<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSat, 27 May 2017 23:18:46 -0500Sat, 27 May 2017 23:18:46 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rain, Storms Possible for Rest of Holiday Weekend]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 18:08:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023823010_1200x675_954922563953.jpg

NBC 5 meteorologist Pete Sack is tracking rain and storms the next couple days after a warm start to Memorial Day weekend.

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<![CDATA[Report Declares Chicago Burger Best in City, Maybe Country]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 14:24:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/best+burger+generic.jpg

Thrillist's national burger critic, Kevin Alexander, ate 330 burgers in 30 cities over the course of a year. His list of the top 100 hamburgers spans the country, including four from Chicago. One of them even makes it in the Top 10.

"The best burger in any one city might be in the dankest of dive bars, or in the fanciest of restaurants," Alexander wrote. "Finding the ones that matter takes you all through a city (and outside it) and helps you understand a city's geography, its class structure, its views on race."

All of the restaurants that made his list, he said, produce "a damn good burger," and any in the Top 10 are "genuinely transcendent."

In Chicago, the double cheeseburger at Johnny's Grill in Logan Square shows up first, at No. 88. Alexander said the old-school diner's "new-old take on the typical diner-style burger" has "enough butter to satisfy even the most dairy-centric of Wisconsin expats."

Next up is the Slagel Farms beer burger at Owen & Engine at No. 63. Alexander called it "a very good Chicago burger" at a spot whose name reminds him of a "British kid's show in which a six-year-old befriends a fire truck."

Almost cracking the top 10 is a burger that food-savvy Chicagoans are familiar with, especially if they've waited in line for a taste. The single cheeseburger at Au Cheval in the West Loop made No. 11.

"The experience of eating an Au Cheval burger for the first time is hard to put into words," he wrote, "but it's essentially a burger baptism -- biting into that perfectly charred meat, simply adorned with chopped red onion, mayo, cracked pepper, pickle, and cheese changes you, possibly even in God's eyes. It is one of the purest burger ideals in the country."

So why didn't it make it to his favorite 10? "Because America has SO MANY INCREDIBLE BURGERS," he wrote. He admits he was stunned too.

Chicago wasn't locked out of the top echelon, though.

The Mott Burger at Mott Street not only made it to No. 7, but Alexander declared it the best burger in Chicago and one of the best in the country.

The first bite, he says, is like "having all of the alarms in your head go off simultaneously."



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<![CDATA[Man Charged in 'Vicious' Hinsdale Murder Held Without Bond]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 13:47:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hinsdale+charges.jpg

The man charged with the "vicious and brutal" murder of a woman in her Hinsdale home earlier this month pawned her wedding rings after the attack, prosecutors said.

Dominic Sanders, 30, was charged with first-degree murder, home invasion and armed robbery in connection with the death of Andrea Urban, 50, a cancer survivor and mother of two. He was ordered held Saturday morning without bond.

"It was a violent, horrific attack on a completely innocent victim who had every right to feel safe in her own home," DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin told reporters after bond court.

The state's attorney said video clips obtained from nearby homes and businesses show Sanders arriving in Hinsdale just after 10 a.m. on May 4 and parking his car in downtown Hinsdale.

"He got out, he put on a vest, and he began walking in the direction of the victim's home," Berlin said.

The tape stopped as he went into Urban's home, Berlin said, and the video picks up about 30 minutes later, showing him walking back in the direction of his car. 

Inside the home, the state's attorney alleges Sanders and Urban got into a "physical altercation" that resulted in Sanders "repeatedly striking Urban in the head and slashing her throat."

Urban's 17-year-old son later discovered his mother in the kitchen, Berlin said.

She was covered in blood with her underwear ripped off, a state prosecutor said in court, and a knife broken in two pieces was found in the kitchen sink.

Berlin said video shows Sanders went to a Melrose Park pawn shop and pawned Urban's two rings.

At about 3:30 p.m. on May 4, Hinsdale Police responded to a 911 call regarding an unresponsive woman in the 700 block of Town Place. They found Urban lying on the kitchen floor with apparent knife injuries to her head and neck. 

After an extensive investigation, Sanders was arrested on May 25 following an unrelated Will County traffic violation. Sanders had a warrant in Will County for not appearing in court May 11 for a prior felony conviction.

Sanders gave a statement to police admitting to pawning the rings and going to Urban's house, Berlin said. Sanders told police he reached into the house and grabbed them from a shelf and fled.

In his statement to police, he said he was in Hinsdale because he used to sell candy there as a child and wanted to retrace his old candy route.

"The sheer brutality of this case is alarming and will be met with the full force of the law," Berlin said. "My sincerest condolences go out to Andrea’s family and friends, particularly her children, as they attempt to come to terms with this senseless crime." 

Police continue to investigate whether Sanders knew Urban or had contact with her before May 4.

Sanders was charged Friday in Urban's murder. A man who identified himself as Sanders' cousin showed up at the Hinsdale police station, visibly upset, with his attorney. 

The attorney, Steve Goodman, told reporters Sanders was picked up by police at 3:30 a.m. Thursday and questioned by police at the Burr Ridge police station.

Sources told NBC 5 a person of interest police had been speaking to had shown up near the crime scene on multiple home surveillance cameras.

According to a November article in The Hinsdalean, one of the town's local newspapers, Urban was a cancer survivor and advocate for the use of medical marijuana. The newspaper reports that she made her own cannaboid oil in her kitchen. She also reportedly worked as a caterer in New York City in 2001 and fed emergency workers during 9/11.

An actress, the newspaper reports she "landed small roles" on "Chicago P.D." and "Chicago Fire" and aspired to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Michigan. 

Police said the investigation continues and asks that anyone with information regarding Urban's death call the Hinsdale Police Department at 630-789-7070.



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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Hinsdale Woman's Murder Held Without Bond]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 09:20:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hinsdale+new.jpg

A man charged with murdering a single mother in her Hinsdale home earlier this month was ordered held without bond on Saturday.

Dominic Sanders was charged with first-degree murder, home invasion and armed robbery in connection with the death of Andrea Urban. Urban, a cancer survivor and mother of two, died of blunt force trauma, according to preliminary autopsy results. 

A man who identified himself as Sanders' cousin showed up at the Hinsdale police station, visibly upset, with his attorney. 

The attorney, Steve Goodman, told reporters Sanders was picked up by police at 3:30 a.m. Thursday and questioned by police at the Burr Ridge police station.

Officers responded to a home in the 700 block of Town Place after a 911 call was made from the residence earlier this month, police said. The woman was later identified as Urban, a resident with two children who attend local schools, Hinsdale police Chief Kevin Simpson said at a press conference Thursday.

Sources told NBC 5 a person of interest police had been speaking to had shown up near the crime scene on multiple home surveillance cameras.

Mike Mier was friends with Urban for 30 years. He was questioned the day her body was found.

“I just was in her phone and they went through everybody in her telephone,” Mier said last week. “Two weeks, not a clue, we have no idea why this occurred and there needs to be resolution.”

According to a November article in The Hinsdalean, one of the town's local newspapers, Urban was a cancer survivor and advocate for the use of medical marijuana. The newspaper reports that she made her own cannaboid oil in her kitchen. She also reportedly worked as a caterer in New York City in 2001 and fed emergency workers during 9/11.

An actress, the newspaper reports she "landed small roles" on "Chicago P.D." and "Chicago Fire" and aspired to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Michigan. 



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<![CDATA[Rauner, Pritzker Point Fingers as Budget Impasse Continues]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 18:38:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rauner+Orland+Event+5-26.png

With the state of Illinois poised to go through a third straight year without a budget deal, lawmakers and candidates are pointing fingers as a May 31 deadline looms.

At an event in Orland Park today, Governor Bruce Rauner repeated his belief that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is throwing a wrench into the negotiation process.

“Speaker Madigan does not want any changes whatsoever. Zero,” he said. “He just wants Republicans to support a massive tax hike that just sticks it to taxpayers.”

Rauner has said that he will not agree to any income tax hike that isn’t accompanied by a property tax freeze, and he hosted an event in Orland Park Friday with a homeowner that is fed up with the constant increases in her rates.

“We deserve to have more of a voice in our property tax system, we keep paying more and more money, but we see little value in return,” Orland Park resident Andi Borucke said.

At the event, a protestor wearing a clock costume carried a sign indicating the number of days, nearly 700 in all, that the state has gone with a budget deal. The protestor was sent to the event by Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, who criticized Rauner for his handling of the budget stalemate.

“We need a governor who’s going to stand up for working families,” Pritzker told reporters.

While Governor Rauner says that Madigan has been intractable during the budget process, the Speaker said in a letter that the “Governor has chosen not to meet with” the Democrats in the house, a charge that the Governor denies.

“This is all political spin,” he said. “The Speaker has shown no interest in compromise in more than two years. Zero interest. The Senate Democrats did have a sincere interest, (and) I believe they were negotiating and continue to in good faith.” 

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<![CDATA[DCFS Releases 22-Page Report After Semaj Crosby's Death]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 16:42:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/semaj+crosby+funeral.png

Illinois' Department of Children and Family Services on Friday released a 22-page report detailing its investigation into the death of 17-month-old Semaj Crosby.

The toddler was the subject of a massive search before her body was found under a couch in her family's Joliet home last month.

Read the full DCFS report

The report contains information regarding the various people who inhabited the home, including Semaj's biological parents, but does not say why or how the little girl died.

The report also notes mental health concerns among adults and children living in the home. It states Semaj's cause of death as "unknown" pending the results full autopsy.

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A day after Semaj was buried, a fire destroyed the home where she was found dead, burning it to the ground.  

Earlier this month, DCFS Director George Sheldon said he's considering a major change in the way the agency conducts abuse and neglect investigations.

Sheldon told the Chicago Tribune investigators could benefit from access to records of past unproven allegations.

DCFS currently expunges and shreds files if the agency determines there is no credible evidence of abuse or neglect. Sheldon says patterns of mistreatment may only emerge by analyzing the information in those "unfounded" cases.

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Diane Redleaf of the Family Defense Center said keeping records on unfounded cases could harm the innocent.



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<![CDATA[Storms Leave Thousands Without Power Friday in Chicago Area]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 23:00:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/5-26+Radar.png

A tornado watch was issued Friday afternoon for counties in Illinois and Indiana ahead of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Kankakee County in Illinois and Newton and Jasper counties in Indiana remain under the watch until 8 p.m., the National Weather Service announced. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Porter County in Indiana until 7:30 p.m.

Power was knocked out at 2,954 locations in Cook County, according to ComEd.

The National Weather Service also issued a Tornado Warning for three Illinois counties, including southeastern Livingston County, Ford County, and southwestern Iroquois County. The warning lasted until 5:15 p.m., and was allowed to expire. 

A severe thunderstorm warning was also issued for Livingston County and Ford County until 4:45 p.m. According to the NWS, the storm is moving east at 35 MPH, with wind gusts up to 60 MPH and half dollar-size hail. 

Though a bulk of the potential severe weather is forecast to stay south of I-80, the Chicago-area also likely will be impacted by the weather.

The Chicago White Sox on Friday afternoon postponed the first game of a scheduled doubleheader on Friday evening, but their second game, which starts at 7:10 p.m., is still scheduled to be played.

Early predictions show Saturday looks to be partly sunny and mild with a chance for showers and storms during the evening hours. Sunday, conditions turn cloudy with showers and storms possible in the morning hours and a breezy and mild afternoon.

Temperatures for both days look to stay in the low- to mid-70s.

Monday will see partly sunny skies with some scattered showers and isolated storms possible. Temperatures highs are expected to sit in the upper-60s and low-70s.

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<![CDATA[Man Charged in Hinsdale Mother’s Murder]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 13:31:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hinsdale+new.jpg

A man who was being questioned by police for nearly 24 hours was charged with murder Friday in the death of a single mother in her west suburban home earlier this month.

Dominic Sanders will appear in bond court Saturday morning, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney. A mugshot of Sanders will be made available after the hearing.

Andrea Urban died of blunt force trauma earlier this month, according to preliminary autopsy results. 

State's Attorney Robert Berlin and Hinsdale's Police Chief Kevin Simpson will hold a press conference Saturday morning after the bond hearing, according to a press release.

A man who identified himself as Sanders' cousin showed up at the Hinsdale police station, visibly upset, with attorney. 

The attorney, Steve Goodman, told reporters Sanders was picked up by police at 3:30 a.m. Thursday and questioned by police at the Burr Ridge police station.

Officers responded to a home in the 700 block of Town Place about 3:37 p.m. after a 911 call was made from the residence earlier this month, police said. The woman was later identified as Urban, a resident with two children who attend local schools, Hinsdale police Chief Kevin Simpson said at a press conference Thursday.

Sources tell NBC 5 a person of interest police had been speaking to had shown up near the crime scene on multiple home surveillance cameras.

Mike Mier was friends with Urban for 30 years. He was questioned the day her body was found.

“I just was in her phone and they went through everybody in her telephone,” Mier said last week. “Two weeks, not a clue, we have no idea why this occurred and there needs to be resolution.”

Police say the crime scene had been fully processed and evidence from the scene was being secured, catalogued and analyzed.

Simpson continued to urge residents and potential witnesses to come forward with any information.

“This case cannot be solved too soon. But it’s very important that we are being thorough, deliberate and thoughtful in everything we do on this case," he said. "As we complete our first full day of this investigation, our efforts are being guided by our desire to bring justice to Ms. Urban’s family, friends and our community.”

According to a November article in The Hinsdalean, one of the town's local newspapers, Urban was a cancer survivor and advocate for the use of medical marijuana. The newspaper reports that she made her own cannaboid oil in her kitchen. She also reportedly worked as a caterer in New York City in 2001 and fed emergency workers during 9/11.

An actress, the newspaper reports she "landed small roles" on "Chicago P.D." and "Chicago Fire" and aspired to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Michigan. 

During the conference Simpson declined to elaborate on multiple points of the investigation, including who found Urban's body, citing the "very early stages of this investigation."

“I understand that because this is such a rare occurrence in our town and in Hinsdale that many residents are rightfully asking questions and wondering what they can do,” Simpson said.

He urged residents to come forward if they have any information that might be related to the investigation. He also said police are canvasing the neighborhood and asking for neighbor who have surveillance footage or cameras in the area. The department also asked for help from the public on Facebook, calling the incident a "tragic homicide."

The DuPage County state's attorney's office and Felony Investigative Assistance Team Major Crimes Unit were assisting Hinsdale police, according to a news release from the department.

“We recognize the magnitude of something like this in Hinsdale,” Simpson said at the time. “I’d have to check records to see how far back when we’ve had an incident like this—but we’re not taking it lightly obviously—and we’ll try to provide as much information as we can as quickly as we can.”

Nothing at this point leads police to think the killing was a random act, Simpson said. 

The Hinsdalean article says Urban was born and raised in Hinsdale and her parents and brother lived in the town as well.

Police vehicles could be seen near Town Place and Quincy roads and crime scene tape was surrounding the area around 4:40 p.m. A playground on the tree-lined street could be seen near the area cordoned off by yellow police tape. 

Police ask that if anyone has information regarding the woman's death that they call the Hinsdale Police Department at 630-789-7070.



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<![CDATA[Rescuers Descend Into Sewer After Report of 3 Kids Trapped]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 19:55:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/arlingtonrappel0526.png

Authorities responded Friday afternoon to an Arlington Heights backyard manhole after a call of three juveniles being stuck in a sewer.

A homeowner saw the three kids exiting a sewer and were later picked up by police uninjured, according to the Arlington Heights Fire Department. The three children were released to their parents, officials said.

Responders were at the scene at about 2:45 p.m. in the 2700 block of Dryden. Multiple firefighters could be seen in the backyard of what appeared to be a suburban home donning rappelling gear, helmets and carrying flashlights.

About an hour after two of the responders crawled into what looked like a sewer, they emerged but had no objects or other people with them.

At one point, a firefighter looked up at Sky 5 and smiled at the camera.

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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Deals for Vets and the Military 2017]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 13:42:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/0526115+american+flag+generic+usa.jpg

Members of the military and veterans already get discounts at stores, but as we pay respect to their service on Memorial Day, there are even more (to go along with all the other sales you'll find in stores).

Check out some of what's out there in the Chicago area below:

Hooters: All members of the military, current and former, can get a free entree on Monday at the chain restaurant if they present their military ID. Read more.

General Motors: Eligible service members can get $500 in a purchase bonus when they buy new Chevrolet vehicles, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 or the 2017 Buick Encore.

McCormick and Schmick's Seafood & Steakhouse: Members of the military and National Guard, veterans and Gold Star honorees can get a free entree from the high-end chain's Memorial Day menu, with military ID. Read more.

Outback Steakhouse: Military personnel and their families can get 15 percent off their meal, excluding alcohol, through July 4 if they present military ID, wear their uniform or otherwise identify themselves.

Walgreens: The drug store chain is offering a 20 percent discount on eligible items to veterans and active-duty military personnel and their families who have a Walgreens Balance Rewards card and military ID or proof of service. "Memorial Day is an opportunity to pay tribute in this small way to their service, commitment and sacrifice, for which we at Walgreens are deeply grateful," Walgreens executive Richard Ashworth said in a statement.



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<![CDATA[Cubs 'Anchorman' Trip Immortalized on Epic Card]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 13:19:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/052517+schwarber1.jpg

The Chicago Cubs turned heads and dazzled fans with their "Anchorman" inspired suits on Thursday afternoon, and their fashion choices have been immortalized on a new baseball card. 

The themed road trip is the first of the season for the Cubs, and saw the team dress up in some incredible 70's inspired suits. 

The Topps trading card company responded quickly to the players' creativity, and they featured Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber on an epic baseball card: 

The trip, which will see the Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, is the first themed road trip of the season for the Cubs. Players were tasked with capturing the essence of the 2004 film "Anchorman," which starred Will Ferrell and Steve Carrell. 

Over the years, Cubs manager Joe Maddon has concocted some really interesting road trip ideas, including last year's "Zany Minimalist" trip and 2015's pajama trip, which occurred after Cubs hurler Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter against the Dodgers. 



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<![CDATA[Dozens of Members of Chicago Street Gang Charged]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 19:00:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/shutterstock_2749076451.jpg

Dozens of members of the Gangster Two-Six Nation street gang were arrested Thursday following allegations of gun and drug deals on Chicago’s South Side. 

The arrests follow a years-long investigation dubbed “Operation Bunny Trap,” which resulted in the seizures of roughly 118 firearms, including several assault rifles and shotguns, 25 rounds of ammunition, more than 800 grams of cocaine, more than 250 grams of fentanyl, and more than 280 grams of crystal meth, officials announced Friday. 

More than 45 members or associates of the gang are now facing federal or state charges, authorities said.

Federal and local law enforcement agencies said they have been investigating the alleged criminal activities involving the gang since late-2014.

“The gang is national in scope but particularly prevalent on the South Side of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, as well as Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas, Georgia and Kansas,” according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Eduardo Castro, accused of selling three handguns to a confidential source in the parking lot of a South Loop grocery store, was charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a felon and dealing firearms without a license, according to a criminal complaint.

Anthony Lopez is accused of selling cocaine and a handgun to a confidential source in the bathroom of a pizza parlor in the city’s Brighton Park neighborhood. He was charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.

The charges also describe illegal firearm transactions in several other Chicago neighborhoods, including Chicago Lawn, Clearing, Chatham and Englewood, as well as the suburbs of Berwyn, Homewood and Alsip.

At least 17 others in addition to Lopez and Castro face federal charges, including Julian Alejandro, Vincent Avila, Heriberto Balderas, Joseph Bustos, Joseph Cardenas, Francisco Cardoze, James Cortez, James Kachiroubas, Juan Ochoa, James Pelikan, Rey Benitez, John Repel, Alexander Rivera, Tara Zambrano, Jose Cortez and Francisco Sanchez.

Richard Gacho and David Santiago, who were both previously indicted in federal court in Chicago as part of the investigation, were also charged, officials said.



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<![CDATA[Sox Prospect Lucas Giolito Tosses No-Hitter]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 13:03:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-646064034.jpg

The Chicago White Sox are struggling on the diamond after a tough road trip, but their minor league system is thriving, and one of their prospects did something incredible on Thursday night.

That prospect is Lucas Giolito, the team’s top pitching prospect and the main piece that the team acquired in the Adam Eaton trade. After struggling for stretches this season, Giolito broke out in a big way on Thursday, throwing a no-hitter for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights against the Syracuse Chiefs.

The no-hitter did come in a shortened game, as the contest only went seven innings as part of a doubleheader for the two clubs, but that didn’t diminish the accomplishment for Giolito, who became the first Knights pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Andre Rienzo did it in 2013, according to the White Sox.

In the game, Giolito did walk three batters and struck out three more, and he finished off the Chiefs with 97 pitches, 50 of which were strikes.

In nine games for the Knights this spring, Giolito has struggled with a 5.44 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP, and he’s struck out 43 batters in 46 innings of work.

Ranked as the number eight prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline, Giolito was acquired by the White Sox in an offseason swap that sent outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. The pitcher does have a bit of big league xperience, appearing in six games for the Nationals late last season. He gave up seven home runs in 21 innings, with a 6.75 ERA and a 0-1 record for Washington.



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<![CDATA[Montgomery Makes History for Cubs vs. Giants]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 12:27:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-688402402.jpg

Mike Montgomery has already cemented his place in Chicago Cubs history thanks to his save in Game 7 of the World Series, but he accomplished another unique feat in the team’s win over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

Pitching in relief of Kyle Hendricks in the game, Montgomery pitched for scoreless innings, walking just one batter and allowing just one hit as the slammed the door on a 5-1 victory for the Cubs.

The effort was good enough to earn Montgomery the save in the game, and he also made some history in the process.

According to Baseball Reference’s Play Index, the four-inning save was the first such save by a Cubs pitcher in nearly a decade, with Sean Gallagher getting the last one in July of 2007. That game also came against the Giants, with Gallagher giving up one earned run in four innings of work.

Over the last 20 years, only four pitchers have gotten four inning saves for the Cubs, with Jimmy Anderson (2004) and Scott Sanders (1999) also accomplishing the feat.

Since 1990, 12 Cubs pitchers have gotten four inning saves, and none of them did it in fewer pitches than the 41 that Montgomery threw on Thursday afternoon. Montgomery also allowed the fewest hits, as he surrendered just one single. 



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<![CDATA[Park Forest Police Applaud Officer As He Leaves Rehab]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 12:31:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/police+officer+rehab.png

More than a year after Park Forest Police Officer Tim Jones was shot in the head and critically injured while responding to a suburban break-in, he reached a major milestone on Friday.

Jones left Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital after seven months of intense rehab, surrounded by love and support.

Greeted by a line of smiling, applauding Park Forest Police brethren in dress blues and accompanied by his father, Ofc. Jones received an emotional welcome as he enters the next phase of his road to recovery.

"There's no way we could ever thank Marianjoy and the staff for all that they've done," Jones' father, Country Club Hills Police Chief William Jones, said. "They took us in like we were family, and they made sure that we didn't leave until this day, until it was time."

Though he remains in a wheelchair and unable to speak, Ofc. Jones emerged triumphant, grinning as his peers and family cheered him on.

"He's defied odds every step of the way," Deputy Chief Christopher Mannino said, "and we've been with him every step of the way. When he wants to come back to the police department, his locker is there waiting for him."

Jones was shot March 19 around 5:40 a.m. in the 300 block of Neola Street while investigating a break-in and a stolen vehicle, according to police.

Officers discovered there was a person inside the vacant residence and a perimeter was set up around the building, authorities said. The suspect tried to leave the house through a window and as officers attempted to detain him, he produced a handgun and began firing, police say. Jones was shot in the head.

At the time, doctors told William his son may not live past the next 24 hours. 

“Their prognosis immediately was pretty bleak and grim, but we thanked the doctors we told them doctors, do all you can and we are going to rely on God to do what he does," William Jones said last year.

Doctors said Friday that Ofc. Jones' outpatient rehab will be nothing short of rigorous. They said he is mentally sharp and ready for the next challenge.

He'll be watching the NBA finals and staying "Tim Strong."



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<![CDATA[Maddon Discusses Baez Trade Rumors]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 12:54:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-665956770.jpg

The Chicago Cubs have a ton of good players and not enough positions to have all of them play at the same time, but even as that glut of talent has caused trade rumors to swirl, Joe Maddon has a message for his youngsters.

Before the Cubs’ game on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants, Maddon addressed the trade rumors that have been floating around about certain guys on the team, including Javier Baez.

Despite the team’s desire to add a cost-controlled starting pitcher at some point in the near future, Maddon denied that the team has any inclination to trade away the flashy and talented infielder.

“(There’s) no intent on our part,” he said. “I just think the nature of our team, the young guys, you’re gonna hear that. If you’re gonna attempt to get pitching, you’re gonna hear the typical names mentioned. And just from our players’ perspective, I just would hope they won’t take it to heart too often.”

Baez is far from the only Cubs player to be mentioned in trade rumors, as guys like Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ have also repeatedly been floated as potential candidates in a blockbuster trade. With all three players in the big leagues now, it’s hard to tell which, if any, could be used in such a move, but Maddon is adamant that the main reason players are mentioned in trade rumors is because their play is slipping at a given time.

“I think a lot of times when people are mentioned in a trade, sometimes it’s perceived that they’re not going well, people want to push them to the front of the line,” he said. “All of a sudden, (Baez is) going well, so I expect him to go to the back of the line relatively soon.”

After a sluggish start to the season, Baez is starting to turn things around, as he’s batting .262 with seven home runs and 22 RBI for the Cubs this season. 



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<![CDATA[A Breakdown of the Memorial Day Weekend Forecast]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 14:05:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-82128098.jpg As Memorial Day weekend kicks off in the Chicago area, outdoor plans could be dampened by showers and storms. We've got the full breakdown of this long holiday weekend weather.

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<![CDATA[Madigan Writes to Civic Committee About Budget, Rauner]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 10:40:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-84224381.jpg

House Speaker Michael Madigan is taking a lower profile this legislative session, but his position on Gov. Bruce Rauner's call for reform has not changed.

Madigan has assigned four Democratic lawmakers to work with the governor on what Madigan calls "off-budget agenda items."

In a new letter to the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club Madigan writes, "unfortunately the Governor has chosen not to meet with these members."

"I appreciate your recent report and its detailed recommendations on the state budget," Madigan wrote. "I agree that our state is a vibrant place with much to offer as a center for innovation and growth, but the budget crisis is holding us back. I have stated repeatedly that the budget is the most important issue facing our state, and I wanted to make sure you and your colleagues are aware of what steps House Democrats have already taken to put Illinois on more sound financial footing."

The General Assembly has agreed to criminal justice reforms and consolidating governments, but a bipartisan agreement on tax hikes is still at an impasse.

The State Senate has approved new tax hikes from income to sales, but the one piece of the Grand Bargain that is still not agreed to is a property tax freeze.

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<![CDATA[15 Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend 2017]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 12:28:30 -0500 Friday, May 26: Chicago Beach Season Officially Opens
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Reason to go: Bathing suit season is here! To celebrate, head out to one of Chicago's many beaches and kick off the start of summer -- whether you’re out to tan, swim, play in the sand or party with friends.]]>
Friday, May 26: Chicago Beach Season Officially Opens
Address: Varies; Price: Free; Hours: Swimming is permitted when lifeguards are on duty
Reason to go: Bathing suit season is here! To celebrate, head out to one of Chicago's many beaches and kick off the start of summer -- whether you’re out to tan, swim, play in the sand or party with friends.]]>
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There's no shortage of things to do for Memorial Day weekend in Chicago! But if you're in need of ideas, we've got you covered.

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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend Forecast]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 08:41:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023805314_1200x675_954038339653.jpg

Andy Avalos has your full Memorial Day weekend forecast. 

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<![CDATA[Chicago Beaches Open for Summer Season]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 08:24:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-82128103.jpg

Chicago’s beach season has officially begun.

Kicking off the long holiday weekend, the Chicago Park District announced that city beaches will be open from Friday through Sept. 4.

Beachgoers may notice some changes at area beaches, including a new water quality testing program.

According to the park district, the Rapid Testing method will expand at Chicago beaches this summer, with results reported via the beach website, a beach hotline and a flag system on display at various sand spots. 

The testing takes two to three hours for results to show, officials said. The park district plans to partner with the University of Illinois at Chicago to test the water samples. 

“That means, you know, that what we’re telling you about the water quality is current,” said Cathy Breitenbach, director of Cultural and Natural Resources.

Breitenbach noted that beaches with a green flag means the water is clean.



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<![CDATA[Actress Sophia Bush Leaving 'Chicago PD': Report]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 08:02:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_203877781883-SophiaBush.jpg

After a Season 4 finale that left fans questioning, it appears Sophia Bush won’t be continuing her role on the hit show “Chicago PD," according to multiple reports. 

Bush, who has played Det. Erin Linsday in the last four seasons of the NBC show, has not only starred in the series since Season 1, but her character has also appeared on “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Justice,” and “Law & Order: SVU.” 

News of her departure from the show was first reported by Deadline

The season 4 finale of "Chicago PD" hinted at Bush’s departure, ending with Linsday preparing to leave Chicago for a job in New York. Still, the cliffhanger ending left many questioning. 

“Chicago PD” was recently renewed by NBC, which announced the show will remain on the fall 2017-18 schedule, airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. It was not clear if Bush’s character would appear at all during the upcoming season.

"Chicago Justice” was the only show in the “One Chicago” group not included in the order for next season — but Robert Greenblatt, NBC entertainment chairman, said that doesn't necessarily mean it’s dead.



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<![CDATA[3 Shot at Southwest Suburban Bar: Sheriff's Department]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 07:17:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/218*120/stickney+bar+shooting.png

Three people were shot early Friday morning at a southwest suburban bar. 

The shooting happened around 1:45 a.m. in the 5000 block of Central Avenue in unincorporated Stickney, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. 

There, officers said three men were shot by another man outside a bar. The gunman fled the scene, then jumped into an SUV a few blocks away. 

The victims were transported to an area hospital for treatment. A 30-year-old man and a 32-year-old man suffered non-life threatening injuries. The condition of the third man, who police said is 35, was not immediately known. 

The shooting remained under investigation Friday morning, authorities said.

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<![CDATA[Elderly Couple Beaten, Robbed Inside Northwest Side Home]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 01:46:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/henderson+invasion.png

An elderly couple was beaten during a home invasion and robbery on Chicago’s Northwest Side late Thursday night.

Police said the 81-year-old man and 77-year-old woman suffered lacerations to their faces when a man or men dressed in all black hoodies entered their home just before midnight in the 5400 block of West Henderson in the Cragin neighborhood and struck them.

The men then took the woman’s purse and fled the scene, authorities said.

The couple was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition. No one was in custody as of Friday morning.

“When you’re a gutless individual you take on anybody,” said neighbor Ron Dompke. “It’s a shame that happened.”

Community activist Andrew Holmes was in the neighborhood passing out fliers Friday morning and asking area residents to check for surveillance footage of the suspect or suspects.

“To these individuals, you will be tracked down,” he said.

Less than one week earlier a 78-year-old woman was brutally beaten inside her home a few miles away in the Irving Park neighborhood. On Wednesday another elderly woman was the victim of a home invasion in the 4800 block of West Nelson Street around 9:30 p.m., police say.

The suspect in that attack, which family said was also a robbery, was described as a tall Hispanic man wearing glasses and a red hat.

Police have not said if the incidents are believed to be connected, but Area North detectives are investigating both incidents.

"Whoever you are this is someone's grandmother and this has to stop,” Holmes said. “The gun violence is enough in Chicago and now seniors... It's unacceptable."

Holmes is offering a $1,000 reward for information on the attackers.

“Think about your grandmother and your mother takin’ a beatin’ when they’re asleep at night and somebody’s coming in and violating their property,” he said.

Ald. Ariel Reboyra, 30th, says the elderly are specifically targeted by some criminals.

“They [criminals] don’t care, they’re easy prey for them, unfortunately,” Reboyra said.

The only description police have of the suspect or suspects is men in dark clothing.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Hit Road Decked Out in Finest 'Anchorman' Attire]]> Sat, 27 May 2017 17:49:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CubsAnchormanThumb.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Navy Pier Sues Picketers Outside Tourist Destination]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 23:44:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/teamsters0525.png

Navy Pier filed suit against Teamsters Local 727 Wednesday alleging union workers protesting outside the popular tourist attraction have blocked people from entering the area.

Security guards have been portesting since May 18 after Navy Pier’s new security contractor, Allied Universal, planned to replace them.

In a statement, Allied said it was “pleased to have been awarded the security services contract at Navy Pier.”

“The Company is working towards a smooth transition and startup of services and will continue to do so over the days and weeks to come,” the statement reads. “Because the transition and onboarding process for Allied Universal’s staffing of the Navy Pier account is still ongoing, any statement regarding the representation of those employees would be premature.”

The Teamsters represents 43 security workers and say Allied plans to replace the guards with cheaper labor.

Will Petty, a union rep, says he was hoping Allied would come back to the table and avoid more protests.

“It’s a dangerous insult to the work that their doing and to the community,” Petty said.

He says the lawsuit filed by Allied asks for a temporary restraining order to stop the Teamsters from picketing outside the popular tourist destination.

“Not only do they want to deprive these workers their right to colelctively bargain, they want to deny anyone else the right to stand up for them,” he said.

The suit reportedly says that union members have "been standing in the street, physically blockign delivery trucks, buses and other vehicles that seek access to the pier under the guise of a 'labor dispute'"

Navy Pier says in the suit that it is not seeking to stop them from picking, but from physically blocking the streets leading to the pier with their bodies or cars.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Beaches Getting Smaller]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 22:19:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023797294_1200x675_953702979986.jpg

The Army Corps of Engineers says Lake Michigan's water level is about a foot higher than usual--which could cause some beaches to shrink.

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<![CDATA[Mother, Son Found Shot in Crashed Car in Schiller Park ID'd]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 21:30:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/schillerparkshooting0524.png

A mother and son who were both shot, the mother fatally, in their car that then crashed into a tree in Schiller Park Wednesday morning have been identified.

Officers responding to a call of shots fired found the vehicle about 11:50 a.m. in the 9500 block of Lawrence Avenue in Schiller Park. Quetcy Benitez, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son, Christian Benitez, 19, was taken to the hospital where he has since been released, police said. Authorities say the mother and son were both from Pennsylvania.

The injured 19-year-old fled to a nearby home for help, witnesses said, where a bloody handprint was still visible on the door.

Schiller Park police officers conducted an “extensive search of the area” before determining there was no immediate danger to residents, police said.

Police in Schiller Park were working with the West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force in order to track down leads in the case, police said.

No other details were immediately available.

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

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<![CDATA[Controversial Tollway Extension Gets $25M More]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 10:28:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tollwayinvestigates0525.png

The Illinois Tollway Authority voted Thursday to spend another $25 million to study a proposed extension of Route 53 North into Lake County, a project with origins in the early sixties which has already been the subject of numerous studies without any actual construction taking place. 

“I think we’re up to about $100 million in studies,” said Barbara Klipp, of Livable Lake County. “With no road---today!” 

The proposed toll road has the potential to be the most expensive on the Illinois Tollway system, and while supporters say it would provide badly-needed congestion relief, opponents say it could trigger toll increases system-wide. 

“This project is Illinois’ most preeminent boondoggle,” Long Grove resident Anthony Dean told the Tollway board, questioning how much driving time the road would actually save. “When we look at the damages that would be done to villages and environments what do we get after spending $3 billion plus? Maybe 10 minutes?” 

The state already owns a corridor where the proposed highway would be built. But that land has been fallow for decades, and is now lined with sometimes palacial homes where residents wince at the idea of four lanes of traffic being cut through their back yards.

“To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” said Vanessa Griffin of Hawthorn Woods. “And you’re the people who build toll roads!” 

But for every opponent who rose to speak, a supporter took to the podium as well. Most hailed from construction and engineering firms with more than a passing interest in contracts and jobs. But all spoke of the project’s potential merits. 

“I’m asking that the board recognize the silent majority,” said Mike Sterino of the Illinois Roadbuilders Associaton. “A vocal minority should not be allowed to stop progress!” 

Julie Chamberlin of Berger Engineering spoke of horrific traffic tie-ups, and said the time is long overdue to fix them. 

“We need to make progress,” she said. “I grew up hearing about this project. It’s still not moving!” 

Everyone agrees the area is choked with traffic. The question, of course, is how to fix it. After two hours of sometimes contentious debate, the Tollway board voted unanimously to proceed with the study. Chairman Robert Schillerstrom acknowledged the opponents questions. 

“We believe and the board believes this study will answer those questions fully and completely,” he said. 

But opponents called the study still another waste of money. 

“It’s Illinois at its worst---God help us,” said former State Senator William Morris. “It’s not the $25 million----you don’t have the $3 billion to build the road, even if they said you could!” 

No one will be building any road any time soon. The study is expected to take at least 3 to 5 years to complete.

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<![CDATA[Person of Interest Questioned in Hinsdale Homicide: Source]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 22:58:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hinsdale+new.jpg

Hinsdale police were questioning a person of interest Thursday in the murder of a 51-year-old mother found dead in her home three weeks ago, a source close to the investigation tells NBC 5.

Andrea Urban died of blunt force trauma earlier this month, according to preliminary autopsy results. The man police are speaking with has not been named a suspect.

Officers responded to a home in the 700 block of Town Place about 3:37 p.m. after a 911 call was made from the residence Thursday, police said. The woman was later identified as Urban, a resident with two children who attend local schools, Hinsdale police Chief Kevin Simpson said at a press conference Thursday.

Mystery still surrounds the death of the divorced mother of two.

Mike Mier was friends with Urban for 30 years. He was questioned the day her body was found.

“I just was in her phone and they went through everybody in her telephone,” Mier said last week. “Two weeks, not a clue, we have no idea why this occurred and there needs to be resolution.”

Police say the crime scene had been fully processed and evidence from the scene was being secured, catalogued and analyzed.

Canvassing efforts were expected to last into the weekend, police said, and "scores of leads" have come into the Hinsdale police tip line.

Simpson continued to urger residents and potential witnesses to come forward with any information.

“This case cannot be solved too soon. But it’s very important that we are being thorough, deliberate and thoughtful in everything we do on this case," he said. "As we complete our first full day of this investigation, our efforts are being guided by our desire to bring justice to Ms. Urban’s family, friends and our community.”

According to a November article in The Hinsdalean, one of the town's local newspapers, Urban was a cancer survivor and advocate for the use of medical marijuana. The newspaper reports that she made her own cannaboid oil in her kitchen. She also reportedly worked as a caterer in New York City in 2001 and fed emergency workers during 9/11.

An actress, the newspaper reports she "landed small roles" on "Chicago P.D." and "Chicago Fire" and aspired to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Michigan. 

During the conference Simpson declined to elaborate on multiple points of the investigation, including who found Urban's body, citing the "very early stages of this investigation."

“I understand that because this is such a rare occurrence in our town and in Hinsdale that many residents are rightfully asking questions and wondering what they can do,” Simpson said.

He urged residents to come forward if they have any information that might be related to the investigation. He also said police are canvasing the neighborhood and asking for neighbor who have surveillance footage or cameras in the area. The department also asked for help from the public on Facebook, calling the incident a "tragic homicide."

The DuPage County state's attorney's office and Felony Investigative Assistance Team Major Crimes Unit were assisting Hinsdale police, according to a news release from the department.

“We recognize the magnitude of something like this in Hinsdale,” Simpson said. “I’d have to check records to see how far back when we’ve had an incident like this—but we’re not taking it lightly obviously—and we’ll try to provide as much information as we can as quickly as we can.”

Nothing at this point leads police to think the killing was a random act, Simpson said. 

The Hinsdalean article says Urban was born and raised in Hinsdale and her parents and brother lived in the town as well.

Police vehicles could be seen near Town Place and Quincy roads and crime scene tape was surrounding the area around 4:40 p.m. A playground on the tree-lined street could be seen near the area cordoned off by yellow police tape. 

Police ask that if anyone has information regarding the woman's death that they call the Hinsdale Police Department at 630-789-7070.



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<![CDATA[Suburban SWAT Raid Yields Drugs, Cash, .50 Cal. Machine Gun]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 19:46:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NARCOTICS+PRESSER+5SOTVO.jpg

Two men face a slew of drug charges after a months-long investigation, spanning multiple municipalities and agencies, culminated in a SWAT raid at a sprawling McHenry County property in which drugs, cash—and a .50 caliber machine gun were recovered, authorities announced Thursday.

Joseph Vogrinc, 34, of Loves Park faces possession with intent to deliver marijuana greater than 5,000 grams. David Soskin, 42, of Bull Valley, was charged with manufacturing/deliver of marijuana greater than 5,000 grams, marijuana trafficking greater than 5,000 grams and possession of more than 5,000 grams of marijuana. Soskin was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 and Vogrinc was denied bail.

The Rockford Police Department paired with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Rockford Task Force, the McHenry County Narcotics Task Force and the Winnebago County and McHenry County state’s attorneys to conduct the investigation that lead both men to be named as suspects, authorities said.

Vogrinc was pulled over the evening of May 18 by Rockford narcotics detectives working with DEA agents in the 4900 block of Rolex Parkway in Loves Park, police said. Authorities then went to his home where they found more than 5,000 grams of marijuana, over $55,000 in cash and a vehicle which was seized, police said.

As the investigation continued, a search warrant was executed by the McHenry County SWAT team at 1001 Cherry Valley Road in the small village of Bull Valley on Friday. The raided property, authorities said, consists of more than 30 acres, multiple buildings and a 17,000 square-foot primary residence.

Two residents, one of whom police said was Soskin, were located inside of the primary residence. Multiple guns, including a .50 caliber machine gun, ammo, cash and a large amount of marijuana were recovered, authorities said.

A public information officer for the city of Rockford could not reach anyone who was able to "speak definitively" about the machine gun or how it would have been acquired by a civilian.

”The scale of the proceeds of this investigation, including illegal substances, cash, weapons and all the trappings of an extravagant lifestyle, are astounding,” said McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim in a statement. “We are very pleased to have contributed to the dismantling of a major drug trafficking enterprise and hope others involved in drugs will learn that they are not beyond the reach of law enforcement.”

The investigation is ongoing, authorities said.



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<![CDATA[Bears Sign Victor Cruz to 1-Year Contract]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 14:30:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607563432+%281%29.jpg

The Chicago Bears added yet another wide receiver to the mix on Thursday afternoon, signing former New York Giants wide-out Victor Cruz to a one-year contract.

Cruz, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Giants, caught 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown last year, but injuries have derailed him in a big way over the last three seasons. During that time he’s only appeared in 21 games, including missing the entire 2015 season in New York.

In his first few seasons, Cruz was one of the top recievers in the NFL, collecting 23 touchdown catches and 241 total receptions in his first three seasons.

Cruz announced the deal on his Instagram account on Thursday afternoon:

In joining the Bears, Cruz is now part of a big group of wide receivers looking to fill the hole left by Alshon Jeffery, who signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency. Kevin White and Cameron Meredith will likely be competing for the job as the number one wide receiver, and Cruz, Reuben Randle, Markus Wheaton, and Kendall Wright will all look to provide some depth as well. 



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<![CDATA[Sweets and Snacks Expo Shows Off Newest Candy Trends]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 12:34:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/sweets+and+snacks.png

From the classic to the trendy, the newest candy and snack options are on display at McCormick Place. Emily Florez reports. 

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<![CDATA[Nurse Was Raped, Beaten While Held Hostage at Hospital: Suit]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 17:02:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hospital+bed+delnor.JPG

Editor's Note: Details in this story may be disturbing for some readers

An Illinois nurse taken hostage at a suburban Chicago hospital was raped and tortured at gunpoint before she saved staff from the gunman, attorneys and a new lawsuit claim.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two nurses taken hostage May 13 at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, blames the incident on alleged violations by an officer guarding an inmate whose elaborate escape attempt turned into a deadly barricade situation. The suit also names Kane County and APEX3 Security as defendants, claiming they failed to properly monitor and secure the inmate.

The suit claims Tywon Salters, of Chicago, was left unshackled after a visit to the bathroom because he told a Kane County Sheriff’s officer he may need to use the restroom again.

That’s when attorneys say Salters managed to gain control of the officer’s gun and begin his attempt at an escape.

“Following the taking of his gun, the sheriff ran from the room, down the hall, into another patient’s room and hid,” the lawsuit claims. “The sheriff then took no action to attempt to regain control of his gun or protect hospital employees walking the floor.”

Salters, 21, of Chicago, was taken from the Kane County Jail by ambulance on May 8 to Delnor Hospital after eating part of his plastic, jail-issued sandal, the Kane County State’s Attorney said. After undergoing surgery to remove the plastic from his stomach, Salters was recovering while awaiting a court appearance set for May 17 at the Kane County Judicial Center. He had been charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

After grabbing the officer’s gun, a naked Salters allegedly entered a nursing office and took a nurse hostage before demanding she take off her clothes so he could put them on.

Salters “forced her to remove her clothes, threatened her, physically abused her, verbally abused her,” the lawsuit states.

When another nurse entered the office, Salters let the first nurse leave while taking the second nurse hostage, eventually moving her to a “decontamination room” where they would stay for the more than three hours.

“During which time he repeatedly beat her, forced her to remove her clothes, violently raped her, threatened her life, verbally abused her and held her at gunpoint,” the suit states.

“It’s been said that the nurses were not injured - when in fact one of the nurses was repeatedly beaten, she was tortured and she was raped," said attorney Sean Murray.

At one point, the nurse convinced Salters to allow her to make a phone call, one she used to alert other employees to escape, attorneys said. She led Salters through an area of the hospital “she knew would be evacuated and contain no hospital staff,” according to attorneys.

“The quick thinking by this nurse likely saved other hospital staff from being harmed,” attorneys said in a statement.

Negotiations were ongoing through the incident, officials said, but ultimately failed.

A SWAT team entered the area where Salters held his hostage and one of the officers shot him, the state’s attorney’s office said. One of the SWAT officers was also shot in the vest but was uninjured, officials said.

The suit offers the first account of what happened inside the hospital that day. Little information has been released by officials, with the state’s attorney earlier saying “there are many questions to be answered about this incident.”

The state's attorney's office declined to comment on the suit "pending the ongoing investigation and litigation."

"We really don't know what happened in the room," Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler told the Aurora Beacon-News last week.

Both the SWAT officer who fired the shot that killed Salters and the corrections officer who was disarmed were placed on paid administrative leave, per protocol.

Gengler told the Beacon-News the corrections officer’s placement was a formality.

"The officer had his weapon taken and that weapon was used (to hold someone) hostage," he told the newspaper. "To expect that person to come back to work is completely unrealistic."

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a review of its policies, procedures and protocol involving the transport of detainees and how they are guarded when outside the jail.

“We are [filing suit] so this type of thing doesn’t happen to anyone else, and so that hospital staff can feel safe returning to work,” Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman LLC said in a statement.



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