<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago https://www.nbcchicago.comen-usTue, 24 Apr 2018 20:14:08 -0500Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:14:08 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Comic Book Icon Stan Lee Accused of Misconduct by Masseuse]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:45:56 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_17252041978301.jpg

Maria Carballo alleges she was assaulted in the the Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place a year ago by comic book mogul Stan Lee, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Monday.

Lee, 95, is the co-creator of Marvel characters like Spider Man, The Avengers and Black Panther.

On April 21, 2017, the massage therapist alleges Lee started fondling himself 30 minutes into the massage in his hotel room. She says when she tried to diffuse the situation by having him turn on his back—he began moaning and groaning as she massaged his quadriceps.

She left.

But the next day— she says her employer called her back.

She initially refused to return, according to the lawsuit.

But after a third call, she says she feared she would lose her job, and returned for a second massage with Lee.

An hour into the second massage, the therapist says lee started moaning again.

So she changed the massage type to use her feet—creating distance.

That’s when she says Lee took her foot and placed it on his genitals.

Lee’s lawyer didn’t return NBC 5's multiple requests for comment, but told the Chicago Tribune “he is a high-profile public figure and I think it’s shakedown. The guy is 95, I don’t think he would do that.”

The alleged victim’s attorney, Aasim Cunningham, responded.

"Our client certified and verified her complaint under oath," Cunningham said. "So you can take that for what it means. But we did our due diligence in investigating the merits of the case."

As far as why she waited a year to file the lawsuit— in a statement she says she was afraid to ask anyone to help her.

“He is rich and famous," she said. "I am not."

Chicago police confirmed Carballo filed a complaint in march.

"It takes courage to finally go forward with something like that," Cunningham said. "Courage takes time."

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<![CDATA[Cop, ER Doctor Testify in Tanning Salon Owner's Rape Trial]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:53:29 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/430P+PKG+MARC+WINNER+2+-+00000217_31796783.jpg

Day two of the Chicago tanning salon owner and alleged serial rapist's trial was underway Tuesday, with more sordid details coming out in the courtroom.

Much of the testimony focused on what police and doctors who encountered the victim observed the night she says she was raped.

Marc Winner is accused of raping at least eight women over the course of several years.

In courtroom recordings one victim, a former employee of winner’s identified only as JB, testified on Monday that her former boss gave her cocaine before attacking her.

“I immediately knew I was in trouble,” she said at the time.

Prosecutors questioned Tuesday both a responding officer and an emergency room physician. Both testified that she appeared alert and responsive.

The officer said he remembered the victim jumping into the back of his squad car:

“JB was very distressed, crying and very upset,” Officer William Colon said. "She said 'I was raped.'"

Yet, when cross-examined by prosecutors the ER physician testified that there was no bruising when JB was examined. No scrapes, bite marks, abrasions or lacerations.

A criminal sexual assault kit was administered and swabs were taken of the victim’s genitalia and where she alleges she was bitten by Winner.

<![CDATA[Amazon Begins Car Trunk Delivery]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:29:39 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/amazon-car.jpg

Amazon will now deliver your packages to you while you're on the go. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski has the details.

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<![CDATA[Cops Search For Man Who Escaped Custody on South Side]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:08:37 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Moorman+Kir+29.jpg

A 29-year-old Chicago man is wanted by the Illinois Department of Corrections after he escaped custody on the city's Far South Side.

Kir Moorman was wanted for a parole violation, according to Chicago police. He escpaed custody in the 2700 block of East 81st Street about 10:38 a.m. in the South Chicago neighborhood.

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Portillo’s Brings Back Heart-Shaped Cake for Mother's Day]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:38:32 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/heart+cake+2.jpg

Portillo’s reshaped its popular "famous chocolate cake" in celebration of Mother's Day.

The restaurant chain is known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites. The limited-edition cakes will retail at $15.99 and are available for pre-order online or phone ordering and can also be delivered.

In-store pick-up will be from May 10-13 and cake availability for nationwide shipping will be from May 1-31, priced at $39.99.

All orders include one single-layer chocolate cake, a spatula and a fo-it-yourself icing.

The popular restaurant had previously reshaped its chocolate cake for Valentine's Day. Back in February, Portillo's created a partnership with the American Red Cross.

"Portillo’s has always valued the importance of belonging to the local community and finding ways to support charitable endeavors," said CEO Keith Kinsey in a statement. "As a Marine, our founder Dick Portillo has supported charitable giving to support our service men and women."

Kinsey said 100 percent of cake proceeds up to $25,000 would go to the American Red Cross.

The Valentine's Day cake was part of the chain's charitable partnership program, Portillo’s For Good.

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<![CDATA[Amid Backlash From Pilots, Controversial Proposal Withdrawn]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:35:10 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Generic+Plane+Generic+Airplane1.jpg

In the face of a blistering backlash from the nation’s private pilots, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee withdrew proposed language Tuesday, which a powerful pilots’ group said would have placed air traffic control under a committee heavily dominated by the nation’s airlines.

But in doing so, Rep. William Shuster told the House Rules Committee that the proposal had been misconstrued.

“Nothing is being taken out of the FAA,” Shuster said. “There is a lot of misinformation out there.”

Shuster said his intention all along has been to “separate the safety regulator from the operator”, something which he noted is common practice in some 60 nations around the world.

Earlier Tuesday, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, which represents thousands of private pilots across the United States had accused Shuster unleashing a “Trojan horse” to remove the nation’s air traffic control system from FAA oversight, placing it under a 13 member board heavily controlled by the nation’s airlines.

In a statement on their website, AOPA called the proposed legislation “an 11th hour backroom deal with the airlines.”

“This potentially creates a real safety issue for all of aviation and the general public,” said Jim Coon, AOPA’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. “There is no entity other than the FAA with the expertise, knowledge, and experience to run the largest, most complex air traffic system in the world.”

Advocates insisted the proposed panel would have been advisory-only, and that air traffic control functions would remain under FAA oversight.

“Under this amendment, ATO (the operational arm of the Federal Aviation Administration) would stay in the FAA,” said Justin Harclerode, spokesman for Shuster and the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommitee. “It does not remove air traffic control, the ATO, or any other aviation program or function from the FAA or FAA oversight.”

“Anyone claiming the contrary is misleading people about what the language actually does.”

Still, Shuster told the committee that the provision for the proposed advisory board would be removed under a revised version of his amendment to the sprawling bill which re-authorizes funding for the FAA.

Earlier, AOPA President Mark Baker issued a call for his members to flood Capitol Hill with calls to their representatives in Congress. And he called for a summit of all air traffic stakeholders to determine the future of the ATC system.

“Rather than backdoor deals,” he said, “let’s pass a long-term funding bill for the FAA and then sit down in the open and put together a plan to advance modernization in a productive way.”

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<![CDATA[Chicago House Once Owned By Rosie O’Donnell Sells for $2.35M]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:14:58 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rosie+house+20+thumb.jpg The Lakeview home Rosie O'Donnell briefly owned while taping "The Rosie Show" in Chicago in 2012 has sold for $2.35 million. O'Donnell listed the 6,800-square-foot, five-bedroom, seven-bathroom house just six months after buying it, a move that made many question the future of her declining talk show. She sold the home, and it was placed on the market again about a year ago. The property boasts a home theater, 2,000-square-foot deck and large living spaces. Take a tour of the home below.

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit Cash Flashed on Social Media Sparked Fatal Shooting]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:14:25 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cash+generic+dalet.jpg

A suspect is in custody after a woman was fatally shot during a Zion home authorities say was sparked by a social media post showing off the award from a personal injury lawsuit on social media last February, the Lake County News-Sun reports.

Zavian D. Wells, 25, of Round Lake Beach, was charged with murder after he was arrested last month in connection to the Feb. 16 home invasion that left three people shot—including Kaleah Beville, who died later that day at the hospital.

Wells was part of a duo alleged to have entered Beville’s home in the 2800 block of Edina Boulevard after they saw the social media post flaunting money a male resident had recently been awarded in court, the paper reports, citing prosecutors and court records.

The gunmen entered the apartment with brandishing semi-automatic pistols and fired multiple rounds and injured three occupants, the News-Sun reports. The two then reportedly fled in a white Chevrolet Impala.

Beville died at the hospital alter that day from multiple gunshot wounds.

According to the News-Sun, detectives were able to use surveillance video to identify the white Impala’s license plate number. Authorities then took Wells into custody at the address the vehicle was registered to in Round Lake Beach.

Wells has a criminal record dating back to 2010, the newspaper reported.

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<![CDATA[Kristin Cavallari Coming to Chicago Area This Week]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:07:17 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/169*120/GettyImages-631289556.jpg

Looks like Kristin Cavallari is returning to her Chicago-area roots this week.

As part of the tour for her new cookbook “True Roots,” Cavallari will make two stops in Illinois. 

The reality TV star and fashion designer will appear at Anderson’s in La Grange on April 24 and at the Lake Forest Book Store on April 25.

The book has made headlines since its launch, in part in the Chicago area for what it revealed about her husband, former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.

Cavallari, who grew up in part in Barrington, reportedly wrote that when she and Cutler have guests in their new Nashville home, Cutler likes to make acorn squash boats for breakfast.

“We’ve never had one person not comment on how good and different they are,” Cavallari wrote, according to the Chicago Tribune. “They’re the perfect balance between salty (sausage), sweet (squash) and deliciousness.”

Among other Cutler things revealed in the new book are his favorite drink (whiskey with ginger-infused ice cubes and thyme), his weakness (anything with chocolate peanut butter) and that he apparently enjoys hunting.

The couple sold their suburban Chicago mansion following Cutler’s departure from the Bears.nth.

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<![CDATA[Proposed Amendment Would Tighten Rules on Airline Animals]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:54:37 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/turtle+on+a+plane.JPG

A proposed amendment to this year’s funding of the Federal Aviation Administration, would require stricter rules for so-called “emotional support animals”, which airline and cabin crews complain are all-too-often merely family pets which crowd the cabin and pose a threat to aviation safety. 

And, to hear passengers’ tales of flying chickens, horses, and even in one notable case, a kangaroo, the animals further erode the sanity and sanctity of the entire aviation experience. 

The proposed amendment, introduced by House Transportation committee chairman William Shuster of Pennsylvania, would require a new definition of service animal, and revised standards for emotional support animals on U.S. flights. 

In contrast to service animals which are most commonly used by the blind or visually impaired, emotional support animals fall under a broad category of pets whose owners maintain they need to fly. Requirements attached to the animals are minimal, usually only a letter from a qualified physician. 

Shuster’s proposed legislation would consider whether to require photo i.d.’s identifying the animal and the service it provides; whether to require documentation indicating if the animal was trained by the owner or an actual approved training organization; documentation from a doctor describing the task the animal performs; health and vaccination records; and potential third-party proof of the animal’s training.

Flight attendants and passengers alike have raised complaints of veritable flying menageries, as some passengers attempt to avoid costly fees to fly their pets, by claiming the animals are actually needed for emotional support. Web sites have been clogged with photos of flying dogs, cats, turkeys, even peacocks and goats.

Flight attendants say the animals are known to engage in fights in aircraft cabins, and complain they pose a threat to passenger safety.

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<![CDATA[Top 10 Most Popular Mexican Restaurants in Chicago]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:33:54 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/El+Barco+Mariscos.jpg

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<![CDATA[These Are the Candidates Running for Chicago Mayor]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:48:50 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+mayor+candidates.png Though Election Day is months away, several candidates have already announced their intention to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Here's a look at who's in the running to run Chicago. ]]> <![CDATA[A Look Inside the New 'Global' McDonald's in Chicago's West Loop]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:57:34 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mcdonalds110.jpg

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<![CDATA[Chicago's 10-Day Forecast Gives Us Faith in Spring]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:29:59 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+10+day.png

Long-time Chicagoans know the city's "spring" tends to get eliminated from the traditional progression of seasons, with a sudden jump from cold to warmth. 

This year has been especially brutal, with the start of April setting a record for the coldest first 17 days of the month in 137 years and the second coldest on record.

The next 10 days, though, give us hope that spring still exists and summer hasn't forsaken us.

It begins with a rollercoaster of seasonable temperatures ranging from Wednesday's predicted high of 53 degrees and Saturday's high of 66 to highs next week in the mid- to upper-70s.

Wednesday's forecast starts mostly sunny, breezy and chilly in the morning, then less windy in the afternoon with highs in the upper 40s along the lakefront and low-to-mid 50s inland.

On Thursday mostly sunny skies give way to more clouds in the afternoon and milder temps that could reach the low-to-mid 60s.

Showers will likely develop overnight into Friday morning and early afternoon. Clouds are expected to break in the afternoon for high temps in the low to mid-50s.

Saturday looks partly to mostly sunny and seasonable. Highs are expected to top out in the mid-60s, cooler along the lakefront.

Sunday eases us into early summer-mode thanks to potential highs in the upper 60s to low 70s, possibly cooler along the lakefront.

Looking ahead to Monday, temps look mostly to partly sunny, windy and warmer with -- drumroll -- highs in the mid-to-upper 70s.

<![CDATA[New Chicago McDonald's Features Menu Items From Around The Globe]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:06:38 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mcdonalds27.jpg

A one-of-a-kind McDonald’s restaurant will open at the new Chicago headquarters’ ground floor Wednesday, offering menu items from around the globe.

McDonald’s announced that the global-inspired 6,000-square-foot restaurant in the West Loop is part of its "McDonald’s Experience of the Future" (EOTF) restaurants.

This particular Chicago EOTF restaurant features exclusive “ modern global-inspired interiors, an ever-changing wall map with Golden Arches that illuminate when an item from a specific country is featured on the menu, outdoor seating for patrons to enjoy in the warmer months," the chain said in a statement.

Other EOTF restaurants however, will offer enhanced customer experiences with table service, mobile order and payment and McDelivery with Uber Eats.

“As part of our new headquarters, we wanted to provide our customers with an exciting way to experience our global menu right here in Chicago,” said Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s president and CEO.

The newly-anticipated restaurant will feature a Latin American-style dessert center and an Australian McCafé area, where “expertly brewed coffee crafted by McDonald’s trained baristas” will be served.

“We are delighted to showcase a taste of McDonald’s from all over the world,” said Easterbrook.

Favorite worldwide food items will be displayed in a rotating menu, alongside its classic menu items, including the Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Chicken McNuggets and fries.

The first menu rotation includes:

-The Mighty Angus Burger from Canada, a 1/3 pound angus burger topped with a glazed poppy and sesame seed bun, lettuce, onion cheese and bacon and smoky angus sauce

- The McSpicy Chicken Sandwich from Hong Kong, a spicy breaded, deeply marinated chicken breast fried to crispy, served on a classic sesame seed bun with lettuce

-Cheese & Bacon Loaded Fries from Australia, McDonald’s ‘World Famous Fries’, served with warm melted cheese and crispy bacon bits

-The Mozza Salad from France, a balsamic dressed pasta salad with roasted tomatoes, served with mozzarella cheese, arugula leaves, choice of crispy or grilled chicken and a breadstick

-The Manhattan Salad from France, a mix of lettuces, baby kale, romaine and spring lettuce topped with grape tomatoes, dried cranberries and sliced apples, served with choice of crispy or grilled chicken and a breadstick

- The McFlurry Prestígio from Brazil, vanilla soft serve ice cream, mixed with strawberry sauce and chocolate covered coconut bites

The new nine-story headquarters will be located at 110 N. Carpenter Street in Sterling Bay’s newly planned development.

According to the news release, the food chain plans “to transform most all U.S. restaurants to Experience of the Future by 2020.” 

<![CDATA[These Are the 37 Ill. Hospitals Ranked Among Safest in US]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:39:30 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hospital+report+University+of+Chicago+Medical+Center+Chicago.png Illinois is home to 37 of the safest hospitals in the nation, according to a new report from a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization.

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<![CDATA[37 Illinois Hospitals Rank Among Safest in the US: Report]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:54:09 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hospital+generic2.jpg

Illinois is home to 37 of the safest hospitals in the nation, according to a new report from a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization.

The Leapfrog Group, founded in 2000, produces a report twice a year that lists the safest hospitals in the country by analyzing 27 different "measures" of approximately 2,500 hospitals across the United States.

Those measures include number of infections in patients, problems in surgery, practices like computerized medication ordering, hospital leadership and more.

Based on those metrics, the group assigns each hospital an "A" through "F" letter grade for how safe they are for patients. The most recent report, released Tuesday, gave 37 of Illinois' hospitals an "A" grade.

The hospitals in Illinois that received top marks include:

  • Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville
  • AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, Bolingbrook
  • AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, Hinsdale
  • AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, La Grange
  • AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates
  • Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana
  • Centegra Hospital, McHenry
  • CGH Medical Center, Sterling
  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Elmhurst
  • Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Melrose Park
  • MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn
  • McDonough District Hospital, Macomb
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem, Skokie
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem, Highland Park
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest
  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield
  • Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital, Geneva
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago
  • OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria
  • OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington
  • OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg
  • Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights
  • Presence Mercy Medical Center, Aurora
  • Presence Resurrection Medical Center, Chicago
  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago
  • Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, Chicago
  • Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee
  • Rush Copley Medical Center, Aurora
  • Rush Oak Park Hospital, Oak Park
  • Rush University Medical Center, Chicago
  • Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon
  • Silver Cross Hospital, New Lenox
  • SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital, Mount Vernon
  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, Centralia
  • University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago
  • West Suburban Medical Center, Oak Park

Of the 50 states, Illinois ranked 15th in the nation, moving up from 26th in last fall's ranking, for percentage of hospitals receiving that highest "A" mark: 34.6 percent.

Leapfrog assessed a total of 107 hospitals in Illinois, giving 38 others a "B" grade, 30 a "C" grade, as well as 1 "D" and 1 "F" grade facility.

South Shore Hospital in Chicago received an "F," while Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago received a "D."

You can read the entire study and find detailed scores of each individual hospital on Leapfrog's website here.

<![CDATA[Rundown: Paving Season, Missed Fares, Goose Attack]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:35:06 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000029302936_1200x675_1217896003998.jpg

The top headlines you need to know as you start your day on April 24, 2018.

<![CDATA[Forecast: Mostly Cloudy & Cool Start]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:20:24 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000029302788_1200x675_1217887299744.jpg

Andy Avalos has the latest forecast update for the Chicago area.

<![CDATA[These Are the Chicago Streets That Will Be Repaved This Year]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:04:50 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/City+of+Chicago+Resurfacing+Map+-+2011-2018-1+thumb.png

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that the City of Chicago has started its 2018 paving season.

Crews will hit the streets to pave more than 200 miles of city streets this year, Emanuel's office said in a statement. That brings Chicago's total to more than 2,000 miles paved since 2011, according to Emanuel. 

Some of the main arterial roads slated to be repaved, according to the Sun-Times, include:

  • 79th Street from Western to Cottage Grove (4 miles)
  • 69th Street from Ashland to South Chicago (2.7 miles)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Drive from 111th Street to 115th Street ( 0.5 mile)
  • Western Blvd. from 45th Street to Garfield Blvd. (1.25 miles)
  • Damen Avenue from 33rd Street to Pershing Road (0.75 mile)
  • Archer Avenue from Kolin Avenue to 47th Street (1.1 miles)
  • Archer from Nottingham Avenue to Narragansett Avenue (0.9 mile)
  • 67th Street from Ashland to Cottage Grove (3 miles)
  • Humboldt Drive from Chicago Avenue to North Avenue (1 mile)
  • North Avenue from Cicero to Central Park Avenue (1.5 miles)
  • Augusta Blvd. from Grand Avenue to Milwaukee (2.5 miles)
  • Wilson Avenue from Damen to LSD (1.7 miles)
  • Elston Avenue from Melvina Avenue to Foster (2 miles)
  • Addison Street from Keeler Avenue to Avondale Avenue (0.65 mile)
  • Avondale Avenue/Gregory Street from Harlem Avenue to Moody Avenue (1.3 miles)

A map of which streets will be repaved, and which have been repaved since 2011, is below.

The streets in green have been repaved over the last seven years, while the streets in red are slated to be repaved in 2018.

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<![CDATA[Underground Railroad Controversy Draws Crowd to School Board]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:37:10 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/south+Holland+Dick+-+00003223_31781895.jpg

A school board Monday heard an hour of passionate and at times heated comments about one part of a long cherished four-day 6th-grade trip that one family and their daughter believe should never be repeated.

It’s a field trip they’ve done countless times without question. Until now.

“I want everybody that scared my child and thought it was cool accounted for what hey did,” said parent Bobby Rogers.

A nighttime re-enactment of the Underground Railroad his daughter was part of during a class trip with students as runaway slaves chased by adults portraying bounty hunters. But to many maybe most in attendance at the McKinley Jr High gymnasium it was powerful and positive experience.

“This was very eye opening and the best experience I had at McKinley,” one student told NBC 5.

Though the parents of 6th-grader Bailey Peterson say they can’t imagine how anyone in the South Holland school district would sanction something so potentially traumatic.

“We want to see a school enforce we’re going versus making sure the kids know exactly what went through before," parent Dawn Peterson said.

And some agreed with them.

“Even going so far as to have licensed counselors available to aid students in processing deeply felt emotions that may surface," an audience member said.

But the majority gathered at the board meeting, including McKinley teachers sitting together in solidarity, praised and adamantly supported the experience, some speaking directly to the family upset by it.

“If there was anything about that experience that I thought harmful to an African American child or any child in this school district, I would have been the first to say something," Irma Plaxico, a former McKinley teacher, said. "Nature's classroom was not meant to frighten it was meant to enlighten."

Many suggested two changes: better communication and more discussion about what happens on the trip.

The school board president read a statement saying members will reflect on what was said and decide how best to improve it for all students.

<![CDATA[Woman Told Accused Rapist She Had an STD to Stop Him: Report]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:43:53 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/marc+winner.png

The alleged victim of a tanning salon owner accused of being a serial rapist gave testimony Monday of the alleged July 2009 attack.

The woman is a former emploee of Marc Winner. She worked for him while attending college before moving to California—but she returned in the summer of ’09. They stayed in touch via phone calls while she was away, so when he called her when she was back in town, it didn’t seem out of the ordinary, she said in court, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Winner showed up uninvited to a dinner in the West Loop where the victim and her friend were dining, she said. But the two agreed to follow him to see upgrades to a nearby tanning salon he owned, she said. When her friend said she needed to use the bathroom, they went to Winner’s apartment where she did a “small amount” of cocaine, she said, according to the newspaper.

She said her friend eventually left the apartment and Winner deadbolted the door.

“I immediately knew I was in trouble,” she said.

She said over the next several hours Winner took her phone away, only returning it for a few minutes so she could call her friend who had left, but got no answer, the Sun-Times reported.

She walked to the salon with Winner to use the landline there, she said. She then called her sister and asked her to call 911, she said. When Winner took her phone back and saw she had called her sister, he took her back to the apartment here he raped her, she said, according to the paper.

She claimed she had claymidia hoping that would stop him from raping her, she said, but he just insulted her and continued, the paper reported.

She said the attack lasted about 10 minutes before she grabbed her things and fled to a nearby grocery store where a worker called the police for her.

Winner’s attorney mainly focused on her admission of using cocaine and also referred to opportunities she ahd to run away that she didn’t take, the newspaper reported.

Winner is charged in an additional three other sex assault cases.

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<![CDATA[Schwimmer Teams Up With Chicago Officials on Sex Harassment]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:59:44 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/schwimmer_31781588.jpg

Within the last week Inspector General Joe Ferguson revealed two city employees had engaged in sexual harassment and both have lost their jobs.

A new campaign puts an emphasis not just on those harassed but also those who witness it.

Actor David Schwimmer is adding his voice -- to make others aware that sexual harassment is not acceptable.

Keep it in the public consciousness, and not just make it a headline that 'OK, them most high-profile cases have gone away, and we can move on to the next issue."

The Chicago City Council has added more training for city workers and elected officials. It comes as the inspector Ferguson reveals two city employees were recently removed after allegations of sexual harassment.

"We're seeing more, we're investigating more--unquestionably," he said.

Earlier this year political consultant Alaina Hampton filed a federal lawsuit naming Ald. Marty Quinn and House Speaker Mike Madigan for not doing enough when she complained of Quinn's brother Kevin's alleged harassment.

"The chips will fall where they may and the people will make a decision and there's no quarter that allows anybody not to speak up and be heard," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

New billboards will also promote speaking out when behavior is unacceptable.

"The link that's in every ad and in every PSA will provide tools, real tools, for employers and companies and CEOs to actually reform their work environments," Schwimmer said.

Not just city leaders: Madigan also addressed sexual harassment again Monday. That happened as he was once again elected chairman of the state Democratic Party.

"It really requires people to come forward and make the complaints so we can do the investigation and bring forward the results that actually say 'yeah, the problem actually is bigger than one case,'" Ferguson said.

<![CDATA[Illinois Celebrates 'Safe Haven Law' to Raise Awareness]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:56:51 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/safeheaven.jpg

An Illinois law that has allowed parents to leave newborns at hospitals and police and fire stations—no questions asked—for nearly 17 years, was celebrated to raise awareness Monday.

It’s known as the ‘Safe Haven Law.’

“We got a phone call at 7:30 on a Thursday night that there was a baby relinquished at a fire department and we picked her up on Saturday at 1 o’clock,” said Christie, an adoptive mother of a 3-year-old.

The law that was first passed in 2001, allowed parents to leave an unharmed baby at a hospital or fire station without a need for an explanation.

A 14-year-old girl, Anjel, was only a few hours old when she was left at a Chicago Police Station in 2003.

“Safe haven saved me,” she said.

Anjel was able to meet now retired detective Keith Carter for the first time.

Carter was the one who took her in, even though police stations weren’t covered by the Safe Haven Law at the time.

Anjel is the reason the law changed in 2004, this time allowing police stations to also take babies in.

“I was glad that I was in the right place to help out one of God’s children,” Carter said.

CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson encourages people to learn about what the law entails and spread the word.

“You might just save a life,” Johnson said.

Anjel expressed that she would like her birth parents to know that she is content with the life she has been given.

“I like where I’m at right now,” said the teen. “I’m like very content with my life right now.”

Three-year-old Trinity has her big brother Gabriel and a family that loves her.

“Super loved, adored, actually everyone who comes into contact with her is just amazed by her story,” said Trinity’s adoptive mother Christie.

To date, 126 babies have been saved through the Safe Haven Law and these families hope that the number continues to grow. 

<![CDATA[Fight Against Medical Mystery: Sarcoidosis]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:20:41 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sarc.jpg

Doctors are trying to fight a medical mystery that predominantly affects the African-American community, it's called "Sarcoidosis." NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter reports.

<![CDATA[Discrimination Against Muslims on the Rise, Group Blames Trump]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:05:23 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/antimuslim.jpg

A new study claims to show violence against muslims increased drastically last year and one group says Trump is to blame. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski has the details.

<![CDATA[Making a Difference: How to Help 'Cradles to Crayons']]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:05:56 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/comcast131.jpg

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school and at play

The Chicago organization supplies these items free of charge, and for the next month, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are partnering with Cradles to Crayons and Xfinity stores to collect the items children need the most.

Check the list below for suggested supplies and where to drop them off. Items can be dropped off Monday, April 23, through Wednesday, May 30.

What Cradles to Crayons Accept

--Clothing and coats (youth sizes 0–20 and adult sizes small & medium)
--New socks, underwear, and pajamas (only accepted in new condition)
--Shoes, boots, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 0–13 and adult sizes 1–10)
--Books, especially baby board books
--Brand new arts and crafts/school supplies
--Baby supplies and bedding (up to size twin)
--Diapers, all sizes
--Baby equipment, especially strollers and car seats within 5 years old
--New and like-new toys (new toys are used for birthday gifts. Gently-used toys must have all pieces. We do not accept stuffed animals, ride-on toys, or plastic play structures)
--New hygiene supplies for ages 0 to 12
--New batteries

Most Needed Items

--New and gently used winter coats, boots, hats, and gloves
--New and gently used toys (especially for ages 10-12)
--Diapers (size newborn and size 3)
--New bedding (crib, toddler, and twin sheets)
--New and gently used warm winter clothing (sizes newborn to adult medium)
--New socks, underwear, and pajamas
--Books, especially baby board books

Drop-off Locations

Studio Xfinity – 901 W. Weed St.

Xfinity Lakeview – 3128 N. Ashland

Xfinity North Avenue – 1255 W. North Ave.

Xfinity Hyde Park – 5711 S. Western Ave.

Xfinity West Loop – 30 S. Halsted St.

<![CDATA[Honoring Chicagoland's Fallen Heroes]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 20:11:50 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/american-flag1.jpg NBC Chicago salutes the men and women in the armed forces who have died in combat.

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<![CDATA[New Mother Files Lawsuit For Alleged Breast Pump Discrimination]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:58:10 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/breastfeed1.jpg

A new mother has filed a lawsuit against Chicago’s Daley Center for allegedly being discriminated for breast pumping before attending jury duty.

Judith Miller's first big outing away from her then 11-week-old son was going to be to jury duty at the Daley Center.

“I was really excited,” Miller said. “I know that a lot of people don’t want to serve on a jury, I’m fully aware of that but it’s important.”

As a lawyer and law professor herself, she researched and saw that the Daley Center offered a lactation room.

When she asked about it however, she said she did not receive a response.

Her only other options were to either go home or use the men’s restroom since it had the only working outlet.

"That is absurd…It doesn’t even make sense,” Miller expressed. “What was going to happen? The men were going to parade past me or I was going to shut down the men’s room for a half an hour?”

She had to go home.

Now, Miller along with the ACLU is filing a lawsuit against the Daley Center for pregnancy discrimination.

NBC 5 reached out to the Circuit Court of Cook County for comment but did not get a response.

Other mothers agreed on the difficulty that is to find places to breastfeed or pump.

Kate Dalin is a mother of two who agrees that it is a struggle.

“I will just tell you, sitting on a toilet and breastfeeding your infant is terrible,” Dalin said.             

Miller says she just wants to see the Daley Center facilitate a clean and safe space for women to breastfeed or pump so they too, can participate in their civic duty.

The lawsuit is currently being reviewed by state investigators. 

Photo Credit: Jessica Matushek]]>
<![CDATA[Kid in Custody: Cops Find Adorable Lost Goat, Tweet Pictures]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:30:32 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/goat13.jpg

This kid's in custody.

An adorable goat was found by a south suburban police department Monday—and the cops took the opportunity to share images of the critter on social media.

“Anyone missing a goat,” the Romeoville Police Department tweet read, replete with perplexed emojis. “Yep a goat.”

The furry little friend was found near Route 53 and Normantown, police said.

If the goat is yours, you should act quickly. By the looks of the things, the police might just keep the little guy as a mascot.

Photo Credit: Romeoville Police Department
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<![CDATA[These Are the 8 Tallest Buildings in Chicago]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:19:51 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/cHICAGO+CITY2.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[White Sox Release Health Update on Farquhar]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:57:21 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-842005626.jpg

Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar remains in critical but neurologically stable condition at a local hospital after collapsing during last Friday’s game against the Houston Astros, the White Sox said.

Farquhar’s medical team reported Monday that he "is progressing well following a successful surgery Saturday to address the aneurysm. Farquhar has use of his extremities, is responding appropriately to questions and commands and is speaking to doctors and his family," according to a statement released.

Farquhar, who pitched the sixth inning of the game, suffered a brain hemorrhage in the dugout afer the inning and was rushed to a local hospital.

The Sox pitcher remains in critical but neurologically stable condition in the ICU unit at RUSH.

Doctors said he continues to receive treatment and the neurosurgical team is monitoring him closely. He is expected to remain in the neurosurgical ICU at RUSH for the next few weeks.

Fans interested is sending “Get Well” wishes and letters of support to Farquhar should address mail to him at Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616.

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Later testing revealed a ruptured aneurysm that caused his brain to bleed, the White Sox said in a statement.

"The White Sox will provide additional updates on Farquhar's health over the coming days as appropriate, but the club also asks that you respect the privacy of the Farquhar family at this time," the team said. 

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"Get well soon Danny," the tweet reads. "Our thoughts are with him and his family during this difficult time." 

White Sox manager Rick Renteria offered his thoughts and prayers to his pitcher. 

"We all need to stay positive and be focused on thinking and praying for the best," he said before Saturday's game. 

"It crushes us in this clubhouse," pitcher James Shields said. "Nothing really matters baseball-wise when something like that happens, you know?" 

Photo Credit: Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[Target Cancels Release Of Women’s Hunter Tall Rain Boots]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:53:33 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hunter+target+2.jpg

Retail giant Target announced Friday that it will not release tall women’s rain boots as part of its Hunter for Target collaboration due to quality and production problems.

The boots — $40 versions of the British company's original Wellington boots, which retail for $135-$155 — had initially been delayed when the collection launched last week. 

"After thorough evaluation, we’ve decided not to make this item available,” Mark Tritton, Target’s chief merchandising officer and executive vice president, said in a press release. "We’re very sorry, but the production simply didn’t meet our standards, Hunter’s standards, or the standards we want guests to have when they shop at Target."

Target will "look into how this happened, and we’ll work hard to ensure it doesn’t happen again," Tritton said. They are working with another company to recycle the women’s boots that were produced.

"We promise to do better next time,” he added.

Men’s boots went on sale with the rest of the collection's more than 300 items on April 14, but most sizes are already sold out. 

The limited edition Hunter for Target line, which launched April 14, is the retailer's latest collaboration with a big-name fashion brand.  Target has rolled out limited-time collaborations with established high-end brands such as Missoni, Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as designers like Victoria Beckham and Lilly Pulitzer. 

Photo Credit: Target]]>
<![CDATA[Man Identified After Fatal Car Plunge Into Lake Michigan]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:26:04 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Into+Water+at+Navy+Pier+-+18032729_31755314.jpg

A man who died after a car plunged into Lake Michigan near Navy Pier last Friday afternoon was identified Sunday, police said. 

The victim was identified as 52-year-old Michael J. Budler of Crawfordsville, Indiana, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Authorities said they had removed Budler from the water by 6:30 p.m. and tried to resuscitate him before paramedics transported him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The Chicago police department's Marine Unit responded to the incident around 5:30 p.m. after a vehicle entered the water. Rescue boats could be seen in the water just north of the pier, and divers eventually reached the vehicle. 

According to officials, poor visibility hampered the search and rescue operation, and rescuers had difficulty breaking the windows on the vehicle during the search. 

He appears to have intentionally driven the car into the water, police said.

The cause of the incident is still unknown.

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<![CDATA[Library Removes Poem After Accusations Of Islamophobia]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:13:11 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hijab+means+jihad.jpg

The Aurora Public Library is facing criticism for displaying and subsequently removing a poem some have labeled as hate speech that condones violence against Muslim women.

The poem, "Hijab Means Jihad," was part of an exhibit called "Placeholders: Photo-Poems" on display at the library starting Friday. Over a background of a Confederate flag, the poem begins "Every kid should be like my kid / And snatch a hijab."

Members of the public quickly denounced the poem as Islamophobic on social media. Poet George Miller, chair of the philosophy department and professor at Lewis University in Romeoville, said the piece was satirical, according to the library.

Miller did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The library posted three Facebook messages addressing the controversy over the course of the weekend.

"There is a lot of discussion about Dr. Miller’s poem titled: 'Hijab Means Jihad,' which is superimposed on a Confederate flag," the library wrote Friday morning. "Some have commented on the satirical nature of the poem…. Others view it as 'hate speech.' We are pleased that people are talking."

But that post did not dispel the backlash. Dozens of people commented on the post, not satisfied by the library’s explanation.

Miller appeared at the library to discuss his exhibit the next day, according to a Facebook post. Hours later, the library made another Facebook post announcing it would remove the poem from the exhibit.

"While the intent was satirical according to the poet, we are aware that this is not the message the panel is sending to our community," the post reads. "We want everyone to feel safe and welcome at Aurora Public Library, and we will remove the panel before we open for business tomorrow."

Library board president John Savage on Sunday wrote an apology on Facebook, saying that once he was aware of the backlash, he made the decision to remove the poem. The library, he said, is committed to inclusivity and providing "a meaningful experience for our patrons."

"When I read the words in that display, my heart ached," Savage wrote. "I was disgusted by the language and saddened by the fact that very person who read it could believe this was condoned by the Aurora Public Library because it was allowed to be on display in our main branch. I am angry that still in 2018 these examples of hate and prejudice are alive and well—and now being shrouded under the banner of 'art.'"

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin wrote in a statement on the official City of Aurora Facebook page that he personally requested that the poem be removed from display. The poem, he wrote, "should never have seen the light of day in our city."

Irvin also criticized the library for its initial post because it "nonchalantly stated" that it was happy with the discussions surrounding the poem.

The Chicago branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an Islamic advocacy group, issued a statement criticizing the poem, saying that even if it was satire, there was a lack of context to make that clear.

The library was also flooded with dozens of 1-star reviews on Facebook following the poem controversy. As of Monday afternoon, the rating had sunk to 1.6 stars out of 5.

Photo Credit: Council on American-Islamic Relations]]>