<![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-usThu, 19 Jul 2018 16:39:16 -0500Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:39:16 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Stomach Parasite Outbreak Reported at Suburban Golf Club]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:38:33 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP13073013365.jpg

An Independence Day party at a Skokie country club might be connected to a “large number” of stomach parasite cases, the Pioneer Press reported.

The village’s health department told the newspaper a party on July 3 held at the Evanston Golf Club (which is in Skokie) saw 900 people in attendance.

Skokie health officials told the paper the outbreak appeared to be cyclospora—which doesn’t show symptoms until a week after contact.

The general manager declined to comment, the paper reported, citing an ongoing investigation. A Skokie health official was not available to comment to NBC 5 Thursday afternoon.

Nearly 100 cases of the intestinal illness were also reported to be connected to McDonald’s salads throughout Illinois, the state’s health department said last week.

According to Illinois health officials, people can become infected by consuming food or water contaminated with feces that contains Cyclospora. The parasite is not spread directly from one person to another.

Previous cyclosporiasis cases have been linked to various types of imported fresh produce 

including raspberries, basil, snow peas and lettuce.

Symptoms usually begin about a week after exposure, official said, but some people who are infected may not have any. Symptoms may include:

• Frequent bouts of watery diarrhea (the most common symptom)

• Loss of appetite and weight

• Cramping, bloating, and/or increased gas

• Nausea (vomiting is less common)

• Fatigue

• Low-grade fever

The infection can be treated with specific antibiotics, officials said. If not treated, the illness may last for a few days to a month or longer.

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<![CDATA[Bears Training Camp Preview: Meet the New Bears]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:34:13 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/allenrobinsonjaguars.jpg The Chicago Bears are adding plenty of new faces to their roster this year, and we're here to introduce you to the newest future stars.

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<![CDATA[Bears Training Camp Preview: Full Practice Schedule]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:53:42 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/178*120/GettyImages-900101904.jpg

The Chicago Bears are preparing for their annual training camp, and fans will be able to get a close-up view of the action as most practices will once again be open to the public in Bourbonnais.

Training camp, which officially gets underway this week at Olivet Nazarene University, will feature a total of 11 open practices, with the first workout scheduled for July 21.

Here is the full list of practices:

Sat. July 21 – 8:15 a.m.

Sun. July 22 – 8:15 a.m.

Mon. July 23 – 8:15 a.m.

Thurs. July 26 – 8:15 a.m.

Fri. July 27 – 8:15 a.m. (Family Weekend)

Sat. July 28 – 8:15 a.m. (Back to School Fair, Family Weekend)

Mon. July 30 – 8:15 a.m. (Military Appreciation)

Sat. Aug. 4 – 8:15 a.m. (Blue & Orange Weekend)

Sun. Aug. 5 – 8:15 a.m. (Blue & Orange Weekend)

Mon. Aug. 6 – 8:15 a.m.

Sat. Aug. 11 – 7:10 p.m. (Practice Ward Field, fireworks)

Gates for all open practices (excluding the final practice of the summer) will open at 7:30 a.m., and the gates will remain open through 11:30 a.m. each day. 

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<![CDATA[White Sox Have Worst TV Ratings in MLB]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:26:54 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-815154592.jpg

According to a new list of TV ratings for MLB teams, the Chicago White Sox are one of the least-watched teams in the league.

According to Forbes Magazine, the White Sox actually have the worst TV ratings of any of the 29 American baseball teams. The data, provided by Nielsen, shows that the White Sox pull a 0.79 rating on average for their games, the worst rating any team receives.

The team’s games are the sixth-highest rated event on television in the Chicagoland area, while Cubs games are the most popular cable program on teleivision.

The Cubs currently rank seventh in the league, with an average rating of 4.63.

The St. Louis Cardinals pull the top ratings in baseball, at a strong 7.23. The Indians, Red Sox, Brewers, and Royals round out the top five.

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<![CDATA[Swiss Rolls Recalled Over Salmonella Concerns]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:08:59 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/0ce6b8dd-e353-4aaa-9d35-e9e7c063a211_1.jpg

A popular snack treat is being recalled nationwide over potential salmonella concerns.

Swiss Rolls, sold under a variety of brand names including H-E-B and Great Value, are being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer over the possible presence of salmonella in one of the treat’s ingredients.

Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square, and Great Value brands are all impacted by the recall nationally, and several southern states are impacted under the Captain John Derst’s Hold Fashioned Bread brand name.

Salmonella can cause serious, or even fatal, infections in young children and the elderly. No human cases have yet been reported in connection with the recall.

For a full list of brand names, UPC label numbers, and Best By Dates, you can visit the Flowers Foods website, or use this list: 

Mrs. Freshleys - 4 count/7.2 ounces 
UPC: 072250011907 
Best By Dates: Through 10/19/18 

Mrs. Freshley's - 6 count/12 ounces 
UPC: 072250903233 
Best By Dates: Through 10/14/18

Food Lion - 6 count/13 ounces
UPC: 035826092779
Best By Dates: 10/16/18

H-E-B: 6 count/12 ounces 
UPC: 041220296483
Best By Dates: 09/19/18

Baker's Treat: 6 count/13 ounces 
UPC: 041498188382
Best By Dates: 9/21/18 through 9/28/18

Market Square: 6 count/12 ounces 
UPC: 087381760556
Best By Dates: 309 8194 B

Great Value: 6 count/13 ounces 
UPC: 078742147550
Best By Dates: 9/17/18 through 9/25/18

Captain John Derst's Old Fashioned Bread
UPC: 071316001180
Best By Dates: 7/16/18 through 7/28/18

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Find a Chicago-Area Shelter Near You]]> https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Joseph++Kaczmarek+-+Photo010.jpg

Use the map to search for a shelter near you or search by zip code above.

For more information on the 2018 Clear the Shelters event, click here

Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek
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<![CDATA[Cubs Trade Targets: 10 Players to Watch]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:15:00 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/zach-britton-orioles-usatsi.jpg The Chicago Cubs are eyeing some improvements to their roster ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, and here are 10 players that they could potentially add to aid their playoff push.

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<![CDATA[Help Clear the Shelters in the Chicago Area]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:31:56 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/8-19-17+OC+Animal+Care+1.jpg

For a third straight year, NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago are teaming up with animal shelters to waive or discount adoption fees across the Chicago area and help pets in need find forever homes. The pet adoption initiative known as Clear the Shelters takes place nationwide 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18.

In Chicago alone, dozens of animal shelters will waive or discount fees during the one-day adoption drive. The waived fees apply to "adult pets," which are animals that are 6 months and older, and the adoption policies for each individual shelter still apply.

Future pet parents can find their nearest participating shelter with the full list below:

A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter 

420 Industrial Drive Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 355-2299

Anderson Animal Shelter North Aurora Adoption

180 N. Randall Road, Aurora, IL 60542

(847) 697-2880 ext. 80

Animal House Shelter 

13005 Ernesti Road, Huntley, IL 60142

(847) 961-5541

Animal Outreach Humane Society

3370 Shoppers Drive, McHenry, IL 60051

(815) 385-0005

Animal Services and Assitance Programs

19309 Kishwaukee Valley Road Marengo, IL 60152

(815) 568-2921

A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife

2720 Dundee Road, Suite 229, Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 509-1026

Aurora Animal Care and Control

600 S. River Street, Aurora, IL 60506

(630) 256-3630

CatNap from the Heart

1101 Beach Ave., LaGrange Park, IL 60526

(708) 352-3914

Chicago Animal Care & Control

2741 S. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

(312) 747-1406

DuPage County Animal Care & Control

120 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 407-2800

Heartland Animal Shelter

2975 Milwaukee Ave. Northbrook, IL 60062

(847) 296-6400

Help Save Pets – Chicago

511 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60610

(312) 428-2571

Help Save Pets – Downers Grove

941 63rd Street, Downers Grove, IL 60516

(815) 436-2700

Help Save Pets – Oswego

1280 Route 34, Oswego, IL 60543

(630) 499-8820

Help Save Pets – Shorwood

189 Brook Forest Ave., Shorewood, IL 60404

(815) 744-1500

Hinsdale Humane Society

22 N. Elm, Hinsdale, IL 60521

(630) 323-5630

Humane Society of Calumet Area

421 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321

(219) 922-3811

Humane Society of Northwest Indiana

6100 Melton Road, Gary, IN 46403

(219) 938-3339

Magnificient Mutts and Meows (Petco)

6300 Robert Kingery Hwy, Willowbrook, IL 60527


348 S. Route 59 in Naperville, IL 60540

(708) 703-5047

Magnificient Mutts and Meows (PetSmart)

976 N. Route 59, Aurora, IL 60504


3111 N. 111th Street, Naperville, IL 60564

(630) 851-1310

McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Ctr.

100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014

(815) 459-6222

Michiana Humane Society & SPCA, Inc.

722 IN-212, Michigan City, IN 46360

(219) 872-4499

Naperville Area Humane Society

1620 W. Diehl Road, Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 420-8989

New Beginnings for Cats

7701 E. 3500N Road, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

(815) 472-4734

Orphans of the Storm

2200 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL 60015

(847) 945-0235

PAWS Chicago

1997 N. Clyborn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 687-4700

Rover Rescue

1512 S Randall Road, Geneva, IL 60134

(630) 232-6467

South Suburban Humane Society

1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, IL 60411

(708) 755-7387

Spay and Stay (Petco)

555 E. Townline Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061

(847) 289-4557

Tails Humane Society

2250 Barber Greene Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

(815) 758-2457

The Anti-Cruelty Society

510 North LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 644-8338

Tree House Humane Society

7225 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60645

(773) 262-4000

4 Paws Sake

2739 Glenwood Dyer Road, Lynwood, IL 60411


Photo Credit: Lori Bentley
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<![CDATA[Vision Unveiled for Lincoln Yards Development on North Side]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:13:47 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lincoln+yards10.png Developers unveiled their vision Wednesday for a multibillion-dollar proposal that would bring skyscrapers, thousands of housing units, green space, entertainment venues and more to a now-vacant site on Chicago's North Side. ]]> <![CDATA[Chicago Man Wins Big on Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:09:32 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Lottery+Winner+7-19.png

A Chicago man is $1 million richer after hitting the jackpot on a scratch-off lottery ticket.

Chicago resident Luis Rivera recently won the prize on a Million Dollar Payday ticket from the Illinois Lottery. Rivera told the Lottery he was in a “state of disbelief” after he won, and that his own wife and mother didn’t believe him when he told them he had won.

Rivera plans to buy a house with the winnings, and also to support his wife and mother.

The winning ticket was purchased at Ozzie’s Liquor and Deli, located in Melrose Park. The business received a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

According to the Lottery, the Million Dollar Payday ticket has a total of three $1,000,000 prizes, one of which has not yet been claimed. 

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<![CDATA[Cubs Trade Rumors: Hand Gone, deGrom's Cost]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:58:45 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-968613376.jpg

The Chicago Cubs are getting ready to kick off the second half of the season this week, and as the MLB trade deadline approaches, they’re hoping to bolster their roster moving forward.

Here are the latest rumblings around the Cubs and the rest of the National League Central:

Brad Hand Off the Market

The Cubs traditionally are a team that likes to get a jump on the trade market, but instead it was the Cleveland Indians doing the honors on Thursday, sending catching prospect Francisco Mejia to the San Diego Padres for relief pitchers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber.

The trade solidifies Cleveland’s bullpen in a big way, adding two quality arms to join pitchers like Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, but it also takes one potential trade option off the board for the Cubs, who are reportedly trying to bolster their own bullpen before the trade deadline.

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, Orioles closer Zach Britton, and Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias could all be on the market as well, giving the Cubs a few different options to choose from.

What Would it Take to Get Jacob deGrom?

There is no indication that the New York Mets are looking to trade All-Star pitcher Jacob deGrom, but if the hurler was put on the market, what would it take to get him?

According to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers, it wouldn’t take as much as one would think. In discussions with baseball insiders, Rogers says that Ian Happ, Mike Montgomery, and Addison Russell could provide the building blocks for such a trade, given that the Mets would like to get MLB ready talent instead of prospect-based packages.

The Mets’ hurler does want to stay with the team, however, saying that he wants to sign a long-term deal. His agent told reporters that if the Mets aren’t interested in a long-term deal that his client would want to be traded, so that might be worth keeping an eye on for Cubs fans.

What Are the Brewers Doing?

The Milwaukee Brewers missed out on Manny Machado, but they’re still reportedly looking to upgrade their infield before the trade deadline.

According to multiple reports, the Brewers are looking at Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, as they try to close the gap on the Cubs in the NL Central race.

The soon-to-be free agent has 16 home runs and 48 RBI this season, but is only batting .230 on the season. He would give the Brewers’ offense a boost, but will the team be willing to part with assets to grab him given his rather pedestrian numbers this season? 

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<![CDATA[50 Best Restaurants Named by Chicago Magazine]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:16:20 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/George+Trois.jpg Chicago Magazine has released its 50 Best Restaurants Dining Guide, and dubbed its "very best" the city has to offer. These are the top 10 restaurants to make the cut.

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<![CDATA[Inferno in Prospect Heights: Images Show Shocking Aftermath]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:18:01 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sky5+Morning+630+-+06550912_32911249.jpg Hours after the flames were put out, the damage left behind by an enormous fire in Prospect Heights is captured in staggering aerial images. ]]> <![CDATA[Aerial Footage Shows Immense Damage in Prospect Heights Fire]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:40:40 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Sky5+Morning+630+-+06565816_32911077.jpg

Footage from Sky 5 shows the immense damage after a massive blaze tore through a condo complex in Prospect Heights Wednesday. 

<![CDATA[The Rundown: Massive Fire, Chance the Rapper, Fly Like Iron Man]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:27:52 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000030705011_1200x675_1281085507737.jpg

The top headlines you need to know as you start your day on July 19, 2018.

<![CDATA[Chicago Weather: Area Set to See Summer Cool Down]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:56:54 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5+4AM+News+Clean+-+05194007_32908107.jpg

It’s been a hot summer in the Chicago area so far but that could soon change.

According to records, the summer has already seen 15 days of 90 degrees or more. That number is well above-average considering the area typically records six days or less by this time.

Of the 15 days reaching 90 degrees or more so far, seven fell in July alone.

But the second half of July could bring a shift in temperatures.

Below-average temperatures are likely as the jetstream dips south, bringing cooler air to several states, including Illinois.

<![CDATA[Indiana Boy Found Safe After Amber Alert]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:26:21 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/john+areca+Gyuriak.png

A 9-year-old boy who was the subject of a statewide Amber Alert in Indiana was found safe Thursday morning, hours after he went missing, authorities confirmed. 

Indiana State Police issued the alert at 5:19 a.m. at the request of the St. Joseph County Police Department, authorities said.

The alert was for John D. Gyuriak, a 9-year-old boy who was last seen at around 11 p.m. Wednesday in South Bend, Indiana, officials said.

He was believed to be with 29-year-old Areca Nicole Gyuriak. 

The St. Joseph County Police Department confirmed both the child and Gyuriak were found safe just after 8 a.m. An investigation remained ongoing, authorities said. 

Anyone with information on the two was asked to contact the St. Joseph County Police Department at (574) 235-9611 or call 911.

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<![CDATA[Governor's Race Spending Could Have a Negative Impact]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 06:25:57 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Governor_s_Race__Spending_Break_Down.jpg

More than $79 million has been spent since January by candidates Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker in the Illinois governor’s race. The spending orgy though could leave the November winner hurting for political capital, according to NBC News' Political Director Chuck Todd.

The already nasty battle - played out in campaign commercials - could harm the winner when it comes to governing, he said.

The unprecedented amount of money being spent in the state’s key race is drawing national attention.

"What I’m trying to figure, what’s October going to look like? Are they just going to buy TV stations and air ads 24-hours a day?" asks Todd, the moderator of Meet The Press.

From January through the end of June, the Pritzker campaign spent more than $54 million dollars, according to state records. Rauner checked in with $25.5 million.

The billionaire self-funded Democrat and the near-billionaire Republican incumbent could top the $200-million-dollar mark in combined spending when all is said and done - a figure that would break records and show just how things have changed.

In 1998, George Ryan spent just over $13 million to win the governor’s race against Democrat Glenn Poshard.

Four election cycles later, Rauner spent more than $58 million in 2014. Now Pritzker has matched that in just six months.

It was Rauner who ushered in this era of big spending. Four years ago, Rauner gave his campaign $41 million, according to state campaign finance records. Now, with deeper pockets, Pritzker is following suit.

Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann and Libertarian Party candidate Kash Jackson are also seeking the state’s highest office. But their fundraising and spending pale in comparison to that of Pritzker and Rauner.

Asked if there is a tipping point for American voters when it comes to the richest of candidates winning political office, Todd said one answer comes from California where Gray Davis defeated two millionaires in the 1999 Democratic primary en route to becoming governor.

"He was sort of able to use that idea, 'Are you tired of millionaires on their hobby horse?'" Todd said.

Don’t look for that to happen in Illinois, Todd said, but do look for voters to get politically exasperated.

"I have a feeling that by October, voters are going to be deciding between the candidate they hate and the candidate they loathe,” he said.

<![CDATA[Chicago Bartender Once Profiled by NYT Charged With Rape]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:46:57 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/adamsegermug.png

A well-known mixologist in Chicago’s bar and dining scene was arrested in connection to a 2015 rape in New Orleans, according to authorities and a New Orleans newspaper.

Adam Seger, 42, was charged with rape after being arrested Monday. He is held by the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office in lieu of $25,000, according to information on the agency’s website.

According to The Times-Picayune, a man told police he was visiting New Orleans from New York. He attended a party Seger was throwing, the newspaper reports, citing an arrest warrant. The man then fell asleep in a chair near a pool after having “numerous” alcoholic beverages, according to the report. When he awoke, Seger was performing an “unwanted” sex act on him, according the report. He told Seger to stop, according to the report, but Seger continued to touch him.

Seger did apologize to the man the following day, The Times-Picayune reports, citing the warrant.

"I thought I was in a safe environment with friends and woke up to being taken advantage of and sexually assaulted," the man said in a social media post, according to the warrant.

Seger allegedly sent a bottle of champagne to the alleged victim’s table while he was having dinner with friends several nights later, the report says. The following day the man reported the alleged assault to the police. According to the warrant, there are photos of the alleged assault as it was in progress, the paper wrote.

Seger’s attorney declined to comment on the case, the newspaper reported.

Seger was profiled by the New York Times in 2016.

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<![CDATA[Meet the Soulful Nuns Who Rock]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:33:01 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/nunrockband.jpg

A group of nuns from Peru are bringing their 'sister act' to Chicago in the form of a rock concert—they’re known as ‘Siervas.’

<![CDATA[Chicago Union Window Washers Descend on City Hall to Strike]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:30:56 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/windowwashers.png

Window washers went on strike Wednesday, demanding a three-year contract with wages rising to 25 dollars an hour.

<![CDATA[Governor's Race: Spending Breakdown]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:12:24 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/Governor_s_Race__Spending_Break_Down.jpg

NBC 5 Investigates has found incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger JB Pritzker have spent a combined 80 million dollars this year. NBC 5's Carol Marin reports.

<![CDATA[9 of Chicago's Top Spots for Obstructed Bike Lanes]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:51:06 -0500 Greyhound Bus Station, 600 block of West Harrison Street]]> Greyhound Bus Station, 600 block of West Harrison Street]]> https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bike+lane+greyhound.jpg

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<![CDATA[Obstructed Bike Lanes Become Increasing Problem for Cyclists]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:48:29 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/coffey+vid.png

A growing number of bicycling enthusiasts in Chicago are raising serious complaints about vehicles obstructing their protected bike lanes. Now they are sharing images of blocked bike lanes with the world to show how risky their rides can be each day.

"It’s very hazardous for us to have to pop out into traffic all of a sudden when a vehicle is in front of us," said bike commuter Cheryl Zalenski. 

City law prohibits driving, idling and parking in bike lanes, but on any given day in the Chicago Loop, you’ll see a vehicle obstructing them. 

Cab driver Gary Karczewski said sometimes he has no other choice but to pull in to a bike lane to assist passengers. 

"You get somebody old or disabled, you’ve got to help them out of the cab or in to the cab," Karczewski said.  "Between the buses, the bikes and the cabs, it can get really crazy out here."

NBC 5 Investigates took a 30-minute bike ride through the Chicago Loop and came upon 18 partial or full bike lane obstructions. 

Christina Whitehouse founded a website that displays blocked bike lanes across Chicago after she said a truck entered her bike lane two years ago. When members submit photos of obstructed bike lanes to BikeLaneUprising.com, it allows Whitehouse to create maps to visualize hotspots across the city. 

"Who are the repeat offenders? We can see license plates that are showing up more than once," Whitehouse said. 

Private owner vehicles, rideshare cars, taxis, postal trucks and delivery trucks are complained about the most in Chicago, according to Whitehouse. Her data shows the three most problematic areas for bike lanes include the Loop along Franklin Street, the UIC Medical District, and Harrison Street between the Greyhound bus station and the Main Post office. 

Whitehouse said she shares her research with city officials and companies to raise awareness of the issue.

"No one solution is going to solve this," Whitehouse said.  "I think we need to chip away at it from an education standpoint. Maybe some of those people don’t know where the bike lane is. Maybe it’s not clearly marked."

The city issued 3,460 tickets for blocked bike lanes in 2017. That’s up from 2,766 the year before. The fine for violations is $150 and if the fine isn’t paid within 30 days, it doubles to $300. 

But some cyclists said the ticketing is not keeping up with the violations they see.

"It would be even better if they would put signage up to let drivers know that it’s illegal to be in the bike lane and then to enforce the ordinance that’s in place," Zalenski said. 

Chicago has more than 200 miles of on-street bikeways and prides itself as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. 

A spokesperson for the city’s Department of Transportation said Chicago is focused on building a culture of traffic safety. Additionally, the city said it is upgrading protected bike lanes on Milwaukee, Elston and Dearborn with concrete curbs to "better define parking lanes and to provide increased separation between people biking and driving." 

The Active Transportation Alliance, through its Clear the Way campaign, said it has worked to draw attention to the issue and push the city to do more to address the problem. 

"We were pleased a first step was taken by updating the city’s 311 system to include a dedicated code for blocked bike lanes, which will help identify hot spots for targeted enforcement," said managing director of advocacy Jim Merrell. 

A city spokesperson said there were 1,452 calls to 311 for "vehicles in bike lanes" in 2017 and there have been 1,269 calls so far in 2018. 

According to the Illinois Trucking Association, bicycle lanes can create a new safety challenge as delivery and service vehicles may have to park further away from the sidewalk. 

"The Illinois Trucking Association’s top priority is safety; safety for our drivers as well as the motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians with whom we share the road,"said executive director Matt Hart. 

The United States Postal Service said in the course of delivering mail daily to the more than 1.2 million delivery points in the city of Chicago, access to parking can be difficult in some neighborhoods. A spokesperson said USPS policy is for employees to adhere to all traffic laws and they should not park in bike lanes. 

A spokesperson for Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 said everyone can safely coexist on our streets if everyone follows the rules.

<![CDATA[Chicago Rx Card Can Help Residents Save Big on Meds: City]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:15:38 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CHICAGO+RX+CARD+-+13263007_32901620.jpg

A pharmacist for 26 years, Edwin Muldrow says one things matters most to his customers.

“Price is the only concern," the owner of Del Kar Pharmacy said. "Of course everyone wants medication for whatever … but everything comes down to price.”

Chicagoans can now get up to 80 percent off nearly 60,000 medications through the city’s new Chicago Rx card.

"Chicago residents can participate in the program regardless of health, age, immigration status or income," city clerk Anna Valencia said.

The free card is available online or at any library, aldermanic office and through the City Key program.

The city says that that new Chicago Rx card make a difference for those underinsured or those on medicare.”

But it’s a tool for those with private insurance too.

Anyone can go online and check to see if their medications are cheaper with the Chicago Rx card including Eric Little who takes medication for acid reflux and high blood pressure.

“I’d be very interested because I’m on medications constantly to get better health so,” he said.

Under current law, pharmacists like Edwin Muldrow are under a gag order, they can’t tell customers when there’s a cheaper way to pay for prescriptions.

But the city says it will lift that ban.

“We’re lifting the gag order here in Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "If a pharmacist knows of a name brand drug that is cheaper they can now tell you."

“Anytime you can offer people more access to quality health care it’s a benefit for the entire city,” Muldrow said.

<![CDATA[3 Injured in Massive Condo Complex Fire in Prospect Heights]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:46:23 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sky5+Fire+-+15155700_32900911.jpg

A firefighter and two civilians were injured as 125 responders from multiple fire departments battled a large condo complex fire Wednesday in Prospect Heights. It took more than seven hours to extinguish the flames by more than 50 departments.

The fire was reported in the 800 block of McIntosh Court. Police warned residents to stay away from the area of Apple and Plaza Drives "to allow emergency response agencies to extinguish this fire." 

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Officials said the fire started on the second floor and was fueled by the wind. The fire was in three buildings in the complex. Officials said it would take several hours to extinguish.

The building, built in the 1960s, didn't have sprinklers, authorities said.

The American Red Cross said volunteers were also at the scene to give assistance, food and water to those affected. 

All buildings in the complex were evacuated.

A GoFundMe was started for some of the residents.

<![CDATA[Did Harper Cheat to Beat Schwarber?]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:00:30 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1002533504.jpg

Nothing gets tongues wagging like a good conspiracy theory, and a new one has emerged about Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber and his Home Run Derby loss to Bryce Harper.

Harper, the hometown hero for the Washington Nationals who won the Derby at Nationals Park on Monday, has been the subject of criticism on the part of Cubs fans on social media, who say that he cheated in order to win the competition.

The alleged cheating took place as Harper was hitting in the final round of the competition. Trailing Schwarber, Harper mounted a massive comeback, but it appeared that his father was throwing him pitches before previous balls landed, a violation of the rules of the derby.

Naturally, Cubs fans took to Twitter, using the hashtag #Justice4Schwarber, to plead their case:

Extensive research by other outlets, including SB Nation, showed that Harper did indeed receive pitches early, but other hitters did as well, thereby negating at least some of the impact in their eyes.

Finally, there is nothing in the MLB rulebook that can be used to retroactively alter the result or even punish a player during the derby for violating rules, so it seems as though Schwarber’s case is likely to fall on deaf ears.

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<![CDATA[Mysterious Man Behind Tribune Restaurant Reviews Revealed]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:43:51 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Phil_Vettel_Chicago_Tribune.jpg

For 30 years the man behind the restaurant reviews in the Chicago Tribune has largely remained a ghost.

Beginning in 1989, Phil Vettel said he went to great lengths to maintain his anonymity, but now recognizes that effort is far more challenging to maintain in an era of social media and the digital world.

“I want restaurants to treat me like just another guy off the street,” he wrote in an op-ed for the paper. “But that’s getting harder to ensure.”

Fake reservation names, credit cards with different names and a lack of public events are no longer keeping Vettel’s true identity a secret.

“The smart operators, the big kids, have sussed me out,” he wrote. “Restaurants have gotten so sophisticated managing data and working social media (looking up reservation names to see if they correspond to real people, for instance) that maintaining anonymity is a constant battle. And my losses are mounting. This has, I fear, created an uneven playing field, giving an advantage to restaurants clever enough to recognize me and smart enough not to let it show.”

So now, he has made himself known to those out there looking for the man behind the words.

“This is not going to change the way I go about my job,” he said. “I still plan to show up unannounced, using pseudonyms for making reservations and paying the bills. My photo isn’t going to be plastered alongside every review; don’t look for me on billboards, mattress testimonials or ‘Dancing With the Stars.’”

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<![CDATA[Is Jason Van Dyke Still a Chicago Police Officer? ]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:00:59 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Van-Dyke-GettyImages-502804002.jpg

Nearly four years after a Chicago police officer was captured on dashcam video shooting a teen 16 times on the city's Southwest Side, a trial date has been set in the high-profile case that sparked widespread outrage and calls for reform.

While public outcry sparked the firing of then-Supt. Garry McCarthy, as well as the electoral ousting of former State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, the man at the center of the controversy - the officer who fired the fatal shots - has not officially been fired from his role as a Chicago police officer.

Jason Van Dyke was charged with six counts of first-degree murder in November 2015, and 16 counts of aggravated battery in March 2017, in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke entered a plea of not guilty.

Supt. Eddie Johnson filed a motion with the Chicago Police Board in August 2016 to discharge Van Dyke from the force on the grounds that he violated six rules and regulations of the Chicago Police Department.

Those rules included "any action or conduct which... brings discredit upon the Department," "disobedience of an order" and "making a false report," among others.

Johnson filed termination charges for four additional officers - Daphne Sebastian, Janet Mondragon, Ricardo Viramontes and Stephen Franko - in connection with the case, accusing them of various violations including making false reports about what happened the night of the shooting.

In June 2017, the Chicago Police Board granted a motion to stay the proceedings in all five cases "until the pending criminal case against Officer Van Dyke and the pending grand jury process involving the other officers are completed."

Adding a layer of confusion, a CPD spokesman initially said when asked Tuesday that Van Dyke had been "separated" from the department, then clarified his status as an officer was "suspended" until the criminal case is completed.

Thus, Van Dyke remains a member of the Chicago Police Department - suspended without pay - until there is a verdict in his trial, now set to begin Sept. 5.

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<![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['Deep Dish Pizza' Potato Chips to Debut This Summer]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:40:42 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/10dcA_Lays+ToA+Deep+Dish+Pizza.png

One of America’s biggest potato chip companies has come out with a new flavor celebrating one of Chicago’s most iconic foods.

Lay’s unveiled the new flavor, dubbed “Deep Dish Pizza,” in a press release one of eight regionally-inspired flavors that the company is debuting this summer.

The chips, inspired by Giordano’s Pizza, will hit shelves soon, and the company is even holding a Tastes of America tour to allow potato chip lovers the chance to try the wide variety of flavors.

Chicago will host one of the events, with a tasting at Navy Pier on August 11, according to the company.

Other flavors, including New England Lobster Roll, Chile Con Queso, Cajun Spice, and Thai Sweet Chili, will be available in each of their respective regions. Midwest chip lovers will also be able to get Fried Pickle-flavored chips.

The company says the chips will be available July 30 at retailers and through the company’s website.

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<![CDATA[Contreras Makes History at MLB All-Star Game]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:22:24 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1000397624.jpg

The National League may have lost the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, but Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras managed to do something that no player in the history of baseball has ever done.

In the third inning of the game, which the American League won in extra-innings, Contreras stepped up to the plate against Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell and promptly smacked the first pitch he saw into the left field bleachers to get the National League on the board.

The pitch was the first Contreras had ever faced in All-Star competition, and perfectly mirrored the first pitch he saw in his big league career in 2016, when he smashed a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Contreras is the only player in big league history to homer on both the first pitch he faced as a big leaguer and to homer on the first pitch he’d seen in an All-Star Game.

Contreras wasn’t the only one rewriting the history books for the Cubs. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Javier Baez became just the second Cubs player to ever lead off an All-Star Game with a base hit, joining Cubs legend Stan Hack, who did it in 1938 and 1943. 

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<![CDATA[National Hot Dog Day: Artist Dedicates Murals to Hot Dogs]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:22:34 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/hd+mural+1.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Hader Under Fire for Racially-Charged Tweets]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:43:49 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1000978446.jpg

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader gave up a three-run home run in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, but what happened off the field was even worse for the hurler.

During the game, old tweets that Hader had posted to his social media account resurfaced, causing an avalanche of controversy and calls for the pitcher to be suspended.

In the tweets, which have since been deleted but were screen-grabbed by Twitter users, Hader repeatedly used racial slurs and made several homophobic remarks, including a tweet from 2011 in which he said “I hate gay people.”

After the game, Hader apologized for the comments.

“I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said and what’s been going on,” he told media at Nationals Park. “As a child, I was immature. That doesn’t reflect on who I am as a person today.”

On Wednesday, Brewers General Manager David Stearns released a statement on the tweets by Hader, calling them “inexcusable:”

“We have been in contact with Josh and he is fully aware of the severity of the situation related to his social media comments, regardless of the timeline of his posts. His comments are inexcusable, and he is taking full responsibility for the consequences of his actions. In no way do these sentiments reflect the views of the Brewers organization or our community.

“Those of us that have come to know Josh do not believe that these posts are representative of his beliefs. He has been a good teammate and contributor to the team in every way.

“We will continue to work through this issue with Josh as we prepare to resume games after the break.”

Major League Baseball said that they will require Hader to go through sensitivity training and to participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives, but that they will not suspend the hurler.

“After the game, Mr. Hader took the necessary step of expressing remorse for his highly offensive and hurtful language, which fails to represent the values of our game and our expectations for all those who are a part of it,” the league said in a statement.

The Brewers will resume their season on Friday night when they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

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<![CDATA['Serial Stowaway' Marilyn Hartman Released on Bond]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:17:12 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/web_-_serial_stowaway_marilyn_hartman_in_jail_again.jpg

So-called “serial stowaway” Marilyn Hartman was ordered released on electronic monitoring Wednesday, after a judge ruled she was now fit to stand trial.

In allowing Hartman to re-enter society, the court once again granted her freedom which she has violated repeatedly in the past.

Hartman, who has a long history of sneaking onto airline flights across America, was arrested at O’Hare airport in January after successfully boarding a British Airways flight bound for London. Released on bond after that episode, she was arrested again at O’Hare just a few days later.

But in court Wednesday, forensic psychiatrist Mathew Markos testified that months of treatment at the Elgin Mental Health Center had stabilized Hartman’s condition.

Markos said Hartman suffered from depression and delusion, but that she had responded well to new medication, and therapy which included “emotional regulation” and “relapse prevention."

“Her conditions are all in remission,” he said. “Ms. Marilyn Hartman is presently medically fit—with medications.”

Judge Maura Slattery-Boyle agreed. But the state vigorously argued against an ensuing defense request for Hartman to be released on GPS-equipped electronic monitoring pending trial, noting her airport escapades in at least four different states.

“She was on GPS when the sheriff found her GPS signal pinging at O’Hare Airport,” assistant state’s attorney Kimellen Chamberlain exclaimed. “I don’t know what’s going to stop her from going to the airport—it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop!”

But Hartman’s lawyer Parle Roe-Taylor argued that she would be taken to a private facility known as “A Safe Haven”, where she will be monitored at all times.

“Medications and therapy have taken hold,” Roe-Taylor said. “Elgin said she was ready for trial—said she was stable.”

The judge granted the request for Hartman’s release, albeit with still another of the warnings the suspect has heard time and again.

“You are not to go anywhere near an airport,” she said. “You are barred from Greyhound, anywhere that can lead out of state!”

With that, Hartman was on her way back to at least limited freedom in the outside world.

Her next court date is August 27th.

<![CDATA[Cafe 5: A Hopping Burger Recipe from Iconic Chicago Chef]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:52:36 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5+11AM+News+Clean+-+11445820_32911523.jpg

In this segment of Cafe 5, Chef Tony Priolo, executive chef of Maillard Tavern, Piccolo Sogno and Nonnina, shows off his Maillard Burger.

The burger is one he plans to use as he looks for a big win at Chicago Gourmet’s Hamburger Hop in Septemeber. 

The event, presented by Buckhead Meat Chicago and Blue Moon, takes place at the Harris Theater Rooftop on Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets for Hamburger Hop are currently available for $125 each and can be purchased here.

Maillard Burger Recipe

Maillard burger

potato bun

2- 4 oz Buckhead Meat patties

2 oz bacon jam (caramelized onions, bacon, red wine vinegar, maple syrup)

Dijon mayo

Fried onions (sliced onions tossed in corn starch and fried)

<![CDATA[Chicago Weather Forecast: Another Delightful Day]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:38:15 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000030687465_1200x675_1280116803726.jpg

NBC 5 Storm Team meteorologist Andy Avalos has your latest forecast update.