<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usTue, 31 May 2016 09:48:36 -0500Tue, 31 May 2016 09:48:36 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Stabbed on CTA Bus in Marquette Park]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 06:10:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CTA+Stabbing.png

A 29-year-old man was stabbed during a fight with another person on a CTA bus on the city's Southwest Side Tuesday night. 

Police said the incident happened around 7:30 p.m. in the 7000 block of South Western Avenue of the city’s Marquette Park neighborhood. 

The man was transported to the hospital with stab wounds to the chest and shoulder, police said. 

The suspect tried to run after the stabbing, but was quickly arrested. 

Further information on what caused the altercation was not made immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Girl Dies, Boy Missing After Falling Into Kankakee River ]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 05:40:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kankakee.png

A 13-year-old girl has died and her 12-year-old brother is still missing after the siblings fell into dangerous waters in the Kankakee River Monday evening.

Just before 6 p.m., authorities in Wilmington, roughly 60 miles southwest of Chicago, were called to a report of people distressed in the river and unable to get out.

Officials said two children who had been in the area for a family picnic, were playing in the river in South Island Park when they got too close to the dam.

According to Chief Phillip Arnold, the children began struggling to swim when two Good Samaritans jumped in to help them. The Good Samaritans then began having trouble in the turbulent water and officials arriving at the scene managed to rescue one of them using throw ropes while the other was pulled out of the water.

The 13-year-old girl was ejected from rolling water near the dam and pulled out by bystanders along the shore with the help of a rope, authorities said. She was pronounced dead at Joliet Hospital.

“The dam produces that turbulent effect that’s why we have the signs posted down there because it’s hard to get out of once you get into it,” said Deputy Chief Todd Friddle.

The girl’s 12-year-old brother was still missing as of Monday evening.

Police said the search for the boy was suspended for the evening and would resume as a recovery mission at dawn.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Native Breaks Record for Most Pull-Ups in 24 Hours]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 20:44:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/190*120/pull-up+record.png A Chicago native has officially broken the record for the most number of pull-ups done in 24 hours, completing a total of 6,844. ]]> <![CDATA[Car Crashes Into Doorway at O'Hare Airport on Memorial Day]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 21:29:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ohare+crash.jpg

A vehicle slammed into a doorway at O’Hare Airport on Memorial Day as travelers flocked home following their holiday travels.

The accident happened just after 5:30 p.m. when a taxi jumped a curb, police said.

Witnesses reported the crash happened in Terminal 3, some saying it took place near the baggage claim area for American Airlines.

Photos from the scene showed the vehicle in the middle of two doorways with shattered glass around it. 

Police said the driver of the vehicle is expected to be cited in the crash. No injuries were reported. 

Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Ebony Lucas]]>
<![CDATA[Popular Chicago Restaurant Vandalized With Anti-Gay Graffiti]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 18:26:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hamburger+marys+generic.png

A popular Chicago restaurant is fighting back after being vandalized with anti-gay graffiti over the weekend.

Hamburger Mary’s in the city’s Andersonville neighborhood said an employee found the words “Die F--s” spray painted on one of the restaurant’s bathroom doors Saturday.

“My first reaction when I saw it was actually annoyed,” said owner Ashley Wright. “Literally a split second later it was just sort of this gut wrenching feeling.”

The LGBT-friendly North Side restaurant, described as an “open-air bar and grille for open-minded people,” is one of 14 restaurants nationwide and one of two in Chicago. It was recently featured on an episode of CBS’ Undercover Boss.

“This was someone who came into my house, my establishment and spray painted a hateful message to me and my customers and staff,” Wright said.

The owner has since painted over the graffiti with rainbow colors and the word “Love” and notified police of the incident.

“I was like, I’m just going to have fun with this and make this kind of a testament to- a shrine if you will- to acceptance and diversity,” Wright said.

Wright said surveillance video from the restaurant shows the alleged suspect. That video is expected to be turned over to authorities.

Police confirmed an investigation into the incident is ongoing. 

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Vote to Override Rauner's Veto on Chicago Pension Bill]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 18:34:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+rahm+0527.jpg

In an unexpected move Monday, both the Illinois Senate and House have voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto on a plan to reduce Chicago's payments to its police and fire pension funds. 

Last week, Rauner vetoed the plan that would save the city an estimated $1 billion by decreasing pension payments over the next five years, saying it was the kind of "irresponsible" practice that led to Illinois' deep financial woes.

Rauner called Monday's vote "unfortunate," saying the move puts an additional $18.6 billion "on the backs of taxpayers."

"Clearly, those who supported this measure haven’t recognized what happens when governments fail to promptly fund pension obligations," Rauner said in a statement. "Instead of kicking the can down the road, local and state governments should instead focus on reforms that will grow our economy, create jobs and enable us live up to the promises we’ve made to police and firefighters.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said after the Friday veto that the Republican governor "just told every Chicago taxpayer to take a hike" and warned it would lead to "the Rauner tax."

On Monday, Emanuel thanked lawmakers for their votes.

"On Memorial Day I particularly want to thank‎ the Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly for putting politics aside‎ and doing the right thing for Chicago taxpayers, and for our first responders," he said in a statement. "We in the city agreed to step up and finally do our part to and responsibly fund these pensions, and I want to thank Springfield for doing their part as well. I also want to thank all our partners in labor, business groups and everyone else who stood up in support of this bill. I particularly want to thank Senate President Cullerton and Speaker Madigan for their leadership on behalf of the entire city. While for the first time in history our police and fire pensions will be funded appropriately, I will not rest until and Municipal and Laborers pensions are fully secured as well."

The legislature approved the measure last year. Democrats said it would save the retirement funds without crushing taxpayers.

"They voted for what is a very reasonable, reasoned approach to meeting city obligations to the police and fire pension systems," said Speaker of the House Michael Madigan.

Chicago's payments to the funds are set to jump to $840 million this year, up from $300 million. The legislation would have set the 2016 payment at $619 million.

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Work on Memorial Day as Budget Deadline Looms]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 17:12:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/springfield+shorts.jpg

Illinois lawmakers expressed frustration Monday as the deadline approaches to submit a budget plan.

The state’s historic budget impasse dates back to last June when the Illinois House adjourned the 2015 spring session without making a budget deal. If a budget isn't agreed upon by the end of the month, it will mark the second missed deadline since Gov. Bruce Rauner was elected.  

One lobbyist wore shorts and flip-flops in silent protest for having to work on the Memorial Day holiday. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle said they want a budget deal but continue to pass around blame.

"We're spending about $36 billion," State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington) said. "We have revenue of about $33 billion, so we need to cut a little over $3 billion in spending."

"Our goal is to make sure we send something to the governor that we believe has been worked on by both Democrats and Republicans and that he will sign," State Rep. Lashawn Ford (D-Chicago) said.

The war between Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan is about to enter its second year. The House already approved a budget that was $7 billion out of balance, and Rauner said he would veto it.

Park Ridge Democrat Elaine Nekritz was one of the few "no" votes.  

"We don't have a consensus as to how to move forward right now on a full revenue package and whatever kind of reform we might be doing," Nekritz said.

It isn't just a budget they can't reach. State Rep. Mike Zalewski's attempt to regulate the fantasy sports gambling industry hit a road block when a lawmaker accused a lobbyist for Fan Duel and Draft Kings of suggesting an alleged bribe.

"I had nothing to do with any of that," Zalewski said. "I worked on the policy, i acted with integrity, I'll let the situation sort itself out."

Two of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's key aides were in Springfield in person as the Illinois Senate overrode the governor's veto of the police and fire pension bill.

In the final hours, there are closed door party meetings, but some say compromise still feels hard to come by.

"I hear that clock ticking," State Rep. David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) said, "and to do something as significant as put together a revenue package tied with all the elements of the Turnaround Agenda in the next day and a half is a huge lift."

The governor has met with the top legislative leaders each day for the past week. Depending on who you speak with, the tone of the meetings has varied from fiery to productive.

<![CDATA[Watch: Resolute Bird Chases Dog From Picnic]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 15:59:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018023007_1200x675_695557699642.jpg This little guy gives new meaning to bird-dogging. Watch as the bird angrily tweets at a dog then chases him off his picnic blanket.]]> <![CDATA[Bear Attack Survivor's Family Describes 'Worst 24 Hours']]> Mon, 30 May 2016 15:58:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bear+attack+Steck+.jpg

Kenneth Steck was walking back to his camping site in Alaska after gathering water for his friends and wife when he heard branches breaking. The sound, his parents said, was like a vehicle driving up behind him.

Steck, 30, turned and saw a big brown bear charging toward him. Before he could think, the bear was on top of him.

"While the bear was close, he just put his foot up and he felt like it was going in slow motion," Steck's mother, Cindy, told NBC 5 of the May 13 attack. "And all these thoughts were going through his mind. He said he thought he was going to die, and he said, 'Lord, if it's my time to go, I'm ready.'"

Steck, a native of Rolling Meadows who moved to Alaska four years ago, told his mom his head "felt really wet" at one point and he thought he was in the bear's mouth.

But almost as quickly as the attack began, it ended, and the bear left the camp.

Steck escaped with injuries to his head, shoulder and calf. Luckily Steck's wife was among other nurses on the camping trip who were able to render aid before he was air-lifted to the hospital.

His parents spoke to Steck over the phone once he arrived at a hospital in Anchorage.

His first words to them: "Da Bears."

"We just laughed and cried at the same time because he was being so funny with us, and we were so glad to hear his voice and know he was alive," Cindy Steck said.

Steck remained at the hospital for a few days before returning for a minor surgery. He left the hospital Saturday night.

Steck moved to Alaska after enrolling in an outdoor studies program at Alaska Pacific University. He was visiting friends and family with his wife in the town of Yakutat two weeks ago when they decided to travel to Disenchantment Bay for a trip, Steck told the Alaska Dispatch News.

The next morning, Steck left the camp to fill up some water jugs at a nearby snowmelt waterfall and after gathering the water, he heard something in the woods behind him. That’s when he turned around and saw “a brown bear in a full charge” heading for him, he told the publication.

"It's surreal," Steck's father, Howie, told NBC 5. "You don't imagine something like that happening to one of your kids."

"It was terrible," he said. "It was the worst 24 hours of my life."

An Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist who interviewed Steck when he arrived for treatment at Anchorage Hospital determined the bear should not be killed for the attack, saying it didn’t appear to be predatory, but rather a case of a human surprising the bear at close quarters.

“The attack lasted only seconds – just long enough for the surprised bear to neutralize a perceived threat. The bear then ran away,” spokesman Ken Marsh said in an emailed statement. “With this information, our biologist determined that subsequent attacks from the animal are unlikely and that little would be gained in seeking and destroying the bear. It is also worth noting that the attack site is located in a remote area that sees few visitors.”

Howie Steck said he's grateful the bear was merciful to his son.

"It could've been really really bad," he said. "We'd be doing a different interview today."

Photo Credit: Courtesy Steck family]]>
<![CDATA[Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 11:44:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018020052_1200x675_695484995758.jpg Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Jason Smith lost both legs in combat, but is now on a mission to help build homes for other wounded war veterans. NBC 5's Kye Martin reports.]]> <![CDATA[Protect Against Grill Brush Bristles in Your Burger]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 06:42:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BristleBurgers0527_MP4-146461735903800001.jpg Cleaning your grill with the wrong brush could pose a bigger hazard than not cleaning it at all. ]]> <![CDATA[2 Officers Hurt in Brighton Park Crash]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 08:42:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/squad+car1.png

Two Chicago police officers were recovering Monday after their squad car was hit by another vehicle on the city’s Southwest Side. 

Police say the officers near West 47th and South Whipple Streets with the emergency lights on after responding to a call in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood when another driver smashed into the front end of their police cruiser. 

Both officers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The other driver involved in the crash was cited for failing to yield, police said.

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<![CDATA[Gorilla Seemed to Protect Boy Who Fell Into Enclosure: Witness]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 06:30:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Cincinnati-Gorilla-.jpg

A visitor who recorded the moments after a 3-year-old boy fell into a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo said the ape appeared to be protecting the child before being shot, NBC News reported. 

"I don't know if the screaming did it or too many people hanging on the edge, if he thought we were coming in, but then he pulled the boy down away further from the big group," Kim O'Connor, who shot the video, told NBC station WLWT. 

According to the video, Harambe, a Western lowland silverback gorilla, nudged the boy toward him before tugging on the back of his pants. In another video, the gorilla stands over the boy on all fours as onlookers shout in the background.

Cincinnati Fire Chief Marc Monahan said Saturday that first responders saw the gorilla "dragging and throwing the child." 

Harambe was fatally shot during the rescue. The boy, whose age was misreported as 4 by authorities, was in the enclosure for more than 10 minutes before he was rescued and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Photo Credit: Cincinnati Zoo
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<![CDATA[More Than 60 Shot in Memorial Day Weekend Violence]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 21:10:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/violence.png

Chicago police beefed up patrols for Memorial Day as more than 60 people were shot during the violent three-day holiday weekend. 

By Monday evening, at least 63 people had been shot across the city since Friday afternoon, including five who were killed. This surpasses the number of people shot during last year's Memorial Day weekend, though Chicago Police News Affairs said murders are down 50 percent compared to last Memorial Day.

Among the youngest shooting victims, a 15-year-old girl was fatally shot while riding in a car with a documented gang member on Lake Shore Drive. 

First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said the department’s plan for Monday was to increase patrols in designated areas, including along Lake Shore Drive. 

“As we’ve said before, it’s about 1,500 people that are driving the violence,” Escalente said. “Those are the people we’re trying to concentrate on.” 

Chicago has been pulled into headlines nationwide this weekend as police struggle to curtail the city’s growing reputation for violence. Escalante said he is confident the department can get things under control, but others are skeptical. 

“The police cannot stop the killings in the Chicagoland area and it’s not their fault,” community activist Tio Hardiman told NBC 5. “The community needs to organize in high numbers and work with these guys on street corners in an aggressive way.” 

As the city wraps up the fifth month of 2016, the Chicago Tribune reports there have already been more than 1,400 shooting victims so far this year.

Shootings across the city included the following:


  • The first shooting of the holiday weekend occurred at just before 1 p.m. Friday, when a 52-year-old man was shot in the city's Brighton Park neighborhood, police said. Details on the shooting weren't immediately known. 
  • At least four others were shot within an hour and a half across the city, including a 16-year-old boy who was wounded in the city's Washington Park neighborhood. 
  • Just after 2:30 p.m., the city's first fatal shooting took place in the 6700 block of South Loomis. Two men were sitting on a porch when a gunman came out of a gangway and opened fire before fleeing the scene. A 39-year-old man was shot in the chest and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. A 26-year-old man was shot in the right leg and lower back and listed in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital. 
  • At 9:25 p.m. Friday, a teen boy was shot in a drive-by shooting, authorities said. Police said an 18-year-old man was standing on a front porch in the 1200 block of W Grenshaw in the University Village neighborhood when a dark car drove by and someone inside fired shots. He sustained a gunshot wound to both legs, and was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, authorities said.
  • A 25-year-old man was the second person killed over the weekend, when he was fatally shot at 10:55 p.m. in the Ashburn neighborhood. Later identified as Mark Lindsey by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, he was sitting in a car parked in the 3700 block of W 75th Pl at 10:55 p.m. when an unknown offender approached on foot and fired shots, police said. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and body, and was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Centr, where he was pronounced dead.


  • Two people were shot at 1:10 a.m. in the South Deering neighborhood. A 50-year-old man was standing on the front porch of a home in the 9900 block of S Paxton when 2 men walked up and fired shots. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the right forearm and refused medical attention at the scene. A 53-year-old woman was inside a bedroom in the home and was struck in the lower back. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.
  • A 15-year-old girl was killed and a man in his twenties was injured in a shooting on Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park early Saturday. Veronica Lopez was a passenger in a car in the 2400 block of N Lake Shore Drive just before 1:30 a.m. when a black Nissan pulled alongside them and someone inside fired shots, police said. They took themselves to Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, but Lopez was later transferred to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The man, a documented gang member and convicted felon, was shot in the arm and suffered a graze wound to the head, according to police. He’s listed in stable condition.
  • At 1:45 a.m., three men were standing outside in the 3300 block of W Walnut in the East Garfield Park neighborhood when someone in an unknown vehicle drove up and fired shots. A 26-year-old man was taken to Stroger hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg, a 27-year-old man was taken to Stroger in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the thigh and a third man, 23, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in guarded condition, meaning very critical, with a gunshot wound to the back.
  • At 2:35 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was standing outside in the 1200 block of S Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood when the occupant of a black SUV fired shots, striking the victim. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to the knee, police said.
  • A 21-year-old man was driving in the 4300 block of N Kimball in Irving Park at 2:55 a.m., according to police, when someone fired shots. He sustained a gunshot wound to the clavicle and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to police.
  • A 25-year-old man was standing outside in the 4600 block of S Honore in the Back of the Yards neighborhood at 3:13 a.m., according to police. An unknown offender fired shots, striking him in the leg, and he was taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, police said.
  • Around 4 a.m., a 24-year-old man was outside in a park in the 4600 block of W Jackson St in Austin when an unknown offender approached and fired shots, according to police. The victim, a documented gang member, was hit in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to police.
  • At 4:35 a.m., a 24-year-old man was walking in the 4300 block of W West End in the West Garfield Park neighborhood when two unknown offenders approached, produced a handgun, and opened fire, according to police. He suffered graze wounds to the arm and hand and was taken to Stroger in good condition, police said. According to authorities, he is a documented gang member.
  • The fourth fatal shooting of the weekend happened in a normally quiet area of the Portage Park neighborhood on the city’s Northwest Side, police said. A 23-year-old man later identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Damien Cionzynski of Harwood Heights was one of two men who walked into a business at 5:15 a.m. in the 6300 block of W Montrose, according to police. The men got into an altercation, at which point one produced a weapon and shot Cionzynski in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.
  • Two men were shot in a robbery in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on Saturday, according to police. At around 3:45 p.m., the victims, both 46, were walking in the 3900 block of W Erie when three unknown male offenders approached, fired shots and stole the victims’ property before fleeing. One man was shot in the left leg, the other in the right ankle, according to police, and both were taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.
  • A 24-year-old man was walking down the sidewalk in the 1400 block of W 99th St in the Longwood Manor neighborhood at 4:20 p.m., police said, when an unknown offender opened fire. Authorities said the victim, a documented gang member, sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center. According to police, he was not cooperating with investigators, and a weapon was recovered from the scene of the shooting.
  • A 27-year-old man was fatally shot in the Fuller Park neighborhood on Saturday evening. Later identified as 27-year-old Garvin Whitmore by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office, he was in the driver’s seat of a car in the 200 block of W Root when someone approached on foot and fired shots, striking him in the head. A 26-year-old woman in the vehicle with him then exited the vehicle and fired shots at the offenders. She was not injured but was taken into custody and charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a FOID card, both felonies, according to police. Whitmore was pronounced dead on the scene.
  • A 19-year-old man was walking in the 8300 block of S Dante in the Avalon Park neighborhood, according to police, when he heard shots and felt pain. Authorities said a dark colored vehicle drove by and an unknown offender inside opened fire, striking him in the buttocks. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition, according to police.
  • A 26-year-old woman was driving eastbound in the 3900 block of W Lexington in Lawndale at 8 p.m. when someone fired shots, striking her in the neck, police said. She continued to drive on Lexington, police said, before crashing her vehicle into a parked car. She was discovered unresponsive in her car and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition.
  • Around 8:40 p.m., two men were in a car stopped at a red light in the 1600 block of W 47th St in the Back of the Yards neighborhood when another car pulled up from behind and passengers in that car opened fire. A 32-year-old man was shot in the right leg, and a 22-year-old man in the left leg, according to police. Both were taken in stable condition to Stroger Hospital and officials believe the incident may have been gang-related.
  • Around 9 p.m., a 23-year-old man was walking down the sidewalk in the 5100 block of W Chicago in Austin when a light-colored car drove by, and occupants opened fire, police said. He was struck in the upper right leg and taken to Mount Sinai in stable condition.
  • Three people were shot in a shooting around 9:40 p.m. in 2000 block of W 68th Pl in the West Englewood neighborhood, according to police. The first victim was a 48-year-old woman who was a passenger in a car heading south on Damen. Police said she was the unintended target, struck when occupants of two separate vehicles fired shots. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition with a graze wound to the neck. Two men standing on a front porch at that time were struck in the shooting. A 17-year-old boy sustained a gunshot wound to the right knee and a 23-year-old man was shot in the right foot. Both were listed in stable condition at Holy Cross Hospital.
  • At 10:15 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was standing on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of S Ridgeway in Lawndale when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was then dropped off at Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the lower left leg, authorities said.
  • Just before midnight, two men were standing on the sidewalk in the 700 block of S Independence in West Garfield Park when they heard shots and felt pain, police said. A 28-year-old was hit in the left thigh, and a 29-year-old man in the left ankle. Both were taken to Mount Sinai in stable condition, according to police, and both are documented gang members.


  • A 37-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting at 12:20 a.m. in Austin, according to police. He was standing in an alley in the 4700 block of W Erie when a male offender approached on foot and opened fire, according to police. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest and leg, police said.
  • At 1:05 a.m., two men were walking on the sidewalk in the 700 block of N Kedzie in East Garfield Park when they heard shots and felt pain. A 21-year-old man had a graze wound to the back and a 22-year-old man had a gunshot wound to the left hand, according to police. They drove to Norwegian American Hospital, where the younger man was transferred to Stroger. Both were listed in stable condition, authorities said, and the shooting may have been gang-related.
  • At 2 a.m., a 28-year-old man was shot in the 900 block of N Cambridge in the Near North Side neighborhood, police said. He was involved in a verbal dispute with another person when the offender pulled out a gun and shot the victim twice in the arm. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was unknown, according to police.
  • A 23-year-old man was sitting in the driver’s seat of a parked car in the 9700 block of S Vincennes in the Washington Heights neighborhood when he was shot, police said. Authorities said a man exited another vehicle and approached on foot. They men exchanged words when the offender produced a handgun and opened fire, police said. The victim drove himself to St. Bernard Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the left thigh, police said.
  • Around 4:40 a.m., a 26-year-old woman was shot while driving in the 3900 block of W Wilcox in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, police said. Two men approached her car and opened fire, according to police, striking her in the back. She had other passengers in the car who were documented gang members and convicted felons, police said, but no one else was hit. She was dropped off at Loretto Hospital and transferred to Stroger in serious condition.
  • Just five minutes later, a 27-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 5000 block of W West End Ave in Austin when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He took himself to Stroger Hospital in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the right leg, according to police.
  • Around 5:15 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting in the 300 block of West 108th Street, police confirmed. Further details on the shooting weren't immediately known.
  • A 20-year-old man was shot around 12 p.m. in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, according to police. He was standing outside in the 8500 block of S Ashland when he heard shots and felt pain. He took himself to Little Company of Mary Hospital where he was listed in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the arm.
  • A 24-year-old man was shot during an argument with someone he knows in the West Pullman neighborhood, police said. The incident occurred around 12:35 p.m. in the 11500 block of S Peoria, police said. He was taken in stable condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the right thigh.
  • At 4:40 p.m., a 23-year-old man was in the 1200 block of W 85th St in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood when he was shot in the right hip, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, in unknown condition, and authorities said he is a documented gang member. 
  • Just before 6 p.m., a 29-year-old man was shot walking out of a store in the 11500 block of South Wentworth in the city’s West Pullman neighborhood. He was shot in the shoulder and drove himself to be treated to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, police said.
  • At 10:45 p.m. a 25-year-old was shot in the left hand in the 3800 block of South Lake Park Avenue of the city’s Oakland neighborhood, police said, before being taken to Cook County’s Stroger Hospital to be treated.
  • At 11 p.m., two men were shot in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side. Police said the men were walking in the 2100 block of South Harding when another man approached them and started firing. One of the men, a 35-year-old, was hit in the buttocks and the other, a 58-year-old, was shot in the right leg. Both were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital to be treated, police said.
  • A half hour later, a 21-year-old who police say was a documented gang member was shot in the leg in the 5900 block of South Princeton in Englewood. He showed up with the gunshot wound at St. Bernard Hospital, police said.


• About 12:30 a.m., police said a 35-year-old was injured in a drive-by shooting in the Austin neighborhood. The man was standing on a porch in the 900 block of North Massasoit when a car drove past and fired shots, police said. He was hit in the leg and taken to Loyola University Medical Center to be treated, police said.

• Around 1 a.m., a man was shot during an attempted robbery in the South Side’s Park Manor neighborhood. Police say the 28-year-old was in the 400 block of East 74th Street when two men approached him and announced a robbery. When he tried to run away, he was shot in the back, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital to be treated.

• At 1:30 a.m., two documented gang members were shot while walking in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side. The men, both 18, were in the 1300 block of North Pulaski when someone walked up and started shooting, police said. One was struck in the back and the other in the leg. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, police said.

• At 10:35 a.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot twice in the hip when someone in a black SUV fired shots in his direction. The vehicle fled the scene and the victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition.

• Just before 11 a.m., two men were shot while standing on a street in the 3800 block of West Gladys in the city's East Garfield Park neighborhood. A 21-year-old man was shot in the left elbow and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition and a 28-year-old man was shot in the lower back and taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition. Police said a black Nissan drove by the pair and someone inside the vehicle opened fire. No one was in custody as of Monday evening.

• Around 4 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot in the back while walking in the 6700 block of South Sangamon. Police said the teen was walking on the street when he heard shots and felt pain. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition. 

• An hour later, a 16-year-old boy was shot while talking to someone in the 8700 block of South Escanaba. Police said a gunman emerged from a gangway in the area and fired several shots at the pair striking the teen in the right leg. 

• Around 5:30 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was shot in the right thumb in the 3600 block of West 30th Street. The teen told police he was walking down the block when a man across the street, who was walking with another man, fired shots at him. The victim was taken to St. Anthony Hospital in good condition.

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers in Springfield; No Compromise in Sight]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 08:42:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/springfield+capitol+0515.jpg

In a rare Sunday session, lawmakers are back in Springfield ahead of the May 31st deadline, but the one person who is not there— Mayor Rahm Emanuel— is being singled out by Governor Bruce Rauner for the failure to reach a grand compromise.

After meeting briefly with the four top legislative leaders, Rauner spoke to reporters, telling them what Emanuel "ought to be doing is be down here in Springfield, advocating for reforms for his city. He's not here. He hasn't been here at all."

It doesn't appear likely the mayor will parachute into the state Capitol for the final 48 hours. The mayor's office suggests there is a long list of city staff and city leaders in Springfield.

Rauner has promised to veto the Democratic-backed House budget that is 7 billion dollars out of balance. The Senate has not yet voted on the proposal.

House Speaker Michael Madigan has signaled that no budget will likely receive the Senate and governor's approval before Tuesday's deadline. 

Madigan spoke to reporters after leaving the meeting at the governor's office Sunday, saying the House would remain in "continuous session" through the summer, the same words used last May when the budget impasse began.

Illinois is the only state in the country without a working budget. Lawmakers will be working through the Memorial Day holiday.

<![CDATA[Gorilla Shooting Sparks Memory of Brookfield Zoo Incident]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 17:57:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Binti-Jua.jpg

A gorilla was shot dead Saturday at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 4-year-old boy fell into its enclosure, sparking confusion and outrage over what the zoo called a "tragic accident."

Many animal lovers took to social media to express frustration over what they saw as the unnecessary death of the 17-year-old male gorilla named Harambe. 

For some, the incident inspired a recollection of a similar situation with a very different outcome at the Brookfield Zoo several years prior. 

Many Chicagoans remember that on Aug. 16, 1996, a small boy climbed a railing and fell 18 feet into the gorilla den at the Brookfield Zoo.

An 8-year-old female gorilla named Binti Jua made national headlines when she picked up the unconscious boy and protected him from the other primates. The act of kindness came as a surprise to many of the guests who said they feared Binti Jua would maul the 3-year-old. 

The boy, whose identity was never released, made a full recovery, and Binti Jua's heroic deed caught on camera gained her national attention. Binti was named Newsweek's Hero of the Year and one of People magazine's most intriguing people of 1996.

Binti Jua, now 28, still resides at Brookfield Zoo. 

Cincinnati Fire officials said that first responders on the scene of Saturday's incident saw the gorilla "dragging and throwing the child," in stark contrast to the now-famous rescue nearly 20 years ago.

The 4-year-old boy was in the enclosure for more than 10 minutes before he was rescued and brought to Cincinnati Children's Hospital in serious condition, officials said.

<![CDATA[Authorities Search for Person in Lake Michigan]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 18:04:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/body+in+water.jpg

Authorities are searching for a missing person in the water of Lake Michigan late Sunday afternoon, according to the Chicago Fire Department. 

Shortly after 3 p.m., fire officials confirmed that personnel were on the scene at North Avenue and Lake Shore Drive, attempting to locate a person in the water. 

Emergency personnel from the Coast Guard and Marine Unit were able to pull one 46-year-old man from the water, according to the Fire Department. He was taken to Presence St. Joseph Hospital in good condition, according to police. 

However, authorities continue to search for one more person, a 33-year-old man, missing in the water. Police said both men jumped off a boat, but no further information on the victims or any other passengers was immediately available.

There was a large presence from the Chicago Fire Department, including a helicopter in the air, at the site of the active search mission. 

Check back for updates on this developing story. 

<![CDATA[Man Dies After Being Pulled from West Suburban Pond]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 14:46:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/oak+brook+gated+community+0529.jpg

A man died early Sunday after being pulled from a pond in west suburban Oak Brook, according to police. 

At approximately 7:35 a.m., the Oak Brook Police and Fire Departments responded to a call of a person struggling in the water at the Briarwood Lakes gated community, which borders Route 83 to the east. 

Upon arrival, police said there was no sign of anyone in the water, but the Fire Department dive team was able to pull an unresponsive man out of the pond. 

It was estimated that he had been in the water approximately thirty minutes before divers pulled him out, officials said. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

The victim was identified as 24-year-old Isaac Martinez, whose last known residence was in Glen Ellyn. Police said they also discovered an abandoned car on southbound Route 83 between I-88 and 31st St. Officials were able to determine that the car was driven by Martinez prior to his death. 

Police said the circumstances surrounding Martinez's entrance into the water are unknown, and the investigation is ongoing. 

<![CDATA[North Side Parolee Charged with 2 Nuts on Clark Burglaries ]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 17:36:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nuts+on+clark+parolee.jpg

A man who already had multiple convictions for burglary has been charged in connection with two break-ins at an iconic Chicago popcorn shop.

Armando Vadillo, 51, of the 3900 block of N Clark St in Lakeview is facing two felony counts of burglary after he was identified as the suspect who broke into Nuts on Clark twice in late May, according to police. 

The first burglary at the store, located in the 3900 block of N Clark St, occurred around 1:25 a.m. on May 20. The second break-in was on May 27 at 2:05 a.m. When officers arrived on the scene, they secured a perimeter and found Vadillo a short distance away, according to police. 

He was identified as the offender in both burglaries using surveillance video, officials said, and had allegedly broken into the business through the air conditioning duct. 

According to police, Vadillo has multiple previous convictions for burglary. He was most recently sentenced to seven years in prison in 2012, but released on parole. 

The popular snack shop was also burglarized twice in the beginning of April, but Vadillo is not facing charges in connection with those incidents. 

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<![CDATA[Suburban Dad Completes 50-State Marathon Quest]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 15:59:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/marathon+dad+0528.jpg

A west suburban Chicago man has completed a lofty goal of running a marathon in all 50 states. 

On Saturday, Kevin Ely of Geneva, Illinois, ran the 34th annual Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, Michigan, the final state in his quest.

Ely initially set the goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states as a personal milestone. He had already checked 13 states off the list when he attended an expo in California, where he learned about the Free Wheelchair Mission, a nonprofit that offers cost-effective wheelchairs to people with disabilities. 

"I thought, 'I need to turn this from being a selfish thing for me and what I could accomplish for myself,'" he said. "At the end, nobody would have really cared. It was a realization that I needed to do something to make an impact." 

As the father of a 7-year-old with cerebral palsy, his understanding of the importance of mobility, the cost to provide methods of movement, and the fact that millions of people around the world don't have access to those methods eventually led him to a fundraising mission: Marathons for Mobility. 

Ely originally set a fundraising goal of $42,000 to be donated to the Free Wheelchair Mission. But by Saturday, he had exceeded that goal, raising $45,461, which will provide 583 wheelchairs.

Since setting the summer 2016 completion date more than two years ago, Ely has averaged one marathon every three or four weeks, and he plans to hang up his running shoes and never run again after Saturday's race. 

"I've lost quite a few weekends with my family. It's one of the things I want to get back when I stop running," Ely said. "As patient and supportive as they've been, it's time to give my time and support back to them."

As for his time? Ely said he ran his final marathon in 3:57:29. 

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<![CDATA[Boy, 8, Struck By CTA Train in Evanston]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 13:46:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/evanston+8yo+boy+0528.jpg

A young boy was injured after being struck by a train in north suburban Evanston Saturday afternoon.

According to Evanston police, officers responded to a report of a child hit by a CTA train south of the Dempster St station at 1318 Sherman Ave, just after 1 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers found an 8-year-old boy who had been hit by a southbound Purple Line train. The victim was walking with another young boy, who was not injured in the incident, police said.

Both were rushed to St. Francis Hospital from the scene. The boy who had been hit by the train was taken in critical condition with a head injury, but a doctor confirmed early Saturday evening that his condition had been stabilized and he was subsequently transferred to a trauma center. 

Witnesses said they saw the boys on the tracks as the train approached, and tried to help.

"There were unattended children on the very dangerous train tracks," said Abran Keranen. "We noticed kids on the track and notified the conductor and they took action."

Purple Line service was temporarily halted, but trains began operating with residual delays just before 3 p.m., according to the CTA. 

Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

<![CDATA[Goodman Theatre Sign Catches Fire]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 14:33:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/goodman+fire+0528.jpg

The iconic sign at the Goodman Theatre in downtown Chicago caught fire early Saturday morning. 

Around 5 a.m., the marquee experienced a "minor electrical fire," according to a release from the theatre. 

Flames could be seen falling from the top of the marquee to the ground in a video taken by an eyewitness. 

The Chicago Fire Department confirmed that the fire was extinguished shortly after, and flames did not spread to the building. 

No injuries were reported and the performances scheduled for this weekend will continue as planned.

<![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[Girl Killed, Man Injured in Lake Shore Drive Shooting]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 13:43:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/veronica+lopez+0528.jpg

A teenage girl was shot and killed while riding in a car on Lake Shore Drive early Saturday morning. 

The 15-year-old girl was a passenger in a car with a 22-year-old man at 2400 N Lake Shore Drive in Lincoln Park around 1:30 a.m. when a black Nissan pulled up and fired shots, according to police.

They took themselves to Presence Saint Joseph's Hospital, but the girl was transferred in critical condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center where she later died, police said. 

The Cook County Medical Examiner's identified her as 15-year-old Veronica Lopez. Family members said she lived in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The man is in stable condition, and according to police, is a documented gang member and convicted felon. 

No one is in custody, and authorities continue to investigate. 

At least 3 other people have died and 13 have been wounded in shootings across the city overnight in a bloody start to Memorial Day weekend. 

These incidents occurred as thousands of extra Chicago police officers are on patrol to help prevent shootings over a typically violent holiday weekend. 

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<![CDATA[Power Outage Strands Riders on New Ferris Wheel]]> Sat, 28 May 2016 09:14:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_442503226551-gondola.jpg

The grand opening of the Centennial Wheel got off to a rocky start Friday night, when a power outage briefly halted the running of the new Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago.

Shortly after 8 p.m., Navy Pier officials confirmed that a power outage had caused the wheel to stop. Electricians worked to fix the issue, a spokesperson said, with the priority of keeping people comfortable and getting them down. 

Just after 8:30 p.m., the wheel began moving again. A light show previously scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday went on as planned. 

The wheel holds more than 400 people, but there were "considerably less" than that on the ride when it stopped, officials said. 

"Passengers on the Centennial Wheel were held in place for approximately 20 minutes, were communicated with and have now safety exited the Wheel," a spokesperson for Navy Pier said in a statement just after 9 p.m. "There is a brief interruption of park services due to current weather conditions and there are no injuries reported."

The new attraction has temperature-controlled gondolas, padded seats, TV screens and speakers. At 196 feet tall, the Centennial Wheel reaches 49 feet higher and fits up to 180 more passengers per ride than the previous attraction.

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<![CDATA[13 Blackhawks Set to Play in World Cup of Hockey This Summer]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 18:02:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Blackhawks1.png

The Chicago Blackhawks already knew that they were going to be well-represented at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, but on Friday fans found out just how many Hawks players will suit up for their countries in Toronto.

In total, 13 Blackhawks players will participate in the event, which will take place before the 2016-17 season at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The United States team will be led by Patrick Kane, who led the NHL in scoring this season and is considered to be a favorite for the Hart Trophy. Other notable players for the squad include Zach Parise, John Carlson, and Jonathan Quick as the Americans look to make some noise in the tournament.

Team Canada will feature three Blackhawks, as Corey Crawford was added to the team after being left off of the initial roster earlier this spring. Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith will also suit up for the Canadians, who will look to defend home turf in the event.

Team Sweden will feature a pair of Blackhawks, as Marcus Kruger and Niklas Hjalmarsson will both play for the squad that is going to be considered a serious contender for the championship.

Team Finland will also feature two Blackhawks players, with Teuvo Teravainen and Ville Pokka (who already represented Finland in this year’s IIHF World Championships in Russia) both playing for the blue and white.

Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov were both on Russia’s initial roster for the tournament, and both players will play for their country in the World Cup. The Czech Republic team will also feature a Blackhawks player, as new acquisition Michal Kempny will man the blue line for the Czechs.

Finally, Team Europe will be represented by a pair of Blackhawks, as Christian Ehrhoff and Marian Hossa will play for the team that collects players from all nations in Europe not represented by their respective national teams.

The tournament will get underway with pool play starting on Sept. 17, with the championship game set for Oct. 1 in Toronto. 

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