<![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-usSun, 23 Jul 2017 02:15:34 -0500Sun, 23 Jul 2017 02:15:34 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[White Sox Drop Eighth Straight in Loss to Royals]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:36:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-821042272.jpg

Mike Moustakas homered twice, and Salvador Perez, Brandon Moss and Jorge Bonifacio also went deep to lead the Kansas City Royals over the White Sox 7-2 Saturday night, extending Chicago's longest losing streak in two years to eight games.

Melky Cabrera had his second four-hit game in a week and gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead with a home run in the third inning and an RBI double in the fifth.

In a game that began with a 99-degree temperature and 112 heat index, Mike Pelfrey took a two-hitter into the sixth but put leadoff man Lorenzo Cain on with his sixth walk. David Holmberg (1-3) relieved, retired Eric Hosmer on a flyout, then gave up three homers in an eight-pitch span.

Perez's two-run homer tied the score, Moustakas homered two pitches later, Alcides Escobar grounded out and Moss homered for a 4-2 lead, a drive that would have gone 436 feet unimpeded. Whit Merrifield added an RBI single off Juan Minaya.

Bonifacio homered in the seventh, and Moustakas hit his 28th this season leading off the eighth against Brad Goldberg. Kansas City's five homers matched a season high.

Chicago, an AL-worst 38-56, had not lost eight in a row since June 12-19, 2015.

Scott Alexander (2-3) relieved Jason Vargas with two on and no outs in the sixth and got three straight outs. Vargas allowed two runs and seven hits.

Pelfrey is 0-2 in his last six starts.

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<![CDATA[Lester Pays Emotional Tribute to Uncle During Cubs Game]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 22:29:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-820975294.jpg

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester had one of his best outings of the season on Saturday, and he did so with a heavy heart after his uncle passed away Friday. 

Lester, who struck out 10 batters and picked up the win in the game, wrote "PLACT" on his cap before Saturday's contest, and after the game he revealed what the tribute meant. 

"I lost my uncle yesterday," he said. "He went to Notre Dame, so it was 'Play Like a Champion Today.' Just wanted to let him know I was thinking of him." 

A clearly emotional Lester left the podium after answering the question about his tribute to his uncle. 

"Play Like a Champion Today" is a phrase made famous by a sign at Notre Dame, which players traditionally tap before taking the field at the school's iconic football stadium. 

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<![CDATA[Reliving Some of Wrigley's Worst Seventh Inning Stretches]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:10:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-698793820.jpg

On Saturday afternoon, rapper Ice Cube unleashed one of the more interesting Seventh Inning Stretches in the history of Wrigley Field, and it may find itself among the worst to ever come from that fabled booth. 

The tradition of singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" started with broadcaster Harry Caray, and since his death in 1998, celebrities and Cubs legends have picked up the microphone in an attempt to fill that role. 

Some renditions have been excellent, and some......have been decidedly less so. 

Ice Cube's rapid-fire delivery was noteworthy, but he has nothing on how fast Mike Ditka belted out the tune: 

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At the very least, Ditka nailed all of the words. Bulls legend Scottie Pippen forgot some of the lyrics, and he let the crowd take over: 

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Scottie embraced the role of stretch emcee, something that former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler didn't look all that excited to do: 

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Enthusiasm wasn't a problem for Jeff Gordon, but realizing that he wasn't at "Wrigley Stadium" was just as cringe-worthy: 

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Finally, there's this. There aren't words for this: 

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If you're still standing upright after this painful trip down memory lane, did we miss anyone? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments below! 

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<![CDATA[Ice Cube Puts His Own Touch On 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame']]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:42:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-815724998.jpg

There have been some remarkable renditions of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" over the years, but on Saturday, a famous recording artist may have taken things to a whole new level. 

That recording artist is legendary rapper Ice Cube, and he stepped into the booth and delivered a version of the song that would have made Mike Ditka proud: 

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There are no official records that we can use to verify this, but Ice Cube's rendition may be the fastest one ever delivered at the Friendly Confines. 

The song did seem to motivate both teams, as the St. Louis Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs responded with three more to secure the comeback victory. 

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<![CDATA[Two Chicago Teens Reported Missing]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:14:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Missing+Teens+7-21.png

Two sisters are missing from Chicago’s Cragin neighborhood, Chicago Police said Saturday.

The sisters, 13-year-old Kary Jimenez and 15-year-old Fatima Jimenez, went missing in the 4900 block of West George Street in Chicago on Saturday, police said.

For any person who has information on the whereabouts of the sisters, they are encouraged to call the Special Victims Unit at 312-744-8266. 

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<![CDATA[Pokémon Go Fest Attendees Refunded as Glitches Plague Event]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:55:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Pokemon+Go+Fest+-+10005609_28152926.png

Thousands of people descended on Chicago Saturday for Pokémon Go Fest – an event that was billed as a celebration of the smartphone game’s first year but instead became a debacle plagued by massive lines and connectivity issues.

Organized by the game’s developer, Niantic, the all-day festival in Grant Park was the company’s first official live event for players of the augmented reality game.

However, upon arrival, the roughly 20,000 attendees were met with hours-long lines to enter the festival, and then technical problems preventing play once inside the event.

Niantic’s chief marketing officer addressed the crowd to boos in the late morning, citing three specific problems that rendered attendees unable to access the game.

“One is a network issue. One of the providers is trying to pump in some more bandwidth so that’s something that we’re working with them closely on,” CMO Mike Quigley said onstage.

“The other two issues are on the Niantic side. There’s a crash bug issue that we’ve identified. I know some of you have had that issue, as well as an authentication issue, so we’ve got it completely pinpointed to those three things.”

Quigley said the company would offer players a refund on the $20 ticket price, as well as $100 in the game credit Pokecoins.

However, even with a refund, many attendees – some of whom traveled to Chicago from around the world – will only receive a fraction of what they actually paid.

Tickets to the festival, which promised rare Pokémon encounters, special challenges and exclusive rewards, sold out in just minutes last month.

Many were then listed for resale on sites like eBay for as high as $400.

Despite the connectivity issues, the festival was scheduled to continue as planned while the engineering team worked on a fix, Quigley said.

<![CDATA[Police Warn of Apartment Scam in West Lawn Neighborhood]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:25:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Money22.jpg

People searching for apartments in Chicago’s West Lawn neighborhood are being warned about a scam artist that has already taken money from at least four different people.

In a community alert issued this week, Chicago Police say that a man has posted an ad for an apartment in the 6000 block of South Pulaski, and when victims give him their first month’s rent and a security deposit, he pockets the money and vanishes, as the property is not for rent.

Four different people have been victimized by the scam, with two separate victims losing money on July 11 and two more losing money on July 13 and 18 as part of the scam.

The alleged perpetrator of the crime has used several aliases, including Byron Dean and Joseph Grant, as part of the hoax.

Police recommend that anyone trying to obtain an apartment should be careful not to give cash without getting a receipt, and if surveillance footage exists of any such meeting, it should be saved and turned over to police.

People with information on the scam are encouraged to contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8382, or the Division of Financial Crimes at 312-746-9661. 

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Alleged Sexual Assault of 15-Year-Old Girl]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:58:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Salas+Arrest+7-22.jpg

A Kane County man has been arrested and is facing felony charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

30-year-old Jose Salas Jr. of Carpentersville was arrested and appeared in a Lake County court on Friday, where his bond was set at $1 million in the case.

According to police, Salas, the former Director of Youth Soccer at a sports complex in Elgin, allegedly befriended the victim over the course of several months, and then took her to a motel in Barrington, where he allegedly assaulted her.

Salas is facing four felony counts of Criminal Sexual Assault, and two felony counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse.

Each count of Criminal Sexual Assault carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. 

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<![CDATA[Algonquin Founders' Days Festival Canceled Amid Flooding]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:29:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/5P+VO+ALGONQUIN+PREPARES++-+00000009_28152033.png

Amid record flooding, organizers on Saturday canceled the Algonquin Founders' Days Festival scheduled for next weekend. 

"As residents of Algonquin, we have worked tirelessly day and night, juggling work schedules and family lives while putting our heart and soul in attempting to pull together the best festival for our community," a statement from event organizers read. 

"It has come to the point that as a community, we all need to concentrate our efforts on the residents that are in most need of help," the statement continued. "The Founders’ Committee and the Village believe strongly in this community and now is the time when all of us need to focus on what our town needs most."

The event, slated for July 27-30, was moved earlier in the week from its original location at Riverfront Park, on Harrison St. directly next to the Fox River, to Algonquin Lakes Elementary School, which is on Compton Drive about two miles south. 

However, organizers said Saturday that "the Fox River just has not cooperated" and "resources have been overextended," prompting the decision to cancel the festival for the first time in its 57-year history.

Riverfront Park, as well as Cornish Park, Towne Park and several local streets, remain closed to the public as volunteers and emergency officials sandbag the area.  

The Fox River (with a flood stage of 9.5 feet) was at 13 feet Saturday morning following heavy rainfall from overnight storms Friday. It had crested Thursday at around 12.82 feet, according to the village of Algonquin.

"Now more than ever, we rely on our community for support and now your community needs you," organizers said. "Although not having a festival will financially hurt Algonquin Founders’ Days Inc., it pales in comparison with what our residents are going through and the devastating personal losses they will incur." 

"While you would support Founders’ financially by coming out to the festival, we’re asking that you instead turn your support to the community and offer your time until this dire situation is rectified," they added.

<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Storms Cause Damage, Add to Flooding Concerns]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:57:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/justin+king+streamwood+flooding+722.png

A round of severe weather moved through the Chicago area Friday night, compounding concerns in parts of northern Illinois already battling major flooding.

Thunderstorms rolled through several counties overnight, bringing torrential rains, strong winds and even hail to suburbs like Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village. [[435902593, C]]

Nearly 200 flights were canceled at O’Hare Airport Friday night, while around 30,000 customers lost electricity during the storms, according to ComEd.

Storm damage hit numerous areas, knocking down trees and power lines in areas including Elgin, Itasca and more, while warehouses in both Streamwood and Elk Grove Village saw their roofs torn off in the wind.

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The Des Plaines River was at 18.26 feet near Des Plaines Saturday morning, six days after cresting at about 19.83 feet – nearly five feet about the 15 foot flood stage.

In Kane and McHenry counties, the Fox River (with a flood stage of 9.5 feet) was at 13 feet Saturday morning after cresting Thursday at around 12.82 feet, according to the village of Algonquin.

Officials closed several parks and streets near the river, asking residents to steer clear as emergency workers sandbagged the area. The community's annual Algonquin Founders' Days Festival, scheduled for next weekend, was also canceled Saturday. [[434038743, C]]

Major efforts to control flooding in Lake County continued as well following Friday’s storms, as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, county officials and more than 20 community partners opened a Multi Agency Resource Center to assist impact residents.

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A state disaster proclamation was declared for Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties last week, while the entire Chicago area remains under a Flood Warning through at least the end of the weekend.

While the threat for severe weather had largely passed Saturday, scattered storms are possible throughout the weekend, which looks to be cloudy and humid with temperatures in the 80s and 90s.

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<![CDATA[90 Taken to Hospital After Chance the Rapper Concert]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 16:02:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chancetherapperfeuerherd.jpg

Police in Connecticut made 50 underage drinking referrals and medical staff transported over 90 patients to hospitals, many for severe intoxication, during a Chance the Rapper concert at the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford Friday night.

Police said around 21,000 people attended the event, which had a special detail focused on underage drinking enforcement, sponsored in part by an “Underage Drinking Enforcement” grant by the state Department of Transportation.

Most people charged with underage drinking were issued a promise to appear summons.

Friday’s crowd was mostly fans in their late teens and early 20s and there was a great deal of tailgating, partying and heavy drinking, police said. Many of the medical transports were for underage drinkers who suffered severe intoxication.

A Lady Antebellum concert is scheduled for Saturday, and police remind parents to be aware of the atmosphere at some concerts so that parents and children can talk about making responsible decisions.

Those who received referrals will appear at Hartford Community Court on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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<![CDATA[2 Killed, 13 Wounded in Weekend Violence]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:46:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+violence+GettyImages-487311056.jpg

Two people have been shot and 13 have been wounded in shootings across the Chicago area this weekend.

A man was shot to death in the 8800 block of South Eggleston at 10:19 p.m. Friday night. Police responded to a call of shots fired in the area, and when they arrived on scene they found the man with gunshot wounds to the buttocks and his side. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday night, a 18-year-old was shot in the 7100 block of South Artesian. The man was shot in the back and chest, and he was pronounced dead at Holy Cross. A 59-year-old man was also shot in the incident, when an unknown assailant walked up to the pair and fired shots. The man was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

On Saturday morning, an attempted carjacking went wrong as a 32-year-old man was shot in the groin and abdomen following a struggle. After the shooter fled the scene, the car’s passenger drove the victim to the hospital, where he is listed in serious condition.


  • A 24-year-old man was shot in the 3500 block of North Laramie at approximately 7:53 p.m. He was taken to Community First Hospital in good condition, police said.
  • A 17-year-old boy was shot in the left shoulder and leg in the 6900 block of South Campbell. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in stable condition.
  • At approximately 9:15 p.m. in the 7200 block of South Vincennes, a 27-year-old man was walking on a sidewalk when he was shot by an unknown man. The victim was shot in the right arm and back, and was taken to St. Bernard’s in stable condition.
  • One man was shot and another man was stabbed when a group of four men approached the pair in the 2600 block of West North Avenue. A 30-year-old man was shot in the back and the leg, and a 19-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen. Both men were taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.
  • A man was shot to death in the 8800 block of South Eggleston at 10:19 p.m. Friday night. Police reported to a shots fired call and found a man with gunshot wounds to his side and buttocks. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
  • A 23-year-old man was standing on a porch when an unknown man walked up and fired shots at him in the 7500 block of South Ridgeland. The man was transported to Jackson Park Hospital in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the head.


  • At 5:45 a.m. in the 1200 block of South California, a 32-year-old man was shot in the groin and abdomen during an attempted carjacking. He was driven to the hospital, where he’s listed in critical condition.
  • A 19-year-old man was shot in the thigh in the 8700 block of South Sangamon at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
  • An unknown assailant in a light-colored truck fired several shots at a 29-year-old man in the 900 block of North Long at 10:08 a.m. Saturday morning. The man was hit in the foot and brought himself to West Suburban Hospital in good condition.
  • A 29-year-old woman was shot in the right shin in the 5700 block of South Paulina Saturday evening. She was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.
  • A 20-year-old man was brought to St. Bernard Hospital in serious condition after he was shot in the left side and left arm. The shooting occurred in the 6700 block of South Ashland.
  • In the 1300 block of South Troy, a 34-year-old man was shot while standing on a sidewalk. An unknown assailant in a white sedan fired shots at him, hitting him in the groin. He was taken to Mt. Sinai in stable condition.
  • A 21-year-old man was standing on a sidewalk in the 1600 block of North Natchez when he was shot in the leg. He was taken to Loyola in stable condition after an assailant in a grey sedan drove by and fired shots at him.
  • Two men were shot in the 7100 block of South Artesian at approximately 9:41 p.m. on Saturday night. An 18-year-old was shot in the back and chest, and was pronounced dead at Holy Cross. A 59-year-old man was also shot, and was taken to the hospital in serious condition. 

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<![CDATA[Severe Storms Cause Damage, Power Outages]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:45:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Radar+7-22.png

Severe weather rolled through the Chicago area on Friday night, bringing damaging hail, strong winds, and torrential rains to a wide swath of northern Illinois.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for numerous counties, including Kankakee, Kendall, La Salle, and Cook counties, and storm damage was prevalent throughout the area.

Nearly 30,000 customers lost power during the storms, according to ComEd, and nearly 200 flights were cancelled at O’Hare as a result of the severe weather.

Storm damage hit numerous areas, including Schaumburg, which experienced hail and wind damage, Streamwood, where a warehouse had its roof peeled back, and Elk Grove Village, which also had a warehouse with a roof torn off.

There was also wind damage in Itasca, where trees were knocked over. There was localized flooding in the area.

As a result of the storms, McHenry County is under a Flash Flood Warning until 2:30 a.m., and several counties, including Cook, Kane, and Lake counties, are under a Flood Warning through at least the end of the weekend.

In addition to the threat of more storms, which could roll through northern Illinois on Saturday morning, there will also be the threat of warm temperatures and high humidity as well.

The high temperature in Chicago is forecasted to hit 90 degrees, with a 60 percent chance of rain as showers and thunderstorms could develop during the day. 

<![CDATA[Nearly 200 Flights Cancelled at O'Hare Due to Storms]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:33:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4690739561.jpg

A wave of storms that rolled through the Chicago area forced flight cancellations and delays at O'Hare International Airport. 

According to Fly Chicago, the average delay on flights at O'Hare on Friday night was 33 minutes, and nearly 200 flights were cancelled at the airport.

As of 11 p.m. Friday night, 194 flights had been cancelled as severe weather threatened

Midway Airport didn't deal with much in the way of cancellations, with only 13 flights cancelled as a result of the storms. Flights were delayed an average of 36 minutes at the airport, according to the website. 

A series of storms rolled through the Chicago area on Friday night, knocking out power to nearly 30,000 homes and causing damage to numerous structures. 

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<![CDATA[Late Rally Pushes Cardinals Past Cubs]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:51:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-820439352.jpg

Paul DeJong hit a tiebreaking two-run double in St. Louis' nine-run eighth inning, and the Cardinals cooled off the Chicago Cubs with an 11-4 victory on Friday.

Chicago carried a 3-2 lead into the eighth, looking for its seventh consecutive win. But St. Louis sent 14 batters to the plate in its highest-scoring inning of the season, taking advantage of a combined six walks by three relievers while improving to 4-4 since the All-Star break.

Carl Edwards Jr. (3-2) was pulled after the first three batters reached. Hector Rondon then walked Jedd Gyorko, tying it at 3, and DeJong followed with a drive into the ivy in right-center for a ground-rule double.

The Cardinals were off and running from there. Carson Kelly hit a two-run double in his first game since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Tommy Pham's two-run single made it 11-3 before Dexter Fowler bounced into a double play, ending a string of 11 consecutive batters reaching safely to begin the inning.

When DeJong struck out swinging with runners on second and third for the final out, the crowd of 42,186 cheered sarcastically.

Willson Contreras hit a two-run homer for Chicago, and Ben Zobrist had three hits. Jake Arrieta pitched six effective innings, allowing two runs and five hits.

The Cubs played without third baseman Kris Bryant, who sprained his left little finger on a headfirst slide in the first inning of Chicago's 8-2 victory at Atlanta on Wednesday. X-rays were negative, but Bryant is experiencing soreness and there is some concern about gripping a bat.

Fowler had three hits for St. Louis, which was coming off a tough 3-2 loss to the New York Mets on Thursday. Randal Grichuk homered in his return from a lower back injury, and Matt Bowman (2-3) got the final out of the seventh for the win.

Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez allowed a season-high 10 hits in six innings, but was charged with just two earned runs on Contreras' 14th homer in the first inning. Arrieta's leadoff grounder in the fifth went right through shortstop DeJong's legs for an error, helping set up Anthony Rizzo's tiebreaking RBI single.

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<![CDATA[Storms Knocked Out Power to Nearly 30,000 Residents]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:30:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-71475119.jpg

Nearly 30,000 residents were left without power in northern Illinois after a series of thunderstorms rolled through the area. 

As of 11 p.m. on Friday night, just under 30,000 people were without power. Most of the outages were in Winnebago County, with over 6500 residents in the dark, and nearly 5500 customers were without power in both DuPage and Kane Counties.

Just over 4000 Cook County residents are without power as a result of the storms, and approximately 3000 residents in McHenry County lost power as a result of the storms. 

According to a press release issued by ComEd, the company has activated its emergency response center, increased staffing, and is readying trucks and equipment to deal with outages should they occur.

“This is the second round of storms to move through the area this week and more severe weather is predicted for Friday and into the evening,” Executive VP Terrence Donnelly said. “We implemented our storm preparedness actions with increased staffing to enable swift and safe response to impacted customers.”

Customers are encouraged to call 1-800-EDISON1 if they encounter downed power lines, or if they need the utility company to disconnect power in the event of a flooded basement.

For customers looking to report outages, they can text OUT to 26633, or via the company’s website. 

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<![CDATA[Streamwood Warehouse Damaged by Storms]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:22:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sky5+6PM+-+18490428_28148900.jpg

Storms have damaged several structures in Streamwood, including a commercial building in the 500 block of Bartlett Road.

According to the Streamwood Fire Department, the building experienced extensive water damage when strong winds peeled the roof back on the structure. The roof also suffered damage to air conditioning units, as they were displaced on top of the structure.

Numerous calls for service have been reported in the Streamwood area, with tree branches down on power lines throughout the area.

The Fire Department also said that a home on Rosewood Drive was hit by lightning, which resulted in damage to its chimney.

Powerful storms are expected to hit the Chicago-area through the rest of the night, as the area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until midnight. 

<![CDATA[Your Storm Pictures: July 21]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:00:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/schaumburg+hail+bridget.jpg With the stormy weather on July 21, check out the pictures captured by local viewers.

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<![CDATA[Woman Charged After Dog Dies in Hot Car at Suburban Mall]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:03:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Smith+Mary.jpg

A woman has been charged with animal cruelty after her dog died in a hot car while she shopped inside a west suburban mall this week.

Police said they were called to Oakbrook Center Mall Thursday evening for a report of a dog locked inside a white Mercedes.

The vehicle was parked and turned off and the windows were “closed and foggy,” police said.

The heat index outside the vehicle at the time was about 83 degrees, according to authorities.

Officers found a brown medium-sized dog laying on the driver’s seat of the vehicle showing “obvious signs of distress” and “rapid shallow breathing.”

The officers got into the vehicle and removed the dog before police immediately took it to the VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital in Downers Grove, officials said.

The dog was pronounced dead less than hour later. Its core body temperature was 109 degrees, according to police.

Mary Smith, 60, of Glen Ellyn, was charged with cruel treatment under the humane care for animals act, a misdemeanour, police said.

“Every year we alert people to the danger of leaving children or pets inside cars in the summer. The temperature inside a vehicle climbs approximately 43 degrees in just an hour,” Chief James Kruger said in a statement. “This loss of a defenseless animal was avoidable and should not have occurred. There is no reason to take your pet out in extreme heat without adequate air conditioning and water.”

According to Oak Brook police, temperatures reached a high of 95 degrees in the western suburb Thursday.

Anyone with further information on what happened is being asked to call (630) 368-8734.

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<![CDATA[Judge Again Extends Temporary Order Blocking Soda Tax]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 18:17:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-672888958.png

A judge on Friday again extended a temporary restraining order blocking Cook County's proposed tax on sugary beverages.

The order was extended to July 28, when the judge said he will issue a final ruling. 

The new tax, originally set to take effect July 1, was slated to tack on an extra penny per ounce of any drink sweetened with sugar or a substitute sold in Cook County. It was expected to raise $67.5 million in new revenue by Nov. 30, according to county estimates. 

The tax was put on hold June 30, though, after Illinois merchants won a temporary restraining order that an appellate court refused to overturn. The county filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

The judge, citing questions about the tax's impact on consumers, set an original court date of July 12, but the restraining order was extended until July 21. That resulted in more than 300 employees being given layoff notices last week, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.

"Today we regrettably laid off more than 300 employees as a result of the County's budget crisis," Preckwinkle said in a statement. "The personnel actions are necessary to address an approximately $68 million gap in our FY2017 that is directly related to the Illinois Retail Merchants Association's lawsuit and Temporary Restraining Order that prohibits us from collecting the Sweetened Beverage Tax."

Thirty-nine employees were given layoff notices at the State's Attorney's office as well. 

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<![CDATA[Rauner Claims He Didn't Interview Fired ‘Body Man’]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:55:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Web+-+Bruce+Rauner_28061056.jpg

A week after an aide to Gov. Bruce Rauner was fired over “unacceptable tweets” found on his Twitter page, Rauner said he never interviewed him.

Rauner told reporters Friday he met with Ben Tracy once before Tracy was chosen to fill the role as a close assistant or "body man" to the governor but he said last Friday's meeting wasn't an interview.

Sources close to the administration tell Ward Room the governor did interview him and any claims to the contrary are false. But the role is a personal one, they said, as he's required to be with the governor closely.

When asked by a reporter Friday to clarify it was his "body man" who was fired, Rauner said, "I don't know the exact role or title. You know we’re obviously adding people all the time. You know, I don't know about that."

"But weren't you involved in interviewing him?" the reporter asked. 

Rauner responded, "No, no. I met him once."

Tracy was hired after Kyle Haevers, the previous “body man,” was reassigned. But Tracy was sent packing after the tweets were discovered—including one widely circulated that makes light of physical violence toward reporters.

”Maybe body slamming reporters is the winning formula for republicans in IL?” Tracy purportedly tweeted.

Last May, then-congressional candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault for grabbing a reporter by the neck and “body-slamming” him to the ground.

"There is no excuse for this. Competent staff would thoroughly vet any new staff member, especially those who will serve in the most sensitive positions in the administration,” a former Rauner administration official tells NBC 5. “The governor would have personally interviewed and approved of this individual. He needs to explain why he and his new team allowed this to happen."

Other tweets on Tracy’s page included homophobic and racist language. Some of the tweets were captured by screenshots and shared on social media Monday.

“These tweets are unacceptable,” said Laurel Patrick, an administration spokeswoman. “The individual in question is no longer an employee of our Administration.”

Tracy's firing comes amid a storm of recent resignations, dismissals and reassignments in the administration--including Rauner's chief of staff.

Tracy's Twitter account has been deleted. There has been no announcement of a new "body man" hired. 

<![CDATA[Officer Shot During Confrontation on Chicago's South Side]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:33:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/SKY+5_43rd+ASHLAND+OFFICER+INVOLVED+SHOOTING+-+14222118_28145338.jpg

A Chicago police officer was shot during a confrontation Friday afternoon on the city's South Side, according to police. 

The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. near 46th and South Ashland Avenue in the city's Back of the Yards neighborhood, according to police. the officer was responding to a report of a store robbery near 43rd and Ashland when the shooting took place. 

The officer was taken to Mercy Hospital, where police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said she was "conscious & alert."

The officer was being transferred to Stroger Hospital in stable condition, authorities said, but further details on her injuries weren't immediately known.

At least one person was in custody as of 2:30 p.m., but authorities said it was not clear if more suspects were being sought.

An investigation remained ongoing.  

Check back for details on this developing story. 

<![CDATA[Rauner Threatens to Call Special Session, Report Says]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:00:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rauner+ap+pic.jpg

State lawmakers have yet to pass Senate Bill 1, which would fund public schools, and Governor Bruce Rauner is apparently ratcheting up the pressure on the legislature to do so.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Rauner has demanded that lawmakers get SB-1 onto his desk by noon Monday, or he will call them back to the Capitol for another special session.

“Speaker (Mike) Madigan is clearly hoping that by sitting on the bill until the middle of August or maybe later that the crisis, the pain, the chaos that he can inflict will cause bad policy,” Rauner told the Tribune. “He did this to us in May and June with the tax hike. He’s trying to do it to us with our schools, and at some point we’ve got to stop the tyranny.”

The governor has already said that he plans to use his amendatory veto powers to strip out portions of the bill providing funding and pension relief to Chicago Public Schools, saying that the current version is akin to a “bailout” for the district.

CPS principals received their budgets for the coming school year, and it included $300 million in funding from the state of Illinois. CPS chief Forrest Claypool said that the district will open on time regardless of whether or not the state has passed a school funding bill. 

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<![CDATA[Lake County Reports West Nile Virus in Mosquitoes]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:46:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TLMD-zancudo-mosquito-EFE-11874425w.jpg

Just one day after the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in Illinois this summer was reported in Will County, mosquitoes tested in Lake County have also tested positive for the disease.

That news came from the Lake County Health Department, which announced that a batch of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus on July 14. According to the department, the batch is the first confirmed indicator of the virus in the county this year.

“Hot weather and standing water create the ideal conditions for mosquitoes to breed,” Executive Director Mark Pfister said. “Residents need to take action to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”

With flooding in the Lake County area, there are many pools of standing water where mosquitoes can breed. Some of those mosquitoes that hatched in floodwater don’t carry the disease, but others that target water sources like buckets, gutters, and plant containers can carry the disease and could pose a threat to residents.

“We need everyone to eliminate stagnant water from their properties to keep these mosquitoes at bay,” department Senior Biologist Michael Adam said.

Residents are being encouraged to wear insect repellant, to drain bird baths and buckets that could hold standing water, and to dress with long sleeves and pants during peak mosquito hours, which occur around dawn and around dusk.

According to the Health Department, there were two human cases of West Nile confirmed in Lake County, and there have been 58 cases and two confirmed deaths since 2002.

The state’s first confirmed case of West Nile virus was diagnosed in Will County late last month and was announced officially on Thursday. Batches of mosquitoes in six different Chicago suburbs have also tested positive for the disease, including Skokie and Evanston. 

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<![CDATA[These Are the Hottest Chicago Neighborhoods, Suburbs: Report]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:53:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-489468042.jpg

No matter what side of Chicago you look at, there are some booming neighborhoods and suburbs to live in, according to a new report.

Crain’s Chicago Business released its mid-year list of the hottest Chicago neighborhoods and the hottest suburban markets and whether you’re northm south or west, it appears there are some growing real estate markets.

The report looked at market data for the first six months of the year in each Chicago neighborhood and looked at number of sales, increase in prices and time on the market.

In Chicago, the ranking was broken up into two lists: single-family homes and condo markets.

For single-family homes, the top neighborhoods were Beverly, Bridgeport, Irving Park, Montclare and South Chicago. For condos, the top markets were in Avondale, Bridgeport, Rogers Park, West Ridge and West Town.

When it comes to the suburbs, two northern towns and two southern towns topped the list. They include Winthrop Harbor and Beach Park in the north and Homewood and Flossmoor to the south.

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<![CDATA[Actor Jay Mohr Helps Struggling Mom at Chicago Airport]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:30:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP100623065958.jpg

Actor Jay Mohr is being praised on social media for helping a mother as she struggled at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago last month.

The story of Mohr’s actions was first posted on the blog “She Just Glows” late last month, where former news reporter Janie Porter detailed the story of her friend’s encounter with a celebrity.

“When my friend Taryn found herself on the same flight as actor Jay Mohr, her experience was anything but what she expected. Especially from a celebrity,” Porter wrote.

The story goes on to say that the woman, identified only by her first name, was struggling to collapse her stroller while holding her toddler son on the tarmac. She asked a man nearby to hold her son while she packed up her stroller and he kindly did.

As the pair started talking, the woman realized she recognized the man as actor Jay Mohr, who appeared in films including Jerry Maguire, Pay It Forward and Playing by Heart.

Taryn told Porter the two began talking about Mohr’s 3-year-old son and they parted ways.

Once on the plane, the pair realized their seats were not far from each other, though Mohr was in first-class and Taryn in coach. But that didn’t keep Mohr from stopping over.

“He showed me a hilarious video of his 3-year-old impersonating Tracy Morgan, asked me where I lived, and we talked more about his career and just chatted for a good 10 minutes,” the mother told Porter, sharing a photo of her son with Mohr.

Mohr eventually offered Taryn tickets to his comedy show that night, but she couldn’t attend and politely declined.

“He held Connor and took a genuine interest in helping me out before the flight,” Taryn told Porter. “Most strangers wouldn’t do that, let alone a celebrity.”

Porter ended her post by saluting Mohr on behalf of “every mother who has ever traveled with young children.”

On Thursday, Mohr acknowledged the story, tweeting “The celeb who helped a young mom on a flight – (its [sic] me).”

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

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<![CDATA[Dispatcher Charged With Shooting Teen in Traffic Dispute]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:02:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/McGrath-Keli-46.jpg

A Chicago dispatcher has been charged with shooting an 18-year-old woman following a traffic dispute that turned physical earlier this week, police said. 

Keli McGrath, 46, was charged with one count of felony aggravated battery -discharge of a firearm, according to police said. She is expected to appear in court Friday. 

McGrath, a dispatcher for the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, allegedly shot the 18-year-old woman in the chest at about 1:49 p.m. Wednesday in the city’s McKinley Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

The 18-year-old’s condition was not immediately known, but a Chicago Fire Department official said she was also taken to Stroger.

McGrath was transported to Stroger Hospital with a head injury where her condition had stabilized.

Police confirmed she had a license to carry a concealed weapon.

At least two children were also transported to the hospital, whose ages were not immediately known. It was not immediately clear which of the women the kids were travelling with.

Area Central detectives were investigating.

OEMC operates the public safety communications system for the city and manages emergency situations, including by fielding 911 calls.

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<![CDATA[Forecast: Hot & Humid Again]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:21:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000024714428_1200x675_1005510723575.jpg

Andy Avalos has the latest forecast update for the Chicago area. 

<![CDATA[Woman Dies After Being Hit by Train in Arlington Heights]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:43:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-31529591.jpg

A woman died Friday after she was hit by a Metra train in Arlington Heights and a death investigation was underway.

The rail agency said train no. 626 on the Union Pacific Northwest Line, scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 8:31 a.m., hit a pedestrian around 8 a.m. 

The train was leaving the station and all crossing gates were deployed before police say the woman entered the path of the train at Arlington Heights Road, according to police. 

The woman's identity was not immediately known. She was described as an Hispanic woman between 20 and 40 years old with black curly hair and was wearing a peach shirt, black pants and grey flip-flops. 

All inbound and outbound trains were stopped in the area following the incident. The Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line was accepting Metra tickets from Roselle to Chicago, except at the O'Hare Airport transfer station, Metra said. 

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office is investigating the death. Anyone with information is being asked to call (847) 368-5300. 

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<![CDATA[Rapping Chicago Teacher Debuts New Song in Old Navy Collab]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:20:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/reed0823.png

Last year, young teacher Dwayne Reed welcomed students to class with a song that would ultimately become a viral sensation. This year, he's welcoming students with a new tune.

Reed was picked to be featured in a new project launched by Old Navy and Pharrell Williams' "i am OTHER," marking the launch of the clothing retailer's new "ONward!" platform. 

The project includes eight original songs penned and performed by teachers across the country, including Reed's newest rap "Welcome Back to School."

As a first-year student teacher at Jane Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, Reed posted a rap video titled “Welcome to The Fourth Grade” on YouTube last August. Its views have since skyrocketed to more than 1.3 million as thousands praised Reed for his creative take on education. 

"In my hood, the kids really like rap music, so what did I do? Make a rap song," Reed said while discussing his new tune. "I think kids connect with music because people in general connect with music. Music is transcendent."

Now, as a fifth grade teacher at LEARN Campbell in Chicago, Reed hopes his sequel is as big of a hit as his original. 

The new video was produced by Darius Scott, a finalist on Pharrell Williams' team during Season 9 of NBC's "The Voice." 

"In each video of the ONward! album, teachers impart important messages to the next generation through catchy tunes while outfitted in Old Navy's latest back-to-school styles," the company said in a press release.

Reed continues with his plan to use his passion for music to help kids come up with their own songs to help them study.

“Regardless of how cheesy it is, if it helps them remember something, if it helps them excel on the test, or in life, I’m fine with it, I’m backing it,” he told NBC 5 last year. “You can’t disconnect music from true life, so if we want our students to live excellent lives, we gotta have music involved in that.”

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<![CDATA[3 Wounded in Dan Ryan Expressway Shooting]]> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:42:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dan-ryan-express+-+00032106_28137130.jpg

Three people were wounded in a shooting on the Dan Ryan Expressway early Friday morning, authorities said, including a man who claimed he was walking near the scene where the shooting took place when he was hit by the gunfire. 

The shooting happened at about 1 a.m. in the southbound express lanes of the roadway at 43rd Street on Chicago's South Side. 

Police said they found two shooting victims at 55th Street and Wells, one with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and another shot in the buttocks. Their ages were not immediately known. 

Witnesses told police they saw a white SUV traveling southbound on the expressway before it became involved in a traffic altercation with another vehicle. Witnesses said the people in the white SUV then began shooting at the other vehicle.

The victims were taken to Stroger Hospital for treatment, but their conditions were not known.

Police later said a third person walked into Mercy Hospital and told officials he had been hurt in the expressway shooting Friday morning. The man said he was walking in the area when he was shot, but police said they were still investigating if his shooting was related.  

The shooting shut down the southbound express lanes from 29th Street to 55th Street as police investigated. 

A description of the suspects and their vehicle wasn't available. 

The shooting comes on the heels of numerous expressway shootings over the last year. 

State police have been ramping up partols, particularly on the Dan Ryan Expressway, where a number of shootings have taken place. 

Police say a number of shooting cases have resulted in arrests so far.

"Our message is simple - offenders who commit gun violence on Illinois expressways will be identified and held accountable," ISP Director Leo Schmitz said. 

No one was in custody for the Friday shooting as of 6 a.m. 

Anyone with information on what happened is being asked to call (847) 294-4400. 

<![CDATA[Snuggerud Could Be Dark-Horse Roster Candidate]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:08:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-469483072.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks are going to have a new-look blue line going into next season, and with the departures of players like Niklas Hjalmarsson and Brian Campbell, the door could be opened for a young player to force their way into the mix.

One of the players that could find himself in that conversation is Luc Snuggereud. The Minnesota-born blue liner signed a contract with the Blackhawks last year after a strong season with the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and he feels that having the security of a deal will enable him to focus on the task at hand.

“It’s a different feeling knowing that I signed a contract and that I’m not going back to school in the fall,” he said. “It’s a different mindset knowing that I’m competing for a job and that I’m here to stay.”

Snuggerud could easily fit the bill for what G.M. Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville are emphasizing for the team this offseason. At 6-foot-1, Snuggerud isn’t going to be the most physically dominant defenseman on the ice, but he is a strong puck mover, racking up 20 assist in his final collegiate season.

He also looked good in limited time with the Rockford IceHogs last spring, with a goal and four assists in 13 AHL games, and he’s taken the momentum of that performance into his summer preparations.

 “I’ve worked hard all summer leading up to this moment, and I need to continue to work hard,” he said. “I’ve continued to work on my defensive play and defensive positioning. I’ve also continued to work on my strengths like my skating and moving the puck up the ice.”

Those facets of the game are obviously critical for any defenseman, and with the Blackhawks looking for blue line help, the team will hope that he can take some steps forward in the coming year.

He will encounter some stiff competition from players like Gustav Forsling, Ville Pokka, and Erik Gustafsson when training camp gets underway, but his path through the USHL and the NCAA has already exposed him to what tough competition is like.

“The good thing about the college route is that you can move a bit slower and take your time to develop,” he said. “You meet great guys and great coaches along the way that can help you for two or three or four years. It takes a little longer, but if you’re patient and work hard it will pay off for you.” 

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<![CDATA[DeBrincat Confident as Blackhawks Audition Looms]]> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:59:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-543014928.jpg

There are plenty of talented players on the ice at the Chicago Blackhawks’ prospect camp, but just about everyone’s eyes are on one forward.

That forward is Alex DeBrincat, and although he’s only listed at 5-foot-7, his game more than makes up for his lack of stature. The talented skater racked up 65 goals and 62 assists for the OHL’s Erie Otters, and he was named the best player in the league thanks to his efforts.

The last Blackhawks player to win that prestigious award was none other than Stan Mikita, but DeBrincat isn’t making any assumptions about his status even with big-time accomplishments.

“That’s up to them,” he said when asked if he was ready to get his pro career started. “Obviously I want to start my pro career as soon as possible, but if they feel like I need another year in Erie then so be it.”

DeBrincat will undoubtedly get the chance to prove his mettle this year, as the Blackhawks are looking for scoring depth in their top six forward group. Players like Patrick Sharp will certainly be in that mix too, but with Artemi Panarin now practicing his craft in Columbus and Marian Hossa semi-retired, the stage seems to be set for DeBrincat to have an opportunity to make the big club.

“I’ve been working hard this year, especially compared to other years,” he said. “I’ve been in the gym a lot and been really focusing on things I need to improve on. I’m really working towards that, and everyone wants to make the team, so that’s a big thing for me.”

The coaching staff at Johnny’s IceHouse West has made it a point to work with all players individually, and DeBrincat has gotten plenty of assistance during on-ice drills in the rink. That one-on-one time is critical for a player’s development, and he’s making sure to soak it all in.

 “I obviously want to get better here,” he said. “I want to soak in whatever the coaches give me, and to let management take whatever steps they need to take with me and do whatever they need me to do.”

The forward has said all the right things about wanting to do what the coaches expect of him, but he also recognizes that with his size and skill set, he’s more ideally suited to a top-six role on the team, and he said as much as camp progressed.

“My playing style is more skill and scoring goals. That’s my asset,” he said. “I’ll grind if they want me to grind, because it’s the NHL. You do whatever they tell you to do. With my skillset, I’ll be more of a top nine guy.”

Even with all of the pressure that comes with being one of the most heralded prospects in all of hockey, DeBrincat remains confident that he can show that he has what it takes to make it into the NHL this fall, but he’s taking things one day at a time.

“I’m confident in my abilities, and I know they have a plan for me, so I’m going to stick to whatever they want me to do,” he said. “I’m just trying to stick to one step at a time, and I’ll worry about training camp when it comes.” 

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