<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/localhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.pngNBC Chicagohttp://www.nbcchicago.comen-usMon, 25 Jul 2016 07:39:51 -0500Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:39:51 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Illinois Delegates Head to the Democratic Convention]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:47:50 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000018838372_1200x675_731386435546.jpgThe Democratic convention is scheduled to begin in Philadelphia on Monday, and NBC5's Mary Ann Ahern has the latest details. ]]><![CDATA[Your Severe Weather Photos: July 24]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:24:48 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/5c4db18683404927a59d048d3a073aca.jpeg.jpg

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<![CDATA[CTA Blue Line Canopy Collapses During Storms]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:17:13 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blue+line+collapse+0724.jpg

Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line train service resumed Monday morning after crews worked through the night to repair the damage from a steel canopy that came crashing down during Sunday’s storms.

Shortly before 7 p.m. trains were halted after a massive canopy along a pedestrian ramp came crashing down at the Illinois Medical District station located at 430 S. Damen Ave on Chicago's Near West Side, according to the CTA.

The CTA tweeted just after 7 p.m. that trains were standing at Illinois Medical District due to an obstruction and crews were working to restore service. The aluminum canopy fell the the tracks, officials said, and video of the incident shows large sparks igniting among the damage. 

Preliminary reports indicated the cause of the damage was a lightning strike, according to the Chicago Fire Department, but the investigation is ongoing. 

No injuries were reported, authorities said, but a nearby train was evacuated.

A spokesperson for the CTA said that the concrete flooring of the ramp is still in place, though the extent of the damage was not immediately known. The length of the delay was unclear, though crews were working to restore normal operations in time for the morning commute. 

Red Line service between Belmont and Grand and Brown Line service between Southport and the Loop were also suspended due to tree debris on the track near Armitage, according to the CTA.


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<![CDATA[After Heavy Rainfall, More Storms Move Into the Chicago Area]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:50:04 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Michael+Hulleza+severe+weather+0723.jpg

Just one day after heavy rainfall caused massive problems across the Chicago area, storms moved into the city and suburban counties once again.

Cook and DuPage counties in Illinois and Lake County in Indiana were under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 7:45 p.m.  Winds could reach 60 miles per hour and nickel-sized hail is possible.

Cook County was also under a Flash Flood Warning through 10:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Experts are urging residents to avoid driving, particularly on flooded roads. 

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was also issued for Cook, Grundy, Kendall, and LaSalle counties, effective until 7 p.m.

Chicago and the surrounding suburbs got several inches of rainfall on Saturday, causing massive flooding, outages, and road closures areawide. 

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3 to 4 inches of water were reported on some roads in Evanston, as well as branches down across the northern suburbs and wind speeds estimated at 55-60 mph in Skokie.

I-94 was temporarily shut down twice due to flooding, according to the Illinois State Police. All lanes were closed around 7 p.m., reopening around 9 p.m., only to close once more overnight. Multiple cars were stuck in the water, police confirmed, and fire officials rescued several individuals standing on top of their cars. 

In a repeat of Saturday's events, Soldier Field tweeted Sunday shortly after 6:30 p.m. that fans at the Coldplay concert were asked to seek shelter at the stadium. The band's Saturday concert was also delayed due to weather. 

61,000 people were left without power across Chicago and the northern suburbs on Saturday, according to ComEd. Crews worked through the night to fix the outages, and by Sunday evening 99 percent of customers' power had been restored.

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<![CDATA[Swim Ban Temporarily Issued for All Chicago Beaches]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:42:47 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jim+Peterson+072116.jpg

A swim ban took effect at all Chicago beaches on Sunday after severe storms pummeled the area Saturday night, according to the Chicago Park District. 

The Chicago Park District tweeted news of the ban around 10 a.m. Sunday, saying that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago was forced to open to lock at Wilmette and the Chicago River due to heavy rainfall.

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Shortly before 5 p.m., the swim ban was lifted, according to the park district.

Heavy rainfall caused massive flooding throughout the area, covering roads largely in the northern suburbs.

I-94 was shut down twice in suburban Northfield due to flooding, according to the Illinois State Police. All lanes were closed near Winnetka Road as several people stood on their cars waiting for assistance from rescue crews.

Chicago saw 2.34 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service, while the surrounding area saw up to 4.25 inches.



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<![CDATA[Chris Sale Suspended for 'Clubhouse Incident']]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:05:35 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sox+chris+sale.jpg

The White Sox announced Sunday that pitcher Chris Sale will be suspended for five games following a 'clubhouse incident' prior to Saturday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

Sale will be suspended for five days, according to the team. 

"Chris has been suspended for violating team rules, for insubordination and for destroying team equipment," White Sox senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. "While we all appreciate Chris’ talent and passion, there is a correct way and an incorrect way to express concerns about team rules and organizational expectations."

The team announced less than an hour before the game was scheduled to start that Sale was scratched.

“Chris Sale has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start and sent home from the ballpark by the White Sox due to a clubhouse incident before the game," Hahn said in the statement. 

"The incident, which was non-physical in nature, currently is under further investigation by the club."

According to multiple reports, the incident was a disagreement, not between Sale and one of his teammates, but rather between the star pitcher and a member of team management.

The argument reportedly began over the jerseys the team was supposed to wear Saturday, according to several reports. 

"Chris Sale incident stemmed at least in part from his protest to use of throwback jerseys, sources confirm," Jon Morosi of MLB Network tweeted.

"Sale asked that they not wear (throwbacks) on his day because they are uncomfortable. Things escalated when they wouldn't relent," Ken Rosenthal added.

The team was scheduled to wear the 1976 throwback edition jerseys, a blue shirt with a collar, according to a release from the White Sox to preview Saturday's game. Sale reportedly cut up his own and possibly other team members' jerseys during the argument, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Sox players could be seen during Saturday's broadcast of the game wearing the 1983 throwback jerseys they were scheduled to wear Sunday. 

The argument may have stemmed from Sale's frustrations over rumors and discussions that he may be traded, a source told NBC Chicago, with much of the anger directed at the team's handling of the trade speculation involving him. 

This wouldn't be the first time that Sale has had a conflict with a member of management this year. During spring training when Adam LaRoche abruptly retired due to the team's insistence that he stop bringing his son into the clubhouse, Sale reportedly got into a heated argument with team president Kenny Williams.

Sale was scheduled to start Saturday, has a 14-3 record this season, and was the starting pitcher for the American League club during the MLB All-Star Game earlier this month.



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<![CDATA[Severe Weather Brings Flooding, Damage to the Chicago Area]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:04:15 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/181*120/eb8da25dc3e74b21a637be97f5a5f445.jpg

After severe weather returned to the Chicago area on Saturday night, residents were forced to clean up the damage the storms left behind.

The entire Chicago area, including 14 counties, was under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for most of the day, with rain moving in and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for multiple areas issued in the evening. 

Massive flooding was one of the most prominent elements of the storm, with several inches of rainfall covering roads largely in the northern suburbs.

I-94 was temporarily shut down twice in suburban Northfield due to flooding, according to the Illinois State Police. All lanes were closed near Winnetka Road around 7 p.m. and three cars were stuck in the water, police confirmed. Lanes reopened at 9 p.m., before heavy rainfall closed the expressway once more overnight.

Video of the scene showed people sitting on top of their nearly entirely submerged vehicles, waiting for assistance from rescue crews on inflatable boats. At least five people were rescued in the second closure, officials said, and no injuries were reported. All lanes were re-opened by early Sunday morning.

Flooding also occurred near Green Bay Road and Burchell Road in Highwood, where cars were trapped in 2.5 feet of water, according to the National Weather Service.

Multiple roads were closed on the south side of far northwest suburban Belvidere, which received a reported 3.41 inches of rain. Highwood in Lake County saw 4.25 inches of rain, the NWS confirmed, while Chicago saw 2.34 inches of rain.

61,000 people were left without power across Chicago and the northern suburbs, according to ComEd. Crews worked through the night to fix the outages, and at 8 a.m. Sunday, 90 percent had been restored.

Because of the severe weather, several special events throughout the city were canceled or postponed.

At 6:41 p.m., Soldier Field tweeted that fans attending the Coldplay concert were asked to seek shelter immediately. The venue shared an update around 8 p.m. that everyone was allowed to return to their seats.

The New Edition concert at the UIC Pavilion was canceled when the stadium flooded, with police confirming that even the stage had taken water.

Both the Sox game and the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field were delayed due to rain, according to multiple reports. The Sox game then began late and was suspended due to rain following the bottom of the eighth inning, according to a release from the team. It will resume immediately before Sunday's scheduled game.

Sunday is expected to be hot, with storms possibly returning to the area in a similar manner as Saturday around 4 p.m.



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<![CDATA[2 Killed in Rollover Crash on I-57]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:10:00 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/i57+fatal+0724.jpg

Two people were killed in a rollover crash on I-57 early Sunday, closing all outbound lanes on Chicago's Far South Side for several hours, authorities confirmed.

At approximately 2:45 a.m., a car struck a pole and then a median/bridge support and rolled over in the outbound lanes of I-57 near 99th Street, according to Illinois State Police.

The two women inside the car were killed in the crash, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, the ISP confirmed.

No further information about the victims was available, and the Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately confirm the fatalities.

No other injuries were reported, authorities said.

All outbound lanes near 99th Street were closed for several hours, but reopened shortly after 8:30 a.m.



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<![CDATA[Your Severe Weather Photos: July 23]]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:32:29 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/708d3f72750b477e8fe12faeaf487a28.JPG.jpg

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Pets Find Homes During Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:58:55 -0500NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago partnered with local animal shelters to host the second annual Clear the Shelters event, helping hundreds of pets in the Chicago area find homes. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter reports.]]><![CDATA[White Sox Send Chris Sale Home for 'Clubhouse Incident']]>Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:00:38 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chris+Sale+White+Sox1.jpg

The White Sox scratched pitcher Chris Sale less than an hour before Saturday's game against the Detroit Tigers for a "clubhouse incident."

“Chris Sale has been scratched from tonight’s scheduled start and sent home from the ballpark by the White Sox due to a clubhouse incident before the game," White Sox senior vice president/general manager Rick Hahn said in the statement. 

"The incident, which was non-physical in nature, currently is under further investigation by the club."

According to multiple reports, the incident was a disagreement, not between Sale and one of his teammates, but rather between the star pitcher and a member of team management.

The argument reportedly began over the jerseys the team was supposed to wear Saturday, according to several reports. 

"Chris Sale incident stemmed at least in part from his protest to use of throwback jerseys, sources confirm," Jon Morosi of MLB Network tweeted.

"Sale asked that they not wear (throwbacks) on his day because they are uncomfortable. Things escalated when they wouldn't relent," Ken Rosenthal added.

The team was scheduled to wear the 1976 throwback edition jerseys, a blue shirt with a collar, according to a release from the White Sox to preview Saturday's game. Sale reportedly cut up his own and possibly other team members' jerseys during the argument, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Sox players could be seen during Saturday's broadcast of the game wearing the 1983 throwback jerseys they were scheduled to wear Sunday. 

The argument may have stemmed from Sale's frustrations over rumors and discussions that he may be traded, a source told NBC Chicago, with much of the anger directed at the team's handling of the trade speculation involving him. 

This wouldn't be the first time that Sale has had a conflict with a member of management this year. During spring training when Adam LaRoche abruptly retired due to the team's insistence that he stop bringing his son into the clubhouse, Sale reportedly got into a heated argument with team president Kenny Williams.

Sale was scheduled to start Saturday, has a 14-3 record this season, and was the starting pitcher for the American League club during the MLB All-Star Game earlier this month.



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<![CDATA[Storms Return to the Chicago Area]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:53:52 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Max+wessels+072116.jpg

Storms have returned to the Chicago area this weekend, after a week of hot and humid temperatures and intermittent rain. 

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for 14 counties throughout the Chicago area around 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The area under the alert includes Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Kenosha, LaSalle, Lake, McHenry, Will, Lee, Ogle, and Winnebago counties. The Watch will remain in effect until 10 p.m. Saturday.

Cook County was under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning through 7 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. 3 to 4 inches of water were reported on some roads in Evanston, as well as branches down across the northern suburbs and wind speeds estimated at 55-60 mph in Skokie.

I-94 was also temporarily shut down due to flooding around 7 p.m., according to the Illinois State Police. All lanes were closed and three cars were stuck in the water, police confirmed. No injuries were reported, and the expressway re-opened around 9 p.m.

Because of the severe weather, Soldier Field tweeted that fans at the Coldplay concert scheduled for Saturday night were asked to seek shelter immediately. 

Both the Sox game and the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field were also delayed due to rain, according to multiple reports. 

22,000 people were also left without power across Chicago and the northern suburbs, according to ComEd, who were working to restore the outages.

The NWS also issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Kane and McHenry counties until 6:15 p.m., urging residents to take precautions as storms could see strong, dangerous wind gusts and even hail.

Kendall and Will counties in Illinois; Jasper, LaPorte, and Newton counties in Indiana; and Kenosha County in Wisconsin were also under a Heat Advisory until 7 p.m. Saturday.

Grundy, Kankakee, LaSalle also remained under an Excessive Heat Warning until 7 p.m., with high temperatures expected to reach the lower 90s and heat index values between 105 and 112 degrees.

On Sunday the Chicago area may see a small relief from the heat. A partly sunny and less humid day is in store with highs in the mid-80s to low-90s, and cooler along the lakefront.



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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Pets Find New Homes in the Chicago Area]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 16:03:55 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CTS+adoption+story+3.JPG]]><![CDATA[Help NBC5 Clear the Shelters in the Chicago Area]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:01:00 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dogs-cats-GettyImages-107072782.jpg

NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are teaming up with animal shelters in the Chicago area to find loving homes for pets in need. It's all part of the second annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, on July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dozens of shelters in Chicago and the suburbs will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. The waived fees apply to animals ages six months and older (not kittens or puppies), and all individual shelters' adoption policies apply. 

You can find a participating shelter near you with the interactive map above and the full list below:

ALIVE Rescue
2227 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago
773-913-8100

Animal Welfare League
10305 SW Highway, Chicago Ridge 
708-636-8586

The Anti-Cruelty Society
510 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
312-644-8338

Animal Outreach Humane Society
5408 W Greenbrier Drive, McHenry
815-385-0005

CatNap From the Heart
1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park 
708-352-3914

Chicago Animal Care and Control/Animal Care League
2741 S. Western Ave, Chicago
312-747-1384

Dupage County Animal Care & Control
120 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton
630-407-2800

Ellie's Rescue
54 N. Western Ave., Carpentersville
331-210-2311

Felines & Canines
6379 N. Paulina, Chicago
773-465-4132

Help Save Pets (Animal Care Center)
189 Brookforest Ave., Shorewood
815-744-1500

Hinsdale Humane Society
22 N. Elm, Hinsdale
630-323-5630

Humane Society Calumet Area
421 45th Ave., Munster, Ind.
219-922-3811

Kendall County Animal Control
802 W. John St., Yorkville
630-553-9256

Aurora Animal Care and Control
600 S. River Street, Aurora  
630-256-3630

Magnificent Mutts
Petco, 755 N World Road, Hillside 
708-703-5047

McHenry County Animal Care & Control
100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake
815-459-6222

Michiana Humane Society
722 IN-212, Michigan City, Ind.
219-872-4499

Naperville Area Humane Society
1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville
630-420-8989

New Beginnings for Cats 
7701 E. 3500 N. Rd., Bourbonnais
815-472-4734

North Shore Adoption Center
1616 Deerfield Road, Highland Park
224-707-1190

Orphans of the Storm
2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods
847-945-0235

PAWS Chicago
1997 N. Clyborn, Chicago, or 1616 Deerfield Road, Highland Park
773-687-4700

Safe House Animal Rescue League
301 Chestnut St, Dalzell
815-407-7234 

South Suburban Humane Society
1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights
708-755-7387

Spay & Stay 
555 E. Townline Rd. (Petco), Vernon Hills
847-289-4557

Tails Humane Society
2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb
815-758-2457

Treehouse Humane Society
1212 W. Carmen Ave., Chicago
773-784-5488

Famous Fido Rescue & Adoption
3124 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago
773-907-0305

4 Paw Sake Rescue
2739 Glenwood Dyer Road, Lynwood
708-757-5000

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding forever homes for as many animals as possible. 1,354 animals were adopted last year in the Chicagoland area alone, and 19,000 across the country— but millions more remain homeless.

Every year, 7.6 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 2.7 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.



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<![CDATA[10 Injured in Rollover Crash on Chicago's South Side]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:11:48 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rollover+crash+pullman+0723.jpg

Ten people were seriously injured in a rollover crash early Saturday morning on Chicago's South Side. 

The crash occurred around 6:30 a.m. near 109th Street and South Doty Avenue in the city's Pullman neighborhood, according to the Chicago Fire Department and Illinois State Police. 

A vehicle carrying several people was headed southbound on the Bishop Ford Expressway when it went off the road, through an embankment and a fence, then rolled over in a parking lot, authorities said. 

Four people were taken to Stroger Hospital; two to Mount Sinai Hospital; one to Northwestern Memorial Hospital; two to Advocate Christ Medical Center; and a 15-year-old to Comer Children's Hospital, officials said. All 10 were in “serious-but-stable” condition.

Additional details about the circumstances of the crash were not immediately available. 



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<![CDATA[Aldermen, Residents Discuss Bucktown, Wicker Park Security]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 22:44:16 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chicago+Police2.png

After a spike in crime, two Chicago aldermen want to bring private security services to the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods to supplement what police are already doing.

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) and Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) proposed a plan to use the taxpayer surplus Special Service Area, or SSA, funds for guards to help Chicago police patrol the Northwest Side communities. On Friday, the aldermen and 14th District Police Commander Fabian Saldana brought together dozens of residents to discuss the proposal. 

"It's no different than snow removal, beautification or the other things that SSA does. I believe security is important, and it's important to augment it, not replace it," Moreno said. 

Since May, 1700 crimes from battery to arson were reported in the area, but only 200 arrests have been made, according to the aldermen. 

"We're trying to get a handle on that with this proposal," Hopkins said.

The proposed budget amendment would use $100,000 of the $1.2 million SSA budget, allowing for the hiring of off-duty and retired police officers for late-night patrols.

Some residents expressed support, saying it would be "egregious" to not do anything about the crime.

"It's a really good idea, but we need to think about standards and oversight," said community resident Gretchen Vermuelen.

Others were not enthusiastic about the idea.

"Police service is a fundamental service that the city should be providing on its own. We should not be providing that," said Steven Lipe.

The SSA district overlaps three wards, with two of the three aldermen backing the private security proposal. Ald. Hopkins said the SSA funding will expire if not spent by the end of the year.

"If we're not able to come to an agreement or some compromise, a willingness to work together, then really the entire $1.2 million is in jeopardy," said Kimberly Bares of the Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber of Commerce.

The aldermen said they hope to work out a solution within the next week.



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<![CDATA[Community Performs Act of Kindness For CPD Officers]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:50:28 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cpd+good+deed+0722.jpg

One Chicago neighborhood showed their appreciation for the community’s police officers in a touching (and delicious) way.

The Bucktown Community Organization raised an impressive $3000 to provide not one, but six meals for the District 14 police officers beginning on Friday.

“We thought it was time to do something nice for them, said Steve Jensen of the Bucktown Community Organization. “Our community really backs the police.”

A piping hot Italian feast catered by local restaurant Club Lucky was brought to the station on Chicago’s Northwest Side, and paid for by the neighborhood that the officers serve.

“I think it's amazing,” said Officer Gretchen Chavez. “This lets all of the officers know that the community backs us and supports us.”

Organizers said it started on a Facebook page for the neighborhood, and in just two days, area residents had raised enough to feed all three shifts buffet-style for the next two Fridays.

“This is a very nice gesture,” said Officer John Zook. “This boosts morale. And tells us that there are a lot of people out there who still actually care. And it's good to have that feeling.”

The community was able to come together so quickly for this cause that they now plan to make it an annual tradition.

“I think there are more people in the community that care than don't care,” said Officer Maria Nodal-Rosario. “And this just shows part of that.”

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<![CDATA[Dexter Fowler Returns to Cubs' Lineup Friday Night]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:22:12 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-491740082.jpg

The Chicago Cubs will get a big boost to their lineup on Friday night as outfielder Dexter Fowler has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Fowler, who was dealing with a hamstring injury, will bat lead-off and play center field for the Cubs, who are taking on the lowly Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

The Cubs also made another roster move on Friday as they officially added reliever Mike Montgomery to their 25-man roster. The team acquired Montgomery in a trade on Wednesday afternoon that sent touted prospect Dan Vogelbach to the Seattle Mariners.

To make room for the two players, the Cubs optioned a pair of players to Triple-A Iowa. Outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. will head to Des Moines, as will relief pitcher Spencer Patton.

Fowler, who missed the Cubs’ last 28 games thanks to a hamstring injury, has been a huge contributor at the top of the team’s batting order. So far this season he’s hit seven home runs and driven in 28 RBI while accumulating an on-base percentage of .398 for the team.

With Fowler back in the mix, Cubs Manager Joe Maddon will have more flexibility in his lineup, with Kris Bryant likely staying in the second spot and Anthony Rizzo staying in the three-hole in the lineup.

That leaves Willson Contreras, Addison Russell, Ben Zobrist, and Jason Heyward to battle over the next four spots in the lineup as Maddon looks to find the right formula for a team that’s beginning to find its stride again after struggling without Fowler before the All-Star break.



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<![CDATA[Investigation Underway After Plane Crashes in Plainfield]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:19:27 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/209*120/plainfield+plane+crash.png

The owners of the home damaged when a plane crashed in southwest suburban Plainfield Thursday say they’re just grateful no one inside was hurt.

“We have to look at the bright side, and there is a bright side. She’s standing here,” said homeowner Rick Daniel.

Daniel’s wife, Patti Daniel, was inside the home when the plane crashed just outside their front door in the quiet suburban neighborhood, causing their home to catch fire. Patti Daniel was just feet away when a wall inside burst into flames.

“Thankful that it didn’t land on my roof or into my house because I would have been killed,” she said. “That’s what would have happened. It would have been right on top of me from where I was sitting.”

The pilot, who was the only person on the aircraft at the time, was killed in the crash. It remained unclear Friday what caused the crash, but investigators said they were still gathering evidence.

Pieces of the plane were found at more than five sites in the area. Authorities were working to recover the wreckage and gather information on the pilot and the plane’s history.

The flight took off from Florida, made a stop in Tennessee and crashed while en route to Wisconsin.

"I could hear the one engine just grinding, grinding, grinding so I guess the pilot was trying to pull up and take off on the throttle, but he couldn't get it back up and just went faster and faster, tailspinning to the ground," said witness Gene Williams. "I had never seen anything like it. I've never seen a plane just lose control, tailspinning straight down as fast as it was going."

The Daniels say they plan to rebuild and continue living in their home.

“It’s emotional now,” Rick Daniel said. “Twenty-five years we have been here. Raised the family here. We’ll have been married 36 years and 25 here so this is our life.”

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<![CDATA[Conor Dwyer Looks to Complete 'Unfinished Business' in Rio]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:31:46 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-543300534.jpg

When Conor Dwyer heads to a meet there’s one thing his family said he always looks for.

“He is always looking for us when he gets to the meet,” said his younger brother Brendan Dwyer. “He knows where we are sitting and it’s fun celebrating together.”

And as Dwyer heads for what will likely be his biggest meet this year at the upcoming Olympic games in Rio, he will undoubtedly have one of the largest and most vocal cheering sections.

“Once he is swimming, everyone is screaming and everyone is looking at us like we are kind of crazy, but it is awesome having us all together,” said his younger sister Patti Dwyer.

For generations, swimming has been a family affair for the Dwyers.

“My mom swam in college,” Conor Dwyer said. “She was an All American swimmer so she taught us how to swim in my grandparent’s backyard pool.”

But not all of Dwyer’s siblings went on to become Olympic athletes.

“We lasted a couple of years,” said PJ Dwyer. “Conor is the only one that stuck it out and it looks like it worked out pretty well for him.”

Dwyer was considered a late bloomer in the sport. It wasn’t until his junior year in college, after he transferred to Florida and grew six inches, that his potential was realized.

“That is when we knew this was his calling,” said his mother Jeanne Dwyer.

In 2012, Dwyer qualified for the London Olympics, reaching the podium with of the biggest names in the sport as a member of the relay team.

“I was 23 on the relay at the time, being with Michael [Phelps], Ryan [Lochte], Ricky [Berens] – all veterans on our Olympic squad – was an amazing experience,” he said.

Now, in 2016, Dwyer is himself one of the veterans on Team USA and he has his sights set on not only on a winning another relay medal, but also grabbing his first individual medal as well.

“I still have some unfinished business in the sport that I am looking forward to accomplishing in Rio,” he said.



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<![CDATA[Poll: Kirk, Duckworth Still Tight; Clinton Pulls Ahead]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:19:54 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/duckworth+kirk+illinois.jpg

Sen. Mark Kirk is leading Rep. Tammy Duckworth by a slim margin in his bid for reelection, while presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holds a large lead in Illinois, a new poll suggests. 

The survey was conducted by Basswood Research on July 11-12, Crain's Chicago Business reports. Kirk leads Duckworth 41.9 percent to 40.4 percent, a change from the firm's April poll that showed Duckworth leading Kirk 42.5 percent to 42 percent. 

The new poll, which includes a 3.5 percent margin of error, reaffirms that Kirk and Duckworth are locked in one of the nation's most hotly-contested Senate races.

This summer, Kirk ran TV ads in the Chicagoland area before Duckworth. This could explain the slight shift in poll results. Since the April poll, Kirk also pulled his tacit endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Basswood, a Kirk-allied group, has worked for pro-Republican political action committees like Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund in the past

The poll also shows that Clinton has opened up a big lead in her home state, leading Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump 46.4 percent to 32.5 percent in Illinois.

According to the poll, Libertarian Gary Johnson received 5.2 percent of the vote and the Green Party’s Jill Stein received 2.6 percent, while 13 percent of respondents remained undecided.

The report also showed that Kirk performed 22 points better than Trump with moderates and 24 points better with women.

Additionally, Basswood’s survey found that a majority of Illinois voters oppose the Iran nuclear deal, favor keeping the Guantanamo prison open and oppose accepting Syrian refugees.



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<![CDATA[Tillman Officially Retires as a Member of the Bears]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:06:11 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tillman+bears+retire.png

After signing a one-day contract with the Chicago Bears on Friday, cornerback Charles Tillman was able to retire as a member of the organization, and he reminisced at a Halas Hall press conference about his decade-plus career with the team.

“You saw me turn into a man in front of your own eyes,” Tillman said. “I had a chip on my shoulder ‘cause I was this young kid that no one knew about…I wanted people to know I could play with anybody despite going to a smaller Division I school.”

Tillman certainly did prove that, as he became one of the best cornerbacks in the history of the franchise. He had 36 career interceptions with the Bears during his 12-year career in Chicago, the third-most in franchise history, and he also had 42 forced fumbles, using the iconic “Peanut Punch” move that he invented to help knock the ball away from receivers.

“I’m just gonna try to separate the man away from the ball the best way I know how,” he said when recalling the origins of the punch. “That’s not with my shoulder pads. That’s with my fists.”

After a 12-year career with the Bears, Tillman spent his final NFL season with the Carolina Panthers. Although he did suffer an injury that ended his season, he was an integral part of a secondary that ultimately made it all the way to the Super Bowl before losing to the Denver Broncos in the title game earlier this year.

With two NFC Championship rings in his collection and a third appearance in the game back in 2011 (which the Bears lost to the Green Bay Packers), Tillman has had a very good career in football, and although he will be plenty busy this fall as an analyst for Fox Sports, there is one thing that he regrets about his NFL career.

“If there’s one regret I have, it’s that I wasn’t the first one to make the 40-40 (interceptions and forced fumbles) club,” Tillman said.

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<![CDATA[After Singer's Sister Killed, Choir Group Stuns 'AGT' Judges]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:28:25 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/agt+curie+group.jpg

Members of a Chicago high school choir group who stole the show during their first audition on “America’s Got Talent” went for their second performance this week still reeling from a tragedy that rocked the group. 

“Every single one of us is hurting right now,” said “Musicality Vocal Ensemble” director Michael Gibson. 

Shortly after stunning the judges in their first audition, one member of the singing group learned his sister had been murdered.

“After the audition I got the news while I was in school that my sister was murdered and put behind a dumpster and left where nobody would find her,” said member and Curie Metropolitan High School student Reggie Woods.

Suddenly, the group went from its highest of highs to its lowest of lows.

“Getting through the first audition it was like a dream. We’ve come a really long way but in those areas where there’s so much violence things really bad can happen,” Gibson said.

Gibson noted that the area where many of the students live on Chicago’s Southwest Side is “pretty rough.”

“These kids are afraid to even come to school,” he said. “That’s when I came up with the idea to start an after school program.”

With the pain still present on their faces, the group took to the stage for their second “America’s Got Talent” audition Wednesday, and the moving performance that followed had the entire audience on their feet.

“It’s incredible to watch you guys perform,” said guest judge Louis Tomlinson, of the band One Direction. “The unity and the love you have for each other is so infectious. It was really, really nice."

The group now moves on to the live rounds of the hit show, with contestants vying for a $1 million prize. “America’s Got Talent” airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC.



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<![CDATA[Rauner Apologizes for Controversial CPS E-Mail]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:22:40 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_863097762336-sm.jpg

During a press conference in Chicago Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner apologized for calling half of Chicago Public School teachers “illiterate” and half of the district’s principals “incompetent."

Following a brief interruption by members of the Chicago Teachers Union, Rauner was prompted about his incendiary claims, which were revealed Thursday in e-mails released under court order by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.

“Let me be very clear, I apologize for the statement that i made in that email in 2011,” Rauner said. “The remarks there were inaccurate and intemperate and I apologize to the teachers and I regret those comments.”

The Chicago Tribune uncovered the e-mails between Rauner and other wealthy education activists through a Freedom of Information Act request. Rauner, who was actively involved in Chicago school reform in 2011, pushed for changes to CPS' teacher evaluations in the e-mail in question.

Rauner’s office released a statement apologizing for the e-mail Thursday, but this was the first time the governor addressed the controversy publicly.

After signing a pair of bills Friday that address teacher training and standardized testing, Rauner was interrupted by members of the CTU. The teachers condemned Rauner’s comments, chastising the governor for allegedly undermining schools and social services during his first term in office.

“We are teachers and we are not illiterate,” one CTU member said during the press conference.

“Your remarks are inflammatory and Trump-like,” he added. "You need to stop this attack on public education.”

The CTU member challenged Rauner to a “read-off” based on books and literature about educational justice and civil rights. Other members of the union outlined ways the governor has “harmed education” and “destroyed” the state. The disrupters were eventually escorted out of the press conference.

The CTU issued a statement Friday, further condemning the governor for his comments.

“Contrary to the governor’s rude and inflammatory [Donald] Trump-like comments, I don’t know any illiterate teachers,” CTU President Karen Lewis said in a statement. “If he thinks we’re illiterate and schools are crumbling prisons, imagine what he and his elitist buddies say about our students behind closed doors.”

Amid the backlash from the CTU, Rauner claimed he was a champion of Illinois teachers.

“I am very supportive of teachers,” the governor said during the press conference.

“We need to make sure that our system supports all teachers and to make sure our teachers reach their fullest potential and that we have good teachers in every classroom,” he added.

Rauner expounded on his commitment to education during the press conference, claiming that "the primary reason” he ran for governor was to address schools. Rauner noted that he has increased state school funding and plans to revamp the state’s controversial school funding formula.

“I am very passionate about education,” Rauner said. "Education is the most important thing we do together as a community. This is our children’s future and every child in every neighborhood in every community deserves a good education.”



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<![CDATA[Lolla Pop-Up Shop Opens Friday in Downtown Chicago]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:00:20 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/LollaShop.jpg

Lollapalooza fans don't need to go to the Chicago festival to stock up on their Lolla gear.

The temporary pop-up store LollaShop opens Friday on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile at 535 N. Michigan Ave. This is the fifth year the store has opened for the music festival.

"We had a line outside our store this morning," Roni Schanbaum, the event merchandise manager said.

New this year, LollaShop is featuring merchandise from two of the festivals headliners Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Limited-edition merchandise collaborations with the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs are also available at the store.

"We were able to modify logos for Chicago teams and mix them with a little bit of Lolla flare," Schanbsum said. 

This is the third year LollaShop has worked together with some of Chicago's sports teams. Fans can also grab festival-themed tees, hats, fanny packs and even skateboards.

"We're really excited to bring a bit of the festival out to those who may not have a ticket," Schanbaum said.

Throughout opening weekend of Lollapalooza, customers will receive a free 25th Anniversary enamel pin with any $30 purchase.

The store is open Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will be open until August 1. 

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park July 28-31.



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<![CDATA[Duckworth to Speak at Democratic National Convention]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:18:31 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Tammy-Duckworth3.jpg

Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s campaign confirmed Friday that the congresswoman will speak at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Duckworth is tentatively scheduled to speak at the convention next Thursday, the same day that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the party’s nomination.

Duckworth is currently locked in a contentious battle for Sen. Mark Kirk’s seat in the Senate. Clinton endorsed Duckworth’s candidacy last year. The congresswoman has also scored endorsements from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is reportedly on Clinton’s vice presidential shortlist.

Other announced DNC speakers include Warren, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. Sens. Corey Booker, Sherrod Brown and Tim Kaine will also speak. All three are reportedly on Clinton’s VP shortlist.



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<![CDATA[Trailblazing Coach Dennis Green Dies at 67]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:43:25 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-727094521.jpg

Dennis Green, the trailblazing coach that excelled at both the collegiate and professional levels, has passed away at the age of 67.

Green, who coached at Northwestern University from 1981 through 1985, was only the second African-American coach of a Division I football team in history, and he became only the second African-American coach to ever be the head coach of an NFL team when he was hired by the Minnesota Vikings in 1992.

During his career, Green’s teams went 113-94, including a 15-1 season with the Vikings in 1998, and at his stops at Northwestern and Stanford his teams went a combined 26-63 at the collegiate level.

Green, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1949, was a star halfback at the University of Iowa, playing in three seasons for the Hawkeyes.

He never did play in the NFL, and after stints as an assistant coach at several universities, he got his first head coaching job at Northwestern in 1981.

In his five seasons in Evanston, Green’s teams never made a bowl appearance and only won seven Big Ten games, finishing with a record of 10-45.



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

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<![CDATA[Wisconsin Woman Arrested After Mowing Lawn Topless: Police]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:13:11 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-56663020.jpg

A 30-year-old Wisconsin woman was arrested after police say she was seen mowing her lawn topless.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s office, authorities went to the home of a woman in Richfield after neighbors reported her walking around her yard without clothing. When officers arrived, they learned the woman had been mowing her lawn topless, the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook Tuesday.

“Area residents simply requested she stop that activity,” the post read. “The deputy warned her about that particular act, and during the contact with her the deputy noted indications of alcohol consumption in violation of several pending bond restrictions.”

The woman was taken into custody for one count of felony bail jumping and four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

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<![CDATA[Senior Cat Given Chance To Live Out Golden Years]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:12:58 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/thuzi+cat.jpg

As a 16-year-old cat, Thuzi has had his share of ups and downs.

When Thuzi was a kitten he was found in the laundry room of an apartment building. A couple years later, he was adopted only to be returned to Tree House Humane Society shortly after. 

“He had a really hard time,” Kristine Ankey marketing manager at Tree House Humane Society said. 

Fortunately, he was adopted in 2004 where he spent 10 years in a loving home. However, his owner began suffering health issues and had to return Thuzi to the shelter in 2015.

“You [cat] lose everything you own, it’s really heartbreaking,” Ankey said.

After living in a loving home for almost 10 years and having to adjust to living at the Tree House Humane Society for eight months, Thuzi finally had the chance to live out his golden years when he found his permanent home last August during Clear the Shelters.

“Because he was 16 when I adopted him, I named him Methuselah because he was old,” owner Jan Chirchirillo said.

Methuselah is a man from the Bible who is reported to have lived to the age of 969.

Chirchirillo calls him Thuzi, for short.

 “I’m retired so I wanted an older animal because I didn’t want one that would potentially out live me,” Chirchirillo said.

She says Thuzi is the best cat she has ever owned.

“He’s absolutely a doll and I absolutely adore this animal,” Chirchirillo said.

Thuzi is one affectionate cat for his age. He will come up to Chirchirillo and nap beside her on the couch or lay himself in her lap.

“The older ones [cats] can be more rewarding because they tend to be more tranquil,” Chirchirillo said.

Chirchirillo has owned cats all her life and before Thuzi it had been a year-and-a-half since she last had one.

“I had been thinking of getting a cat and for some reason I saw it [Clear the Shelters] from Tree House before I saw it from any other shelter,” Chirchirillo said.”It sounds silly but the breakfast I was at was closer to go to Tree House than Anti-Cruelty [Society] and any other shelter, and since I wanted a cat I figured duh, go to Tree House. I wanted a cat, it was Clear the Shelter day and I figured okay let’s do this”

Thuzi was the third cat over the age of 10 that Chirchirillo saw that day at Treehouse but noticed how laid back he was yet still acknowledging her present over the others.

“I brought him home, he sniffed around and found the rounds and where all the rooms are and the litter box and flopped down and went to sleep,” Chirchirillo said.

Some people may be hesitant to adopt older animals, but Chirchirillo says Thuzi is one healthy, sweet animal.

“I’ve had older cats and yeah they develop problems but so do we all,” Chirchirillo said.

According to Tree House Humane Society, the interaction between Chirchirillo and Thuzi (at the time named Tiger Eye) on Clear the Shelters day proved they were good companions. He let Chirchirillo pet him as he relaxed on his pillow and was a non-stop purring machine.



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<![CDATA[Officer Released From Hospital After Being Shot in Chicago]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:56:23 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+police+generic+2.png

A Chicago Police officer wounded in a shooting Thursday evening has been released from the hospital, officials confirmed. 

The shooting occurred at 18th St and Calumet at approximately 8:13 p.m., authorities said.

Officers on bicycles were near the Battle of Fort Dearborn Park when a concerned citizen told them there was a man nearby acting erratically, Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a news conference. 

When the officers approached the man and asked him to talk, Johnson said he reached in his bag and grabbed a gun, shooting an officer in the upper leg.

Officers returned fire, killing the suspect, authorities confirmed. 

The officer who was shot made himself a tourniquet and his partner applied pressure to the wound, according to Johnson, who said their actions were instrumental in saving his life.

The 44-year-old officer, a 16-year veteran of the police force, was taken by CPD officers to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, officials said. His injuries were not life-threatening, according to Johnson. He is listed in good condition, according to a statement from CPD. 

"Tonight the thoughts and prayers of Chicago are with our brave police officer who was shot answering a call as he worked to keep our streets safe," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement.

"He is an example the courageous and selfless men and women in the Chicago Police Department who do difficult and dangerous work every day, often with little fanfare. Amy and I are hopeful for a full and speedy recovery, and our thoughts are with the officer's family, friends, and his fellow brave men and women in uniform."

Emanuel visited the hospital Thursday night to check on the officer and talk to his family, Johnson said. 

The officers involved in the shooting will be placed 

on routine administrative duties for 30 days in accordance with department protocol, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department.

The Independent Police Review Authority continues to investigate the shooting.



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<![CDATA[Today's Forecast: STORM FREE!]]>Mon, 25 Jul 2016 06:34:24 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Avalos_Andy.png

Today: Mostly cloudy skies early will give way for plenty of sunshine; still quite warm, but not as humid as recent days. Highs in the mid to upper 80s, but a little cooler along the lakefront. Wind: Light NW winds shift NE/E 6-12 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear and mild, but some haze and patchy fog likely late. Mid 60's inland to 70 in the city. Wind: Calm.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and seasonably warm. Highs in the mid to upper 80s inland, but cooler along the lakefront. Wind: Light & variable.

Wednesday: Mostly to partly sunny, seasonably warm. Highs in the mid 80s, but cooler along the lakefront. More clouds and a chance of showers overnight.

Thursday: Partly cloudy, warm and more humid with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely.  Highs in the mid 80s.

Friday: Partly cloudy, continued warm and humid with scattered showers and storms. Highs in the mid 80s.

Saturday: Partly sunny, seasonably warm with a chance of showers and storms. Highs in the low to mid 80s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny and mild. Highs in the low 80s.


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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Gives Pets a Loving Home]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 19:58:28 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dog-cat-diptych.jpg

NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago teamed up with animal shelters in the Chicago area to find loving homes for pets in need on Saturday for the second annual Clear the Shelters event.

Clear the Shelters is a nationwide pet adoption initiative, and dozens of shelters in Chicago and the suburbs waived or discounted fees as part of the one-day drive. The waived fees applied to animals ages six months and older (not kittens or puppies), and all individual shelters' adoption policies apply. 

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding forever homes for as many animals as possible. At least 682 animals were adopted in the Chicagoland area alone on Saturday, and more than 44,000 have been adopted through this initiative across the country— but millions more remain homeless.

Every year, 7.6 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 2.7 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

Thank you to all the amazing animal shelters that participated, listed below: 

ALIVE Rescue
2227 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago
773-913-8100

Originally founded in 2008 as a rescue and safe haven for animals, the shelter opened The Little Barn in 2013 that became their first adoption center. ALIVE Rescue takes on the responsibility to save, rehabilitate and place abandoned, abused and stray animals. Despite an animal’s age, the shelter provides medical, behavioral and physical support for their animals. 

ALIVE Rescue promotes sustainable living and care-giving in communities to build awareness and respect for all animals and the environment.  

Animal Welfare League
10305 SW Highway, Chicago Ridge 
708-636-8586

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.

The Anti-Cruelty Society
510 N. LaSalle St., Chicago
312-644-8338

The Anti-Cruelty Society is committed to caring. They intervene when necessary to prevent cruelty to animals and partner with the community to educate on animal issues and inspire compassion and respect. Each animal is in the shelter for as long as they need in order to find a loving home. No healthy or pet capable of rehabilitating is euthanized.

This shelter is a founding member of the Chicago Animal Shelter Alliance (CASA) formed in 2002. 

Animal Outreach Humane Society
5408 W Greenbrier Drive, McHenry
815-385-0005

This nonprofit volunteer humane organization was started by a group of 28 individuals who united in the belief of the importance and benefits animals bring to our lives. Animal Outreach Humane Society has a no-kill philosophy on animal healthy and treatable animal. 

CatNap From the Heart
1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park 
708-352-3914

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.

Chicago Animal Care and Control/Animal Care League
2741 S. Western Ave, Chicago
312-747-1384

Housing over 500 animals in separate kennels, this 54,000 square foot building has a fully equipped medical division to care for the animals. The medical complex has a full laboratory, radiology and surgical capabilities for its animals.

Dupage County Animal Care & Control
120 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton
630-407-2800

This self-supporting animal care & control operates a shelter for stray and owner-relinquished non-native animals. They rescue animals that are lost, diseased, injured or in peril. 

The staff works together to ensure the shelter animals are healthy and happy in the unfamiliar shelter environment until they are adopted to a loving home. Dupage county aims to prevent and control rabies through vaccinations prior to being adopted out. 

Ellie's Rescue
54 N. Western Ave., Carpentersville
331-210-2311

This is a non-profit, no-kill rescue shelter focuses on the all-breed dogs. Dogs and puppies are saved from all conditions from owner surrenders to kill shelters. In exchange, the dogs are giving proper vetting, healthy diet and a bed. Individuals can get involved by donating, fostering animals or adopting. 

Felines & Canines
6379 N. Paulina, Chicago
773-465-4132

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.
*Cats only will be part of the Clear the Shelters event.

Help Save Pets (Animal Care Center)
189 Brookforest Ave., Shorewood
815-744-1500

This shelter was originally founded as the Humane Society of Plainfield in 2000 by director Meg Kremer. Dr. Kremer would bring back animals that were going to be euthanized to the shelter to find a loving new home. It became clear as time went on that a non for profit organization was needed in order to continue the rescue work. HSP operates out of four locations.

Over 10,000 animals have been placed into loving homes since 2000. Each of those animals were given shelter, food, medical aid and vaccinations to find the right home. 

Hinsdale Humane Society
22 N. Elm, Hinsdale
630-323-5630

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. 

Humane Society Calumet Area

421 45th Ave., Munster, Ind.
219-922-3811

This shelter works individually and in partnership with similar valued organizations, and tries to create a humane community for all animals through education, advocacy, and the promotion of respect and compassion. 
 
A unique quality of this shelter is that they have a “Trap- Neuter-Return" program. A free-roaming cat, also known as a community cat, is any cat roaming free outside. These cats are generally either feral or stray. Trap-Neuter-Return is a system where feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, and returned to their original location.

Kendall County Animal Control 
802 W. John St., Yorkville
630-553-9256

A County agency dedicated to upholding state laws for the care of animals. The department takes in stray animals that are available for adoption. Each family member is expected to visit the office to ensure a good fit between potential owner and pet. Donations are welcome to assist with medical care, daily care items and improvements to the space. The county offers a monthly animal newsletter and accepts volunteer help from individuals 18 years or older. 

Aurora Animal Care and Control
600 S. River Street, Aurora  
630-256-3630

The Aurora Animal Care and Control is partnered with the Humane Society of Aurora.  It provides a clean and safe environment for its animals, staff and public. They pride themselves in treating all animals with love and respect. 
The animal care and control promotes and protects public safety through sheltering, pet placement programs, education and animal law enforcement. 

Their efficient and high quality animal care and control services protect the animals to eventually place them in a loving home. The City of Aurora works to investigate animal cruelty acts, pick up stray animals and aid injured animals. 

They follow up on all pet adoptions from the Animal Control Facility to ensure proper compliance with the adoption contract. 

Magnificent Mutts

Petco, 755 N Wolf Road, Hillside 
708-703-5047

Magnificent Mutts is located inside the Hillside Petco. They are dedicated to caring for and finding loving homes for any breed of dog abandoned, abused, neglected or in need of assistance.

McHenry County Animal Care & Control
100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake
815-459-6222

This initiative is a McHenry County Department of Health division dedicated to the public health of animals. Minor and major offenses are investigated by Animal Control Officers throughout the year. The department promotes community events including pet adoptions, proper pet care and dog bite prevention. 

Michiana Humane Society
722 IN-212, Michigan City, Ind.
219-872-4499

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
630-420-8989

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.

New Beginnings for Cats 
7701 E. 3500 N. Rd., Bourbonnais
815-472-4734

The non-profit shelter serves as a sanctuary for cats and believes in the motto of “a second chance.” The cage-less environment supports cats any and every cat in need, no matter the health condition. New Beginning For Cats offers programs for senior and veterans looking for companions by waiving adoption fees. 

The twelve person staff seeks volunteers that can help in any way including the Facebook, scrapbooking, bakers, auction assistance, seamstresses and more. Founders Pamela and Harry Carpenter welcome any new ideas and interested individuals to the shelter.  

North Shore Adoption Center
1616 Deerfield Road, Highland Park
224-707-1190

North Shore is PAWS Chicago's first satellite adoption center. The adoption center aims to find homes for cats and dogs but especially large dogs popular with suburban families. It brings progressive sheltering practices to a new community of adopters. North Shore represents PAWS Chicago's mission to expand lifesaving and build no kill communities. 

Orphans of the Storm
2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods
847-945-0235

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 Chicago
1997 N. Clyborn, Chicago, or 1616 Deerfield Road, Highland Park
773-687-4700

This is a no-kill shelter that respects the life of every cat and dog. The mission of this shelter is to end the overlpopulation of homeless animals through solutions, practices and education. PAWS Chicago works to transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated and developing a sustainable, solutions-based model.

Safe House Animal Rescue League
301 Chestnut St, Dalzell
815-407-7234 

This no-kill rescuse shelter focuses on rescuing at-risk pets and giving them the opportunity to find loving homes. Safe House is a foster home based rescue where the pets live in home environments with volunteer families until they are adopted.

Safe House is a cat-only shelter that also offers feral cats a second chance as working mousers through the Barn Cat Program.

South Suburban Humane Society
1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights
708-755-7387

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.

Spay & Stay 
555 E. Townline Rd. (Petco), Vernon Hills 
847-289-4557

Spay and Stay’s mission focuses on controlling the numbers of feral cats in the Lake County area and ensuring public safety in the community. The non-profit organization provides caretakers with inexpensive vaccination and spay/neuter services for feral cats in the area. Over 5,000 cats have been sterilized in 10 years.

Tails Humane Society
2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb
815-758-2457

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
773-784-5488

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.

*This is a cats only shelter. 

Famous Fido Rescue & Adoption
3124 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago
773-907-0305

The Famous Fido Rescue & Adoption is dedicated to ending kill shelters and placing animals with happy homes. For over four decades, the shelter has focused on educating the community about protection and rescue from high risk incidents like euthanasia. While in care, animals receive shelter, food, health care, adoption information, neutering, and training.

4 Paw Sake Rescue
2739 Glenwood Dyer Road, Lynwood
708-757-5000

In 2014 it opened its doors as Paw Palace to become a new boarding, daycare, training and grooming faciltiy. A stray dog named Cisco was brought to Paw Palace where he ended up becoming the doggie host at the front desk. Shortly after, it became the start of 4 Paw Sake Rescue. The shelter takes in surrendered animals as well to help find new homes for them.

*This is a dogs only shelter



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<![CDATA[Frustrations Continue for Travelers at Chicago Airports]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:36:42 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Midway+Lines1.png

Friday began as another day of frustration for Chicago travelers. 

After a night of storms, Midway International Airport was seeing massive backups both inside and outside the airport. 

Although when checking the boards, many flights were reporting to be departing on time with minimal cancellations, many Southwest Airlines passengers told NBC5 they had been waiting more than two hours. 

One traveler told NBC 5 he had been at the airport since 3 a.m., but still missed his 5:30 a.m. flight.

Some 450 Southwest Airlines flights were been canceled Thursday in the wake of a massive system outage that grounded hundreds of flights across the country. 

Southwest began having intermittent problems with several computer systems Wednesday afternoon. Airline CEO Gary Kelly said the main system failed, then the backup failed, then the restoration failed. 

It took about 12 hours to restore the system, which was up and running around 2 a.m. Thursday. Southwest officials said they have not yet identified the cause of the outage. 



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<![CDATA[Slide Continues for White Sox With 2-1 Loss to Tigers]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:53:11 -0500http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-578549168.jpg

Adam Eaton did not want to leave the ballpark. The way he saw it, this game should not have been called. 

Ian Kinsler hit his 20th home run, Miguel Cabrera added his 19th and the Detroit Tigers beat the struggling Chicago White Sox 2-1 in a game that was stopped after more than a two-hour rain delay in the seventh inning on Thursday. 

A heavy downpour before the bottom of the seventh sent players and umpires running for cover. And after two hours, five minutes the game was called. 

"I don't really agree with it," Eaton said. "I want to stay here and finish the game. It's three innings. What's three innings? But it's not my call."

The White Sox lost for the seventh time in eight games while the Tigers opened a seven-game trip on a winning note. 

Kinsler and Cabrera made it 2-1 with solo homers against James Shields (4-12) in the fifth. Mike Pelfrey (3-9) won for just the second time in nine starts, and the Tigers came out on top after dropping two of three against Minnesota. 

Eaton had three hits and scored for Chicago. Shields gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings, but the White Sox continued their slide after going 1-5 on a trip to the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle. 

"We found another way to lose a game today," Eaton said. "It's just crazy." 

Held to four runs in the Minnesota series, the Tigers used the long ball to grab the lead in the fifth. 

Kinsler tied it with one out on a drive to center for his second homer in as many games. Cameron Maybin followed with a fly to deep right before Cabrera made it 2-1 with his shot to left-center. The home run — his 427th — tied Mike Piazza for 47th all-time. It also gave him 1,499 RBIs. 

"I thought I made a pretty decent pitch to Kinsler," Shields said. "He put a good swing on it and got it up in the air. But the one to Miguel Cabrera is the one I'm not really happy about. I was throwing my changeup down in the zone all day pretty effectively. I left that one up." 

REBOUND PERFORMANCE 

Pelfrey, knocked out in the second by Kansas City last week, picked up the win after going 1-4 in his previous eight starts. The right-hander gave up a run and eight hits before leaving with one out in the sixth and runners on first and second. 

Shane Greene came in and hit Tyler Saladino with two out to load the bases. He then retired J.B. Shuck on a soft grounder to first for his second save in as many chances. 

TRAINER'S ROOM 

Tigers: RF J.D. Martinez took batting practice for the first time since he broke his right elbow last month. "It still bothers him a little bit to throw," said manager Brad Ausmus, who indicated they've yet to determine when he'll begin a minor league rehab stint. . RHP Jordan Zimmerman (neck) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session. Next up, a rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Toledo. . OF Tyler Collins (neck) said he felt much better, but remained out of the lineup. 

White Sox: 2B Brett Lawrie is day to day after leaving the game because of tightness in his left hamstring. He popped out to the pitcher in the second inning and was replaced at second base by Tyler Saladino in the fourth. ... GM Rick Hahn said LHP Carlos Rodon (wrist) "is progressing nicely" and will make a minor-league rehab start before returning. ... Catcher Alex Avila (hamstring) suffered a setback in a rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte and likely won't be activated for another month. ... RHP Zach Putnam (right elbow) also had a setback and will likely need to have bone spurs removed from his elbow. Hahn said OF Austin Jackson, recovering from a torn meniscus in his left knee, will start "ramping up non-impact activity" in the coming days. 

UP NEXT 

RHP Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.13 ERA) — 7-1 in his past 10 starts — looks to stay on a roll for Detroit while RHP Jacob Turner (0-1, 18.00) makes his second start for Chicago.



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