<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usWed, 29 Mar 2017 06:28:53 -0500Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:28:53 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Teenager, 2 CPD Officers Injured in NW Side Crash]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:27:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cpd+crash.png

Two Chicago Police officers and a 17-year-old boy were injured in a crash late Tuesday in the Belmont Central neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

About 11:55 p.m., the boy was driving a Nissan Altima south on Mango when he failed to stop at a stop sign and hit a CPD squad car in the intersection with Grand, according to police. The crash caused the squad car to hit a commercial building in the 5700 block of West Grand.

The boy and the two officers from the squad car were all taken to hospitals for treatment, and their conditions were stabilized, police said. No other injuries were reported, although the crash caused some structural damage to the building.

The 17-year-old was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, police said. Alcohol did not appear to have been a factor in the crash.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Blues Festival Full Lineup Announced]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:22:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+blues+festival.jpg

The Chicago Blue’s Festival has announced the artists that will perform over three days on five different stages this summer in Millennium Park.

Starting Friday, June 9:

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

• 5-6pm - John Primer and The Real Deal

• 6:20-7:05pm - Rhymefest

• 7:20-9:20pm - Celebrating 40 Years: Billy Branch & The Son of Blues with special guests Lurrie Bell, Freddie Dixon, J.W.S. Williams, Carlos Johnson, Carl Weathersby, Bill McFarland and Chicago Fire Horns and Mae Koen & The Lights

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (South Promenade)

• 11:15-12:15am - Demetria Taylor

• 12:45-1:45pm - Mary Lane and the No Static Blues Band

• 2:15-3:15pm - Nick Moss Band

• 3:45-4:45pm - The Mike Wheeler Band

• 5:15-6:15pm - Guy King

Mississippi Juke Joint (North Promenade)

• 11:30am-12:30pm - Blues in the Schools with Katherine Davis and Stone Academy

• 1-2pm - Eden Brent

• 2:30-3:30pm - Cedric Burnside Project

• 4-5pm - Jarekus Singleton

• 5:30-7:30pm - Jam Session with Cedric Burnside

Front Porch Stage (Harris Theater Rooftop)

• 12 Noon–1pm - Rip Lee Pryor

• 1:20–2:20pm - The Jimmy Burns Band

• 2:45-3:45pm - Henry Gray & Bob Corritore

• 4:15–5:15pm - Tribute to Barrelhouse Chuck featuring Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguana Roosevelt Purifoy and Piano Willie OShawny


Saturday, June 10:

Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Soul/R&B Night)

• 5-6pm - Nellie Tiger Travis

• 6:30-7:45pm - Theo Huff and the New Agenda Band

• 8:15-9:30pm - William Bell

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (South Promenade)

• 11:15am-12:15pm - Chicago Wind with Matthew Skoller & Deitra Farr

• 12:45-1:45pm - Lynne Jordan & The Shivers

• 2:15-3:15pm - Big Bill Morganfield

• 3:45-4:45pm - Coco Montoya

• 5:15-6:15pm - Southside Tribute to Killer Ray Allison with Joe Pratt & The Source One Band and JoJo Murray

Mississippi Juke Joint (North Promenade)

• 11:30am-12:30pm - Panel Discussion: Mississippi Blues Trail 10th Anniversary with Jim O’Neal, Dr. Edgar Smith, Scott Barretta and Alex Thomas

• 1-2pm - Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

• 2:30-3:30pm - Bridges to the Blues by Donda’s House

• 4-5pm - Vick Allen

• 5:30-7:30pm - Jam Session with Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith

Front Porch Stage (Harris Theater Rooftop)

• 12 Noon-1pm - Khalif Wailin’ Walter

• 1:20-2:20pm - Eddie Taylor, Jr.’s Tribute to Eddie Taylor, Sr.

• 2:45-3:45pm - Jimmy Johnson Band

• 4:15-5:15pm - Harmonica Hinds Quartet


Sunday, June 11:

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

• 5-6pm - Ronnie Baker Brooks

• 6:20-7:20pm - Rhiannon Giddens

• 7:40-9:30pm - Gary Clark Jr.

Budweiser Crossroads Stage (South Promenade)

• 11:15am-12:15 - Tail Dragger and the Allstars

• 12:45-1:45pm - The Blues Disciples with special guest Ms. Erica Johnson & Milwaukee Slim

• 2:15-3:15pm - Vance Kelly and the Backstreet Blues Band

• 3:45-4:45pm - Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

• 5:15-6:15pm - Melvia “Chick” Rodgers

Mississippi Juke Joint (North Promenade)

• 11:30am-12:30 - Panel Discussion: Tribute to Amy Van Singel with Dick Shurman, Jim O’Neal and Rebecca Sive

• 1-2pm - JJ Thames

• 2:30-3:30pm - Zakiya Hooker

• 4-5pm - Denise LaSalle

• 5:30-7:45pm - Jam Session with Eddie Taylor, Jr.

Front Porch Stage (Harris Theater Rooftop)

• 12 Noon-1pm - The Como Mamas

• 1:20-2:20pm - Mud Morganfield Band

• 2:45-3:45pm - Chi-Town Harp Showcase featuring Omar Coleman, Russ Green and Lamont Harris

• 4:15-5:15pm - Wallace Coleman

In other music-lover news, a museum dedicated to blues music, a genre with deep historical ties to Chicago, could open as soon as spring 2019 in the Loop.

More information can be found at the city's website for the festival.

<![CDATA[Famous Work of Art to Leave Willis Tower]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:57:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022835224_1200x675_908836419815.jpg

"Universe" by Alex Calder is coming down from its prominent spot in the Willis Tower--reportedly due to a legal dispute.

<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Towns Make 'America's 100 Richest Places' List]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:00:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cash0328.jpg

Eleven Chicago area towns made Bloomberg’s list of “America’s 100 Richest Places.”

Some of the richest locations in the country are on the west coast or located within 50 miles from New York City, the analysis found.

“The industries that are located in the so-called fly-over states don’t pay nearly the same as those on the coasts,” said Richard Yamarone, an economist at Bloomberg Intelligence. “Earnings for farmers, ranchers and manufacturers simply pale in comparison to the larger salary and bonus-laden occupations.”

Still, some places in fly-over country, like right here in the Chicago area, aren’t too shabby.

Here are the Chicago area towns that made the list based on average household income.

10. Winnetka - $311,902

12. Glencoe - $308,625

31. Lake Forest - $256,202

33. Inverness - $251,657

39. Hinsdale - $245, 859

55. Long Grove - $229,112

63. Oak Brook - $222,128

81. Hawthorn Woods - $203,192

86. Lake Bluff - $200,525

95. Wilmette - $196,315

99. Western Springs - $192,936

Another recent report from PropertyShark, a property research website for investors, also listed Illinois' most expensive zip codes—and notes what it calls an “enclave of affluence” in the Chicago area.

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<![CDATA[Bandits Bust Lingerie Shop Window on Chicago's North Side]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:27:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lingeriebreakin0328.png

A trio of masked burglars busted into a Chicago lingerie shop leaving the store littered with lace and broken glass after making off with cash and merchandise Monday night, surveillance video shows.

Dramatic footage shows the burglars breaking through a window of Journelle in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood on the 1700 block of North Damen Avenue. They go straight for the register before making their way through the store, rifling through drawers, filling bags with expensive lingerie.

They were in the store for less than five minutes.

Owner Ariane Sabatini said she got a call from her alarm company shortly after closing the store. She returned to find the shattered glass and lingerie strewn throughout the store.

“I just don’t understand the mindset, I really don’t, plus there’s no street value,” she said.

Sabatini says she thinks the burglars tried unsuccessfully to get into the neighboring designer jeans shop before throwing rocks at her windows and then pushing through the broken glass.

“This is a very intimate environment—lingerie—so it’s already a safe place for women to come and deal with an intimate situation,” she said. “To be violated in such an intimate setting really cuts deep.”

Sabatini hopes by sharing the video of the break-in at her store, she may be able to keep it from happening to someone else.

“Every day on the news it’s somebody else—and today it was just us,” she said.

Sabatini recently started a neighborhood watch for business owners a few months ago, she said, because so many local shops were having problems with crime.

She says the silver lining is the way other businesses are now supporting her.

<![CDATA[NASA Pairs With SIU for Summer Eclipse-Watching Festivities]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:33:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/072109+Solar+Eclipse.jpg

It’s a solar event that hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since 1979, but in August, it will be visible in viewing areas across the country--and NASA will host a viewing party at Southern Illinois University.

Called the “Great American Eclipse,” a total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the U.S. in Aug. 21, 2017. SIU will hold a "guided eclipse experience" at Saluki Stadium the day of the event. The eclipse experience is a joint effort from NASA Eclipse 2017, the Adler Planetarium of Chicago, the Louisiana Space Consortium, the Science Center of Southern Illinois and other groups.

"This region in southern Illinois is not only in the path of the 2017 eclipse, but also the 2024 eclipse, making it a unique location for being able to perform observations of both eclipses from the same location," according to SIU's website.

While all of North America and part of South America will experience, at least, a partial solar eclipse on that date, a line from the northwest coast to the southeast coast will be able to see rare solar totality, according to NASA.

A total solar eclipse is typically only visible from a small area on Earth. It marks the moment with the moon orbits Earth and moves between the sun and Earth, blocking the sun’s light.

On Aug. 21, 2017, the sun, moon and Earth will be in a direct line, making it appear in some areas as though it is night.

In the Midwest, the best places to see the event will be in far southern Illinois and parts of northern Missouri and western Kentucky, though much of that view will depend on the forecast during the event.

In fact, it’s in southern Illinois that viewers across the country will be able to see the greatest duration, when the length of the total phase lasts the longest, NASA reports. The specific location for the moment the eclipse will hit its time peak will be near Carbondale, which will likely see 2 minutes and 35 seconds of totality, according to the Great American Eclipse site. 

For those unable to see the total eclipse, they can still catch a partial eclipse, which means the sun, moon and Earth are not exactly lined up, but the sun appears to have a dark shadow on part of its surface.

But some travelling stargazers are taking note that many hotels are just catching wind of what a big deal the eclipse is--and that it could mean more cash by cancelling reservations and upping the price.

In such a case, your best bet is to contact the hotel or owner directly to address the issue. 

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<![CDATA[Man Tried to Record Girl in Target Dressing Room: Police]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:25:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/palatinehat0328.png

A man tried to record a girl while she tried on clothes in a Target store dressing room in Palatine Sunday, police said.

Police say shortly before 4 p.m. a man held his cellphone under the fitting room door occupied by a minor as she tried on clothes at the store at 679 E. Dundee Road. The victim saw the phone and screamed, prompting the man to flee—but surveillance footage caught the man in the act, according to authorities.

Police noted the man's baseball hat which "appears to be black in color with 'Bauer' in yellow lettering offset on the front."

Target said in a statement:

“Our guests are at the center of everything we do and our commitment to creating a safe and secure shopping environment in our stores is unwavering. As a part this commitment to safety, we have robust procedures, policies and trainings in place to ensure that our stores are safe places to shop and work.”

Police were investigating Tuesday night and asked anyone with information about the case to call 847-359-9000.

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<![CDATA[2017 MLB Preview: American League West Predictions]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:07:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610933902.jpg

The 2017 Major League Baseball season is nearly upon us, and all around the sports world there is only one question on the minds of fans: who will win it all?

To help answer that question, we’ll be offering our predictions for which teams will make the playoffs in 2017, and which players will help them as they strive to get to the promised land.

1 Seattle Mariners

2016 Record: 86-76

Key Additions: Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura, Danny Valencia

Key Losses: Taijuan Walker


Just looking at this team’s lineup, they are loaded with guys that can absolutely rake. Whether you’re looking at Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, or Jean Segura, this team can hit the cover off the ball, and that’s a big boost. The question for the Mariners lies with their pitching rotation. Felix Hernandez is always a lock to pitch well if he’s healthy, but can a rotation with guys like Hisashi Iwakuma and James Paxton logging big innings fend off the Astros and the Rangers? We’re banking on yes.

2 Houston Astros

2016 Record: 84-78

Key Additions: Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Charlie Morton, Josh Reddick

Key Losses: Doug Fister, Pat Neshek, Colby Rasmus, Luis Valbuena,


Everyone and their mother is picking the Astros to make the playoffs this season, and there’s an excellent reason why: this team is loaded with young talent and they’ve got a solid pitching staff. If they can add a guy to their rotation like Jose Quintana, they could be an absolutely lethal squad this season, and they’re rightly looked at as one of the favorites to make some noise come October.

3 Texas Rangers

2016 Record: 95-67

Key Additions: Andrew Cashner

Key Losses: Carlos Beltran, Ian Desmond, Derek Holland,  Mitch Moreland


The top of Texas’ rotation is largely solid, with Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels both capable of carrying the load for most of the season. The addition of Andrew Cashner was a smart one, but questions about the back end of the rotation and about the team’s bullpen definitely hamper them as they try to keep up with the loaded Mariners and Astros.

4 Los Angeles Angels

2016 Record: 74-88

Key Additions: Jesse Chavez, Danny Espinosa, Martin Maldonado, Cameron Maybin, Luis Valbuena

Key Losses: Jhoulys Chacin, CJ Wilson


The Angels are, without a doubt, an underachieving team, considering that they have the best player on the planet in Mike Trout patrolling their outfield. The team did make some moves to get better this season, but with questions around their pitching rotation, it will be a challenge to move up in an absolutely loaded division.

5 Oakland Athletics

2016 Record: 69-93

Key Additions: Rajai Davis, Matt Joyce, Josh Smith

Key Losses: Ross Detwiler, Danny Valencia


Unfortunately for Billy Beane and company, they don’t have the lineup to compete with the big dogs in what may be baseball’s toughest division. There are some solid bats like Khris Davis and Jed Lowrie in the mix, but for the most part, they can’t compete with the likes of the Mariners and Astros.

To further complicate matters, their pitching rotation is plagued with question marks, as Sonny Gray can’t stay on the field. Can Sean Manaea help lift that group? It’s doubtful, and so we’ve put them in the West basement.

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<![CDATA[Random Questions With 'Trial & Error' Star Sherri Shepherd]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:52:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000022833618_1200x675_908617795506.jpg

Sherri Shepherd, who stars on the new NBC show "Trial & Error," answers some random questions at NBC 5.

<![CDATA[New Streetlights to Be Installed Across Chicago]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:09:48 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/street+lights.png

Coming soon to your Chicago neighborhood: new streetlights. 

Installation of the new LED lights will be a massive undertaking, involving replacement of some 270-thousand fixtures citywide. 

“This is going to save money,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel, watching a city crew change out a light in the 37th ward. “It’s going to save time. And it’s going to save energy.” 

LED’s offer savings of 50 to 75% over the current high pressure sodium lights, recognizable with their familiar pink hue. The new system is also designed on a “smart grid”, where the lights notify city computers when they need replacing. 

That’s good news, says Emanuel, because burned out lights constitute the number one complaint to aldermen and 311 operators. 

“We will be able to remotely monitor the status of lighting,” says CDOT commissioner Rebeka Scheinfeld. “And we’ll also be able to remotely control the lighting, to dim or brighten lighting to adjust to the needs of a given block at a given time.” 

But as sophisticated as LED’s have proven to be, they are not without controversy. Last year, the Chicago-based American Medical Association warned the lights present potential health hazards because of the intensity of their cool white and blue color temperatures. 

“We see LED lighting as a potential health problem,” says Dr. Andrew Gurman, the AMA president. “People have sleep disorders, which can lead to all sorts of problems, when they’re exposed to a lot of blue light.”

Indeed, an AMA study suggested blue light might raise the risk of everything from distracted driving to diabetes and cancer. They suggest cities keep their lights below 3000 degrees kelvin. Chicago officials say they consulted with health experts, and mandated the 3000 kelvin standard into guidelines for the city’s new lighting system.

“The new lights won’t shine up in the sky,” said Scheinfeld. “They’ll be shining down on the street and the sidewalk where we need the light, not in the windows.” 

Installation of the new lights is expected to take the next four years, at an estimated cost of $160 million.

<![CDATA[Suburban Barber Shop Closes After Decades in Business]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:42:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/barber+shop+closing.png

An Arlington Heights barber shop that has been around for decades is now closing its doors. Byron Miranda reports.

<![CDATA[Photo of IHOP Server's Act of Kindness Goes Viral]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:30:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/keshia+dotson.png

A server at IHOP in Springfield, Illinois, is earning praise from thousands of strangers after a photo of him helping a customer with a disability went viral.

Keisha Dotson, 26, was eating at the restaurant on Saturday when she spotted her server sitting with a woman in a wheelchair, helping her eat.

“The lady was a couple of seats away from us. I’m not sure what her disability was, but she was coughing really loud,” Dotson told NBC News, adding, “The entire restaurant was dead quiet. The waiter cracked a joke about it, and it made her smile.”

“My mom noticed it. We watched. As he was feeding, I decided to snap the picture,” Dotson said. She posted that photo on IHOP’s Facebook page, where it was shared more than 4,000 times. 

“My faith in humanity has been restored a little today,” she wrote in the post about what she called “a very touching moment.”

Dotson, an adult programs coordinator at a library in nearby Rochester, said she is a regular customer at the Springfield IHOP but this was the first time she had encountered the server, whose name is Joe Thomas.

Thomas told NBC affiliate WAND that he was raised to practice compassion, and was simply doing what he could for a regular customer.

“My mother and father always told me to treat everybody as equals, no matter what race, creed, color, whatever,” Thomas said. “Treat everybody equal.”

"I just love helping people," he added. "Every Saturday they'll come in and they don't even need menus or anything. I know exactly what they want." 

His co-workers praised his work ethic, with one saying “Joe has been doing it for a long time with these customers, and they are really great.”

“Ever since I started working here every weekend that couple comes in and he feeds her every single weekend,” said another.

Dotson, along with hundreds of people commenting on her photo, was in awe of the gesture.

“I’m completely blown away. I shared it because I worked in retail and in the service industry, no one takes the time to give positive feedback,” she explained.

“I wanted the company to know they have an amazing employee that is doing service to their patrons,” Dotson added.

Photo Credit: Keshia Dotson
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<![CDATA[First Look Inside Construction for Apple's New Chicago Store]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:23:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/apple+1+thumb.JPG

See through to the reason Apple chose to locate its new Chicago flagship on the banks of the Chicago River -- to create more than just a store. 

The store is currently under construction at Pioneer Court Plaza, replacing the food court at 401 N. Michigan Ave.

When it's complete, shoppers will enter the store from the plaza level through a tall, sleek glass enclosure with a grand modern staircase to match.

The retail shop will take up approximately 20,000 square feet inside the former food court, with a 6,500-square-foot sales area.

"It's all about creating a public space," said James McGrath with Foster + Partners, the architectural firm designing the new store. "People will be able to sit on these stairs here. It's about getting access down to the river. We will have trees, maple trees, planted on these steps."

At the upper Michigan Avenue level, “an ultra-thin carbon-fiber reinforced roof structure without rooftop utilities” will overhang the glass structure.

Materials scheduled for use have been designed to utilize solar shading to reduce cooling loads during the summer, the plan says, and heating loads in the winter.

"The roof structure is actually made up of a steel structure with these composite panels that sit on top," McGrath said. "These panels are made up of a material called F.R.P., fiber reinforced polymer. It's the same material that's used for the hulls of yachts and we chose this because it's very strong and very light weight." 

On Tuesday, construction crews were seen lowering those panels into place, putting a roof over Apple's version of a modern town square. 

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"It's very exciting for us," said store manager George Augustyniak. "We have been part of this community for 14 years and we've been a gathering place for the community." 

The entire structure was designed in a way to provide nearly unobstructed views of the Chicago River.

"We wanted this to be not just a place for retail but a place where people can come and gather," McGrath said. "And so, one of the main parts of the design was to work with the landscape."

Photo Credit: Charlie Wojciechowski]]>
<![CDATA[NFL Draft Preview: Notable Third Overall Draft Picks]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:02:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-71308823.jpg The Chicago Bears own the number three overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, marking the highest draft position they've held in nearly 50 years. How have they done when picking third, and which NFL standouts have been selected with the pick over the years?

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<![CDATA[Researchers Search for Everything Abraham Lincoln Ever Wrote]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:06:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Abe+Lincoln+1860-96943976.jpg

Unbeknownst to most citizens of Illinois--- a group of history detectives has been working for more than 30 years, scouring courthouse basements, court files, even the national archives, for treasures relating to America’s sixteenth president.

The project is simple: to track down every word written by, or even to, Abraham Lincoln.

“Now that, is a monumental task,” exclaims Dr. Samuel Wheeler, the Illinois State Historian. “But I’ll tell you when it’s over, we’re going to revolutionize Lincoln studies.”

The project actually began in 1985 as the Lincoln Legal Papers project, an effort to track down every document associated with the 5,200 cases in which Lincoln was involved during his 25 years as a lawyer in Illinois.

“They actually would go down into courthouses and dig out old stacks of legal documents that hadn’t been gone through in decades,” Wheeler said. “Many of these courthouse basements were damp. These documents were stored directly on the floor sometimes, not in ideal conditions."

That project ended in 2000, with a database of some 100,000 documents---all searchable online. But it morphed into something bigger: a search for everything Lincoln ever wrote, or even received.

“During the presidency, you can imagine, Mr. Lincoln is receiving scores of letters every day,” he notes. “During the Civil War, how do you knock down this rebellion? You must attack slavery. The next letter you read is, don’t do anything about slavery."

Sitting at a table at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Wheeler produces just a few of his treasures. One of them, a page from a scrapbook written when Abraham Lincoln was a teenager. 

It is the earliest known Lincoln document. Yellowed but remarkably well preserved, the page shows the young Lincoln’s efforts at long division, penmanship, even poetry.

“Abraham Lincoln is my name, and with my pen I wrote the same,” reads one paragraph. “I wrote in both haste and speed, and left it here for fools to read."

Next Wheeler pulls out a letter written by Lincoln just a month before he was assassinated, to a woman named Amanda Hall. In it, he complies with her request to a portion of the text of his second inaugural address. The passage the President chose was his now well-known rumination on whether the Civil War might have been divine punishment for the sin of slavery.

“The war had brought him to his knees,” Wheeler observes. “He had spent time talking with God. We know that." 

Some documents are lost to time. History notes that individuals doing legal research would sometimes stumble across a Lincoln document in a court file and simply take it. Or even cut out the signature. 

Today when new documents are located, the standard procedure of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project is to scan them, and return them to their rightful owners. And yes, Wheeler says new ones do turn up all the time.

“If you have a Lincoln document that’s been handed down, generation upon generation, call us,” he said. “The historian’s dream is that you find a hidden cache of letters and documents that are in a trunk in someone’s attic, and they haven’t gone thru them and they call you up and say, ‘hey will you come take a look.'” 

In addition to the original documents of the Legal Papers Project, the larger effort has now catalogued an additional 106,000 items. Each document is scanned, transcribed, and annotated. This month, the library announced that a new team of experts will review the project for advice on the best way to structure the papers for future generations. 

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln Project is a joint undertaking of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, the University of Illinois at Springfield, and the Abraham Lincoln Association. It is based at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, which draws some 300,000 visitors a year.

“It’s a huge undertaking, in the sense that all of the editorial work is going on concurrently with the search for documents,” Wheeler says. “If history is any indicator, 500 years from now, people are still going to be really interested in Abraham Lincoln."

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, Another Injured After Tree-Trimming Shock: Police]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:41:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/treetrimmer0328.png

One man was killed and another was severely injured after being shocked while trimming a tree Tuesday when they came in contact with a Com Ed power line in suburban Addison, police confirmed.

Firefighters responded to the area near Villa and Myrick avenues for a report of a person who fell from a tree about 11:01 a.m., authorities said. Upon arrival, firefighters learned two people had been shocked in a home's backyard. One was stuck in a tree and the other had been thrown from a ladder, authorities said.

The DuPage County coroner's office later confirmed Jose Fulgencio-Hueramo, 51, of Melrose Park, died at the hospital. 

The other injured man was taken to an area hospital.

Police said the men appeared to be private home owners and not a employees of a landscaping service.

Com Ed and authorities were investigating and portions of Villa Avenue will remain closed for an unknown period of time.

<![CDATA[Cubs Countdown: 5 Days to Opening Day]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:30:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-620693934.jpg

While it may not feel like baseball season in the Windy City yet, Opening Day is rapidly approaching for the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, as we are just five days away from the first game of their title defense.

With under a week to go until the regular season begins, we figured it would be fun to start off a countdown of sorts to help fans get pumped up for the coming year.

5 in Cubs History

Out of all the numbers that Cubs players have worn over the years, it’s staggering just how short the list of impactful players who wore the number “5” is in team history.

The longest-tenured player that ever wore the number is Bob Ramazzotti, who donned the jersey for five seasons with the Cubs in the early 1950’s. Several managers have worn the number in recent years, including Jim Lefebvre and Jim Riggleman, with the latter wearing it for all five seasons that he was in Chicago.

Presently, the number is worn by Albert Almora Jr, and he may have already made a bigger impact on the team than any other player that has donned it, as he scored the go-ahead run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

Notable “5’s” for the 2016 Cubs

5 – The number of Cubs hitters that struck out 100 or more times during the 2016 regular season. Kris Bryant led the team with 154 whiffs, but that was a significant drop from the previous season when he was punched out a team-record 199 times.

5 – The number of home runs the Cubs hit during their NLDS win over the San Francisco Giants. Cubs pitchers thanked the hitters for their power surge by allowing zero long balls in the series.

5 – Cubs relievers did a tremendous job in the NLDS, racking up five holds for the team. Five different guys performed that critical job, which helped Aroldis Chapman to get three saves in the series.

5 – A well-balanced offensive attack by the Cubs helped them past the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, as Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez tied for the team lead with five RBI apiece.

5 – Bryant may strike out quite a bit, but he has an excellent hitting eye, and that was on full display in the World Series as he coaxed five walks against Indians pitchers to lead the team in that category.

5 – The number of starts that Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks each had during the 2016 postseason. Both pitchers had sparkling ERAs, with Hendricks leading the team at 1.42 and Lester finishing second with a 2.02 ERA.

5 – Four different Cubs players registered five doubles during the 2016 playoffs to lead the team in that category, with Dexter Fowler, Ben Zobrist, Rizzo, and Bryant each racking up a quintet of two-baggers.

Did You Know?

The Cubs’ history with the number five is scant, but they have had five Cy Young Award winners during the course of their history. Jake Arrieta was the most recent, as he took home the honors in 2015, and he joined hurlers Rick Sutcliffe, Greg Maddux, Fergie Jenkins, and Bruce Sutter in that exclusive club.

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<![CDATA[Police Warn Drivers After Car Strikes Wild Turkey in Indiana]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:44:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/turkey+v+car.JPG

Police are warning drivers in northwest Indiana after a wild turkey collided with a vehicle in LaPorte County Tuesday morning.

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s office said the incident happened on US 20 near Wilhelm Road, where they found a large wild turkey lodged in the windshield of a 2016 GMC Yukon.

The turkey was flying across the roadway when it was hit by the vehicle, authorities said.

The vehicle was being driven by a family who was visiting the University of Notre Dame following their teenage son’s acceptance.

“They had just finished visiting Notre Dame and were in the process of driving back to O’Hare International Airport in their rental vehicle,” police said in a release.

The family suffered minor cuts from the glass and refused medical treatment at the scene.

“While vehicle versus deer crashes are common place, it is very rare to see a vehicle strike a turkey,” police said in a statement.

Authorities noted, however, that mating season has begun and, during this time, more turkeys are spotted close to roadways.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Playoff Watch: Race Tightens in West]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:35:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-657088664.jpg

While most people never want to leave Florida, the Chicago Blackhawks couldn’t get out of the Sunshine State fast enough after losing their second straight game on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In two games there, the Blackhawks allowed a combined 12 goals and gained just one point in the standings as they try to secure the top seed in the Western Conference playoff hunt.

So where do the Blackhawks stand in relation to the Minnesota Wild? Which team are they in line to take on in the first round of the postseason?

To answer that question, we’ll delve into all the scenarios in this edition of Blackhawks Playoff Update.

Where Things Stand Now:

After getting a point against the Lightning on Monday night, the Blackhawks extended their lead over the Minnesota Wild to eight points for the top spot in the Western Conference. The Wild do have a game in hand, but with only seven games remaining on their schedule, they’ll have to push extremely hard to catch back up to the Blackhawks in the standings.

The Blackhawks are still within shouting distance of getting the top seed in the entire NHL (which would guarantee home ice advantage throughout the postseason), but they would have to really push to pass the three teams standing in their way. Both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins are tied with the Blackhawks at 103 points, but both teams have games in hand on Chicago. Washington currently has a three-point lead on Chicago in the President’s Trophy race, and they also have two games in hand.

Who the Blackhawks Could Play in the First Round:

The race to play the Blackhawks is still wide open, with St. Louis and Nashville currently engaged in a dogfight for third place in the Central Division. Whichever team finishes in fourth will secure a wild card spot, and if they finish behind Calgary in the standings (the Flames currently have a two point lead on the Blues for the top wild card spot), then they would have to face the top-seeded team in the West, which is currently the Blackhawks.

Even though the Blues, Flames, and Predators are the three most likely teams to face the Blackhawks in the first round, the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers are still in the mix, as both teams currently hold just a one point lead over the Flames in the race for division seeding.

What’s Next in the Race?

Minnesota has a tough home game on Tuesday night when they welcome the top team in the NHL to the Xcel Energy Center, as the Capitals head to the Twin Cities.

Meanwhile, the Blackhawks are off until Wednesday night, when they’ll have a tough game of their own as they head to Pittsburgh to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins.

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<![CDATA[DePaul Student Shot During Attempted Robbery: Authorities]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:06:31 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/222*120/depaul+university+crop.jpg

A DePaul University student was shot while running away during an attempted robbery blocks from the university’s campus overnight, according to authorities.

Police said the 18-year-old was walking on a sidewalk in the Lincoln Park neighborhood when he was approached by two men, one of whom had a gun.

The armed man demanded the teen’s belongings and the teen tried to flee, officials said. Moments later, shots were fired and the student was hit in the left leg.

A safety alert from the school reported the shooting happened around 1 a.m. in the 1100 block of Lill Avenue. Chicago Police reported the incident took place just before midnight in the 2600 block of North Sheffield Avenue, however.

The victim did tell police “he was intoxicated and unsure of the exact location of the incident,” Chicago police said in a release.

The teen took himself to Illinois Masonic Medical Center where he was listed in good condition.

No one was in custody for the shooting as of Tuesday morning, but police said the incident remained under investigation.

"Student Affairs staff members have been providing support to the student and his family, and we ask that you keep him in your thoughts as he continues his recovery," DePaul said in a statement. "Though this incident did not occur on campus, we are taking it very seriously and recognize the concern that it may raise for anyone who lives, studies or works on the Lincoln Park Campus."

The attempted robbery follows a series of similar incidents involving DePaul University students so far this year.

At least three other armed robberies have been reported since Jan. 18.

According to the school’s public safety alerts, the most recent incident happened on March 1, when a student was robbed in the 2200 block of North Halsted. The alert states a student was walking around 3 p.m. when two men approached and demanded his cell phone.

In light of Tuesday's shooting, the university said safety officers will be on heightened alert during their campus patrols. The school also offered safety resources and tips for students. 

<![CDATA[Blackhawks Sign Iacopelli to 2-Year Deal]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:44:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-653376000.jpg

Chicago Blackhawks prospect Matheson Iacopelli may have seen his dreams of getting to the Frozen Four dashed over the weekend, but he has gotten a great consolation prize as he has signed a two-year entry level contract with the team.

Iacopelli, a third round draft pick of the Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, will report to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, and his entry-level deal won’t officially kick in until next season.

Iacopelli’s Western Michigan squad was eliminated from the NCAA tournament in the round of 16, scored 20 goals and dished out 16 assists in 40 games in his sophomore season. By signing a contract with the Blackhawks, Iacopelli will forego his final two seasons of eligibility and he will be able to make his way to the NHL team at the beginning of next season.

The Blackhawks have signed several of their prospects to ELC’s in recent weeks, including John Hayden and Anthony Louis. The moves are part of an effort to build the team’s depth at various positions as free agency and trades will likely take several of their players off of the roster for the start of next season, with Richard Panik and Marcus Kruger among the names most frequently mentioned as being in danger of being sent away.

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<![CDATA[Café 5: Baconfest Chicago Comes to UIC Forum This Weekend]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:21:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/Kevin+Hickey.png

It’s no secret: America has a love story with bacon. Now, from the classic to the trendy, Chicago chefs are turning the cured meat into art. 

Baconfest Chicago will be held at the UIC Forum on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1. The 9th annual food festival at 725 W. Roosevelt will feature over 150 top chefs and world-renowned restaurants for a unique showcase of “bacon talent.” 

Foodies can enjoy unlimited tastings of bacon-filled dishes one of three time lunch or dinner event time options. 

Tickets can be purchased at baconfestchicago.com, with a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Chef Kevin Hickey of Bottlefork restaurant in River North joined NBC 5’s Marion Brooks in Café 5 for a preview of the 2017 event, while sharing one of his favorite bacon-based recipes.

Al Pastor Bacon and Pineapple Skewers with Crunchy Tortilla


  • 4oz Orange Juice
  • 2oz White Vinegar 
  • 1T Guajillo Chile Powder
  • IT Garlic, minced
  • 1t Dried Oregano
  • 1t Cumin
  • 1ea Chipotle Chile
  • 1/2ea Onion, chopped
  • 1b Slab Bacon, 1.5 in. cubed
  • 1C Pineapple, 1 in. cubed
  • 1C Fried tortillas, crushed

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender, puree until smooth.

2. Place bacon in marinade and chill for two hours.

3. Spread bacon on a sheet pan and bake in the oven at 375 until hot and crispy (about 10-15 min.)

4. Place bacon and Pineapple on skewer.

5. Sprinkle with tortillas and serve.

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<![CDATA[Bare Down: Cutler Exposes New Side of Himself in Candid Pic]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:55:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-137456316.png

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A few weeks ago former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was all bundled up as he played in the snow following his release from the team. Now, he has exposed a whole new side of himself and taken the term “Bear Down” to a whole new level.

Still on a tropical getaway with wife Kristin Cavallari, Cutler took in the sights and sounds of the ocean on Tuesday, and he made sure that he got the full experience.

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“Good times, no tan lines. Let the sea set you free,” Cavallari’s caption reads.

It’s been an eventful month for Cutler, who was released by the Bears in early March. After his snowbound adventures, the quarterback jetted off for a tropical vacation with Cavallari, and now he’s taken his freedom to a whole new level.

Needless to say, there’s no word yet on where Cutler will be playing, if at all, in the 2017 season, but unemployment doesn’t seem to be affecting him.

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<![CDATA['This Is Us' Star Reveals the City He Wishes He Lived In]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:51:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-653425834.jpg

As an actor, “This Is Us” star Justin Hartley knew his career would bring him to Los Angeles or New York City, but there’s one city he’d rather live in – Chicago.

“The only reason I probably don’t live in Chicago now is just because of what I do for a living,” Hartley told NBC 5 in an interview Tuesday.

Hartley, who grew up in a suburb of the city and attended college at University of Illinois Chicago, said he most misses Chicago-style pizza, which he admittedly even has shipped to him to quench his cravings.

“I can probably finish an entire Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza,” he said.

But in addition to his love for the obvious, Hartley cited a more unexpected reason for missing his former hometown – the weather.

“Spring, summer in Chicago is unparalleled on planet Earth,” the Orland Park native said.

That said, if there’s one piece of advice he has for the city, it’s that “sometimes people need to calm down a little and relax and not get so angry.”

Hartley plays Kevin Pearson on the hit NBC show “This Is Us,” which just wrapped up its emotional first season. But he and co-star Chrissy Metz, who plays his twin sister Kate on the show, say it’s not just a tear-jerker for the fans, it’s also emotional for the cast.

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“There were scenes where [Sterling K. Brown] found out about the adoption and how Rebecca brought him into their lives and everything. I remember just coming onto my cue and I’m in tears,” Metz said.

“You fall in love with these character as well,” Hartley added.

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Behind the scenes, Metz revealed that Brown and Hartley have somewhat of a “bromance” on set.

“Sterling and Justin have a bit of an alpha male thing, doing push-ups and stuff,” she said. “It’s so fun and it’s like a little bromance -- a friendship and brotherhood.”

She also said Milo Ventimiglia, who plays father Jack Pearson on the show, “is captain of the ship” and "takes care of everyone," similar to his character.

As for Metz, her favorite moment on the show’s first season was when Hartley’s character, who starred in a show called “The Manny,” had what would become a viral meltdown on set.

For fans left with questions after the season one finale, Metz said season two won’t disappoint.

“There’s going to be some questions that you’re actually going to get answers to that you might not have felt fulfilled,” she said, hinting at answers surrounding Jack’s journey and possibly revealing how Rebecca and Miguel’s relationship sparked.

Those who haven’t seen the show yet can still binge-watch it before it goes away. The entire season will be available during Xfinity’s Watchathon Week from April 3-9.

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<![CDATA[White Sox Send Peter Bourjos to Rays]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:24:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-163097622.jpg

The Chicago White Sox have plenty of question marks on their roster as they enter the 2017 season, and they added another one to the list on Tuesday as they traded outfielder Peter Bourjos to the Tampa Bay Rays.

In exchange, the White Sox will either receive a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The White Sox also made a pair of roster moves as they continue to cut down their big league roster, as they assigned pitchers Cory Luebke and Matt Purke to their minor-league camp.

Bourjos, who signed with the White Sox as a minor league free agent, had a solid spring for the team, with a .313 batting average with seven extra base hits. A Park Ridge native, Bourjos spent the first four seasons of his career with the Angels before making stops in St. Louis and Philadelphia over the last three seasons.

The trade is a bit surprising for the White Sox considering Charlie Tilson, that their primary center field option will not be available until late May or early June.  Acquired by the White Sox last season, the Wilmette native is dealing with a stress reaction in his foot, and the setback likely cost him the lead-off spot and the center field job to begin the season.

Now, with Tilson out and Bourjos heading to Tampa Bay, the White Sox will likely turn to either Jacob May, who is hitting .339 in spring training action this year, or Leury Garcia, who has made some solid plays in center field and has some Major League experience under his belt.

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<![CDATA[Trump Bemoans Chicago Violence in Meeting With FOP Chief]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:24:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-659095936+2.png

President Donald Trump once again bemoaned violence in Chicago on Tuesday, asking “what’s going on” in the city during a meeting with national police union leaders.

The White House meeting was a listening session with members of the Fraternal Order of Police, including Chicago’s FOP President Dean Angelo.

“In too many of our communities, violent crime is on the rise and in too many places, our citizens have not been safe for a very, very long time,” Trump said.

“Last year in Chicago, 4,368 people were shot. Nearly 700 more have already been shot since January this year alone. I ask, what's going on in Chicago?” he continued. “What is going on there? There's no excuse for it. I'm sure you're asking the same question: What's going on in Chicago?”

Trump has repeatedly mention the city’s increase in gun violence on Twitter and in speeches since taking office – calls that have prompted officials like Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson to ask for more federal law enforcement resources.

In January, Trump tweeted that he would "send in the feds" if Chicago didn’t fix the "horrible carnage going on."

Emanuel responded by urging the president to “just send them,” before meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions in February to present a “wish list” and discuss "what might be done to combat the shootings and murders in that city and bring back proactive community policing," according to a readout from the Department of Justice.

Johnson also met with Sessions earlier this month, requesting additional assistance to help curb the city’s violence during a meeting with several other police officials from across the country.

Angelo said his purpose in attending Tuesday’s meeting was a continuation of those discussions and that he hoped to ensure that any federal resources “gets to where it's supposed to go."

Vice President Mike Pence attending the listening session, as did Sessions, who briefly asked Angelo about Chicago before the event officially began.

“How’s the Chicago world?” Sessions inquired.

“A little crazy. A little upside down right now,” Angelo responded, adding, “We have people that are afraid they’re going to lose their job for doing their job.”

Trump opened the gathering by thanking law enforcement for their support and in turn, pledging his own. The FOP, which represents more than 330,000 members nationwide, endorsed Trump for president ahead of the election.

“As I traveled the country during the campaign, I had the great privilege to spend time with our amazing police officers who risk their lives every day to keep us safe and I made a crucial pledge: We will always support, and you people know that better than anybody, you know me, the incredible men and women of law enforcement,” Trump said. “I will always have your back, 100 percent, like you've always had mine, and you showed that on November 8th.”

Other participants in the meeting included National FOP President Chuck Canterbury, as well as several other members of the leadership team and Philadelphia’s FOP President Jason McDonald, the only other local leader in attendance alongside Angelo.

“My highest duty as president is the security of our people, the security of our nation,” Trump said in closing. “As president, I will work night and day to make America safe again.”

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<![CDATA[Amtrak Derailment Under Investigation]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:00:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/220*120/amtrak+cleanup.png

Crews spent the night working to upright Amtrak train cars that derailed outside Union Station Tuesday. The derailment happened as three cars were switching tracks with about 200 people on board. No injuries were reported.

<![CDATA[Eisenhower Reopens After Shooting Investigation]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:28:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ike+shooting.png

All lanes of the inbound Eisenhower Expressway were shut down for about four hours after a vehicle was shot Monday night in west suburban Maywood. 

Troopers responded about 10:30 p.m. to a report a vehicle that was struck by gunfire on I-290 east of 17th Avenue, according to Illinois State Police. No injuries were reported. 

All inbound lanes were shut down while state police investigated, but were reopened shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

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<![CDATA[Thieves Raid 5 Businesses Overnight in Antioch]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:11:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/antiochpizzaburglary0327.png

Police in Antioch confirm that five businesses were burglarized Sunday night—and might be connected to a sixth break-in in Wisconsin.

Surveillance video shows two men rushing into The Pizza Joint in Antioch. One jumps the counter before the pair makes off with the cash register and a safe. It’s just one of several businesses, including two dry cleaners, a gold coin shop and a grocery store, raided by thieves overnight.

“I can’t believe something like this would happen in Antioch,” said Pizza Joint owner Jaremy Girardi.

He says the burglars got in by breaking a glass door. Once they got inside, the smashed iPhones and iPads used by the business, Girardi said.

“It shows a little adolescence—maybe they’re just kids—maybe this will set them straight,” he said of the thieves.

Surveillance cameras captured a close-up of one suspect when he came inside for a second time to grab a bag of money.

A few miles away, just over the state line, Pizza Time was burglarized in Trevor, Wisconsin. Two men, caught on video, entered the business and took a cash register with $23 inside.

“They took it anyway, the whole cash register, and beat the living daylights out of the timeclock for some reason,” said owner Brenda Jonas. “If you need money, get a job. If you have a problem and you’re looking for money, get help. There’s help out there.”

Antioch police are working with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department on the investigation.

<![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[North Shore Town Lifts Booze Ban, Only 1 Dry Suburb Remains]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:08:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/liquor+bottles+generic.jpg

The North Shore town of Kenilworth is dry no more. In an effort to raise the interest of restaurants and other businesses, the suburb has lifted its longstanding ban on booze. There now remains only one dry Chicago suburb.

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<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Gun Found in Stroller: Chicago Police ]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:48:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/baby-stroller-generic.jpg

A Chicago man outside with a 1-year-old boy has been arrested after police allegedly found a handgun and marijuana in his baby stroller.

Chicago police say 32-year-old Anthony Kennedy is charged with unlawful possession of handgun by a felon, child endangerment and other charges.

A weekend police statement says officers responded to a call on Friday afternoon of someone with a gun in a West Side neighborhood and approached Kennedy. As they did, Kennedy allegedly fled but was soon captured. The child with Kennedy is now in the care of relatives.

Kennedy was ordered held on $100,000 bail. The name of an attorney for Kennedy wasn't available.

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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper is ‘Looking for an Intern’]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:21:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17065779497714-sm.jpg

Chicago’s Chance the Rapper is looking for an intern with experience “putting together decks and writing proposals,” the musician posted on Twitter Monday.

“I want intern resumes formatted as creative decks, pitches or proposals,” he wrote, adding the email address ctinternsubmissions@gmail.com.

Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, did not elaborate on what specifically the intern would be working on—but that didn’t stop a torrent of applications from coming his way, mostly on Twitter.

Applications came from a motley crew of Twitter users, such as Olympic diver Riley McCormick who said he’s now a second-year law student in Chicago.

“Have lots of experiencing dealing with the media and background in entertainment and contract law,” McCormick tweeted, followed by the hashtag #TakeAChanceOnRiley.

Adam Singer, whose verified account profile says he is an analytics advocate for Google, tweeted at Chance “yo I can make you some hot beats.”

Others tweeted images of their resumes, argued about the issue of paid and unpaid internships, or, as was the case with a New York Times social media editor, tweeted a gif from the hit film “Mean Girls.”

The rapper did not immediately respond to request for comment on the nature of the internship.

Bennet recently made headlines and received praise from the likes of Michelle Obama after donating $1 million to cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools.

“While I’m frustrated and disappointed in the governor’s inaction, that will not stop me from continuing to do all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource—it’s children,” Bennet said at a press conference announcing the donation.

After his meeting with Rauner earlier this month, Bennett, who attended Jones College Prep, slammed the governor for vetoing $215 million in CPS funding last December.

Bennet also announced his organization, Social Works, will be accepting donations for CPS where he will match every $100,000 raised with an additional $10,000.

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<![CDATA[Cubs Trim Happ, Zastryzny From Spring Training Roster]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:03:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-657841730.jpg

As the Chicago Cubs continue to pare down their roster before Opening Day, one of their top prospects is on his way to minor league camp after a fantastic spring with the squad.

That prospect is Ian Happ, who is one of three players that were sent down to the team’s minor league camp in a round of roster moves Monday. Happ has been bounding the cover off the ball all spring long, blasting five home runs and driving in 17 RBI to lead the Cubs in both categories. He also batted .417 for the team during the Cactus League season.

With a deep roster that includes a ton of players at both second base and left field, the positions where Happ has primarily played in the minors and in Arizona Fall League, making the team out of spring training was always a very slim possibility, but Monday’s move puts any speculation to an end.

According to Cubs G.M. Jed Hoyer, Happ will begin the season with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, and there’s certainly a chance that he could make his way to the big leagues if injury necessitates it before the September call-up window.

Two other players were also sent down to minor league camp, as outfielder John Andreoli and catcher Taylor Davis were both trimmed from the Cubs’ roster. Andreoli, who starred for Team Italy during the World Baseball Classic, batted a paltry .167 in 19 games with the Cubs, striking out 14 times and hitting just one home run.

Davis had four RBI and three walks in 30 at-bats for the Cubs, and he batted an even .300 on the spring campaign.

Two more players were sent down to the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate as well, including pitcher Rob Zastryzny. Zastryzny pitched for the Cubs during the 2016 postseason, but with a crowded bullpen and multiple options for long relievers and spot starters, he couldn’t quite beat anybody out for a job with the big league roster.

Spring hero Eddie Butler was also sent down despite being one of the best pitchers the Cubs have had in Cactus League play. Butler posted a 5-0 record in five appearances for the Cubs, striking out seven batters and posting a 0.95 WHIP in 14 innings of work.

The Cubs will need to finish cutting down their roster to 25 players by Sunday night, when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals in their first game of the regular season at Busch Stadium.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Defends Chicago as a 'Welcoming City']]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:46:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel+sessions.png

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated the federal government’s threat to block funding for so-called "sanctuary cities,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel doubled down on his own promise that Chicago will “continue to welcome” immigrants.

"I've always seen Chicago as a welcoming city,” Emanuel said in an interview from the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York on Monday.

“It welcomed my grandfather 100 years ago, we continue to welcome entrepreneurs, immigrants, and I would just say think of it this way: Half the new businesses in Chicago and the state of Illinois come from immigrants, nearly half,” he added. “Half the patents at the University of Illinois come from immigrants, and so we want to continue to welcome people, welcome their ideas, welcome their families to the city of Chicago, who want to build the American dream for their children and their grandchildren.”

Emanuel’s pledge came after Sessions told reporters that the Department of Justice would use compliance with immigration law as a condition for cities to receive federal grants – a reinforcement of the executive order on sanctuary cities that President Donald Trump signed in January.

The term "sanctuary city" refers to jurisdictions that do not comply with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants who have been arrested on charges unrelated to their immigration status and turn them over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation.

In a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing Monday, Sessions said that these policies are “designed to frustrate the enforcement of our immigration laws.”

“They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on our streets,” Sessions said. "We intend to use every lawful authority we have to make sure our state and local officials, who are so important to law enforcement, are in sync with the federal government.”

Chicago receives more than $1 billion in federal funding for initiatives including transportation, housing, public health and law enforcement – an area in which Emanuel has repeatedly asked for more assistance in combatting the city’s violence. On Monday, however, Emanuel appeared more concerned about maintaining Chicago’s status as a sanctuary city than he was about losing resources.

“Chicago was built on the back of immigrants and our future is hitched to the wagon of immigrants who come to the city,” he said. “I would say that the approach of penalizing cities, cities that are driving the economy, driving the energy of the United States – and they do it because we bring people of all different backgrounds to work together – that's just the wrong approach."

This is not the first time Emanuel has spoken out against the order, reaffirming that Chicago will remain a sanctuary city immediately after Trump signed the executive action in January, and joining a coalition of 34 cities and counties across the country on Thursday in asking a federal court to halt that order.

“Chicago has always been a welcoming city – its history is that of people, whether they’re from Poland or Pakistan, whether they’re from Ireland or India, whether they’re from Mexico or Moldova like where my grandfather came – we welcome immigrants who believe in America, believe in the American dream and want their children to do better than they do right now,” Emanuel added.

Chicago is not alone in its immigration policies, as more than 200 jurisdictions nationwide have declared sanctuary status, including New York City, Los Angeles and more. 

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<![CDATA[Sneak Peek at Equestrian Odyssey Coming to Soldier Field]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:09:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/horse+soldier+field.png

Chicago gets ready for a dazzling display of beauty and power. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter takes us under the big top at Soldier Field for a sneak peek at the spectular equestrian odyssey.