<![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-usWed, 26 Oct 2016 22:28:11 -0500Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:28:11 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Photos: Cubs, Indians 'Most Adorable Fans' Competition]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:25:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/210*120/gallery1cubs.jpg These fans have waited minutes, hours and days for the Cubs to make it to the World Series. Now that the time has arrived, they're eager to show their support for the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians.]]> <![CDATA[2016 World Series by the Numbers]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:12:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cubs+by+the+numbers+1026.png From World Series tickets to parking around Wrigley Field, catching any of this year's home games comes with a hefty price tag. Here's what you need to know about the 2016 World Series.

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<![CDATA[Campaign Round-Up: Kirk Hits Duckworth on Work at VA]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:06:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kirk+duckworth+illinois.png

Ward Room's Campaign Round-Up is a weekly column dedicated to keeping you in the know about the upcoming 2016 elections. Check the Ward Room blog for continued coverage.

U.S. Senate

In a new campaign ad released Wednesday, Sen. Mark Kirk continues to criticize Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s work at the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The new ad references a recent Chicago Tribune feature that criticizes Duckworth's work at the VA and in Congress.

“While Thousands of veterans died, the Inspector General reports Tammy Duckworth wasted millions,” the ad’s narrator says. “Fine china, personalized coins, even $97,000 on media training for herself. Duckworth put political ambition ahead of veterans.”

Duckworth campaign spokesman Matt McGrath responded Wednesday, contending the claims.

“This might be Republican Mark Kirk’s most dishonest ad yet, and that’s really saying something,” McGrath said in a statement. “It’s little wonder Illinois voters are rejecting his relentlessly negative campaign at the same time national GOP groups are spending tens of millions of dollars on just about every Senate race in the country but this one.”

“Kirk has based his entire campaign on shamelessly attacking Tammy’s record and service to her fellow veterans, and no one is buying what he’s selling,” McGrath added.

Duckworth, a combat veteran who lost both legs piloting a Black Hawk helicopter over Iraq in 2004, claimed the china was used for official duties, like hosting foreign dignitaries, according to the Tribune.

The piece also explained the challenge coins in question were used to recognize outstanding performance by employees. Nevertheless, critics suggested the coins were overused and federal agencies have since pulled back public spending on them. This includes a new policy against personalizing the coins.

"In late 2010, after Duckworth had already purchased her challenge coins with her name on them, the VA implemented a policy against personalizing the challenge coins," the Tribune report said.

The Duckworth campaign also claimed the ad had no citation for the claim that Duckworth spent nearly $100,000 on media training for herself.

Nevertheless, Kirk’s ad claims the senator “fought to increase VA funding, whistleblower protections and real reform so vets get the care they deserve.”

“Kirk put veterans first,” the ad’s narrator says.

Illinois Comptroller

In the highly-contentious race for Illinois comptroller, Incumbent Republican Leslie Munger released a new campaign ad Wednesday the looks to tie Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

“Susana Mendoza spent her political career following Mike Madigan’s orders,” the ad’s narrator says. “Mendoza called him her mentor, but the Chicago Tribune called Madigan the architect Illinois’ financial downfall.”

Mendoza previously spent ten years serving in the Illinois House of Representatives under Madigan. The 30-second spot features Mendoza endorsing Madigan for the speaker role and claims the Democrats voted in favor of the state’s largest tax hike and raised their pay by 13 percent.

“Susana Mendoza, just a career politician,” the narrator adds. “And Illinois can’t afford her."

The comptroller’s race is being framed as a proxy battle between Madigan and Munger, who appointed Munger in 2015 following the sudden death of Judy Baar Topinka. Last year, Munger referred to herself as Rauner’s budgetary “wingman.” The comptroller has received millions in funding from Rauner and his allies.

Mendoza campaign spokeswoman Lauren Peters explained the footage of Mendoza endorsing Madigan was a "ceremonial speech where every Democrat and Republican voted in support of Mike Madigan for speaker."

"The hypocrisy here lies with Munger, whose campaign is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Gov. Rauner after accepting $8 million from him and his billionaire friends, while following his orders to delay payments to social service agencies and to payout $4 million in bonuses at his direction," Peters said in a statement. "She will never be in a position to serve as a check and balance to this governor, which our Constitution demands."

State Voter Registration Breaks Record

With under two weeks until Election Day, Illinois voter registration is breaking records, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

According to the report, the state has had more that 7.9 million active registered voters as of Monday. This beats out the previous record of 7.8 million registered voters during the 2008 election, when local-favorite Barack Obama was first running for president. According to the Sun-Times, the new record holds until at least 1960, the earliest statewide registration figures available.

In Chicago, there are roughly 1.5 million registered voters. This doesn’t break records set in 1948 and 1952, when there were 2.3 million registered voters in the city, according to the Sun-Times.

However, on Monday, the first day of expanded early voting, 17,493 voters had already cast ballots in Chicago, besting the 2012 day one city record of 15,000 early voters.

The spike in early voting could point to a Democratic edge in Chicago and the Cook County suburbs. In the March primary, early votes ran roughly 90 percent Democrat to 10 percent Republican, according to the Sun-Times. In suburban Cook County, early votes ran 72 percent Democrat to 29 percent Republican.

Notable Contributions

Susana Mendoza reported more than $400,000 in contributions last week. That includes a $150,000 donation from the Democratic Party of Illinois.

Democrat Merry Marwig reported $151,000 in contributions last week. This includes three $50,000 from Illinois House Democrats. Marwig is looking to unseat state Rep. Michael McAuliffe in Illinois’ 20th House district. McAuliffe the only Republican representing a district that includes parts of Chicago.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, his family and his campaign fund have made $45.8 million in political contributions this year, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the report, $21 million of the $29 million raised by the Illinois Republican Party this year has come from Rauner.

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<![CDATA[Ward Room's Election Day Cheat Sheet]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:40:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-524444252-voting-booths.jpg

Ward Room's Election Day Cheat Sheet is a special column dedicated to informing voters about candidates in the lead-up to the November 8 general election.

U.S. Senate

Mark Kirk (R): Incumbent Kirk has served in the Senate since 2010. The senator is a retired Navy reservist who previously served as the congressman for Illinois' 10th Congressional District from 2001 to 2010. The pro-choice gun control advocate is considered to be a social moderate and fiscal conservative.

Tammy Duckworth (D): Duckworth currently serves as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 8th Congressional. She lost both legs co-piloting a Black Hawk helicopter over Iraq in 2004 and subsequently served in the Illinois and national VA. She has advocated for gun control and pro-choice causes in Congress. 

Kenton McMillen (L) and Scott Summers (G) will also be included on the ballot.

Storyline: Kirk and Duckworth are locked in one of the nation’s tightest Senate races. This year’s Senate elections are specifically important because the majority party will likely be tasked with leading hearings to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by deceased Justice Antonin Scalia.

Illinois’ 8th Congressional District

Raja Krishnamoorthi (D): Krishnamoorthi was appointed a special assistant attorney general in the Public Integrity Unity by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan before leaving the office to serve as Illinois’ deputy treasurer in 2007. He now serves as president of Sivananthan Labs & Episolar Inc., which develops and sells products in the national security and renewable energy fields. Krishnamoorthi has vowed to be an advocate for middle class families if he’s elected to Congress.

Pete DiCianni (R): DiCianni is the former mayor of Elmhurst and a current DuPage County Board member. The Republican looks to bolster the economy and create jobs while securing the country’s borders and supporting American military and law enforcement.

Storyline: Krishnamoorthi and DiCianni are battling it out for the 8th Congressional District House seat that will be vacated by Rep. Tammy Duckworth. The congresswoman has held the seat since 2012 when she beat out Krishnamoorthi in the Democratic primary.

Illinois’ 10th Congressional District

Bob Dold (R): Incumbent Dold was originally elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, replacing fellow Republican Mark Kirk, who was elected to the Senate that same year. Dold, who is considered a moderate Republican, has listed jobs and the economy as his district’s most pressing issues. Dold was defeated by Schneider in 2012, but regained the seat in a 2014 rematch.

Brad Schneider (D): During his time in Congress, Schneider supported the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ rights and sustainable energy, among other things. This time around, he’s committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform and commonsense gun control legislation.

Storyline: Dold and Schneider are locked in their third Congressional matchup in six years. Dold, who has a substantial fundraising edge, looks to retain the seat for consecutive terms, while Schneider looks to once again knock him off.

Illinois Comptroller

Leslie Munger (R): Incumbent Munger was appointed comptroller by Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2015. Munger, who worked through the state’s year-long budget impasse, has proposed a “no budget, no pay” bill that would require lawmakers to pass a balanced budget in order for state constitutional officers and legislators to receive their salary. She has already delayed lawmakers’ paychecks, putting them in line with other state vendors.

Susana Mendoza (D): Chicago City Clerk Mendoza previously spent ten years in the Illinois House of Representatives. Mendoza has said she’s running for state comptroller because she believes “the middle class is under attack” from Rauner and Munger. 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.

Claire Ball (L) and Tim Curtin (G) will also be included on the ballot.

Storyline: The race is being billed as a proxy battle for Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan. Munger has referred to herself as Rauner’s budgetary “wingman,” while Mendoza has called Madigan a mentor. Donation caps for the race were broken in September and millions have been dumped into the race since.

Cook County State’s Attorney

Kim Foxx (D): Foxx beat out incumbent Democrat Anita Alvarez in the March primary while the state’s attorney was still reeling from the Laquan McDonald controversy. Foxx is a Chicago native, raised in the Cabrini-Green housing projects. She served as an assistant Cook County state’s attorney for 12 years before working as chief of staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Christopher Pfannkuche (R): Pfannkuche served as criminal prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office for 21 years. He ran unopposed on the Republican ballot.

Storyline: Riding a wave of high-profile endorsements, Foxx is the clear favorite to become Cook County’s next state’s attorney.

Illinois House District 20

Michael McAauliffe (R): Incumbent McAuliffe is the only Republican state representative whose district includes portions of Chicago. He’s represented the district since 1997. According to his campaign, the fiscal conservative is committed to addressing “the area’s most problematic issue,” noise from O’Hare International Airport.

Merry Marwig (D): Newcomer Marwig previously worked with a local company that manufactures tea in Illinois. Like McAuliffe, she looks to reduce airplane noise at O’Hare. She also supports a property tax freeze and wants to hire additional police officers. Additionally, she’s pushing for improvements to local infrastructure to address flooding issues.

Storyline: The race between McAuliffe and Marwig has been dubbed the most expensive statewide race nationwide, with Gov. Rauner backing McAuliffe and Speaker Madigan backing Marwig.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Fan Shows Off Amazing Memorabilia Collection]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:40:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/224*120/cubs+mem.png This Chicago Cubs fan has quite the collection of memorabilia. LeeAnn Trotter reports.]]> <![CDATA[Why Do Leaves Change Colors in the Fall?]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:29:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000020309103_1200x675_794309699771.jpg Why do leaves change color in the fall? Alicia Roman reports.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Calls Out Chicago, But Are His Election Concerns Real?]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:21:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump+investigates.jpg

Don’t tell Donald Trump, but Chicago’s infamous “cemetery vote” just ain’t what it used to be.

Trump has openly questioned the integrity of the upcoming presidential vote, pointedly citing Chicago as a city with a very checkered electoral past.

“Voter fraud is all too common,” he told a crowd earlier this month in Colorado. “Take a look at Chicago, take a look at St. Louis. Take a look at some of these cities, where you see things happening that are horrendous.”

But is Chicago merely paying for the sins of the past, rather than present day chicanery?

“In the last ten years we’ve had 9 million votes cast,” says the Chicago Election Board’s James Allen. “We’ve had ten instances that we’ve had to refer to the state’s attorney’s office, but we’ve been through exhaustive recounts and we’ve never seen any votes reversed as a result of any kind of mishap or fraud.”

Indeed, just as the one-time might of Chicago’s Democratic machine is largely a relic of the history books, good old fashioned vote-stealing in Chicago has not been documented for decades.

“I had to fight the old machine of Chicago--I knew the kind of things they could do,” said County Clerk David Orr, who as an independent alderman in the seventies and eighties, was a constant thorn in the flesh of hard line machine stalwarts. “Part of my job is I want to prove that whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, we want to do the right thing.”

For weeks, workers at both the Chicago and Cook County election boards have been preparing machines and software for the upcoming votes. At a warehouse on Pershing Road, NBC 5 Investigates watched as Chicago technicians tested the city’s machines and prepared them for shipment. Each machine was checked to make certain that screens worked, scanners scanned, and paper magazines were loaded and ready.

And that no votes were pre-stored in memory. To make certain of that, memory packs are secured inside the machines behind doors with numbered seals. And each machine produces what is called a “zero tape” when it is switched on election morning, to demonstrate that no candidates have any votes when the day begins. That same tape backup rolls off a copy every time someone votes.

“We have a paper trail for every ballot cast in the City of Chicago,” Allen says. “So we feel reasonably safe about our system.”

Orr noted that one of the greatest safeguards against allegations of Democratic tampering, is the vigilance of the opposition.

“Everything we’re trying to do is transparent,” he said. “We have thousands of Republican judges--- they set up the equipment. They’re there. And they don’t buy all that stuff." 

And those dead voters who made Chicago so famous? It’s not confined to Chicago. The Pew Charitable Trust estimated earlier this year that nearly two million dead voters are still listed on the rolls nationwide.

Chicago election board officials insist they are doing everything they can to maintain rosters with only living, breathing voters.

“A statewide death-record database helps us cancel more than 500 registrations every month in Chicago alone,” Allen said. “We also send an annual canvass notice to each voter. The postal service and the recipients may mark ‘deceased’ and drop it in the mail.” 

“Whenever we receive information (on deaths), we check the Illinois Vital Records System and cancel if we can find confirmation.”

Officials insist that when someone does slip through the cracks, it usually isn’t because of real fraud. In some cases, experts note, widows sometimes vote recently deceased husbands’ absentee ballots, suggesting “that’s what he would have wanted”. Not with ill intent, but without knowing it’s not allowed.

Orr noted that there have also been documented cases of citizens taking part in the early voting process, then dying before election day.

“We don’t claim perfection,” Allen said. “But we’re getting closer to it every day.”

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<![CDATA['Dream to a Nightmare': Young Cubs Fan Knocked Out in Game 1]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:00:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/wallach+pic.jpg

David Wallach and his son, Johnny, were living a dream come true watching the Cubs, their favorite team, play in a World Series game.

Sitting in the bleachers before Game 1 in Cleveland on Tuesday, things couldn’t have started better. Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler threw a ball into the stands during batting practice. The ball fell into the hands of an Indians fan who then gave it to Johnny, who was celebrating his upcoming 8th birthday. 

“There was no way to describe how amazing it was,” said David Wallach, of Northfield. “It was everything you could ever dream of. Everything I’ve ever dreamed of was coming true.”

The father-son duo was stunned by the history they were witnessing – their beloved team in a World Series for the first time in 71 years.

“It was really cool,” Wallach said. “The game started, it was electric and it was insane and we were having a blast.”

But things quickly took a turn for the worse – just as the Indians scored their first home run of the game.

Indians fans were quick to celebrate, and one of them elbowed Johnny in the head while cheering, knocking the young boy out for about 30 seconds.

“He spun around and I caught him, he was crying hysterically,” Wallach said. “That’s when things kind of went off the rails. Things went from being a dream to a nightmare so quickly.”

With no help in sight, David Wallach took his son out of the stands before flagging down a police officer. The officer started bringing them into a tunnel when Johnny’s knees buckled and the young boy could no longer walk.

“Fans were heckling him,” Wallach said. “Here I am on the ground with my 7-year-old son and they’re shouting, ‘Cubs suck.’”

Eventually, paramedics arrived and decided Johnny needed to be transported to a hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, Wallach’s wife was calling the field to see if they could retrieve the family’s belongings, which they left at their seats as they searched for help. 

No answer, they said.

“There was no one that ever showed up to help us,” Wallach said.

When they were finally discharged from the hospital at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Wallach said, he and his son were stranded, unsure of where they were or how to get back to their car. And still, no word from officials at the field. 

“It was scary and confusing and awful and I felt like we were just hung out to dry,” he said. “You don’t see that in Chicago. I would never expect that in Chicago in a million years.”

Johnny was left with a concussion and a birthday gift wasted on a World Series he didn’t even get to see.

“The best thing about it is, he said, ‘Dad I still had a great time and I forgive the man who hit me,’” Wallach said. “From a little boy, that’s a great lesson for all of us.”

Wallach said he was later contacted by StubHub, which agreed to refund 50 percent of their ticket purchase. He also said the Cubs contacted the family and offered them support and sent Johnny a gift. 

“I think I’m just used to the way Chicago fans act,” Wallach said. “Just kind of shocking.”

A spokesperson for the Indians did later call the family to apologize, Wallach said, and offered them tickets to a game in Cleveland. 

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<![CDATA[Firefighter Falls Through Stairway Battling Blaze: Official]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:02:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BREAKING-NEWS-1%5B1%5D1.png

A Chicago firefighter fell through a stairway and a civilian was unaccounted for after a fire on the city's South Side, Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was in the 6900 block of South Paulina in the city's West Englewood neighborhood, officials said.

One firefighter fell through a stairway but was OK, according to the fire department's Twitter page. No one was transported to the hospital, officials said.

A civilian was not accounted for and might be a "squatter," officials said about 6 p.m. 

<![CDATA[Cubs Win Game 2 5-1]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:12:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cubs+GettyImages-618409924.png

Thanks to some big hits from Kyle Schwarber and a great pitching performance from Jake Arrieta, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Wednesday night and tied the World Series at a game apiece.

Trevor Bauer has struggled this season in the first inning of games, and those struggles continued against the Cubs on Wednesday night. Kris Bryant stroked a single into center field for the first base hit of the night, and he would score as Anthony Rizzo ripped a double down the right field line to put the Cubs in front 1-0.

The Cubs couldn't add any more runs in the inning, however. Ben Zobrist flew out to left field, and Kyle Schwarber struck out to strand Rizzo on second to end the inning.

Jake Arrieta took his turn on the mound in the bottom of the frame, and he got two quick outs to start the frame. He then walked Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli to give the Indians a scoring chance, but he got Jose Ramirez to fly out to end the frame.

After an uneventful second inning, the Cubs added to their lead in the third inning. It all started with two outs as Rizzo and Zobrist both reached base, and Schwarber delievered with an RBI single to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.

That remained the score until the fifth inning, and it was again the Cubs doing the scoring. Rizzo coaxed a walk after a long at-bat, but he didn't have much time to savor getting on base as Zobrist roped a triple into the right field corner to drive him in and make it a 3-0 game.

Schwarber came up to bat next, and he played the hero role again. With two strikes on him, the slugger ripped a single back up the middle and scored Zobrist from third to extend the Cubs' lead to four runs.

Patience at the plate ended up paying off for the Cubs later in the inning, as Jorge Soler drew a walk to bring Addison Russell up to the plate with two outs. He too drew a walk, and the Cubs found themselves with a staggering five run lead.

Arrieta had a no-hitter going until the sixth inning, but he coughed it up with a double to Jason Kipnis. The Indians' second-baseman later scored on a wild pitch by Arrieta, bringing the Indians back to within a 5-1 margin.

Both teams had opportunities to score in the seventh inning, but neither could scratch a run across the plate. The Cubs loaded the bases with one out, but a fielder's choice by Bryant and a flyout by Rizzo ended the threat.

Meanwhile, the Indians got two runners on with two outs against Mike Montgomery, but the lefty struck out Carlos Santana to keep the Cubs in front.

Aroldis Chapman came on in the bottom of the eighth inning and recorded the final four outs to win the game for the Cubs and send the series back to Wrigley Field on Friday night.

Game 3 of the series will start at 7:08 p.m., and Kyle Hendricks will be on the mound for the Cubs.

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<![CDATA[Joe Walsh: ‘If Trump Loses, I’m Grabbing My Musket’]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:30:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/joe+walsh+trump+tweet.png

Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he plans to take up arms if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump loses on Election Day.

"On November 8th, I’m voting for Trump," Walsh tweeted. "On November 9th, if Trump loses, I’m grabbing my musket," asking his nearly 80,000 Twitter followers, "You in?" 

When CNN's Jake Tapper replied, "what exactly does that mean?" Walsh responded, "It means protesting. Participating in acts of civil disobedience. Doing what it takes to get our country back."

Walsh, who hosts a syndicated radio show on AM-560, later told NBC5 that the tweet was tongue-in-cheek.

"We're talking about a musket," Walsh said. "I could've said grab your slingshot and let's go. Metaphorically, I meant grab your muskets, if Trump loses, man, we're going to do what we have to do. We're going to protest and boycott and practice civil disobedience. We may start a third party."

"We're going to do a lot of things to get our country back, that's what I meant," Walsh added.

Walsh is no stranger to controversy. In July, he came under fire for an inflammatory tweet after multiple police officers were shot, five fatally, by two snipers at the end of a peaceful protest in Dallas. 

“3 Dallas Cops killed, 7 wounded,” Walsh tweeted at the time. "This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you.”

Walsh later tweeted that he “wasn’t calling for violence, against Obama or anyone.”

“Obama’s words & BLM’s deeds have gotten cops killed,” he wrote. “Time for us to defend our cops.”

Walsh served one term in Illinois as the representative for the state’s 8th Congressional District before being defeated by Rep. Tammy Duckworth in 2012.

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<![CDATA[MLB Releases Plans in Case of Inclement Weather Wednesday]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:50:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618384602.jpg

The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have already had Game 2 of the World Series moved up by an hour to deal with the threat of potential rain, but there is still a chance that the contest could be impacted by inclement weather.

According to a plan released by Major League Baseball, current forecasts are indicated that there could be a light drizzle throughout the game, and that the teams will play as long as the rain doesn’t come down too heavily.

If the precipitation comes down heavier than anticipated, then the league will make the determination, in conjunction with commissioner Rob Manfred, about whether to stop the contest. If they do, then the suspended game will be picked back up at the point of stoppage on Thursday afternoon.

If that ends up being the case, then the Indians and Cubs will both be put at a slight disadvantage, as the Thursday off-day to travel between games will be eaten up by the continuation of the suspended game. Game 3 of the series is set to take place at Wrigley Field on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Going to a World Series Game at Wrigley? Things to Know]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:40:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-617788628.jpg

Chicago is bracing for a flood of Cubs fans as the team returns home for three World Series games, but there are some things fans need to know before heading to Wrigley Field this weekend.

Parking restrictions, transportation changes and extra security measures will all be in place. 

"As a world class city, Chicago routinely hosts large scale events and sporting championships, and we have built upon previous plans to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience as the Cubs take on the Indians in the World Series,” Rich Guidice, OEMC First Deputy Director, said in a statement. “As the Chicago Cubs take care of business on the field, we are asking residents and baseball fans to once again make the city proud by celebrating safely and respecting the surrounding community after the games so the focus stays where it should: our home team pursuing an historic championship win after 108 years."

Here’s what Cubs fans need to know before heading to Wrigleyville:


Officials are urging people to arrive at least two and a half hours before the game begins if they want to see the first pitch. That is when gates will open to the field. 

They’re also advising fans to use public transportation.

Fans can be dropped off or picked up by limousine and car services, including Uber and Lyft, Irving Park Road between Clark and Seminary (east of Clark).

The Chicago Transit Authority is advising fans to take the Red Line to the Addison station or the Sheridan stop just blocks from the park, adding that additional train service will be provided leading up to the first pitch. 

Yellow Line trains will operate from Howard to Skokie until 2 a.m., however.

CTA also plans to add extra service on the No. 80 Irving Park bus and No. 152 Addison bus routes. The No. 8 Halsted and the No. 22 Clark routes will also take fans to Wrigley Field.

For fans taking Metra, the rail service recommends fans take the CTA from either Ogilvie or Union Station in Chicago.


The following street closures are expected to be in effect significantly earlier than previous playoff series games:

• Clark: Irving Park to Belmont

• Addison: Halsted to Racine

More street closures may be put in place for public safety if needed, officials said.


Parking restrictions began Tuesday at noon and will continue until Thursday at 4 a.m. They will then be put in place again Friday at noon and continue until Monday at 4 a.m.

The Cubs will offer free remote parking at 3900 N. Rockwell St., just east of the Chicago River. The lot includes free shuttle service to and from Wrigley Field, beginning three and a half hours before the first pitch until one hour after the end of the game.

Here is the list of streets where fans cannot park:

• Clark from Aldine to Irving Park

• Sheffield from Grace to Roscoe

• Addison from Halsted to Southport

• Racine from: Clark to Roscoe

• Irving Park from Clark to Seminary

• Eddy from Clark to Racine

• Cornelia from Clark to Racine

• Newport from Clark to Racine

• Waveland from Clark to Racine

• Patterson from Racine to Clark

• Inner Lake Shore Drive, east side of the street from Belmont to Addison

**If your car is towed, call 311 for help


A Cubs hotline is in place for fans to report problems or issues.

The hotline is open one hour before a game begins until two hours after the games end. Residents are being told to call either the Night Game Hotline at 1-866-427-3869 to report problems or issues in the area or call 911 for “any immediate threats.”

Officials are reminding fans and area residents “if you see something, say something.”

"Please remember in the times that we are at, see something say something's never more important,” said Deputy Chief Al Nagode with the Chicago Police Department. “We are going to have enough resources working with our federal Partners to make sure we are safe on all levels."

Fans are urged to call 911 or notify on-site security if they notice any suspicious activity.

In addition, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the city will have extra personnel in the area. Chicago officers will conduct security checks within a two-block perimeter of the field and any alcohol "found on the public way will be confiscated."

Street closures may be put in place for public safety if needed, officials said. Only residents with a photo ID and proof of address will be allowed to enter. 

"Our fans and residents have been great in celebrating throughout the playoffs, but we are still asking the fans and visitors to continue to be respectful of the community and to make our city proud by adhering to the safety measures and obey law enforcement and parking restrictions," Ald. Tom Tunney of the 44th Ward said in a statement. "We know we are asking a lot of our residents too in making adjustments for street closures, parking restrictions and increased crowds in the area, but these measures are in place so we can all enjoy this long-awaited event without incident. Residents and their guests should be prepared to have proper IDs for access to some areas and all those coming down to the area to enjoy the local restaurants and bars need to be aware of the checkpoints as well."


Tickets to the games range from more than $1,000 to $75,000, according to ticket resale sites.

Officials from the Cubs advise attendees to treat their tickets like their cash, and are warning fans not to post photos of them on social media.

Here are other ways to avoid buying counterfeit tickets.

Chicago is bracing for a flood of Cubs fans as the team plays its first games of the postseason this weekend at Wrigley Field, but there are some things fans need to know before heading to the game.

Parking restrictions, street closures and extra security measures will all be in place ahead of the weekend events.

Here’s what Cubs fans need to know before heading to Wrigleyville:


Officials are urging people to arrive at least two and a half hours before the game begins if they want to see the first pitch.

They’re also advising fans to use public transportation.

Fans can be dropped off or picked up by limousine and car services, including Uber and Lyft, Irving Park Road between Clark and Seminary (east of Clark). 

The Chicago Transit Authority is advising fans to take the Red Line to the Addison station or the Sheridan stop just blocks from the park. Loop-bound Purple Line Express trains will also make stops at both of those stations during weeknight evening rush periods.

Yellow Line trains will operate from Howard to Skokie until midnight during night games as well. On Friday, the trains will continue until 1 a.m., however.

CTA also plans to add extra service on the No. 80 Irving Park bus and No. 152 Addison bus routes. The No. 8 Halsted and the No. 22 Clark routes will also take fans to Wrigley Field.

For fans taking Metra, the rail service recommends fans take the CTA from either Ogilvie or Union Station in Chicago.


Parking restrictions will be in place beginning Friday at noon until Sunday at 4 a.m.

The Cubs will offer free remote parking at 3900 N. Rockwell St., just east of the Chicago River.  The lot includes free shuttle service to and from Wrigley Field, beginning three and a half hours before the first pitch until one hour after the end of the game.

Here is the list of streets where fans cannot park:

Clark from Aldine to Irving Park 

Sheffield from Grace to Roscoe 

Addison from Halsted to Southport 

Racine from: Clark to Roscoe 

Irving Park from Clark to Seminary  

Eddy from Clark to west alley of Clark 

Cornelia from Clark to west alley of Clark 

Newport from Clark to west alley of Clark 

**If your car is towed, call 311 for help


A Cubs hotline is in place for fans to report problems or issues.   

The hotline is open one hour before a game begins until two hours after the games end. Residents are being told to call either the Night Game Hotline at 1-866-427-3869 to report problems or issues in the area or call 911 for “any immediate threats.”

Officials are reminding fans and area residents “if you see something, say something.”

"Please remember in the times that we are at, see something say something's never more important,” said Deputy Chief Al Nagode with the Chicago Police Department. “We are going to have enough resources working with our federal Partners to make sure we are safe on all levels."

Fans are urged to call 911 or notify on-site security if they notice any suspicious activity.


Tickets to the games have a median price of about $366, according to resale site Vivid Seats.

Officials from the Cubs advise attendees to treat their tickets like their cash, and are warning fans not to post photos of them on social media.

“Those who want to sell and engage in counterfeit ticket selling will use those images and create additional tickets,” said Julian Green, vice president of communications for the Cubs.

Here are other ways to avoid buying counterfeit tickets. 

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<![CDATA[Ellen DeGeneres Posts Mysterious Tweet to Chicago Cubs Fans]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:59:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_492604794263-ellen-degeneres-finding-dory.jpg

Ellen DeGeneres has a mysterious message for Cubs fans in Chicago.

"If you’re in #Chicago & looking for a place to watch the game, Murphy's Bleachers seems like a good place," The Ellen Show tweeted. "I might have a camera there too."

What could the talkshow star have planned for the North Side team's frenzied fans? 

Murphy's Bleachers, located across from Wrigley Field, is a known hotspot for baseball buffs and is packed on game days.

“It’s finally here… WORLD SERIES! For this weekend, we will not be charging a cover, we are not taking reservations, and you must be 21 to come in,” the bar’s website says. “Last Saturday for the NLCS game a line started around 3:00 pm to get in. We’re excited to share this weekend with you. Let’s go Cubs!”

Excited yet, Cubs fans?

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<![CDATA[Michelin Releases Chicago's 2016 Bib Gourmands List]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:16:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/gourmet_food.jpg

While Michelin is set to reveal their stars for Chicago next week, the esteemed French company has released its latest Bib Gourmands list for Chicago restaurants.

The Bib Groumands list showcases "quality restaurants that have menu items that offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less." Fifty-two restaurants made the cut this year, including three newcomers.

Joining this year's list is The Bristol, an American cuisine staple in Bucktown that made the 2014 list but was dropped in 2015; Dos Urban Cantina, a Mexican restaurant in Humboldt Park; and late-night Korean barbecue restaurant San Soo Gab San.

Nine restaurants were dropped off of last year's list, including Matthias Merges' A10 in Hyde Park and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' Beatrix. Dropping off the Bib Gourmand list could mean that restaurants are being considered for a coveted Michelin star rating, but Michelin doesn't share their criteria for their rankings.

The Chicago Michelin stars will be released on Nov. 2. Check out the full Bib Gourmand list below:

The Angry Crab


Au Cheval




Belly Shack

Bohemian House

The Bristol*

Ceres' Table

Chilam Balam



Dos Urban Cantina*

Dove's Luncheonette

The Duck Inn

Fat Rice

Frontera Grill

Gilt Bar

Girl and the Goat

Green Zebra

GT Fish and Oyster

Han 202





Jin Thai Cuisine

Kai Zan

Luella's Southern Kitchen

Lula Cafe

Mana Food Bar

Maude's Liquor Bar



Mott Street


The Publican

The Purple Pig

Riccardo Trattoria

Sabri Nihari

San Soo Gab San*


Sol de Mexico

Sushi Dokku

Table, Donkey and Stick

TAC Quick



Via Lima



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<![CDATA[Jail Fight Video Released After 8 Inmates, 2 Officers Hurt]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:00:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jailfight1026.png

The Cook County Sheriff's Office has released video Wednesday of a fight that broke out Tuesday night in the Cook County Jail that left two officers and eight inmates injured.

Those hurt during the melee were taken from the maximum security division of the jail to area hospitals after multiple fights broke out in the facility, Chicago fire and sheriff's office officials confirmed Tuesday night.

Multiple injuries were reported, including stab and puncture wounds, and several ambulances had been dispatched to the facility, officials said.

"None of the injuries appear to be serious. A correctional deputy was struck with a food tray, thrown during a fight," said Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Office, in an email. "The deputy is being evaluated, but was not seriously injured."

Officials later said a total of two jail staff members were struck by food trays.

“Two correctional deputies, who were struck by food trays, were also transported on Tuesday night to area hospitals for treatment for nonlife threatening injuries,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “One deputy has been treated and released, and the other remains in the hospital for observation.”

Three of the detainees transported were treated and released. Five remain at area hospitals for observation and others were treated onsite at the jail, officials said.

The injured were transported to St. Anthony, Mt. Sinai and Stroger from the jail, officials said.

Asked at Wednesday's Cook County Board meeting if the attacks were coordinated or planned by inmates to distract staff, Chief Security and Intelligence Officer Brad Curry said he did not have a definitive answer.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said it was investigating the cause of the fights as well as the source of the weapons used.

<![CDATA[Cubs Hope to Repeat History Against Trevor Bauer Wednesday]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:50:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615240232.jpg

The Chicago Cubs are going to be looking to hit Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer on Wednesday night, but if they’re looking for inspiration as they go into Game 2 of the World Series, they should turn their attention back to the spring of 2015.

On a warm, sunny afternoon in Goodyear, AZ, the Cubs and Indians battled at Goodyear Ballpark in a spring training game. That afternoon, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, and Kris Bryant were all in the lineup for the Cubs as they prepared for their first season of action under manager Joe Maddon, and they all made an incredible statement against Bauer on that fateful day.

In the fourth inning of the game, Soler came up to the plate and tattooed a ball into the stands to get the Cubs on the board and make it a 4-1 game. Baez then stepped into the box two pitches later and launched a home run of his own to make it 4-2. Bryant finished off the good times with another home run just a few pitches later, and in the span of just three hitters the Cubs had touched up Bauer for three runs and gotten themselves back into the game.

For the Cubs, they will have all three hitters in their lineup on Wednesday night as they take on Bauer again, this time in Game 2 of the World Series. Bryant will be batting second and playing third base for the Cubs, while Baez will hit sixth and play second base. Soler will be batting in the eighth spot and will be manning right field as the Cubs look to tie up the best-of-seven series.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Fan Teases Trevor Bauer, Sends Him Gift Ahead of Game 2]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:28:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615326642.jpg

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer suffered a well-publicized injury earlier this postseason when he sliced open his pinkie finger while playing with a drone, and some Chicago Cubs fans are having some fun at the pitcher’s expense.

Bauer, who is slated to start in Game 2 of the World Series against the Cubs on Wednesday night, was forced to leave his last postseason start when his finger started bleeding profusely, but he is expected to be all systems go on Wednesday.

Even with his health seeming like less of a question mark, some Cubs fans sent Bauer a gift before Game 2 of the series, and he tweeted a picture of it:

To those who can’t see the picture, the pitcher received a new drone from a Cubs fan, and they even enclosed a note that read:

“Hi Trevor, Go Cubs Go! From Jason Mollett.”

Well, at least the drone enthusiast will have a new toy to add to his collection, but we would be surprised if he wanted to play with it before he faces the Cubs on Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Ben Zobrist Makes History With Three-Hit Game 1 Performance]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:10:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618111018.jpg

Chicago Cubs star Ben Zobrist came to the team hoping to make a big impact and to help get the team to the World Series, and on Tuesday night he strutted his stuff even as the Cubs lost the opening game of the series.

In the contest, Zobrist went 3-for-4 for the Cubs, including a double off of Corey Kluber, and he was one of the few bright spots in a lineup that struggled to hit the talented right-handed pitcher throughout the game.

In getting three hits in the game, Zobrist joined an incredibly exclusive club. According to the Cubs’ gameday notes for Game 2 of the World Series, Zobrist was just the second player in MLB history to get three or more hits in consecutive World Series opening games, having hit that milestone as a member of the Kansas City Royals last season.

The only other player to accomplish the feat is a pretty famous one, as New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth got three hits in Game 1 of both the 1927 and 1928 World Series for the Bronx Bombers.

Zobrist hasn’t had a great postseason, with a .225 batting average and three RBI for the Cubs, but his ability to see pitches and work counts was on full display on Tuesday night, and the team will be hoping that he can continue to get the bat on the ball as they try to come back from a 1-0 series deficit when they take the field in Game 2 Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Game Photos: Cubs, Indians in 2016 World Series]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:25:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618079024.jpg Check out photos of the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians going head-to-head in the 2016 World Series

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Deer Crashing Into Northwest Indiana Restaurant]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:24:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/deer+aspen+restaurant.png

Diners in a northwest Indiana restaurant Monday morning were greeted by an unexpected guest when a deer came crashing through a window. 

Video of the scene shows the deer smashing through a window at the Aspen Cafe in St. John. The animal then runs through the restaurant, just missing a woman in the entry way, before bursting through another window to exit the building. 

The windows remained boarded up at the eatery on Wednesday, the restaurant said. 

No injuries were reported by customers, but it was not clear if the deer was hurt in the incident.

Photo Credit: Aspen Cafe]]>
<![CDATA[Cubs Set Lineup for Game 2 of World Series]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:21:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Cubs+lineup.png

After scoring zero runs on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series, the Chicago Cubs are looking to make a few changes to their lineup as they try to tie up their series against the Cleveland Indians.

One change that will take place for sure is adding Jorge Soler to the mix, as he will be a starter on Wednesday night in Game 2 of the series. With his right-handed power bat, Joe Maddon is looking to put even more pressure on Indians starter Trevor Bauer, who will be trying to defend home field for the Indians after they got the series started out with a 6-0 win in Game 1.

What other changes did Maddon make? Here is the Cubs' lineup for the game on Wednesday night:

1 Dexter Fowler – CF

2 Kris Bryant – 3B

3 Anthony Rizzo – 1B

4 Ben Zobrist – LF

5 Kyle Schwarber – DH

6 Javier Baez – 2B

7 Willson Contreras - C 

8 Jorge Soler - RF

9 Addison Russell – SS

Jake Arrieta is on the mound for the Cubs, and while his preference would be to have Miguel Montero catch him, there are two good reasons why Contreras is the guy. First and foremost, Contreras is a much better hitter than Montero, and he has continued to excel in limited at-bats during the postseason.

Secondly, Contreras has a much better arm than Montero does, and he will be better suited to holding the Indians’ running game in check. Arrieta isn’t the best pitcher in the world at holding runners on base, and that is where Contreras’ cannon arm could come in handy.

First pitch was moved up to 6:08 p.m. with rain in the forecast in Cleveland, and the game will air on Fox.

<![CDATA[Baez, Lindor Share Fun Moment During Game 1 of World Series]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:24:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/baez+lindor.png

It’s always neat when former high school rivals get to play against each other on baseball’s biggest stages, and that’s exactly what Cleveland Indians infielder Francisco Lindor and Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Baez got to do on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the World Series.

The two players were both born in Puerto Rico and grew up to be high school rivals during their careers in Florida, and they were taken with back-to-back picks in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, with Lindor going eighth to the Indians and Baez going ninth to the Cubs.

The players even got to experience a unique moment in Game 1 of the World Series. After Lindor hit a double during the contest, Baez caught sight of the Indians shortstop’s luxurious hairstyle, and he decided that he needed to take a closer look:

Lindor didn’t look like he enjoyed the exchange all too much, but he got a very serious last laugh as the Indians shutout the Cubs 6-0 and took a 1-0 lead in the World Series.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Duckworth Casts Early Ballot in Chicago]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:57:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tammy+Duckworth1.png

Rep. Tammy Duckworth cast an early ballot for the November election Wednesday in Chicago.

The congresswoman, who is locked in one of the nation’s tightest U.S. Senate races with incumbent Republican Mark Kirk, voted Wednesday at the Cook County Clerk’s Office downtown.

"It's never been easier or more convenent to vote, and Tammy was eager to take advantage of the opportunity to cast her ballot this morning," Duckworth campaign spokesman Matt McGrath said in a statement. "It's also exciting that Illinois is approaching record-high voter registration, and since the early voting period began, our campaign has been treating every day like [get out the vote] weekend."

"The stakes in this election are extraordinary, and no matter whom you intend to vote for, our campaign encourages all Illinoisans to make a plan to vote, and exercise this fundamental freedom," McGrath added.

Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election was expanded Monday throughout Chicago and the city’s neighboring suburbs.

Here’s a full list of early voting sites in Chicago and a full list of early voting sites in the Cook County suburbs.

Illinois’ early voting technically started on Sept. 29, but voters were only able to cast ballots at pre-approved locations, like county election offices.

<![CDATA[Willson Contreras Apologizes to Fans After Game 1 Loss]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:14:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615754774.jpg

There wasn’t a lot for Chicago Cubs fans to smile about during Tuesday’s loss to the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the World Series, but one highlight came in the ninth inning thanks to Willson Contreras.

Going up against Cody Allen, Contreras got a pitch he liked and absolutely hammered a shot off the right field wall at Progressive Field. The ball ended up bouncing away from both Cleveland defenders, and every Cubs fans assumed that Contreras would reach third base on the miscue.

There was one little tiny detail that prevented that from happening: Contreras didn’t break out of the batter’s box right away, instead admiring a shot that he thought was going to get out of the ballpark.

Contreras did get a double on the play, but he clearly heard about the criticism about his lack of hustle, because he tweeted about it after the game:

This isn’t the first time during the postseason that a Cubs player has gotten into some hot water for not hustling on a play. During the Cubs’ series against the San Francisco Giants, Javier Baez hit a ball that he thought was going to clear the left-field wall at Wrigley Field, but it stayed in play and the infielder was thrown out at second base.

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<![CDATA[Cook County Board of Commissioners Increases Minimum Wage]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:35:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/20160621+money+coins+minimum+wage.jpg

Cook County will soon join Chicago in increasing its minimum wage to $13 an hour.

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the increase Wednesday, one day after a finance committee passed the measure.

Earlier this year, Chicago’s minimum wage increased to $10.50 an hour, with plans for it to grow to $13 per hour by 2019. The Cook County plan will now similarly raise the minimum wage incrementally by 2020.

It’s estimated that by 2019, the wage bumps will have brought hundreds of thousands out of poverty and added $860 million to the city’s economy.

While some believed the county should wait for the state to approve a minimum wage increase, the Cook County Board said it decided to take on the issue because the “federal government and General Assembly have failed to act.”

“The fact is that the City of Chicago has already committed to a minimum wage increase. Since then, the drumbeat for a countywide wage increase has grown louder,” Commissioner Richard Boykin said in a statement. “If there is one trend that is more harmful to our Cook County economy more than any other, it is uncertainty.”

Boykin noted that while he sympathizes with "the arguments presented in opposition to this measure," he is "mindful of the challenge to our small businesses that is presented by a lack of uniformity in our wage laws."

"The overwhelming majority of employees in our regional economy are employed by small business," he said. "When small business suffers, the entire economy suffers, and the number of employment opportunities for our workers shrinks."

<![CDATA[Fan Creates Incredible Cubs-Themed Halloween Light Show]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:25:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/go+cubs+go.png

Plenty of Chicago Cubs fans have gone to extraordinary lengths to celebrate their team’s postseason success this year, but for a pair of Cubs fans in Nebraska, they took their passion to a remarkable new level.

That couple, Paul and Sabrina got wrapped up in the spirit of the Cubs’ playoff run and in the spirit of Halloween, and they turned their home into a “Go, Cubs, Go” light show, delighting neighbors and showing off their skills for the world to see.

Take a look for yourself:

“When we bought our own house, we wanted to have a cool Halloween display,” Sabrina said of the light show. “As for the Cubs song, Paul started it last year but didn’t finish it. I asked him if he could do “Go, Cubs, Go” if they went to the World Series, so he was able to use what we had to finish it.

The couple has had quite a bit of experience in terms of creating Halloween light shows, which they proudly display on YouTube, but surprisingly the most time-consuming part of the process isn’t putting up lights or syncing up music, but rather making the videos themselves.

“At first it took him a few weeks to put together a song. Now with practice and new software, it takes a few hours,” Sabrina said. “The video can take a while. Sometimes he’s been shooting and a neighbor will come by to see and stand in front of the camera.”

Nosy neighbors and onlookers aside, the Glozeris family is now fully focused on whether the Cubs can break a 108-year long streak and win a World Series title, and they are “cautiously optimistic” about the team’s chances of doing just that.

“We think they have a legitimate chance of winning. It finally feels like they belong there,” Sabrina said.

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<![CDATA[History Says Cubs' Game 1 Loss Not a Dealbreaker]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:26:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-618160704.jpg

The Chicago Cubs have made it a point to make history throughout this season, and it looks as though they’re going to have to do it again if they’re going to want to beat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

In the past 14 World Series, the team that has won the first game of the series has gone on to win 13 of those times. The only exception to that came in 2009, when the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees in Game 1 but ultimately lost the series to the Yankees.

While that history suggests that the Cubs are in for a long haul, there are several bits of history that Cubs fans should keep in mind as the series continues on. Before the NLCS, the Cubs had never come back from a 2-1 series deficit to win a postseason series, and they did just that in winning three straight games (including two in Los Angeles) over the Dodgers.

In addition, Cubs fans can look back to the last time the team was in the World Series for some inspiration. In that series, the Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers 9-0 to take a 1-0 series lead in Game 1, but they ultimately lost the series in seven games as the Tigers roared back and clinched the title.

Finally, the 1975 Cincinnati Reds, one of the most famous incarnations of the “Big Red Machine,” lost the opening game of the 1975 Fall Classic by a score of 6-0 (the same score that the Cubs lost by on Tuesday night) and ended up coming back to win the series, making them the last team to lose by that exact score that came back to win the series.

Even if all of that isn’t enough to convince fans that a comeback is entirely within the realm of possibility, consider this: even with their Game 1 win, the Indians still only have a 55 percent chance of winning the series according to Five Thirty Eight. That’s essentially still a coin flip, and the Indians used both of their best pitchers in extended action on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Joan Lunden Opens Up About Battle With Breast Cancer]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:33:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/joan+lunden.png Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins Wednesday, and this week veteran journalist and former "Good Morning America" anchor Joan Lunden opened up about her battle with the disease to NBC 5’s Zoraida Sambolin.]]> <![CDATA[Crews Pull Driver from Semi Rollover at McCook Quarry]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:18:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000020297896_1200x675_793880643647.jpg Emergency crews worked to free a driver from a semi rollover at the McCook quarry early Wednesday morning. NBC 5's Mike Lorber reports.]]> <![CDATA[Man Tries to Lure 9-Year-Old Girl Into Car Near CTA Stop]]> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:48:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/child+luring.png

A man tried to lure a 9-year-old girl into his car after she got off a CTA Green Line train last week in the West Side Austin neighborhood, according to Chicago Police.

Around 7:55 a.m. Oct. 19, the girl north from the Cicero Green Line stop when the man pulled up in a white car, rolled down his window and demanded the girl get inside, police said.

She ran away and called for help, and the man took off west on Ferdinand Street, police said.

The driver was descibed as a black man between 30 and 40 years old with a goatee, bald head and black beard. He was wearing a black shirt and drove a newer, small 4-door small sedan.

Anyone with information should call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8200.

<![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[97-Year-Old Pearl Harbor Vet Gets Tickets to World Series]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:58:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gofundme.png

It’s taken 71 years to get there, but the Chicago Cubs are finally back in the World Series for the their first time since 1945. 

Few people can actually tell you from experience what’s like to be inside Wrigley Field to watch the team play in the Fall Classic, but Jim Schlegel is one of them.

Schlegel, 97, is an Army veteran living in Elgin. He survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was at Wrigley when the Cubs lost to the Detroit Tigers in Game 7 of the World Series in October 1945.

A box seat ticket to Wrigley for that 1945 World Series cost $7.50.

Schlegel’s granddaughter started a GoFundMe page to get him back to Wrigley Field for another World Series game. Thanks to generous donations, he's headed to the ball park — an update on the GoFundMe page said CNBC reality TV host Marcus Lemonis provided two tickets, with the more than $12,000 that was already donated going to the Purple Heart Foundation. 

Another lucky fan about to see the Cubs in the World Series for the second time is Phil Nienstedt from Phoenix, Arizona. In 1945, Nienstedt’s father waited in line overnight to get tickets to Game 7. He took Nienstedt and his brother, Frank, when they were 11 and 14 years old. 

Despite the loss, both brothers have stayed lifelong Cubs fans. Now their family has pooled enough money together to send them back to Wrigley Field this weekend. 

“Finally! After all these years we finally have a chance to have some real excitement and some real thrill,” Nienstedt said. 

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<![CDATA[On Her 24th Birthday, A Vigil For a Missing Woman]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:47:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/acree1025.png

It’s been nearly nine years since a 15-year-old honor student went missing—and her family says the case has gone cold—but they’re still asking authorities to keep the investigation into her disappearance open.

Relatives of Yasmin Acree held hands and prayed at a vigil outside the missing teen’s family home Tuesday in the city’s South Austin neighborhood.

“Our family has hope that one day she will return,” Shakelia Johnson said.

Acree went missing from that same home on Jan. 15 in 2008. Her adoptive mother, Rose Starnes, who died in 2014, said at the time she believed Yasmin had been abducted. Chicago police did not respond to questions about the investigation.

“We started thinking then, maybe somebody got her,” Starnes said.

A few years ago suspicions fell on accused child rapist Jimmie Terrell Smith who lived in Acree’s building and, according to the Chicago Tribune, had been mentioned in her personal diary.

The Rev. Ira Acree said he was in a 2013 meeting with Smith in Cook County Jail where Smith confessed to helping Yasmin Acree commit suicide.

“He said ‘I didn’t want to get blamed for it,’” Ira Acree said. “’For her death, she committed suicide, so I took her body and I put it in a garbage can—set it on fire.’”

Her family is still not certain if she is dead or alive.

“Every day kids are getting killed, every day, but what about the missing kids, what about the families that are still hurting because they have no answers,” Johnson said.

Acree’s family is offering a $10,000 reward in exchange for new information.

<![CDATA[Lincoln Park Zoo's Red Pandas Predict World Series Winner]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:45:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/red+panda+cubs.png

Lincoln Park Zoo’s red panda bears are adorable, and now Cubs fans have yet another reason to love them. 

That's because the cubs picked the Cubs to win the World Series. 

Waveland and Sheffield were born on June 24 and named after Wrigley Field's cross streets.

Just ahead of Game 1 on Tuesday, they were given two boxes, each with a hand-painted logo of both teams in the World Series, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.

Guided by their dad Phoenix, both cubs chose Chicago to win it all, according to the zoo, "cheering on (and chewing on)" their choice for the best of seven series. 

Even though their pick wasn't quite scientific, one 14-year-old did use statistics to predict the outcome of the World Series several months ago.

Cubs fans will be delighted to know that despite dropping Game 1, that whiz kid predicted the Cubbies will win their first World Series in 108 years. 

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<![CDATA[Cleveland Police Gloat After Cubs Drop Game 1 to Indians]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:26:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/indians+GettyImages-618157260.png

After a shutout loss to the Indians in Game 1 of the World Series, Cubs fans weren't feeling too optimistic. 

Then the Cleveland Police Department came along to rub salt in all their wounds. 

Taking to Twitter to boast about their home team's victory, the department tweeted from the official account:

"Missing persons report filed for @Cubs offense. 🏽#RallyTogether #gooseegg #GoTribe @Indians," the tweet reads. 

The message garnered plenty of colorful responses from fans of both teams, with one response crowning the department "Internet Champion," while a Cubs fan replied, "We are fine just ask the Dodgers after they shut us out."

No word yet from the Cubs' typically active Twitter feed, but it's clear that the barb was a departure from both teams' early show of sportsmanship, congratulating each other and wishing good luck before the start of the series.

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<![CDATA[8 Inmates, 1 Officer Injured at Cook County Jail: Officials]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:36:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jail1025.png

Eight inmates and one officer were taken to the hospital from Cook County Jail after fights broke out in the facility, Chicago fire and sheriff's office officials confirmed Tuesday night.

Multiple injuries were reported, including stab wounds, at the jail and ambulances had been dispatched to the facility, Chicago fire officials said.

"None of the injuries appear to be serious. A correctional deputy was struck with a food tray, thrown during a fight," said Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Office, in an email. "The deputy is being evaluated, but was not seriously injured."

Two people were taken to St. Anthony Hospital, officials said, adding that their conditions were "non-life-threatening."

Mt. Sinai and Stroger hospitals were also receiving people transported from the jail, officials said.

<![CDATA[What's Changed Since the Cubs Last Won a World Series? A Lot]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:04:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cellphone1025.png ]]> <![CDATA[Krishnamoorthi Vows to Fight for Middle Class in Congress]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:05:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/raja+krishnamoorthi+visits+duckworth+headquarters.jpg

In an exclusive Ward Room interview Tuesday, Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Democratic candidate running for the 8th Congressional District House seat currently held by Rep. Tammy Duckworth, positioned himself as an advocate for middle class families.

“I’m offering fresh ideas and perspectives on a number of issues of importance to the middle class and I think that having kind of a depth and specificity to our plans and proposals allows me to engage the other side in constructive movement toward soving those problems,” Kirshnamoorthi said. “I mean that’s the reason why a lot of people are supporting us.”

During the interview, Krishnamoorthi championed a federal minimum wage hike, bolstered Social Security and Medicare programs and increased college affordability as ways to strengthen the middle class. However, the Democrat said a college affordability plan would require “good old fashioned cutting” to oil and gas industry subsidies and certain military programs, among other things.

He specifically credited the college affordability plan put forth in Tennessee, a decidedly red state. That plan ensures that every high school student who receives a minimum GPA and meets other standards has access to a free community college education. That program is funded by the state lottery.

“That is the biggest no-brainer I’ve ever heard of and that's a Republican state that's leading the way,” Krishnamoorthi said. “And so if a Republican state is leading the way in that particular way, I’ve got to believe America can move forward on this issue.”

Krishnamoorthi also wants to create jobs in renewable energy and tech spaces, something he’s familiar with from his work as president of Sivananthan Labs & Episolar Inc., which develops and sells products in the national security and renewable energy industry.

Aside from his work at Sivananthan, the Democrat has served as Illinois’ deputy treasurer and was appointed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to serve as Special Attorney General in her Public Integrity Unity in 2006. In 2012, Krishnamoorthi lost to Duckworth in the 8th Congressional District’s Democratic primary. Krishnamoorthi claimed his experience in both the private and public sectors is a great benefit to his campaign.

Additionally, Krishnamoorthi was critical of his opponent, Pete DiCianni, claiming the Republican’s positions lack specificity. DiCianni is the former mayor of Elmhurst and a current DuPage County Board member.

“There’s a couple differences,” Krishnamoorthi said. “One is that if you look at our ideas and proposals, there’s kind of a depth and specificity to my positions and proposals that you’re not going to find with my opponent. And I think that matters because, as I mentioned, the challenges that face the middle class and working families are complicated and so you have to have some understanding of those challenges and different approaches in order to be a constructive member of Congress."

Krishnamoorthi and DiCianni have debated a federal minimum wage hike during the campaign, according to the Daily Herald. DiCianni has said that he’s open to raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10, while Krishnamoorthi is actively pushing an increase to $10.10 or higher. Nevertheless, Krishnamoorthi credited some members of the GOP for supporting a minimum wage increase.

"Believe it or not, a majority of Republicans support increasing the minimum wage,” Krishnamoorthi said. “And so we have to figure out where can we find common ground with Republicans on this issue and take those first steps as soon as possible.”

With just two weeks until Election Day, Krishnamoorthi is in full campaign mode, riding a wave of notable endorsements from the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, President Barack Obama and Rep. Duckworth, his former opponent.

The DiCianni campaign did not respond to Ward Room's request for comment on this story.