<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:15:17 -0500Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:15:17 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Search Continues for Missing Girl in Joliet Township]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:33:16 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/giphy+%2810%291.gif

Crews continued to scour Joliet Township Wednesday morning as the frantic search continued for a 16-month-old girl who went missing the day before.

Police say Semaj Crosby wandered away from her parents at their home in the Preston Heights neighborhood just after 4 p.m. Tuesday and has not been seen since. Family members say she was last seen playing with her cousins in the yard of the home near Luana Road and Richards Street before disappearing.

Semaj has braids in her hair with white beads, her family said. She was wearing a long sleeve gray T-shirt with a cat on it, blue jeans and was barefoot when she went missing.

"I just want her home, I just want her home with me so she can be safe," Semaj's mother Sheri Gordon said.

After realizing Semaj had wandered away from the home, family members looked for the girl in the area until 6:30 p.m., when they called authorities, police said. Since then, deputies have been going door-to-door asking if anyone has seen a trace of the toddler.

Bloodhounds, detectives, patrolmen, volunteers and over 80 emergency personnel from the Will County Sheriff's Office and Will County Emergency Management searched Preston Heights through the night without success. A Cook County helicopter service provided an air search using infrared and heat capabilities, according to the sheriff’s office, but the young girl was nowhere to be found.

Family members told NBC 5 the girl had just learned to walk a few weeks ago and was still very wobbly on her feet.

“She just learned to walk, so she can’t get that far,” said Semaj’s aunt Lakershia Crosby. “Every five steps she takes she’s tripping over her feet.” 

Authorities said they had no reason to believe there was foul play involved in her disappearance, hoping that the girl had simply laid down and fell asleep somewhere until the sun came up. 

By 10 a.m. Wednesday, a second team of bloodhounds was called to the scene from Cook County, authorities said.

Police said East Joliet Fire Department was coordinating with outside agencies for the water resource searches and using drones to assist with grid searches. A pond in the Sugar Creek subdivision was also being searched, police said.

Abandoned homes, garages were also being searched, officials said.

A reverse 911 call was sent to all residents within a five mile radius late Tuesday, police said, asking for the public to search in their own yards in the surrounding area. 

One neighbor, Reginald Alexander, was among many who walked and searched through what he said was seemingly every inch of the surrounding blocks and spaces, including abandoned homes and garages.

"I don't think she's around here because we looked everywhere," Alexander said. "Everyone in neighborhood tried to find that baby and the baby still [hasn't] came up."

Residents were being asked that unless they live in the area to avoid the away while emergency responders continue their search.

The Will County Sheriff's Office said it considers disappearance to be a missing child case.  

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.


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<![CDATA[Rondo Will Not Play vs. Celtics in Game 5]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:52:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Rondo+Game+3.jpg

The fortunes of the Chicago Bulls seemed to change dramatically when point guard Rajon Rondo went down with a broken thumb, but for fans hoping for a miraculous recovery, he delivered some bad news on Wednesday morning.

After the Bulls’ shootaround, Rondo addressed the media in Boston and said that he will not play in Game 5 of the series. A report late Tuesday night from The Vertical suggested that Rondo was going to give playing a shot when the Bulls took the court for warmups for Game 5, but Rondo put that speculation to rest and corroborated head coach Fred Hoiberg’s comments ruling him out for the game.

Both Hoiberg and Rondo said that the point guard received a new set of X-rays on the thumb, but that it’s still broken and that no shot would give him the ability to play with the broken finger. The coach said there is no decision in place on whether Rondo is out for the rest of the series, but called his presence in the lineup a long-shot.

Rondo suffered the injury in Game 2 of the series, a Bulls win that gave them a shocking 2-0 series lead over the Celtics. After Rondo went down, a parade of players has tried to play the point guard position, but none have been successful as the team now faces a tied series as they prepare for Game 5 against the Celtics.

After Jerian Grant started the two games in Chicago, Isaiah Canaan will take over the starting point guard position for Game 5, according to Hoiberg.



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<![CDATA[After Rare Surgery, 'Baby Dominique' Reunited With Family]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:41:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dominique+reunion.png

After weeks of recovery following her complex and rare surgery in Chicago, an infant girl born with four legs and two spines was reunited with her family in Africa last week. 

Known affectionately to many in the city as "Baby Dominique," the 11-month-old girl arrived at her home in the Ivory Coast, west Africa Thursday in a heartwarming and emotional reunion with her mother, father and three sisters. 

“I never thought that I’d see my daughter like this, today,” Dominique’s mother said. “It’s really a miracle. I want to thank all the surgeons who did a great job. And also thank you to the American people who helped my little Dominique, who allowed her to have a normal life, like other children.”

Young Dominique came to Chicago with an extremely rare parasitic conjoined twin. Doctors say the bottom half of her not-fully-developed twins’ body was protruding from the infant’s neck and back.

“It’s very rare because it was attached at the back of her spine,” said Dr. John Ruge, a pediatric neurosurgeon. “It was as if the twin from the waist down had been attached to the back of Dominique’s neck and there was a pelvis and bladder and functional legs that moved and feet coming out the back of Dominique’s neck. This was very dangerous for Dominique.”

Ruge said the parasitic twin caused Dominique’s heart and lungs to do the work for two bodies and could have ultimately paralyzed her.

The child was brought to Chicago in February with the help of an organization called Children’s Medical Missions West and has been living with a host family while doctors at Advocate Children’s Hospital meticulously studied her case.

“It’s really hard to even put a number on how rare it is,” said Dr. Robert Kellogg.

Despite her condition, her host family said the child had a bubbly personality and was a “very happy baby” when she arrived in the U.S.

“If you can say love at first sight I think that’s true for us,” said Nancy Swabb, who had been caring for Dominique during her time in the city.

After weeks of planning, on March 8, Dominique underwent a six-hour surgery that involved five surgeons and 50 clinicians.

“The surgery went very well,” said Kellogg. “There were no complications. We expect her to make a full recovery and live an essentially normal life from here on.”

Doctors said Dominique is now “essentially a normal baby” and are confident she can go on to live a healthy life.

“It is awesome to see Dominique back home in the care of her family,” Ruge said. “It is the perfect ending to her journey to the United States. It is also a great beginning for her new life in the Ivory Coast. I’m so proud of our surgical team and the impact we have had on little Dominique’s life. It is why we do what we do every day.”



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<![CDATA[Jimmy John's Brings Back Dollar Sub Day]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:08:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jimmy+Johns.png

Dollar Sub Day is coming back. 

Jimmy John's announced Tuesday that customers will once again be able to buy sandwiches for just a buck for one day only. 

This year, Dollar Sub Day will be held at participating locations on Tuesday, May 2 from 4 to 8 p.m., the company said in a tweet and Facebook post. [[420511283, C]]

The $1 sub deal is limited to in-store only. All sandwiches No. 1 - No. 6, BLT, Unwich lettuce wraps and Slims are available for the deal. No delivery or online ordering. 

Jimmy John's first started Dollar Sub Day last year with "Customer Appreciation Day" in April.

The sandwich giant, which is based in Illinois, has sub shops in 46 states, and you can find a participating location near you on their website.



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<![CDATA[Stormy Afternoon, Evening Possible in Chicago Area]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:16:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chicago+Storm.png

Parts of the Chicago area could see stormy and possibly even severe weather Wednesday afternoon and evening. 

After a Tuesday that saw mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper-70s, rain and storms are expected to move into the Chicago area, bringing the chance for damaging winds, lightning and heavy rainfall. 

Conditions will stay mostly cloudy, windy, warm and humid heading into the afternoon, but the chance for scattered showers and storms will grow more likely as the day goes on.

Much of Chicago and some western and southern suburbs along with parts of northwest Indiana are under a marginal risk for severe weather with "isolated severe thunderstorms possible." 

The greatest threat for severe weather will remain south of the area, but chances increase as a cold front moves in during the late afternoon and early evening. 

Rain is expected to continue into the overnight hours, bringing flooding concerns to part of the area as well. 

Thursday begins with overcast skies and the chance for a few lingering showers during the early morning hours. Highs are set to dip into the mid- to upper-50s with mostly cloudy skies by the afternoon.

Friday warms slightly with highs in the low-60s and the chance for showers during the afternoon and evening hours.

Early forecasts for the weekend show the chance for rain and thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday. Periods of rain and a few storms are expected Saturday evening and again on Sunday and possibly even Monday.

Temperatures continue to fluctuate with highs sitting in the upper-50s Saturday and possibly reaching into the low-70s Sunday.



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<![CDATA[Coghlan Scores Incredible Run vs. Cardinals]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:02:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-672547392.jpg

Over the years, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has gotten the better of a lot of baserunners, but on Tuesday, former Chicago Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan beat Molina in the absolute coolest way possible.

During a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals, Coghlan rounded third base and headed for home on an extra-base hit by Toronto outfielder Kevin Pillar.

As the throw came in to Molina, the catcher stepped into the baseline, leaving Coghlan with the choice of running the catcher over, or trying to get around him. 

Instead, Coghlan chose a completely unexpected, and completely awesome, path. He decided to go over Molina: 

The play resulted in Coghlan being safe at the plate, and although it wasn't the winning run in the game, it did help Toronto to a 6-5 victory over the Cardinals. 



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<![CDATA[Lawyer to Speak on Inmate's Ties to Hernandez]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:12:49 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/collage8.jpg

Just weeks before hanging himself in his prison cell, ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez reportedly wrote a letter to a friend and fellow inmate joking that he was considering suicide.

"I think I'm going to hang it up, LOL," the letter read, according to a lawyer for inmate Kyle Kennedy.

Attorney Larry Army Jr. called a press conference Wednesday to provide new information about Kennedy and his connection to Hernandez.

He said Hernandez, 27, and Kennedy, 22, were "close friends" who spent a great deal of time together in prison and requested to be cellmates last fall, although that request was ultimately denied. He said his client will discuss the exact nature and extent of their relationship at some point in the near future.

"Any discussion will come directly from his mouth so there's no confusion," Army said.

The lawyer also said Hernandez had promised to give Kennedy a $47,000 custom-made watch on his birthday last August, and had written letters to Hernandez's family.

"Mr. Kennedy, it's Aaron. I'm writing to you, and Pure (Kennedy's prison name) doesn't know. He is my brother and he always will be," read one letter to Kennedy's father. Army said Hernandez wrote letters to Kennedy's stepbrothers and stepsisters as well.

Army said his client was "stunned and saddened" by the news of Hernandez's suicide. "He thought it was a joke. He thought the people in the jail were playing a game because they knew the closeness of the two."

Kennedy told his lawyer he believes he was the last person to see Hernandez alive.

Army said Kennedy told him that Hernandez was "one of the most powerful forces as a person that he's ever known" and could take any situation, no matter how bad, "and turn it into a positive."

Kennedy is currently on suicide watch, Army said, and has been taken out of general population. He has no books, no utensils to write, no TV, no radio and has been stripped of all his clothes.

Army said his client is in segregated population and is not able to do the things he's done over the past 12 months "to make himself a better person," including continuing his education and attending Narcotics Anonymous and substance abuse meetings.

Investigators recently revealed that Hernandez wrote three notes in his prison cell before he hanged himself last week. Two of the letters were addressed to family. But the third note — reportedly addressed to Kennedy — has prompted rumors and speculation about the relationships Hernandez had while in custody.

During a court hearing Monday, Hernandez attorney George Leontire said the public scrutiny was unfair to the ex-NFL player's family, who learned about the letters, the inmate and even a rumored sexual relationship from the media.

"This family doesn't know if he had a gay lover in the prison, or didn't have a gay lover in the prison," Leontire said during a sidebar conversation with the judge. "Allegedly, one of the notes is to a gay lover. They have a right to know that."

Leontire requested and was granted copies of the letters. The family of Kennedy has been seeking its own answers, trying to obtain the letter through Army.

"My client does firmly believe that one of the letters was written to him, coming from his own knowledge of the relationship he and Hernandez shared, and because someone at the jail indicated one of the letters was to him," Army said.

He said he has asked both the district attorney and lawyers for the Hernandez family to turn over the letter, but they have yet to do so.

Kennedy arrived at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, in 2015 after he was convicted of armed robbery. Army said he and Hernandez knew each other before that time, but would not elaborate.

In response to media reports and statements from Army, Hernandez family attorney Jose Baez released a statement Tuesday to address rumors about the relationship between Hernandez and Kennedy.

"Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false," Baez said. "These are malicious leaks used to tarnish someone who is dead. I urge anyone continuing to spread these malicious untruths to cease immediately."

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<![CDATA[City Treasurer Summers Announces He Will Not Run for Gov.]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:33:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kurt+summers.jpg

Chicago's City Treasurer announced Wednesday morning that he will not join the Democratic pack running for governor and will instead put his support behind billionaire JB Pritzker. 

"I have decided not to enter the Democratic primary," Kurt Summers said during his announcement. "This decision was extremely difficult for me."

Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to his current position, Summers had made it clear he has larger political goals. If he had joined the race, he would have been the only African American candidate for the state's top office. 

Already there are six candidates looking to oppose Governor Bruce Rauner in November 2018. 

The endorsement for Pritzker is seen as a blow to Chris Kennedy, who is polling well in the African American community.

As Summers endorsed Pritzker, he said he feels confident in his decision, saying Pritzker is "the person who will get Illinois back on the right track." He added that Pritzker is "the most capable person to lead our state."

Pritzker has also lined up the support Wednesday of four African American aldermen, including Scott, Sawyer, Mitts and Dowell.

“I made it clear where I stand when I spoke to the Cook County Democrats in March," Kennedy said in a statement. "This race is not about politicians endorsing other politicians or what might be happening behind closed doors. This race is about restoring the promise of the American Dream to the people of Illinois. Voters want to see the depth of our ideas and the vision we bring to rebuilding the promise of this state. My focus will be on earning the trust of the voters of Illinois and making Springfield finally work for their future.”



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<![CDATA[$3M Bond for Man Charged in 'Road Rage' Shooting on I-88]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:21:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/i-88+shooting+with+mug.png

A judge on Wednesday set bond at $3 million for a tow truck driver accused of fatally shooting a semi-trailer driver on Interstate 88 in what authorities believe was a road rage incident. 

Anthony Tillmon, 34, of Lansing, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, accused of shooting the semi driver to death last week on I-88 near Oak Brook, Illinois State Police announced.

According to authorities, Eduardo Munoz, 43, of Florida was traveling eastbound on the roadway just before 5 p.m. Friday when he became involved in "some type of road rage incident" with Tillmon. 

As the two yelled at each other while approaching the I-294 Interchange, prosecutors allege Tillmon pulled alongside Munoz's vehicle, pointed a handgun in his direction and pulled the trigger, hitting Munoz three times. 

Munoz was found in the driver's seat of the truck with multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he later died, police said.

Tillmon fled the scene but later turned himself in to authorities at the DuPage County Sheriff's Office, according to DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin. 

“The allegations that Mr. Tillmon opened fire at another vehicle while driving on a crowded expressway are outrageous,” Berlin said in a statement. “These alleged actions put the lives of countless motorists at risk. It’s terrifying to think of how many innocent people may have been injured or killed had Mr. Munoz not been able to get his truck to the shoulder of the road after he had been shot three times. Thankfully, he was able to keep control of his vehicle and in doing so may have saved the lives of other innocent motorists."

Tillmon is being held at the DuPage County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 22. 



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<![CDATA[Chipotle Reports Payment System Was Hacked]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:25:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chipotle9.jpg

Mexican fast food chain Chipotle announced Tuesday that its customer payment system had been breached, CNBC reported.

In a statement on the company's website, Chipotle said it detected "unauthorized activity" on the system. Officials are focusing on credit card transactions that occurred from March 24, 2017, to April 18, 2017.

The restaurant added that the breach has been stopped and additional security measures have been added, though the investigation is ongoing. Chipotle encouraged customers to monitor their card activity.

The announcement came as Chipotle reported better-than-expected sales in the first quarter on Monday.



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<![CDATA[Couple Married 69 Years Die 40 Minutes Apart, Hand in Hand]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:35:51 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000023301046_1200x675_929670723813.jpg

An Illinois husband and wife, married for 69 years, had a bond so strong they died minutes apart Saturday, hand in hand, at a Skokie hospital, according to their obit. Trina Orlando reports.

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<![CDATA[Girl Took Package Through Locked Gate, Video Shows]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:37:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/packagevideo0425.png

Video taken Monday afternoon shows three girls strolling down a Chicago street, but as they pass a gated yard--a package on the front porch of a house catches their eyes.

“I can't reach it,” one of them says, trying to grab the package through a locked gate on West 34th Street in McKinley Park. She eventually uses a lawn sign to reach the package and fling it over the fence before the young girls run off, home surveillance video shows.

In under a minute—one of the girls steals the package and runs to her friends—who can be heard laughing as they get away.

Neighbor Miguel Hernandez says he isn't surprised but disappointed.

”It's really unfortunate that we have kids doing that,” he said.

He says theft like this is such a concern he has his packages delivered to his job.

“That's kind of messed up because people work hard for this stuff, just to have it snatched up like that, Endy Ramirez, another neighbor, said.

The victim declined to speak to NBC 5 but posted this video on facebook where it was shared nearly 2,000 times in less than 24 hours.

Police said no one was arrested in relation to the incident.

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<![CDATA[Amazon Announces Fashion-Tracking Camera Echo Look]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:18:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/wcholook_1200x675.jpg

Amazon launched the Echo Look Wednesday, a new device that observes how users dress and offers fashion advice based on algorithms and technology, CNBC reported.

The Echo Look is similar to Alexa, the voice-operated device that plays music, provides weather forecasts, traffic and news updates and more.

The Look takes "full-length photos and short videos" with a computer-generated background blur and stores them in a companion app. Its "Style Check" service "combines machine learning algorithms with advice from fashion specialists," Amazon says.

The Echo Look will feature all of the other functions of the Echo Dot and standard Echo.



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<![CDATA[Sen. Ted Cruz Wants El Chapo to Pay for Border Wall]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:54:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/El_Chapo_thumb.jpg

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz wants funds seized from El Chapo, and other drug lords, to pay for the border wall.

On Tuesday, Cruz introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act that would "reserve any amounts forfeited to the U.S. Government as a result of the criminal prosecution of “El Chapo” (formally named Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Lorea) and other drug lords for border security assets and the completion of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border."

In a statement Tuesday, Cruz said the U.S. government is seeking the criminal forfeiture of $14 billion in drug proceeds from El Chapo.

“Fourteen billion dollars will go a long way toward building a wall that will keep Americans safe and hinder the illegal flow of drugs, weapons, and individuals across our southern border,” said Cruz. “Ensuring the safety and security of Texans is one of my top priorities. We must also be mindful of the impact on the federal budget. By leveraging any criminally forfeited assets of El Chapo and his ilk, we can offset the wall’s cost and make meaningful progress toward achieving President Trump’s stated border security objectives.”

El Chapo is the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel who escaped a Mexican prison in July 2015 before being recaptured in January 2016 and extradited to a U.S. prison in January 2017. He's expected to face criminal prosecution for numerous alleged drug-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering.

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<![CDATA[Biden Talks Sex Assault Awareness at GMU Rally]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:33:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Croped+Biden%29.jpg

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke Wednesday at a campus sexual assault awareness event at George Mason University.

Biden has long been at the forefront of the movement fighting to end violence against women. In the '90s, as a senator, he wrote the Violence Against Woman Act that changed how the U.S. criminal justice system responded to domestic violence and sexual assault.

As vice president, he appointed the first-ever White House adviser on violence against women and has been a champion for the "It's On Us" campaign, which the Obama Administration launched in 2014 and aims to reduce campus sexual assault.

"My dad used to say the greatest sin a man can do is ignore the abuse to all," Biden said during Wednesday's event. "You have an obligation to say something. This is about truth."

Biden also talked about the recent firing of Bill O'Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment.

"You know you're making progress when you have the most popular talking head lose his job for sexual assault," Biden said. 

Actress Alisha Boe, known for her role as Jessica in the Neflix's series "13 Reasons Why," also spoke at the event.

George Mason has made eradicating sexual assault a top priority, offering a 24-hour crisis hotline which is managed by the Student Support and Advocacy Center, and obligating students to take the Mason pledge to end sexual violence.



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<![CDATA[Ramp From Eisenhower to Dan Ryan Reopens After Semi Rollover]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:49:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/semi+rollover.png

A semi truck rolled over early Wednesday, closing the ramp from the Eisenhower Expressway to the Dan Ryan Expressway for several hours.

The crash happened about 2:45 a.m. on the ramp from the inbound lanes of I-290 to the outbound lanes of I-90/94, according to Illinois State Police.

No injuries were reported in the single-vehicle crash, police said.

The ramp reopened shortly after 8 a.m., police said.



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<![CDATA[Key Things to Know Ahead of Trump’s Tax Reveal]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:47:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/donaldtrumpfeeuerherdIB.jpg

President Donald Trump plans to release a broad outline of his tax plan Wednesday, three days ahead of his 100th day in office.

Trump has suggested his plan will include "maybe the biggest tax cut we've ever had." He'll seek a corporate tax rate reduction, but will abandon a so-called border adjustment tax included in a plan released by House Republicans last year, according to details of the plan reported in the press prior to Trump's announcement.

Here's a breakdown of what to keep an eye on as the White House and congressional Republicans attempt to push a tax bill through Congress this year.

Corporate Tax Rate:
The corporate tax rate is the rate that corporations pay on their net income.

The U.S. now has a 35 percent corporate tax rate, which is relatively high by international standards, said Joe Rosenberg of the Tax Policy Center.

Trump's proposal will seek to reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, a policy he set during the campaign, a senior official confirmed to NBC News.

The House tax plan includes a decrease of the corporate tax rate to 20 percent.

Lowering the corporate rate to 15 percent, critics argue, may make it difficult for the Trump plan to pay for itself with increased revenue elsewhere.

The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation said in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan this week that a three-year cut to 20 percent would reduce revenue by a third in those years and lead to a $489.7 billion hole over 10 years, The Washington Post reported.

The Trump administration, however, maintains the decreased rate will spur economic growth and be revenue neutral despite an even bigger tax cut.

"The tax plan will pay for itself with growth," Steven Mnuchin, Trump's treasury secretary, said last week.

Individual Tax Bracket:
The individual tax bracket refers to the amount a taxpayer owes in federal income tax based on their income. The U.S. tax code now has seven tax brackets that range from a high of 39.6 percent to a low of 10 percent.

The tax plan proposed by House Republicans would reduce the number of individual tax brackets to three. Depending on income, taxpayers will be subject to either a 12, 25 or 33 percent income tax rate under the House plan.

The House plan would lower the top tax rate of 39.6 percent to 33 percent, but raise the lowest rate of 10 percent to 12 percent.

During the campaign, Trump called for the rates in the three brackets to be lower than the House plan, at 10, 20 and 25 percent.

Trump now wants to cut the top tax rate for individuals percent to the "mid-30s," an official with knowledge of the plan told The Associated Press ahead of Wednesday's announcement. Small business owners' top tax rate would drop from 39.6 percent to 15 percent.

Border-Adjustment Tax:
The so-called border-adjustment tax is a measure included in the House blueprint under the "destination-based cash flow tax."

The first piece of that policy -- "destination-based" -- is where the border adjustment comes in. The policy would make goods produced in the U.S. that are sold abroad tax-exempt. At the same time, it would tax goods produced outside of the U.S. and sold within the country.

Trump's plan will not include the controversial tax for now, though it might be revisited later, a person briefed on the rollout told The New York Times. This again puts the White House's plan at odds with the House's. The House GOP sought to use the increased revenue from the tax to offset tax breaks elsewhere.

Critics of the policy argue it would hurt retailers and consumers because tons of imported products -- cars, clothing, appliances -- would suddenly become more expensive.

Beyond the border adjustment, the House's destination-based cash flow tax makes other broad changes to the way corporations are taxed in the U.S.

Instead of taxing corporations on income, the current tax scheme, the plan would tax their cash flow.

Revenue-Neutral Tax Plan:
A revenue-neutral tax plan is one that includes a combination of tax changes, but leaves the overall federal revenue constant.

This means if taxes for corporations or individuals are cut, they must be offset by some combination of revenue increases elsewhere.

Trump's proposal for a 15 percent corporate tax rate conflicts with House Republicans, whose plan called for a 20 percent corporate tax. The House rate would be in keeping with a revenue-neutral tax plan, they say.

There's a disparity in the numbers, but the economic theory in both plans is the same: tax cuts will pay for themselves because they spur economic growth.

"I'm not convinced that cutting taxes is necessarily going to blow a hole in the deficit," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, told The Associated Press. "Now, whether 15 percent is the right figure or not, that's a matter to be determined."

A revenue-neutral tax plan is especially important because tax cuts that add to the deficit may expire after 10 years.

Senate Republicans can use a process called reconciliation, which allows the passage of a bill with a simply majority, to pass a tax bill. Under the rules of the Senate, a tax bill passed through reconciliation cannot add to the federal deficit over 10 years.



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<![CDATA[Slain Officer’s Child Treats Another Cop to Surprise Dinner]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:11:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mikayla+raji.jpg

The 8-year-old daughter of a New Jersey police officer killed in the line of duty seven months before she was born stunned a random cop in a local pizza and pasta shop by anonymously buying him dinner last week. 

Mikayla Raji was eating at Villa Borghese II in Helmetta, one of several of the chain's locations in the Garden State, with her mother Friday night when Jamesburg police officer Joseph Quinn stopped by to pick up some food.

When Quinn went to pay, he was told his food had already been purchased. It took some diligent police work, the department said on its Facebook page, but detectives were able to hunt down the person who treated him: Mikayla Raji.

"I asked my mom if we could pay for his dinner, but keep it a secret. I wanted to do it because he works hard and he keeps us all safe," Mikayla told News 4 Tuesday. 

As it turns out, Mikayla had seen Quinn walk into the restaurant and greeted him with a hello and a smile, authorities learned. They say she leaned over and whispered to her mother that she insisted on buying Quinn's food. 

Mikayla's mom, Mimi Raji, gladly picked up the patrolman's $15 tab.

"I smiled, it warmed my heart," said Mimi. "She has a big heart and she's always thinking about other people, and I thought that was so nice.' 

Mikayla had a quick conversation with Quinn before he left -- and it wasn't until later that Quinn knew she was responsible for his delicious free eats. 

Mikayla has a special place in her heart for other officers. Her father, Thomas Raji, was a Perth Amboy police officer killed in the line of duty by a drunk driver on Aug. 22, 2008. Mikayla was born seven months after he died.

"It's not easy but you know what, he left me the best part of him, and for that, I'm grateful," said Mimi, who was also a Perth Amboy cop at the time of Thomas Raji's death. She has since retired.  

Mimi said her daughter's gesture reminds her of her husband's kindness. 

"It says a lot about who she is and it warms my heart because I know I'm doing something right," she said. 

Villa Borghese owner Joe Russo says people occasionally pay for police officers' dinners there, but this was the first time a kid gave the recommendation.

"The fact that she knew to do that was pretty impressive," he said. 

Jamesburg Police Chief James Craparotta said, "Everyone should learn to be so generous and so giving. The world would be a better place if everyone was like Mikayla."

On its Facebook page, the Jamesburg police department thanked Mikayla's mother for her service as a cop, and for that of her late husband. The cops also extended an open invitation to Mikayla Raji to stop by headquarters whenever she wants. 

"This time dinner is on us!" the department wrote on Facebook. "Your dad would be so proud of the person you are. If you ever need us for anything, you can guarantee we will be there for you."

And to thank Mikayla for her generosity, the department says she will lead their town Memorial Day parade, riding in a police car.



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<![CDATA[Marine Shot to Death in McDonald’s Drive-Thru]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/JustinLampkins.jpg

A man has been charged with fatally shooting a Marine in the drive-thru of a McDonald's in Bedford, Indiana, according to police and NBC affiliate WTHR.

Justin Lampkins, 25, was in a truck with his friends in line at the fast food restaurant early Saturday morning about 1:19 a.m., police say. The Marine Corps veteran was involved in a fight after “a horn was sounded” in the line and Evan Schaffer, 22, got out of his car and punched Lampkins, WTHR reports.

Police say it's unclear who honked the horn.

"The victim shoved the accused back, the accused then presented a handgun," Bedford assistant police Chief Joe DeWees told WTHR.

Police said Schaffer shot Lampkins in the chest before fleeing the scene. Lampkins was taken to Indiana University Health Bedford where he later died, according to a police department Facebook post.

Schaffer was arrested Sunday and charged Monday with murder and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to a Lawrence County Jail Division official.

"It's a senseless act to kill somebody over a horn," DeWees said. "This is one of the most senseless, senseless acts I have ever seen."

Lampkins’ brother-in-law, Erick Stahl, is also a veteran who deployed to Afghanistan, WTHR reports.

"It's tough," Stahl said. "Not everybody's built to handle what we do overseas, and to see it at a McDonald's, of all places, is sad."

Lampkins' family told WTHR his grandfather, an Army veteran, inspired him to join the military.

"He was [the] epitome of a Marine, [he would] stand up for everybody," said Stahl.

Stahl said Lampkins was devoted to his family, his nephew and his dog.

"He wasn't violent, he only ever defended to the means he needed to and it came from nowhere this time,” he told WTHR. “His whole life was riddled with stories of defending people when they needed it. He was not violent, he did not act like that. He was not an angry or disrespectful person. He's going to be missed."

According to WTHR, Lampkins graduated from Bloomington North High School in 2010. After high school he spent four years on active duty based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He achieved the rank of sergeant by the time he was discharged in late 2015.

It wasn't clear if there is an attorney who could speak on Schaffer's behalf. 



Photo Credit: Via WTHR
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<![CDATA[Emanuel Praises Injunction on Trump's Sanctuary Cities Order]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:08:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump_emanuel.png

After a federal judge blocked efforts by President Trump’s administration to block funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” on Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the decision, once again emphasizing his commitment to welcoming immigrants to the city of Chicago. 

“The Trump administration’s attempt to coerce cities to choose between our most basic values and federal funding was not only bad public policy, we now have further proof that it was unconstitutional,” Emanuel said in a statement.

“The City of Chicago was proud to sign on to an amicus brief in support of an immediate injunction, and I commend Judge Orrick’s thoughtful decision to block enforcement of this illegal executive order.”

In two lawsuits, US District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued an injunction against an executive order Trump signed in January to block federal grants from “sanctuary cities.”

The term "sanctuary city" refers to jurisdictions that do not comply with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants who have been arrested on charges unrelated to their immigration status and turn them over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation.

The judge rejected the administration’s argument that the order applies only to a relatively small pot of money, saying the president has no authority set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

“Throughout our history immigrants, refugees and dreamers from around the world have moved our country and our city forward, and we will not sit idly by while President Trump threatens American cities because he doesn't share our values,” Emanuel’s statement ends.

Emanuel has continually spoken out against the Trump administration’s attempts to enact more stringent immigration policies, as he reaffirmed that Chicago will remain a sanctuary city immediately after the executive action was signed, and joined a coalition of 34 cities and counties across the country asking a federal court to halt that order.

"I've always seen Chicago as a welcoming city,” Emanuel said in an interview after Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated the federal government’s threat to block funding in March.

“It welcomed my grandfather 100 years ago, we continue to welcome entrepreneurs, immigrants, and I would just say think of it this way: Half the new businesses in Chicago and the state of Illinois come from immigrants, nearly half,” he added.

“Half the patents at the University of Illinois come from immigrants, and so we want to continue to welcome people, welcome their ideas, welcome their families to the city of Chicago, who want to build the American dream for their children and their grandchildren.”

Chicago receives more than $1 billion in federal funding for initiatives including transportation, housing, public health and law enforcement – an area in which Emanuel has repeatedly asked for more assistance in combatting the city’s violence.

The city is one of more than 200 jurisdictions that have declared sanctuary status, including New York City, Los Angeles and more.

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<![CDATA[See Inside the Real 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' Home]]> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:59:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/iredell+4+main.jpg See inside the home famously used in the opening credits of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians."

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<![CDATA[New Jewel-Osco to Open in Woodlawn Next Year, City Says]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:32:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jewelrendering0425.jpg

A Jewel-Osco grocery store with a drive-thru pharmacy will be built in Chicago’s Woodlawn community, the mayor’s office announced Tuesday.

The 48,000-square-foot store will be located at 61st Street and Cottage Grove Avenue will open in late 2018, the city says. It will employ about 200 full- and part-time workers and offer fresh produce, a deli counter and ready-to-eat meals.

“Today we are taking the next major step in the renaissance and resurgence happening across Woodlawn,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a news release. “This new grocery store will bring fresh food options to a community that is witnessing an unprecedented level of investment, growth and progress.”

The mayor’s office called the Jewel project the latest in a “surge of developments” along Cottage Grove near 61st Street—not far from the planned location of the Obama Presidential Center. MetroSquash, a recreational and educational center, the Woodlawn Resource Center, a new residence hall for University of Chicago, five new Preservation of Affordable Housing apartment buildings, coffee shops and more, the city says.

“Jewel-Osco firmly believes in the importance of investing in communities,” said Mike Withers, president of Jewel-Osco. “The decision to build a new store in the Woodlawn neighborhood underscores our dedication to the residents and the City of Chicago.”

Eearlier this week, Emanuel announced a planned modernization project for the 63rd and Cottage CTA station.



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<![CDATA[Police Ask For Help in Search For Missing 1-Year-Old ]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:45:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/dallas-police-car-generic-06.jpg

The Will County Sheriff’s Department was requesting the public’s assistance Tuesday night to locate a missing child in unincorporated Joliet Township.

One-year-old Semaj M.L. Crosby was last seen near the corner of Luana Road and Richards Street in Preston Heights, a subdivision in South Joliet, authorities said. She was shoeless and wearing dark blue jeans and a gray long sleeve shirt decorated with a cat face. Semaj’s hair was in white-beaded ponytails.

No other details were immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Man Charged in 'Road Rage' Shooting of Semi-Trailer Driver]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:54:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/i88truck.png

A man was charged Tuesday with shooting a semi-trailer driver to death last week on I-88 near Oak Brook, Illinois State Police announced.

Anthony Tillmon, 34, of Lansing, was charged with murder.

Tillmon fled the scene after fatally shooting 43-year-old Eduardo Munoz, of Sunshine, Florida, about 4:05 p.m. Friday, authorities said. State police say it appears to have been a road rage incident with "no apparent ties between the victim and suspect."

The Oak Brook Fire Department arrived on the scene and took Munoz to Elmhurst Hospital where he later died, police said.

Tillmon, who is being held at the DuPage County Jail, is due in bond court Wednesday morning.

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<![CDATA[ Navy Pier To Offer Free Rides on Centennial Wheel Wednesday]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:20:50 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/RP_NAVY+PIER-5.png

Come one, come all, for a ride on the Centennial Wheel.

The first 1,500 guests at Chicago's iconic ferris wheel will be able to take a complimentary spin Wednesday.

Navy Pier is offering "People's Pier" throughout the year, where on select Wednesdays, guests can ride the Centennial Wheel for free. 

When: Wednesday, April 26, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Pier Park at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

The Centennial Wheel opened last May as part of Navy Pier's 100th anniversary celebration. The 200-foot tall wheel holds 400 passengers per ride - 50 feet taller than the previous ferris wheel.



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<![CDATA[Man Suspected of 'Following' Women Charged in Prairie Attack]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:56:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Grover+mug.jpg

A man was charged Tuesday with attacking a woman on a path in unincorporated Wheaton and is suspected in at least three other incidents where women were "approached or followed," authorities said.

Matthew D. Grover, 31, of the 26W600 block of Lindsey Aven, Winfield, was charged with aggravated battery.

Police say a woman was out walking on a normally busy stretch of the popular path between County Farm and Pleasant Hill Roads at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday when she was grabbed by a man from behind.

"Grover was interviewed by detectives today and he confessed to yesterday’s attack," the sheriff's office said in a news release. "Additionally, when confronted with the facts of a similar attack investigated by the Sheriff’s Office in late September of 2016, Grover also confessed to being the assailant in that attack."

The woman struggled and managed to break away, police said, and the attacker then took off running. He was last seen heading south towards on the path towards the intersection of Churchill and Peter Roads, according to the DuPage County sheriff's office.

Many residents told NBC 5 that on most spring days the typically tranquil Illinois Prairie Path is filled with runners, walkers and bicyclists.

“This little section of the path is pretty busy, so there’s usually somebody coming along,” said Dave Hicks, a frequent runner on the path. 

The other incidents in which Grover is suspected by police is pending DNA testing, authorities said.

Grover, who is currently being held in DuPage County Jail, is due in bond court Wednesday morning.



Photo Credit: DuPage County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Texas-Bound United Plane Makes 'Terrifying' Emergency Landing]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:54:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/liberia-united-flight.jpg

A Texas-bound United Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing after one of its engines overheated while flying over the Pacific Ocean, passengers say.

Flight 1516 departed Liberia, Costa Rica, to Houston, Texas, Monday before the 737 experienced "a maintenance issue," according to United Airlines spokesperson Erin Benson.

The pilot returned to Liberia's Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport for an emergency landing.

Jody Genessy, a passenger on the flight, told NBC News it was one of the most terrifying things he has ever experienced.

"We circled for about an hour dumping fuel and when we went in for a landing, the plane tipped quickly to one side," Genessy said.

"My friends on the other side of the plane said they saw the wings almost touched the tarmac and then went too far back to the other side...and he [the pilot] pulled up. It was about a split second. Then we circled around again and it was wobbly and we were all freaking out."

"It was a pretty horrifying way to end an amazing weekend," Genessy said.

Genessy told NBC News United provided him and his wife meal vouchers and a room at a nearby hotel ahead of their rescheduled flight Tuesday.

"United is getting a lot of grief right now, and I’m a Delta guy, but my hat’s off to the pilot," Genessy added. "As far as I’m concerned, he saved our lives."

A new aircraft was dispatched to take passengers to Houston Tuesday.



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