<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:41:04 -0500 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:41:04 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fourth of July Holiday Weekend Forecast]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:51:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP136093298170.jpg

The holiday weekend forecast for the Chicago area sounds almost too good to be true.

Following a wet start to the week, the area looks to dry up and warm up for the Fourth of July weekend.

The warmer temps come after a fairly cool start to the month.

Temperatures early Wednesday dipped into the 50s and highs barely reached into the 70s in some areas throughout the day. Similar conditions were seen Thursday, with highs in the low-70s. 

Temps will stay in the low- to mid-70s through the end of the work week, but will likely warm up for a picture-perfect weekend.

Highs are expected to reach the 80s on Saturday with mostly sunny skies and relatively no rain.

Conditions will be humid and slightly warmer Sunday. The day should stay rain-free but a chance for showers and thunderstorms will be possible by Monday.  

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<![CDATA[Chicago 'Cloud Tax' Adds Cost to Streaming Services]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:31:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Netflix-Logo.jpg

Chicagoans paying to stream movies, TV shows and music from sites like Netflix or Spotify will now be charged a so-called “Cloud tax” to use the services.

A 9 percent tax will be added to the streaming services in the city under June rulings by the city Finance Department.

The rulings, which took effect July 1, cover an “amusement tax” in the city and a “personal property lease transaction” tax and extend the city’s tax laws to certain online services.

The amusement tax allows for the taxing of charges paid “for the privilege” of watching, listening or playing electronically delivered movies, music or games.

The tax does not apply to the sale or permanent download of shows, movies, videos, music or games, but instead applies to rentals or “temporary” streaming options.

The personal property lease tax covers the use of databases for everything from real estate listings to car prices to stock prices.

The rulings apply to both residents and businesses.

A spokesperson for Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the Chicago Tribune the rulings “are consistent with the City’s current tax laws and are not an expansion of the laws.” She also said that “in an environment in which technologies and emerging industries evolve quickly” such rulings are often needed to “clarify the application of existing laws.”

The move has sparked debate among some businesses and officials in the city.

“As these two rulings demonstrate, bad times make for bad tax administration,” Michael Wynne, a partner and attorney at the Reed Smith law firm’s Chicago office wrote on the company’s website. “With these two rulings, the Department has expanded the scope of its tax ordinances to their absolute limit, if not further. If any state or local governments were wondering how to tax transactions occurring in the Cloud when legislative authority for such taxation is absent, the Department has just sketched a roadmap.”

Spotify and Netflix could not immediately be reached for comment.  

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<![CDATA[All Clear Given at Washington Navy Yard: Police]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:39:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/220*120/2015-07-02_0810.jpg

U.S. Capitol Police have given the all clear at the Washington Navy Yard after the report of a shooting Thursday morning, triggered vivid memories of a 2013 deadly mass shooting at the naval installation. 

D.C. police said a woman called from inside a Navy Yard building to report that she might have heard sounds of gunshots around 7:20 a.m. However, investigators found no sign of a shooting, a shooter or anyone injured.

“We don’t believe that it was a malicious hoax or incident like that,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said during a press conference Thursday morning. 

Lanier added that the employee was doing what she was supposed to do. 

After receiving the call, authorities converged on the area and searched each building one-by-one. 

One of the buildings searched was the Humphreys Building, which was the sight of a deadly mass shooting nearly two years ago. The building was formerly known as Building 197. 

The naval installation was placed on lockdown and employees were told to shelter in place. 

"It was pretty much like the first time. There were lots of people running for the exits, running for shelter, a lot of confusion," said Lt. Commander Scott Williams, who was inside the building when Thursday's incident was reported. 

A number of roads were closed in the area as authorities completed their investigations. A nearby elementary school was also placed on lockdown for a short time.  

On Sept. 16, 2013, 12 civilians were killed and four others injured during a mass shooting at Building 197. The gunman, Aaron Alexis, was killed by police. Alexis was a civilian contractor and former Navy reservist who suffered from mental health problems.

It was the second-deadliest rampage on an American military base, after the Fort Hood shootings in Texas in 2009.

The building reopened in February after extensive renovations.

Counselors and chaplains will be provided to any Navy Yard employees who need to speak with someone. 

The Navy Yard, in southeast Washington, is the country's oldest naval installation.

Stay with News4 on-air and online for more on this developing story. 

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<![CDATA[Wisconsin is Drunkest State in U.S.: Report]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:08:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/craftbeersd.jpg

Everything you thought about Wisconsin’s love of beer is true, according to a new report. 

A new study has officially proven what many expected from a state that named its baseball team after its love of breweries – Wisconsinites like to drink.

Detox.net analyzed America’s alcohol consumption from 2011 to 2013 across different states and made a list of states with the most drinkers based on responses from more than 400,000 interviews.

Wisconsin topped the list, with 65.33 percent of adults saying they had had at least one drink within the past 30 days.

Wisconsin was followed by Washington, D.C., which isn’t actually a state. Rounding out the top five were Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Among the states with the least drinkers were Utah, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama.

When it comes to binge-drinkers, however, Wisconsin still tops the list, but it’s followed by North Dakota, Washington D.C., Iowa and Illinois. Apparently, the Midwest in known as the “binge drinking belt.” 

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<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Brewery Names Beer After Toews]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:46:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/parade162.jpg

A Chicago-area brewery now has a Hawk-y beer on tap.

Hailstorm Brewing Co. in Tinley Park has released a Captain Serious #19 Pale Ale. The beer is described as a “West Coast style pale ale” and is said to be “dry light and hoppy” and “heavily dry-hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic and Galaxy.”

Since the beer’s debut, the suburban brewery has been campaigning to get Jonathan Toews to bring the Stanley Cup to the facility in honor of his namesake brew.

Toews has not yet responded to the brewery’s requests.

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<![CDATA[Attempted 'Crash-and-Grab' Reported in Chicago]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:18:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/crash+and+grab+shop+147.jpg

Another attempted crash-and-grab burglary was reported in Chicago Thursday.

Police said at least two men ran a stolen van into a store window just after 4 a.m. in the 2300 block of West 95th Street.

The building was reported to be the SHOP 147 in the city’s Beverly neighborhood. It was not immediately clear if anything was taken from the store.

The van could be seen lodged into the front of the building Thursday morning.

The store’s owner said the shop has been open for a little over a year and has been broken into at least four times. He said thieves previously took specific brands of jeans or shoes. 

It is the third crash-and-grab reported in the Chicago area in the last week. 

Police said a North Side Best Buy was targeted Monday and another was reported at a Best Buy in Tinley Park on Saturday.

<![CDATA[10 Things Deadheads Should Know Before Chicago Shows]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:42:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/0626-2015-GratefulDead.jpg

If you’re planning to say “fare thee well” to the Grateful Dead at Soldier Field this weekend, there are some things you should know.

The band’s 50th anniversary performance, set to be their “last-ever performance together,” kicks off Friday as thousands of fans make their way to Chicago during the July 4th holiday weekend.

The “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” performance will see Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir reunite at Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the band’s final performance, which took place at the venue roughly one month before Jerry Garcia’s death in August 1995. The band will also be joined by Phish's Trey Anastasio on guitar, Jeff Chimenti on keyboard and Bruce Hornsby on piano.

The event has made Chicago one of the top destinations for the holiday weekend, so fans will likely need to plan ahead.

Here are some things Deadheads should know before the highly-anticipated event:

1. Tailgating

Tailgating will be allowed in the parking lots of Soldier Field during the weekend, even for fans who don’t have tickets to the fest. The special event parking lots open at 3 p.m. and the North Parking Garage opens at 6 a.m. Tailgating will end once the shows begin at 7 p.m. and there will be no tailgating allowed after the shows.

2. Transportation

The CTA announced Wednesday that it would provide extra buses to routes that serve Soldier field throughout the weekend. The no. 130 and no. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express buses will have extra service running until one hour after the concerts end. Fans can also travel to Soldier Field via Red, Orange and Green line trains. The Roosevelt station is located at Roosevelt and State streets, a few blocks west of the stadium.

Metra will also offer extra service on several lines over the weekend.

CTA buses, cabs and Uber rides can pick up riders on Columbus between Roosevelt and Balbo. A drop-off location will be set at the 18th Street turnaround just west off the 18th Street exit from Lake Shore Drive.

For more on how to get around Chicago during the holiday weekend, click here.

3. Tickets

Most tickets are commemorative tickets but a select amount of Ticketmaster tickets are not. Fans are encouraged to be very suspect of counterfeit tickets.

Those getting tickets at Will Call can pick them up across from Gate 10 on the Southeast corner. You will need a valid proof of purchase to enter the enclosed festival grounds.

Tickets are still available on third-party sites like Stubhub. Last month, ticket prices were reportedly dropping.

A three-day pass on StubHub, once priced as high as $116,000, could be purchased for less than $500. Single day passes were as low as $195. The lowest priced tickets won't give fans a full view of the show, and all of the cheaper seats are located behind the stage, however.

Click here for more.  

4. Parking

Special Event Parking lots open at 3 p.m. and parking will be first-come, first-served. The North Parking Garage opens at 6 a.m.
Shuttles will also from the Millennium and Grant Park garages from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Parking rates are $49 for cars and $121 for RVs.

Lots close one hour after the show. No overnight parking will be allowed.

5. General Admission

Those with field-level general-admission tickets can begin lining up at 7 a.m. in the Stadium Green outside the southeast corner of the stadium.

6. Soldier Field Security

All concert-goers will undergo electronic wand screening and have all approved bags checked. Soldier Field will not allow backpacks bigger than 12x12x12, glow sticks, food, selfie sticks, strollers, camelbacks or companion pets. For a complete list of prohibited items click here.

7. The Stadium

The festival area opens at 10 a.m. at Soldier Field. Only ticketed fans will be allowed on the grounds surrounding Soldier Field.

Fans can enter the stadium in three spots -- one on the North side along McFetridge Drive, and two entry points on the South. Sidewalk areas from parking lots are the designated entry points to the festival grounds.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

8. Refunds

Partial refunds are available for those who ordered tickets via the band’s mail-order system.

More than 500,000 tickets were requested via mail order. Due to the overwhelming number of these requests, the promoters changed the seating plans to accommodate more guests. As a result, some fans were moved to seats with a lower ticket value than what they paid.

Fans who wanted a full refund needed to submit the request by June 22. But those who still want to go to the concert can receive partial refunds to make up for the difference in ticket prices. Those fans need to mail in a request by July 20.

Click here for more details. 

9. Streaming

There are several options for streaming the performances at home. A Youtube stream and webcast are available for purchase each night and the shows will also be streamed live on Pay-Per-View and satellite radio. Click here for more detail on ways to stream.

10. Other GD Events, Places to Watch in Chicago

For a complete list of Grateful Dead celebrations in the city offering a live stream of the shows, click here

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<![CDATA[Fourth of July Fireworks Shows in Chicago Area]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:02:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/4th+fireworks.jpg

The entire Chicago area will celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend with fireworks shows galore.

Plan our your weekend celebrations with the best and most convenient fireworks displays for you. Below is a list of all of the area's shows from Wednesday through Sunday.

July 1

Mount Prospect — Melas Park, 1326 W. Central Road, dusk


July 2

Chicago Heights — Bloom High School's North Soccer Field, 101 W. 10th St., 9 p.m.

Evergreen Park — Duffy Park, 9101 S. Ridgeway, dusk

Lisle — Eyes to the Sky Festival at 1825 Short St., 9:45 p.m.

Rosemont — MB Financial Park, 5501 Park Place, 9:45 p.m.


July 3

Alton — Alton Riverfront Park, 9 p.m.

Amboy — Downtown Amboy, Main St., dusk

Aurora — River Edge Park, 360 N. Broadway St., 9:30 p.m.

Bridgeview — Bridgeview Park Distric, 8100 S. Beloit, 9 p.m.

Burr Ridge — Walker Park, 7425 S. Wolf Road, dusk

Bushnell — Route 9, 9 p.m.

Cary — Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road, dusk

Christian — Tri County Fairgrounds, dusk

Dawson — Dawson Park, Old Route 36, dusk

Deerfield — Brickyards Park, Fountain View Drive, 9:15 p.m.

East Chicago — East Chicago Marina Boardwalk, 3301 Aldis St., dusk

East Moline — E. Moline Riverfront, Seventh St., dusk

Emington — Downtown Emington, Main St. and N. 300 E. Road, 10:00 p.m.

Farmer City — Farmer City Raceway, 850 N. Grove St., dusk

Galena — Shenandoah Riding Center, 200 N. Brodrecht Road, dusk

Geneseo — Richmond Hill Park, 600 H K Robinson Drive, 9 p.m.

Grand Tower — Devils Backbone Park, Park Road, dusk

Great Lakes — Ross Field, Sheridan Road, 11 p.m.

Gurnee — Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, 10 p.m.

Hanover — VFW Club, Fillmore St., dusk

Hawthorn Woods — Community Park, 42 Park View Lane, dusk

Lemont — Centennial Park, 16028 127th St., dusk

Lisle — Eyes to the Sky Festival at 1825 Short St., 9:45 p.m.

Lockport — Dellwood Park, 18th and Lawrence Ave., 9:10 p.m.

Marshall — Mill Creek Park, 20482 N. Park Entrance Road, dusk

Matherville — Over the Lake, Lake Matherville, dusk

Milan — Camden Park, U.S. 67, dusk

Monticello — Lodge Park, Garfield Ave., dusk

Northlake — Behind West Leyden High School, 1000 N. Wolf Road, 9:30 p.m.

Oak Brook — Oak Brook Sports Core Grounds, 800 Oak Brook Road, dusk

Orion — Charger Field, 1100 13th St., dusk

Oswego — Prairie Point Park, 313 E. Washington St., 9:30 p.m.

Palatine — Community Park, 250 E. Wood St., dusk

Palos Heights — 76th Avenue and College Drive, 9:15 p.m.

Park Ridge — Maine East High School, 2601 W. Dempster St., dusk

Peoria — Glen Oak Park, 2218 N. Prospect Road, dusk

Plainfield — Plainfield Central High School, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive, dusk

Rantoul — Rantoul National Aviation Center, 6 Aviation Drive, dusk

Riverton — Knights of Columbus 3914 Grounds, 335 S. Fourth St., 9 p.m.

Rock Falls — Westwood Sports Complex, 211 E. 23rd St., dusk

Romeoville — Village Park, 900 W. Romeo Road, 9:15 p.m.

Roselle — Lake Park High School West, 500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., dusk

Spring Valley — Hall High School Football Field, 800 W. Erie St., dusk

Summit — Summit Park, 5700 S. Archer Road, 9:15 p.m.

Wauconda — Cook Park, 700 N. Main St., dusk

Wheaton — Graf Park, 1701 Manchester Road, 9 p.m.

Wheeling — Chicago Executive Airport, 1020 Plant Road, 9:15 p.m.

Wilmette — Gilson Park, Sheridan Road and Michigan Ave., 9:30 p.m.


July 4

Aledo — Mercer County Fairgrounds, SW 12th Ave. and Illinois 17, dusk

Alhambra — Alhambra Park, 610 Park Drive, dusk

Antoich — Williams Park, 867 Main St., 9:30 p.m.

Arlington Heights — Arlington Park Racetrack, 2200 Euclid Ave., dusk

Barrington — Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St., dusk

Bartlett — Apple Orchard Park, 9:30 p.m.

Batavia — Engstrom Park, Millview Drive and W. Main St., 9:30 p.m.

Beardstown — Roy Roberts Park, dusk

Beecher — Firemen's Park, 673 Penfield St., 9:30 p.m.

Bensenville — Redmond Recreational Complex, 735 E. Jefferson, 9:30 p.m.

Benton — Rend Lake Dam, Main Dam Road, 9:30 p.m.

Bloomington — Miller Park, 1020 S. Morris Ave, 9:15

Blue Mound — Middle School, 509 S. Lewis St., 9 p.m.

Bolingbrook — Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive, 9:15 p.m.

Buffalo Grove — Village Hall Campus, 50 Raupp Blvd., 9:15 p.m.

Bunker Hill — New Lake Road, dusk

Burr Ridge — Walker Park, 7425 S. Wolf Road, dusk

Byron — Bryon Dragway, 7287 River Road, dusk

Carbondale — University Mall, S.E. parking lot, 9 p.m.

Carmi — White County Fairgrounds, W. Main St., dusk

Caterville — Cannon Park, Greenbria Road, dusk

Carthage — Joe Grate Park, Center St., dusk

Casey — Fairview Park, 9 p.m.

Centralia — Fairview Park, 1000 E. Broadway, dusk

Champaign — Univeristy of Illinois parking lot E14, 1800 S. First St., 9:15 p.m.

Cannahon — Community Park, 23200 W. McClintock Road, 9:15 p.m.

Charleston — Coles County Airport, 432 Airport Road, dusk

Chatham — Chatham Community Park, 700 S. Main St., dusk

Chenoa — Chenoa Football Field, 700 S. Division St., dusk

Cherry Valley — Baumann Park, dusk

Chillicothe — Three Sisters Park, 17189 N. Route 29, 9:15 p.m.

Clinton — Clinton High School, 1200 Illinois 54, dusk

Danville — Danville Boat Club, 15750 Boat Club Road, 9:30 p.m.

Decatur — Nelson Park, 200 Nelson Blvd., dusk

Downers Grove — Zigfield Troy Golf, 1535 75th St., 9:30 p.m.

Downs — Dooley Park, E. Washington St., dusk

Durand — Duran High School, 200 W. South St., 9:30 p.m.

Dwight — Dwight Grade School, 801 S. Columbia St., 9 p.m.

Eddyville — Spring St., dusk

Effingham — Effingham High School Football Field, 1301 W. Grove Ave., dusk

Elk Grove — Lions Park, Lions Drive and Elk Grove Blvd., 9:15 p.m.

Evanston — Sheridan Road and Church St., 9:15 p.m.

Fairfield — Southwest Park, dusk 

Fox Lake — Nippersink Lake, dusk

Frankfort — Main Park, 400 W. Nebraska St., dusk

Franklin — Franklin High School, 110 State St., dusk

Galena — Main St., dusk

Galesburg — Lake Storey Beach, 1572 Machen Drive, dusk

Galva — Galva Park Distric, 199 S.E. Sixth St., dusk

Glen Ellyn — Lake Ellyn Park, dusk

Glencoe — Lakefront Park, 55 Hazel Ave., 9 p.m.

Glenview — Gallery Park, Patriot and Navy Blvd., dusk

Glenwood — Glenwoodie Gold Club, 190301 State St., dusk

Godfrey — Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, 9 p.m.

Goreville — Village Park, Main St., dusk

Grafton — Grafton Riverfront, Font St., dusk

Granite City — Coolidge Middle School, 3231 Nameoki Road, 9:15 p.m.

Great Lakes — Ross Field, Sheridan Road, 10 p.m.

Gurnee — Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, 10 p.m.

Hennepin — Along Illinois River, Font St., dusk

Henry — Waterworks Park, Front St., dusk

Herrick — Tom Davis Park, dusk

Heyworth — Centennial Park, Route 136, dusk

Highland — Glik Park, 12525 Sportsman Road, dusk

Highland Park — Wolter Field, 1080 Park Ave., dusk

Hoffman Estates — Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, dusk

Hudson — Lake Bloomington, 9 p.m.

Huntley — Dieck Park, Route 47 and Mill St., 9 p.m.

Itasca — Hamilton Lakes, Park Blvd., 9:45 p.m.

Jerseyville — American Legion, 300 Veterans Memorial Parkway, 9 p.m.

Johnsburg — Oak Park Lounge, 801 W. Oak Grove Road, dusk

Joliet — Memorial Stadium, 3000 W. Jefferson St., dusk

Kewanee — Northeast Park, 9:45 p.m.

Kirkland — 290 S. St., 9:30 p.m.

Knoxville — Knox Park, 9:30 p.m.

Lake Forest — Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Road, 9:40 p.m.

Lake Zurich — Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, 9:15 p.m.

Lansing — Lan-Oak Park, 180 and Arcadia St,. dusk

Lewistown — Fulton County Grounds, dusk

Libertyville — Butler Lake Par, 500 Lake St., 9:15 p.m.

Lincolnshire — Spring Lake Park, 49 Oxford Drive, 9:30 p.m.

Lisle — Eyes to the Sky Festival at 1825 Short St., 9:45 p.m.

Litchfield — Marina 1, Lake Lou Yaeger, 9:30 p.m.

Lombard — Madison Meadow Park, 600 E. Madison St., 9:30 p.m.

Lyons — Veterans Park, Lawndale Ave., dusk

Marshall — Clark County Fairgrounds, dusk

Mascoutah — Scheve Park, Sixth St. and Harnett, 9:30 p.m.

Mendota — Fairgrounds, 401 First St., dusk

Minonk — Sutton's Park, N. Chestnut St., 9:45 p.m.

Momence — Railroad Ave., between Washington and Second St., dusk

Morton Grove — Harrar Park, 6250 Dempster, dusk

Mount Carmel — Riverview Stadium, 201 N. Pear St., dusk

Mount Carrol — Middle School Athletic Field, 633 S. East St., dusk

Mount Morris — David L. Rahn Junior High, 105 W. Brayton Road, dusk

Mount Prospect — Melas Park, 1326 W. Central Road, 9:30 p.m.

Mount Pulaski — Frazier Park, dusk

Mundelein — Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., 9:30 p.m.

Naperville — Knock Park, 724 S.W. St., 9 p.m.

Navy Pier — 600 E. Grand Ave., 9:30 p.m.

Normal — Fairview Park, 801 N. Main St., 9 p.m.

Northbrook — Velodrome, Maple Ave., dusk

Oak Forest — 159th and Central, dusk

Oak Lawn — Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave., dusk

Oak Park — River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave., dusk

Orland Park — Centennial Park, 15600 W. Ave., 9:15 p.m.

Ottawa — Ottawa Township High School, 100 E. Main St., dusk

Peoria — Downtown Peoria, Riverron Walter St., dusk

Princeton — Zearing Park, dusk

Rockford — Davis Park, 211 N. Main St., 9:30 p.m.

Skokie — Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton St., dusk

South Holland — Veterans Memorial Park, 160th Place and S. Park Ave., 9:10 p.m.

Springfield — Second St., 9:30 p.m.

St. Charles — Pottawatomie Park, 8 N. Ave., 9:20

Streamwood — Dolphin Park, S. Park Blvd., 9:15 p.m.

Thornton — Hubbard Park, 100 Hubbard St., dusk

Tinley Park — McCarthy Park, 16801 W. 80th Ave., 9:15 p.m.

Vernon Hills — Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, 9:30 p.m.

Warrenville — Cerny Park, 3S258 Manning Ave., 9:15 p.m.

Waukegan — Downtown Waukegan, 9:30 p.m.

Winnebago — School Grounds, 200 E. McNair Road, dusk

Winnetka — Duke Childs Field, 1321 Willow Road, 9:15 p.m.

Woodstock — Emricson Park, 900 W. South St., 9:30 p.m.

Wrigley Field — post-game

Yorkville — South of Menards, Countryside Parkway, dusk

Zion — Shiloh Park, 9:30 p.m. 


July 5

Carlinville — Macoupin County Fairground, dusk

Crystal Lake — Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, dusk

Gurnee — Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, 10 p.m.

Morris — Grundy County Fairgrounds, Illinois Route 47, dusk

Sandwich — Sandwich Fairgrounds, 1401 Suydam Road, dusk

Walnut — Bureau Valley N. High School, 323 S. Main St., dusk

<![CDATA[Chicago Air and Water Show Announces 2015 Headliners]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:19:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/181*120/Air_Show_2012_74.jpg

The 57th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show will take to city skies in August and this year’s event will feature some new and traditional performers.

The show headliners include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs. It will also mark the debut of the Breitling Jet Team, which will perform in Chicago for the first time during their debut tour of the United States.

The seven-plane team from France is expected to fly L-39 C Albatros jets that can reach speeds of up to 565 mph.

The popular lakefront event will also feature military and civilian aerial demonstration teams with daredevil pilots.

Th event is free and will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 15 and 16 from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as the show center. 

Photo Credit: Cindy Barrymore]]>
<![CDATA[BB Gun Fired at Pace Bus on Eisenhower Expressway]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:53:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pace+bus+shooting.jpg

A woman was injured late Wednesday night when someone shot out a window of a Pace Bus with a BB gun on the Eisenhower Expressway.

The shooting happened shortly before 11 p.m. on the eastbound Eisenhower Espressway, near Independence Boulevard, according to Illinois State Police. 

One of the passengers in the van was injured from the shattered glass, authorities said. She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.

The Pace Bus was reportedly carrying several passengers at the time of the shooting. 

The incident is the latest in a string of shootings on Chicago-area expressways. Last month, authorities warned that more than 20 shootings were reported on expressways in the first six months of the year, already surpassing the total number of shootings from 2014. 

Officials have not said whether there is a suspected cause for the rise in expressway shootings.

Check back for details on this developing story.


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<![CDATA[Missing Woman Rescued Cliff-Side]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:56:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/7-1-15+Simi+Valley+Malibu+Rescue+Woman.JPG

A 40-year-old Simi Valley, California, woman reported missing earlier this week was found stranded Wednesday inside her SUV, which had plummeted about 70 feet over the side of a Malibu cliff.

Los Angeles firefighters responded to a crash about 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Latigo Canyon Road area after a walker reported hearing screams and spotting Jenifer Duron's white Kia Sorento at the bottom of the canyon, officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Lisa McClelland was walking her dogs in the area with husband John Abbene when she noticed something was amiss.

"I saw skid marks, splayed gravel and matted down grass, so I went to the cliff side and looked over the edge and that's when I saw the white SUV," McClelland said. "I hollered down and I heard a very weak response of 'help me.'"

Her husband waited at the cliff and reassured Duron while his wife went to call emergency services.

"We could see her hand coming out of the back door... so we knew she was OK but she couldn't really verbalize how she felt," Abbene said.

When rescuers arrived they climbed down the steep cliff to reach Duron, who was dehydrated, but talking and conscious. She was lifted to safety and then taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, sheriff's officials said. She was treated for dehydration and underwent tests for numbness in her legs. Her family said she could return home as early as Thursday.

After the rescue McClelland was told by rescuers if it was not for her Duron would have perished.

"(Rescuers) told me I saved her life and I said no, you guys did the heavy lifting. And he said, 'no you saved her life," McClelland said. "I only did what a good citizen would do."

Duron was reported missing by family members Monday when didn't return home from a jog she was going on in Malibu.

After reuniting at the hospital, Daruty said his daughter was driving home that day when she got distracted by her purse in the passenger seat. Duron swerved, drove off the road and was stranded the next two nights in tough terrain without food, water or cellphone service.

"She could hear cars going by and she didn't know if someone was going to find her or not," Daruty said.

Gordon Tokumatsu, Robert Kovacik and Michael Larkin contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[LAX X-Ray Machine Reveals Cat]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:41:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dfw-generic-tsa-01.jpg

Transportation Security Administration officers made a furry find at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday afternoon when an X-ray machine revealed a passenger’s pet cat inside his checked bag.

The discovery was made after a JetBlue passenger placed his bag, which was not a pet carrier, through an X-ray machine in Terminal 3, according to LAX Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Belinda Nettles.

TSA officers removed the cat from the bag and determined that it had not been harmed by the machine.

The passenger told a TSA supervisor that he did not know animals were not supposed to be placed through the X-ray machines, Nettles said.

The cat's discovery gained social media attention after several passengers in the terminal tweeted about the event.

Officers determined that the incident was accidental and both the man and the cat were allowed to board their New York-bound flight.

According to Twitter, a similar incident also occurred at LAX Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[American Flag Burned in NYC Park]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 06:25:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/flag+burns.JPG

Activists set fire to the American flag at a Brooklyn park that memorializes thousands of Revolutionary War heroes Wednesday in protest of "systemic racism," though turnout was much smaller than the hundreds expected for the planned event, which had drawn the ire of lawmakers and residents across the five boroughs. 

A group called Disarm NYPD was to lead the protest at Fort Greene Park at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday -- but in a Facebook video posted around that time, the group said: "Last night we decided to take immediate action and burned the flag in Fort Greene Park" after "the usual suspects threw an impressive tantrum" over the flag-burning plans.

The video showed an American flag burning at Fort Greene Park's Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, but it's not clear if it actually took place at the park Tuesday night. 

The group had said it also planned to burn the Confederate flag in a rally against the country’s long history of systemic racism after nine people were killed in a historic South Carolina church earlier this month.

Several activists still showed up Wednesday evening to burn both the Confederate and American flags. A handful of people, their faces covered by scarves, set fire to one American flag near a grassy area, and then set fire to a Confederate flag and an American flag by the monument.

"Let that [expletive] burn," a woman could be heard saying. Others chanted the names of black men who have recently died at the hands of police.

Carlos Cabera, a member of Disarm the NYPD, said, "White supremacy, racism, colonial imperialism still exist, and they're only superficial differences compared with the Confederate flag and the American flag."

Police officers watched nearby but did not interfere because no law was broken, police said. It is legal to burn something in a barbecue grill, they said, which is what happened at the park. 

A group of pro-flag protesters, including about 30 people from a Brooklyn-based biker club, caught wind of what was happening and stormed over to pull the flag out of the fire. They clashed with the flag-burning group, and police followed the chaotic melees as the two groups ran through the park shouting and cursing at each other. 

There were no arrests, police said. 

While the intent of the demonstration may have been to open a dialogue about race, the focus for many was on the burning flag. 

"If you're going to burn the American flag, you're going to run the risk of running into people like me," said John Carroll of Ridgewood, one of the pro-flag demonstrators. "I will stand by this flag all the time." 

Diane Atkins said, "We believe in what the United States of America stands for, and the flag that people have died to protect it." 

The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a memorial to the more than 11,500 American prisoners of war who died in captivity aboard British prison ships during the Revolutionary War, sits at the center of the park, atop its tallest hill. The remains of some of those who died on the ships are interred in a crypt underneath the base of the war monument. 

That the protesters would burn the American flag in such a place of memorial doubled the outrage for some.

“It’s wrong,” state senator Marty Golden, a Republican from Brooklyn, said before the event. “It’s a wrong message to send to our children, wrong message to send to our communities. Just plain wrong.”

Golden said he was determined to stop the group, saying that burning anything in a city park is illegal. He said he called on Mayor de Blasio's administration to step in to stop the protest. 

De Blasio's office said protest is a "divisive, disrespectful way to express views, and does not reflect the values of our city." 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams said, "I am sympathetic to those protesting institutional racism in our society, but burning the American flag is a fringe act that will do nothing to combat the challenges we face."

The group responded to criticism in a statement on its Facebook page.

“We find it a sign of the times that people can care so much about a piece of cloth, while at the same time be so quiet about black churches being burned all over the country,” the group said.

"We do not believe the ideals of America are anything to be revered ... We dream of what real freedom looks like: freedom from paramilitaries occupying our communities, beating and killing our sons and daughters; freedom from our communities being destroyed by the speculative capital of gentrification; freedom from mass surveillance; and freedom from systemic racism," the statement continued. "So, we will burn the American flag, a symbol of oppression and genocide, and in the same action, dismantle our stunted, cynical expectations of what is possible in the world."

In the Facebook video posted Wednesday, it added: "It is important to remember that while the Confederate flag symbolized the defense of slavery, the institution reigned under the Stars and Stripes for nearly a century. After Jim Crow, segregation, and their current manifestations within the prison-industrial complex, it is clear that both racist flags deserve matches and lighter fluid."

In April, a group of artists hauled a 100-pound statue of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the park in the dead of night and installed it on top one of the war monument's pillars. 

The intent, in that case, was to highlight those who sacrificed their safety to fight against "modern-day tyrannies," the group said. The statue was removed a day after it was installed. 

<![CDATA[Boy in Critical Condition After Being Hit by SUV at Park]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 22:24:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/police-tape-lights-breaking.jpg

A 10-year-old boy was listed in critical condition after he was hit by a vehicle on a busy basketball court in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood Wednesday evening.

The boy was hit by the vehicle around 5:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of East 75th Street, according to police and fire officials.

The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, according to Fire Media Affairs.

A police source said a person of interest is in custody. The cause of the crash was not immediately known as of Wednesday night. 

<![CDATA[Amnesia Patient Finds Family]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:01:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/amnesia3.jpg

Five months after showing up in a San Diego-area emergency room without any recollection of her name, age, family, or friends, a woman who calls herself “Sam” has finally rediscovered who she is as she continues to battle cancer.

Ashley Manetta, 53, never married and has sisters in Colorado and Maryland. She was born in Pennsylvania, lived in Flagstaff, Arizona, and several years ago found her way to Southern California, where she lived in La Jolla, Vista, and Carlsbad.

The woman’s plight captured attention worldwide after NBC 7's post went viral with a Facebook reach of 21.2 million people as of Wednesday afternoon. Facebook users shared the post nearly 200,000 times, leading to thousands of tips and suggestions.

Manetta’s nephew watched the NBC 7 story online and immediately called his mom to tell her about the mystery woman: Aunt Ashley.

The FBI took the tip to Manetta and her friend Debbie Rough, her nurse from Tri City Medical Center in Oceanside, who championed the initial search for relatives. The phone call led to tears and details of her forgotten past.

“It was extremely emotional. We were all sobbing. They’re so sorry I had to go through what I did during this time without them,” Manetta said.

The FBI did not officially confirm Manetta's identity, but investigators felt comfortable with the information they've provided to help facilitate a reunion. Manetta's family did not provide independent verification of her identity.

Carlsbad firefighters responded to an emergency call on February 1 and found her  in dire shape. Her blood pressure was so low she was barely conscious. She couldn’t tell paramedics anything about herself.

Doctors at Tri City Medical Center diagnosed her with ovarian cancer, telling her the antibodies from the tumor possibly caused “retrograde amnesia."

Carlsbad police and the FBI got involved in an effort to help identify her. They said more pressing responsibilities kept them from devoting the many hours needed to solve the case.

Searches of their fingerprint database turned up empty.

“He [the FBI agent] said you must be a good girl, otherwise we’d have records of you,” Manetta said.

FBI agents posted Manetta’s picture and story to the Interpol website in an effort to attract global attention.

She spoke with an English or Australian accent and had vivid dreams about time spent in Perth.

"Apparently I have a long time of visiting Australia for extended trips. I’ve been going there throughout my life,” Manetta said. The family lost track of her in 2013, around the same time she showed up in Southern California and attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Carlsbad.

The FBI said NBC 7’s Facebook post and subsequent stories generated numerous tips, which helped put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Manetta plans to fly back to Maryland and live with one of her older sisters.

“She was just telling me she has a four-bedroom, large house and a lovely king-size bed waiting for me."

Manetta thanks the millions of people around the world who watched her story and prayed and tried to help with leads and suggestions.

The story has seemed almost too remarkable to be true.

The FBI can’t confirm or deny the circumstances, but feels comfortable with the information they’ve provided to help facilitate a reunion. 

Manetta’s close friends and the nurse who championed her story call her a genuine and sweet human being.

They believe she has the genuine faith in God which was the first thing she remembers feeling in the emergency room.

“I had peace where there should be none and I believed He would bring me back together with people that that were family and I trusted Him," she said.

Ashley Manetta will need to continue with chemotherapy to treat the aggressive cancer, but with family and faith she says “she knows where she is going” and now, finally, where she came from too.

Photo Credit: NBC 7, family photo
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<![CDATA[Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect in Chicago]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:58:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/minimum-wage-cash.jpg

Minimum wage employees in Chicago will begin earning $10 an hour Wednesday as the first part of a yearly incremental minimum wage increase takes effect in the city.

The $1.75 hourly bump is part of a plan aimed at raising the minimum wage in the city to $13 an hour by 2019.

Wednesday’s pay hike brings the minimum wage in Chicago up from Illinois' $8.25 rate, which is already $1 higher than the federal rate. After that, the wage will go up by 50 cents in 2016 and 2017, and by $1 in 2018 and 2019. City officials estimate more than 400,000 Chicago workers will benefit.

The plan was overwhelmingly approved by the City Council in December.

Chicago is the latest major city to give minimum wage employees a raise. Last year, Seattle officials approved a phased-in $15 wage. In California, San Francisco voters approved a $15 in November, while Oakland OK'd an increase to $12.25.

<![CDATA[350-Pound Dolphin Jumps Onto Boat, Injures Woman]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:28:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/knbc-dolphin-jumps-onto-boat.jpg

A trip out to sea for a Southern California couple celebrating their wedding anniversary turned into a trip to the emergency room after a 350-pound dolphin leaped onto the boat, knocking the woman over and injuring both her ankles.

Dirk and Chrissie Frickman and their two teenaged children were boating off the Dana Point Harbor on June 21 when a pod of dolphins swam alongside them. One of the dolphins jumped onto the 21-foot boat, hitting the railing and bouncing inside the bow.

Chrissie Frickman wound up pinned beneath the thrashing 6-foot dolphin until her husband pulled her free. The dolphin continued thrashing and bleeding from some cuts in the back of the boat.

"It was almost like it fell out of the sky because it was so high, like it was higher than I was. It was really traumatic," " said Chrissie Frickman, who broke one ankle and tore a ligament in the other.

For the next half hour, the Laguna Niguel family was in shock, trying to calm one another.

"The dolphin was kind of sliding all around the boat, so we were trying to anticipate which way it was going to go so we could go the opposite way," the mother said.

The dolphin was bleeding profusely.

"It kind of injured its nose and injured its tail, the blood kind of started splattering all over," Dirk Frickman said. "My daughter looked and was like, 'Oh my God, please don't let it die, don't let it die, don't let it die.'"

Dirk Frickman radioed the Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol and told them what happened. The patrol responded and pulled the mother and the couple's daughter from the boat to get them to shore and an ambulance. Dirk Frickman continued into the harbor, occasionally pouring water onto the dolphin.

When he made to the harbor, two people helped get a rope on the dolphin and get it back into the water. The wounded animal swam away.

"I was scared for the dolphin," said Chrissie Frickman, a substitute teacher who is still in a wheelchair recovering from her injuries. "Like, I was kind of hoping it would just jump back out, but I knew that wasn't going to happen. I was scared for my kids, and, you know, you're like, 'Can they attack, how scared is it?' You know, just these crazy thoughts go through your head, but I'm sure it was just as traumatized as we were."

The Frickmans, along their 12-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter, were celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary and Father's Day.

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<![CDATA[Former CPD Officer Left Paralyzed on Job Faces Eviction]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:35:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/250*120/Cole.png

Densey Cole became a Chicago police officer at the age of 22 and, while on-duty, a quadriplegic at 38.

It was May 27, 2009 when Cole, a 16-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was responding to a burglary call. Along the way, a car crossed the median and hit his SUV near the corner of 98th and S. Halsted. His head slammed against the ceiling of his police car and he broke his neck.

Shortly after the accident, two men ran up to Cole's car and stole his wallet and his 9mm weapon. He was still conscious as the two men moved him to give them better access to his pockets. Their crime may have exacerbated Cole's injuries.

Left paralyzed, Cole is now fighting just to keep a roof over his head. He was recently served with eviction papers for the Oak Brook Terrace apartment he says the city was supposed to be paying for. His rent is behind almost $20,000.

“It is very expensive to live in a home that is handicapped accessible,” Cold told NBC Chicago.

Cole says the city had told him to sell his home in Beverly because it was too expensive to make it handicapped accessible. He says they had told him they were planning on building a new home that would be accessible for his needs, but that never happened.

“They owe me and they know they owe,” Cole expressed. “I cannot continue to move.”

The city of Chicago said in a statement that the finance committee has paid more than $5.8 million for Cole’s medical care since 2009, and insisted they have made sure his accommodations are handicapped accessible.

The bill in question, according to a city spokesperson, is for unpaid utility bills – which they allege are Cole’s responsibility.

Cole meanwhile says he did what's right as an officer on duty and just asks the city to do the same.

“I fulfilled 100 percent of what I was supposed to do as an officer,” Cole said. “And are they doing the same? No.”

Cole has since set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to help chip away the mounting debt that comes with living with disabilities.

He says he has been warned he will be evicted on July 8. 

<![CDATA[Fourth of July: What You Should Know]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:43:05 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP863047613399.jpg

There will no doubt be plenty of beer and fireworks this Fourth of July.

Although we celebrate Independence Day on July 4 every year, that may not be the correct date of America's independence from Britain. In fact, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail hailing July 2 as the day people would celebrate America for generations to come.

That's because on July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution for independence. However, America celebrates July 4 because that was the day the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Here's a look at other things to know this July 4:

15,000 - The approximate number of July 4 fireworks shows that took place in 2014, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.

41.9 Million - The number of travelers AAA predicts will travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday weekend.

150 Million - The approximate number of hot dogs to be consumed on the Fourth of July, according to Marketresearch.com.

61 - The number of hot dogs San Jose native Joey Chestnut ate in 10 minutes to win the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island in Brooklyn last year for the eighth time in a row. He also proposed to his girlfriend, fellow competitive eater Neslie Ricasa. She said yes.

69 - The hot dog eating record Joey Chestnut set in 2013.

6.8 Million - Number of singles sold of Katy Perry's "Firework" from her third studio album "Teenage Dream," according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

- The percentage of consumer fireworks that are made in China, according to The New York Times.

3 - The number of U.S. presidents who have died on July 4. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826. James Monroe also died on July 4, five years later.

1870 - The year Congress passed a bill to make July 4 a national holiday, though it has been celebrated as early as 1977, according to Time.

$55.84 - The average cost of a barbeque cookout this summer for 10 people, according to a survey of grocery stores in 30 states.

201.6 Million - The number of pounds of fireworks consumers used in 2014, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.

15 - The number of seconds San Diego's fireworks show lasted in 2012 when tens of thousands of fireworks were accidentally shot off at the same time.

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<![CDATA[Military Jet Makes Emergency Landing at Midway]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:00:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/1880652.jpg

A military jet made an emergency landing at Midway Airport Wednesday afternoon, according to officials.

The U.S. Navy F-18 was headed to Virginia from an airshow in Wisconsin when the plane’s pilot requested an emergency landing in Chicago after experiencing an engine malfunction, military officials said.

The jet landed safely at 12:40 p.m. with two passengers on board.

The cause of the F-18’s engine malfunction is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Richards Signs 1-Year Deal With Red Wings]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:56:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-477064782.jpg

Brad Richards talked about potentially coming back to the Chicago Blackhawks this offseason, but those conversations didn’t materialize into a return engagement as the center has signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

The deal, which was first reported by Darren Dreger of TSN, will give the Red Wings another center as they continue to retool their roster. The Wings also signed defenseman Mike Green on Wednesday, but the team was looking for another veteran forward to add to the mix.

The deal will pay Richards $3 million next season, with potential bonuses raising the potential price up to $4 million. 

Richards scored 12 goals and dished out 25 assists for the Blackhawks in the 2014-15 season, and even though he did take a cheap 1-year contract to sign with the Hawks during the last offseason, it looks as though the Blackhawks chose to go in a different direction this time around.

During his conference call on Tuesday to discuss the Brandon Saad trade, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman seemed to indicate that Richards would be playing elsewhere next season, saying that the team “lost two centermen.” The other player that is likely off the roster is Antoine Vermette, who has been generating plenty of interest around the league in recent days.

In their place, the Blackhawks will have a wide variety of players to choose from on their current roster. The one surefire bet is Artem Anisimov, who signed a five-year contract extension with the Hawks after the team acquired him from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Marko Dano could also get a shot at a center job, along with Teuvo Teravainen and Andrew Shaw. Marcus Kruger has yet to be re-signed, but it seems likely that he will be and remain in a bottom-six forward role with the team.

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<![CDATA[Two Killed in Fiery East Texas Plane Crash]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:52:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/plane-crash-quinlan-02.jpg

Two people were killed Wednesday when a plane crashed and burst into flames shortly after takeoff from an East Texas airstrip, sources tell NBC 5.

First responders were seen placing two tarps over what remained of the burned out aircraft, indicating there were two victims in the crash.

The airstrip's owner, Walter Meziere of Quinlan, was the pilot of the aircraft. Trooper Kyle Bradford of the Texas Department of Public Safety says Meziere, who was 54, and his 49-year-old passenger, Joe Livingston of McKinney, were both killed in the crash.

According to Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine Piper PA-24, which can seat four occupants, had departed the private Rockin' M Airport northeast of Quinlan early Wednesday afternoon.

Only a few moments later, the plane crashed into a field about 1,000 feet east of the north-south grass runway. The plane came to rest a few yards from a residence in rural Hunt County.

At this time, the cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Reports: Butler Re-Signs for 5 Years With Bulls ]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:06:19 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/183707723.jpg

The Chicago Bulls have made it abundantly clear that they want to keep Jimmy Butler as he hits restricted free agency, and on Wednesday it appears they will get their wish as the forward is finalizing a five-year deal to remain with the organization.

The deal, which was first reported as close to being done by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and was confirmed as done by Brian Windhorst of ESPN and K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, will pay Butler $90 million, and includes an opt-out clause after the fourth year. 

Reports have been swirling for weeks about Butler’s ultimate destination, with the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly strongly in the mix, but the Bulls gave the forward a maximum qualifying offer, meaning that they would essentially match any offer that Butler was going to be given.

Butler had an opportunity to sign an extension with the Bulls before the 2014-15 season, but he rolled the dice on his ability to earn a max-contract, and the gamble paid off. Butler averaged 20 points and 5.8 rebounds per game during the season, and when Derrick Rose was out of the lineup due to injury, Butler picked up the scoring slack in a big way and helped keep the Bulls competitive. 

Now, with Fred Hoiberg and his up-tempo offense in Chicago, Butler is going to have a serious opportunity to up his productivity even more in the coming years. 

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<![CDATA[Your July 4 BBQ Will Cost Less This Year]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:26:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-476834560_July4Burger.jpg

As millions of Americans across the U.S. get ready to fire up the grill over the July Fourth holiday weekend, they're likely to spend less at the checkout line this year.

All-American staples like hot dogs, hamburgers, pork ribs, and potato salad will cost 3% less this year compared to last, according to a recent survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The survey estimated that the average cost of this summer's cookout for ten people will be around $55.84, or $5.58 per person. The survey was taken at local grocery stores across 30 states and factored in costs for items like condiments, side dishes, snacks, and beverages. 

“Based on our survey, food prices overall appear to be fairly stable. Prices for beef have continued to increase this year, but prices for other meats are generally declining. Dairy product prices are also quite a bit lower,” said John Anderson, deputy chief economist at AFBF. Anderson added that although meat production is beginning to increase generally, beef prices have stabilized and pork prices have been in decline all year. 

"Fuel and other energy prices have also generally been lower so far this year compared to last year," said Anderson. "This helps keep prices down on the more processed items in the basket. Energy is an important component of the final price for these products."

The American Farm Bureau Federation is the country's largest farm organization and has chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The cookout survey is part of a series which includes an annual Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Survey.

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<![CDATA[1 in Custody After Barricade Situation on Southwest Side]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:27:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/barricade+breaker.jpg

One person is in custody after a 5-hour police standoff on Chicago’s Southwest Side Wednesday.

Chicago police first responded to a barricade situation in the 2100 block of West 21st Street shortly before 11:30 a.m. when officers received a call of a man with a gun at a residence.

Details on what happened were not immediately clear, but officials later called for an HBT response, which stands for Hostage-Barricade-Terrorism.

Police said shots were fired in the area.

Officers remained at the scene until shortly after 4 p.m., when police were able to effectively take the suspect into custody.

Further details have not been released.

This story is developing, check back for details.


Photo Credit: Sylvia Ortiz/Telemundo]]>