<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usMon, 26 Jun 2017 04:10:07 -0500Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:10:07 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[12-Year-Old Girl Reported Missing From South Austin]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:28:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Untitled205.jpg

A 12-year-old girl was reported missing by Chicago Police on Sunday night.

The girl, identified as Destiny Gilbert, left her home on the 600 block of North Pine in Chicago’s South Austin neighborhood around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. According to a police report, Gilbert left the house without permission.

According to the police report, the missing girl may have gone to the area of Kedzie and Jackson, and citizens are being encouraged to call police if they see her.

Gilbert, who stands 5-foot-3 and weighs 120 pounds, was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes. She may also be wearing a head band with black cat ears on it.

Anyone who has seen Gilbert is encouraged to call Area North SVU at 312-744-8266. 



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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Metra Train]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:55:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Metra6.png

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Metra train near the Mont Clare station on Sunday night, the agency announced.

The incident occurred around 9 p.m. when an outbound train on Metra’s Milwaukee District West line struck a pedestrian.

The train was due in Elgin at 9:55 p.m., but the agency is expecting extensive delays in connection with the fatal accident.

The identity of the victim has not been released at this time. 



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<![CDATA[Park Ridge Resident Wins $200K in Illinois Lottery Drawing]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 20:00:35 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-55656112.jpg

A Park Ridge man hit the jackpot recently as he cashed in on a $200,000 winning lottery ticket.

That man, Park Ridge-resident Bart Iskra, matched all five numbers on his Quick Pick ticket for the Illinois Lottery midday drawing on June 9.

Iskra is one of two residents to win a prize in that lottery drawing, purchasing his ticket at a retailer in Stickney. The other winning ticket was sold at a store in Chicago, according to the Illinois Lottery. Both retailers will receive a bonus of $2,000 for selling the winning tickets.

“I’m so happy!,” Iskra said.

According to the Illinois Lottery website, Iskra plans to invest the money that he won in the drawing. 



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<![CDATA[Captain Asks Passengers to Pray During Shaky Air Asia Flight]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:08:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/173164274.jpg

Passengers of a Sunday morning Air Asia flight said their captain asked them to pray — twice — as the plane experienced engine trouble and shook like a "washing machine," NBC News reported.

Damien Stevens, who was on the flight from Perth, Australia, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, told NBC News the plane shook after a “huge bang” about 75 minutes into the flight.

"The rattling started straight away," Stevens said. "It was like being in a washing machine... The pilot asked us to pray twice and said he was scared too."

The exact cause of the incident remains unclear, but Stevens said the airline told him the trouble stemmed from one of the engines and that the pilot had 44 years of experience. The plane landed safely back in Perth and there were no reported injuries.



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<![CDATA[Manning Takes Part in 1st Pride March Since Prison Release]]> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:23:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-694226476.jpg

Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army Intelligence analyst, on Sunday took part in her first Pride March since being released from prison last month, NBC News reported.

Manning rode in cars for the American Civil Liberties Union and said she was "honored to represent" the organization at the parade in New York City.

Manning, who came out publicly as transgender in 2013, rode alongside Gavin Grimm, the transgender teen who sued his school for denying him access to the boys' bathroom.

The 29-year-old was released from military prison in May after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence for leaking intelligence records. President Barack Obama commuted her sentence in January.



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<![CDATA[Varsity Hockey Could Return to University of Illinois]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:36:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-800194200.jpg

There is not currently a Division I hockey program in the state of Illinois, but thanks to the National Hockey League and the University of Illinois, that could potentially change.

In a press conference, the league announced that it would fund a feasibility study to determine whether or not ice hockey would become a varsity sport at the school in Champaign.

The university currently offers hockey as a club sport, but the school does not compete on the NCAA level in hockey despite several Big Ten schools, including Michigan, Wisconsin, and Penn State, doing so.

“The idea of varsity hockey at the University of Illinois has great appeal,” Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman said. “With hockey’s popularity in both Chicago and St. Louis, and rapidly growing youth participation across the state, we anticipate tremendous interest in the sport at our university.”

The NHL will partner up with the NHL Players’ Association and College Hockey Inc. to fund the study, which will be used to determine whether funding should be made available to convert the sport into a varsity athletics program at the school.

If Illinois were to join the NCAA in hockey, they would join a group of other schools that have made the jump in recent years, including Penn State and Arizona State.

The interest and excitement of the University of Illinois to be a part of the NHL’s Feasibility Study is a reflection of the extreme growth of youth hockey across our state,” Chicago Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough said. “The Chicago Blackhawks are proud that such a prestigious institution has made a strong commitment to the development of our game at all levels.”

The feasibility study will be conducted at five different schools across the country, the NHL announced. Illinois did have varsity hockey as a sport prior to World War II, but the program was disbanded in 1943 and has not been brought back since, according to the school. 



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<![CDATA[Emanuel Criticizes Rauner for Lack of Leadership]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 19:20:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/emanuel+high+school+graduates+45.png

With Illinois rapidly approaching the end of yet another fiscal year without a budget, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted Governor Bruce Rauner on Sunday afternoon.

In a statement, Emanuel invoked President John F. Kennedy as he criticized the governor for failing to lead as the state’s budget stalemate continues.

“As President Kennedy said, to govern is to choose,” Emanuel said. “Will he choose to lead, to truly compromise, by making progress the goal instead of perfection? Will he put the interests of the people ahead of his own personal politics?

“Governor, it’s your choice,” Emanuel continued. “In five days we’ll all have your answer.”

The state of Illinois has until June 30 to come up with a new budget, or it will enter its third consecutive fiscal year without one. If that deadline passes, IDOT construction projects will come to a halt, according to officials, and the Mega Millions and Powerball drawings will no longer sell lottery tickets in the state, robbing it of another source of revenue.

After a meeting between top lawmakers on both the Democratic and Republican sides of the legislature didn’t produce any breakthroughs on Sunday, concern continued to mount that a budget deal won’t be reached.

Despite the impasse, Governor Rauner told Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times last week that he’s happier than he’s been in years.

“My wife tells me she hasn’t seen me this happy in 20 years,” he said. “I feel totally honored and humbled to get the opportunity to improve the future of 13 million people.”

Naturally, Rauner’s comments were blasted by his gubernatorial rivals, with JB Pritzker and Chris Kennedy both issuing statements condemning the remarks.

“The fact that Bruce Rauner can talk about his own happiness as our economy spirals down the drain and Illinois stumbles toward junk bond status is appalling,” Pritzker said. 

Illinois lawmakers will continue their special session, the first of Governor Rauner's term, on Monday in Springfield. 

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<![CDATA[GOP Leaders Reverse Course, Meet With Democrats]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:47:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/durkin+radogno.png

The two GOP leaders in the Illinois legislature reversed course and met with House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton Sunday afternoon, but acheived no meaningful breakthroughs as the deadline to end the state's budget impasse rapidly approaches. 

Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin met with the Democratic leaders at 1:30 p.m. for the first time in several months to discuss the nearly two-yearlong deadlock. 

During the meeting, Madigan said that he supported the idea of a property tax freeze, a proposal pushed by Governor Bruce Rauner, but brought up three demands that he would make in budget negotiations if lawmakers agree to that plan. 

Those demands include changing the school funding formula, regulating rates on worker's compensation insurance, and making the process of procuring healthcare contracts in the state more transparent. 

"I told Republican leaders in the House that we are working on a bill that would freeze real estate taxes," Madigan told reporters. "However that's where we add three additional items to the list." 

After the meeting, Cullerton told reporters that there was a sense of urgency in the negotiations, but that Sunday's events should "fuel new optimism" that a deal could happen soon. 

When asked if the people of Illinois should be more or less optimistic after the leadership meeting, Cullerton said more "because we couldn’t even get a meeting a couple days ago."

Despite Cullerton's optimism, the Republican leaders left the closed-door event saying they wanted to see Madigan's budget proposal before meeting again - though Madigan said he hoped to schedule another summit on Tuesday. 

"I don't know what the point of meeting is until we see what they can produce," he said. "We have five days left. They need to produce a plan."

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner was not in attendance at Sunday's meeting, which took place on the fifth day of the special session in Springfield, though he met with Radogno and Durkin before the four tops gathered. 

The meeting was the first with all four leaders in more than six months, since negotiations - that included Rauner at the time - broke down in December.

Both Republican leaders refused to meet with the Democrats on Friday, saying that they were deferring to Durkin’s one-on-one discussions with Madigan.

There has been at least one private meeting between the two - but none reported since Thursday. Traditionally, it takes all four leaders and the governor to strike a deal.

"I think we’ve got time, but I think I need to be able to work with him to see how far we can get," Durkin said Friday. "Having four of us in the room is not going to solve anything right now."

“Speaker and the leader can sit in private and negotiate and try to make some progress,” Rauner echoed, adding, “I think that’s been the focus that Leader Durkin is emphasizing and I support him in that.”

The state’s nearly two-yearlong budget impasse sits in the House, as the Senate has agreed to the so-called "Grand Bargain" budget compromise. 

Lawmakers have until the end of the month to reach an agreement, or the new fiscal year will begin without a budget in place.

If that happens, credit ratings agencies have said they will downgrade Illinois’ rating to "junk” status, road work across the state will come to halt, some lottery games will no longer be sold and thousands will be left unable to work.

Already, social service agencies have been waiting for more than two years to be paid. A patchwork of court orders dictates that the state pay certain suppliers, though Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza has warned that her office is required to pay out more than it receives in revenue each month.

Illinois already has a $15 billion backlog of overdue bills and the lowest credit rating of any state.

Sunday’s closed door meeting could be the start of lengthy negotiations, with the June 30 deadline just five days away.

NBC 5's James Neveau and Regina Waldroup also contributed to this story. 



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<![CDATA[Photos: The 2017 Chicago Pride Parade]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:07:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/angie+pride+vid+2.png

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<![CDATA[Diner Finds Dead Frog in Salad at LA Restaurant]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:57:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/frogsalad2.jpg

Officials with the BJ's Restaurants chain said they're investigating how a dead frog wound up in a diner's salad at one of the company's locations in West Covina, Los Angeles County.

Shawna Cepeda posted a picture of her salad with a frog that appeared to be the size of two croutons in a Yelp review on June 14. Cepeda couldn't be reached Saturday, but in her Yelp post, she said she ate at the restaurant the previous night and ordered a side salad.

"I was about four bites into it and I noticed it tasted a little different," she wrote. "I thought maybe the ranch dressing was a little bitter, and after mixing the salad around some more I found a dead baby frog."

The manager offered to comp her meal, which she declined.

She said corporate apologized and sent her a $50 gift card.

Krysteen Romero, the general manager at the restaurant, posted a comment on Cepeda's Yelp page more than a week later apologizing and offering to speak to her directly.

In a statement issued to NBC4, BJ's Chief Financial Officer Greg Levin said the company takes this seriously and they "have launched an internal investigation including discussions with our suppliers and distributors to ensure that nothing like this happens in the future."



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<![CDATA[Michigan Couple Celebrates 80th Wedding Anniversary]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:47:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/donald+vivian+hart+split.png

A Michigan couple is celebrating an incredible milestone - their 80th wedding anniversary.

Donald and Vivian Hart, both 99, spent time Friday looking through old photo albums, taking a walk down memory lane.

They met one another in the 1930's, they told WOOD-TV, when Vivian and a few other women were lost.

Donald didn't just offer directions - he walked them home.

Donald served in the Air Force and was drafted in World War II before spending 20 years at a seating manufacturing company.

The couple's children said they remember the good times, even when their family had very little money.

"He first got out of the military, I was 7 years old," their son Don recalled. "We lived in a dinky house, it had been a chicken coop. We didn't have things, but we had a lot of fun."

"We had a good time, didn't we? Even in the service," Donald asked Vivian on Friday.

"Good times and bad, like everyone else," she replied.

Donald said that even in the bad times, their love flourished and continued to grow stronger.

"When those times happen, you get knocked down, but you just get up and go again," he said. "When you get together again, it was better yet than ever."



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<![CDATA[Which Former Chicago Athlete Will Be Missed Most?]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:37:38 -0500
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After trades sent away Jimmy Butler, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Artemi Panarin in recent days, a question begs to be asked: which former Chicago athlete will be most missed by their team? ]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Police Officer, Woman Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 18:03:18 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hit+and+run+s+state+625.png

A Chicago police officer and a woman were struck in a hit-and-run crash on the city's South Side early Sunday.

The incident occurred around 2:20 a.m. as officers were handling a possible domestic dispute in the 6800 block of S. State St. in the Park Manor neighborhood, according to Chicago police.

A 43-year-old male officer was interviewing a 24-year-old woman in the street when a maroon-colored vehicle traveling northbound at a high rate of speed struck them before fleeing the scene, officials said.

Both the officer and the woman were taken to Stroger Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police. The officer sustained "multiple injuries," police said, but was discharged from the hospital and will recover at home, CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted at 2:50 p.m.

Further details on the woman's injuries and condition were not immediately available.

One person was taken into custody in connection with the incident, Guglielmi tweeted at 10:43 a.m.

Charges are pending, Guglielmi said, and the investigation remains ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Everything You Need to Know About the Chicago Pride Parade]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:35:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+pride+parade+edit.jpg

Thousands are expected to descend on Chicago's North Side Sunday for the 48th annual Chicago Pride Parade, a culmination of the city's Pride Month festivities.

Planning to attend? Here's what you need to know.

Parade route and timing: The parade steps off at noon at Montrose Avenue and Broadway Street in the Uptown neighborhood. It commences south on Broadway to Halsted, then south on Halsted, east on Belmont, south on Broadway and east on Diversey to Cannon Drive in Lincoln Park, according to Chicago's Office of Emergency Management.

Street closures: Some steets will begin closing as early as 8 a.m. for participant staging areas and as early as 9:30 a.m. along the parade route, city officials said. Street closures include parts of Montrose, Irving Park and Wellington at Broadway and Addison, Grace and Roscoe at Halsted. "Streets are expected to fully reopen by 8:00 p.m. or when deemed safe to do so," the OEMC says. "Traffic Control Aides will be assigned to assist with traffic."

Getting there: Public transportation is "highly recommended" as parking restrictions begin at 5 a.m. Sunday morning and crowds build thoughtout the morning. Metra and CTA both announced additional service on Sunday for the parade. 

Metra will provide extra trains on the BNSF Line from Aurora, the Union Pacific North Line from Kenosha, the Union Pacific Northwest Line from Harvard and the Union Pacific West Line from Elburn. "Extra seating capacity will be made available on all other lines," Metra reps said.

On the CTA, expect more trains on the Red, Blue, Brown and Orange lines:

--Red Line: From 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., trains will operate with increased frequency.

--Brown Line: Longer trains will operate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Service will also be provided more frequently from approximately 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

--Blue Line: Longer trains will operate from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

--Orange Line: Longer trains will operate from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m.

More buses also will run on the #74 Fullerton route between 10:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and the #77 Belmont and #78 Montrose routes from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. 

In addition, the CTA will reroute several buses due to street closures along the parade route: #8 Halsted, #22 Clark, #36 Broadway, #76 Diversey, #77 Belmont, #78 Montrose, #80 Irving Park, #151 Sheridan and #152 Addison.

Weather:
 As of Friday, NBC 5 meteorologists were tracking a partly cloudy day with a few showers and thunderstorms possible in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to reach the lower to middle 70s.

Transit pride: In celebration of the parade, four CTA 'L' cars will be specially wrapped with an image of the LGTBQ rainbow flag. The cars will run along the Red Line for the next week. The CTA also will sell Pride-themed single-ride Ventra tickets at 30 of its busiest rail stations.

Safety and security: An increased number of uniformed and plainclothes police officers will be stationed along the route, and the OEMC will activate its Emergency Operations Center to "monitor activities and support on-site staff."

It's all part of the OEMC and Chicago Police's efforts to built on last year's strategy, "enhancing current operations for a more comprehensive safety plan." Spectators can expect to see more signage for pedestrian crossing, for example, and more pole marker signs to identify their location if calling 911. 

Chicago Police said it will utilize PRIDEChicago private security staff, increase barricades along the parade route and establish clearer routes for emergency responders to reach medical tents.

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Grand marshal: “Orange is the New Black” star Lea DeLaria will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2017 Chicago Pride Parade. The 58-year-old actress and Illinois native is best known for her award-winning role as “Big Boo” in the hit Netflix series. Organizers noted she was selected as the grand marshal for her long-time activism in the LGBT community, which earned her the Equality Illinois Freedom Award in 2015.

What not to bring: Coolers are not allowed and will be strictly enforced, the city says. "Open containers containing alcoholic beverages are illegal on the city's streets and sidewalks," the OEMC said in a statement. "Violators will be subject to fines up to $1,000."

Share your photos: Want to show off your pride? Email pictures to isee@nbcchicago.com!



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<![CDATA[North Carolina Teen Reported Missing a Year Ago Found Alive]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:16:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Policelightsgeneric.jpg

FBI officials in Georgia located a teenager who had been reported missing from her North Carolina home more than a year ago, the agency announced Sunday. 

Hailey Burns, 17, was found in Duluth, Georgia, overnight after the FBI received a tip that she may be in the Atlanta area. Burns had been reported missing from her Charlotte home more than a year ago.

A 31-year-old man was taken into custody in connection to Burns' disappearance and will face a number of criminal charges, the FBI said in a press release. 

Burns was reunited with her parents, who've asked for privacy. 



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<![CDATA[Five Thoughts: Blackhawks' NHL Draft Performance]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:23:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-800226338.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks wrapped up a busy NHL Draft weekend on Saturday as they finished selecting the nine new players that will join their stable of prospects in the coming years.

The Blackhawks didn’t make any big splashes once the draft actually began, but they created some fireworks beforehand as they traded away Niklas Hjalmarsson and Artemi Panarin in separate transactions.

So what did the Blackhawks do right, and what did they do wrong? To answer those questions, here are our Five Thoughts on how the NHL Draft shook out for the Blackhawks.

Biggest Success: Adding Young, Right-Handed Blue Liners

General Manager Stan Bowman went into the NHL Draft looking to add young, athletic players on his blue line, and he killed two birds with one stone as he also addressed another glaring need: right-handed defensemen.

He did that both in the Hjalmarsson trade, which netted the Blackhawks Connor Murphy, and he also did it in the draft, as he selected Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell in the first two rounds of the draft.

Adding players that can pass the puck on the blue line, and that can also skate effectively through all three zones, was a critical success for the Blackhawks in this draft, and Bowman did a quality job of addressing a significant need.

Biggest Disappointment: Not Adding More Goaltending Depth

The Blackhawks likely acquired a player that will compete for their back-up goaltending job this season as they got Anton Forsberg from the Columbus Blue Jackets, but surprisingly the Blackhawks didn’t draft a single goaltender with any of their nine picks.

The team is dangerously thin at that position in their prospect ranks, with Jeff Glass really serving as the only other option besides Forsberg behind Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks do not have any dynamic goaltending prospects, and that is an area that they are going to absolutely need to address when they head into free agency and further into the offseason.

Biggest Question Mark: Andrei Altybarmakyan

Altybarmakyan has some good skill, as he showed off in the KHL All-Star Game earlier this year, but he also comes with some big questions, as he wasn’t ranked in the top 100 prospects by TSN, and he ranked only as the 28th best skater among Europeans in this year’s draft class, according to NHL central Scouting.

Even so, the Blackhawks were certainly okay in going off board, as there aren’t any surefire picks in the third round, but it was interesting to see them go so far off the beaten path to take a player that probably would have been available at number 90.

Most Underrated Pick: Evan Barratt

Speaking of the 90th pick, Barratt could be a player that Blackhawks fans will get to know over the next few years.

Barratt will be heading to Penn State, but his skillset certainly could translate to the NHL level, as he likes getting into tough areas to score greasy goals, and he has very smooth hands when he gets the puck near the front of the net.

The big knock on Barratt is that he isn’t the most athletic player in the game, but with his hard-nosed determination and two-way skill, that shouldn’t be a big deal. He could end up coming out of college if his development arc follows the right path, and it will be fascinating to watch him get stronger and learn more of the nuances of the game.

What’s Left to Do:

As the Blackhawks near free agency, they’ll have to get some clarity on the Marian Hossa salary cap situation, and they’ll also have to acquire more goaltending help, whether in the form of prospects or cheap veterans who can compete with Forsberg for the back-up job in Chicago.

The Blackhawks will also be looking for some veteran help on their blue line, as they’ll need to have some insurance in case of injury to Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook this season. 



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<![CDATA['Lets Not Rush This': Senators Urge Health Care Vote Delay]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:56:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ronjohnsonfeuerherd.jpg

Senators on both sides of the aisle can agree on at least one thing: rushing a vote on health care would be ill-advised, NBC News reported. 

Republican senators unveiled their version of the health bill on Thursday, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he wants to see a vote before the end of this week. 

Both Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who each have expressed serious reservations with the bill for very different reasons, said during exclusive interviews on Sunday's "Meet The Press" that rushing a vote before the July 4th recess would be unwise. 

“There’s no way we should be voting on this next week,” Johnson told host Chuck Todd. “I have a hard time believing my Wisconsin constituents or even myself will have enough time to evaluate this for even a motion to proceed... let’s not rush this.”

Sanders added: "There is no way on God’s Earth that this bill should be passed this week. The people of Wisconsin don’t know what’s in it, the people of Vermont don’t know what’s in it. We need a serious discussion."



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<![CDATA[Madigan, Durkin Issue Statements on Budget Stalemate]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:39:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jim+durkin+111.png

As the state’s budget impasse continues unabated, the leaders of the Democratic and Republican caucuses in the State House issued statements on the situation Saturday night.

House Speaker Mike Madigan, who has been targeted by Governor Bruce Rauner as the cause of the gridlock in Springfield, postponed a vote on a worker’s compensation bill in the Labor Committee, but promised to continue working toward a bipartisan solution with Republican lawmakers.

“Throughout this budget crisis, Democrats have worked to find common ground and accommodate the requests of Republicans whenever possible,” Madigan said in a statement. “We’ve also continually urged an ongoing dialogue on the budget and governor’s agenda. We will continue to do so in the hope that our good faith will facilitate the cooperation needed to pass a bipartisan budget.”

Lawmakers have until June 30 to pass a new budget, or the new fiscal year will begin without one in place. If that happens, a slew of cuts are scheduled to take place, including the halting of IDOT construction projects and the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery drawings both being pulled out of the state.

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin issued a statement of his own on the impasse, calling on Madigan and the Democrats to work toward a compromise to “finish the job.”

“With six days remaining in this fiscal year, I once again call upon Speaker Madigan to meet with me immediately to negotiate a resolution to the budget impasse,” Durkin said. “As Senate President Cullerton told Rick Pearson on WGN Radio last Sunday, ‘Madigan and Durkin should do what Radogno and Cullerton did: sit down and come up with a plan.’”

According to reports, Governor Rauner and Speaker Madigan can’t agree on which party leaders should be talking to one another, or when such meetings should take place. The two officials have not met since December, when Rauner ended bipartisan negotiations, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The inability to meet could have a disastrous impact on the state’s credit, as Illinois could become the first state to have its credit downgraded to “junk” status, according to S&P Global Rankings.

The Senate and House are currently in a special session convened by Governor Rauner to address the budget crisis, but the Senate adjourned after less than 20 minutes on Saturday, according to NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern. 

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<![CDATA[Woman Killed in Crash With Man Fleeing Chicago Police]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:45:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/5800+s+lasalle+crash.png

A woman was killed and another woman was injured after a driver attempting to flee the scene of a shooting in the Englewood neighborhood struck their vehicle, police announced Saturday. 

The woman, a 47-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 21-year-old passenger in the car was initially reported by police as having died in the accident, but the Chicago Police Department later reported that she was taken to the hospital in stable condition. 

The incident occurred at approximately 1:05 a.m. when Chicago Police responded to the 5700 block of South La Salle after hearing gunshots. 

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Police stopped a white KIA SUV that was exiting an alley near the location, and ordered a passenger, 29-year-old Richard Johnson, to exit the vehicle. 

When Johnson complied, the driver of the SUV attempted to flee the scene and struck a Ford Focus. The driver of the Focus was pronounced dead at the scene, and another passenger was injured in the crash. 

The driver of the SUV then fled the scene on foot, and police are still looking for their whereabouts. 

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Johnson, the passenger in the SUV that was ordered to exit the vehicle, was charged with possession of ammunition without a valid FOID card, according to police. 

The Chicago Police Major Accident Investigation Unit continues to investigate.



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<![CDATA[Trump Acknowledges Russian Election ‘Meddling’ in Tweet]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:11:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump-face-wahhh.jpg

President Donald Trump appeared to acknowledge Russian meddling in the presidential election on Twitter Friday, attacking former President Barack Obama.

"Just out," Trump tweeted, "The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?"

Trump may have been referencing a Washington Post report that the CIA had confirmed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s direct influence on his government's alleged interference in the 2016 election.

Trump on Saturday tried to shift the attention on the Obama administration for Russian interference. "Focus on them, not T!" the president tweeted.



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<![CDATA[1 Dead After Plane Crashes Into Fla. Day Care Building]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:09:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/19399006_1598925693453449_1920677633345009367_n.jpg

A plane carrying two people crashed into a day care building in Fort Myers, Florida, and killed one of the passengers, police said.

A Piper PA-28 aircraft went down during an attempted takeoff at Page Field, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The crash happened shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday morning at Chico's Early Education Center campus, directly across from the Metro Commerce Center along Metro Parkway.

Port Authority spokesperson Victoria Moreland told NBC affiliate WBBH that no one was inside the building when the plane crashed into it.

Witnesses told WBBH that the plane clipped some trees before crashing into the daycare building. Smoke billowed up from the plane.

The surviving passenger of the plane was injured, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. No other information was immediately available about the person's condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration said they plan to investigate the incident. 



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<![CDATA[San Francisco to Honor WWII Victims by Blowing Kisses From Pink Triangle]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:19:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478828198.jpg

The Pink Triangle may be a byproduct of the Holocaust, but San Francisco on Saturday will light up its iconic installation with 150 rainbow-colored kisses, effectively turning its symbolism on its head.

“We’ve totally flipped the meaning of the Pink Triangle – it’s about love and not death,” said co-founder Patrick Carney.

Obscura Digital, known for projecting lights on the Conservatory of Flowers for Summer of Love and on the Empire State Building to raise awareness about animal extinction, will help give San Francisco’s beloved homage to the LGBTQ community a real smacker during Pride 2017.

“We’ve photographed hundreds of people blowing kisses so it’s going to be kisses to the world from the Pink Triangle,” said Carney, visibly excited about the project known as “Kisses from San Francisco.”

The much-awaited light show on the Pink Triangle will be visible from nightfall through 2 a.m., said Obscura Digital.

A week that was marked by a record-breaking heat wave gave way to an overcast and gloomy Saturday, but that didn’t stop nearly 200 volunteers from flocking to the north hill of Twin Peaks.

Blanketed by Karl the Fog, they helped set up the iconic Pink Triangle, which every year honors gay people who were persecuted and slain in Nazi Germany during World War II.

“They had a series of triangles for their undesirables and pink was for the gays,” Carney said.

The Rainbow Flag was created in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker when then-San Francisco city supervisor Harvey Milk asked his friend to use his skills to make banners for gay and anti-war street protests.

The bright colors have since become synonymous with the gay rights movement. Carney described the Rainbow Flag as “entirely new and beautiful and wonderful.”

In contrast, he said, “The Pink Triangle has a tragic history and part of acknowledging and celebrating where we are for 2017 is remembering where we’ve been.”


Seeking to add a pop of color to San Francisco’s Pride Parade, Carney remembered looking up at Twin Peaks over 22 years ago and seeing a “big, blank canvas.”

So Carney and a friend went out and bought tarp and paint. With the help of eight others, they painted it bright pink “in the dark of the night so we wouldn’t be arrested.”

Fast forward to 2017 and San Francisco police officers and elected officials were on hand to help construct the one-acre Pink Triangle, which features 175 pink tarps that are held in place with 5,000 12-inch long steel spikes.

Carney said that he didn’t expect his “renegade project” to last more than a year or two. However, after ealizing that people didn’t know the meaning or importance of the Pink Triangle, Carney came up with the idea of a yearly ceremony.

Educating people enabled the movement to pick up steam. Decades later, the Pink Triangle continues to resonate.

“Especially in this administration, we’re not sure what’s going to happen with our rights,” Carney admitted. “We’ve had a lot of gains in recent years, but in some states they’re trying to roll back or ignore those gains.”

This year, he said, the Pink Triangle symbolizes resistance from its perch on the highest point of San Francisco, which can be seen for 20 miles away on a clear day, according to Carney.

It’s “barrels of fun,” Carney said.

The Pink Triangle will overlook downtown San Francisco and the Castro district through Sunday evening. Volunteers are needed to break it down between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. More information is available online.




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<![CDATA[Couple Charged With Neglect After Taking Baby to Bar]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:24:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/treba+trosclair+2.png

A man and woman are facing charges after authorities say they brought an infant to a bar in Indiana last week.

Shari Treba and Michael Trosclair, both of Alabama, were charged with neglect of a dependent and public intoxication, WTHR reports.

Police said the couple was in town for a work conference when they brought their 7-month-old daughter to the Wild Beaver Saloon in downtown Indianapolis on June 16, according to AL.com.

Officers responded to the bar around 12:38 a.m., where they found Treba, 42, holding a cup as she stood outside with a stroller, according to an affidavit obtained by AL.com.

An officer asked Treba who the baby belonged to and she said the baby was hers, AL.com reports, before taking a swig of her beer.

She smelled of alcohol and had to be asked several times who she was, authorities said.

A witness pulled the officer aside and told him that he had watched Treba drink beer, smoke a cigarette and breastfeed the baby all at the same time, court documents reveal.

She had been kicked out of the bar, the witness continued, and was offering sex to people who would go inside and get her beer.

Another witness told police that at one point, Treba had also chained the stroller, which still contained the child, outside the bar while she went inside to buy a drink.

A breathalyzer test showed she had a blood alcohol content of .193 percent, according to WTHR.

As police were talking with Treba, Trosclair, 45, approached and became angry with the officers, telling them he would take everyone home by Uber, AL.com reports.

Authorities said Trosclair was stumbling and became belligerent when officers said they needed to have the baby examined by medics, according to the affidavit, demanding to talk to a lawyer.

An officer then placed him in handcuffs to avoid a possible fight, AL.com reports.

"This goes to show Mr. Trosclair was too intoxicated to understand the situation his own child was in," a detective wrote in the affidavit. "It also shows a lack of care for the child and its welfare while in his and Ms. Treba's care. Partying was more important than their child."

The baby was taken to Riley Children’s Hospital to be checked out, but was not found to be intoxicated or abused, WTHR reports. She remains in the custody of the Department of Child Services.

It was not immediately clear if Treba or Trosclair had an attorney. They have since been released from Marion County Jail.



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<![CDATA[Man Fatally Struck by CTA Train After Falling From Bike]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:28:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cta+red+line+police+tape+624.png

A man was killed when he fell from a bicycle and was struck by a Red Line train on Chicago’s South Side Saturday afternoon.

Around 1:15, the man was riding a bicycle on the 35th St. station platform near Guaranteed Rate Field in the Bridgeport neighborhood when he lost balance and fell onto the track level just as a train was entering the station, according to CTA spokesman Brian Steele.

He fell onto the northbound track and the Howard-bound train struck and killed him, Steele and fire officials said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not confirm the fatality. Further details, including the man’s age and identity, were not immediately available.

Red Line service was suspended between Roosevelt and 47th for about 90 minutes, with shuttle buses provided between those stops.

Full service was expected to resume shortly after 3 p.m., according to Steele.

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<![CDATA[Butler Blasts Bulls After Trade to Timberwolves]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:46:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/butler+GettyImages-620893754+2.jpg

After Jimmy Butler was traded by the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, many pundits penned pieces about how the face of the franchise had once again been dealt away, but the forward was having none of it.

Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, Butler blasted the Bulls for lacking loyalty toward players that they consider the “face of the franchise,” and questioned the logic behind affixing that label to anyone.

“It doesn’t mean a damn thing. I guess being called the face of an organization isn’t as good as I thought,” he said. “We all see where being the so-called face of the Chicago Bulls got me. So let me be just a player for the Timberwolves, man. That’s all I want to do.”

Butler was traded to the Timberwolves along with the 16th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. In exchange, the Bulls received the 7th pick, Kris Dunn, and Zachary LaVine, and the deal sparked a wave of controversy as fans and writers alike questioned whether Butler was treated fairly.

Butler’s own trainer weighed in on the controversy, saying that there were “drug dealers with better morals” than Bulls G.M. Gar Forman, and team president John Paxson fired back, calling those accusations “unprofessional.”

“I completely disagree when someone takes a shot like that. It’s not right. It’s unprofessional, and he shouldn’t have done it,” he said. “I’ve worked with Gar a long time and it’s an unfair characterization.”

Whatever the case, Butler was still miffed that the Bulls traded him away after investing so much in him, and he’s just the latest player to be shown the door by the front office. Point guard Derrick Rose was also traded away by the team after the 2015-16 season, and the organization’s handling of his departure was also met with criticism.

Butler refused to accept the mantel as a “face of the franchise” for the Timberwolves now that he’s been traded, and says that he’s focused on just playing basketball instead of whatever labels are placed on him.

“Whatever they want to call me, I don’t even want to get into that anymore,” he said. “Whose team is it? All that means nothing. You know what I’ve learned? Face of the team, eventually you’re going to see the back of his head as he’s leaving town, so no thanks.”



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<![CDATA[Family of Missing U of I Student Holds Candlelight Vigil]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:24:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/U+of+I+Vigil+6-24.png

The family of missing University of Illinois student Yingying Zhang held a candlelight vigil in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood Saturday night, pleading for her safe return after she disappeared earlier this month.

Zhang, who arrived at the Champaign campus from China earlier this year, was last seen on June 9, and the FBI is investigating the disappearance as a kidnapping. The bureau has called the case an “agency priority,” and they are offering a significant reward for information in the case.

According to police, surveillance cameras captured 26-year-old Zhang getting into a black Saturn Astra in Urbana. Zhang was leaving to sign a lease on an apartment, according to her family, and she has not been seen since. 

Now, her father and the rest of her family have traveled to the United States to help in the search for their daughter, but despite hundreds of leads, she has not been found yet.

A $50,000 reward is being offered by the FBI and Crime Stoppers for information that leads to her safe return. Community groups are hoping to double that reward through fundraising efforts as the search continues. 

Anyone with information about Zhang’s appearance is asked to call 911 or the University of Illinois Police Department at (217) 333-1216.

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<![CDATA[David Accam Scores Awesome Goal vs. Orlando]]> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:22:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-663339012.jpg

The Chicago Fire went into Saturday’s match against Orlando SC at Toyota Park trying to keep their eight game unbeaten streak alive, and David Accam made sure that their effort got off to a great start with a spectacular goal.

The goal, which came just two minutes into the match, featured some deft passing by Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matt Polster, but it was Accam’s amazing finish on a back-heel kick in front of the neck that capped the play off:

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Accam wasn’t done either, as he scored another goal just over six minutes later to pick up his first career brace and give the Fire an early 2-0 lead over Orlando.

The Fire have not lost an MLS match since they fell to the New York Red Bulls in late April. Since then, the Fire have won six matches and have raced all the way to second place in the Eastern Conference.

If they can beat Orlando on Saturday, they will move to within a point of Toronto FC in the table.  



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