller said. “I do urge people to look at their bills. A lot of people are enrolled in automatic pay and that’s fine, but still, look at the bills.”

Sprint told NBC 5 Responds that it corrected the tax jurisdiction for Miller’s future bills.

Tax Foundation, a non-partisan organization, said Illinois has the fourth highest cell phone taxes and fees in the country. When factoring the federal rate of 6.46%, the combined rate in Illinois is 23.92%, according to Tax Foundation.

“People get charged the wrong taxes on their bills now and then,” said a Tax Foundation spokesperson. Check your bills now and then and make sure the taxes and fees imposed are the ones related to your address.”

<![CDATA[Race to Watch: Illinois Comptroller]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:54:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/election-10-GettyImages-524430020.jpg

In the race for Illinois comptroller, incumbent Republican Leslie Munger faces a tough bid for re-election against Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, as well as added competition from Libertarian Party candidate Claire Ball and Green Party Candidate Tim Curtin.

Munger, who was sworn in as state comptroller in 2015 after being appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, is a proponent of fiscal discipline and responsibility and has worked to raise awareness of the consequences of the state’s reckless spending. Among other things, she has called for a new approach to finances and a balanced state budget

Munger has worked through the state’s year-long budget impasse, prioritizing payments for human services and small businesses. She also instituted a policy wherein state elected officials, including herself, are forced to wait in line for paychecks along with employers, hospitals, schools and others. According to her campaign, she has cut her office budget by 10 percent, returning more than $1 million to taxpayers.

According to her campaign, if the comptroller is reelected, Munger promises to serve as an independent voice in Springfield, advocating for fiscal responsibility and a balanced budget.

Additionally, she looks to bring relief to human services and small businesses suffering hardship to state payment delays. According to the comptroller’s website, the state’s bill backlog currently exceeds $8 billion. She has also vowed to lead the state government to a new level of transparency to ensure that financial information is available and accessible to taxpayers.

Munger’s primary opponent in her bid for re-election is Mendoza. The competition is being billed as a proxy war in the power struggle between Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan, who Mendoza has called a mentor.

“The contrast between Munger and her opponent is striking,” Munger spokesman Phillip Rodriguez said in a statement. “Clerk Mendoza has spent her career on the State of Illinois and City of Chicago payrolls voting for the very unbalanced budgets, tax increases and pension holidays that have devastated out state finances.”

“Comptroller Munger has 25 years of private sector experience coupled with a long history as a volunteer and board member for an organization serving the most vulnerable,” Rodriguez added.

Before becoming the City Clerk of Chicago, Mendoza served six terms as a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 2001 to 2011.

Mendoza, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, is running for state comptroller because she believes “the middle class is under attack” from Rauner and Munger. Additionally, she feels Rauner’s main priorities are destroying unions and taking away the social safety net that provides opportunities for Illinois families to lift themselves out of poverty.

Mendoza claims Munger “will not do anything” without Rauner’s approval.

According to Mendoza, she personally knows the struggles of dealing with aging parents and understands the issues parents face providing early intervention services to their children. She has a son who requires speech therapy.

“I am running to be the next Illinois Comptroller because I understand the challenges facing middle class Illinoisans, parents and people with aging parents,” Mendoza said in a statement. “I believe that I will be successful doing so. I have ten years of legislative experience as a representative of the 1st District in the Illinois House, and 5 years as the Chicago City Clerk, running the second largest executive management office in the city.”

“I not only know what it takes to get the job done, but also I have two older brothers who taught me how to stand up to bullies, and I am not afraid of this one,” she added.

Ball lost a race for a board of trustee position at the College of DuPage in 2015. She claims she was armed only with “an accounting background and independent mindset."

According to Ball, the most important issues that she’s focused on are timely financial reporting, transparency in budgeting, clarity in decision making to outline what order vendors will be paid by the state, and independency in accounting.

"We need fiscal responsibility, integrity and transparency in all levels of state government,” Ball said in a statement. “Help me wrest the office of Comptroller out of the political pit of disregard it has been trapped in and bring back the respect deserved for the role of managing our state fund.”

Curtin, who considers himself “the only candidate running for comptroller that is a progressive and independent,” supports a graduated income tax for the state to create additional revenue.

Additionally, the former union member and organizer supports a tax on trading at the Chicago Board of Trade Options and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange that would only be paid by traders. According to Curtin, new revenue of $12 billion a year could be raised.

“There is no reasonable alternative to continuing to violate our constitution by not balancing the budget, and we must begin again the process of more funding for public education and much needed social services throughout our state,” Curtin said in a statement.

"My priority as comptroller would be an honest and frank discussion with the people of our state as to the financial crisis and what can be done about it,” he added. “There is no state budget because both Democrats and Republicans refuse to settle their differences and act in the public interest."

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<![CDATA[Report: Chelsea Clinton to Attend Chicago Fundraiser ]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:05:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chelsea+con+hillary+cierre+convencion.jpg

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, was set to attend a fundraiser for her mother in Chicago Friday afternoon, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The event was held at the Chicago home of author Gillian Flynn and her husband, lawyer Brett Nolan. Flynn wrote the 2012 bestselling suspense novel Gone Girl that was made into a 2014 Hollywood blockbuster of the same name.

Tickets for the event range in price from $1,000 to $2,500 a person and includes a photo.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, will be in Illinois next week for a pair of fundraisers, one of which will be held at the Chicago home of businessman Bill Farley.

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<![CDATA[Report: Kirk, Duckworth Embellished 9/11 Stories]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:36:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duckworth+kirk+illinois.jpg

Both candidates in the race for the U.S. Senate, Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, have embellished stories about where they were and who they were with during the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the Chicago Tribune reports.

According to the report, Kirk said he was at a meeting with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld when a second plane hit the World Trade Center in New York, at which point those in the room realized the country was under attack. But it turns out Rumsfeld learned of the second attack on New York during a separate meeting.

Kirk was meeting with Rumsfeld and other members of Congress that morning about defense spending when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. However, a 2004 report of the 9/11 Commission gave a contradicting account of where Rumsfeld was when the second plane hit, claiming he left the meeting with Kirk before he was informed of the second plane.

However, the day after the attacks, Kirk told the Tribune that the Rumsfeld meeting was interrupted when an aide handed the defense secretary a note. Although Kirk said Rumsfeld allowed the meeting to proceed, he suspected the note was about the second plane hitting the World Trade Center.

After winning the U.S. Senate seat previously held by President Barack Obama in 2010, Kirk claimed Rumsfeld broke up the meeting after being informed that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center.

This week, Kirk’s campaign said Kirk attended the first meeting with Rumsfeld as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and by the time it was over, two planes were involved in New York. However, the senator's campaign manager, Kevin Artl, did not address whether Kirk was still in Rumsfeld’s presence when the second plane hit.

Kirk came under fire during his initial bid for the Senate in 2010 for embellishing his military record by saying he served in the Gulf War and once commanded the Pentagon war room, among other things. He ultimately apologized for the misstatements, the Tribune reported.

Additionally, as part of a 2013 interview for the Army that was used in an "educational" package on female patriots, Duckworth suggested she was at Midway Airport in Chicago with a Black Hawk helicopter unit during the attacks, the Tribune reports. That account conflicts with a 2011 Time Magazine interview wherein the congresswoman said she was backpacking in Scotland with her husband and younger sister.

This week, Duckworth, who lost both her legs piloting a helicopter over Iraq in 2004, clarified the conflicting accounts, noting that she was in Scotland during the attacks, the Tribune reports. However, according to the report, military records show Duckworth was assigned as a company commander in the 106th Aviation Regiment at Midway as of December 2000.

The congresswoman told the Tribune she was “not trying to obfuscate” her whereabouts on the historic day, but acknowledged she didn’t know “if there’s anything recently” in which she described herself as being in Scotland that day.

She claimed she was referring to her unit being in Chicago at the time, noting, “Maybe it’s because it’s more Army lingo when you think of the unit as you, and all I was saying is that here we were in Chicago."

<![CDATA[Emanuel’s Poll Numbers Spike Following Public Safety Address]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:45:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+GettyImages-502932336.jpg

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s favorability rating jumped by more than 10 percent following his major public safety speech Thursday evening at Malcolm X Junior College that outlined his plan to address Chicago’s pressing crime problem.

According to the poll, which was conducted by Victory Research following the mayor’s speech, over 53 percent of the 501 likely Chicago voters who responded said the mayor's speech made them more favorable toward the mayor, while 29 percent said less.

In addition, 44 percent of the poll’s respondents said they had a favorable opinion of Emanuel, while 52 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion. This accounts for an 11 percent jump from an earlier poll.

In that poll of 806 likely Chicago voters conducted between Sept. 19-21 by Victory Research, Emanuel received a 33 percent approval rating and a 60 percent disapproval rating. Only 30 percent of respondents said Emanuel should be re-elected if he chooses to run for another term.

In a series of hypothetical match-ups, the earlier poll showed potential 2019 mayoral candidate and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart besting Emanuel by a nearly two-to-one margin, 61 percent to 31 percent, if the election were held today. According to the poll, Emanuel was also beat out by 2015 mayoral challenger and Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia by a margin of 51 percent to 36 percent. Additionally, Emanuel barely beat out potential 2019 challenger and Ald. Roderick Sawyer by a margin of 39 percent to 37 percent.

According to the latest poll, respondents showed overwhelming approval for two policy positions laid out in Thursday’s speech. Eighty percent of voters polled approved Emanuel’s proposal to hire nearly 1,000 new Chicago police officers, while only 14 percent oppose the idea.

Voters also favored Emanuel’s plan to put $36 million into a three year plan to expand mentoring programs in the city’s most violent neighborhoods by a margin of 63 percent to 28 percent, according to the poll.

Both polls were conducted by live callers in both mobile phone and land-line interviews. The margin of error for the first poll is 3.45 percent, while the margin of error for the second poll is 4.38 percent. According to Victory Research, the poll was independently funded.

<![CDATA[2 in Custody After Bank Robbery, Pursuit Ends in Crash]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:40:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/robbers_search2.jpg

Two men suspected of a bank robbery that ended in a police pursuit and crash on the highway were in custody Friday afternoon, according to the FBI.

Illinois State Police said two men robbed a BMO Harris Bank in Matteson and were being pursued by Matteson police. 

The suspects' vehicle then hit another car while entering the tollway near I-80 and I-294 where they then fled on foot, police said.

Illinois State Police was responding to the crash while Matteson police search for the suspects.

<![CDATA['Merciless' Chicago Man On Top 10 Most Wanted List Nabbed]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:33:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mexico0923.jpg

A Chicago man who spent 17 years on the run, including four on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, for allegedly sexually assaulting two women, one of them fatally, was arrested in Mexico, authorities announced Friday.

Fidel Urbina, 41, whose last known address was in the 2100 block of South Fairfield Avenue in Chicago, is charged in Cook County Circuit Court with the sexual assault and murder of one woman and the beating and sexual assault of a second woman, according to an FBI news release. He has been the subject of a worldwide manhunt since 1999 after being charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Urbina was taken into custody Thursday without incident, according to the FBI, just outside Valle de Zaragoza, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was apprehended by Policía Federal Ministerial Interpol. He will remain in custody pending extradition proceedings.

Urbina was charged in March of 1998 in relation to the kidnapping and rape of a Chicago woman and was released on bond while awaiting trial. During this time Urbina is suspected by authorities to have bludgeoned Gabriella Torres, 22, to death. Torres’ body was found in the trunk of a burning vehicle in an alley in the 2300 block of West 50th Street in Chicago, authorities said.

“Many family members have waited a long time for this day to come and they deserve the opportunity to face the accused in a court of law,” said Michael J. Anderson, special agent in charge of the FBI Chicago Field Office in a statement.

On July 20, 1999, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Urbina. On August 26, 2006, a provisional arrest warrant was signed by a Mexican federal magistrate.

The search for Urbina, authorities said, was coordinated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, which is composed of FBI special agents, detectives from the Chicago Police Department, and Cook County Sheriff’s Police investigators.

“I'd like to thank our federal partners at the FBI for their outstanding work in apprehending Fidel Urbina, whose merciless actions against innocent victims robbed one family of a daughter and left a permanent scar on a woman fortunate enough to survive his attack,” said Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson in a statement. “Mr. Urbina’s capture should serve as a warning to violent offenders what can be accomplished through the combined weight of federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts.”

Urbina was the 497th person to be placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, which was established in 1950.

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<![CDATA[Severed Head Found in McKinley Park Lagoon: Police]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:11:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mckinley+park+remains2.jpg

Human remains, including a severed head, were discovered Friday morning in a lagoon in McKinley Park on Chicago's Southwest Side, police confirmed.

Workers draining the lagoon for maintenance found a bag floating in the water around 10 a.m., police said. One of the workers opened it up and found the head.

A death investigation is underway, Supt. Eddie Johnson said. The head, Johnson said, is likely to be that of an African American man.

The head and other body parts were found in the lagoon, Johnson said, noting the other parts have been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office.

"It is still an ongoing investigation," Johnson said.

The lagoon remained taped off as evidence collection continued.

Nancy Taylor and her grandkids spend a lot of time at the lagoon.

"We used to come over here and feed the ducks and fish," she said. "It's scary."

Some residents say they doubt the person died in the park.

"I'm still going to come, I don't think they killed the people in the park," said Samantha McLain. "I think they brought them here to dump them."

The remains were taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office. Area South detectives were investigating.

<![CDATA[Man Crawls to Road 3 Days After Crash That Killed Girlfriend]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:50:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/indiana+crash+0923.jpg

For three days, Kevin Bell was trapped inside the wreckage of a crash with the body of his dead girlfriend, according to police. 

Shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a crash on U.S. Route 50 near the Jennings-Ripley County line in southeast Indiana, according to Indiana State Police.

There they found Bell, 39, of Dover, Pennsylvania, who had crawled up a 70 to 75-foot ravine from the crash site with injuries to his legs and a bag of belongings, including two 14-pound bowling balls, according to the York Daily Record. Officers also located a 1999 Ford Explorer off the road with the body of Nikki Reed, 37, of Seymour, Indiana, inside. 

However, the facts of the crash and the days thereafter are not adding up for Reed's family because both Reed and Bell had cell phones on their person, according to LEX18.com. Bell reportedly texted a friend but did not call 911.

The crash occurred on Saturday, investigators said, when Bell lost control of the SUV and ran off the road into an embankment, striking a tree head on. Reed died instantly in the crash, police said, and Bell's legs were so badly damaged that he wasn't able to leave the car, which was not visible from the road, until Tuesday. 

Reed's family reported both her and Bell missing on Sunday when they hadn't heard from the two in more than a day, police said. Reed made a trip to Pennsylvania to pick Bell up and they were returning to Reed's home to celebrate her son's birthday when the crash occurred, according to WAVE

Bell was taken with non-life threatening injuries to a hospital in North Vernon, Indiana. 

The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 

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<![CDATA[Honoring Chicagoland's Fallen Heroes]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 20:11:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/american-flag1.jpg NBC Chicago salutes the men and women in the armed forces who have died in combat.

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<![CDATA[Construction Worker Dies After Fall From Chicago Building]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:54:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chicago+Ambulance.png

A construction worker died after falling from a building in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, according to police. 

The incident occurred in the 1600 block of West Division Street around 9:16 a.m., according to Chicago police. 

The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead. 

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office could not immediately confirm the fatality. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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<![CDATA[Inside Caldwell Lily Pool, a Hidden Oasis in Chicago]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:54:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/TLMDLilyPool12.jpg Chicago has a magical and, to some, secret place where nature and tranquility reign supreme amid the bustle of city life.

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<![CDATA[Man Confesses to Murder for Which Twin Was Convicted: Report]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:59:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kevin+dugar+karl+smith.jpg

In a plot twist that seemed to be straight from a movie, a man confessed in court on Thursday to a murder for which his identical twin brother had been convicted, according to the Chicago Tribune

Karl Smith, 38, was on the witness stand at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago when he testified that he was the gunman in a 2003 shooting that left one man dead and another injured, the Tribune reports. 

His brother Kevin Dugar was convicted in the shooting in 2005 and sentenced to 54 years in prison, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

A gunman opened fire on three people near Sheridan Road and Argyle Street in the city's Uptown neighborhood in March 2003, according to the Tribune, killing Antwan Carter and wounding Ronnie Bolden.

Bolden later identified Dugar in a photo lineup that did not include Smith, according to Dugar's petition for a post-conviction hearing, the Tribune reports. 

Smith, who adopted his mother's maiden name, said Thursday that he didn't come forward because he thought his brother would be acquitted, according to the Tribune, and he even sat in on at least one day of Dugar's trial. 

Smith is serving a 99-year prison sentence for a 2007 home invasion and armed robbery in which a 6-year-old boy was shot in the head, the Tribune reports, never confessing to the murder until he wrote his brother a letter in 2013. 

Dugar responded by telling Smith to contact his lawyers, according to the Tribune. 

Prosecutors questioned Smith's motivation for the confession, the Tribune reports, telling the judge that he only came forward after a court upheld his own conviction for attempted murder in the 2007 case. 

It was unclear when the judge will decide if Dugar should be given a new trial.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Groping Woman on Loyola's Campus]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:14:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Aflaki+Soroush+loyola+u.jpg

A man has been charged with groping a woman on Loyola University's campus in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood earlier this month, police announced Friday. 

Soroush Aflaki, 22, of the 6900 block of North Greenwich Avenue, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery in a public place, according to a release from Chicago Police. 

Aflaski was identified as the man who inappropriately touched a woman as she was walking on campus in the 6300 block of North Winthrop on Sept. 19, according to police. 

The attack is one four reported between Sept. 6 and 19, police said in an earlier community alert, detailing three assaults against students and one against a faculty member.

Tatjana Williams-Jones, 19, said she was attacked while walking home from the library before 1 a.m. on Sept. 7 on the 6300 block of North Winthrop.

“Somebody came up behind me on a bicycle and started groping me,” she said.

Williams-Jones said she fought the attacker off and that he looked a little older than her.

“He looked Middle Eastern, he had a very heavy Arabic accent, I’m guessing, and so he was like ‘it’s different in my country, you can do this,’” she said. “I was so in shock I didn’t know what to do so I just grabbed and tried to like throw him to the ground.”

<![CDATA[Northwestern Student Killed in Evanston Bike Crash]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:22:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/northwestern+student+nvp+0923.jpg

A Northwestern University student was killed in a crash with a cement truck while riding her bicycle Thursday evening in north suburban Evanston, according to police.

Around 5 p.m., the bicyclist was riding westbound on Northwestern Place when a cement truck traveling north in the 2000 block of Sheridan Road struck her, according to a statement from Evanston Police.

The bicyclist, later identified as 18-year-old Chuyuan Qiu, was unresponsive when paramedics arrived. She was taken to Evanston North Shore University Hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Investigators said it is believed that Qiu was not wearing a helmet, and while the crash is still under investigation, no citations were issued to the cement truck operator, a 38-year-old man from Des Plaines.

The crash is being investigated by the Evanston Police Department’s Traffic Bureau with the assistance of the Major Crash Assistance Team.

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<![CDATA[25 Arrested in Raids Targeting Fentanyl-Laced Heroin]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:00:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/heroin+needle.jpg

More than 25 people have been arrested in raids aimed at combating the sale of fentanyl-laced heroin in the Chicago area, police announced late Thursday. 

Detectives from the Chicago Police Department's Narcotics Division organized an investigation and undercover drug buys following an increase in overdose deaths linked to the dangerous combination of fentanyl and heroin, officials said in a release. 

Drug samples then underwent expedited testing by State Police and detectives conferred with state and federal prosecutors to build their case.

More than 25 convicted felons and documented gang members were taken into police custody on Thursday, and police were continuing to arrest additional suspects in the raids.

The Chicago Police Department partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Illinois State Police, United States Attorney's Office, Cook County States Attorney's Office and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program of the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy in the investigation.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was scheduled to discuss the arrests along with U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon and officials from all partnering agencies at a news conference from CPD headquarters at 2 p.m. Friday. 

<![CDATA[Ex-Employee Charged After Camera Found in School Bathroom]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:29:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/elliott+nott+0923.jpg

A suspect has been charged in connection to a "camera looking device" found in the bathroom of a Chicago Public School, police announced Friday. 

Elliott Nott, 41, of the 4800 block of North Spaulding Ave., was charged with seven counts of unauthorized videotaping and one count of child pornography, all felonies, according to a release from the Chicago Police Department. 

A Cook County judge ordered Nott held in lieu of $75,000.

The camera, which authorities called a "motion activated video recording device," was found at Ogden International School located in the 0-100 block of West Walton Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood on Sept. 7.

Melissa Howlett, assistant state’s attorney, said police found putty that was used to afix the camera to the bottom of a sink in the bathroom.

“Each image shows the victims buttocks or genitals during the recording and the child’s buttocks and pubic area are also seen on video,” Howlett said.

Nott had been a CPS teacher since 2009 and coached girl’s track and field.

The state alleges that Nott knew a child knew a child used the restroom but his attorneys deny that.

“We do not believe, again, if any of the allegations are true, that there was any intent to videotape children,” Mark Basile, Nott’s attorney said.

Nott has at least two other arrests, one in 1993 for window peeping and another in 2004 for loitering and prowling. He was found guilty in the 2004 case and ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Days after the discovery of the camera, the principal told parents a school employee had been fired as a result of the incident. It was not immediately clear what Nott's role was at the school. 

“This device is not designed to send information, so we are confident that no images were transmitted by the device,” Principal Michael Beyer said in an email to parents after the camera was found.

Parents expressed their concerns about the issue.

"You send your kids to school and you look for them to be in a safe place and for them to get an education," said parent Sheena Lee. "When you come back to hear something like that, it's always disturbing to think that adults are plotting on children."

Nott is due back in court Oct. 12.

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