<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:45:33 -0500 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:45:33 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fuller, Goldman Limited at Bears Practice Friday]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:13:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-492704205.jpg

The Chicago Bears are just two days into their training camp workouts, but they’ve already had to deal with some setbacks as Kyle Fuller and Eddie Goldman were both limited during Friday’s practice at Olivet Nazarene University.

Fuller, who struggled down the stretch last season after an impressive start to his rookie campaign with the Bears, was limited in workouts today with what head coach John Fox termed an ankle injury. The ailment isn’t serious according to the coach, but the team will continue to monitor things as they have their first padded practice on Saturday morning.

As for Goldman, the rookie nose tackle left practice early on Friday and headed back to the locker room with dehydration symptoms, according to Fox.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Acquire Tommy Hunter From Orioles]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:05:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-474437928.jpg

The Chicago Cubs made one move on Friday to add to their starting rotation, and just before the 3 p.m. trade deadline they helped their bullpen as they acquired Tommy Hunter from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Junior Lake.

Hunter, who started his career with the Texas Rangers before joining the Orioles in 2011, has appeared in 39 games for Baltimore this season. He currently is sporting a 3.63 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP and 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings. All of those numbers are steps back from his performance in the 2014 season where he saved 11 games as a part-time closer for the Orioles.

As for Lake, he was squeezed out of the starting outfield for the Cubs with the ascension of Jorge Soler and the arrival of Dexter Fowler, and he never quite found his way back into the mix. He did appear in 21 games for the Cubs in 2015 with a home run and five RBI, and despite playing better in the minor leagues recently, he didn’t figure to be a part of the organization’s long-term plan.

With Hunter, the Cubs are looking for a bullpen arm to help them out in late inning situations. Rafael Soriano has struggled since joining the Cubs via free agency, and Jason Motte has hit a bit of a rough patch after a good start to the season for Chicago. Hunter isn’t going to be expected to close games or even to pitch in the eighth inning (that will likely remain Motte or Pedro Strop’s job), but he could still appear in key situations down the stretch for the team.



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<![CDATA[Young Hawks Fan Loses It After Learning About Sharp Trade]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:30:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/anthony+kamiski+crying.jpg

A young Blackhawks fan did not take the news of Patrick Sharp’s trade well.

Five-year-old Anthony Kamiski was on his way to the Blackhawks store in Chicago when his parents told him his favorite player had been traded.

The young boy burst into tears in the cab he and his family were riding in, and his father caught a few moments on camera.

“Sharpie is still a good Blackhawk but he just had to move on,” Anthony’s father Lucas Kamiski says in the footage.

Anthony continues to ask why as tears pour from him eyes.

“We told him Sharpie got traded and that just triggered it and in the cab ride downtown he cried for about 30 minutes,” Lucas Kamiski told NBC Chicago. “He was very upset. That was his favorite player on the Blackhawks.”

Sharp was traded to the Dallas Stars earlier this month.

“We had to talk him down and explain to him why he had to get traded and we told him we’d take him to the Blackhawks store and get him a Kane jersey,” Lucas Kamiski said.

The Kamiski family, though originally from Chicago, were visiting from their home in Scottsdale, Arizona at the time.

Lucas Kamiski says even though the family doesn’t live in the city anymore, they are huge Hawks fans.

“Me and a group of friends, we watch every single game together with him,” he said.

Now, Lucas Kamiski says his son’s favorite player shifts between Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.  


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<![CDATA[Reports: Cubs Acquire Dan Haren in Trade With Marlins ]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:29:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-480512258.jpg

The Chicago Cubs have been in the market for a slew of back-of-the-rotation pitchers this summer, and they’ve finally made their move on Friday as they acquired Dan Haren in a trade with the Miami Marlins.

In the deal, shortstop Elliott Soto and right-handed pitcher Ivan Pineyro head to the Marlins. 

The deal, which was first reported by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times and confirmed by Clark Spencer from the Miami Herald, gives the Cubs the starting pitcher that they’ve been looking for ever since Travis Wood and Tsuyoshi Wada failed to nail down the spot in their rotation.

Haren has started 21 games for the Marlins this season, sporting a 7-7 record with a 3.42 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 129 innings pitched. His ERA is down from his 2014 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and although his strikeout numbers are slightly down, he’s also giving up fewer hits to help compensate for his lack of swing-and-miss stuff.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, they won't be able to use Haren in the rotation until at least Tuesday, as he pitched for the Marlins on Thursday night. 



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<![CDATA[Here's a Map of Participating Shelters for "Clear the Shelters"]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:47:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/071415+animal+shelter+generic.jpg

NBC and Telemundo will host Clear the Shelters on Aug. 15 when many local shelters in Chicago will waive adoption fees in hopes of finding homes for as many pets as possible.

Find a shelter near you that has agreed to be a part of Clear the Shelters.

To learn more about the shelters, click here.


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<![CDATA[Boater Rescued After Falling in Lake Michigan]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:28:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/boater+rescue+7-31.jpg

A person who fell off a boat in Lake Michigan has been rescued, fire officials said.

The person fell off a boat about 5 to 10 miles from Monroe Harbor, according to a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.

Authorities said the boater was in a sailboat with another man when a wave hit and the boater fell in. The man was not wearing a life vest when he fell and the other person on the boat did not know how to sail.

The boat drifted more than a mile away from the man as the Chicago Fire Department launched a "full scale air and water search." 

The man was found after treading in deep water for nearly 30 minutes, officials said. Chicago Fire Deputy District Chief Ron Dornecker said the man was "very lucky" and noted the water temperature was about 65 degrees.

Fire officials rescued the boater and were expected to transport them to 31st Street Harbor. The boat was not damaged. 

Further details surrounding the rescue were not immediately available.  

Check back for details on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Chicago Marathon Becomes Largest Sustainable Running Event]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:00:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-457114510.jpg

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is now the largest running event in the world to be certified as sustainable.

Marathon officials announced Friday that the race received Silver Level Certification status from the Council of Responsible Sport for achieving 41 "best practice standards" as part of a certification program for social and environmental responsibility at sporting events.

The marathon is the second largest in the world, with 40,659 participants finishing in 2014 in front of more than one million spectators. It is the largest event to receive the certification.

“The Council is both impressed by and grateful for the dedication of the Chicago Marathon to being a global leader in the movement towards greater responsibility in sport,” Shelley Villalobos, certification director for the council, said in a statement.

The marathon was noted for having all participant T-shirts made from 100 percent recycled polyester fibers, holding their fitness expo at McCormick Place-- the world’s largest convention center to be a certified sustainable venue -- and for having more than 60 volunteers dedicated to overseeing material collection and waste diversion at the event.

“As an event, we realized early on the responsibility we have to the environment and the communities that our race runs through,” Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Gary Pinkowski said in a statement. “It has been rewarding to see the positive impact of our sustainability initiative and the enthusiasm put forth by our volunteers, sponsors, runners and spectators to make the Bank of America Chicago Marathon as sustainable as possible.”

The marathon is in its 38th year. The 2015 race will take place in Grant Park on Oct. 11.

Last year, an estimated 1.7 million spectators lined the street to cheer on a record 40,659 runners.  

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<![CDATA[Driver Shot Multiple Times on Eisenhower Expressway]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:09:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ike+shooting+7-31.jpg

Illinois State Police said its investigating after someone was shot multiple times while driving on the Eisenhower Expressway during rush hour traffic Friday morning.

Police said the shooting happened around 8 a.m. on Interstate 290 at Central and involved two cars.

The driver of a minivan was shot on the expressway and attempted to driving himself to a friend's house but called for medical help before he arrived. The person suffered a graze wound to the head and was shot "multiple times," according to Captain David Byrd with the Illinois State Police. 

The driver was listed in stable condition at an area hospital. 

The far right two lanes of the expressway were shut down at Central but the ramp to Central remained open.

Police have asked for the public's help, asking anyone who may have seen a blue jeep Cherokee with dark, tinted windows driving erratic to call police. 

State police say there have been more than 26 shootings on area expressways this year. 

"It is a spike," Byrd said. "We've added extra patrols in midnight hours."

Officials say the shootings typically happen between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. 

"Unfortunately a rush hour shooting, there's not much more we could be doing," Byrd said.

The number of shootings this year has already surpassed the total number of expressway shootings from 2014. 

Illinois State Police data showed that only 19 shootings were reported in 2014 and 16 were reported in 2013.

Officials have not said whether there is a suspected cause for the rise in expressway shootings, but noted that many appear to be gang-related.



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<![CDATA[What You Need to Know as Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:48:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jewel+twinkie+bag.jpg

The new ban on plastic grocery bags in Chicago goes into effect Aug. 1, but many stores won't ditch the plastic completely.

While the flimsy plastic bags that have become synonymous with many grocery stores will no longer be available, sturdier plastic bags will join the ranks of the reusable cloth bags in their place.

The law, which was approved by City Council last year, allows stores to hand out "reusable plastic bags" that are at least 2.25 mils thick. The bags must also have handles and be able to hold at least 22 pounds of groceries at least 125 times.

Mariano's is one of the only large retail grocery stores that plans to completely do away with plastic, which is arguably the whole point of the ban. Beginning Aug. 1, the store will offer paper bags for free or reusable cloth bags for purchase as low as $1.

Jewel-Osco, Target and Walmart will offer the sturdier reusable plastic bags that comply with the law for no purchase in addition to the reusable cloth bags for a cost.

According to a Jewel spokesperson, the grocery store will have several choices for bags. This includes the free sturdy plastic bag and "several styles" of reusable bags that cost as little as 10 cents.

Walmart and Target will also offer the free reusable plastic bags, with Target retaining the 5-cent discount incentive for shoppers who bring the plastic bags back to reuse, according to the Chicago Tribune.



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<![CDATA[CDA Releases Plan to Address O'Hare Airport Noise]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:14:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/ohare+noise+plane.jpg

The Chicago Department of Aviation has released a plan to address noise complaints at O’Hare International Airport.

The department says it plans to make “significant changes” to flight departure traffic by balancing the use of O’Hare’s runways at night, prioritizing the building of additional runways to reduce noise concentrated over certain neighborhoods and exploring ways to provide sound insulation to residents.

“The solutions released today are the product of months of analysis, and collaboration with community groups and aviation experts,” Commissioner Ginger S. Evans said in a statement. “We know that airport noise is a challenge for many residents, but we are confident that we can move forward with concrete steps to ensure a higher quality of life for O’Hare’s neighbors, while maximizing the safety and efficiency of the world’s busiest airport. The city takes very seriously the impact of airport noise, but we are required to balance that with the impact on the thousands of people who rely upon O’Hare each day.”

The plan aims to make operational changes like a Fly Quiet Program to address nighttime noise. The Fly Quiet Program will develop a new rotation concept designed to spread out noise impacts and relieve areas where the noise has been concentrated.

The department also plans to work with the FAA to continue to provide things like insulation for homes and other noise-sensitive facilities. It also plans to investigate the possibility of a “live chat” or a mobile app for residents to submit their noise complaints.  

Noise complaints at the airport soared in 2013 after the airport opened Runway 10-C.

"We can't sleep, we can't talk," Yolanta Gorniak said. "I can't fix a meal because I am shaking. I don't know what I put in my pot. We are so frustrated and we can't live like that."

According to the City’s Department of Aviation, noise complaints at the airport jumped from more than 21,000 in 2012 to more than 29,000 last year. By June of 2014. there were almost 25,000 with 60 percent in March coming from 12 addresses in Bensenville, situated under a flight path.

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<![CDATA[Man Wrongfully Jailed Killed by Man He Tried to Rob]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 07:20:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Alprentiss-Nash.jpg

Police say a man who was released from prison after having spent 17 years behind bars for a crime he didn't commit was fatally shot in Chicago while trying to rob someone on the city's Near West Side, police said.

Alprentiss Nash, 40, was fatally shot in the chest Tuesday afternoon in the 1600 block of West Van Buren, according to his attorney and police.

Nash’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, said Tuesday that Nash was murdered during "a failed robbery attempt." 

Police on Thursday said an investigation revealed Nash allegedly tried to rob a 30-year-old Mount Prospect man who he had a "long drug history with."

Paul Vukadinovic was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and carrying a loaded gun without a concealed carry license.

The pair were both armed at the time of the attempted robbery and exchanged gunfire before Nash was hit, according to authorities. 

Nash was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said an investigation into the shooting is ongoing but is being explored as a "possible self-defense case."

Nash was previously sentenced to 80 years in prison for murder in connection with the 1995 death of Leon Stroud of Chicago's South Side.

He spent 17 years in prison before being released in August 2012 after evidence indicated he might not have committed the crime.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said at the time that new DNA evidence and a collective investigation showed there was not enough evidence to convict Nash.

Nash said in 2012 that while he was shocked, he wasn’t angry. He just wanted to get on with his life.

"The time is now. I'm a free man and I'm going to move forward," he said.

According to court records, Nash was arrested shortly after the April 30, 1995, crime in Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood. He was convicted on witness testimony.

The killer wore a black ski mask during the crime. One was recovered from a gate post near Stroud's home. During a post-conviction appeal, Nash sought DNA testing of the mask. That was opposed by the state's attorney's office and subsequently dismissed by a circuit judge.

An Illinois Appellate Court later reversed that decision, ordering the DNA testing that in 2010 came back with a genetic profile matching another man.
 

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<![CDATA[Lollapalooza Kicks Off Weekend of Music in Grant Park]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:34:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lollapalooza+clean+up.jpg

Lollapalooza begins Friday, kicking off three days of music and dancing as hundreds of thousands of music lovers travel to Chicago’s Grant Park for the weekend.

Conditions look to stay dry for much of the festival, a promising forecast compared to previous years where rainy weather forced an evacuation of the park and festivalgoers stomped through mud-covered grounds to see their favorite bands.

Temperatures will look to be in the upper-80s for the weekend. There is a chance for showers and storms during the overnight hours Saturday and into early Sunday, but the bulk of the festival looks to stay dry.

City officials warn that attendees should dress accordingly to “avoid heat-related emergencies” and said cooling buses and water stations will be available throughout the event.

Festival organizers say they've taken extra steps to improve cell phone service in the area.

"We've increased bandwidth so we should have a little bit better connectivity this yearm which is an exciting new feature," said Brooke Leal, marketing manager for the fest.

Fans are allowed to bring up to two factory-sealed water bottles but won’t be able to bring things like outside food, selfie sticks, skateboards, scooters, pets or hiking backpacks.

The festival will also offer wristbands that will act as credit cards so fans don't need to carry cash or cards with them. 

The grounds open at 11 a.m. Friday with a number of street closures in effect in the area through Monday afternoon.

Headliners Friday include Paul McCartney, The Weekend, Alt-J and Alabama Shakes. Metallica, Sam Smith, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monster and Men and Alesso will also perform throughout the weekend.

While many ticket packages were sold out, 3-day VIP and platinum passes were still available Friday. Fans will also be able to attend a number of after-parties for the fest, which are located throughout the city.

Metra and Chicago Transit Authority trains and buses will provide extra service throughout the weekend. Several buses will also be rerouted during the event.  

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 5 Injured in Eisenhower Expressway Crash]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:15:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/rollover+ike.jpg

All lanes were block on the outbound Eisenhower Expressway on Chicago's West Side for a rollover crash Friday morning, officials said.

The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. on Interstate 290 near Laramie Avenue.

The Chicago Fire Department and Illinois State Police said one person was killed in the crash and five people were transported from the scene in serious to critical condition.

As of 5 a.m., all outbound lanes were closed on the expressway. The Illinois Department of Transportation said lanes could remain closed for more than two hours.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation Friday morning.

Check back for details on this developing story.
 



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<![CDATA[Oak Street Beach Confrontation Goes Viral]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:44:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/Oak+Street+Beach.png

A racially charged confrontation caught on camera at a busy Chicago beach has generated outrage on social media.

The now-viral altercation arose at Oak Street beach Monday when a woman started shouting racial slurs at a black Plainfield mom and her children, ages 8 and 4, after she was accidentally splashed with water.

“I told her, ‘These are children, they are sorry,’” Raquel Bolten told NBC Chicago. “She got in my face and dropped the n-word a few times.”

That is when the mother says she pulled out her cellphone to capture the exchange on video. According to the video, a woman is seen allegedly shouting the N-word before berating the mother about the U.S. Constitution.

“Oh, of course you haven’t graduated and you don’t know the Constitution of the United States and what it says,” the woman said.

Bolton’s sister-in-law, Melissa Marshall, says when the woman launched into the unexpected lash-out, she couldn’t believe her eyes.

“I was in shock,” Marshall said. “People argue all the time, but how is that the first thing that comes to your mind?”

Marshall says she witnessed a similar confrontation in the restroom involving the same woman about 20 minutes later.

Bolton posted the video on Facebook in hopes of sending a message, and was overwhelmed with the response.

“Prejudice and racism is still alive in 2015,” Bolton said, adding she had to comfort her two young children after they heard the woman’s racial slurs. “All white people don’t hate them, so I didn’t want them to think that. They shouldn’t have to experience that at all. I don’t want them to feel less or any different than the next child.”

The family says the experience will not stop them from going back and enjoying a day at the beach.

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<![CDATA[Search Continues for Missing Indiana Woman, Toddler]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:29:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Gary+Missing.jpg

Family members of a Gary woman and her young nephew now missing for six days say they are sleepless and anxious but still hopeful the pair will be found with the support of the community.

Diamond Bynum, 21, disappeared with 2-year-old King Walker from her home Saturday, police said.

Indiana search crews in Lake and Porter counties hit the streets again Thursday in an attempt to find the two, who authorities said were last spotted at a McDonald’s Monday and not seen since.

Canine units have briefly picked up on the trace of them but then lost it, police said.

“It’s been so long, we thought we'd have this resolved by now,” Eugene Bynum Jr., Diamond's father and grandfather of the toddler, told NBC Chicago. “[But we’re] hopeful because we have so much help now. We just need the people of Gary to help us.”

The missing woman, who family members say is mentally challenged, has been without her medication.

“Diamond’s medication is very serious,” Eugene Bynum added. “It affects her moods. If she doesn't take it, she won’t think right at all … It just won't be very pretty sight. She may harm herself. I’m not sure.”

Lahsann Walker, Diamond's mother, said her daughter has an eating disorder where she doesn't know when she is full.

The family says they worry about how she is possibly taking care of herself and her beloved nephew on her own.

“This is the longest I’ve ever been away from King,” said the boy’s mother, Ariana Walker, as she wiped away tears. “I am trying to stay strong, but I don't even know what to do no more … I can't deal with it. It’s too much.”

Gary police have expanded their search to a grid covering several miles concentrating on the city’s West Side, near Diamond's Matthews Street home.

Gary Lt. Thomas Pawlak said police have not received any new leads on the two since the McDonald’s sighting.

“We're searching woods and vacant homes to see if they're in vacant house,” Lt. Pawlak said. “[We have] sent 10 teams out [searching the grid area.]”

On Thursday volunteers could be seen joining the manhunt to aid the search at the command center, where everyone knows the clock is ticking.

“The more they're gone, the more I don't know what happened,” a distraught Eugene Bynum said. “Diamond knows my number, she should've used it. We’re very worried now, extremely worried.”

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<![CDATA[Man Charged After Trying to Run Over Teens With Car]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:43:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/run+down.png

An Illinois man faces charges after allegedly trying to run over a group of teenagers with his car.

Police say the incident unfolded when 56-year-old Roy Williams, of Rockford, learned his 14-year-old daughter had gotten in a fight outside of a local elementary school.

Upon arrival to Nelson Elementary School, Williams found the teens and first threatened them with his cane before getting in his car and attempting to run them down, according to police.

The group was able to get away without sustaining any injuries but the whole incident was captured on video, NBC Chicago’s affiliate WREX reports.

Williams is charged with 12 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle, 12 counts of aggravated assault on public property, two counts of assault, reckless driving and reckless conduct.



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<![CDATA[New CPS School Bell Schedules Released]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:13:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tlmd_school_bus_generic1.jpg

Chicago Public Schools officials have changed the bell schedules for 82 high schools and elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year in an effort to alleviate the mounting budget crisis.

The plans were first announced July 1 as part of a $200 million reduction in spending. The time changes are expected to save CPS $13.5 million in transportation costs over the course of next year.

“Every dollar we save by staggering school bell times and streamlining transportation services next school year is one more dollar we don’t have to cut from our classrooms,” CPS CEO Forrest Claypool said in a statement Thursday.

The shifting of bus arrival times came from an analysis that revealed that CPS’ transportation costs far outpace those at other large, urban districts.

Most high school start times will switch to 9 a.m. and elementary schools will move to 7:30 or 7:45 a.m.

A full list of schools with new bell times is available here.

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<![CDATA[Bears Position Overview: Running Back ]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:05:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/460752100.jpg

As the Chicago Bears prepare to meet for their training camp in Bourbonnais, Grizzly Detail is taking the opportunity to examine what the team’s roster looks like as practices get underway.

We’ll keep things going today with a look at the team’s running backs as they look to become a bigger part of the Bears’ offense in 2015.

The Starter:

There are few positions on the Bears that are definitively set in stone, but the running back spot is with Matt Forte in the fold. The veteran is entering the last year of his contract, and he’s coming off a season in which he had over 100 receptions and was arguably the most productive member of an underachieving offense.

The Back-Ups:

Ka’Deem Carey is back after a rookie season that saw some ups and (mostly) downs, but he isn’t alone in trying to claim the primary back-up position for the Bears. Jacquizz Rodgers will be looking for some playing time in the backfield, and rookie Jeremy Langford, who was selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Bears, could also vie for some playing time depending on how things shake out this preseason.

What to Watch For:

First and foremost, the Bears have got to hope that Forte comes out of the gate strong as he tries to earn a new contract. Whether that’s with the Bears or with someone else remains to be seen (although it would make sense for G.M. Ryan Pace to look to get younger at the running back position as Forte turns 30 years old this season), but Forte definitely believes that he can continue to be an effective back in the league, and he’s out to prove it.

What could potentially be even more interesting is the battle for the back-up job. Carey didn’t exactly wow Marc Trestman and his staff last season, but with a new regime and a new offensive coordinator in Adam Gase, he definitely has a second chance to make a first impression during camp.

Rodgers should also see some serious reps this preseason, but the player we’re most intrigued by is Langford. He has a tremendous amount of speed and quickness off the edge, and he also an asset that the Bears have used a lot with Forte: great hands. The former wide receiver is great at catching the ball out of the backfield, and even though he isn’t the most physical of runners, he definitely is a threat to catch the ball on bubble screens and routes up the middle of the field.



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<![CDATA[Cubs Remain Patient as Trade Market Heats Up]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:50:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/GettyImages-480312998.jpg

The Chicago Cubs have been preaching patience for years now under the direction of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, and the team continued to adhere to that policy as they watched two of the biggest names on the trade market go elsewhere in the last 24 hours.

The first salvo came when pitcher Cole Hamels was sent to the Texas Rangers. The pitcher, who still has three years left on his contract, was shipped out in exchange for six players, including top prospects Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams, and Matt Harrison. After he was snapped up, the market for Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price intensified, and he was dealt on Thursday morning to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a trio of prospects, headlined by left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris.

The moves don’t necessarily affect the Cubs adversely, as Hamels headed to a team that likely won’t make the 2015 postseason and Price heads to a Blue Jays team that hasn’t made the playoffs in over two decades, but both moves indicate that the Cubs are potentially going to stand pat at the trade deadline. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks that the team is kicking the tires on a variety of pitchers and position players, but Epstein and Hoyer have been cautious when it comes to dealing away prized prospect talent for short-term gain.

That mentality isn’t resonating well with some Cubs fans, who feel that the team is in need of a shot in the arm. The Cubs did just win two out of three games against the Colorado Rockies this week, but following a weekend sweep at the hands of the Phillies (which included a no-hitter tossed by the aforementioned Hamels), they are currently two and a half games out of the second wild card spot in the National League, trailing the Giants for that playoff berth.

That ground can certainly be made up, and the Cubs will have a great opportunity with seven games left this season against the defending World Series champions, but will they acquire new pieces to help them in that push? Questions still remain about the team’s offense, with Starlin Castro struggling mightily and the offense as a whole struggling to score runs, and their pitching staff has question marks once Jon Lester and Jake Arreita’s turns pass in the rotation.

These needs could be filled via trade, but the Cubs’ front office is playing things cautiously at the moment. They still have until 3 p.m. Friday to make a trade happen, but with big names flying off the board and teams loading up for the stretch run, the Cubs are still lying in wait.



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<![CDATA[Travel Guide: Where to Eat in Bourbonnais ]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:43:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/1031752212.jpg

Since the Chicago Bears moved their summer training camp to Bourbonnais in 2002, legions of fans have made the 50-mile trek down Interstate 57 to see the Monsters of the Midway gear up for the regular season at Olivet Nazarene University.

Once the journey is made and practice has concluded, fans are likely going to stick around and look for a restaurant to eat at. The question then becomes this: which ones are worth checking out?

To help answer that question, we’ve constructed a dining guide of sorts for fans, depending on what type of food they’re looking to pick up.

American

Fans looking for a quick bite to eat after practice can head in a number of different directions as they leave Olivet. For fans heading back north toward Chicago, there’s the ever-reliable Jaenicke’s hot dog stand, with their famous Red Hots and a variety of other foods like Italian beef and pulled pork sandwiches giving fans a wide variety of food to choose from.

If you’re willing to head south, Henry’s Hot Dogs, located on Broadway Street in Bradley,is a good bet, with their Danger Dog playing the role of artery-clogging masterpiece. The hot dog is wrapped in bacon, deep fried, and smothered with nacho cheese and onions, making it a nightmare for nutritionists and a dream come true for hungry football fans. 

Asian

Located at Northfield Square Mall (just north of the I-57 exit), KanSai is a Japanese hibachi steakhouse where Bears fans can grab a quick bite to eat for lunch or enjoy a nice dinner with a showman’s touch as their dinner is prepared right in front of them in the evening.

For those looking for some sushi, then Koi Asian Bistro in Bourbonnais is the place to go. Located just a mile north of Olivet, the restaurant also serves Thai and Chinese food, but most customers simply rave about the fresh and delicious sushi on the menu.

Barbecue

For fans looking for a place close to the Olivet campus, Jimmy Jo’s has what you’re looking for. Located less than a mile away, there is a huge variety of food to choose from, including pulled pork tacos, the JJ’s Sampler Platter (which includes, pork, brisket, ribs, chicken, and a hot link) and a mixture of barbeque styles from all over the country.

Located a bit further away in Kankakee, Bull’s BBQ is also worth checking out. They have award-winning ribs and succulent pulled pork, but they also have a ton of great side dishes like barbecue spaghetti and fried pickles worth checking out.

Breakfast/Brunch

One of the best places in the area for breakfast food is Yolks and Berries. Located in Bradley, this restaurant serves a wide variety of delicious breakfast dishes, including their stuffed biscuits and gravy. For those looking for a filling morning-time meal, this is the place.

Mexican

For fans looking for great Mexican food, you’ll find it as long as you’re willing to travel a bit from the Olivet campus. La Siesta restaurant is a good choice, sitting south of the University on Kennedy Drive. The restaurant features a ton of seating, delicious food (the burritos are outstanding), and a host of different beers and margaritas to complete the dining experience.

Another place to check out is Martinez Tacos in downtown Kankakee. At lunch they have a tremendous buffet, and even if you’d prefer to order off the menu, the prices are incredibly reasonable, and the food is delicious.

Pizza

There are a wide variety of chain restaurants to order pizza from (including a Rosati’s pizza), but there are a couple of good local choices as well, with Sammy’s Pizza leading the pack. Their new Bourbonnais location is situated near Olivet’s campus, and features a good variety of pizza and beer options to choose from.

Dale's Pizza, located in Bradley, is another good spot to check out, as they have a lunch buffet and, more importantly, games like Giant Jenga and foosball. 

Pub Grub

For those looking for a good drink after practice (after all, Olivet doesn’t allow alcoholic beverages on campus), there are a couple of places worth checking out. Burgers and Beer is a tremendous option in southern Kankakee, with an awesome selection of different burgers to chow down on and plenty of ice cold beer to wash it all down.

Oliver’s Bar and Grill is another good choice, located on Route 50 just east of campus. The Highway Man burger is a work of absolute perfection, featuring ham, cheddar cheese, an onion ring, and a fried egg on top, and they also have food like pizza and paninis to satisfy any appetite.

Other

If you’re in town on a Saturday morning, you’d be well-advised to check out the Kankakee Farmer’s Market. Located on the corner of Schuyler and Dearborn in downtown Kankakee, this market features fresh produce and a crazy selection of food, including mini-doughnuts, breakfast burritos, and breakfast sandwiches of all kinds.



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<![CDATA[Judge Gives Mel Reynolds 1 Day to Find New Housing]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:51:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mel-reynolds.jpg

Mel Reynolds has a problem.

The federal government does not like where he lives. So much so, that at one point Thursday, the former congressman was effectively homeless.

Reynolds, the one-time rising star who once hobnobbed with the Clintons at the White House, only to resign in disgrace, faces misdemeanor charges of failing to file his income taxes.

"All I'm looking for in this matter is a fair trial," he declared at a press conference earlier this week. "This case is really about power, and bias, and covering up for a very powerful political fundraiser!"

Reynolds made an initial appearance Thursday before Federal Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez, but at that hearing, prosecutors pointed out that the address Reynolds gave as his current residence, was within 1,000 feet of a school. And because of a previous sex conviction, that was in violation of where he was allowed to live.

The judge took a recess, to check an alternative address Reynolds gave as a place where he might move, to determine if it fit the criteria. But when the parties returned, a representative of pretrial services informed the court that the second location also did not fit with the residency requirements of Reynolds’ previous conviction.

Reynolds’ attorney Richard Kling proposed a third location, a Red Roof Inn in Northwest Indiana. But before the parties could even respond, the judge shot that location down, leaving Reynolds and his attorney scrambling to find new housing which passes government muster.

The judge told everyone to come back on Friday with information on where Reynolds would be living. But prosecutors quickly pointed out that there was the problem of tonight.

“Where does he intend to spend this evening and tomorrow?” asked assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas. “And if the location is not appropriate your honor?”

“Then there’s trouble!” said the judge. She told both sides she needed to know today, whether Reynolds had found someone to take him in which stayed outside the proscribed boundaries set out in the law.

"Have you found a place for him to live?" Kling was asked after court. "We're working on it." he said.

Reynolds was observed speaking on his cell phone across the lobby, and left without comment.

And that was the way things stood until the court's self-declared 11th hour. The former congressman and his attorney returned to the Dirksen courthouse at 3:30, informing the court that they had found a place for the congressman to sleep which met all of the rules. But only for tonight.

"This is a one night deal," he said, suggesting that his client is arranging something more permanent, which is not yet in place.

Reynolds is to describe that to the judge, on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Indiana Church Bus Driver Charged in Fatal Crash]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:48:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/church+crash+charges.jpg

The driver behind the wheel of a church bus crash that left a 6-year-old boy dead in Gary, Indiana will face charges.

Charles Goodman, 53, of Gary, was charged Thursday with reckless homicide and driving while suspended. The reckless homicide charge is a level 5 felony and carries an advisory penalty of three years, according to NBC Chicago's affiliate WTHR.

If convicted, Goodman could face a possible term of one to six years.

Jacob Williams, 6, was the only fatality reported when the church bus carrying 10 members of a Gary congregation rolled over on Interstate 70 Tuesday afternoon. The crash injured seven others.

Williams was ejected from his seat in the crash and pronounced dead on the scene by the Hancock County Coroner.

The passengers on the bus were a group from St. Jude Deliverance Center who were traveling to a youth convention in Dayton, Ohio at the time.

The reason Goodman lost control of the bus is still unknown, but upon further investigation police discovered the man was operating on a suspended license and had an active warrant out for his arrest at the time of the accident.

The arrest warrant was issued out of Lake County, Indiana for failing to appear in court on a prior traffic offense, police said.

Since 1998, police have cited Goodman five times for driving without a valid license, WTHR learned, and his most recent valid license issued by Illinois expired nine years ago.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Find a Shelter Near You]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:28:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/188*120/Clear+the+Shelter1.jpg

NBC and Telemundo will host Clear the Shelters on Aug. 15 when many local shelters in Chicago will waive adoption fees in hopes of finding homes for as many pets as possible. 

Find a shelter near you that has agreed to be a part of Clear the Shelters. 

Anderson Animal Shelter: 1000 S. La Fox St., Elgin

This shelter serves as a private facility dedicated to the humane treatment of homeless companion animals through direct care, education and community outreach programs. They are a "no-kill," limited admission facility. They do not euthanize one animal to make room for another; they cease admissions when the shelter is at capacity. 

This shelter is partnered with A SOUND BEGINNING, which is a company that helps with the introduction of a newly adopted or fostered animal into the home. They provide music, training, and calming oils.

Animal Welfare League: 10305 SW Highway, Chicago Ridge 

This shelter was started to stop the suffering of animals and is the only humane society on the south side of Chicago. The Wabash shelter operates in an economically depressed area and provides valuable services to residents such as shelter and care to homeless and needy animals, low cost clinic services to pet owners on a limited income and no-charge monthly pet food distribution.

This shelter houses the largest number of adoptable animals from a non-profit organization in the entire mid-west.

Anti-Cruelty Society: 157 W. Grand Ave., Chicago 

Providing compassionate care for any animal in need, this shelter attempts to find a home for every healthy or rehabilitatable cat and dog that comes to it.  The shelter intervenes to prevent cruelty to animals, and is partners with the community to educate on animal issues and inspire compassion and respect. Anti-Cruelty Society provides low or no-cost spaying or neutering.

CatNap From the Heart: 1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park 

The shelter CatNap From the Heart has limited-access shelter for cats, birds and small mammals and they do not euthanize for cage space.

There is no time limit for any animal as the shelter is committed to finding the right home and to taking the time to carefully match the needs and the personalities of both people and adopted animals.

Famous Fido Rescue & Adoption Alliance: 5430 N. Clark St., Chicago

This shelter is a grassroots effort to end kill shelters and to promote animal rescue and adoption. They work to rescue animals who aren't considered “adoptable” from abuse and euthanasia and connect these animals with safe, loving homes.

All animals are vaccinated, heart-worm tested, micro-chipped and spayed or neutered before they go to their forever homes. 

Felines & Canines: 6379 N. Paulina, Chicago

Founded in 1977 as one of Chicago’s first cage-less, no-kill cat shelters, Felines & Canines provides exceptional housing and care for more than 200 feline residents, with a focus on “special needs” animals. As the first shelter in Chicago to successfully integrate FIV-positive cats with the general population, Felines & Canines is also recognized as pioneers in the animal welfare movement.

Found Chicago: 4108 N. Rockwell St., Chicaog 

Initiated by the individuals behind Stay, a modern dog hotel, this shelter is determined to give refuge to homeless dogs. Found Chicago is equipped with 8 suite style rooms, 43 standard runs, and 3 spacious training and playrooms.

Harmony House: 2914 N. Elston, Chicago 

A new cageless no-kill adoption center showcases the cats and kittens for adoption in Chicago’s greenest shelter. The one-story 7,085 square-foot features three adoption playrooms, three admission rooms, four special needs suites, a medical ward, a treatment room, conference room, and two mechanical rooms that house the equipment that runs and monitors the cutting-edge technology in the new shelter.  

Cats in every room of the shelter enjoy natural light and look out at the trees and flowers surrounding the building. The shelter is LEED certified. 

Hinsdale Humane Society: 22 N. Elm, Hinsdale

This shelter is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless animals. They advocate education and public service to encourage the compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent their suffering and neglect.

They are a Pets for Patriots shelter member. 

Kankakee County Animal Care and Control: 1270 Stanford Drive, Kankakee

The former animal control only facility is now also an adoption center, placing hundreds of dogs and cats into new homes each year. It is a self-funded agency committed to preventing the spread of rabies, educating the public on animal health and welfare and offering the service of re-homing the homeless animals.

McHenry County Animal Care and Control: 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake

This is a veterinary public health division of the McHenry County Department of Health. Community outreach services include education on dog bite prevention, humane care for animals, and pet adoptions. MCAC houses stray animals for the county, and provides dog licensing.

Michiana Humane Society: 722 IN-212, Michigan City, Ind.

The Michiana Humane Society provides a safe harbor to an average of 1,000 to 1,200 animals yearly. Most of these animals are those surrendered by their owners who can no longer continue to provide care. They also provide for strays, abandoned, and unwanted animals found in our service area. Healthy, non-aggressive animals are assured of their care until they find them homes, no matter how long it takes.

They receive no tax funds to help with their mission, and rely soley on private donations. The staff and volunteers provide shelter, food, medical care, vaccinations, testing, and spay/neutering services. 

Naperville Area Humane Society: 1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville

This shelter is a limited admission animal shelter accepting cats and dogs. Their highly trained staff and volunteers offer care to each animal and work to address his or her individual needs. The staff works to match the needs of each pet with a family eager to adopt a dog or cat.

Because they cannot take all of the animals, they have an evolved approach to the homeless animal crisis to include innovative community service initiatives, such as humane education and a behavior helpline, while they can continue to re-home animals.

On Angels' Wings, Inc.: 5186 Northwest Hwy #133, Crystal Lake

The shelter rescues pets from death row shelters as well as accept local relinquishments.  They vet these pets and provide socialization and training and ultimately find a forever home for them.

OAW's Humane Education program offers children of all ages the opportunity for hands-on experiences to learn about their pet rescue program, the animals they help and the important issues in animal welfare today.

One Tail at a Time: 2144 N Wood Street, Chicago

One Tail at a Time is a no-kill, all-breed dog rescue committed to lowering euthanasia rates in the greater Chicagoland area through the rescue and adoption of dogs in need. The shelter has comprehensive support of adopters and community outreach through humane education programs and assistance for disadvantaged and low-income families. “Virtual Fostering” is offered for people who can’t foster but can donate money to help take care of the animals. 

Orphans of the Storm: 2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods

Orphans of the Storm has had a long history of humane service to the community. It has been serving most of the animal control facilities and municipalities in Illinois’ Lake and northern Cook Counties.

The shelter offers off-site events along with a unique opportunity to meet a variety of dogs in a relaxed atmosphere. One may interact with pets one-on-one without the distractions of a busy shelter. 

PAWS Tinley Park: 8301 191st St., Tinley Park

This is a no-kill animal shelter dedicated to the protection of domestic animals, and to attempt to prevent animal cruelty in the surrounding communities. They  provide shelter to abandoned, lost and relinquished pets and humane education in animal care to the communities. The shelter strives to prevent the overpopulation by offering spay and neuter programs rather than the use of euthanasia.

Save-A-Pet Adoption Center: 31664 N. Fairfield Road, Grayslake

Save-A-Pet is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and one of the largest no-kill cat and dog rescues in Lake County that operates a full-time adoption center. They provide a safe haven for abused, neglected, injured, lost, or animals that have escaped euthanasia.

They take great pride in practicing a no-kill mission and in stewarding donors’ contributions; both of which have led to the successful adoption of over 40,000 dogs and cats. Save-A-Pet will help the adopter by offsetting the costs of caring for the adopted cat or dog. Some of the routine care may be provided by Save-A-Pet’s Animal Health Department, including yearly vaccinations. In addition, they will provide any needed medications, supplements, or prescription food as long as it is related to the chronic ailment.

South Suburban Humane Society: 1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights

The South Suburban Humane Society makes every effort towards ending animal homelessness, reducing pet overpopulation, and ending cruel, inhumane treatment and abuse towards pets. They have a program called “eat and earn” where they pair with local restaurants and a portion of the proceeds go straight to SSHS. 

SSHS shetlers animals needing protection, provides education of the public as to ownership duties and responsibilities and investigative pracitces which will prevent abuse.

Tails Humane Society: 2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb

TAILS cares for over 2,500 displaced pets each year and accept pets from owners who can no longer keep them. They also work with animal control organizations and other animal welfare organizations, accepting pets from overcrowded shelters when their assistance is needed.

The HomeBuddies Program was created in partnership with the Voluntary Action Center's Meals on Wheels program. Pet food and supply deliveries are made by Meals on Wheels volunteers along with their regularly scheduled visits.  

Treehouse Humane Society: 1212 W. Carmen Ave., Chicago, and 1629 N. Ashland, Chicago

Tree House is a humane organization that promotes the value of every animal and strives to educate the public about proper and responsible animal care, with a focus on the care and placement of stray cats with special physical and emotional needs. They are committed to finding every healthy and treatable animal a home and to helping lead the way to a No-Kill nation.

They have a Pet Food Pantry Program that assists people on a low or fixed income with supplemental food for their animals. They also supply food to feral cat caretakers who practice TNR and have outdoor managed feral cat colonies. The goal of the program is to enable their clients to keep their pets despite financial difficulties, or maintain their feral colonies. They also counsel clients if they appear to be acquiring more animals than they can properly care for or afford.

West Suburban Humane Society: 1901 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove

This is a volunteer based, animal welfare organization that provides housing for up to 25 dogs and 60 cats at a time. They operate at full capacity at all times with animal care and adoptions being provided by 2 full-time and 8 part-time employees and numerous volunteers. Their facility is open to the public 6 days a week.

They continue to reunite lost animals and their owners by maintaining a database with information on over 33,000 pets and their owners, and by providing free pet identification tags to all pet owners. 

NAWS Illinois Humane Society: 9981 190th St., Mokena

This shelter ends pet homelessness, suffering, and unnecessary pet euthanasia, serves pets in need and to promotes treating all animals with respect and dignity.
Dogs enter the program and are evaluated for temperament, are spayed or neutered, receive their vaccines and other veterinary care. The time spent in the shelter allows the determination of what type of home would be best suited for each pet. They are also entered into the NAWS University program where they will attend "Prep School" classes and learn socialization skills.


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<![CDATA[Emergency Slides Used to Evacuate Chicago-Bound Plane]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:34:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/aa+flight+issue+dfw.jpg

Three Chicago-bound American Airlines passengers suffered minor injuries Thursday when they were evacuated via emergency chutes moments before the jet was to pull away from the gate at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

American Airlines Flight 1658 to Chicago O'Hare International Airport was scheduled to leave Gate A14 at D/FW at 11:35 a.m. but was instead evacuated after smoke was reported in the cabin, according to an airline spokesperson.

At least five emergency exit doors were opened, including two emergency exits over the wing and an exit through the aircraft's tail. Inflatable slides at the passenger access door and a rear service door expedited the evacuation of all 141 passengers and the crew of five.

"Our fleet service team was still on the ramp and assisted passengers and crew with a successful evacuation of the aircraft," AA Spokesperson Andrea Huguely said in a statement.

Three people suffered minor injuries, airline officials said.

American said they are working to get the passengers on another flight to Chicago.

NBC 5 will update this story with more information as soon as it's available. As this story is developing, elements may change.

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<![CDATA[Chief Keef Plans Another Hologram Performance]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:52:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chief-keef-mugshot-1.jpg

Chicago rapper Chief Keef has revealed plans to hold another hologram concert, this time simultaneously in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. There’s just one problem—finding a venue.

The latest announcement, which was made this morning, initially said Keef would be performing the “All-Star Stop The Killing Now Hologram Benefit Concert” at Madison Square Garden Co. venues, including the Chicago Theatre. But a Madison Square Garden spokesperson denied involvement in the shows, saying in a statement, “We are not involved in this in any way.”

A spokesman for Hologram USA, the company that partnered with Keef for the shows, later said the performances would not be held at those venues and said the location was still being worked out.

According to spokesman Owen Phillips, Keef partnered up with Grammy-winning producer Detail, who has worked with artists like Beyonce, Lil Wayne and Drake, and recruited an “all-star hip hop line up who will appear live via Hologram USA's technology, beaming from city to city.” A spokesperson for Detail could not immediately be reached for comment.

Phillips told NBC Chicago they are planning the shows for late September.

The event will once again be streamed live on FilmOn.com and will raise money for the families of rapper Capo, who was fatally shot in Chicago earlier this month, and Dillan Harris, a 13-month-old boy who was killed when a car fleeing the scene of that shooting crashed into his stroller. It will also benefit other charities working to stop the violence on Chicago’s South Side.

The announcement claims that Shatrelle McComb, the mother of Dillan Harris, will “advise on the event.”

Keef ran into trouble while trying to host similar hologram performances in the Chicago area earlier this month, with Redmoon Theatre canceling the event and a performance at Hammond’s Craze Fest being shut down after a few short minutes.

Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott told the New York Times that he knows "nothing about Chief Keef" but said the concert was shut down because Keef has "been basically outlawed in Chicago, and we're not going to let you circumvent Mayor Emanuel by going next door."

Eariler this week, Keef took to Twitter to express his frustration at Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who he has claimed “banned” him from the city.

Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, said he plans to run for mayor of Chicago and called for his fans to call the mayor’s office and tell him to “stay the f--- off the people’s music.”

“My unsolicited advice is that he should think fast and hard about the residency requirement,” Emanuel said at a press conference Wednesday.

Keef also had harsh words for Emanuel in an interview with Billboard published Thursday, telling the publication, “F--- the mayor with a sandpaper d---.”

Keef was unable to appear in person for the concert due to an outstanding warrant. A video the rapper posted on Instagram alleges he has been "banned by the mayor of Chicago,” Phillips said.

The warrant against Keef, who grew up in Englewood and has a history of gun and drug charges, stems from allegations that he hasn’t paid child support, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.
 



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<![CDATA[Comcast Hires 200 Employees in Chicago Area]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:15:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/comcast-lobby.jpg

Comcast has announced that it is hiring about 200 new employees in the Chicago area.

The announcement comes as part of an intiative to “enhance the customer experience.”

The new hires will join 75 existing Workforce Operations employees to create two new centers, including a ‘Technician Support Center’ and ‘Technician Logistics Center,’ the company said in a statement.

The workers will schedule, monitor and support technicians in the field, who do installations and make service visits to customers’ homes and businesses.

The new employees will work out of the company’s Elmhurst facility and serve customers in the Chicago area and Illinois, as well as other Midwest and Southeast states. 



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<![CDATA[Alinea Alums' Culinary Brewhouse to Open in Chicago]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:14:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Beer-Tap-Generic.jpg

Two veterans of the world famous Alinea restaurant in Chicago will soon debut a new kind of culinary concept in the city – a culinary brewhouse.

Band of Bohemia, started by partners Craig Sindelar and Michael Carroll, two Alinea alums, aims to be a beer-centric eating experience where beer, brewed at the restaurant, dictates your food order, according to Eater.

With brews like a lemon, lavender and cardamom wheat, or even a roasted beet and thyme rye, the concept is one that will definitely bring a new flavor to the city’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Each beer would reportedly be listed on the menu with three to five food items that would fit well with the drink.

Eater reports that the pair met nine years ago working at Chicago’s now-famous Alinea restaurant, with Carroll working as a baker and Sindelar working as head sommelier.

Carroll has also previously worked at the popular Halfacre Brewing Co.

Eater reports that the new restaurant, which will be located at 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave. near the Lawrence Avenue Metra station, aims for a fall opening.

While the concept is being hailed as innovative, similar restaurant breweries are popping up in the city, including one by Rick Bayless called Cruz Blanca, set to open on Randolph Street in Chicago this fall and an unnamed Owen & Engine project that aims to combine a brewery with Southeast Asian cuisine.  

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<![CDATA[When You Can See This Week's Rare Blue Moon]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:58:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/moon-GettyImages-169149710.jpg

Be sure to set your gaze skyward Friday to catch a glimpse of the rare blue moon.

According to Adler Planetarium Astronomer Larry Ciupik, the moon will rise at 7:27 p.m. Thursday and will set at 6 a.m. Friday. The moon will rise again at 8:12 p.m. Friday and set at 7:11 a.m. Saturday. 

Ciupik says while the moon can be seen both nights, the peak time for viewing will be at 5:43 a.m. Friday. 

Don't be fooled by the name "blue moon," however. Most likely, the moon will look gray or white as usual, but it will be a full moon.

Blue moons are not actually defined by their color. Instead, by popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. The phenomenon only happens every few years, making it a relatively rare occurrence. The first full moon of the month happened July 2 — or technically July 1 for those in Chicago.

A moon that appears blue is caused by dust in the atmosphere, according to Larry Ciupik, an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium. If the atmospheric conditions are just right on Friday, then the blue moon may appear slightly blue in color, but Ciupik says that isn't likely to happen.

The popular definition of a blue moon is as incorrect as the assumption that the moon will actually look blue, however, according to Ciupik. The Farmers' Almanac definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in a calendar season, which is just as rare as the second full moon in a month. The two kinds of blue moons do not usually align, however.

The last blue moon — by popular definition — happened in August 2012, and the next one will not appear until January 2018. The phenomenon can happen any month except February, even during  a Leap Year, because the month does not have enough days, according to Ciupik.

Although Friday's moon may not look any different than any other full moon, Ciupik believes the popularity of the blue moon is due to the general mystery of the moon, including the faces some people see in the orb and the myths that proliferate about full moons causing strange events.

"It's also a kind of romantic thing," Ciupik said. "I think it's kind of primal. You look at the moon, and it's kind of primal. You could be seeing this a thousand years ago, the same thing."



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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[Police Search for Puppy Stolen at Knife-Point on CTA Train]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:14:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/182*120/puppy+theft.jpg

A 5-week-old puppy was stolen at knife-point on a Chicago Transit Authority Orange Line train Tuesday.

Police said the theft happened around midnight in the 3500 block of South Leavitt near the 35th and Archer Orange Line station.

The puppy’s owner, James Johnson, told NBC Chicago he had been approached by two men while riding the train with his new puppy in a carrier placed in a seat beside him.

Johnson believes he may have been targeted because he had a guitar with him, but instead the robber took the dog, who he had recently named Lisa Bonet.

“[One of the men] got tough with me and pulled a knife and tried to stab me,” Johnson said.

The is when Johnson says he jumped back in an attempt to protect himself and in that time they grabbed both the puppy and his guitar before running off the train at Archer and Leavitt.

Johnson chased after the criminals but could not get his dog back. The men were last seen running southwest on Archer Avenue.

A short while later, flight attendant Christopher Abair says he was approached by a man on another Orange Line train who was desperately trying to sell a black and white dog resembling Johnson's.

“The puppy seemed distressed, the puppy was whimpering and I offered him what I had on me,” Abair told NBC Chicago. “I said, ‘I have around $100, can you take that?’”

Abair says the man denied that amount and added that he would “only take $500 cash because this is a special breed of dog.”

Realizing the strange nature of the encounter, Abair took pictures of the dog after the man threw the puppy and it’s carrier to the floor.

“I took photos and I just didn’t know what else to do,” Abair said.

Police said no one was in custody as of Wednesday evening and an investigation is ongoing.

Johnson says his Lisa Bonet is a mixed breed dog that was just a puppy. He is begging anyone who knows where it is to bring it back to him.

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<![CDATA[2 Injured After Freight Train Strikes Semi in Addison]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:12:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/capnwes+semi+train.jpg

Two people were injured after a freight train struck a semi-truck early Thursday in a northwest suburb.

According to police, the accident happened shortly after 4:45 a.m. on Grace Street near North Avenue in Addison.

A semi-truck filled with mail was struck, splitting the attached trailer.

Police blocked off Grace Street between Belden and North Avenue shortly after the accident.

No hazardous materials were found at the scene.

The conditions of the two people injured were not immediately known.
 



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<![CDATA[Lollapalooza Shows Off Lights in Pre-Fest Test]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:58:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000013524890_1200x675_494114371855.jpg Check out the light show at Lollapalooza! we recorded this footage as crews put the finishing touches on Grant Park. ]]> <![CDATA[Why a Trip to Shedd Aquarium Can be Good for Your Health]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:56:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000013524692_1200x675_494114371720.jpg New research suggests watching fish can make you feel less stressed.]]> <![CDATA[4 Charged With Attempted Carjacking After Police Chase, Crash]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:31:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jodie+and+jenkins.jpg

Three men and a teen boy are facing a number of charges after they allegedly tried to steal a minivan and led police on a miles-long chase that ended in a crash on Chicago’s South Side.

Officers responding to a report of “shots fired” around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday said they saw a minivan traveling “erratically” on Kedzie Avenue and watched someone in the minivan fire shots at another vehicle.

Officers pursued the vehicle and the chase continued to an intersection at 59th Street and Western Avenue where the minivan ran a red light and crashed into two other vehicles.

Four people from those two vehicles were taken to Holy Cross Hospital where their conditions weren’t immediately known.

“I was sitting on my front porch then they came past probably doing about maybe 120 rolling with the side door open,” said witness Josh Ostrega. “It’s just crazy! It’s nothing new honestly, you see it every day pretty much.”

Carl Jenkins, 36, Jodie Christian, 22, Traveon Elbert and a 17-year-old boy were charged in connection with an attempted hijacking and the chase.

The three men were each charged with felony aggravated attempted vehicular hijacking with the discharge of a firearm, four felony counts of aggravated assault with the discharge of a firearm and four felony counts of attempted robbery armed with a firearm.

Elbert was also charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, one felony count of aggravated fleeing and one felony count of aggravated driving under the influence with a suspended or revoked license. He was also cited for other traffic violations.

The teen boy was charged with one count of felony attempted robbery armed with a firearm and four felony counts of aggravated assault with the discharge of a firearm. 



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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Detail Plans For New Practice Facility]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:02:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/240*120/CoummnityCenter3.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks will soon get a new state-of-the-art practice facility.

The team announced they struck a deal with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to build a new community training center on the grounds currently occupied by Malcom X College, which will be moving to a new campus next year.

The privately-funded $125,000-square-foot structure will house two NHL regulation-sized ice rinks, spectator seating and a dedicated oasis parking lot to serve facility guests and buses, according to plans released by the team.

The building will serve as not only a place to practice for the Stanley Cup champions but also as a center for youth hockey development programs, recreational leagues and other events. 

Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said the community programs will give youth the opportunity to play hockey that may not have had the means otherwise.

“Hockey’s future is dictated by the ability of kids to get on the ice,” Wirtz said in a statement Thursday. “For those in urban areas like Chicago, that’s an incredible challenge. We want to provide our community the opportunity to learn how to skate and help them develop a love and passion for the sport that has brought so much joy to Chicago and the region these past few years.”
Chicago Blackhawks Charities will oversee the year-round programs and clinics at the training center.

The space is located two blocks south of the United Center on the 4-acre site that is now a campus for Malcom X College.

“Soon Malcolm X will get a new 21st century campus to complement the 21st century education they provide and a site that used to serve one of Chicago’s community colleges will soon serve as a community anchor, bringing even more economic opportunity to the Near North Side,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “This plan creates a permanent home for the Blackhawks to train in Chicago and allows Rush University Medical Center, which has already been a great partner with Malcolm X, to expand it campus and further support the people who live and work in this neighborhood.”

Construction is expected to begin in 2016 and will take roughly two years to complete. The team now uses Johnny’s Ice House West for their practices.



Photo Credit: Chicago Blackhawks
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<![CDATA[Chicago PetSmart Confirms Case of Dog Flu]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 00:23:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/petsmart+generic.jpg

A PetSmart in Chicago’s South Loop has at least one confirmed case of dog flu, the company confirmed Wednesday evening.

The dog with canine influenza was staying at PetSmart's boarding facility PetHotel when diagnosed, according to a company spokesperson.

Pet owner John Foley said he had just stopped by the Canal Street location to pick up his dog Tucker when he got the alarming news.

“They told me just now [that they had a] couple puppies with a cough and they were keeping an eye on them,” Foley told NBC Chicago.

Foley says he knows just how serious the canine flu can be: Tucker caught it on another visit to PetSmart’s PetsHotel about two months ago.

“They took him straight to the hospital, got him medicated,” Foley said. “[He] came back, finished medication and was just fine after that.”

PetSmart has since stopped taking reservations at their PetsHotel and asked the owners of the pets currently being boarded to pick them up as soon as possible.

Once the hotel is empty the store will begin a rigorous 72-hour disinfecting process.

"The health and well being of pets is our top priority and we are going to do everything we can to help contain the spread of this virus,” the company said in a statement.

Earlier this year the number of dog flu cases in the Chicago area reached epidemic proportions, causing doggie daycares to close and dog parks to go empty.



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<![CDATA[Standoff Ends in Eruption of Gunfire on South Side]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:25:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/222*120/bronzeville+standoff.jpg

An hours-long police standoff on Chicago’s South Side ended with an eruption of gunfire Thursday morning.

The standoff started around 8 p.m. Wednesday in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood when a man locked himself inside of an apartment after Cook County Sheriff deputies tried to serve him a felony warrant, according to police.

Police said the man, who was alone in the apartment, opened the door while armed with a handgun then barricaded himself. The standoff prompted a response from dozens of Chicago police officers and SWAT.

Around 3 a.m., officers could be heard telling a man inside the home in the 4800 block of Calumet Avenue to “put that gun down.”

Shortly after, several shots were fired.

“When all the negotiations failed, the decision was made to fire gas canisters into the house,” said Deputy Chief Carlos Velez. “After this was done he appeared from the rear of the house with a gun and at this time he started firing at officers in a very close range. Officers returned fire and struck him.”

Police say the man was shot in the upper body and was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County where his condition was not immediately known. No officers were injured, Velez said. 

The 46-year-old man was wanted on a domestic battery and aggravated assault warrant, according to a spokesperson with the Cook County Sheriff's office. The man's wife had filed a complaint Tuesday and received an order of protection from a Domestic Violence Court judge, the Chicago Tribune reports.

CTA Green Line trains were temporarily shut down between 35th Street and Garfield Avenue while a SWAT team worked to resolve the situation. Several surrounding streets were also closed to cars and pedestrians.

The shooting is under investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority.

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<![CDATA[Towing Company Accused of Moving Cars to Illegal Spots]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:40:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC+5+Investigates+Tow+Trucks.jpg

Imagine having your car towed from a perfectly legal parking space.

It’s an allegation made by numerous motorists against Chicago towing giant Rendered Services. And NBC5 Investigates has learned that the company is under criminal investigation by Chicago Police, which raided its offices last fall.

“I didn’t park illegally,” says West Loop resident Sean Bresnahan. “I didn’t do anything to deserve it!”

Bresnahan alleges that Rendered Services actually moved his car from a legal spot, to an illegal space nearby, before towing it away. He says Chicago Police told him they even retrieved footage from a building security camera, which documented the entire episode.

“They called me a couple of days later,” he said. “Say they saw the footage and interviewed the witness, and he said, it looks like they stole your car from the street!”

Rendered Services refused to comment directly on the allegations. But in a statement, the company’s attorney said “Rendered Services has not seen any evidence to suggest any institutional wrongdoing on the company’s part.”

A Chicago police source confirmed the investigation, and that computers and various records were seized in the raid on the company’s offices near 36th and Iron.

Others in Bresnahan’s building say they observed drivers for Rendered Services moving cars.

“We were walking down Kinzie on the south side of the street, and while we were walking, a tow truck drove by us very quickly,” said resident Evan Scott, who said he watched and even photographed the car being moved. “It dropped off a car without stopping, just let off a car in that area.”

Later, Scott said he saw the driver retrieve the car and tow it away.

“Came back 30 minutes later and saw the guy pick up that car and started driving away,” he said. “He looked like he had done this a million times before.”

Rendered Services does big business in Chicago. Records filed with the state indicate that in 2012, the company towed some 22,000 cars, reporting over $4 million in revenue.

But NBC5 Investigates reviewed scores of complaints filed by angry motorists against the company with the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Illinois Attorney General. Many telling remarkably similar stories of having cars yanked out of legitimate parking spaces.

“You know, these companies get away with murder,” said North Side resident Bill Milosz, who filed a complaint after he said a Rendered Services driver tried to tow his car from a spot where he was legally parked at a neighborhood drug store. “I ran in front of the tow truck waving my CVS bag saying, why are you towing my car?”

Milosz says he eventually convinced the driver to release his car after threatening to call the police. But others have not been quite so persuasive. The company has been cited scores of times by the Illlnois Commerce Commission for allegedly towing cars from areas where they have no jurisdiction. Out of 140 citations written by the ICC police reviewed by NBC5, only 34 were sustained. But the police source confirmed that their investigation of the firm continues.

“Rendered Services would be pleased to cooperate with any investigation by the Illinois Commerce Commission Police authorities regarding the allegations at issue,” the company’s statement said. “Rendered Services requires all of its drivers to be licensed by the Illinois Commerce Commission. Licensure by the Commission involves a detailed background check.”

An ICC spokesman said the agency is assisting the Chicago Police Department in their investigation.

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