<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usSun, 25 Sep 2016 13:20:09 -0500Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:20:09 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[1 Dead, 4 Wounded in Shootings at the University of Illinois]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:21:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/u+of+i+shooting.jpg

One person was killed and four others wounded in a pair of shootings at the University of Illinois campus early Sunday, according to police.

Around 12:38 a.m., officers responding to multiple reports of a shooting in the 300 block of East Green Street found four victims with gunshot wounds, according to a statement from the Champaign Police Department.

Police said an argument broke out at an apartment party near the scene, then spilled out into the street where a fight broke out and shots were fired, striking four people.

One of the victims, identified as 22-year-old George Korchev, of Mundelein, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other three victims sustained non-critical injuries, police said, and were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Korchev and the other victims were not involved in the fight, authorities said, but were walking in the area when gunfire erupted.

A fifth person who was running from the gunfire was struck by a vehicle and also injured, according to police. No further information was immediately available. 

Approximately 30 minutes later, police received another report of gunfire a few blocks west of campus on the 700 block of South State Street. Officers found a shooting victim who was taken to an area hospital for a non-critical wound.

Police said preliminary investigations suggest that the two shootings may be related. Authorities are searching for a suspect in both incidents as well as the driver in the car crash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Champaign Police via email at police@champaignil.gov or by phone at 217-351-4545.

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<![CDATA[Mike Ditka Weighs in on Colin Kaepernick's Protest]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:14:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mike+ditka+GettyImages-463267928.jpg

Former Bears coach Mike Ditka has weighed in on the protests sparked by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and he certainly did not hold back. 

"I think it’s a problem, anybody who disrespects this country and the flag," Ditka said in a radio interview Friday. "If they don't like the country, they don't like our flag, get the hell out, that's what I think."

"I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick, he probably has no respect for me," the Hall of Fame coach continued. "That’s his choice. My choice is that I like this country. I respect our flag."

"And I don't see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on," he added. "I see opportunities if people want to look for opportunities. Now, if they don't want to look for them, then you can find problems with anything."

"But this is the land of opportunity because you can be anything you want to be if you work. Now if you don't work, that's a different problem," he concluded. 

Ditka's disapproval of the protests came just days after three players on the Philadelphia Eagles raised their fists at Soldier Field ahead of the Bears' home opener Monday night. 

That demonstration joined the national conversation ignited by Kaepernick who sat, then kneeled, for the playing of the national anthem beginning in August to call attention to the oppression of minorities across the United States. 

Since then, Kaepernick has been joined by several other NFL players, including four members of the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters, and Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall.

While some have expressed support for the message of the demonstrations, the protests have sparked outrage among others, including local police unions in Miami and San Francisco, both of which have threatened some form of boycott. 

A recent poll found Kaepernick to be the most disliked player in the NFL, which was conducted just days before his cover for Time Magazine's October issue was revealed. 

He revealed Tuesday that he has received death threats over his protest, and pledged to donate $100,000 in each of the next 10 months to organizations that work toward goals consistent with his message of fighting racial inequality.

Ditka is a well-documented conservative, having publicly expressed support for Donald Trump and flirted with the idea of speaking at the Republican National Convention in July.

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<![CDATA[Jose Abreu Makes History for the White Sox]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:42:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/white+sox+abreu+GettyImages-607869286.jpg

It’s been a rough season on the diamond for the Chicago White Sox, but one of their bright spots on the roster made a remarkable bit of baseball history on Saturday night.

That player is Jose Abreu, who has been one of the best players in the game since he came into the league in 2014. A three-hit outing against the Cleveland Indians gave him 179 hits on the season and cemented his place among an elite triumvirate of players.

According to Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago, Abreu is now one of only three players in baseball history to hit at least 25 home runs and rack up at least 175 hits in each of his first three seasons in the majors. In accomplishing that feat, Abreu joins Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio and Los Angeles Angels star Albert Pujols in the exclusive club.

In 152 games so far this season, Abreu has 25 home runs and 97 RBI for the White Sox, who signed him as an international free agent before the 2014 season. He has hit a career high in hits this season, and he’s 10 RBI away from setting a career high in that category as well.

Unfortunately for Abreu, the White Sox are in the midst of a down season that will see them miss the postseason for the eighth consecutive season, but at least their star slugger is still having a banner year.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Sign Alexandre Fortin to 3-Year Contract]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:15:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/alexandre+fortin+GettyImages-535546286.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks are eagerly trying to add scoring punch to their lineup, and they added a prospect to their system on Sunday morning as they agreed to a three-year deal with Alexandre Fortin.

Fortin, who joined the Blackhawks during their Prospect Camp earlier this year and has been a standout in the early stages of training camp, notched 43 points in 54 games with the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Horanda Huskies last season. He scored 19 goals in those games, and scored four more during the postseason.

The Blackhawks signed Fortin as they’re looking to add scoring depth to their roster after the departures of players like Teuvo Teravainen during the offseason.

It’s unlikely that Fortin will make the team’s NHL roster coming out of training camp, but the fact that they signed him to an entry-level contract seems to indicate that the team thinks highly of his chances to make the team at some point in the near future.

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<![CDATA[Young Girl Struggling to Recover After Horrific Crash]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:29:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/keeshuna+patterson+0923.jpg

Nearly two weeks after a horrific crash on Chicago's South Side that left 11-year-old Keeshuna Patterson critically injured, she and her family are struggling to piece their lives back together again. 

"She got a fractured skull. 23 stitches all the way across," Keeshuna's mother Keeshun Hunt said Saturday.

Keeshuna was walking to get some candy across the street from her home near the intersection of West 80th Street and South Vincennes Avenue on Sept. 13 when the accident occurred.

Police said an SUV driven by 68-year-old William Dunlap, of Calumet Park, struck two cars, injuring six others before plowing into Keeshuna and pinning her to the porch of the candy store. 

Dunlap was charged with one felony count of aggravated DUI causing an accident resulting in bodily harm, two misdemeanor counts of DUI, and one misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident.  

Keeshuna was taken from the crash to Comer Children's Hospital in "very critical" condition. She has since been transferred to La Rabida Children’s Hospital, but remains in critical condition.

"She still is not talking. She's walking, but not on her own," Hunt said, revealing that she and her daughter now communicate through blinking and holding hands. 

"She squeezes my hand," Hunt said. "I say, 'You know who I am, squeeze my hand.' And she squeezes my hand."

Keeshuna is in fifth grade, her mother said, and is an honors student who loves reading, basketball and dancing. But she will now have to learn to walk and talk all over again, and Hunt fears her daughter will never be the same. 

Hunt has not been home since the crash, sleeping in a chair at Keeshuna's side.  

"I want her to wake up and see I'm here," she said. "I'm not going home until my baby goes home."

A GoFundMe account has been created to help Keeshuna's family pay for her medical bills and other expenses. 

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<![CDATA[Man Critically Wounded in Shooting in Chicago's Loop]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:55:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/millennium+park+shooting+0924.png

One person was wounded in a shooting near Millennium Park in Chicago's Loop on Saturday evening, according to police and fire officials.

Around 7:35 p.m., a 54-year-old man was walking with two women near the intersection of East Monroe Street and South Michigan Avenue when he got into a verbal altercation with another man, according to the Chicago Police Department. 

The altercation turned physical and the offender pulled out a handgun and shot the victim in the head before fleeing on a bicycle, police said.

The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, fire officials said.

A person of interest is in custody and being questioned, police said. Further details were not immediately available and authorities continue to investigate.

<![CDATA[Social Media Mourns Death of Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:38:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488189159.jpg

Baseball fans and players awoke Sunday morning to the tragic news of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez's untimely death.

The ace right-hander was one of three people killed in a boating acciden in Miami Beach. The Cuban-born athlete was just 24 years old. 

Fans, athletes and sports teams took to social media Sunday to mourn Fernandez's death, tweeting condolences and prayers for his family and the Marlins organization.  

Fellow players were sickened by the news.

"Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion," Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price said on Twitter early Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Bears' Carey, Goldman Out for Sunday's Game Against Cowboys]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:18:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kadeem+carey+GettyImages-456938182.jpg

On Saturday afternoon the Chicago Bears made their way down to Dallas for their Sunday showdown with the Cowboys, but two players did not make the trip to Texas as Eddie Goldman and Ka’Deem Carey stayed home.

Goldman, who suffered an ankle injury during the Bears’ Monday loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, is expected to miss a month or so with the injury, and while there’s no definitive timetable on Carey’s return, he will definitely miss this week’s game with a hamstring injury.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan has already been ruled out of the game as well with a thumb injury that required surgery, but another player dealing with a thumb issue did actually make the trip to Dallas: quarterback Jay Cutler.

Cutler, who suffered the injury in Monday’s loss, was listed as “doubtful” on the team’s final injury report on Friday afternoon. Head coach John Fox said that he will not name a starting quarterback for the game until 90 minutes before kick-off on Sunday, but it’s assumed that Brian Hoyer will get the start and Matt Barkley will back him up after the latter player was elevated from the practice squad earlier this week.

Nine other players were listed as questionable on the Bears’ injury report, including Alshon Jeffery and Tracy Porter, but all nine players made the trip to Dallas, so it’s not immediately clear who will be out and who will play against the Cowboys.

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<![CDATA[Kaep Joins High School Protest]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:55:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Castlemont+Football.jpg

High school students in the East Bay are following Colin Kaepernick’s lead and helping to shine a light on issues of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States — this time by lying down during the national anthem.

Since August, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken to kneeling before games – something he did alongside the Castlemont High School football team in Oakland on Friday.

When the first strains of the national anthem floated across the field and Kaepernick knelt, the Knights lay on the ground with their hands up in the air.

"It's basically showing our vulnerability ... them being the authority and the power, and us being the citizens," said protest organizer and senior player Jadan Starks.

Head coach Edward Washington supports his team's actions.

“Black men and brown men have been assassinated unarmed, hands on the ground,” he said. “We had to protest and stand against this because it's not right."

Friday’s protest came after nearly a week after the team knelt during the National Anthem before another game and tweeted a picture of it. Kaepernick retweeted the Twitter post and it went viral, sparking a conversation between him and the school.

“He had reached out through a fraternity brother and a mutual friend and he was like, ‘I want to come over and talk to the kids,’” Washington said.

And that's exactly what Kaepernick did, catching the players by surprise.

“This is your family, these are your brothers,” he told the team. “I look at all of you as brothers. I see your strength, I see your power, I see your courage, your confidence.”

Speaking to the athletes in their locker room before the game, Kaepernick said he attended their game to stand – or kneel as the case may be – in solidarity with them.

“The same way y'all took a stand and stood with me, I had to come out here and stand with you’ll,” he said.

Kaepernick also encouraged his rapt audience to “lift each other up” because “that’s what this is about.”

He assured the Castlemont students that their actions, thoughts and words have value – both on and off the football field.

“You are important. You make a difference. This matters. Everything you do matters,” Kaepernick stressed.

Earlier in the week, a school band of roughly 155 middle and high school students from the Oakland Unified School District knelt as they played "The Star Bangled Banner" before an Oakland A's game on Wednesday.

San Francisco’s Mission High School football team has also decided to take a knee at every game in the season when the national anthem is played. The Bears are slated to face Millbrae’s Mills High School Saturday.

According to Castlemont coach Bryan Parker, this is just the beginning of a movement among young students and athletes, and those who motivate them.

"We want to keep a dialogue going, getting rid of the dehumanization of black and brown people all around the country, but specifically in Oakland," he said.

School officials say they plan to continue working with community leaders, politicians and law enforcement, going forward.

Social unrest has rocked the U.S. this week. Police shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte have spawned massive demonstrations and even riots. Amid this social landscape, Kaepernick’s ongoing protest has ignited a maelstrom of conflicting reactions.

His face will grace the cover of Time magazine next month, but he has also received death threats and a recent poll reflects his unenviable achievement of being the most disliked player in the National Football League.

Closer to home, the NFLer has had not only the 49ers head coach Chip Kelly in his corner, but even a muralist, who created artwork on the side of an Oakland wall to remind Kaepernick, “We got your back.”

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<![CDATA[Cubs Bring Retiring Catcher David Ross to Tears With Tribute]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:31:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cubs+david+ross+GettyImages-609971946.jpg

They've documented his final season on Instagram and showered him with gifts, but on Friday, the Chicago Cubs did something for retiring catcher David Ross they had never done before.

They made him cry. 

That's because the team presented the catcher with a video tribute and several gifts before Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The ceremony was a surprise for Ross, as he will be retiring at the end of the 2016 season.

The Cubs gave Ross several remarkable presents, including home plate from Great American Ballpark that he squatted behind while Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter there earlier this season. The Cubs also gave Ross a "3" plate from the center field scoreboard, and they presented him with a framed jersey, the one that he wore when he hit is 100th career home run earlier this season. [[394691801, C]]

Finally, the Cubs aired a touching video that included tributes from teammates like Jon Lester, Kyle Schwarber, and Anthony Rizzo, and the entire scene moved the catcher to tears: [[394691761, C]]

"The things they said about me is kind of overhwleming, and the way they treat me, and how much respect they have for me," Ross told Cubs.com after the game. "I'm a guy who tries to work hard and ends up with some years in the big leagues and has done some fun things, and with this group, trying to win a ring this year, the emotion comes from looking back when you reflect on your career. I don't try to do that, because it gets really emotional."

During his lengthy career, Ross has played with seven different teams, including a Cubs squad that he signed with before the 2015 season. Serving as a personal catcher for Jon Lester, Ross has brought a needed defensive presence behind the plate and has hit the cover off the ball this season, with nine home runs and 31 RBI in just 199 plate appearances.

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<![CDATA[INDOT Manager Suspended Over Email Sent to Columnist]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:33:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/charles+blow+email+indot+0923.jpg

A manager with the Indiana Department of Transportation has been suspended without pay over an email he sent to a columnist from his work account, according to INDOT. 

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow posted a screenshot of the email from David Brewer to his Facebook page Thursday.

"Did your surname come from you being a cocaine addict or just from the fact that your opinion BLOWS? You have no basis in reality! And perhaps you should take a few classes in the English language before writing again. Your poor grasp of the language makes your written opinion less trusted and perceived as coming from an ignorant person," wrote Brewer, who identified himself as a manager of external audit at INDOT in his email signature.

"So Indiana Department of Transportation, I received this from one of your officials, during office hours, USING HIS .GOV email address," Blow wrote. "Shouldn't David be working instead of shooting off nasty emails? Is this how you use tax dollars?" he asked. [[394685391, C]]

Just a few hours later, INDOT shared Blow's post to its own Facebook page and announced that Brewer was suspended without pay effective immediately.

"An email of this nature is an inappropriate use of INDOT resources. Further, the language used is unacceptable and does not reflect the values of INDOT," the post reads, adding that the matter remained under review.

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<![CDATA[Watch Stephen Colbert's Stint as a Wrigley Hot Dog Vendor]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:09:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cubs+colbert+GettyImages-607336348.jpg

When Stephen Colbert threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game earlier this month, he was hardly recognizable - but he still turned quite a few heads. 

The "Late Show" host disguised himself as long-haired Wrigley Field hot dog vendor "Donny Franks" for a segment that aired Thursday night and featured a few familiar faces.

"Since I'm from South Carolina, I'm rooting for my home team, the Chicago Cubs. Now, if you have followed baseball for the last 108 years, you know that the Cubs have long struggled to make it to the post season," Colbert said. 

"In fact, when I lived there, they were like that awkward dork you knew back in high school because it was a miracle if either of them made it to first base," he added. 

"But now, the Cubbies have the best record in baseball," Colbert said to cheers from the audience. "And it's not just the talent on the field that's responsible for their success. It's also the good men and women in the stands: the ticket takers, the ushers, the vendors." 

So Colbert headed to Wrigley Field to fill in for the day, and after a quick tutorial from veteran hot dog vendor Rocco Caputo, he became "Donny Franks," and that's when the fun began. [[393847321, C]]

"Donny" started his day by tossing hot dogs to outfielder Kyle Schwarber to warm up, then batting and running bases complete with his hot dog box strapped to his back. 

"You guys want some meat in your mouth?" Franks asked some unsuspecting fans, encouraging others to "take this dog down to intestine town. It's what it's made of."

"Here you go my man, Chicago owes you a lot," he told Anthony Rizzo as he handed the first baseman a hot dog in the dugout before requesting $6.50. 

After stroking one Cubs fan's beard, and sipping another's beer before putting whipped cream on top of it, Franks was called over for a word with the boss. 

"You've done a great job kid, but you're done man," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said to protests from Franks. "I know you've done a really nice job, but that's it. Thanks a lot, appreciate it. Cubs appreciate it," he added before taking a hot dog and sending Franks on his way. 

Colbert, who attended Northwestern University and launched his career at Chicago's famous Second City theatre, is a noted Cubs fan and even tried to bring the team good luck in July. [[393846831, C]]

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<![CDATA[Cubs Reach Pair of Milestones in Win Over Cardinals]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:06:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+cubs+GettyImages-609983768.jpg

The Chicago Cubs still have nine games left in their regular season, but in a season full of history they accomplished two more remarkable feats on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 at the Friendly Confines in the first game of a three-game set, and the win was their 98th of the regular season. That not only eclipses the 97 wins that they racked up last season, but it also ranks as their best season performance in that category since they won 98 times during the 1945 season.

Of course, any Cubs fan familiar with the team’s long history of losing knows that the 1945 season is the last campaign in which the team made it to the World Series.

The Cubs are still looking to become the first Cubs squad since 1935 to win 100 games, a total that they hit on the nose during that season (in which they also reached the World Series).

The 98-win total wasn’t the only remarkable milestone that the Cubs hit on Friday either. The win was their 56th of the season at Wrigley Field, which ties an all-time record for the franchise. They still have two more games left this season at home, meaning that they could potentially break that record on either Saturday afternoon or Sunday night against the Cardinals.

To put a nice cherry on top of the sundae, the Cubs also clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs on Friday night when the Washington Nationals lost in extra innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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<![CDATA[Police Investigate Possible Shooting on Dan Ryan Expressway]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:08:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-01-28-at-4.42.07-AM.jpg

Authorities were investigating a possible shooting that left one person wounded on the Dan Ryan Expressway early Saturday morning.

Two lanes of the southbound Dan Ryan near 18th Street as well as the ramp to outbound I-55 were closed around 7:30 a.m. as officers investigated a report of shots fired, according to the Illinois State Police.

No shell casings were found at the scene, but authorities said one person arrived at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn with non-life threatening injuries stemming from the incident.

The southbound lanes reopened shortly before 8:30 a.m., though the ramp to I-55 remained closed.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Cell Phone Customer Finds Multiple Cities’ Taxes on Bill]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:48:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/233*120/responds0923.png

Illinois cell phone customers already pay some of the highest government fees and taxes in the country. So imagine the sticker shock of paying multiple cities’ taxes on your monthly bills.

Nicole Miller of Lisle said when her Sprint contract was about to expire she started scrolling through her statements looking at her plan’s features to see if she could save money on a new contract.

“When I hit taxes, that’s where I see three different cities that I’m being taxed for: Plainfield, Lisle and Chicago,” Miller said.

Government fees and taxes are nothing new to cell phone customers. However, Miller discovered she had been paying two additional cities’ taxes on top of Lisle’s.

It added up to hundreds of dollars.

“I (previously) lived in Plainfield. I moved to Lisle. I’ve never lived in Chicago, but my brother is on my account and he lives in Chicago,” Miller said. “But I own all the phones. So why am I getting charged three different taxes? Shouldn’t they all be under my address?”

Miller said she updated her billing address with Sprint when she moved to Lisle in 2014.

Miller called Sprint after discovering the additional cities’ taxes on her bill and said the company told her it would issue her a $40 credit and would put it through a dispute.

NBC 5 Responds contacted Sprint to see if they could further investigate the taxes on Miller’s statements.

That’s when Miller said she learned the three phone numbers on her account each had an address.

“That’s something that they never corrected when I changed my address,” Miller said.

Federal law requires cell phone users to only pay taxes and fees in their place of primary use.

Sprint calculated the tax difference and later credited Miller’s account $154.

“I was really happy that they were able to get it done so quickly and that NBC was able to reach out to them,” Miller said. “I do urge people to look at their bills. A lot of people are enrolled in automatic pay and that’s fine, but still, look at the bills.”

Sprint told NBC 5 Responds that it corrected the tax jurisdiction for Miller’s future bills.

Tax Foundation, a non-partisan organization, said Illinois has the fourth highest cell phone taxes and fees in the country. When factoring the federal rate of 6.46%, the combined rate in Illinois is 23.92%, according to Tax Foundation.

“People get charged the wrong taxes on their bills now and then,” said a Tax Foundation spokesperson. Check your bills now and then and make sure the taxes and fees imposed are the ones related to your address.”

<![CDATA[New York Times Endorses Hillary Clinton for President]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:25:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hillary-clinton-profile.jpg

The New York Times editorial board endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Saturday, writing the endorsement is "rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service."

The Times touted Clinton's record as first lady, New York senator and secretary of state in their endorsement, claiming she has shown the ability to work with politicians from opposing parties to enact her policy agenda.

"When Mrs. Clinton was sworn in as a senator from New York in 2001, Republican leaders warned their caucus not to do anything that might make her look good," the editorial says. "Yet as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she earned the respect of Republicans like Senator John McCain with her determination to master intricate military matters."

The editorial also praised her foreign policy record as secretary of state, but does mention her missteps in that role.

"As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton was charged with repairing American credibility after eight years of the Bush administration’s unilateralism," the editorial board wrote. "She bears a share of the responsibility for the Obama administration’s foreign-policy failings, notably in Libya. But her achievements are substantial."

Clinton's ability to bounce back from her failings, however, is another one of her strengths as a politician and presidential candidate, according to the endorsement.

"She is one of the most tenacious politicians of her generation, whose willingness to study and correct course is rare in an age of unyielding partisanship. As first lady, she rebounded from professional setbacks and personal trials with astounding resilience," the editorial board wrote.

The endorsement only made passing reference to Republican nominee Donald Trump, who "discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway," according to the Times.

The editorial board added it will publish another editorial to explain why Trump is the "worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history."

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<![CDATA[How Should Trump Debate Clinton? Advice From a Man Who Knows]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:38:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clinton-trump-split-upset.jpg

The man famous for getting in Hillary Clinton’s face during the campaign that launched her political career has some debate advice for Donald Trump.

Stay at his lectern.

Rick Lazio should know. The former Republican congressman didn't — and paid the price for a performance that has become a textbook example of what not to do when your opponent is a woman.

Lazio, today a partner with the Jones Walker law firm, ran against Clinton in 2000 for the U.S. Senate. At their first debate in Buffalo, New York, he crossed the stage to Clinton's lectern, pointing his finger as he urged her to sign a pledge about limiting the funding of their race. He was seen as hectoring, his campaign faltered and she went on to win.

Lazio's misstep is being recalled as Clinton and Donald Trump prepare for their debate on Monday, pitting the first woman to run as a major party presidential candidate versus the former reality TV star who has made browbeating opponents a key to his success. "Little Marco," "Lyin' Ted" and "Low-energy Jeb" have given way to "Crooked Hillary," but will he fling insults at her when they meet at New York's Hofstra University? Will Clinton goad him to try to show he is not suited for the presidency?

Trump said that he would curb his disparaging tone at the debate, to be moderated by NBC News' Lester Holt. The 90-minute debate will be televised by NBC and streamed on this site at 9 p.m. ET Monday. 

"I'm going to be very respectful of her," he told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "I think she deserves that and I'm going to be nice. And if she's respectful of me, that'll be nice."

That hasn't stopped him from mocking her on Twitter.

"Hillary is taking the day off again, she needs the rest," he tweeted Tuesday about her bout with pneumonia. "Sleep well Hillary — see you at the debate!"

For Clinton's part, she zeroed in on Trump's derisive comments when she spoke on Steve Harvey's radio show.

"I am going to do my very best to communicate as clearly and fearlessly as I can in the face of the insults and the attacks and the bullying and bigotry that we have seen coming from my opponent," Clinton said. "I can take it, Steve. I can take that kind of stuff. I have been at this, and I understand it is a contact sport."

Lazio, who said that neither Trump nor Clinton had earned his support, has several suggestions for Trump: Present a positive vision, be aware of non-verbal communication and don't go for the knock-out punch, but rather, amplify Clinton's negatives. Demonstrate enough knowledge of policy details to establish his credibility as president without trying to duel with someone who has been in and around Washington for nearly 25 years. And with nearly two-thirds of the public feeling that the country is on the wrong track, distinguish himself as the change agent and Clinton as more of the failed and uninspiring status quo.

"Have your team prepared and on high alert afterward to drive your debate message," he wrote. “There are two debates — as I well discovered — the actual event and what gets covered by the media and watched by the public afterward.

"And finally....stay at the podium!"

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<![CDATA[Cubs Clinch Home-Field Advantage in NL Playoffs]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:45:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cubs0923.jpg

The Chicago Cubs will at least share the best record in the National League and have home-field advantage in both the Division and Championship Series after the Washington Nationals lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

That Nationals loss, coupled with a Cubs 5-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, means that the Cubs will get to open both of their first two playoff series at Wrigley Field if they advance in the playoffs. By virtue of the American League’s win in the All-Star Game, the Cubs will not have home-field advantage in the World Series, however.

The Cubs can now finish no worse than in a tie with the Nationals for best record in the National League. The Cubs hold a tiebreaker over Washington for home-field advantage, as they won the season series between the two teams by a 5-2 margin.

Friday’s game was a great one for the Cubs all-around, as Jake Arrieta struck out 10 Cardinals batters and Anthony Rizzo smoked a pair of doubles in the team’s 98th win of the season. If the Cubs can win two more contests, they will win 100 games for the first time since the 1935 season, when they advanced to the World Series and were defeated by the Detroit Tigers.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[2 Struck by Vehicle on North Side: Officials]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:29:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hitandrun0923.png

Two people were struck by a vehicle on the city's North Side Friday night, Chicago Fire Department officials confirmed.

The incident occurred about 8:07 p.m., police said. Two ambulances responded to the scene at Kingsbury and Willow streets in the city's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Both people were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious to critical condition, officials said.

A police officer at the scene said one of the victims was dragged by the vehicle about 200 yards.

Witnesses said both pedestrians were female and looked very young.

This is a developing story, check back for details.

<![CDATA[Rash of Thefts Leads to Warning to Women From Police]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:03:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/purse0923.png

An organized crime ring from Florida has returned to Naperville, police confirmed Friday.

Police are warning residents not to leave anything of value in sight in your cars—even for a few minutes.

“Over the last month we’ve had five incidences,” said Naperville Police Cmdr. Lou Cammiso.

The crime ring, called the Felony Lane Gang, is known for smash and grabs, especially in women’s cars, targeting daycares, schools, sporting events and gyms, anywhere a woman might leave a purse in the car, police said.

“They see a mom go in with a child,” Cammiso said. “Not carrying a purse, they know that woman has a purse and they know the purse is in the car.”

Police say the thieves are looking for checkbooks so they can cash checks. They’re known to cash the checks in the farthest lane of drive-thru banks so tellers don’t notice them. They also have taken cash and credit cards, police said.

Residents like Ashley Gonzalez say they’ll be more careful in the wake of the police warning.

“In a nicer neighborhood like this you really don’t expect it, so you’re more likely to leave your guard down,” Gonzalez said.

<![CDATA[Cubs Playoff Opponent Watch: Mets Win, Giants Fall]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:25:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cubs+joe+maddon+GettyImages-590465868.jpg

It’s now official: the Chicago Cubs will play the winner of the National League wild card game when they open the playoffs on October 7.

That confirmation comes on the heels of a Washington Nationals loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, meaning that the Cubs will at least share the National League’s best record with the Nationals. One more Cubs win or Nationals loss will clinch the best record in the league for the Cubs, who will have home-field advantage in each of the first two rounds of the postseason.

As for the identity of the Cubs’ potential opponent when the postseason opens, that is still very much up in the air, as we’ll see in today’s update of the National League wild card race.

What Happened Friday:

There are three teams within a game and a half of each other in that race, with the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants currently occupying the top two spots and the St. Louis Cardinals looking in from the outside.

The Cardinals fell to the Cubs 5-0 on Friday afternoon, putting them a game behind the Mets for the top spot in the race. Ben Zobrist drove in a pair of runs and Jake Arrieta struck out 10 Cardinals batters as the Cubs won their 98th game of the season.

The Mets were able to gain the upper hand on the Cardinals thanks to a 10-5 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Michael Conforto hit his 17th home run of the season on Friday for the Mets, and six different Mets pitchers combined for the victory as they inched ahead of both the Giants and the Cardinals.

Speaking of the Giants, they were blown out by the San Diego Padres by a 7-2 margin. Despite the loss, the Giants maintained a half-game edge over the Cardinals for the second wild card spot in the National League, meaning that if the season ended right now San Francisco would play against the Mets in a one-game playoff in the Big Apple for the right to face the Cubs.

In case things weren’t intriguing enough, the Pirates are still hanging around in the race for the second wild card spot. Thanks to their win over the Nationals, they are now just three and a half games behind the Giants for the spot, and they’ll have an opportunity to gain some serious ground next week when they finish up the regular season against the Cardinals.

What’s Ahead:

After the teams in the wild card race wrap up their weekend series, they’ll enter the season’s final week jockeying for position. The Mets will head down to Florida to begin a series against the Miami Marlins on Monday, while the Cardinals will entertain the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. The Pirates will also begin a four-game series on Monday against the Cubs.

The Giants will be off until Tuesday, when they will welcome the Colorado Rockies to AT&T park.

The Major League season will conclude next Sunday, and the National League wild card game will take place on Oct. 5.

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<![CDATA[Body Found in Burning Vehicle on Chicago's South Side: Cops]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:24:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/police+siren+lights.jpg

A body was found in a burning vehicle on the city’s South Side Friday night, police said.

The body was discovered in the 2100 block of South Jefferson Street in the city's Pilsen neighborhood about 7:48 p.m., police said.

The age and gender of the body were not immediately known.

This is a developing story, check back for details.

<![CDATA[Chicago Blackhawks Host Training Camp Festival]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/blackhawks+fans+GettyImages-522497570.jpg

With a freshly painted ice surface and an eagerness to return to action after a long summer off, the Chicago Blackhawks will be back at the United Center on Saturday morning for the team’s annual Training Camp Festival.

The event, which is sold out, is a huge celebration of the Hawks as they prepare for the upcoming season. This year’s event will be no exception, as there are a slew of different events and activities for fans to enjoy both inside and outside of the arena.

Fans will want to get to the arena early, as seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The first 10,000 fans to arrive at the United Center will receive a Brent Seabrook souvenir bobblehead.

The outdoor festival kicks off at 8 a.m. in the parking lots outside of the arena, and will feature a wide variety of activities. An outdoor 3-on-3 hockey tournament will take place, and there will be plenty of live music and food and beverage options for fans to partake in before things get started inside.

The arena doors will open at 9 a.m. to fans, and the Blackhawks will conduct a live scrimmage at 11 a.m. at the arena. There, fans will get to see players like Seabrook, Brian Campbell, and youngsters like Vincent Hinostroza and Tyler Motte as the Hawks begin their preparations for the upcoming season.

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<![CDATA['We Are America': New African American History Museum Opens]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:54:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/20160924+Obama+on+Stage+Thumb.jpg

Bells rang out throughout Washington, D.C. Saturday as the Smithsonian's highly anticipated National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., opened after more than 100 years in the making.

Centuries of struggles and strife, decades of planning and pain, and years of hoping for a place that African-American history can call home culminated as President Barack Obama officially dedicated the museum Saturday morning.

The president opened the museum with the ringing of the historic Freedom Bell from the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, which was organized in 1776 by slaves.

Obama said the new national museum will help to tell a richer and fuller story of the country.

"It helps us better understand the lives, yes, of a president, but also the slave. The industrialist, but also the worker. The teacher or the cook, alongside the story of the statesman," he said. "By understanding this story, it binds us together and reaffirms we are all Americans."

He continued his message of the inclusion of African Americans in American history, calling it "an act of patriotism to understand where we've been."

"We're not a burden on America or a stain on America or an object of shame and pity for America. We are America. And that's what this museum explains," Obama said. "Hopefully, this museum makes us talk to each other and listen to each other and see each other."

With thousands of items occupying 85,000 square feet of exhibition space, the new Smithsonian will chronicle the complex relationship between the United States and a people it once enslaved, and tell the story of those who worked to make the necessary changes to bring the country to where it is today.

The dedication featured speeches by Obama, civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis, former President George W. Bush and the museum's founding director, Lonnie Bunch. It also featured rousing musical tributes with a local flair, including Howard University's "Showtime" marching band and an a capella presentation by a choir from D.C.'s Duke Ellington School for the Arts.

The museum, the 19th and newest of the Smithsonians, opened to the public following the dedication ceremony.

"It's a historic event," said Leslie Howard, who traveled from New Orleans to attend the dedication. "And the fact that we have our first black president to dedicate it shows you how God works."

"We want to make sure we reinforce the commitment to preserve African-American history," said Glen Yonkers, Jr., a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, which was founded at Howard University in Washington. Members marched to the mall for the dedication Saturday.

"Our fraternity was built for African-American men to have a place to share our history and stories," said fraternity brother Jude Collins. "This was the only place to be today."

Seeing the dedication was a family event for many; Alicia Frayer came from Charleston with her husband and three daughters to attend. "I'm inspired by history," she said. "It's a major part of our history, and the fact that our history and culture are here for everyone to see is so important." 

Many celebrities came to the museum's dedication as well, including Oprah Winfrey, who has donated more then $20 million to the museum.

The museum tweeted a video of Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae arriving. Robert De Niro, Angela Bassett, Will Smith and Patti LaBelle were among those presenting during the dedication.

Many of those present shared their personal connection to the museum's story, including D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke before the ceremony, honoring its opening and using the opportunity to call for statehood for the nation's capital, where residents do not have voting representation in Congress. "While we are proud to host this museum ... we know it will show how far Washington has to go," Bowser said.

The museum is offering extended hours for the grand opening weekend, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday, but timed entry passes are no longer available. While entry is free, like at other Smithsonian facilities, the museum is instituting a timed pass system to control crowds and alleviate wait times. 

Those who didn't score tickets had the option to watch the museum's dedication ceremony in large-screen viewing areas at the Washington Monument grounds, or livestream the ceremony on the museum's website.

A free three-day festival celebrating the talent and creativity of African-American artists is also taking place on the Washington Monument grounds. The Freedom Sounds festival features jazz, R&B, gospel and hip-hop artists throughout the weekend. The Roots, Living Colour and Public Enemy headlined the festival Saturday night, and a surprise special guest is slated to perform Sunday. 

Anyone heading toward the museum this weekend should be prepared for large crowds and heightened security.

The push for the museum began in 1915 with African-American Civil War veterans looking for a way to commemorate America's black experience. Former President George W. Bush signed the law authorizing the construction in 2003.

Lewis, who co-sponsored legislation authorizing its construction, said the bronze-colored museum "is more than a building, it is a dream come true."

For more information about the museum, check NBC Washington's full coverage here.

Photo Credit: Smithsonian
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<![CDATA[2 Million Syrians Without Water in Aleppo: UN]]> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:47:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16253598019602.jpg

A wave of intense airstrikes has left nearly two million people in the Syrian city of Aleppo without water, UN officials said Saturday as activists said at least 25 more civilians had been killed.

UN children's charity, UNICEF, said this week's renewed airstrikes — which further dashed hopes of reviving last week's cease-fire — had damaged a water pumping station which supplies about 250,000 people in rebel-held eastern parts and violence is preventing repair teams from reaching it.

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<![CDATA[Israel's Netanyahu to Meet With Clinton, Trump on Sunday]]> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 06:13:15 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_722547109871.jpg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to meet separately with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday ahead of their first presidential debate on Monday night.

Netanyahu was expected to meet in New York with the presidential nominees of the two major parties in what could set the tone for future relations between Israel and the next White House administration. The Israeli leader has sought to project neutrality this time after perceptions arose that he favored Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama in 2012.

The one-on-one discussions will follow what was likely Netanyahu's final meeting with Obama last week, capping what has been a sometimes rocky relationship between the leaders of the two allies.

The Obama administration has opposed Israel's push to expand settlements in the West Bank while Netanyahu has been a leading critic of the U.S. nuclear agreement with Iran. More recently, Netanyahu has urged Obama to avoid pushing for a Palestinian state in his final months in office.

Clinton has supported a negotiated two-state solution in the region, vowed to enforce the Iran nuclear agreement and help defend Israel's security. The former secretary of state suggested in an interview with Israel's Channel 2 earlier this month that the Islamic State group was "rooting for Donald Trump's victory" and he had helped strengthen the hands of extremists by his provocative statements about Muslims.

Trump has been a fierce critic of the Iran nuclear agreement and promised during a speech to AIPAC earlier this year that he would deepen ties between the two countries if he was elected president, adding the days of "treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on day one." But he also raised eyebrows when he questioned Israel's commitment to a peace deal last year and said he didn't want to show any bias in favor of one side or the other.

The meetings will also come after the U.S. recently completed a 10-year, $38 billion military aid package for Israel. Clinton said in a statement that it would help "solidify and chart a course for the U.S.-Israeli defense relationship in the 21st century as we face a range of common challenges."

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<![CDATA[Charlotte Shooting Video: Footage Shows Fatal Encounter]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:45:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/Screen+Shot+2016-09-23+at+1.06.16+PM.png

WARNING: This video contains graphic language. Viewer discretion advised. 

Unsettling footage obtained exclusively by NBC News shows the moments leading up to the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

The footage, taken by Scott's wife, does not clearly show the exact moment he was shot by police on Tuesday. Scott is seen on the ground moments after the shots were fired and surrounded by officers. 

"He better not be f---ing dead, he better not be f---ing dead," Scott's wife Rakeyia Scott can be heard shouting at the police officers. "He better live, he better live!" 

"He has no weapon — don't shoot him!" she is heard saying.

Police say Scott had a handgun on him and posed "an imminent, deadly threat." The family says he was not armed and did not pose a threat to the officers.

The killing of Scott, 43, sparked three nights of fiery protests and violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement. Activists and the Scott family have pressed city officials to release bodycam or dashcam footage of the fatal encounter, which reignited debates about race and policing nationwide.

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<![CDATA[Emanuel’s Poll Numbers Spike Following Public Safety Address]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:45:56 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+emanuel+GettyImages-502932336.jpg

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s favorability rating jumped by more than 10 percent following his major public safety speech Thursday evening at Malcolm X Junior College that outlined his plan to address Chicago’s pressing crime problem.

According to the poll, which was conducted by Victory Research following the mayor’s speech, over 53 percent of the 501 likely Chicago voters who responded said the mayor's speech made them more favorable toward the mayor, while 29 percent said less.

In addition, 44 percent of the poll’s respondents said they had a favorable opinion of Emanuel, while 52 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion. This accounts for an 11 percent jump from an earlier poll.

In that poll of 806 likely Chicago voters conducted between Sept. 19-21 by Victory Research, Emanuel received a 33 percent approval rating and a 60 percent disapproval rating. Only 30 percent of respondents said Emanuel should be re-elected if he chooses to run for another term.

In a series of hypothetical match-ups, the earlier poll showed potential 2019 mayoral candidate and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart besting Emanuel by a nearly two-to-one margin, 61 percent to 31 percent, if the election were held today. According to the poll, Emanuel was also beat out by 2015 mayoral challenger and Cook County Commissioner Chuy Garcia by a margin of 51 percent to 36 percent. Additionally, Emanuel barely beat out potential 2019 challenger and Ald. Roderick Sawyer by a margin of 39 percent to 37 percent.

According to the latest poll, respondents showed overwhelming approval for two policy positions laid out in Thursday’s speech. Eighty percent of voters polled approved Emanuel’s proposal to hire nearly 1,000 new Chicago police officers, while only 14 percent oppose the idea.

Voters also favored Emanuel’s plan to put $36 million into a three year plan to expand mentoring programs in the city’s most violent neighborhoods by a margin of 63 percent to 28 percent, according to the poll.

Both polls were conducted by live callers in both mobile phone and land-line interviews. The margin of error for the first poll is 3.45 percent, while the margin of error for the second poll is 4.38 percent. According to Victory Research, the poll was independently funded.

<![CDATA['Merciless' Chicago Man On Top 10 Most Wanted List Nabbed]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:33:07 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mexico0923.jpg

A Chicago man who spent 17 years on the run, including four on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, for allegedly sexually assaulting two women, one of them fatally, was arrested in Mexico, authorities announced Friday.

Fidel Urbina, 41, whose last known address was in the 2100 block of South Fairfield Avenue in Chicago, is charged in Cook County Circuit Court with the sexual assault and murder of one woman and the beating and sexual assault of a second woman, according to an FBI news release. He has been the subject of a worldwide manhunt since 1999 after being charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Urbina was taken into custody Thursday without incident, according to the FBI, just outside Valle de Zaragoza, Chihuahua, Mexico. He was apprehended by Policía Federal Ministerial Interpol. He will remain in custody pending extradition proceedings.

Urbina was charged in March of 1998 in relation to the kidnapping and rape of a Chicago woman and was released on bond while awaiting trial. During this time Urbina is suspected by authorities to have bludgeoned Gabriella Torres, 22, to death. Torres’ body was found in the trunk of a burning vehicle in an alley in the 2300 block of West 50th Street in Chicago, authorities said.

“Many family members have waited a long time for this day to come and they deserve the opportunity to face the accused in a court of law,” said Michael J. Anderson, special agent in charge of the FBI Chicago Field Office in a statement.

On July 20, 1999, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Urbina. On August 26, 2006, a provisional arrest warrant was signed by a Mexican federal magistrate.

The search for Urbina, authorities said, was coordinated by the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, which is composed of FBI special agents, detectives from the Chicago Police Department, and Cook County Sheriff’s Police investigators.

“I'd like to thank our federal partners at the FBI for their outstanding work in apprehending Fidel Urbina, whose merciless actions against innocent victims robbed one family of a daughter and left a permanent scar on a woman fortunate enough to survive his attack,” said Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson in a statement. “Mr. Urbina’s capture should serve as a warning to violent offenders what can be accomplished through the combined weight of federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts.”

Urbina was the 497th person to be placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list, which was established in 1950.

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<![CDATA[2 in Custody After Bank Robbery, Pursuit Ends in Crash]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:40:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/robbers_search2.jpg

Two men suspected of a bank robbery that ended in a police pursuit and crash on the highway were in custody Friday afternoon, according to the FBI.

Illinois State Police said two men robbed a BMO Harris Bank in Matteson and were being pursued by Matteson police. 

The suspects' vehicle then hit another car while entering the tollway near I-80 and I-294 where they then fled on foot, police said.

Illinois State Police was responding to the crash while Matteson police search for the suspects.

<![CDATA[Ex-Employee Charged After Camera Found in School Bathroom]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:29:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/elliott+nott+0923.jpg

A suspect has been charged in connection to a "camera looking device" found in the bathroom of a Chicago Public School, police announced Friday. 

Elliott Nott, 41, of the 4800 block of North Spaulding Ave., was charged with seven counts of unauthorized videotaping and one count of child pornography, all felonies, according to a release from the Chicago Police Department. 

A Cook County judge ordered Nott held in lieu of $75,000.

The camera, which authorities called a "motion activated video recording device," was found at Ogden International School located in the 0-100 block of West Walton Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood on Sept. 7.

Melissa Howlett, assistant state’s attorney, said police found putty that was used to afix the camera to the bottom of a sink in the bathroom.

“Each image shows the victims buttocks or genitals during the recording and the child’s buttocks and pubic area are also seen on video,” Howlett said.

Nott had been a CPS teacher since 2009 and coached girl’s track and field.

The state alleges that Nott knew a child knew a child used the restroom but his attorneys deny that.

“We do not believe, again, if any of the allegations are true, that there was any intent to videotape children,” Mark Basile, Nott’s attorney said.

Nott has at least two other arrests, one in 1993 for window peeping and another in 2004 for loitering and prowling. He was found guilty in the 2004 case and ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Days after the discovery of the camera, the principal told parents a school employee had been fired as a result of the incident. It was not immediately clear what Nott's role was at the school. 

“This device is not designed to send information, so we are confident that no images were transmitted by the device,” Principal Michael Beyer said in an email to parents after the camera was found.

Parents expressed their concerns about the issue.

"You send your kids to school and you look for them to be in a safe place and for them to get an education," said parent Sheena Lee. "When you come back to hear something like that, it's always disturbing to think that adults are plotting on children."

Nott is due back in court Oct. 12.

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<![CDATA[Man Confesses to Murder for Which Twin Was Convicted: Report]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:59:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kevin+dugar+karl+smith.jpg

In a plot twist that seemed to be straight from a movie, a man confessed in court on Thursday to a murder for which his identical twin brother had been convicted, according to the Chicago Tribune

Karl Smith, 38, was on the witness stand at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago when he testified that he was the gunman in a 2003 shooting that left one man dead and another injured, the Tribune reports. 

His brother Kevin Dugar was convicted in the shooting in 2005 and sentenced to 54 years in prison, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

A gunman opened fire on three people near Sheridan Road and Argyle Street in the city's Uptown neighborhood in March 2003, according to the Tribune, killing Antwan Carter and wounding Ronnie Bolden.

Bolden later identified Dugar in a photo lineup that did not include Smith, according to Dugar's petition for a post-conviction hearing, the Tribune reports. 

Smith, who adopted his mother's maiden name, said Thursday that he didn't come forward because he thought his brother would be acquitted, according to the Tribune, and he even sat in on at least one day of Dugar's trial. 

Smith is serving a 99-year prison sentence for a 2007 home invasion and armed robbery in which a 6-year-old boy was shot in the head, the Tribune reports, never confessing to the murder until he wrote his brother a letter in 2013. 

Dugar responded by telling Smith to contact his lawyers, according to the Tribune. 

Prosecutors questioned Smith's motivation for the confession, the Tribune reports, telling the judge that he only came forward after a court upheld his own conviction for attempted murder in the 2007 case. 

It was unclear when the judge will decide if Dugar should be given a new trial.

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<![CDATA[Construction Worker Dies After Fall From Chicago Building]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:54:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chicago+Ambulance.png

A construction worker died after falling from a building in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, according to police. 

The incident occurred in the 1600 block of West Division Street around 9:16 a.m., according to Chicago police. 

The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead. 

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office could not immediately confirm the fatality. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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<![CDATA[Man Charged With Groping Woman on Loyola's Campus]]> Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:14:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Aflaki+Soroush+loyola+u.jpg

A man has been charged with groping a woman on Loyola University's campus in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood earlier this month, police announced Friday. 

Soroush Aflaki, 22, of the 6900 block of North Greenwich Avenue, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery in a public place, according to a release from Chicago Police. 

Aflaski was identified as the man who inappropriately touched a woman as she was walking on campus in the 6300 block of North Winthrop on Sept. 19, according to police. 

The attack is one four reported between Sept. 6 and 19, police said in an earlier community alert, detailing three assaults against students and one against a faculty member.

Tatjana Williams-Jones, 19, said she was attacked while walking home from the library before 1 a.m. on Sept. 7 on the 6300 block of North Winthrop.

“Somebody came up behind me on a bicycle and started groping me,” she said.

Williams-Jones said she fought the attacker off and that he looked a little older than her.

“He looked Middle Eastern, he had a very heavy Arabic accent, I’m guessing, and so he was like ‘it’s different in my country, you can do this,’” she said. “I was so in shock I didn’t know what to do so I just grabbed and tried to like throw him to the ground.”