<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:43:08 -0600 Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:43:08 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ernie Banks Statue to Move to Daley Plaza]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:38:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ernie+banks+statue.jpg

The Chicago Cubs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that Ernie Banks' statue, which previously stood outside of Wrigley Field, will move to Daley Plaza from Wednesday to Saturday.

The statue was temporarily removed from its location at Wrigley Field for the renovation project that's currently underway. It will move from its storage in a facility outside of the city to Daley Plaza to allow fans to honor and remember Mr. Cub, according to the Chicago Cubs.

Banks was the first player in Cubs history to be honored with a statue at Wrigley Field in 2008. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977 and played for the Cubs for 19 seasons.

"Ernie Banks' legacy extends far beyond his Hall of Fame states. He was beloved by generations of people for the way he played on the field and -- more importantly -- for the kind and warm person he was off the field," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "We are bringing Ernie's statue to Daley Plaza to honor not just one of the best ballplayers of all time, but a great man who made our city proud from the day we first met him in 1953."

Banks' family attorney, Mark Bogen, announced Sunday that the Cubs player passed away after suffering from a heart attack on Friday at the age of 83.

Bogen also shared another way that fans can remember Banks via a Facebook page called Ernie Banks Remembered that was created for fans to celebrate Banks' legendary life.



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<![CDATA[College Basketball Player from Suburbs Killed in Car Accident]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:24:07 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/shannise+heady+2.jpg

A woman from the south suburbs who played on the basketball team at Eastern Michigan University died in a car accident early Sunday morning.

Shannise Heady, from Hazel Crest, and her classmate Jordan Hopkins were killed in a car accident in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., where Eastern Michigan University is located, shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, according to a press release from the university.

Heady, who was a forward on the women's basketball team, transferred to the school from Seton Hall University in New Jersey in 2013. She was studying health care administration at EMU and was in her junior year. Before college, Heady attended Hillcrest High School in south suburban Country Club Hills.

"Obviously this is one of our toughest days as a program and for the entire Eagle Nation as we mourn the loss of Shannise," Heady's basketball coach, Tory Verdi, said in a statement. "No words can describe the feelings right now as we are truly devastated to learn of her passing.

"Shannise was not only an inspiration to all of us, but she brought energy and liveliness to our team. She was a true joy to coach and has left an everlasting impression not only on me but the rest of our team as well. She will be missed greatly."

Heady is the daughter of Lawrence Heady and Jannise Rife and has one sister, according to the school.

Grief counselors will be available for Heady's teammates, fellow students, faculty and staff, the university said.

The accident remains under investigation by the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.



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<![CDATA[Ernie Banks Died After Heart Attack: Attorney]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:31:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ErnieBanks2014.jpg

The family of Ernie Banks announced in a press conference Sunday that the famous Cubs player died after suffering a heart attack.

Banks' death was caused by the heart attack, according to Mark Bogen, the family attorney. Funeral arrangements are currently being made.

Banks passed away on Friday at the age of 83, just seven days before his next birthday.

Bogen also announced that a Facebook page has been created for fans to celebrate Banks' legendary life. The page, called Ernie Banks Remembered, was created shortly after Banks passed away.

Banks' family is currently working with the Chicago Cubs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office to create a public memorial for Mr. Cub, Bogen said.

Liz Banks, the wife of Ernie Banks, was present at the press conference, but Bogen delivered the news and did not take any questions.



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<![CDATA[Police Warn of Residential Burglaries on Northwest Side]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:43:34 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/northwest+side+residential+burglaries.jpg

Police are warning residents in the Jefferson Park and Norwood Park neighborhoods on the city's Northwest Side after a series of recent burglaries.

In each incident, an unknown offender enters the residence through a windor or door and steals electronics, jewelry, cash and other miscellaneous items. Most of the incidents occurred during the day or early evening hours.

The burglaries took place on Jan. 4 between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the 5100 block of North Normandy, on Jan. 5 at about 3:10 p.m. in the 5300 block of North Newland, on Jan. 16 or 17 between 7 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. in the 7000 block of West Berwyn and on Jan. 22 between 4:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the 5100 block of North Nagle.

If you have any information about the burglaries or the suspects, call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.

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<![CDATA[Kane, Roenick Take "Best Selfie Ever" During All-Star Game ]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:43:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/168*120/457975343.jpg

Patrick Kane is rapidly approaching Jeremy Roenick on the Chicago Blackhawks' all-time scoring list, but the duo have more in common than just the team that they broke into the NHL with. 

That's because Roenick, in his capacity as a television host for NBCSN, made it a point to interview Kane during Sunday night's NHL All-Star Game. As the interview concluded, Roenick did what many people do when they meet Kane: he insisted on taking a selfie.

While we're unsure if this beats Ellen's Oscars photo from last season, it is a nice picture of two guys who have combined for 467 goals and 673 assists while wearing the Hawks' sweater. 



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<![CDATA[Toews Racks Up Five Points as Team Toews Wins ASG]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:38:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/462185766.jpg

Jonathan Toews’ team was beaten in the NHL Skills Competition on Saturday night, but the captain had the last laugh as he scored a goal and dished out four assists in his team’s 17-12 win over Team Foligno in Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game.

John Tavares scored four goals for Team Toews, and Jakub Voracek added three goals and three assists. Patrick Kane and Steven Stamkos each had two goals and an assist apiece in Team Foligno’s loss, and Ryan Johansen thrilled the hometown crowd with two goals and two assists in the game.

The first period saw Foligno’s team get off to a hot start, as Radim Vrbata scored early to make it 1-0. Toews’ club responded well however, scoring two straight goals to seize the lead. Toews picked up his first assist of the evening on the second goal, sliding across a perfect pass to Voracek to make it a 2-1 game.

Over the final 10 minutes of the frame, both teams kept firing away and scoring. Johansen scored twice in the period, including a goal that gave Team Foligno a 4-3 lead. That advantage was a brief one however, as Tavares scored his first goal of the evening with about a minute left to leave the game tied at 4-4 after the first period of play.

The second period got off to a much more aggressive start, as the teams racked up four goals in the first two and a half minutes. Kane picked up the primary assist on Claude Giroux’s goal just 32 seconds into the period, and by the time Stamkos scored at the 2:27 mark of the period, the game was tied once again at 6-6.

As the period wore on, the scoring kept on coming and Toews kept on racking up assists. The captain had two assists in the period, picking up primary helpers for both Rick Nash and Voracek. His team’s big push as the period wore on left them up by a score of 11-9 with 20 minutes to go in the contest.

The final period of the contest featured plenty more goals, and the Blackhawks were right in the heart of everything. Kane scored twice in the period, including on a gorgeous top-shelf tally early on, and he wasn’t alone as Brent Seabrook picked up his first career All-Star Game assist on Tavares’ fourth goal of the evening.

Ultimately though, the game belonged to Team Toews, and the captain made one last emphatic goal late in the period as he scored on a top-shelf deke move off a pass from Ryan Suter to extend the team’s lead. Brent Burns did add one late tally for Team Foligno, but it wasn’t enough as Team Toews secured the victory.

The game capped off an exciting weekend in Columbus, and set the stage for next year’s game, which will be held in Nashville.

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<![CDATA[Delta Plane Departed After Threats]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:33:19 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/012515+Eva+Groves+Delta+flight.jpg

Delta Airlines Flight 1061 from Los Angeles bound for Orlando was diverted to DFW International Airport Sunday afternoon, a Delta spokesman confirmed.  

The airline would not comment on the reason for the unscheduled landing except to say there was a, “security concern.”  Delta would not comment on the reason for the concern, but passengers aboard the flight tell NBC DFW the captain reported a possible threat from twitter.

“We started to see the police come and the fire trucks and emergency personnel,” said passenger Jeff Anderson.

“He [the plane's captain] did say at one point there was a threat on Twitter that mentioned this flight and there was a potential of a bomb.”

Anderson said the plane landed and taxied to an area away from the terminal.

“We did sit for quite a while,” he said. “They took us off the plane and said they were going to take all the luggage out, carry on and rescreen them.  They did have the bomb dogs looking around.” 

“Nobody seemed to be very nervous," said Anderson. "It was strange they took it serious enough to land the plane, but they didn’t seem to be in a great rush to get us off the plane.”

 

Anderson says they were later bused to Terminal E.  Once cleared the same plane departed DFW just after 7:30 p.m. bound for its original destination – Orlando. 



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<![CDATA[5 Biggest Snowstorms to Hit Northeast]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:09:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP744402766935.jpg

The Northeast is bracing for a “historic” snowstorm that is expected to pummel an area from Philadelphia all the way to northern New England with as much as two to three feet of snow by the time it's over late Tuesday night.

The National Weather Service has issues a blizzard warning for the New York and Boston areas starting Monday night.

"This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. "My message for New Yorkers is prepare for something worse than we have ever seen before."

The forecast means, New York City could beat its one-day snowfall record — 26.9 inches, recorded in Central Park in February 2006.

"This is going to be a big one, historic," Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore told NBC News. "There could be paralyzing, crippling blizzard conditions. They're going to be talking about this one for a while."

The Northeast is no stranger to powerful snowstorms. Here’s a list of some of the biggest blizzards the region has ever seen.

1993: The Storm of the Century

The Storm of the Century did not only hit the Northeast, it surged up the entire East Coast from Alabama to Maine. The storm affected parts of 26 states, which is where roughly half of the entire U.S. population lives, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The blizzard began on March 12 and wrecked havoc for two days. For the first time, every East Coast airport had shut down at some point during or after the storm hit. Parts of upstate New York and Pennsylvania received over three feet of snow and wind gusts reached up to 89 mph on Long Island. Approximately 270 people died from direct and indirect results from the storm. The storm is still ranked as the number 1 most impactful snowstorm on the NOAA’s Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS), which is used to categorize snowstorms.

The Storm of the Century had uncanny similarities to the Blizzard of 1888: both started on Mar. 12 and affected 26 states.

2006: New York City Blizzard

While this storm is 29th on the NESIS list, it did account for New York City’s most snowfall in history: 27 inches. The snowstorm, however, was not categorized as a blizzard— winds of at least 35 mph for three consecutive hours and visibility of less than a quarter mile constitute a blizzard, which this snowstorm did not have.

1977: The Buffalo Blizzard

The snow began early morning on January 28 and temperatures dropped approximately 26 degrees in four hours. At the blizzard's peak, gusts of winds were 75mph and wind chills reached 50 to 60 degrees below zero. Thousands were stranded in office buildings or stalled cars and roads became parking lots quickly. Although the storm did not dump record-breaking snow— only 12 inches— it did put Buffalo on the map as the blizzard capital of the United States.

1978: The Great Northeast Blizzard (Boston/Rhode Island)

New England shut down after this blizzard dumped over 30 inches of snow and wind speeds hit over 100 mph. After the storm, President Carter declared portions of Rhode Island and Massachusetts federal disaster areas and brought the National Guard to help with the clean up. The storm lasted 32 hours which accumulated over 3000 stranded cars on the highways and claimed the lives of almost 100 people. This may have been the most powerful storm in the region since the Great Snow of 1717 when four snowstorms struck the area between February 27 and March 7, covering the New England and New York colonies with more than four feet of snow.

The Blizzard of 1996

This nor’easter hit the Northeast Corridor on January 6, as the country was getting back on track from the federal government shutdown. This storm ranked second on the NESIS scale. Parts of Pennsylvania were completely shut down and many Pittsburgh Steelers fans from areas east of Pittsburgh were stranded in the city after the NFL playoff game on Sunday. Philadelphia recorded 30.7 inches of snow— its highest record to date.



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<![CDATA[Body of Missing Pa. Teacher Found]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:09:51 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ChristopherTully.jpg

The body of a missing Pennsylvania teacher was found Sunday in the Schuylkill River, according to police and his family members.

A body was pulled from the Schuylkill around 1:20 p.m. The body was discovered in the water off Kelly Drive near the Falls Bridge in East Falls. Both police and family members later confirmed the body is that of 40-year-old Christopher Tully.

Tully, 40, had gone missing after jumping out of his parent's car along the City Avenue Bridge near East Falls on Jan. 6. He was last seen running south on City Avenue towards the Schuylkill Expressway.

Tully, an award-winning teacher at the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology and father of three, suffered from depression and was on his way to treatment when he ran away, said his loved ones.

"Even though he's 40, he's still my baby and I want him to come home," said his mother Mary Tully.

A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for a reward for information leading to his whereabouts. The reward reached $10,000.

Investigators have not yet revealed how Tully died. They continue to investigate.

A spokesperson for the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology released a statement on Tully's death.

"Mr. Tully will be remembered as an exemplary teacher who spent 12 years on staff with us, having a positive impact on the lives of our students and all with whom he worked," the spokesperson wrote. "In 2014 he was named Outstanding Career and Technical Educational Teacher by the Pennsylvania Association for Career and Technical Education. We knew him as an outstanding teacher and person."

Counselors will be available for students and staff at Middle Bucks Institute throughout the week.

This story is developing. Stay with NBC10.com for updates.


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<![CDATA[Blackhawks Place Versteeg on LTIR]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:06:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/484439329.jpg

With a long road trip coming up and Daniel Carcillo still serving a suspension, the Chicago Blackhawks made a roster move on Sunday as they placed Kris Versteeg on long-term injured reserve and recalled forward Dennis Rasmussen from the Rockford IceHogs.

Versteeg, who was injured during the Winter Classic on Jan. 1, hasn’t played since the injury, but it’s unclear exactly when his injured reserve designation is retroactive to. The designation means that he has to miss a minimum of 10 games, and he’s already missed nine total.

As for Rasmussen, he signed with the Blackhawks in the offseason after previously playing in the Swedish Hockey League. In 44 games with the IceHogs this season, he has eight goals and eight assists. His goal total is currently tied for third on the team.



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<![CDATA[2 Killed in NYC Home Depot Shooting]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:48:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/221*120/12515depot.jpg

An employee at a Manhattan Home Depot argued with a co-worker and fatally shot him before killing himself Sunday afternoon, police said.

The shootings occurred at about 2:30 p.m. inside the crowded store on West 23rd Street.

Hundreds of store employees and customers scrambled for safety when the gunfire erupted, witnesses said.

A 31-year-old employee, whom police haven't identified, exchanged words with his co-worker, pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times, said NYPD Capt. Steven Wren. 

The gunman then shot himself in the head, he said. The co-worker was the shooter's supervisor, sources said.

"It sounded like fireworks, but more because it's enclosed, so you could hear the echoes," said Emilio Bantero, who was shopping inside the store.

Police haven't identified the victim, who was a 38-year-old man.

Investigators didn't disclose the nature of the argument that led to the shooting.

"We're deeply saddened by this tragedy," said Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for Home Depot. "We are fully cooperating with the authorities on their investigation of what appears to have been an isolated incident."

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<![CDATA[Man Charged After 300 Pounds of Pot Recovered in Traffic Stop]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:42:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/james+hargett.jpg

A man was arrested after police recovered more than 300 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on the city's West Side.

James Hargett, 37, was charged after police recovered approximately 386 pounds of cannabis, which has an estimated value of more than $1 million.

Hargett was pulled over after police saw him commit a traffic violation in the 1700 block of North Moody Avenue. When they attempted to curb the vehicle, Hargett fled the scene. When he reached the 6200 block of West Cortland, he left his vehicle and fled on foot. Officers discovered Hargett hiding under a porch and then proceeded to inspect his vehicle.

Hargett was charged with one felony count of possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, one misdemeanor count for being uninsured and several traffic citations.

Hargett is expected to appear in bond court on Sunday.


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<![CDATA[1 to 2 Inches Expected in Wintry Mix]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:22:53 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/south-AP592402157684_1.jpg

A wet, slippery Sunday is in store for Chicago.

As temperatures fall throughout the morning, the light rain/snow mix will turn into snow throughout the Chicago area. The precipitatation will lighten by the afternoon and early evening and turn into snow flurries. The system is expected to move out by 7 p.m. Sunday.

Only about one to two inches of snow are expected to fall in most of the Chicago area, with the heavier snow falling in the southern part of the region.

Temperatures will hover around 30 degrees on Sunday.

The work week will start with another chance for snow and a high of 28 followed by highs in the 30s for the rest of the week.



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<![CDATA[Avec, Alinea Top Zagat's 50 Best Restaurants in Chicago]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:46:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/FoodWineMagazine_Chicago-Koren-Grieveson.JPG

The votes are in for Chicago's best restaurants of the year according to Zagat.

The restaurant review site surveyed thousands of people across the country and analyzed the results for each city based on ratings and reviews from 2014. Each restaurant was given a score out of 30. The result was a list of the top 50 best restaurants in the city.

Topping the list in Chicago is Avec Restaurant, which serves Mediterranean food in the West Loop. Rounding out the top five are Alinea; Frontera Grill; Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab; and Katsu Japanese Restaurant.

The list can be sorted by food, decor, service and price. Using just one of these metrics, however, changes the order on the list quite a bit. The top restaurant for decor is North Pond in Lincoln Park, which came in at No. 48 overall. Alinea took the top spot for service, and Top Notch Beefburgers in Beverly took first place in price at $13 per meal.

The top 50 restaurants in Chicago are as follows:

Avec Restaurant: Mediterranean - West Loop

Alinea: American - Lincoln Park

Frontera Grill: Mexican - River North

Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab : Seafood - River North

Katsu Japanese Restaurant: Japanese - West Rogers Park

Les Nomades: French - Streeterville

Next: Eclectic - West Loop

Longman & Eagle: American - Logan Square

Grace: New American - West Loop

Arami: Japanese - East Village

Spiaggia: Italian - Magnificent Mile

Topolobampo: Mexican - River North

Tanta: Peruvian - River North

Naha: American - River North

MK: American - River North

Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse: Steakhouse - Gold Coast

Girl and the Goat: American - West Loop

The Purple Pig: Mediterranean - Magnificent Mile

Publican Quality Meats: American - West Loop

Goosefoot: American - Ravenswood

Smoque BBQ: Barbecue - Irving Park

Arun's: Thai - Irving Park

Riccardo Trattoria: Italian - Lincoln Park

Au Cheval: American - West Loop

Nightwood: American - Pilsen

Sabatino's: Italian - Irving Park

Travelle: Mediterranean - River North

Kuma's Corner: Burgers - Avondale

Xoco: Mexican - River North

Brindille: French - River North

Mixteco Grill: Mexican - Lakeview

Homestead: American - East Village

Lawry's The Prime Rib: Steakhouse - River North

Top Notch Beefburgers: Burgers - Beverly

Chicago Chop House: Steakhouse - River North

Benny's Chop House: Steakhouse - River North

Nico Osteria: Italian - Gold Coast

Kai Zan: Japanese - Humboldt Park

Mercat a la Planxa: Spanish - South Loop

Everest Restaurant: French - the Loop

The Capital Grille: Steakhouse - Streeterville

A Tavola: Italian - Ukrainian Village

The Publican: American - West Loop

Blackbird Restaurant: American - West Loop

Pequod's Pizza: Pizza - Lincoln Park

Big and Little's: Seafood - Lakeview

Green Zebra: Vegetarian - Noble Square

North Pond: American - Lincoln Park

Turquoise Restaurant: Turkish - Roscoe Village

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria: Pizza - River North



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<![CDATA[World Cup of Hockey to Take Place in 2016]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:45:05 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bettman-gary.jpg

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was full of news on Saturday afternoon at his press conference in Columbus, and arguably the biggest story is that the league will conduct an eight-team World Cup of Hockey tournament in 2016.

That tournament, which will take place in Toronto, will feature six teams from North America and Europe, and will also feature two All-Star teams. One team will be comprised of players 23 years of age and younger, and the other will feature players from European teams that did not qualify for the tournament.

The tournament will begin on Sept. 17, according to Bettman, and could potentially last through Oct. 1. The final will be a best-of-three series, and all games in the World Cup will take place at the Air Canada Centre.

As for the impact that staging the tournament will have on the NHL’s Olympic participation, Bettman said that no decision has been made on whether or not the league will send players to South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Bettman also said that the tournament format will likely change by the time the 2020 incarnation rolls around. In that tournament, the league hopes that eight national teams will participate, and there could potentially be a qualification tournament for the final two spots in the field.

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<![CDATA[Two Injured After Car Strikes Pole on Lake Shore Drive]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:54:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jeep+hits+pole+LSD.jpg

Two people were injured in a crash on Lake Shore Drive that ended in a car striking a pole Saturday night.

A 28-year-old man driving northbound in a Jeep Liberty on Lake Shore Drive near the Museum Campus sideswiped two vehicles and then struck a pole, according to police news affairs. The accident happened at about 10:50 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and East McFetridge Drive.

The driver of the Jeep and his passenger were transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Citations for the incident are pending.



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<![CDATA[Four CPD Officers Injured in Southwest Side Crash]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:16:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/2+police+car+collision.JPG

Four Chicago police officers were injured in a crash after two squad cars collided early Sunday morning.

The two squad cars collided at an intersection on the Southwest Side while pursuing two offenders in a stolen vehicle. The accident happened at about 3:35 a.m. in the intersection of 26th and California.

The offenders in the stolen car, described as a van, then fled the scene and struck another squad car in the 3100 block of California, according to police news affairs.

The offenders are now in custody, and charges are pending.

Two of the injured officers were transported to Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the other two were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital. None of their injuries are considered life-threatening.

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<![CDATA[Blackhawks to Play Wild in 2016 Outdoor Game ]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:18:00 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/475965333.jpg

The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the NHL's biggest draws, and they will be thrust into the spotlight again next season as they will take on the Minnesota Wild at TCF Bank Stadium as part of the NHL's Stadium Series. 

The game will take place on Feb. 21, 2016, and will be the fourth outdoor game in Blackhawks history. The Blackhawks will be playing in an outdoor game for the third consecutive season, while the Wild will be heading outdoors for the first time in team history. 

The NHL also announced two other outdoor contests on Saturday afternoon, as the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins will compete in the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 1. The Detroit Red Wings will also play their third outdoor game in team history on Feb. 27, 2016, against the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field in Denver. 



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<![CDATA[Rocket Launcher Near Calif. Freeway]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:29:33 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/Rocket+Launcher1.jpg

A military rocket launcher was discovered on the side of the I-15 Freeway in Riverside County, California, Thursday afternoon, officials said.

It was unclear who the weapon belonged to, said a Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokesman. Rocket launchers are illegal to own, though some are occasionally found in California.

Workers clearing brush from the side of the highway in Murrieta found the rocket launcher, according to Patch, which first reported the discovery.

The AT-4 tube had no munitions inside, officials said. Its manufacturer's web page described it as "one of the most successful anti-armour weapons ever developed," effective against armorded vehicles and aircraft.

A rocket launcher was returned to law enforcement at a 2013 gun buyback in Solano County, and officers in 2012 found a rocket launcher while executing a search warrant in Paramount.



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<![CDATA[Kane Bests Toews in Skills Competition ]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:10:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/175*120/462102216.jpg

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has two Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals, but he’s now 0-for-1 as a general manager as his team fell to the team captained by Nick Foligno by a score of 25-19 on Saturday night in the NHL Skills Competition.

Toews’ teammate Patrick Kane, who is playing on Foligno’s squad in the All-Star Game, ended up winning the shot accuracy portion of the event, hitting all four targets in just 13.529 seconds to secure the victory.

The evening started out with the fastest skater competition, and Team Foligno jumped out to a lead that they would never relinquish as they won all five available points. Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning put up the best time as he skated around the ice sheet in 13.103 seconds, and in the blink of an eye Foligno’s bunch led 5-0.

The next event was the breakaway challenge, and Foligno’s team took advantage of the home crowd to secure the victory and the available point. Ryan Johansen did most of the heavy lifting for the team, exciting his home crowd by donning an Ohio State football jersey and then having a kid score against Corey Crawford to earn the fan vote title.

In the accuracy shooting event, Foligno’s team did finally relinquish a point as Ryan Getzlaf won his heat, but in the final showdown, Kane bested his teammate Toews. Kane nailed his first three targets and then missed on his next two attempts, but finished off his run in 13.529 seconds. Toews had a chance to better his teammate as he hit his first three targets as well, but the fourth proved to be elusive as he hit the post three different times before finishing off the event with his team trailing 10-1.

In the skills challenge relay, Team Toews continued to struggle. They did come close in the event, but Team Foligno triumphed thanks to some slick stick-handling by Kane. Their time of 1:37:929 was just over a second better than Toews’ time, and Foligno’s group carried a 12-2 lead into the hardest shot competition.

In the first round of that competition, Brent Seabrook went up against Alex Ovechkin, but he couldn’t pull out the victory for Team Toews. Ovechkin put up matching 101.4 MPH shots, and Seabrook’s best blast came in at only 98.6 MPH to fall just short. Shea Weber did win the event for Toews’ team with a blistering 108.5 MPH shot, but it only carved a small chunk out of Folingo’s huge lead as his team still led by a 15-4 margin going into the final event.

In the final event of the evening, Foligno’s team saw Toews’ bunch surge, but they were able to stave off the advance and triumph in the end. Seabrook was the only Blackhawk to shoot on his shootout attempt, and when the dust settled Team Foligno won by a 25-19 margin.

Despite the setback, Toews and company will have a chance for redemption on Sunday night when they take on Team Foligno in the All-Star Game. The contest will begin at 4pm Central time, and will air on NBCSN.

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<![CDATA["Charlie Hebdo" Hits US Newsstands]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:08:56 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Charlie+Hebdo+North+Park.jpg

The magazine at the center of the terror attacks in France two weeks ago is being sold in the United States, including at a newsstand in San Diego. 

The French satirical newspaper hit American newsstands Friday.

NBC News has decided not to show the controversial cover showing the Prophet Mohammed carrying a sign that says in French, "I am Charlie."  Twenty-thousand copies will be offered in the United States, according to LPMI, a distributor of foreign magazines and newspapers in the U-S and Canada.

Copies of Charlie Hebdo got to the North Park newsstand Friday afternoon.  The manager, Ken Gabbara, said it has been flying off the shelves.  He ordered 200 copies and had has already sold half.

Gabbara expects he has enough to get through the weekend and will evaluate to see if he needs to order more on Monday. Gabbara said he is not worried about negative feedback.

“We're doing it for the sake of history. People want a little piece of history," he said. "I carry like over 4,000 magazines in here. There's a lot of things that I agree and disagree with but it's for people's choices. If they want to read about it, we give them the opportunity.”

Bijan Izadi, who purchased a copy of the magazine, said he wanted to read the magazine.

“If you are not able to speak freely and if other people are infringing on that and threatening your life for that reason it's not right," Izadi said.

This shipment of 20,000 to the United States follows a shipment of 300 that made it to major cities like San Francisco and  New York. Copies are sold for $12.99 plus tax.

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<![CDATA[1 to 3 Inches of Snow on the Way]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:08:42 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/light+snow.jpg

Another snow system is on the way for Chicago this weekend, but accumulation is expected to be light.

The snow mix will begin to fall early Sunday morning after midnight. The light wintry mix will turn into snow only by 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

The snow will continue to fall until about mid-afternoon Sunday. Accumulation totals for the Chicago area is expected to be between one and three inches.

The system is expected to hit the southern portion of the Chicago area the hardest, leaving up to four inches of snow.

Winds will pick up by Sunday afternoon and evening, causing blowing snow and reduced visibility.

After a warm start to the weekend, temperatures will drop to below 30 degrees by Sunday night and into Monday before going back up again for the rest of the week.



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<![CDATA["Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks Remembered]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:38:48 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ernie-Banks-Chicago-Cubs.jpg

Ernie Banks is a Chicago legend who touched many lives, both on and off the field. He embodied the spirit of the Chicago Cubs and united fans as an unwavering point of pride for the team.

Fans across the country and in Wrigleyville are mourning the loss of "Mr. Cub," who passed away Friday at the age of 83. Here's what some of his big-name fans are saying.

President Obama and Michelle Obama: "He was beloved by baseball fans everywhere, including Michelle, who, when she was a girl, used to sit with her dad and watch him play on TV. And in 2013, it was my honor to present Ernie with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Somewhere, the sun is shining, the air is fresh, his team's behind him, and Mr. Class -- 'Mr. Cub' -- is ready to play two."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel: "Ernie Banks was more than a baseball player. He was one of Chicago's greatest ambassadors. He loved this city as much as he loved -- and lived for -- the game of baseball. This year, during every Cubs game, you can bet that No. 14 will be watching over his team. And if we're lucky, it'll be a beautiful day for not just one ballgame, but two."

Gov. Bruce Rauner: "Ernie Banks was a trail blazer who helped break down barriers, a veteran who served his country with honor, a respected community leader and the greatest Chicago Cub of all time. While we mourn him here, there's no doubt that up in heaven, 'Mr. Cub' is lacing up his cleats an asking Saint Peter if they can 'play two.'"

Sen. Dick Durbin: "'Mr. Cub' was so much more than a great hitter and Gold Glove fielder. His infectious love for the game of baseball was matched only by his passion for the people of Chicago ... His positive, hopeful Cub view of life filled every room and every baseball diamond he ever touched."

Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs: "Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time. He was a pioneer in the major leagues. And more importantly, he was the warmest and most sincere person I've ever known."

John McDonough, president and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks: "Ernie was an illuminating superstar who was personable, humble and selfless. He was also the greatest player to ever wear a Cubs uniform. He loved the Cubs, Wrigley Field and the city of Chicago. The Friendly Confines were always a bit friendlier when he was around. I will miss him."

Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State: "I was honored to learn many things from him while I was in the Cubs organization. And I am proud to have had the opportunity to work with him throughout the years in our joint efforts to help others. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to his friends. I was privileged to have played baseball with him, and to call him my friend. Ernie Banks -- Mr. Cub -- will be missed."

Rev. Jesse Jackson: "He was not only a great baseball player, but beyond his talent as a shortstop and eventually a first baseman, was his character, his eternal optimism -- "let's play two today" -- and his personality was a racial bridge builder. He treated all people with dignity and respect. He never stopped reaching out to bridge the racial chasms."



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<![CDATA[Arrest in School Scissors Stabbing]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:53:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/1-23-15-David+Wark+Griffith+Middle+School+scissors+stabbing.JPG

Authorities arrested a 13-year-old boy on Saturday morning in connection with the stabbing death of a boy outside an East Los Angeles middle school, officials said.

LA County Sheriff's deputies arrested the boy at his East LA home between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m., a watch commander with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

It came hours after a 14-year-old boy was stabbed with scissors outside David Wark Griffith Middle School. The boy, whose identity hasn't been released, was attacked at 3:08 p.m. Friday and died at a local hospital, officials said.

He was a student at a nearby high school, according to Los Angeles Unified School District officials; it was unclear if his attacker was a student at either school.

Information about the boy in custody was not immediately available.

Christina Cocca contributed to this report. Refresh this page for updates on this developing story.



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<![CDATA[Police Search for Two Men after Attempted Child Luring]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:02:08 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/192*120/3900+N.+Spaudling+Ave..jpg

Police are searching for two men who attempted to lure two children into their car in the Irving Park neighborhood last week.

A 10-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl were walking home from school in the 3900 block of North Spaulding Avenue on Jan. 20 at about 3:15 p.m. when a vehicle with two men inside stopped near them. The passenger of the car asked the children to come over to the vehicle and attempted to engage them in conversation. He then offered to give them a ride home or take them somewhere else, according to a community alert from police.

When the children did not respond to the man, he offered them candy and acted like he was going to leave his vehicle. The children then ran to their home, and the vehicle drove away.

Police describe the passenger of the vehicle as a middle-aged Hispanic man with black hair who is partially bald on top. He had a mustache and acne or freckles on his face and was wearing a beige jacket.

The second offender, who was driving the car, is described as a middle-aged Hispanic man with black hair and a mustache. He was wearing a black hoodie with a white t-shirt underneath.

The vehicle is described as a dark green four-door sedan of an older model with rust on the rear of the car and blue tape over one of the taillights.

If you have any information about the suspects or the incident, call Area North detectives at (312) 744-8200. Anonymous tips can be submitted at tipsoft.com.

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<![CDATA[Body Found in Burning Home in Barrington]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:27:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Firetruck9.jpg

Police are investigating a fire after a body was found in a burning home in suburban Barrington early Saturday morning.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office was called to the 21000 block of North 21st Street in unincorporated Barrington at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday morning for a reported fire. Upon arrival, officers found a residence engulfed in flames.

After firemen put out the fire, authorities discovered a body in an upstairs bedroom. Police believe it was the body of the 88-year-old homeowner.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division, the Barrington Countryside Fire Department and the Illinois State Fire Marshall's Office.



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<![CDATA[Kane, Toews Square Off in Accuracy Shooting Event]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:26:28 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kane+Toews.jpg

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will be going up against one another in the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday night, but the duo will also be competing head-to-head in the Accuracy Shooting competition at the Skills Competition on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena.

Kane will be joined by several of his teammates in the event, including team captain Nick Foligno, while Toews will have fellow centers John Tavares, Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Getzlaf trying to help his team win the event.

Kane will also participate in the Skills Challenge Relay event, as he will do the stick-handling portion of the timed competition.

The three other Blackhawks players who are in Columbus for the All-Star Game will also compete in Saturday night’s festivities. Corey Crawford will serve as the goaltender in the breakaway challenge for Team Toews as he looks to stop the best efforts of Alex Ovechkin, Claude Giroux, and Ryan Johansen in the event.

Duncan Keith will also be participating in the Skills Relay for Team Foligno, taking one-timer shots at the net. Brent Seabrook will round out the Hawks’ participants in the events, as he tries to take on Shea Weber and Dustin Byfuglien in the hardest shot competition.

At the end of the evening, all players involved in the game will participate in the NHL Shootout, as they try to score as many goals as possible in a two-minute round.



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<![CDATA[Andersonville Ranks No. 7 in Redfin's Hottest Neighborhoods for 2015]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:16:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/andersonville.jpg

The real estate website Redfin released its annual list of the nation's hottest neighborhoods for home buyers in 2015, and one Chicago hood landed a top spot.

Andersonville, located on the city's North Side, came in at No. 7 on Redfin's list and is the only Chicago neighborhood in the top 10.

Redfin ranked neighborhoods in 27 major metro areas across the U.S. based on total page views on their site, total favorites and the prevalence of "Redfin Hot Homes," defined as homes with a 70 percent chance or higher of having an accepted offer within their first two weeks on the market.

The site claims that this year's neighborhood hot list shows a trend toward affordability as a home's most valuable asset. Many of the top neighborhoods are not located in the city's trendiest area and may be located further from the city center, but they are nonetheless more affordable and still convenient.

Andersonville is located near the CTA's Red Line and has easy access to many bus lines, including the 22, which runs down Clark Street. Clayton Jirak, a Redfin real estate agent for the Lakeview, Ravenswood, North Center and Lincoln Square neighborhoods, said the housing options in Andersonville are attractive for both first-time and experienced buyers.

"The abundance of charming small businesses along Clark Street paired with frequent neighborhood street festivals make Andersonville its own little village in the city of neighborhoods," Jirak said in the Redfin report.

The No. 1 neighborhood in the U.S. this year is Dickinson Narrows in Philadelphia, followed by East Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga.; Little Neck in Queens, NY; Bohemia in Long Island, NY; Curtis Park in Sacramento, Calif.; Woodridge in Seattle, Wash.; Crocker in San Francisco; and Woodridge in Washington, D.C.

Last year, the only Chicago neighborhood to make the list was Humboldt Park, which came in at No. 10. This neighborhood was one of the strongest predictions, as Redfin recently reported that the median sale price in Humboldt Park went up 62 percent in 2014.

Although Andersonville was the only Chicago neighborhood to top the list this year, Redfin also ranked the top five neighborhoods in each of the 27 metro areas reviewd. The top five in Chicago area for 2015 are Andersonville, Garfield Ridge, Brighton Park, Lakeshore Historic District in Evanston and Ishnala in Palos Heights.



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<![CDATA[Obama Endorses Emanuel in Forthcoming Radio Ad ]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:41:57 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rahm+and+obama.jpg

Rahm Emanuel has a new radio advertisement for his re-election campaign featuring an endorsement by President Obama.

The advertisement acknowledges the mayor's tough reputation, but the president credits it to Emanuel's love for Chicago.

"He loves our city, and he believes every child in every neighborhood should have a fair shot at success," Obama reportedly says in the advertisement. "(That's) why he fights as hard as he does."

Obama also touts Emaneul's actions to expand kindergarten to a full day in Chicago schools and to raise the minimum wage.

The advertisement ends with Obama saying, "If you want a mayor who does what is right, not just what's popular, who fights night and day for the city we love, then I hope you'll join me."

The mayor aired a radio advertisement with Obama's endorsement four years ago as well, in which Obama said he insisted that Emanuel go to the White House with him because he was the best guy for the job and he could be counted on to get the job done.

"We're thrilled that the president has endorsed Rahm because he believes that Rahm is the only candidate with the record, strength and plan to continue moving our city forward," Michael Ruemmler, Emanuel's campaign manager, said in a statement. "No one knows how hard Rahm will fight better than President Obama."

Michelle Obama campaigned for Illinois democrats in the fall, including former Gov. Pat Quinn, Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Cheri Bustos.

While an endorsement from the president is a sure advantage, there's no telling if it will be enough to give Emanuel a clear victory, as Quinn would surely agree.



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<![CDATA[Models Agree on Weekend Snow, Differ on Amounts]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:31:05 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gfs-snow-prediction-012315.jpg

Three forecast models used by NBC 5 Storm Team meteorologists agree on the likelihood of snowfall later this weekend.

How much fresh snow will fall remained in question on Friday evening.

The Global Forecast System model is the less aggressive of the three computer models. It predicts between 2 inches and 4 inches of new snow.

The Rapid Precision Mesoscale model predicts snowfall totals in the 3- to 4-inch range. The North American Mesoscale Forecast System is more aggressive, calling for anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of snow in some areas.

The weekend will start off mild, but there's a system that could reach the Chicago area by late Saturday night that may be a rain/snow mix before switching over to all snow by Sunday morning.

The center of low pressure looks to be south and west of Chicago, an ideal location for producing heavier snow. The heavier snowfall totals are projected south of Chicago and in Northwest Indiana.

There may be some lake effect enhancement as well.


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<![CDATA[UIC Offers Spring Course on Beyonce]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:07:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/beyonce+class+UIC.jpg

Beyonce is entering the spotlight this spring at a Chicago university, but not to take the stage. Instead, a professor is teaching teaching a semester-long course on the famous singer.

Jennifer Richardson, a research assistant and professor of gender and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is teaching the course called "Beyonce: Critical Feminist Perspectives and U.S. Black Womanhood." Richardson will explore Beyonce's music and career through a feminist and queer lens as well as discuss media representations of black womanhood, according to the course description.

Beyonce has been a dynamic force in pop culture and the subject of much criticism and praise, from President Obama to Annie Lennox. Richardson's students will also critically analyze the singer and discuss her place within mainstream media.

But Richardson says the class isn't all about Beyonce, despite the name of the course.

"She is the subject matter to an extent, but this could really be about any black woman in media, and in the world," Richardson said in her description of the course. "We would have the same type of tools (for a class on Michelle Obama), the same kind of critical analysis of how she is represented, who she is as a person and what that means in terms of what corporate mainstream media says about black women. It's not just about Beyonce."

UIC students will not be the first to be offered a course on Beyonce. Last year, Rutgers University offered a course called "Politicizing Beyonce." This year, coinciding with the UIC class, the University of Texas Austin is offering a course called "Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism."

Students will have in-class discussions about the singer and mainstream media as well as write critical essays, read black feminist texts and create a musical autoethnography, according to the course description.



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