<![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-usMon, 05 Dec 2016 09:01:53 -0600Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:01:53 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Couple Delivers Baby on Side of Chicago Road]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:01:03 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/baby+born.png

A newborn baby boy was delivered on the side of a Chicago road early Monday morning.

Authorities say the expectant mother and father-to-be were on their way to the hospital around 2 a.m. when suddenly her labor kicked into high-gear. 

The father, Marshall Rambert, told NBC 5 they were on the Dan Ryan Expressway on their way to UIC Medical Center when it became clear his wife couldn’t wait any longer. 

“Her contractions started speeding up and then the next thing you know, about 10 minutes in on the expressway, the baby came out,” Rambert said. “I was shocked.” 

He quickly exited the expressway and pulled their SUV off to the side of the road near West 43rd and South Dearborn Streets, about six miles south of the West Side hospital, where their baby was born. 

The mother said the birthing process began before her husband could even park the car. 

Their son, Miller Rambert, came into the world at 6 pounds, 11 ounces. Marshall Rambert and his wife managed to keep the healthy newborn warm until ambulances arrived on the scene to transport both the mother and baby to the hospital. 

The new dad told NBC 5 early Monday morning that both the baby and mother were resting comfortably at the hospital before they bring home the family’s new addition to meet his two older siblings.



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<![CDATA[Chicago Flight Forced to Make Emergency Landing]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:09:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/frontier1.png

A Frontier Airlines flight from Chicago to Palm Beach, Florida was diverted to Indianapolis Sunday night due to a fuel issue. 

Flight 1334 took off from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport around 10 p.m., airline officials said, before it was forced to make the unexpected landing in Indiana just before midnight. 

Frontier Airlines spokesman Jim Faulker said there were 205 passengers and seven crew members on board at the time. No injuries were reported. 

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Faulkner said although the flight originated from O’Hare, the plane did not. The Airbus A321 aircraft is less than a year old, Faulker said, and had not shown any prior issues prior to departure. 

Officials say all of the passengers were put on another plane, which landed at the flight’s intended destination of Palm Beach International Airport around 6 a.m. Monday morning.


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<![CDATA[Ready-to-Eat Chicken Recall]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:25:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CHICKEN+RECALL+HORMEL.jpg

Nearly two million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products have been recalled due to concerns over bacteria, the USDA said Sunday.

National Steak and Poultry has recalled 1,976,089 pounds of poultry because the product is labeled “ready-to-eat” but may have been undercooked, and thus is at risk of containing dangerous bacteria.

Though no cases of illness have been reported, the items were shipped to food service locations nationwide and were sold directly to retail consumers, the USDA said.

The issue of possible contamination came to light after a customer complained to an establishment that their chicken appeared under-cooked.

The recall has been classified as a Class I recall by the USDA. A Class I recall is the most critical and involves a health hazard situation where there is reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences.

The products under recall include five-pound bags of product labeled “Distributed by National Steak and Poultry, Owasso, OK Fully Cooked, Diced, Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast Meat with Rib Meat” or labeled “Hormel Natural Choice 100% Natural No Preservatives Fully Cooked Roasted Chicken Breast Strips with Rib Meat Natural Smoke Flavor Added.” The former contains lot code 100416 and case code 70020; the latter contains lot code 100416 and case code 702113.

The recalled products were produced on various dates from Aug. 20, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2016. The cases containing the products subject to recall have the establishment number “P-6010T” inside the USDA mark of inspection, the USDA said.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume or serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase, the USDA said.

For more information about the recall, head to the USDA recall page. 



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<![CDATA[Harvey Murder Suspect Arrested in Chicago Heights]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:44:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/harvey+murder.png

A man wanted for shooting and killing a railroad security guard more than a week ago was behind bars Monday morning. 

Rashad Williams was taken into custody late Sunday night, according to police. 

The Harvey Police Department said it was the tips on the suspect’s whereabouts they received that helped lead to an arrest

Williams was found around 9 p.m. in the Chicago Heights neighborhood, police said. 

Harvey’s deputy chief said Chicago Heights police surveillance teams spotted the 24-year-old carrying grocery bags near 114th Street and East End Avenue. 

Police said they expect he will be charged with first degree murder for shooting and killing 38-year-old Tyrone Hardin. 

Hardin was working a second job as a security guard for Canadian National Railroad on Nov. 26 when police say Williams was fleeing from police and encountered Hardin. Williams then shot and killed Hardin, according to police, before stealing his car and fleeing

Williams was identified as a suspect days after the murder. 



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<![CDATA[Snowfall Totals: Chicago's First Winter Storm Breaks Record]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:57:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Dean+Chalkey+streator.png

Chicago's first snowfall of the season broke a 52-year-old record on Sunday, as much of the area was blanketed with several inches of snow. 

O'Hare Airport saw 6.4 inches of snow by Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service, shattering the previous daily snowfall record for Dec. 4, which was 4.6 inches set in 1964. [[404644726, C]]

Snow totals for the area were as follows: 

Cook County

O'Hare Airport: 6.4 inches

Midway Airport: 5.5 inches

Alsip: 6.4 inches

Palatine: 5.4 inches

Oak Lawn: 6.0 inches

Homewood: 6.1 inches

Schaumburg: 7.5 inches

Lake County

Buffalo Grove: 6.9 inches

Riverwoods: 6.3 inches

Kane County

North Aurora: 7 inches

Batavia: 7.2 inches

Geneva: 6.5 inches

LaSalle County

Somonauk: 7.2 inches

DuPage County

Lisle: 6.7 inches

Downers Grove: 6.9 inches

DeKalb County

DeKalb: 8.5 inches

Kendall County

Plano: 7.9 inches

Oswego: 6.8 inches

McHenry County

Woodstock: 6.3 inches

Bull Valley: 7.0 inches

Will County

Romeoville: 8.1 inches

Joliet: 7.2 inches

Mokena: 5.9 inches

Frankfort: 6.3 inches

New Lenox: 6.5 inches

Crest Hill: 8.0 inches

Winnebago County

Rockford: 6.9 inches

Lee County

Amboy: 6.0 inches

Lake County, Ind.

Munster: 4.2 inches

Hobart: 4.8 inches

Dyer: 4.8 inches

Porter County, Ind.

Boone Grove: 3.4 inches

Valaparaiso: 3.5 inches

Portage: 3.0 inches

Much of the region was under a Winter Weather Advisory from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., with snow beginning to accumulate Sunday morning and moving from west to east as it continued to fall through the evening. [[402534505, C]]

Monday will be dry throughout the area with high temperatures returning to the 40s at the start of the work week.

Our next chance for snow could be as early as Tuesday morning, with a possibility of flurries mixed with showers returning to the Chicago area.

Tuesday evening looks to be dry, with another storm system possibly bringing light snow to Chicago again on Wednesday night or Thursday. Temperatures will also likely drop into the teens mid-week as arctic air moves in.



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<![CDATA[Your Photos: Chicago's 1st Snow of the Season]]> Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:27:31 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Janelle+Rominski+red+barn+bull+valley2.png

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<![CDATA[Snow Joke: Bears, 49ers Make History with Bad First Quarter]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:28:12 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627686318.png

Take a game between two teams with a combined three wins on the season, add a healthy helping of snow, and you get some NFL history as the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers set a mark for futility in their game on Sunday.

In the first quarter of the game, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Bears quarterback Matt Barkley combined to attempt three passes, none of which were completed.

According to the good folks at Elias Sports, the game's dismal beginning marks the first time both teams have combined for zero completions in an NFL contest since the 1988 season, when the New York Jets and New England Patriots accomplished the feat during their November match. 

This time, the Bears and 49ers completed zero passes combined for the first 22:30 of the game, until Colin Kaepernick finally found Vance McDonald for a four-yard completion. That completed pass was the only one made in the first 28 minutes of the game as the two teams dealt with snow and cold conditions.



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<![CDATA[Bears Blowout 49ers 26-6]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:53:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627685012.png

The Chicago Bears have been blown out on several occasions this season, but on Sunday the shoe was on the other foot as they defeated the San Francisco 49'ers 26-6 at Soldier Field.

After not completing a pass in the first 28 minutes of the game, Matt Barkley earned his first career NFL victory in convincing fashion, completing 11 passes for 192 yards. Jordan Howard had a monster game for the Bears, rushing for 117 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

After a completely uneventful first quarter (aside from a history-making display of passing ineptitude by Colin Kaepernick and Matt Barkley), the 49'ers finally got a break in the second quarter. Shaun Draughn blocked a Pat O'Donnell punt near the goal line, and the Niners set up shop deep in Bears territory.

Fortunately for the Bears, their defense continued to play well even as their special teams let them down, and the 49'ers were forced to settle for a 31-yard Phil Dawson field goal to take a 3-0 lead with about seven minutes to go in the first half.

Deonte Thompson fumbled the ball away on the ensuing kick-off, giving the 49'ers another short field. Once again the Bears' defense played well when it needed to, and Dawson was called upon for a second straight field goal and a 6-0 lead for his team.

After the two-minute warning, the Bears' dormant offense suddenly came to life as Barkley completed three straight passes, including a long one to Cameron Meredith. After a pass interference penalty in the end zone, the Bears found paydirt as Jordan Howard punched the ball in from the one-yard line to give Chicago a 7-6 halftime lead.

The Bears' offense continued to find its sea legs in the early stages of the third quarter, and they extended their lead as a result. Barkley completed passes to Meredith and Josh Bellamy, and Howard finished the drive with his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon to extend Chicago's lead to 14-6.

Bellamy continued to make up for his drop a week ago as he hauled in two long catches on the Bears' next drive, and Howard naturally got to finish the drive off with another touchdown scamper as Chicago's lead ballooned out to 21-6.

The 49'ers pulled Kaepernick in the fourth quarter in favor of Blaine Gabbert, but nothing could slow down the Bears' aggressive attack. For good measure, Leonard Floyd sacked Gabbert late in the game for a safety, and the Bears cruised from their as they got their third win of the season.

The Bears will look to keep up their winning ways next week when they travel to Detroit to take on the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions at Ford Field.



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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Call Up Lars Johansson to Replace Corey Crawford]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:47:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-522507568.png

The Chicago Blackhawks had some options on how they wanted to set their roster after Corey Crawford underwent an appendectomy on Saturday, and on Sunday they have made their choices as Lars Johansson was recalled from Rockford.

Johansson, who has a 6-7-1 record with a 2.63 goals against average in 16 games this season, will be the back-up for Scott Darling during Crawford’s absence. He has never played in the NHL, and until this season was playing in the Swedish Hockey League.

To make room for Johansson on the roster, the Blackhawks needed to clear salary cap space, and to do that they sent Nick Schmaltz down to Rockford. The rookie forward has a goal and three assists in 26 games this season, and he’s looked tentative at times on the ice as he’s tried to adjust to the NHL game.

The Blackhawks could have placed Crawford on long-term injured reserve to create cap space, but that would have guaranteed that the netminder would have missed 10 games, and the team is only hoping that he’ll miss two to three weeks after undergoing surgery on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Police Search for Suspects in Naperville Beating, Robbery]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:14:22 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/naperville+robbery+123.png

Police are asking for the public's help in finding two women suspected of beating another woman and stealing her purse at a business in suburban Naperville.

Officers responded to 1620 Pebblewood Lane for an unknown problem around 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, according to a statement from Naperville Police.

Upon arrival, officers learned that two women had walked into a business and taken another woman's purse. When the victim attempted to stop the theft, police said she was battered and the suspects fled with her purse.

The women left in a late model silver Nissan SUV and were last seen at the intersection of Diehl Rd and Route 59, according to police.

The suspects were described as two black woman in their 20s, both with black hair. One stands at 5'6" and was wearing black-framed glasses, a gray winter coat and jeans. The other is 5'4" and was wearing a large blue winter coat and dark-colored jeans.

The victim was not injured, authorities said, and did not require medical attention.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Naperville Police at(630)420-6006.



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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Overnight Crash on Dan Ryan Expressway]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:33:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-01-28-at-4.42.07-AM.jpg

Two drivers were killed in a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway on Chicago's South Side early Sunday, according to police.

Around 2:56 a.m., a 2017 black Chevrolet was stopped on the right shoulder of the southbound express lanes of I-94 near 43rd Street when it was rear-ended by a 2016 blue Jeep traveling at a high rate of speed, according to a release from the Illinois State Police.

The driver of the Chevrolet, 72-year-old Eugene N. Ackerman of Boynton Beach, Florida; and the driver of the Jeep, 27-year-old Michael Schaaf of Tinley Park, were both pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

There were no passengers in either vehicle and no other injuries were reported.

Schaaf was driving "extremely reckless" before the crash, police said. All outbound lanes were temporarily closed following the crash, but reopened several hours later.

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<![CDATA[First Snow of the Season Blankets Chicago Area]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:36:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-466944765.png

The first snowfall of the season hit Chicago on Sunday, blanketing much of the area with several inches of snow and causing several hundred flight cancellations.

Several northern Illinois counties were under a Winter Weather Advisory from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., including Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, Lake, Ogle, Lee, Kane, DuPage, Cook, LaSalle, Kendall, Grundy and Will. 

DeKalb County was initially under the advisory, but was placed under a more severe Winter Storm Warning that was issued shortly after 11 a.m. and also expired at 6 p.m.

Snow began falling Sunday morning and continued well into the evening, as the storms moved west to east. 

Snow totals were as follows: 

Cook County

O'Hare Airport: 6.4 inches

Midway Airport: 5.5 inches

Alsip: 6.4 inches

Palatine: 5.4 inches

Oak Lawn: 6.0 inches

Lake County

Buffalo Grove: 6.9 inches

Kane County

North Aurora: 7 inches

Batavia: 7.2 inches

Geneva: 6.5 inches

LaSalle County

Somonauk: 7.2 inches

DuPage County

Lisle: 6.7 inches

Downers Grove: 6.9 inches

DeKalb County

DeKalb: 8.5 inches

Kendall County

Plano: 7.9 inches

Oswego: 6.8 inches

McHenry County

Woodstock: 6.3 inches

Bull Valley: 7.0 inches

Will County

Romeoville: 8.1 inches

Joliet: 7.2 inches

Mokena: 5.9 inches

Frankfort: 6.3 inches

New Lenox: 6.5 inches

Crest Hill: 8.0 inches

Winnebago County

Rockford: 6.9 inches

Amboy: 6.0 inches

Lake County, Ind.

Munster: 4.2 inches

Hobart: 4.8 inches

Porter County, Ind.

Boone Grove: 3.4 inches

Valaparaiso: 3.5 inches

The heavy snowfall broke a record, as 6.4 inches at O'Hare shattered the previous Dec. 4 high of 4.6 inches set in 1964. 

The snowstorm caused problems with transit, as 281 flights at O'Hare and 74 flights at Midway were canceled by 9:30 p.m. Delays at both airports were around 23 minutes. 

Lucky for commuters, the snow largely cleared out of the area by Sunday night, making for much safer roads in time to start the work week. 

Monday will be dry throughout the area with high temperatures returning to the 40s.

Our next chance for snow could be as early as Tuesday morning, with a possibility of flurries mixed with showers returning to the Chicago area.

Tuesday evening looks to be dry, with another storm system possibly bringing light snow to Chicago again on Wednesday night or Thursday. Temperatures will also likely drop into the teens mid-week as arctic air moves in.



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<![CDATA[Top Chicago Boxer Dies After West Side Shooting]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:24:34 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ed+brown+123+2.png

A top prospect in the boxing ring and an inspiration around the world, Chicago's Ed Brown died Sunday after being shot on the city's West Side. 

Brown, 25, was sitting with his 19-year-old sister in a parked car in the 3200 block of West Warren Blvd in the East Garfield Park neighborhood early Saturday, according to police. Around 1:10 a.m., a silver vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, authorities said.

Brown was shot in the head and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition, according to police. His sister was shot in the leg and also taken to Mount Sinai, where she was in good condition, officials said.

His manager Michael Cericola confirmed Sunday that Brown died from his injuries.

"Tonight we mourn the loss of Chicago’s Favorite Son," Cericola said in a statement. "The boxing ring is one of the scariest places in the world but it’s nothing compared to the streets of Chicago. Ed’s life was filled with tragedy and he battled through it all long enough for all of us to be able to meet him."

"We are thankful for our time with him," he added. Cericola said Brown was heading home from the gym when he was shot.

"They just rolled up and opened fire on him," Cericola said.

Brown was hardly a stranger to gun violence in Chicago. In June, he told NBC 5 his story of surviving, and even striving for success, in a life filled with hardship. [[404525106, C]]

When Brown was 11 years old, his mother was one of 21 people killed during the E2 nightclub stampede in 2003. About a year later, his father was sent to prison and his grandmother stepped in to care for him. Even so, Brown said he grew up in Garfield Park lacking guidance. 

"He was put into a boxing program to eat up some of his time but when he wasn't in the gym he was out looking for trouble," Cericola said in June.

"At first I was just doing this to do it," Brown told NBC 5 of his early boxing days, after his uncle introduced him to the sport at age 6. "Then I saw I was really good at it, so I wanted to get a world title." 

"It gave me confidence, a lot of confidence," he added. "Showed me I could actually be something." [[404537456, C]]

But as Brown found success in the ring, he struggled in school, and got into trouble on the streets – even getting shot multiple times before the shooting that claimed his life. He was celebrating a victory in his first professional fight in 2012 when he was shot in the chest. 

He survived and focused on rehab, returning to the ring months later to win two more fights before being shot again, then serving a 10-month prison sentence. 

After being released from prison, Brown threw himself into his sport, signing with Las Vegas promoter Cameron Dunkin. One of boxing's most famous managers, Dunkin said in June that Brown could one day rank among the top five fighters in the world, adding "he's that good."

Brown's fourth-ever professional match in May 2015 was the first of 13 fights that year alone - all of which he won. 

"I'm tired of going up the same path and doing the same thing, getting shot, going to jail. I want to do something different," Brown told NBC 5 in June. 

"I feel like I'm doing something good. I'm on the right path," he added. 

Brown's most recent fight in November brought him to a 20-0 record with 16 KOs, putting him on track to one day achieving his world championship goals. 

"If I get a world title, it'd be crazy," he said in June. "A young kid from Chicago with a WBC belt around his waist? It'd be wild."

"I got my chance now, so I gotta do what I can do," he told NBC 5. "I might be on TV, might be a big superstar from Chicago. It's my dream come true." [[404507096, C]]

A dream that his teammates and mentors were helping him attain before he died.

"He brings everyone together. He's just... I don't know. I'm just holding it in right now," teammate Ray Corona said Saturday after visiting Brown at the hospital. 

Now, the Chicago boxing community is left to mourn their loss, and his family's, as Brown leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter.

No one is in custody for the shooting, according to police, who continue to investigate.



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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Update on Crawford After Emergency Appendectomy]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:19:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-619017298.png

The Chicago Blackhawks had an unpleasant surprise Saturday as Corey Crawford had to undergo an appendectomy, and head coach Joel Quenneville provided an update on the goaltender's condition after their game against Philadelphia.

In his postgame remarks, Quenneville said that the surgery went according to plan, but it will knock out the goaltender for two to three weeks of action.

To compensate for Crawford's absence, the Blackhawks are expected to call up goaltender Lars Johansson from Rockford. In 16 games with the IceHogs this season, Johansson has a 2.63 goals against average, a .911 save percentage, and a 6-7-1 record in AHL action. 

Scott Darling will get the bulk of the starts for the Blackhawks in Crawford's absence, with the team's next four games all scheduled for home ice.

The Blackhawks could potentially place Crawford on long-term injured reserve to save salary cap space, but that move would mean that he'd have to miss a minimum of 10 games. If that is the decision reached by the team, he could return to the lineup no earlier than Dec. 27 against the Winnipeg Jets, which would fall just outside of the three-week timeframe.



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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Sign Eric Semborski as Back-Up Goaltender]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:08:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/eric+semborski+.png

It's the stuff of any sports fan's dreams. A player goes down on the field, the coach surveys the crowd and points at you, yes you, to come down and finish the game for the desperate team.

While that far-fetched scenario can't and won't happen in most sports, it does happen occasionally in hockey, and that's exactly what the Chicago Blackhawks have done on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

With the team set to take on the Flyers, the Blackhawks suddenly found themselves without a back-up goalie as Corey Crawford was scratched following news of his acute appendicitis. Scott Darling will get the start in net, but the team had to sign an emergency back-up goalie, and that man is 23-year old Eric Semborski.

If you haven't heard of Semborski, you're not alone. He's never played a single minute of NHL action, and he's never played at any level of hockey above club hockey at Temple University.

Despite that lack of NHL experience, he was on the ice wearing a red Blackhawks jersey during warm-ups, and if Darling struggles or gets injured against the Flyers, Semborski will suddenly be an NHL goaltender.

Because teams only carry two goaltenders on their roster, they are allowed to sign goaltenders to contracts on an emergency basis should the need arise, and that's exactly what happened for the Hawks Saturday.

Semborski, who currently works for a Flyers clinic that teaches hockey to young children in the Philadelphia area, was the lucky guy, and surely plenty of fans will want to see him actually get some action.



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<![CDATA[Corey Crawford Undergoes Appendectomy]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:51:45 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-620163066.png

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was all set to play for the team Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers, but when he'll take the ice again is now in question after he was diagnosed with appendicitis. 

"Corey presented this morning with acute appendicitis," Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement.

"He is undergoing an appendectomy today at a Philadelphia hospital. We are anticipating a full recovery and return to play," Terry added. 

The diagnosis means that Crawford will be out for an undetermined period of time after the procedure, according to the Blackhawks, who will provide more details of the timeline for his return when they "have more information about the surgery."



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<![CDATA[Thieves Targeting Delivery Trucks During Holidays, Police Say]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:53:54 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000020938064_1200x675_823586371971.jpg Chicago Police have issued a community alert after two delivery drivers were targeted by thieves. Regina Waldroup reports.]]> <![CDATA[Salvation Army Bell-Ringer's Beloved Dog Banned]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:41:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hunter1202.png

Jeff Jacoby and his four-legged friend have been a holiday bell ringing staple for the Salvation Army for five years—a holiday fixture outside the Jewel Osco in Rolling Meadows.

Until this year—when the Salvation Army captain I Des Plaines decided to ban animals.

“He said it isn’t going to be a popular decision but it’s a decision I have to make,” Jacoby said of the captain.

The captain in Des Plaines told NBC 5 the dog did nothing wrong and the decision was made to avoid any potential problems in the future.

Jacoby was devastated, but said he understood.

Hunter belongs to Jacoby’s good friend Chuck Swietlik.

“I thought liability right away,” Swietlik said. “I was hurt, very hurt.”

Customers noticed Hunter’s absence immediately, Swietlik and Jacoby say.

“’Where’s the dog?’ I get that 50-60 times a day,” Jacoby said.

He also says he thinks his donations are down as a result.

“He draws people here that wouldn’t be coming up, and all the women and kids—they give money,” he said.

Jacoby says he thinks pups like Hunter help out the Salvation Army’s efforts, and Swietlik agrees.

“He didn’t do anything wrong and we’d like to see him back,” he told NBC 5. “I think it would be a very nice Christmas wish for him to come back.”

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<![CDATA[Rental Home Foreclosure Nearly Ruins Retiree’s Vacation]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:35:26 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/responds+house.png

Your dream vacation may be spoiled when the rental home you book online looks nothing like it does in the pictures. Now imagine finding out the home is stripped of all its furniture and you can’t get a hold of the owner.

Just ask Anne Gilmore, whose retirement vacation was nearly derailed when she learned the rental home she reserved was in foreclosure.

Gilmore spent 32 years teaching special education in central Illinois. So when she decided to finally enjoy her retirement by trading in snow and freezing temperatures for fun in the sun, she used the popular rental website VRBO to book a home in Florida for early 2017.

The four bedroom house in Haines City included a swimming pool. Gilmore locked-in the rental for the first three months of 2017 for herself, her husband and another couple for a total price of $7,616.66. 

“Everything seemed great, so I went ahead and made my first payment,” Gilmore said.

But when it came time to make the second payment, Gilmore said the correspondence suddenly stopped and she could no longer get a hold of the homeowner. 

“I called 2-3 times a day at all hours of the day and night and there was no answer,” Gilmore said.

VRBO did not have any answers, either.

“They said the house was still listed so I could go ahead and make my payment,” Gilmore said. “That's when I said, ‘I'm not making any payment until I talk to somebody.’”

A check of property tax records revealed the house was in foreclosure. New pictures featured on real estate websites like Zillow showed the home was stripped of all the furniture and fixtures.

The foreclosure process on the Haines City home actually started back in September of 2014. Gilmore made her payment in February, 2016. Seven weeks later, a final judgment was issued and the home was foreclosed,

“VRBO never told me the house wasn't available,” Gilmore said. “I had to tell them.”

VRBO parent company, HomeAway, responded to an NBC 5 Responds inquiry.

“When impediments like a foreclosure come to our attention, we reach out to the homeowner or property manager to confirm that they are able to still list the property for rent and that no future reservations will be impacted,” the statement read. “If it comes to our attention that an owner or manager is operating with unethical rental practices, then we will take appropriate action.”

Gilmore took action on her own by canceling her payment through her credit card. She then booked another house with a competitor, but at a higher price. 

“I'm ready to be relaxed and away and enjoy Florida,” Gilmore said.

Travelers who book directly through VBRO and HomeAway’s other websites are protected by the "book with confidence guarantee", which means if an owner cancels a reservation last minute, their team will help the renter find a new place to stay at a comparable rate.

Gilmore tried to protect her vacation by purchasing cancellation and damage protection policies. HomeAway refunded the cost for both after NBC 5 Responds got involved.

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<![CDATA[Trooper Reflects on Recovery After Being Hit by Drunk Driver]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:02:27 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cokins.png

Trooper Michael Cokins was told by doctors he would likely never walk again after being critically injured by a drunk driver, but more than two years after the crash, the determined officer is already back on the job -- but the road to recovery wasn't easy. 

In an exclusive interview with NBC Chicago, Cokins reflects on the painful journey that followed one of the most shocking moments in his life. 

"There were a lot of dark days and frustrating moments," he said. 

A 61-year-old woman has been sentenced to prison in the drunk driving crash that critically injured Cokins.

Leslie Thurow, of Mount Prospect, was sentenced to 13 years at the Illinois Department of Corrections after she was charged with several counts of aggravated driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and aggravated reckless driving, according to Illinois State Police. 

Thurow was accused of striking Cokins on Interstate 294 near North Avenue around 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 6, 2014. Cokins was conducting a traffic stop on the right shoulder of the roadway when he was hit by a vehicle.

The driver allegedly continued traveling northbound on I-294, where she hit an SUV carrying a family of four, police said. The SUV rolled over in the crash and the other vehicle crashed into the concrete median.

Cokins suffered 15 broken bones and underwent eight surgeries and 17 months of therapy before returning to work in May, nearly two years after the crash.

Dashcam video captured the accident, showing the horrifying moment Cokins was hurled over the hood of the car he had stopped. The graphic video was played in court during Thurow's sentencing. 

"My little sister saw it for the first time [Thursday]," Cokins said. "I've been protecting her from seeing it, having that burned into her mind."

Police said Thurow’s blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit at the time of the crash and her driver’s license had been revoked for previous driving under the influence convictions. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney.

“Drinking and driving is a dangerous choice that can lead to deadly consequences,” ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz said in a statement. “Driving under the influence is never a good option and can be very costly both financially and criminally. Always designate a driver before consuming alcohol.”

Cokins thanked the many witnesses that stopped to help him after the crash.

"A dozen if not 20 people that jumped out their cars, ripping off their sweatshirts to tie around my limbs, making sure I stayed ocnscious," he said. 

Cokins said he owes his recovery to those people. 

"I owed it not only to myself, but also owed it to them to give it everything I got," Cokins said. 

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<![CDATA[2016 Gift Guide: Chicago-Themed Gifts for City Lovers]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:45:37 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/thelegochicago1121.jpg Looking for gifts for the Chicago-lover in your family? Check out some of these city-inspired treats.]]> <![CDATA[Concerts in Chicago to Ring in the New Year]]> Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:21:52 -0600 House of Blues. Alternative rock band Better Than Ezra will play downtown at the famed House of Blues. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are available via Live Nation for $35.]]> House of Blues. Alternative rock band Better Than Ezra will play downtown at the famed House of Blues. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are available via Live Nation for $35.]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-610400644.jpg If sit-down functions aren't your ideal way of celebrating the New Year, explore these options for getting your groove on this New Year's Eve.

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<![CDATA[Where to Dine on New Year's Eve in Chicago]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:38:32 -0600 Artango. Join Artango Steakhouse as they celebrate the new year with latin rhythms featuring Angel de Cuba and pianist Mauro Frosio. A Prix Fixe menu will be available, and includes lobster bisque, filet Mignon and flan. Two seating times are available at $65 and $85 per person, respectively. ]]> Artango. Join Artango Steakhouse as they celebrate the new year with latin rhythms featuring Angel de Cuba and pianist Mauro Frosio. A Prix Fixe menu will be available, and includes lobster bisque, filet Mignon and flan. Two seating times are available at $65 and $85 per person, respectively. ]]> http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Artango.jpg Looking for a place to dine in style this New Year's Eve? Here are some eateries that are bound to fill your belly in Chicago.]]> <![CDATA[Photo: LeBron James Pays Off Cubs World Series Bet]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 10:50:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lebron+james9.jpg

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James made a bet on the outcome of the World Series with Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, and on Friday he paid the piper after the Chicago Cubs won the championship.

As part of the bet, James had to come to the United Center for the Cavaliers' game against the Bulls wearing a full Cubs uniform, and on Friday afternoon we got a picture of the star player fulfilling his end of the bargain:

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Wade had earlier challenged his former Miami Heat teammate, proposing that the loser would have to dress in the winning baseball team's uniform for the next Bulls-Cavaliers game.

The Cubs ended up beating the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, thus making Wade the winner over his former teammate in the friendly wager.

The Bulls emerged winners again on Friday night, beating the Cavaliers 111-105



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<![CDATA[Person Dies After Being 'Pinned' Under CTA Train: Police]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:10:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/purple+line+ax.png

A man died after being pinned under a Chicago Transit Authority Purple Line train in Evanston Friday afternoon, police said.

Purple Line service was suspended from Howard to Linden Friday afternoon for the medical emergency at the Foster station during rush hour, officials said.

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Trains in both directions were halted as firefighters responded the scene about 4:30 p.m.

Police said witnesses reported the man jumped from the platform in front of the train and the incident is being investigated as a suicide. The man has not been identified but is believed to be about 20-30 years old. 

Authorities remained at the scene as of 5:15 p.m. as they "await the arrival of heavy equipment with which to extricate the victim."

Officials said to use the 201 Central bus as an alternate mode of transportation. Foster was closed between Maple and Sherman.

This is a developing story, check back for details.


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<![CDATA[Jackson Jr. Urges Obama to Pardon Millions of Ex-Inmates]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:26:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jesse-Sandi-Jackson-GettyImages-176509737.jpg

Jesse Jackson Jr. urged President Barack Obama Thursday to pardon millions of former prison inmates, a group that would include Jackson and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson.

In his open letter to the president, which Jackson posted to his Facebook page early Thursday morning, the former congressman claimed that “the great 2016 pardoning of the masses will create a resounding echo in history and will mark you as the greatest Christian president ever to serve.”

“Mr. President, for those Americans who have traipsed through the criminal justice system and transcended transgression by duly serving time, the outcome should be clear,” Jackson wrote in the post. “An official declaration of TIME SERVED, for each and every eligible member of the American family, from the highest office of the land is the only response congruent with the redemption story of Christ.”

“Truly, Mr. President, with a presidential pardon equally monumental to, and greater in scope than, the Emancipation Proclamation the legacy of Barack Hussein Obama II will be one of faith, hope and love,” he added.

Jackson pled guilty in 2013 to charges he illegally spent campaign fund on a variety of expensive items, like a $4,600 fedora owned by Michael Jackson and a $1,200 reversible mink parka. Jackson ultimately served over a year in jail before being released into a halfway house in 2015.

His wife, Sandi Jackson, pleaded guilty to tax fraud in 2013, a charge that stemmed from the same case. She was released from prison earlier this year. Jackson Jr.’s relationship status on Facebook is listed as “separated.”

In his post Thursday, Jackson doesn’t lobby for his own pardon, although he and his wife would be included in a blanket reprieve of former inmates.

“Pardon the many and uplift the masses,” Jackson wrote to the president.

“As a felon on the Southside of Chicago, I can attest that nothing has changed since you left,” he added. “That is, if we don’t count the increased gun violence.”

This isn’t the first time Jackson has made an appeal for a pardon. In letters sent to NBC Chicago in 2014, Jackson said he believed Obama should issue pardons to inmates who have served their sentences. In November, Jackson made a similar appeal in a separate Facebook post, the Chicago Tribune reports.



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<![CDATA[Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest Opens for the Season]]> Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:16:04 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/navy+pier+tree.png

Navy Pier's holiday festivities kicked off Friday, as Winter Wonderfest opened its doors for the 16th year.

The festival spans 17,000 square feet, bringing both new and returning winter entertainment and activities to the city, including the Chicago Blackhawks indoor ice skating rink and the inaugral tree lighting at Polk Bros Park.

Other events include the annual Christmas Tree Ship ceremony -- the yearly tradition of delivering Christmas trees from Michigan to Chicago -- and Jingle Jamz, a caroling series put on by the festival.

Winter Wonderfest will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The festival runs through January 10, 2017, and tickets are available for purchase online through Navy Pier's website.

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<![CDATA[State Lawmakers Sue to Restore Timely Pay]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:02:21 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/paycheck1200.jpg

A group of Illinois representatives have filed a lawsuit looking to end a divisive policy pushed by Republican leaders that withholds state government paycheck until other bills are paid.

According to the group bringing the suit, the effort looks to “end unwarranted political pressure being brought by Gov. Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Leslie Munger." That group includes state Reps. Emanuel Chris Welch, Kate Cloonen, Mary Flowers, Sonya Haper, Lisa Hernandez and Silvana Tabares.

“The decision by multimillionaire Comptroller Leslie munger and billionaire Gov. Bruce Rauner was a thinly veiled attempt to force their political opponents into taking positions in support of the governor’s positions and against the beliefs of their constituents,” Welch said in a statement. “Many lawmakers don’t have the multimillion dollar side incomes the governor and comptroller enjoy.”

Munger, who was appointed comptroller by Rauner in 2015, announced in April that lawmakers would have to wait in line to receive paychecks with other state vendors. The policy was framed as an incentive for legislators to pass a full, balanced budget.

On Friday, the final day of Munger's administration, she slammed the lawmakers bringing suit against her.

"How cowardly that they refused to challenge any action while I was in office and now they're going to court when there will be a new administration taking office Monday led by one of their own," the comptroller told reporters.

"There are just no words for my disgust and disappointment in this lawsuit," she added.

During Friday's press conference, Munger outlined Illinois' dire fiscal situation, pointing to the state's $10.3 billion bill backlog. She explained that some state vendors have been waiting six or more months for payment, arguing that lawmakers shouldn't be given priority to be paid first.

"If these lawmakers spent as much time and energy working on passing a balanced, comprehensive budget as they have on filing lawsuits and getting their own pay, Illinois would be in a much better place," she said.

Munger also shared a direct message to Comptroller-elect Susana Mendoza Friday.

"It is my sincere hope that although Comptroller-elect Susana Mendoza has spent a decade in the General Assembly herself, she will live up to her campaign promise, do the right thing and vigorously defend the right of the state comptroller to fund critical services for the state and not to give preferential treatment to politicians."

After speaking to the Illinois Manufacturers' Association in Chicago Friday, Rauner said he was "amazed" by the suit.

"The legislators are insisting that even though they're not doing their jobs passing budgets and reforms, they wanna get paid," Rauner told reporters.

"I hope that Comptroller Mendoza stands firm on this," he added. "No budget, no pay."

During her recent, unsuccessful campaign to hold onto her post, Munger proposed a “No Budget, No Pay” policy that would require a balanced budget to be passed in order for state lawmakers to be paid.

Comptroller-elect Susana Mendoza, who beat out Munger in the November election, announced last month that she will keep Munger’s policy that withholds state government paycheck until other bills are paid, Politico reported.

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<![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[Woman Sentenced to 13 Years in Crash That Injured Trooper]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:58:23 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/thurow.png

A 61-year-old woman has been sentenced to prison in a drunk driving crash that critically injured an Illinois State Trooper more than two years ago, police said.

Leslie Thurow, of Mount Prospect, was sentenced to 13 years at the Illinois Department of Corrections after she was charged with several counts of aggravated driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and aggravated reckless driving, according to Illinois State Police. 

Thurow was accused of striking Trooper Michael Cokins on Interstate 294 near North Avenue around 2:45 p.m. on Sept. 6, 2014. Cokins was conducting a traffic stop on the right shoulder of the roadway when he was hit by a vehicle and hurled over the hood of the car he had pulled over.

The driver allegedly continued traveling northbound on I-294, where she hit an SUV carrying a family of four, police said. The SUV rolled over in the crash and the other vehicle crashed into the concrete median.

Cokins suffered 15 broken bones and underwent eight surgeries and 17 months of therapy before returning to work in May, nearly two years after the crash.

Police said Thurow’s blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit at the time of the crash and her driver’s license had been revoked for previous driving under the influence convictions. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney.

“Drinking and driving is a dangerous choice that can lead to deadly consequences,” ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz said in a statement. “Driving under the influence is never a good option and can be very costly both financially and criminally. Always designate a driver before consuming alcohol.”



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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Place Jonathan Toews on Injured Reserve]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:58:20 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/toews7.png

His upper-body injury is slowly getting better, but the Chicago Blackhawks made an important roster move on Friday as they placed center Jonathan Toews on injured reserve.

Toews, who suffered the injury during the team's recent road trip, will be placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 24, and will be replaced on the active roster by Trevor van Riemsdyk.

With the decision to place Toews on I.R. retroactive to the date of the injury, he is eligible to be activated off of the list at any time. He did skate before the team's workout on Friday in Chicago, but will not play in Saturday afternoon's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

When Toews does come back, the Blackhawks will have a decision to make in regards to their roster. Teams are only allowed to carry 23 players, and bringing Toews back would push the Blackhawks to 24.

In all likelihood, the Blackhawks will either waive Michal Rozsival or send a player like Nick Schmaltz down to the AHL. They could also waive Andrew Desjardins, but it's unclear at this point what Stan Bowman plans to do when Toews is healthy.



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<![CDATA[What’s Next for the CPS Pension Bill Rauner Vetoed?]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:46:38 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/cps+generic+2.png

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a $215 million funding bill for Chicago Public Schools that would aid with the struggling district’s teachers pensions, but the Illinois House adjourned Thursday evening without voting on the measure.

So, what’s next?

The House is now expected to attempt to override the veto when they reconvene for next month’s lame duck session. The Illinois Senate already voted 36-16 to override the veto Thursday.

If the House successfully overrides Rauner’s veto, the bill will be passed into law without the governor's approval. If not, the bill is dead.

Rauner vetoed the measure Thursday after claiming Democratic leaders backed out of a deal to pass comprehensive pension reform by the end of the current General Assembly. Senate President John Cullerton denied that there was ever an agreement and urged Rauner to sign off on the funding Thursday before the governor’s veto.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the decision to veto the pension funding bill “reckless and irresponsible.”

“Make no mistake, it’s our children who will pay the price,” Emanuel said in a statement. “The governor is lashing out, imperiling the system-wide gains earned by Chicago students and teachers, and proving just the latest example of his willingness to put the burden of his failures on the backs of the state’s most vulnerable citizens, whether it’s schoolchildren, college students, seniors, or those living with disabilities.”

“This is no way to run a state,” the mayor added.



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<![CDATA[Michaels Manager Responds After Woman's Viral Tirade]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:47:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/michaels+rant.png

The Michaels employee who became the target of a customer's now-viral tirade at a Chicago store said she is in "utter shock" at the donations strangers from across the country have made in an effort to show their support this holiday season.

In a letter to those that raised more than $32,000 for her, the store manager identified only as Holli wrote "you have all single handedly changed my life."

"You will be blessed for this act of unconditional kindness," she wrote. "I never thought my ginormous dreams would become a reality so soon and at the hand of others, but with your support I can now take the steps needed to build a better future. Because of you this dark world has a lot more light in it."

Supporters rallied around the Michaels employee after video of an incident at a location in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood the day before Thanksgiving went viral.

The footage, which had been viewed more than 590,000 times as of Monday afternoon, showed an angry customer yelling at an employee claiming she was discriminated against while checking out last week. By Tuesday morning, more than 2 million people watched the footage. In the video, the white customer is seen calling a black employee at the Lakeview store “an animal” and telling one employee to “shut your face.”

She claims an employee discriminated against her and mumbled that she must have voted for Donald Trump, but the employee is heard in the video denying that claim.

“And I voted for Trump, so there,” she said. “What? You want to kick me out because of that? And look who won. Look who won.”

The woman vows to report the employees to their corporate headquarters and yells at bystanders filming the incident before calling the police. An employee can be heard in the background telling the woman she was not discriminated against, but that the employee asked if she would like to buy a reusable bag.

"When I asked for my things to be bagged, and I don't care about the size of the bag, this other woman makes a big deal about it, coming around," she says in the video. "She's screaming at me from across the store, screaming at me."

Jessie Grady, who witnessed and filmed part of the 30-minute ordeal, posted the footage to social media and started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the employee targeted in the so-called rant.

Grady said the employees “did nothing to provoke this verbal attack and in fact treated all customers with professionalism and courtesy.”

“I was so shocked by this unprovoked attack that I captured 17 minutes of it on video on my phone,” Grady wrote on the GoFundMe page. “I am starting this gofundme [sic] because I’d like to do something to try to make it up to the employee who was the main target of this racist attack. I’d like to show her that many people are horrified by how this woman treated her, and that we stand with her and appreciate her hard work. She inspired me because despite the hateful words that were being hurled in her direction, she stood in that entranceway calm and unmoving to protect her staff and customers.”

Both the woman in the video and bystanders called police to report the incident. Police confirmed officers were called to the store Wednesday, but when they arrived, the woman was gone and no police report could be filed.

Michaels said in a statement it does not “tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind against our team members or customers.”

“We regret that our customers and team members were affected by this unfortunate incident and are grateful for the leadership of our store team in working to resolve it without further escalation,” the statement read.

The company also tweeted Monday, “We appreciate the outpouring of support for our Chicago-based team member.”

Grady said that she was "astounded" by how big her GoFundMe campaign grew.

"What started as a small gesture to let one person know that she is valued and important to her community turned into something I never imagined," she wrote on Facebook. "I never expected this to get past the neighborhood. Our country has been completely divided in the past couple years, but somehow this one story resonated with and united millions of people."

She noted that there were "hundreds of Trump supporters who donated and sent kind messages denouncing this behavior."

"Millions of you saw that this was about more than one incident," she wrote. "This was about treating workers with dignity and respect. This was about community and kindness and standing up against hatred. These are values Americans once believed in and other countries admired us for. Shine a mirror on it. This won’t solve all of our problems, but it’s one small step."

Read the manager's full letter below: 

A letter from Holli:

I'll start with this. I am in utter shock. You have all single handedly changed my life. Each of you have shown me that this world is worth living in. I have felt so misguided in a sense of why can't I get passed where I am. I've tried to be kind, I've tried to be fair, I've tried to share regardless if I was able to. I want others to smile when I smile back at them. Knowing deeply we all have a higher purpose. How can I help!!

For some time now, I've felt this overwhelming sense of failure. I want to make a positive change in this world. I know what I'm here for and that's to help others reach their higher potential. With your support I have been blessed with the opportunity to live and not just survive daily. I can properly provide for my family and meet all our children's needs. I will now have the ability to get my business up and running in order to provide a better future for us. And I can still give back to my community even more now. 

You have personally contributed to SO much more than you could possible know.

I ask that you please forgive me as I'm a little afraid to make a public video. Just know that from my soul to yours. You will be blessed for this act of unconditional kindness. I never thought my ginormous dreams would become a reality so soon and at the hand of others, but with your support I can now take the steps needed to build a better future. Because of you this dark world has a lot more light in it.

Not to preach at you or push spirituality at you. That being said I pray that you gain real fulfillment in your life. I don't know you but I love you. It's weird to some people but whatever, I believe we are one people so if I love myself therefore I love you. We've been taught that what we do unto others, we receive in return.

A great teacher of mine has said "All forms of pain, suffering, illness or financial chaos are there to promote spiritual growth and character change." We are the change. You are this change. We stand together side by side in truth and know love trumps hate. Blessings to you may your light continue to break through the darkness.

-Yours sincerely Jony AKA Holli



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<![CDATA['Threatening E-mail' Prompts Evacuation of Suburban School]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:49:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lemont.JPG

A “threatening e-mail” forced the evacuation of a suburban school Friday morning and sent hundreds of students home for the day.

Lemont High School said it was evacuating its building after alerting authorities to a threatening e-mail message they received. 

“We immediately updated the local authorities, and upon their advice, have evacuated the school,” the school said in an alert on its website. “In order to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, we have evacuated the building.”

The evacuation began around 11 a.m. and 1,350 students were sent home as investigators combed the building. 

The message was said to be a bomb threat, according to District 210 Superintendent Mary Ticknor and Lemont Police Chief Marc Maton, but the content of the email was not being released.

Students were being taken home via their normal afternoon routes, students who walk home were being told to go home as they normally would and students that drive were asked to take their cars home.

Students normally picked up at the end of the day were being transported to Central School on McCarthy Road where parents could pick them up, officials said.

“We apologize for the brevity of this message, but wanted you to be aware of this as soon as possible,” the alert read.

Friday evening’s girls’ basketball games at home have also been postponed.

Check back for details on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Chicago Could See Accumulating Snow This Weekend]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:46:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chicago+snow+skyline.jpg

The Chicago area could see its first taste of measurable snow this weekend with up to 2 inches possible in some areas.

Temperature highs will stay in the upper-30s for Saturday with mostly cloudy skies. Though there will be periods of sun, conditions will likely stay seasonably cold.

Heading into Sunday, light snow is possible during the day with 1 to possibly even 2 inches possible by the late evening hours. Highs will stay in the mid- to upper-30s, however, so there is chance the snow could mix with rain at times.

The system is developing and whether the wintry weather will be all snow or a rain-snow mix is determined by a matter of just a few degrees, so the predictions could change as Sunday approaches. 

Temperature highs return to the 40s for the start of the next work week with another chance for snow possible Wednesday night and Thursday, when temperature could drop into the teens for the first time this season. 


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<![CDATA[Suburban Community Leader, 73, Killed in Drive-By Shooting]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:26:43 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Richard+Allen.png

A 73-year-old suburban father and community leader from Chicago’s suburbs was killed in a drive-by shooting Friday morning on the city’s West Side. 

Ronald Allen of Naperville was driving his black Mercedes R350 on the 1300 block of North Laramie in Chicago when police say shots were fired in his direction. Gunfire shattered both windows on the vehicle’s right side, police said, spraying the side of Allen’s body with bullets and killing him. 

His vehicle then went crashing into two parked cars along the side of the road, police said.  Neighbors recalled to NBC 5 hearing four to five gunshots before the loud collision. 

Allen was a retired Allstate Insurance CEO, according to his family, and served on various boards. 

The 73-year-old dedicated much of his time to community service, his family said, and had been the Naperville precinct 37 committeeman for six years at the time of his death. He had also written a book and lectured on African American history, but most of all he was a family man, his son Keith Allen said. 

Allen leaves behind a wife of more than 50 years, four children, and eight grandchildren. 

Family said Allen had friends in Chicago that he would visit, but as to why he was in the city Friday morning or why he was killed they are left without answers. 

His son, Keith Allen, told NBC 5 that they were shocked, but not angry. 

“I’m not sitting here asking for vengeance,” Keith Allen said. “I don’t think that more vengeance and more violence is going to solve anything. Not at all. But what I can tell you and to everybody else out there is that what we need in this world is for people to start coming together, to start working with each other, to start loving each other.” 

Over the past year, Allen had been working on a unity partnership program to bring communities in and around Chicago together with police to stop the violence, his family said. 

Chicago police are still investigating the fatal drive-by. No one is in custody.



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<![CDATA[Man Found Shot Outside Northwest Suburban Shopping Center]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:44:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rookies1.png

A 26-year-old man was shot at a popular shopping center in Hoffman Estates Thursday night.

Police say they were called to Rookie’s Sports Bar & Grill in the 4600 block of W. Higgins Road around 10:30 p.m. after receiving reports of shots fired.

Officers arrived to find a man who had been shot laying in the parking lot, authorities said. Rookies Sports Bar & Grill is located in the northwest suburb's Poplar Prairie Stone Crossing shopping center.

The victim, identified only as a McHenry resident, was transported in critical condition to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, police said.

Further information on what led to the shooting was still unknown.

The Hoffman Police Department said Friday they were in the process of investigating the shooting and no one is in custody.

Early indications showed that the parties involved knew each other and that it was believed to be an isolated incident, police said.



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<![CDATA[Chicago Bar Stops Serving MillerCoors Because of Trump]]> Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:30:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/184*120/GettyImages-77243757.jpg

A popular Chicago bar will no longer serve MillerCoors beer.

The owner of The Green Lady on North Lincoln Avenue in the city's Roscoe Village neighborhood made the call after she found out a member of the Miller family, Pete Miller, co-hosted a fundraiser for President-elect Donald Trump.

In a statement, MillerCoors said Pete Coors' support of the controversial President-elect is independent of the company.

The Green Lady posted a response on their Facebook page Wednesday standing behind their decision.

"This is news from back in June but it's important to keep in mind in the post-election landscape," the post read. "We will no longer buy Miller lite or Miller High life - the remaining cases that we've already purchased will be sold for $6 a bottle and all profits will be donated to Planned Parenthood in Pence's name."



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