<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:46:45 -0500 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:46:45 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fox Lake-Area Schools Closed Wednesday as Manhunt Continues]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:32:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-486185520.jpg

Several schools will be closed in Fox Lake and in surrounding school districts Wednesday as the manhunt continues for three armed and dangerous men who are believed to be responsible for killing a veteran officer Tuesday morning.

Grant Community High School, Fox Lake, Gavin, Big Hollow, and Saint Bede Catholic School are all closed as police continue their search for the suspects in the fatal shooting of Lieutenant Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz.

School officials said in a statement that after communicating with law enforcement, “we have all decided that it is in the best interests of our students, the community, and law enforcement, to cancel school for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, 2015.”

Meanwhile, residents in and around Fox Lake were asked to stay indoors as hundreds of officers continued to search for the suspects.



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<![CDATA[Manhunt Continues Day After Fox Lake Officer Fatally Shot]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:31:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-486174790.jpg

A massive manhunt for three armed men who fatally shot a police officer in far north suburban Fox Lake, Illinois, continued Wednesday, nearly 24 hours after the shooting. 

Authorities say search crews will continue around the clock to find the suspects who are believed to be responsible for the killing of Lieutenant Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz, a 30-year-veteran of the police force.

"Search teams will work 24/7 to apprehend [the suspects]," said Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago, late Tuesday.

In addition to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Fox Lake Police Department, search teams include numerous local law enforcement officers from northern Illinois, Illinois State Police, and federal agencies, according to officials. Multiple local and federal SWAT Teams, 48 canine units, and six air support units were also dispatched for more than 14 hours Tuesday.

Authorities are said to be using a grid system to cover the area in the manhunt.

Fox Lake and several surrounding districts canceled school for Wednesday in response to the ongoing search. 

"As a result of those reports and deliberations, we have all decided that it is in the best interests of our students, the community, and law enforcement, to cancel school for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, 2015," school officials said in a statement just after 10 p.m.

Gliniewicz, who went by "Joe" and was affectionately called "G.I. Joe" by residents, dedicated his life to serving his community. He leaves behind a wife of 30 years, Melodie, and four sons.

Just after 8 a.m., Gliniewicz was investigating three suspicious suspects near Route 12 and Sayton Road in north suburban Fox Lake. Upon arrival, Gliniewicz was led on a foot pursuit by the men, according to Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office, and soon after used his radio to call for backup.

A responding backup officer found Gliniewicz in a marshy area with a gunshot wound. Gliniewicz was pronounced dead shortly after.

The gunmen are described as two white men and one black man, but further details on their descriptions have not been made available.

Chief Doug Larsson with the Lake County Sheriff's office said the department, along with several other suburban departments, are using canines and helicopters to search for the suspects. The suspects are armed with a pistol, Larsson said.

During an 11:30 a.m. press conference residents in the area were told to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity as the investigation continued.



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<![CDATA[Person of Interest in Custody in Willowbrook Attack]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 20:44:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/download6.jpg

A person of interest was taken into custody in South Bend, Indiana Tuesday in connection with the stabbing and sexual assault of a 26-year-old woman inside her parents' Willowbrook home over the weekend, according to source familiar with the investigation..

On Monday, police were investigating whether a vehicle that matched that description of the suspect was connected to the brutal attack.

The victim told Willowbrook police she was pulling her car into the driveway of her parents' home in the 700 block of 73rd Court at about 1 p.m. Saturday when a dark blue older model Nissan Altima followed her into the driveway.

A man then got out of the car and asked the woman for money. She refused and went inside the house. The man then began knocking on the side door of the home and asking to make a phone call. When she refused again, he forced his way inside the house, police said.

Nobody else was home at the time of the incident.

Inside the home, the man stabbed the woman multiple times with an unknown sharp object, according to police. The victim's family told NBC Chicago she was beaten "like an animal," stabbed 16 to 18 times and sexually assaulted.

When the offender left, the woman was able to run to a neighbor's home and call police.

The woman remained hospitalized overnight with broken bones in her face and multiple stab wounds in her throat, face, torso, abdomen and back, her father said. She remained hospitalized on Monday with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

"This is something you never want to see," the woman's father said. "No human being should ever be treated like this."

Willowbrook police called the incident "highly unusual," saying the suburb is a "very safe town."

The woman described the man to police, but she told them she did not know him.

"I believe he is very dangerous," said Willowbrook Deputy Police Chief Mark Altobella. "This woman went through quite a beating."

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<![CDATA[Cubs Add Baez, Others to Roster Tuesday ]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:31:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/javier+baez+1.jpg

With the Sept. 1 expansion of MLB rosters, the Chicago Cubs made a slew of changes to the team as they look to make a final push toward the postseason.

The big news on Tuesday comes in the form of infielder Javier Baez, who will make his 2015 debut with the Cubs on Tuesday night when they play the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. Baez has been playing at the triple-A level this season as he looks to make adjustments to his swing after a season where he struck out in over 40 percent of his at-bats.

Baez will bat seventh and play second base for the Cubs on Tuesday, taking the place of Starlin Castro at the position.

The Cubs also added outfielder Austin Jackson to their roster after acquiring him from the Seattle Mariners in a trade on Monday night. Jackson will not be in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s game, but he will be looked to as an insurance policy for Dexter Fowler in center field and as a spot-starter in left and right field as well.

The Cubs also brought up three more players from the minor leagues in addition to Baez, with outfielder Quintin Berry and relievers Tsuyoshi Wada and Trevor Cahill also making their way to Wrigley Field to join the team. Berry will largely be used as a pinch-runner over the season’s final month, with his blazing speed giving Joe Maddon an extra weapon off the bench.

Cahill and Wada are both capable of making spot starts if necessary, but Clayton Richard would likely get the first call if the need arises.

Finally, the Cubs activated catcher David Ross off of the family medical emergency list.

In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Cahill and Berry, the Cubs also designated pitchers Rafael Soriano and James Russell for assignment. Soriano had been on the 15-day disabled list after getting off to a rough start for the Cubs, but with Fernando Rodney now in the fold and the return of Wada to the big-league roster, there was no room for him with the team.



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<![CDATA[Fox Lake Mourns Fallen Veteran Officer, Father of 4]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:34:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/officer.png

The Fox Lake police officer who was shot to death Tuesday morning in the line of duty was remembered as a "family man" and a youth mentor with an unmatched dedication to serving his community.

Lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, was a 30-year veteran of the police force and on the cusp of retirement, according to Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago, a charity organization for the families of officers killed on duty. The 52-year-old officer planned to retire last month, but the police chief asked him to stay one extra month to help out, Ahern said.

Gliniewicz, who went by "Joe" and was affectionately called "G.I. Joe" by residents, dedicated his life to serving his community.

But many say the title he took the most pride in was being a family man, married for 30 years to his wife Melodie and a father to four sons. One of his sons served in the Army and was stationed in North Carolina.

One neighbor told NBC Chicago they saw Gliniewicz leave for work at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Just two hours later he was brutally attacked.

"Today, not only did Fox Lake lose a family member. I lost a very dear friend," Village of Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit said Tuesday afternoon.

Just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, Gliniewicz was investigating three suspicious persons near Route 12 and Sayton Road. The investigation turned into a foot pursuit that ended with a fatal shooting, according to Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County sheriff's office.

A backup officer arrived on the scene to find Gliniewicz in a marshy area with a gunshot wound, according to Covelli. Gliniewicz died soon after from his injuries.

Many students in the Lake County area also mourned the loss of Gliniewicz, who mentored young people involved in Fox Lake's Explorers Post 300, a nonprofit that trained 14- to 21-year-olds for a career in law enforcement. Gliniewicz taught them what it was like to be an officer, including how to act in SWAT situations and when an officer is attacked. Gliniewicz's wife Melodie was also involved in the Explorers program.

Students at Grant Community High School in Fox Lake, which was put on lockdown, mourned Gliniewicz on social media after they heard about his death. Zach Point, a student who described Gliniewicz as a close family friend, said in a tweet that the officer's death reminded him that life is precious.

Police officers continue searching for the three suspects, who remain on the loose, but they also mourn the loss of one of their own.

"Today the Fraternal Order of Police lost a fellow member and brother who died heroically serving his community," Illinois FOP President Chris Southwood said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the slain officer's family, friends and fellow police officers. He leaves a legacy of several decades of service to Fox Lake for which we are humbly grateful."

Illinois Rep. Bob Dold, whose district includes most of Lake County, released a statement mourning Gliniewicz's loss.

"Today is a heartbreaking reminder of the sacrifices made every day by those who have dedicated their lives to protect us," Dold said in the statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with Lieutenant Gliniewicz's family, friends, fellow officers and the entire Fox Lake community. As the search for the suspects continues, I strongly encourage all members of our community to stay alert and remain vigilant."

Gov. Bruce Rauner's office also released a statement expressing his condolences.

"Governor Rauner extends his deepest condolences to the family of Officer Gliniewicz," the statement reads. "The governor has been briefed on the matter and continues to receive regular updates."

Several community members and groups mourned Gliniewicz Tuesday in social media posts as well:

The Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America said on Facebook, "Lt. Joe Gliniewicz (aka G.I. Joe) was more than a police officer. He was a husband and father to four sons. He was also active with Scouting with Explorer Post 300 in Fox Lake, working with youth interested in policing careers. He was a graduate of Antioch Community High School in 1981, and one of his friends described him as one of the most 'tactically sound' officers he knew. God bless you, Officer Gliniewicz, and may you rest in peace. All of our prayers are with your family and your coworkers. You will be missed by many. You touched so many lives, both in and out of Scouting. Your legacy will go on."

Tyler James, of Kenosha, posted on Facebook, "The officer killed in the line of duty this morning was the advisor for the Fox Lake Explorer Post. He was a great man and will be greatly missed. I have had several explorers come from his post into mine. He was a role model and hero. He will be greatly missed. ‪#‎neverforgotten‬"

Joe Bruno, of Lake Mary, Florida, said on Facebook, "You'll be deeply missed by many! I was so fortunate to have known you for 30 years and enjoyed talking and laughing with you! You were such a great influence for my son when he was in your Explorer Post! Fox Lake has lost a great leader and won't be forgotten. He served the Community and his Country! Keeping his family in my thoughts and prayers! RIP LT!"

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<![CDATA[Barricade Situation Ends Without Incident in Crystal Lake]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:04:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/barricade1.png

Police are searching for a man who barricaded himself inside a suburban Crystal Lake home in a domestic dispute Tuesday.

Crystal Lake Police Department secured an aggravated assault arrest warrant and criminal complaint for Daniel Hawkins, 23, after he created a domestic disturbance inside a house in the 1700 block of Somerfield Lane.

Around 1 p.m., police responded to reports of a young man armed with a handgun inside the house near Golf Course and Village roads.

Upon arrival, Hawkins pointed his gun at responding officers and began a verbal dispute, according to police.

Hawkins refused to come out of the home to work with law enforcement, according to police, and dozens of armed officers were dispatched to surround the home and line the streets of the quiet residential neighborhood.

Somerfield Lane, Copperfield Lane and Golf Course Road from Miller Road to Village Road were closed and residents were asked to stay away from the area as teams worked to coax Hawkins from inside the home without incident.

Just before 4 p.m., surrounding school districts were placed on a temporary soft lockdown and increased police presence were sent to schools and drop off areas as a precautionary measure.

“Additional resources were deployed in an attempt to make contact with Daniel Hawkins; however, these attempts failed as well,” police said in a Tuesday evening press release.

“During the investigation it was determined Daniel Hawkins was not within the home and no threats to the general public were identified," police said. "This event has every appearance of being uniquely related to the individuals involved.”

Police say because of the incident was domestic related, officers were released from the scene.

The incident remains under investigation by the Crystal Lake Police Department. Anyone who may be able to provide additional information is asked to contact police at 815-356-3620.

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<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Manhunt, Lockdown Continues in Fox Lake]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 04:50:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-486174794.jpg Residents were told to remain in their homes and area schools were put on lockdown amid a manhunt for three armed suspects following the fatal shooting of an officer in Fox Lake, police said.

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<![CDATA[McDonald's to Roll Out All-Day Breakfast Oct. 6]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:09:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mcdonald%27s+breakfast.jpg

McDonald's announced Tuesday its highly anticipated decision to serve breakfast all day at all U.S. locations starting this fall.

According to CNBC, McDonald's franchisees voted to approve all-day breakfast at the fast food chain's 14,300 U.S. restaurants on Tuesday. Starting Oct. 6, patrons can order Egg McMuffins and other breakfast items at any time of the day.

The Oak Brook, Illinois-based company tweeted about the decision Tuesday afternoon using the hashtag #AllDayBreakfast and responding to customers' queries about extending the chain's breakfast hours. McDonald's even responded to a tweet from 2007 that said, "Mcdonalds should serve breakfast 24/7."

McDonald's began testing all-day breakfast in March in the San Diego market. The test was expected to expand to Nashville this summer.

"Serving all-day breakfast is likely the number one request we hear from McDonald's customers," the company told NBC Chicago in a statement in July.

McDonald's breakfast currently ends at 10:30 a.m. in most markets.

The chain has long been the fast-food leader in the mornings, with its popular Sausage Biscuits, Hotcakes and other items pulling in roughly 20 percent of the company's U.S. sales. But McDonald's has faced stiffer competition in recent years, with competitors such as Starbucks and Subway rolling out breakfast sandwiches as well.



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<![CDATA[Illinois Man Files Lawsuit Against Ashley Madison]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:36:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-484478116.jpg

An Illinois man has filed a lawsuit against the cheating website Ashley Madison because he wants to be able to continue using the site after hackers publicly released personal and financial information of millions of members.

Matthew Lisuzzo filed the lawsuit on Tuesday, according to his attorney, Thomas A. Zimmerman, Jr. of Zimmerman Law Offices, P.C.

The lawsuit asks Avid Life Media, Inc., the owner of Ashley Madison, to close the access portals used by the hackers to obtain members' personal information and to encrypt Lisuzzo's personal information so he can continue using the site without the fear that it will be released again, according to Zimmerman.

"Ashley Madison members have protectable privacy rights to keep their personal and financial information private, and a constitutional right to associate with other people in a confidential manner," Zimmerman said.

At least five other lawsuits seeking class-action status have been filed over Ashley Madison, seeking more than half a billion dollars, according to North American court records. One was filed in Canada, and four others were filed in California, Texas and Missouri.

In August, hackers released detailed records on millions of people registered with the website one month after the break-in at Toronto-based Avid Life Media, Inc. The website — whose slogan is, "Life is short. Have an affair" — is marketed to facilitate extramarital affairs.

The hackers who took credit for the break-in had accused the website's owners of deceit and incompetence and said the company refused to bow to their demands to close the site. Avid Life released a statement calling the hackers criminals.



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<![CDATA[Residents Told to Stay Indoors Amid Fox Lake Manhunt]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:12:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Fox-Officer-Shooting-Angle.jpg

Residents were told to remain in their homes and area schools were put on lockdown amid a manhunt for three armed suspects following the fatal shooting of an officer in Fox Lake, police said. 

Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office advised residents during a Tuesday press conference to "remain inside" and report any suspicious activity as police continue their investigation.

Covelli said an officer was investigating three suspicious suspects just before 8 a.m. Tuesday near Route 12 and Sayton Road in Fox Lake when he began a foot pursuit. A backup officer arrived at the scene and found the officer in marshy area with a gunshot wound, Covelli said.

The suspects were described as two white men and one black man, but further details on their descriptions weren't available.  

Chief Doug Larsson with the Lake County Sheriff's office said the department, along with several other suburban departments, is using canines and helicopters to search for the suspects. The suspects are armed with a pistol, Larsson said. The FBI is also assisting in the investigation, according to spokesperson Joan Hyde. 

When the manhunt began after the shooting, Grant Community High School in Fox Lake was put on lockdown.

The school said a "police matter is occurring in the community and for the safety of our students and staff they have requested we remain locked down."

Roads in the area were blocked off, and police were seen searching wooded areas with dogs.

Metra said the Ingleside Metra station was closed until further notice and riders would be bussed from the Fox Lake station to Long Lake, officials said.

Check back for details on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Officials Hold News Conference After Fox Lake Shooting]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:00:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000014029088_1200x675_517338179679.jpg Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office provides an update in the Fox Lake shooting.]]> <![CDATA[Chicago Could See Hottest Day of Year This Week]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 14:26:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sun+Generic.jpg

Just as the meteorological fall begins, the Chicago area could see its hottest day of the year this week.

A relatively cool summer produced three days with high temperatures of 92 degrees, the hottest recorded this year. On Wednesday, temperatures could reach a scorching 93 degrees, breaking the record for the year.

After a week of cool fall-like weather, temperatures soared into the upper 80s and even the low 90s at the start of the week. As temperatures climb, the humidity will rise as well, meaning it may feel even warmer.

The high temperature for Tuesday is 90 degrees with a small chance for isolated showers in the afternoon.

The rest of the week will remain hot, humid and hazy with the next chance for isolated storms on Thursday.

Sunday will bring the first real threat of fall weather, with a cold front due to bring cooler winds off the lake at the end of the week.

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<![CDATA[Police: Job Seeker Sent Naked Selfies to HR Director]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:45:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/generic+apple+cellphone.jpg

A suburban Chicago manufacturing company apparently rescinded its job offer to a man who unintentionally sent two naked photos of himself to the director of human resources, authorities say.

The 23-year-old Aurora man sent the photos from his cellphone on Aug. 11 at 11:41 p.m., according to Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth.

After the man sent the photos, he left a message on the voicemail at the St. Charles company, leaving his phone number and saying he was unable to make an appointment. The HR director listened to the voicemail on Aug. 12 and recognized the phone number as the same one that sent the nude photos, she told police on Aug. 14.

The man admitted he sent the photos when police contacted him, but he told officers he meant to send them to someone else.

Ruth said he believes the company rescinded its offer to the man, who was told he could not have any further contact with the HR director.

No arrest was made, Ruth said.

NBC Chicago reached out to the company for comment, but a phone call has not been returned.



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<![CDATA[Chicago Eateries Make List of Best Restaurants for Foodies]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:57:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-542091513.jpg

Five eateries in Chicago and one in a suburb landed on a list of the best restaurants for foodies in America.

Fat Rice in Logan Square, Goosefoot in Lincoln Square, mfk. in Lakeview, Parachute in Avondale, and TETE Charcuterie in the West Loop, all made the list compiled by OpenTable.

The online restaurant-reservation service compiled its list after combing through more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the U.S. The reviews were submitted by verified OpenTable diners between August 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015.

"This year's honorees are where the culinary magic happens, where the rules of fine dining are being rewritten," says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. "Whether they're reviving forgotten cooking techniques, championing the latest sustainable ingredient, or creating unexpectedly delicious and unique flavor pairings, these restaurants are where you can truly wow the foodies in your life."

Two other restaurants located not so far away from the city also appear on the list. Inovasi in Lake Bluff, Illinois, and All Purpose in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, were mentioned as well.

It’s also worth noting that Parachute was also named on Bon Appetit magazine’s "Hot 10" list of America's best new restaurants.



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<![CDATA[Manhunt Underway After Officer Fatally Shot in Fox Lake]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:34:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/manhunt.png

A massive manhunt raged into the night Tuesday for three men on the loose who authorities say gunned down a Fox Lake police officer.

Authorities say search crews will continue around the clock to find the suspects who are believed to be responsible for the killing of Lieutenant Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz, a 30-year-veteran of the police force.

"Search teams will work 24/7 to apprehend [the suspects]," said Joe Ahern, CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago, late Tuesday.

In addition to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Fox Lake Police Department, search teams include numerous local law enforcement officers from northern Illinois, Illinois State Police, and federal agencies, according to officials. Multiple local and federal SWAT Teams, 48 canine units, and six air support units were also dispatched for more than 14 hours Tuesday.

Fox Lake and several surrounding districts canceled school for Wednesday in response to the ongoing search. The local school districts include Grant Community High School, Fox Lake, Gavin, Big Hollow, and Saint Bede Catholic School.

"As a result of those reports and deliberations, we have all decided that it is in the best interests of our students, the community, and law enforcement, to cancel school for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, 2015," school officials said in a statement just after 10 p.m.

Gliniewicz, who went by "Joe" and was affectionately called "G.I. Joe" by residents, dedicated his life to serving his community. He leaves behind a wife of 30 years, Melodie, and four sons.

One neighbor told NBC Chicago they saw Gliniewicz leave for work at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Just two hours later he was viciously shot to death.

Just after 8 a.m., Gliniewicz was called to investigate three suspicious suspects near Route 12 and Sayton Road in north suburban Fox Lake. Upon arrival, Gliniewicz was led on a foot pursuit by the men, according to Detective Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's office, and soon after used his radio to call for backup.

A responding backup officer found Gliniewicz in a marshy area with a gunshot wound. Gliniewicz died soon after from his injuries.

The 52-year-old officer was on the cusp of retirement when he was killed, according to Ahern of the 100 Club of Chicago, who says Gliniewicz planned to retire last month but the police chief asked him to stay one extra month to help out.

The gunmen are described as two white men and one black man, but further details on their descriptions have not been made available.

Governor Rauner’s office released a statement saying he "extends his deepest condolences to the family of Officer Gliniewicz."

Chief Doug Larsson with the Lake County Sheriff's office said the department, along with several other suburban departments, are using canines and helicopters to search for the suspects. The suspects are armed with a pistol, Larsson said.

During an 11:30 a.m. press conference residents in the area were told to stay indoors and report any suspicious activity as the investigation continued.

“As information continues to come in about the shooting of another police officer in the line of duty in Fox Lake, I hope we can all remain calm and pray for the officer’s family and the other officers in harms-way right now," State Rep. Barbara Wheeler said in a statement. "Eleven police officers have needless lost their lives since Aug. 20th alone in America because of shootings and sadly our communities have been directly impacted today.”

As the manhunt began after the shooting, Grant Community High School in Fox Lake was put on a temporary lockdown. The school said a "police matter is occurring in the community and for the safety of our students and staff they have requested we remain locked down."

Roads in the area were blocked off as police can be seen searching wooded areas with dogs.

Authorities are said to be using a grid system to cover the area in the manhunt.



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<![CDATA[Illinois Students' ACT Score Ranks Highest Among 13 States]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:31:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/scantron_test_generic.jpg

Illinois students had one of the highest composite ACT scores out of all 13 states that administer the test, the Illinois State Board of Education announced.

The class of 2015 tied Colorado for the highest average composite score, boasting a 20.7.

“Illinois has been a longtime leader in helping students realize their college potential by providing all 11th-graders access to college entrance exams,” State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith said in a statement.

Officials noted that 63 percent of Illinois’ graduating seniors had benchmark scores in English, 41 percent had benchmark scores in math and reading and 37 percent had benchmark scores in science.

A benchmark score indicates the student has a 50 percent chance of earning a B or higher or a 75 percent chance of getting a C or higher in the corresponding college course.

The state’s composite score, however, falls below the national average of 21, which is based primarily on scores of self-selected, college-bound students.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score.
 

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<![CDATA[Skyway Workers Prepare for Labor Day Weekend Strike]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:46:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cms655.jpg

Traffic may be moving smoothly along Chicago’s Skyway for the start of September, but it could come to a halt during the busy Labor Day travel weekend.

A group of toll collectors may hold a strike over contract negotiations with the Skyway Concession Company, according to Teamsters Local 727, the union that represents them. The 30 workers are on the job without a contract – which expired at midnight – and the members are set to hold a strike vote on September 2. 

The union said most of the workers make $11 dollars an hour and have no medical insurance benefits because they are part time employees. Only five are full time, according to the union.

It also noted that despite the fact that Skyway Concession Company has increased Skyway tolls twice in the last two years, the company has not hired more full-time staff.

Local 727 representatives have already started strike preparations ahead of the vote. The union warned that commuters may experience excessive delays on the Chicago Skyway during Labor Day weekend should the employees walk off the job.

“The ball is in management’s court,” John Coli Jr., president of Teamsters Local 727, said in a statement. “The company can either do the right thing and come together to reach a fair agreement, or it can force our members out on the picket line to fight for the wages, benefits and working conditions they deserve.”

Chicago’s Skyway didn't immediately respond to NBC Chicago's request for comment.

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<![CDATA[Chicago-Bound Flight Diverted After Altercation]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:35:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Southwest-Airlines-generic1.jpg

Members of a recreational soccer league were removed from a cross-country flight Monday and arrested on suspicion of federal charges, according to authorities and friends of the mens who were detained.

A dozen members of the San Diego Chaldean Soccer League were flying Southwest Airlines to Chicago’s Midway Airport for a tournament, friends tell NBC 7 in San Diego.

A "level one threat" was declared onboard Flight 1522 and prompted pilots to divert the flight and its 117 passengers to Amarillo, Texas, just after 10 p.m., according to court documents.

Southwest Airlines said in a statement that “several passengers traveling together became disorderly” and “refused to obey instructions from the crew.”

Amarillo Police Officers boarded the plane after it touched down at Rick Husband International Airport and removed six passengers described as “unruly” and “disruptive.”

Saiman Hermez, 19; Jonathan Khalid Petras, 20; Ghazwan Asaad Shaba, 21; Essa Solaqa, 20; Khalid Yohana, 19; and Wisam Imad Shaker, 23, were named in a criminal complaint. Jail records listed no attorneys for the six.

Among the allegations against them:

  • Refusing to set seat backs and tray tables up before takeoff
  • Talking loudly and using profanity
  • Lunging forward at a flight attendant
  • Calling a flight attendant "racist" and "pig"
  • Standing up and becoming increasingly louder
  • Attempting to incite other passengers to join in on noncompliant behavior

The federal complaint claims a flight attendant was "in fear for the safety of the crew and passengers" when she asked pilots to divert the aircraft.

Solaqa's sister, Linda, said she was surprised by the allegations.

"[The teammates] are just like my brother," she said. "They love soccer, they go to college, they work, they support their families."

Tiffany Darge was sitting next to the group. She said the men were being rowdy and asked a flight attendant for alcohol during the flight. When the flight attendant denied them, Darge said the group called the woman "racist" and "a pig."

Darge also said the group started making offensive comments to her when she got up to go to the bathroom, and the crew later moved her seat away from the group.

"They called me ugly and a m-f-er and flipping me off," Darge said.

The document describes a female passenger who "began to cry and was shaking" before flight attendants relocated her seat.

According to the criminal complaint, the team members told a flight attendant they could be as loud as they want after she asked them to quiet down. When she said they could not do that, they lunged forward and said they can do whatever they want on the plane.

Each individual detained faces a federal charge of interference with a flight crew, according to Amarillo Police. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. The suspects were booked into the Randall County Jail.

Friends in San Diego County say the group plays with the league for fun and was planning on meeting other soccer players from around the world as part of the 82nd Annual Assyrian Convention beginning Wednesday.

Linda said she doesn't believe their behavior warranted arrests.

"I think it's not fair. I don't think they were any kind of threat to what happened," she told NBC 7.

A league representative told NBC 7, "The way this situation evolved was not representative of our league, our players or our community."

NBC 7 has learned another six teammates continued on to Chicago. The flight left Texas at approximately 1:10 a.m., police said.

One of the teammates, John Ramsey, posted a paragraph to Facebook about the incident, saying in part, "So you make an emergency landing in Dallas and call the FBI on my boys because they were speaking their language... all because they were speaking Chaldean. Not racist at all." 

The incident prompted concerns from some passengers following the unscheduled landing.

“Safety is the top priority at Southwest Airlines, and we will always take appropriate actions to ensure the safety and security of our crews and customers,” the airline said. The company did not want to comment on Ramsey's post.



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<![CDATA[2 Officers, Person Injured in Squad Car Crash]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:12:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/Crash-Police.jpg

Two police officers and a person were injured when a squad car was hit by a vehicle on Chicago's South Side, according to police.

The squad car was traveling northbound on May Street in the city’s Englewood neighborhood around 12:15 a.m. headed to a call in progress, police said. A gray Ford Taurus struck a parked car before hitting the squad car on 73rd Street.

Two officers and the person who was driving the Taurus were taken to Christ hospital with injuries that are not life threatening, according to police.

The driver of the Taurus will face numerous citations over the crash, police said.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel Gets Heat at 1st Town Hall Budget Meeting]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:34:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel1.png

City Hall prepared for disruptions Monday night in Mayor Emanuel’s first of three town hall meetings to discuss the city’s budget, and that is exactly what they got.

With key city department heads and staff present, it was all part of the mayor's re-election pledge to listen to residents, but many in the crowd could not contain their frustration.

“My child just got bus services cut,” expressed one distressed parent. “I own my house, my taxes went up so my mortgage went up. I can’t even pull out of my garage my streets are so raggedy.”

Before the meeting began many even refused to accept the mayor’s handshake.

Despite several layers of security to even reach the Malcolm X College gymnasium at 1900 West Van Buren Street, and almost 10 minutes of admonishments to be polite, the first public hearing on the 2016 budget was at times as out of control as the financial crisis appears.

“Every year we ask for our basic rights and services,” one attendee argued.

As always, the mayor's challenge is to somehow manage the needs and wants with the must-haves.

“Removing of extracurricular programs like art like physical education does nothing to teach our children,” said another frustrated parent.

The mayor listened to all of the backlash, sometimes uncomfortably.

Public pressure led to a second, private meeting with schools CEO Forrest Claypool on the hunger strikers from Dyett High School pushing for a new building instead of a closed one.

“I want to thank you all for participating,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Thank you for your ideas, those of you who came to talk about budget and as I mentioned Forrest will be meeting to talk about Dyett and I will be joining him there.”

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool said the fate of Dyett High School is still under discussion.

Mayor Emanuel committed to following up with money saving ideas involving things such as street lights, but the overriding budget challenge remains the pension debt and the hope that Springfield will pass reform.

The next meetings are to be held Sept. 2 at South Shore Cultural Center (7059 South South Shore Drive) and Sept. 3 at Wright College (4300 North Narragansett Avenue).

Both are meetings are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., but doors will open at 5:30 p.m. They are open to all interested residents. Emanuel will present the 2016 budget to City Council on Sept. 22.

Emanuel said the meetings are "to discuss the City's current budget outlook and solicit savings, reform and revenue ideas from residents to assist in the preparation of the 2016 budget."

Residents can voice their ideas at the town hall meetings or via social media using the hashtag #ChiBudget2016.

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<![CDATA[Playoff-Hopeful Cubs Get OF Austin Jackson From Seattle]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:38:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-485034424.jpg

The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners on Monday, boosting their depth for their run at a possible playoff spot.

Chicago sent a player to be named and an international draft slot to the Mariners. The Cubs, who also got cash back in the deal, then designated infielder Mike Olt for assignment to make room on the roster.

Because the deal was made before Sept. 1, Jackson will be eligible for the postseason if the Cubs get that far. Chicago began the day with a 5 1/2-game lead over San Francisco for the second NL wild card.

"Austin Jackson — I've seen him for a long time in the American League. He's a really good player," said manager Joe Maddon, who is in his first year with the Cubs after a long run with Tampa Bay.

"When he starts swinging the bat well, he's very productive, fine outfielder, good baserunner, stolen bases. (He's) kind of a complete player so to be able to pick him up right now — we're very fortunate."

Jackson had been set to lead off and play center field Monday night at Houston. He was scratched more than hour before gametime.

The 28-year-old Jackson was traded from Detroit to the Mariners in July 2014. He was hitting .272 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 107 games this season.

The Cubs placed right fielder Jorge Soler on the disabled list on Aug. 24 with a strained left oblique, and center fielder Dexter Fowler has been banged up. Jackson also could help improve the Cubs' defense, maybe as a late-inning replacement in left for Kyle Schwarber.

"Just with the depth component, you never know what's going to happen during the course of the next month," Maddon said.

Mariners interim general manager Jeff Kingston announced the trade Monday night.

"Obviously we would prefer to be buyers than sellers at this point, but I think for us and the Seattle Mariners at this point in time, it's more about the future, looking ahead and trying to balance the short-term with the long-term," he said.

Kingston took over last week after Jack Zduriencik was fired. The Mariners have had a disappointing season and were 61-70 when they made the trade.

After the trade was announced, Ketel Marte was inserted into the Seattle lineup at shortstop and Brad Miller moved from shortstop to center field.

Kingston said one of the benefits of the trade is that Miller will get more time in center.

"I think we'd like to see quite a bit of it," Kingston said. "I just spoke to (manager) Lloyd (McClendon) about it and I think that at this point in time that's probably his best fit for this organization going forward. We think he has the components and skillset to play out there. If he can play out there it's a huge asset to this organization."



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<![CDATA[Neighbor Recounts Violent Willowbrook Sex Assault]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:40:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sex+assault.png

Police are investigating whether a vehicle matching the description of one driven by a man who beat, stabbed and sexually assaulted a woman in a Chicago suburb over the weekend is connected to the brutal attack. 

The vehicle was towed overnight Monday after it was spotted and reported to Brookfield police. 

Brian Feirick told NBC Chicago he called police Sunday night after seeing a suspicious car parked in his father's handicapped parking space.

“I said it was a dirty car with an Indiana plate and I’ve never seen it before,” Feirick said. “If this guy would have parked car 10 feet that way the car would have sat at least another day or two, if not more.”

Officers arrived at his home within minutes. Willowbrook police said they are processing registration on the car.

"In processing the vehicle, they're looking for any evidence whether it be fingerprints, DNA or any items that they could send to a lab that could be further evidence," said Willowbrook Police Chief Mark Shelton.

The 26-year-old woman was beaten, stabbed and sexually assaulted by an intruder in a home in suburban Willowbrook Saturday afternoon.

The woman was pulling her car into the driveway of her parents' home in the 700 block of 73rd Court at about 1 p.m. when a dark blue older model Nissan Altima followed her into the driveway, police said.

A man then got out of the car and asked the woman for money. When she refused and went inside the house, the man then began knocking on the side door of the home and asking to make a phone call. When she refused again, he forced his way inside the house, police said.

Nobody else was home at the time of the incident.

Inside the home, the man stabbed the woman multiple times with an unknown sharp object, according to police. The victim's family told NBC Chicago she was beaten "like an animal," stabbed 16 to 18 times and sexually assaulted.

When the offender left, the woman was able to run to a neighbor's home and call police.

The woman was hospitalized with broken bones in her face and multiple stab wounds in her throat, face, torso, abdomen and back, her father said.

"She was covered head to toe with blood," said one neighbor who was afraid to appear on camera, but helped the victim moments after the attack until police arrived. "My husband put a blanket around her and ran outside to see if he could find who had done this to her."

She remained hospitalized Monday with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

"This is something you never want to see," the woman's father said. "No human being should ever be treated like this."

Willowbrook police called the incident "highly unusual," saying the suburb is a "very safe town."

Police released a sketch of the intruder, who remains on the loose, on Sunday. The woman described the man to police, but she told them she did not know him. The Illinois State Crime Commission has offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the man responsible for the brutal attack.

"I believe he is very dangerous," said Willowbrook Deputy Police Chief Mark Altobella. "This woman went through quite a beating."

The suspect is described as an African-American man in his 30s, standing about 5-foot-10-inches and weighing 160 to 180 pounds. He was wearing a blue short-sleeve shirt and dark-colored khaki shorts and white socks.

The car driven by the offender has dark tinted windows, no front license plate and a visor on the roof in front of the sunroof.

It is NBC 5's policy to not name the victims of sexual violence, but the woman's family has asked us to bring attention to a GoFundMe page that has been set up in her name to help offset the medical expenses associated with the brutal attack.

Anyone with information about the incident are asked to contact the Willowbrook Police Department at (630) 325-2121 or (630) 325-2808.


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<![CDATA[Ricketts: 'We Don't Want to Get Ahead of Ourselves']]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:28:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-479838392.jpg

The owner of the Chicago Cubs responded after Jake Arrieta threw an historic no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night, congratulating the pitcher but also warning fans not to think too far ahead.

"That was a hell of a game," Tom Ricketts said Monday. "I give Jake a lot of credit. He was on. I think it was a great way to finish that road trip. After a couple of tough losses, it was great to see Jake come back and get us on the winning path."

Arrieta's game had many fans thinking about a potential World Series run, but the team has a ways to go before that could happen.

"We don't want to get ahead of ourselves. We just want to have a good September," Ricketts said. "Obviously last night was big. For folks coming out tonight, we're going to give Jake a round of applause before the game."

Arrieta's no-hitter was the first in his own career and the first for the Cubs as a team since the 2008 season when Carlos Zambrano threw a no-hitter against the Houston Astros at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Sunday night's no-hitter marked the 14th in Cubs history.

Following the 2-0 victory, Arrieta credited the entire team for the win and said he was able to pitch the no-hitter simply by focusing on each pitch.

"As the game wore on, I tried to use my past experiences to my advantage, tried to stay calm and focus on quality pitch after quality pitch," Arrieta said.

The game broke the Cubs' four-game losing streak and gave the team a 5.5 game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the second wild card spot in the National League.

The Cubs celebrated the win with a pajama party that team manager Joe Maddon planned before the game, no matter the outcome.

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<![CDATA[Pope Speaks to Chicago Students Via Satellite]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:44:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Pope-Francis-La-Paz-Bolivia-8-July-2015.jpg

Speaking from the Vatican, Pope Francis offered advice to students at a Chicago high school and answered their questions on Monday via satellite.

As part of an ABC Television Network special, the pope spoke in Spanish with groups in three U.S. cities that he is not scheduled to visit during his upcoming trip. Students at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School on the Lower West Side were among the lucky audience.

"I couldn't believe it," one student said. "Talking with the pope is a goal ... it was something marvelous."

Another student described Pope Francis as very caring, saying he gave them advice and told them they are brave.

The pope also spoke to groups at Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in McAllen, Texas, and at a center for the homeless near Skid Row in Los Angeles.

Each group was able to greet the pope, share their own stories with him and ask a question, according to the Holy See Press Office.



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<![CDATA[Hunger Strikers Continue Protest to Save Dyett School]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:49:04 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000014012221_1200x675_516680771973.jpg Hunger strikers entered their third week of protest today as they headed back to City Hall. They're trying to get Chicago Public Schools to accept their proposal to replace, not close, Dyett High School in Bronzeville. ]]> <![CDATA[McCarthy Illustrates Need for Stricter Gun Laws]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:49:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000014012110_1200x675_516676163899.jpg A clearly frustrated Chicago police superintendent is once again calling for stricter gun laws. Garry McCarthy displayed more than 4,800 guns taken off Chicago streets just this year. NBC 5’s Dick Johnson has more.]]> <![CDATA[Young Bears Fan Names Brain Tumor 'Aaron Rodgers']]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:49:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1-1-1-483903152.jpg

A young Chicago Bears fan battling cancer is using his love of the team to fight the disease.

Miguel Reyes, of Elkhart, Indiana, has a brain tumor that causes him to have seizures, according to The Elkhart Truth. The 14-year-old receives support from his former teacher Peg Kelly, who is a Green Bay Packers fan.

"I said, ‘You need to name that tumor so we can kill it,'” Kelly told the publication. “You know what he named it? Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers. What a stinker!"

Despite the name choice, Kelly is very supportive as Reyes endures weight loss and nausea from his chemotherapy. She even bought Reyes a German shepherd that she hopes can be trained to detect when Reyes will have a seizure.

The Reyes family started a GoFundMe page to pay to train the dog. The boy loves the pup, but "she is just too strong for him to control right now and really needs to be trained so that she can be with Miguel all the time," the family said on the page.



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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['Ready for Kanye' Fundraising Committee Formed]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:29:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/182*120/AP_39405329070.jpg

Kanye West officially has a fundraising committee behind his 2020 presidential run, which the Chicago rapper declared Sunday night during the MTV Video Music Awards.

A man in Maryland filed the "Ready for Kanye" PAC with the Federal Election Commission Monday. Eugene Craig III, who filed the PAC, is listed as both the custodian or records and the treasurer.

Although the committee was made official with the FEC filing, it's entirely possible the fundraising campaign was created in jest, just as Deez Nuts and a Labrador from the Chicago suburbs officially launched presidential campaigns with their FEC filings.

Craig, however, told the Washington Post that he would "absolutely encourage (West) to run" in 2020 if there wasn't an incumbent Republican president.

"I think he will bring an interesting dialogue to our party, and he'll find a lot of people who want that dialogue," Craig told the Washington Post. "He's pointed out the crippling racial disparities in the law and the economy. He's talked about the pipeline of private prisons. He's a genuine entrepreneur. Oh, not to mention that his first big single was 'Jesus Walks.'" 

According to the Washington Post, Craig is a 24-year-old African-American Republican activist from Maryland, who runs the Young Minority Republicans Fund.

A Facebook page created for the "Ready for Kanye" PAC shows t-shirts that say "Kanye 2020" and "Kanye West '20" and a description that asks voters to "like" the page to "show the world we are ready for President West!"

In a rambling speech during the MTV Music Video Awards, West admitted he got high before entering the stage, where he apologized to Taylor Swift for taking her microphone in 2009 and claimed he would run for president in 2020.



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<![CDATA[Hester Criticizes Cutler's Approach in New Interview ]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:23:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/devin+hester+falcons.jpg

There is a growing list of former Bears teammates and coaches who have strong feelings about Jay Cutler, and another player joined that group on Monday when Devin Hester weighed in with some criticism of the quarterback.

Speaking in an interview with ESPN reporter Vaughn McClure, Hester compared Cutler to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, and the comparison was not a favorable one:

“If we weren’t on the same page, Jay just didn’t say anything to me,” Hester said. “He just wouldn’t (throw) to me. That’s just how he was.

“With Matt, if he sees something that he feels needs to be changed, he’ll come to you and say, ‘Hey man, what do you think about doing it this way? It will give us a clearer look, and I’ll be able to get the ball to you.”

Hester was frequently included on offensive plays during Lovie Smith’s time as Bears head coach, but when Marc Trestman took over in 2013, Hester was no longer included in the playbook, ostensibly to work on his kick return game.

Hester is not the only former Bears player to criticize Cutler after leaving Chicago, joining a list that includes Brandon Marshall, Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, among others.



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<![CDATA[Illinois Community Colleges Rank Low on National List]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:14:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/classroom+generic1.jpg

In time for the start of a new school year, the results of a study were released analyzing and ranking the best and worst community colleges in the country.

Compared to other states, Illinois falls a little short on the list of best colleges in the report by personal finance website WalletHub. Overall, Illinois ranked 34th as a state, but only one college in the state made it into the top 100.

The highest ranking community college in Illinois, according to the study, is Shawnee Community College in Ullin, which is located in the far southern part of the state near Kentucky. The college ranked No. 92 overall, but it came in an impressive first place in the "career outcomes" category. The school's overall rank was much lower than No. 1 because its rank in the other categories — No. 481 in cost and financing, No. 64 in classroom experience and No. 214 in education outcomes.

A total of 19 schools, including Shawnee Community College, made the top 500:

Shawnee Community College (92)
Kankakee Community College (188)
Carl Sandburg College (194)
Olive-Harvey College (221)
College of Lake County (250)
Elgin Community College (304)
Harper College (327)
Spoon River College (343)
Rend Lake College (366)
Morton College (377)
Illinois Valley Community College (381)
Kennedy-King College (412)
McHenry County College (427)
Lake Land College (438)
Prairie State College (460)
Highland Community College (481)
Truman College (494)
Lincoln Land Community College (494)
Oakton Community College (498)

Another Chicago school — Richard J. Daley College — did not make the top 500 list, but it was highlighted for its low cost for students (No. 651). It was also listed as the school with the highest student-to-faculty ratio out of all 670 schools ranked.

WalletHub rated schools based on several factors, including cost of in-state tuition, fees, student-faculty ratio, overall classroom experience and education and career outcomes.

The top 10 community colleges are, in order, North Florida Community College, Dine College in Arizona, Chipola College in Florida, Northwest College in Wyoming, Taft College in California, Itawamba Community College in Mississippi, Southwestern Community College in North Carolina, Guttman Community College in New York, Patrick Henry Community College in Virginia and Southwest Virginia Community College in Virginia.

A second list ranking the best states for community colleges named Mississippi as No. 1, followed by North Dakota and Wyoming.



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<![CDATA[Surveillance Video Shows Suburban 'Smash-and-Grab']]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:35:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/185*120/smash+and+grab.png

Thieves smashed an SUV into a recently opened clothing store in Lansing and stole over $10,000 worth of merchandise, according to police and the store owner.

Video surveillance from retailer Tops and Bottoms located at 16711 Torrence Avenue showed a tan 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer crashing into the business around 4:30 a.m. Monday, the Lansing Police Department said in a press release.

The driver left the Trailblazer and was met by five other men who had pulled up in a white van with black lettering, according to police.

Five of the suspects grabbed an armful of clothing while a driver stayed in the white van, police said. Store owner Anis Kassim said the men left with over 70 pairs of blue jeans that sell for $150 to $200 each.

Kassim also said the thieves were in and out of the store in two minutes. Officers responding to the scene located the Trailblazer, which was unoccupied and running.

The incident was the third time the thieves tried to steal from the store, which opened a month and a half ago, according to Kassim.

The Lansing Police Department is asking for witnesses or people with information about the theft to contact them at 708-895-7150.

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<![CDATA[Denny's Makes Peace Offer to Burger King]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:37:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/denny%27s+sign.jpg

Denny's has jumped on the "peace burger" bandwagon after fast-food chain Burger King extended a peace offer to McDonald's to create a "McWhopper" last week.

The fast casual restaurant took out full-page advertisements in USA Today and The New York Times to show off their version of a mash-up between Denny's and Burger King, according to USA Today. The advertisement features a massive burger with some extra toppings and a peace flag sticking out of the bun.

Denny's tweeted a photo of their "peace burger" Thursday, showing a classic Burger King Whopper with ingredients from the Denny's Slammer, including a fried egg, bacon and hash browns. The chain has not decided on a name for the proposed burger, but it tossed out a few ideas, such as "Whoppaslam," "The Slopper," "The Slamopper" and "Whoppaslamus-rex." 

The new advertisement debuted Monday, less than a week after Burger King proposed the "McWhopper" to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. The full-page Burger King advertisement appeared in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Burger King said it wanted to serve the "McWhopper" for a single day at a pop-up location in Atlanta, which is midway between the headquarters for both chains.

The "McWhopper" would include elements of both the Big Mac and the Whopper, including the flame-broiled beef patty and a middle bun, according to a website Burger King set up.

McDonald's, however, declined the offer.

In a comment posted on its Facebook page, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said the proposal was inspiration for a good cause, then took a dig at the ploy by Burger King.

"Let's acknowledge that between us there is simply a friendly business competition and certainly not the unequaled circumstances of the real pain and suffering of war," Easterbrook said.

He added "P.S. A simple phone call will do next time."



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<![CDATA[Sox Fan Buries World Series Champions Hat at Wrigley]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:29:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/wrigley+field+view.jpg

One White Sox fan may have jinxed — or perhaps reverse jinxed — the Cubs this year by burying a Sox treasure at Wrigley Field.

Allison Horne of ESPN and 120 Sports tweeted a photo of a White Sox "2005 World Series Champions" hat sitting atop some fresh cement at Wrigley Field. According to Horne, a Sox fan who worked on the recent renovations at Wrigley Field is responsible for the trick.

The photo does not indicate where the hat is buried in the ballpark, but perhaps the Cubs will want to leave it there as a good luck charm. So far, it seems to be working just as well as Cubs manager Joe Maddon's tricks, which included the promise of a Sunday night pajama party following the historic game against the L.A. Dodgers.

A similar incident happened in 2008 at Boston's Fenway Park, where a Yankees fan buried a David Ortiz jersey in the ballpark. The jersey was later located and removed from the cement with a jackhammer.



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