<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usWed, 18 Jan 2017 05:58:12 -0600Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:58:12 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Former Chicago Top Cop Subpoenaed in Jackson Divorce Case]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:49:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mccarthy+leaves+presser.jpg

Former Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy was one of three people subpoenaed late Tuesday in the divorce case between former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and former Chicago alderman Sandi Jackson.

The subpoena takes aim at fleshing out the extent of Sandi Jackson’s association—if any—with the former top cop and two others. Attorneys are seeking phone records, emails, texts, social media accounts and any specifics on any financial relationship thy may have had.

Also subpoenaed are Chicago police officer James Love and long-time McCarthy friend and business partner Richard Simon.

Sandi Jackson and Jesse Jackson Jr. have been embroiled in a bitter divorce battle. One particularly contentious issue has been where the case should be handled—here in Illinois where he lives or in Washington D.C. where she lives.

Earlier this month Jesse Jackson Jr.’s attorney alleged that Sandi Jackson had engaged in certain unspecified acts in Illinois which led to the breakup of the couple’s marriage. Something that could have bearing on where the case proceeds.

“Those would be the acts that gave rise to the cause of action for dissolution of marriage,” said Jesse Jackson Jr.’s attorney Brendan Hammer.

Tuesdays subpoenas demand that McCarthy and the other two men also provide documentation related to any “gifts” exchanged between them and Sandi Jackson including “all cards, letters, notes, etc.”

It also requests “documents evidencing expenses paid,” by them on behalf of Sandi Jackson for “bar expenses, restaurant expenses” and “spa expenses.”

“I really am shocked at this summons given that I have only met Ms. Jackson two times in social settings... there is no communications or any kind or gifts or financial transactions or other items asked for. We have never communicated by phone or electronically ever,” Simon said in a statement to NBC 5.

The McCarthy subpoena is asking for documents and communications going back to May of 2012. The other two go back to January of 2012. McCarthy and Love both did not respond to requests for comment. The next court date is scheduled for March 8 in Chicago.



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<![CDATA[Patti Blagojevich Responds to Presidential Pardons]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:49:34 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16222563741814.jpg

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich requested a presidential commutation last month, but on Tuesday, his name was not found among President Barack Obama’s 64 pardons.

Patti Blagojevich, the Rod’s wife, kept up hope on Facebook after her husband was left off the list.

The White House announced 209 inmates whose sentences Obama is shortening in one of his final acts before leaving office on Jan. 20. Another 64 people also received pardons, including retired Gen. James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information.

“We still have time, please keep up the good wishes,” Patti Blagojevich posted on Facebook.

Obama could still announce more pardons before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

Obama has commuted the most sentences of any other United States president. A White House official said more commutations are expected and will likely happen on Thursday, the Guardian reports.

Just before here hopeful social media post, Blagojevich posted a link to a story on the pardoning of Chelsea Manning.

“I just don’t know what to say,” the post reads.

A petition created over the summer asks Obama to grant executive clemency to Blagojevich after a federal judge declined to lower the embattled politician’s sentence.

Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence for his attempt to sell then-President-elect Obama’s U.S. Senate seat, in addition to other corruption charges. He is being held at a low-security federal prison in Colorado.



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<![CDATA[Chicago Saw Surge of Bank Robberies in 2016, FBI Says]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:13:09 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bankrobber0117.png

The numbers are in, and 2016 was a big year for bank robberies in Chicago.

It wasn’t the biggest year. That was 2006, when a whopping 284 bank jobs were committed across the Chicagoland area.

But 2016 saw 193 bank robberies, 49 more than the year before.

“It is the FBI’s opinion that people rob banks for one or multiple of three reasons,” says Garrett Croon, the Bureau’s former bank robbery coordinator. “To fuel their addiction for drugs, alcohol, or gambling.”

And robberies are traditionally not what you see in the movies. The so-called “takeover robbery”, where the robber vocally announces a heist and “takes over” the bank, is a rare event—usually fewer than 10 percent of Chicago-area robberies every year. Croon estimated he had investigated 500 robberies in his FBI career and the majority were committed by bandits who wanted to get in and out while attracting as little attention as possible.

“Bank robbers want to remain anonymous and they want to get to the teller counter quick,” Croon says. “I’ve been to many robberies where it’s 30 seconds or less.”

The number one time for robbing a bank in Chicago? After 6 p.m. That’s when 56 of the area’s heists were committed last year. (A close second was the time period between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.)

The most robbed day of the week? Friday.

“The FBI’s opinion is, because bank robbers are obtaining their cash for the weekend,” says Croon. “To fuel their addicitons.”

Perhaps the most startling statistic of all, is the fact that bank robberies have more than their share of repeat offenders. Right now, the Bureau is seeking a frightening robber dubbed the “AK-47 Bandit” who wields an assault rifle and has hit at least seven banks across America. Croon says in some years, nearly 3 percent of bank robbers questioned had committed multiple crimes.

“A lot of bank robbers coming out of prison have nowhere to go,” he said. “So what do they do? They go back to robbing banks.”

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<![CDATA[CPD's Community Policing Advisory Panel Holds 1st Meeting]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:20:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cpd+panel+117.png

The Chicago Police Department's new Community Policing Advisory Panel held its first meeting on Tuesday, just days after the U.S. Department of Justice released its report finding that CPD has violated constitutional rights through a pattern of excessive force.

The panel is dedicated to developing a new strategic plan for community policing, an area in which the DOJ specifically noted that the city is lacking.

“Our goal is to make CPD the model law enforcement agency across the country," Supt. Eddie Johnson said during Tuesday's meeting at Chicago police headquarters.

The panel consists of national experts in the field, Chicago community leaders and members of CPD leadership - all determined to make the city safer.

"Community policing, community engagement and an approach to enhancing trust and confidence in policing is really needed in Chicago right now," said panel member Tracey Meares, a law professor at Yale University who served on President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Chicago had a community policing program, known as CAPS, in place long before the panel was formed in 2016, according to Johnson, who said it has seen successes in the past.

"In the 90's, we were the leader in community policing throughout the country and we've kind of lost some of that luster," Johnson said, "but we fully intend on returning back to that number one position."

The formation of the new panel came not just following the DOJ's investigation, but after Chicago saw its deadliest year in two decades with more than 762 homicides - which experts say is a inextricably linked to the lack of trust between police and the communities they serve.

“The number one thing we need to understand is that the violence problem that Chicago is experiencing is also a function of the need for police reform," said Meares, adding that engagement key to building trust.

"It has to be infused throughout what the department does, it has to be a way of doing business, not just a tactic," she said.

The panel plans to meet several more times before making recommendations on best practices to Supt. Johnson by March.

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<![CDATA[Durbin to Sessions: Allow Russian Hacking Investigations]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:39:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17010580743939-session.jpg

Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter Tuesday urging Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, to allow Russian hacking investigations to proceed.

The group also pushed Sessions to recuse himself from any future or ongoing FBI or Justice Department investigations into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Sessions appeared before the committee last Tuesday, but was unable to answer questions about a CNN report released the same day that claimed President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump were briefed by intelligence officials on unconfirmed allegations that Russia may have “compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.”

The briefing also included unconfirmed allegations that Trump “surrogates and intermediaries" were in contact with the Russian government throughout the campaign.

“These allegations must be fully investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, especially in light of the recent assessment by the intelligence community that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered a campaign to influence the outcome of our presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor,” the group wrote.

Trump has denied the allegations, sparring with CNN correspondent Jim Acosta at last Wednesday’s press conference and admonishing his organization for publishing the report. Buzzfeed posted the full dossier of unconfirmed allegations later Tuesday, a move that has drawn considerable criticism.

Trump conceded that he thinks Russia was responsible for the hacking at last Wednesday’s press conference after repeatedly questioning the intelligence community and their findings.

Nevertheless, Trump told the Wall Street Journal Friday that he would be open to lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia if it assists the U.S. with certain efforts, like counterterrorism. That rollback would likely include President Barack Obama’s recently-imposed sanctions for Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things,” Trump said in the interview.



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<![CDATA[Hollywood Director: Emanuel's Brother Has Trump's Ear]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:25:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ari+trump.jpg

Director Peter Berg told the Hollywood Reporter that Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s liberal brother, talent agent Ari Emanuel, has been keeping in touch with President-elect Donald Trump, his former client.

“I heard a phone call between Ari and Trump where Ari talked about climate change and wanted Trump to understand that climate change is real,” Berg told the trade magazine last week. “And thank God Trump will listen to him and take those calls.”

Berg, director of the newly released movie “Patriots Day” about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, lauded Emanuel for reaching out to Trump despite their political differences.

“Obviously, Ari’s pretty public about his [liberal] politics,” Berg said. “But he’s going to accept the fact that [Trump] won, and he’s going to do everything he can to have a relationship with the guy and see if he can’t influence him a bit, so I think it’s a good thing.”

Emanuel met with Trump in November to “discuss some concerns he had.” After the meeting, Trump referred to Emanuel as a “great friend,” according to a CNN report.

The “superagent" represented Trump during some negotiations with NBC over his reality show “Celebrity Apprentice.” However, Emanuel’s Hollywood talent agency, WME-IMG, said it no longer represents Trump, according to the report.

“Trump’s the president of the United States,” Berg said. “You can ignore it or pretend like it’s not happening or scream and yell. You might as well reach out to him."

Following the election, Trump also met with brothers Zeke Emanuel, an architect of the Affordable Care Act, and Mayor Emanuel, who delivered a letter to the billionaire calling for protections for young immigrants.

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<![CDATA[Rauner: Skipping Trump's Inauguration Won't Hurt Illinoisans]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:23:58 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_863097762336-sm.jpg

Gov. Bruce Rauner told reporters Tuesday that his choice to skip President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration wouldn’t have a negative impact on Illinoisans.

“People understand in Washington and around the country that Illinois has big challenges and they know, and respect the fact, that I am one hundred percent focused in Illinois, working on getting a balanced budget with structural change to the system,” Rauner said. “And they respect that and they appreciate it.”

The state's most recent stopgap funding plan expired at the start of the year, leaving the state's health and human services and higher education in a precatious place. During Tuesday's press conference, the governor dismissed another stopgap plan, but seemed encouraged by the Illinois Senate's bipartisan push to devise a proposal. However, he wouldn't officially endorse the plan, which is still being negotiated.

Rauner, who spoke to Trump on the phone shortly after the November election, said he already has ties to the President-elect’s camp Tuesday.

“I do have close, good working relationships with a number of incoming members of the Trump administration, as well as members of his transition team, and I’ve worked with the Vice President-elect for years,” Rauner said. “There’s no issue of us not having a good, solid working relationship with the incoming administration.”

Rauner noted that he “worked hard” to form a close relationship with the outgoing Obama administration, including former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. He now hopes to work with the Trump administration on infrastructure and schools in Illinois.

“It’s in the interest of the people of Illinois that we have a good, positive working relationship with federal administrations,” he added.

Additionally, Rauner pointed to the seemingly imminent repeal of the Affordable Care Act, claiming there are “big changes” coming to the country’s healthcare system. As a result, Rauner told reporters Tuesday that his administration is already talking to the incoming Trump administration about prospective changes.

Nevertheless, Rauner said it was “too early” to comment on components of the Republican Obamacare repeal effort.



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<![CDATA[Video: David Ross Accidentally Photobombs Anthony Rizzo]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:08:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/david+ross+selfie2+GettyImages-621152842.png

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has a penchant for goofing around for cameras and taking selfies, but it was one of his former teammates that got busted for an inadvertent photobomb at the White House on Monday.

That former teammate was Granpda Rossy himself, as David Ross was lurking in the background while Rizzo was being interviewed in front of the historic mansion. Ross was apparently trying to take a selfie or trying to FaceTime with a member of his family, and he was spotted wandering around in the background of Rizzo’s shot:

There’s no telling of whether or not Ross ended up getting the perfect shot outside of the White House, but needless to say, Rizzo has one more thing to give him grief for when he starts his new job as a special assistant in the Cubs’ baseball operations department.  



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<![CDATA[Mild Temps Make for Tough Conditions for Winter Businesses]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:02:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021655550_1200x675_856750147869.jpg Unseasonably warm temperatures in the Chicago area may be pleasant for many residents, but for businesses that depend on cold and snowy city winters, things are very different. Trina Orlando reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Chicago Children's Theatre Moves Into New Home]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:59:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021655536_1200x675_856750147871.jpg After relying on other venues for over a decade, the Chicago Children's Theatre has set up shop in the West Loop. LeeAnn Trotter reports.]]> <![CDATA[How Much Snow Would Chicago Have if Temps Were Colder]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:54:14 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/chicago+snow+generic+2.jpg If it were colder, how much snow would Chicago have right now? Alicia Roman breaks down the unseasonably warm weather. ]]> <![CDATA[Bowling Team's Bus Rolls After Driver Has Seizure: Officials]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:36:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/school+bus+ax5.JPG

A school bus rolled over on Interstate 294 in a southwest Chicago suburb during rush hour Tuesday, sending three people to the hospital after authorities believe the driver suffered a seizure while driving. 

Multiple lanes were shut down after the accident. 

Twelve Chicago high school girls were on the bus at the time of the crash, along with an adult driver and a coach, police said. Resurrection College Prep High School's bowling team had rented the bus, a school official told NBC 5. None of the injuries suffered by the passengers were serious. The condition of the driver was not immediately clear.

The driver and two female passengers were taken to local area hospitals for evaluation, authorities said. 

"Traffic was heavy," Caryl King, a coach who was on the bus, said. "The bus started to veer to the right and all of a sudden we were seeing grass."

King said the bus was taking the team to a high school tournament on Chicago's South Side.

Illinois State Police said the bus rolled over around 5:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes near Archer Avenue, closing down two lanes of the roadway. 

Police said a preliminary investigation indicates the driver suffered a seizure while driving. 

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<![CDATA[Suburban Boy is Youngest in US to Get Small Artificial Heart]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:18:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jaheim.png

A young suburban Chicago boy has become the youngest and smallest patient in the country to receive a smaller artificial heart while he waits for his second transplant in less than five years. 

Eleven-year-old Jaheim Whigham, who suffers from congenital heart disease, has already been through one heart transplant in his life.

But in October, when Jaheim went in for a routine checkup, tests revealed he was in heart failure and his body was rejecting the organ. 

He was immediately admitted to the hospital and several weeks later, his other organs began to fail. That's when doctors decided to give him an artificial heart that will keep his blood pumping until a new donor is found.

“For someone like Jaheim, you only have to see him to know you’d do anything for a patient like him,” said Dr. Kiona Allen, an attending physician at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

The compact device, invented by a company called SynCardia, pumps 50 cubic centimeters of blood. A traditional replacement heart pumps 70, though Jaheim’s body couldn’t handle that amount.

Dr. Carl Backer, chief of cardiac surgery at the hospital, said the new device could save many young lives.

“It’s a huge step forward for us because we weren’t able to offer this to our young patients before,” he said. “Seventy cc’s would have been too big, and we weren’t even sure it would fit in our patient.”

Jaheim, of Aurora, is the smallest and youngest patient in the world to receive the artificial heart, giving him anywhere from three to nine months as he waits for yet another transplant.

In the mean time, there is just one thing the young boy hopes to do.

“Play with my brother,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Yelp's Top Places to Eat Only Includes 1 Illinois Restaurant]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:41:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Gourmet-Food-Generic_0925.jpg

Yelp released its Top 100 Places to Eat for 2017 Tuesday—and only one Illinois restaurant made the cut—and it’s not in Chicago.

"In our fourth annual list we are honoring eateries from across the US, nearly all of which have a perfect five-star rating," said Shannon Eis, vice president of Yelp's corporate communications, in a blog post. "You may notice that most of these businesses are pretty unassuming, offering guests a no-frills type of dining experience, and yet Yelpers go nuts for them."

Papa Marcos Grill and Kabob, in Waukegan, claimed spot number 64 on the delectable list of eateries.

“The tahini sauce is addicting, the hummus is perfect and the little two bite dessert sample I tried was heavenly,” said Yelp user Cathy M.

According to the Middle Eastern restaurant’s website, the establishment is family owned and run by a husband and wife duo since 2012.

“We are informal and we love to make people feel at home,” the website reads. “In our restaurant, you’ll find everything from Chicago Style Sandwiches to our specialty which is Middle East Food.”

Papa Marcos is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is located at 622 Grand Ave. in downtown Waukegan.

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<![CDATA[40K Expected at Women's March on Chicago, Organizers Say]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:45:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-623042940.jpg

Organizers say at least 40,000 people have registered to be a part of the Women's March on Chicago this weekend. 

On top of that, another 20,000 have said they are interested in attending the march scheduled to take place one day after Donald Trump's inauguration, the group revealed during a press conference Tuesday.

"The incoming administration and president have promised an assault on women’s rights, we are prepared to fight back," said organizer Ann Scholhamer.

The Chicago event is one of many around the country and the world being held in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington.

"This march is just one moment in time but it’s a moment that will hopefully ignite a powerful message," said Donna Miller with Planned Parenthood. "Women are taking action and will continue to take action."

The group noted it is not an anti-Trump event, but that many marchers may be marching for political reasons. 

The demonstrators are expected to take to city streets after a morning rally, which will likely mean street closures in downtown Chicago Saturday as the group marches on a roughly 2-mile route beginning near the city's Grant Park and ending at Federal Plaza. 

Originally slated to be held at the Petrillo Bandshell Saturday, the event will now begin at 10 a.m. at Jackson Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive. A stage will be located on South Jackson Boulevard, “facing west in order to protect Grant Park from damage,” organizers said.

Jackson Boulevard will be closed for traffic from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus, organizers said.

The event will begin with the rally near Grant Park, featuring speeches and performances from several people including Ari Afsar, Karen Olivo and Samantha Marie Ware from the cast of “Hamilton.”

The march is expected to step off at 11:30 a.m. and continue west on Jackson Boulevard, north onto Michigan, west on Adams, north on Dearborn, west on Randolph, south on Clark and return to Jackson before ending at Federal Plaza.

As of Monday, nearly $40,000 had been raised to fund equipment needed for the downtown event.

“We will mobilize as women and supporters of women to protect our rights and civil liberties,” organizers wrote on the fundraising page. “We stand in solidarity with other women’s marches planned across the country and the world on January 21 and WE WILL BE SEEN AND HEARD by the new administration. We are of varied races, ethnicities, ages, religions, sexual and gender identities, economic situations, politics, and countless other diversities. We share space on January 21 to express our diverse and similar concerns and protect our rights and our humanity.”

The marches nationwide are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people on Saturday.

Chicago police did not immediately respond to a request for comment on plans for security or potential traffic disruptions during the event.



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<![CDATA[Chase ATMs Will Rebrand as Citibank at Chicago Walgreens]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:06:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Walgreens+Pharmacy1.png

Chase Bank automated teller machines will be replaced by Citibank ATMs at Chicago-area Walgreens stores, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

An agreement was announced Tuesday between Walgreens and Cardtronics, an ATM service provider, to brand more than 1,000 ATMs in multiple markets—including local Walgreens locations.

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"ATM service is an important convenience for our customers," said Moe Alkemade, group vice president and general merchandise manager for Walgreens, in a news release. "We are pleased these agreements mean that millions of payment card users will have surcharge-free access to ATMs in our stores. It's another customer-focused service we're happy to provide."

Cardtronics said the rebranding of ATMs from Chase to Citibank will begin “immediately” and aims to finish the transition by spring 2017.

Additionally, through the bank's agreement with Cardtronics, the Tribune reports, ATMs in CVS and Target stores throughout the country will be free to Citi customers, though not Citi-branded, Cardtronics said.



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<![CDATA[Rodgers' Father Opens Up About Family's Rift With NFL Star]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:52:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631769054.jpg

Aaron Rodgers’ rift with his family has been making headlines since his brother’s appearance on “The Bachelorette” last year, but little has been said about the unusual family dynamic from Rodgers’ father – until now.

In an interview with the New York Times, Ed Rodgers said the family is still learning how to deal with the star quarterback’s rise to fame.

“One in the news is enough for us,” he said, adding, “Fame can change things.”

The Rodgers family patriarch confirmed in the interview that the family hasn’t spoken to Aaron Rodgers since the end of 2014, a short time after the Green Bay Packers star first began dating actress Olivia Munn.

Jordan Rodgers first revealed his troubled relationship with his brother on the dating show in July, saying he and his brother Luke don’t speak to Aaron.

"It's something we don't really talk about a whole lot," Luke Rodgers told ‘Bachelorette’ JoJo Fletcher. "It pains both of us like not to have that relationship. We miss our brother."

It was an issue that lingered heavily over the “hometown date” episode, with two empty chairs sitting at the Rodgers’ family dinner table, presumably for Aaron and Munn. 

"I miss my brother a lot, especially in moments like this because my family means so much," Jordan said in the episode.

At the time, Aaron Rodgers declined to talk about the family dynamic publicly.

"As far as those kinds of things go, I've always found that it's a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I'm just--I'm not going to speak on those things," he said.

Ed Rodgers told the Times that while "airing public laundry is not what I would have chosen,” he wasn’t upset that it happened.

“It’s good to have it all come out,” he said.

It’s a sentiment echoed by Jordan Rodgers as well, as he told E! News in an exclusive interview that he hadn’t seen “The Bachelorette” before he became a contestant and wasn’t sure what to expect.

"Family things are always tough, and they're always tough to address, let alone on a TV show,” he said. “But I knew I made a commitment to go on there and be honest with JoJo and make sure that she knew everything because we didn't have any time off-camera and we were going to get to a proposal. So you have to be honest, you have to trust she believes in the person you are.”



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<![CDATA['Wicked' Coming Back to Chicago in 2017]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:06:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Wicked-AP_041014017325.jpg

Chances are, this is going to be popular: Broadway hit “Wicked” is returning to Chicago for a limited time this year.

Broadway in Chicago announced Tuesday that the Tony Award-winning musical would be returning to the Windy City for seven weeks beginning in December.

The show will run at the Oriental Theatre from Dec. 6 through Jan. 21, 2018.

Group ticket sales are currently available, but individual ticket sales will begin “at a later date.”

The story, based on the 1995 novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West," is set in the world of "The Wizard of Oz" before Dorothy arrives. It tells the story of two witches, Glinda and Elphaba, who eventually become the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West. 

The musical debuted in 2003, making it one of the longest-running Broadway shows, and has been seen by millions. 

Universal Pictures plans to release a “Wicked” movie in December 2019.



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<![CDATA[Café 5 Recipe: Tandoori Skirt Steak From Vermilion’s Chef Rohini Dey]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:16:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tandoori+Skirt+Steak.png

Chicago Restaurant Week returns next Friday for two weeks of dining deals across the city. 

From the classic to the trendy, the annual culinary celebration is a popular way to cash-in while tasting your way through the hottest spots in the city. 

Over 350 restaurants take part in the event, featuring special prix fixe menus from Jan. 27 through Feb. 9.  One of the restaurants included is the upscale Indian-Latin American fusion eatery Vermilion, located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. 

Vermilion’s owner, restauranteur and chef Rohini Dey stopped by Café 5 with a preview of what’s in store for diners by sharing her recipe for Tandoori Skirt Steak.

Tandoori Skirt Steak (Yield: 1 8oz steak)

INGREDIENTS

8 oz. portion of skirt steak 

MARINADE

1 cup yogurt

½ cup sour cream

¼  tsp. cumin powder

¼  tsp. coriander powder

¼  tsp. garam masala

1 tsp. red chili powder

½ tsp. ginger-garlic paste

½ tsp. jalapeno paste

2 tbsp. heavy cream

Salt to taste 

SAUTÉED SPINACH

1 cup spinach  leaves

¼ tsp. chopped garlic

¼ tsp. oil

2 tbsp. water

PLANTAIN CHIPS

1 green plantain

1 tsp. salt

Oil to fry 

METHOD:

  • Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl.  Clean the skirt steak and put it in the bowl, coating it completely with the marinade. Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator to marinate. The longer it marinates the better, up to 2 days.
  • Preheat the grill.  Place the marinated steak on the hot grill and cook to the desired degree of doneness.
  • For the sautéed spinach, remove the stems from the spinach leaves. Heat the oil in a pan, add garlic until it turns golden brown, then add the spinach and salt. Toss for a few minutes.

SERVING SUGGESTION 

  • Serve with lightly sautéed garlic spinach and crisp deep fried plantain chips. Option to serve with “raita.”  

For more information on Chicago Restaurant Week 2017, visit the event’s website here.



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<![CDATA[Women's March on Chicago: See the Full Route]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:24:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-620926912.jpg

Demonstrators are expected to hit Chicago streets this weekend by the thousands for the Women's March on Chicago. 

The event will likely mean street closures in downtown Chicago Saturday as the group marches on a roughly 2-mile route beginning near the city's Grant Park and ending at Federal Plaza. 

Originally slated to be held at the Petrillo Bandshell Saturday, the event will now begin at 10 a.m. at Jackson Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive. A stage will be located on South Jackson Boulevard, “facing west in order to protect Grant Park from damage,” organizers said.

Jackson Boulevard will be closed for traffic from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus, organizers said.

The event will begin with the rally near Grant Park, featuring speeches and performances from several people including Ari Afsar, Karen Olivo and Samantha Marie Ware from the cast of “Hamilton.”

The march is expected to step off at 11:30 a.m. and continue west on Jackson Boulevard, north onto Michigan, west on Adams, north on Dearborn, west on Randolph, south on Clark and return to Jackson before ending at Federal Plaza.

Organizers said they would be on a clear and guided route, but it remains unclear if the streets along the route will be closed for traffic. Chicago police and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications did not immediately respond to a request for comment on plans for security or potential traffic disruptions during the event.

The Chicago gathering is among more than 150 sister marches planned around the country and the world in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington.

It's unclear how many will attend the event, but organizers said more than 22,000 people have registered to march as of Tuesday morning. A Facebook group dedicated to the Chicago march has more than 30,000 members. 

As of Monday, nearly $40,000 had been raised to fund equipment needed for the downtown event.

“We will mobilize as women and supporters of women to protect our rights and civil liberties,” organizers wrote on the fundraising page. “We stand in solidarity with other women’s marches planned across the country and the world on January 21 and WE WILL BE SEEN AND HEARD by the new administration. We are of varied races, ethnicities, ages, religions, sexual and gender identities, economic situations, politics, and countless other diversities. We share space on January 21 to express our diverse and similar concerns and protect our rights and our humanity.”

The marches nationwide are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Street Closures Anticipated for Women's March on Chicago]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:09:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-620927030.jpg

Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to city streets this weekend for the Women's March on Chicago, one day after Donald Trump's inauguration. 

The event will likely mean street closures in downtown Chicago Saturday as the group marches on a roughly 2-mile route beginning near the city's Grant Park and ending at Federal Plaza. 

Originally slated to be held at the Petrillo Bandshell Saturday, the event will now begin at 10 a.m. at Jackson Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive. A stage will be located on South Jackson Boulevard, “facing west in order to protect Grant Park from damage,” organizers said.

Jackson Boulevard will be closed for traffic from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus, organizers said.

The event will begin with the rally near Grant Park, featuring speeches and performances from several people including Ari Afsar, Karen Olivo and Samantha Marie Ware from the cast of “Hamilton.”

The march is expected to step off at 11:30 a.m. and continue west on Jackson Boulevard, north onto Michigan, west on Adams, north on Dearborn, west on Randolph, south on Clark and return to Jackson before ending at Federal Plaza.

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The Chicago gathering is among more than 150 sister marches planned around the country and the world in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington.

It's unclear how many will attend the event, but organizers said more than 22,000 people have registered to march as of Tuesday morning. A Facebook group dedicated to the Chicago march has more than 30,000 members. 

As of Monday, nearly $40,000 had been raised to fund equipment needed for the downtown event.

“We will mobilize as women and supporters of women to protect our rights and civil liberties,” organizers wrote on the fundraising page. “We stand in solidarity with other women’s marches planned across the country and the world on January 21 and WE WILL BE SEEN AND HEARD by the new administration. We are of varied races, ethnicities, ages, religions, sexual and gender identities, economic situations, politics, and countless other diversities. We share space on January 21 to express our diverse and similar concerns and protect our rights and our humanity.”

The marches nationwide are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people on Saturday.

Chicago police did not immediately respond to a request for comment on plans for security or potential traffic disruptions during the event.



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<![CDATA[Jay Cutler Surprises Wife Kristin Cavallari for 30th]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:43:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/169*120/GettyImages-631289556.jpg

Chicago Bears fans may be unimpressed with Jay Cutler’s performance as quarterback, but his wife Kristin Cavallari can’t stop gushing over how he’s doing as husband and father to their three children.

In a series of Instagram photos Monday, the designer and former reality star gave thanks to her husband for not one, but two, big birthday surprises he gave her to celebrate her 30th birthday.

"I had the best birthday of my life and it was all thanks to this guy," Cavallari captioned a photo of the two. "Not only did he plan a huge surprise party, he planned a 'surprise' trip to Mexico with some of my closest friends, too. Thanks babe... you will probably never see this."

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Photos showed the two soaking up the sun on a boat and strolling the streets of Sayulita, a village about 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

It was the second celebration Cutler planned for his wife’s milestone birthday. On Jan. 5 he threw a surprise party at Fulton Market Kitchen in Chicago’s West Loop.

“This is the only somewhat decent picture I have from last night (and we're both clearly sober) but Jay really went all out for my 30th birthday,” Cavallari wrote in an Instagram post after the event. “He threw the most amazing surprise party and made me feel so special and loved and I will forever be grateful for this man, my family, and all my amazing friends. I am the luckiest girl in the world to have such incredible people in my life.” 

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Cutler and Cavallari were wed in Nashville in June 2013. The two first started dating after meeting at Chicago's Market restaurant in 2010. They now have three children together, two sons and a daughter.

When Cutler popped the question, it was not as romantic.

"It was so silly," Cavallari told E! News at the time. "I was in the airport, leaving Chicago. We had just spent however many days together and we were texting and somehow it came up, like, 'Oh, shall we get married?' We're like, 'Yeah, OK.' And then he sent my ring in the mail. So I actually had my ring sitting at home for a couple of weeks before I put it on."

That's right — it somehow came up as they were texting, and he just mailed her the ring.

To be fair, it was his second proposal. He proposed while they were on vacation in Mexico in April of 2011, but they called off the engagement three months later before getting back together again.

The Bears' all-time leading passer, Cutler was placed on season-ending injured reserve in December after undergoing shoulder surgery. The 33-year-old quarterback suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder during a loss to the New York Giants weeks earlier.

With the surgery, there are fresh questions on whether it's the end of the road for Cutler in Chicago, as he has no guaranteed money left on the seven-year contract extension he signed in 2014. At 33, he was limited to five games because of a thumb injury and then a torn right labrum that led to him being placed on injured reserve. And after eight seasons and only one playoff win, it's entirely possible that the team could decide to go in a different direction in the future.

Then again, the Bears have no logical long-term replacement on the roster. That's an issue they need to address, whether they keep Cutler or bring in another veteran.



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<![CDATA[$52M Refund for Those Who Bought Milk in 15 States]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:22:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/229*120/milk+1.png
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<![CDATA[Surveillance Video Shows Armed Robbery Suburban Subway Store]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:34:46 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/218*120/palos+park+subway.png

Police are looking for a man who robbed a Subway sandwich shop at gunpoint Monday morning in south suburban Palos Park.

Video footage from the store at 11901 S. 80th Ave show the man displaying a gun to the employee on staff before demanding the worker to open the register.

The armed man then grabbed the cash before leaving the scene in black four-door vehicle that was parked nearby, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Palos Park Police.med man then grabbed the cash before leaving the scene in black four-door vehicle that was parked nearby, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Palos Park Police. 

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<![CDATA[3 Killed, 1 Critical in Single-Vehicle Crash on Eisenhower]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:49:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/ike+crash.png

Three people were killed and another person was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash early Tuesday on the Eisenhower Expressway.

All four people were inside a Buick LaCrosse traveling in the outbound lanes of I-290 around 2:15 a.m. when the car slammed into a pole near the California Avenue exit, according to Illinois State Police. No other vehicles were involved, police said. 

Two people were pronounced dead on the scene, police said. Two others were extricated from the vehicle and taken to Stroger Hospital, where another was pronounced dead, police said.  

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The sole survivor in the crash was listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, police said. All outbound lanes were temporarily closed to traffic as authorities investigated the crash scene.

At 6 a.m., two lanes were reopened for traffic, police said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Students Raise Cash For Families After Teacher Loses Sister]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:34 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trinity0116.png

Some Tinley Park fifth-graders are attempting to transform a tragedy into something positive after their teacher’s sister died in a head-on car accident.

The students made a YouTube video and raised cash to purchase gifts to donate to families at the Ronald McDonald House—a charity for families of children with complicated medical needs.

Katrina Kloess’ sister, Katie, was driving to her students’ basketball game in Marengo when she died in the accident.

“I got a phone call from my father and he said she’s gone, she’s gone,” Kloess said.

She said after she’d grieved, she returned to Trinity Lutheran Elementary school to get back to her students, find some strength and empower her students in the name of her sister.

She gave a dollar to each of her students, part of a pay-it-forward Christmas tradition she does every year with her fifth-graders.

“I wanted them to know who she was and the kindness that she had in her heart, and the love that she wanted to share, because she knew that God had given her so much,” Kloess said.

That’s when the students got the idea to take their dollars and turn it into a more than $400 to purchase the gifts for the Ronald McDonald House families.

The students say they will deliver the gifts Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[After Mass Shooting in Mexico, a Chicago-Area Man Comes Home]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:54:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17016542229030-blue-parrot-mexico-club-shooting.jpg

A suburban Chicago man is back in the United States after surviving a mass shooting that left five dead Monday in a nightclub in Mexico.

Ninmar Malk, of Niles, was attending the last night of the BPM Music Festival and was planning to fly home only hours later when gunfire erupted in the Blue Parrot Night Club.

"About 2 a.m. you hear what sounds like a firework and you're not sure if it's part of the music," Malk said of the confusion that ensued.

Rodolfo Del Angel, director of police in the state of Quintana Roo, told the Milenio TV station that the shooting was the result of "a disagreement between people inside" the nightclub and said security guards had come under fire when they tried to contain the dispute.

"Within 10 seconds everyone hits the ground and the music cuts off," Malk said, adding that he hid behind a pole and avoided eye contact with the gunman.

"Everyone was on the ground, so you're laying on top of other people," he said.

Four men — including three security guards — died from gunshot wounds and a woman was trampled. She was identified as Alejandra Villanueva, an 18-year-old from Denver.

Cellphone video shows the chaos as festival goers fled from the club.

"It took me a good 10 to 15 minutes to get out of there," Malk said. "I saw people dead on the ground as I was running back."

At least 15 others were injured, authorities say.

Authorities have detained four people for questioning in relation to the shooting. Another shooting was reported around the same time, but it's unclear if the two are connected.



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<![CDATA[Woman, 20, Dies in Sledding Accident at Ski Resort]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:55:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/skislope0116.jpg

A woman was killed Monday at a ski resort in Michigan when she struck a building at a high rate of speed, officials say.

Authorities told WPBN that 20-year-old Sally Ottenhoff was staying with family at a privately-owned condominium at Boyne Mountain ski resort in Boyne Falls. Authorities told the local news station Ottenhoff and others went sledding on the resort's slopes while they were closed.

Charlevoix County Sheriff Chuck Vondra said Vondra was sledding down a hill on a saucer when she fell, or possibly intentionally got off, and struck the building. Vondra told WPBN the investigation was ongoing but alcohol was a factor in Ottenhoff’s death.

Ottenhoff was taken to McLaren Northern Michigan where she died from her injuries.

Boyne Mountain president and general manager Ed Grice released a statement on the fatal accident Monday.

“This is a terribly tragic event and our team is keeping this young woman, as well as her family and friends, in our hearts,” Grice said. “Our security department received the call at 2:47 Sunday morning. 911 was also called and first responders arrived shortly after and rendered assistance until she was transported.”

Grice also said the resort doesn’t not authorize any kind of sledding equipment on trails for skiing or snowboarding.



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<![CDATA[David Ross Talks About His New Role With the Cubs]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:45:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021619638_1200x675_855573059740.jpg Retired catcher David Ross developed quite a following with the Cubs, and his time on the North Side isn't done yet, as the team named him special assistant to baseball operations on Friday. He talks about his new role with NBC5's Mike Berman. ]]> <![CDATA[Honoring Chicagoland's Fallen Heroes]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 19:11:50 -0600 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[The Cubs' Visit to the White House, As Told by the Players]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:28:06 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-631833948.jpg

The Chicago Cubs' visit to the White House was filled with surprises, jokes, gifts and plenty of unforgettable moments.

It was yet another bookmark in the historic journey for the 2016 team that brought joy to fans across the country and made history with a World Series victory like no other. 

But a lot happened behind-the-scenes of the visit that many fans didn't get to see. Until the players posted them to social media, that is. 

Here's a roundup of some of the Cubs' best tweets from the White House:


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<![CDATA[Rev. Pfleger Delivers Fiery MLK Day Speech in Atlanta]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 19:23:01 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pfleger+atlanta+mlk+day.png

Chicago's Rev. Michael Pfleger traveled to Atlanta this Martin Luther King holiday to be the keynote speaker at the civil rights icon's Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Pfleger was chosen to deliver the speech for his work in Chicago, but the timing of the holiday celebrating Dr. King with the transition to President-elect Trump's administration took center stage.

His remarks turned fiery at times, as he delivered sharp words to criticize Trump - in particular, for his back-and-forth with Rep. John Lewis.

Lewis said in an interview Friday that he did not believe Trump was elected legitimately, and Trump responded by tweeting that the Atlanta congressman was "All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"

"Shame on you Mr. Trump," Pfleger said. "On this weekend, to disrespect an icon of the civil rights movement - on Dr. King's weekend. You, Mr. Trump, have made yourself the anchor of fake news."

Pfleger didn't stop there, going on to call the president-elect a bully.

"How do we tell our children bullying is wrong when we have just awarded one of the biggest bullies in this country with the presidential election?” he asked to a standing ovation.

Pfleger said it was Dr. King's 1966 speech in Chicago's Marquette Park that mobilized him.

"I have watched the life of one of the most prophetic preachers of our day, watched his life redefined and compromised and yes, sanitized to become more acceptable to America's palate," he said.

"Dr. King was an uncompromising voice and it ought not to be compromised by history or redefined by individuals who fear his truth," Pfleger added. 

Pfleger was critical not just of Trump, but other elected officials and anyone who looks the other way when it comes to Chicago's violence.

"Where I live, we don't live with post-traumatic stress. We live with present traumatic stress, because we live in a war zone in the middle of America," he said. "Our children have become roadkill while we sit in church and pray and they're dying in our streets."

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<![CDATA[Chicago Pays Tribute to MLK]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:57:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000021636831_1200x675_856034371641.jpg Several events in Chicago honored the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, part of a larger, nationwide tribute. Regina Waldroup reports. ]]> <![CDATA[Amid Political Divide, Chicago Pays Tribute to MLK]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:52:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/mlk+chicago+honor.png This year's tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago could not escape the political divisions felt nationwide. Mary Ann Ahern reports.]]> <![CDATA[Obama and Emanuel Still Tight After Two Terms]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:23:02 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/obama-rahm-AP61130604511.jpg

President Barack Obama met with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday during the World Series champion Chicago Cubs' visit to the White House, capping off two terms of a close relationship between them.  

Emanuel, a former White House staffer in the Clinton administration, was named Obama’s first chief of staff in November 2008 after winning his own reelection to U.S. House of Representatives earlier that month. He ultimately resigned the seat in January 2009.

During Emanuel’s time as chief of staff, the future mayor was a key player in the passage of the president's namesake healthcare reform act. Emanuel reportedly pushed for a scaled back version of the law to gain bipartisan support, according to the New Yorker.

In a June 2012 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Emanuel admitted that his instincts about the measure were wrong.

“I gave him my advice. I told him many times (about) the political cost of doing this,” Emanuel told the Tribune. “And thank God for the country, he didn’t listen to me.”

In September 2010, Obama announced that senior advisor Pete Rouse would be named chief of staff to replace Emanuel, who was stepping down to run for Chicago mayor.

Emanuel won his 2011 mayoral campaign, as well as a 2015 reelection bid, which Obama personally endorsed.

Just months after being reelected, the mayor faced a lasting controversy when dashcam footage was made public of the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. 

Protests erupted in Chicago, with demonstrators calling for the resignations of Emanuel, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. McCarthy was ultimately fired by the department in December of 2015, while Alvarez lost her 2016 reelection bid to Kim Foxx.

Through the controversy, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough defended his predecessor on Meet the Press last January, claiming Obama was still confident in the mayor’s leadership.

“The city looks great, the opportunities there are boundless,” McDonough told Chuck Todd. “And so, I think what the president sees is a city and a people of Chicago and a mayor of Chicago that continue to do very good work.”

Last August, Emanuel and other city officials announced that the Obama Presidential Center would be built in Chicago’s Jackson Park, signaling a continued relationship between the mayor and president.

“This is a unique opportunity historically and a unique opportunity and I want to make sure the entire city of Chicago, specifically the South Side of Chicago, benefits from the once-in-a-lifetime cultural and educational investment,” Emanuel told reporters at the time.

In his farewell address at Chicago’s McCormick Place last week, Obama puctuated his ongoing message of hope. Before the speech, Emanuel posted a video to YouTube commemorating the president's time in office.

“Thank you for eight great years,” Emanuel said. "Thank you for your dedication to this country and thank you for the dignity and integrity in which you brought to the office of the President of the United States."



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<![CDATA[Women's March Chicago Moves Start Location]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:07:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NH-trump-protest-Sunday.jpg

With thousands of people expected to gather for the Women’s March in Chicago this weekend, the location has shifted to avoid damaging the city’ s Grant Park, organizers announced.

Originally slated to be held at the Petrillo Bandshell Saturday, the march will now begin at 10 a.m. at Jackson Boulevard and Lake Shore Drive.

The stage will be located on South Jackson Boulevard, “facing west in order to protect Grant Park from damage,” organizers said.

Jackson Boulevard will be closed for traffic from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus.

The event, stepping off the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, will begin with the rally near Grant Park, featuring speeches and performances from several people including Ari Afsar, Karen Olivo and Samantha Marie Ware from the cast of “Hamilton.”

The march is expected to begin at 11:30 a.m. and continue west on Jackson Boulevard, north onto Michigan, west on Adams, north on Dearborn, west on Randolph, south on Clark and return to Jackson before ending at Federal Plaza.

The Chicago gathering is among more than 150 sister marches planned around the country and the world in conjunction with the Women’s March on Washington.

It's unclear how many will attend the event, but organizers said they expect more than 10,000 people will march. A Facebook group dedicated to the Chicago march, however, has more than 30,000 members. 

As of Monday, nearly $40,000 had been raised to fund equipment needed for the downtown event.

“We will mobilize as women and supporters of women to protect our rights and civil liberties,” organizers wrote on the fundraising page. “We stand in solidarity with other women’s marches planned across the country and the world on January 21 and WE WILL BE SEEN AND HEARD by the new administration. We are of varied races, ethnicities, ages, religions, sexual and gender identities, economic situations, politics, and countless other diversities. We share space on January 21 to express our diverse and similar concerns and protect our rights and our humanity.”

The marches nationwide are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people on Saturday.

America Ferrera is leading the celebrity contingent for the march in Washington. Other notables who plan to participate include Katy Perry, Amy Schumer, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Julianne Moore, Debra Messing, Olivia Wilde, Zendaya and Frances McDormand.

Chelsea Handler will also lead a sister march in Park City, Utah.

Chicago police could not immediately comment on plans for security or potential traffic disruptions during the event.

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<![CDATA[Mental Health Crisis Training Given to Chicago Authorities]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:53:18 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/crisistrainning0116.png

Mental health crisis intervention training is now being given to Chicago police, fire and Office of Emergency Management and Communication personnel in the wake of several high-profile deadly incidents.

The training, held in a Chicago Fire Department facility in the city’s South Loop, includes crisis simulation scenarios observed by instructors through two-way mirrors. In the scenarios, responders learn how to identify and respond to those with mental health issues.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago stressed the importance of the new training initiative Monday.

“This program will help assure that we understand and address the unique needs of a very important segment of our society—those who suffer from altered mental status,” Santiago said.

Leslee Stein-Spencer, of the Chicago Fire Department, echoed that sentiment.

“When the person calls in with a medical emergency, the dispatcher knows what type of questions to ask, what type of information to illicit from the patient, so that information goes out to our team,” Stein-Spencer said.

Ninety percent of 911 operators have received the training, officials say, and 35 percent of police will have taken the eight-hour course by the end of the year.

“The goal for us is to insure we have enough officers in every district trained,” said Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson. “So that when a call comes out and they are identified, we have an adequate number of officers who can respond to these patrols.”

Advocate Illinois Masonic’s Dr. Eddie Markul expressed great optimism over the training program.

“I am confident, that in the very near future, we will be seen as a national leader in care for people in crisis,” he said.

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<![CDATA[Boy, 12, Dies After Barrington Bicycle Accident]]> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:09:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ambulance+GettyImages-478895016.jpg

A 12-year-old boy died in suburban Barrington Saturday after sustaining a “severe head injury” during a bicycle accident, authorities confirmed Monday.

Police and fire personnel were called to the 300 block of Sharon Drive about 3:40 p.m. Saturday for an unresponsive male. The responders began to treat the boy for his injuries at the scene. The boy was then transported to Lutheran General Hospital where he died, officials said in a news release.

The boy was injured in the 400 block of North Lake Zurich Road, according to officials. An investigation determined the boy’s death was accidental.

“The Barrington Police and Fire Department would like to extend our deepest condolences to the victim’s friends and family,” the news release read.

No other details were immediately available.



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