<![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-usSun, 18 Feb 2018 14:21:20 -0600Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:21:20 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Joe Kennedy and Bernie Sanders to Visit Chicago]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:16:26 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BernieSanders-AP_124829606885.jpg

Senator Bernie Sanders, who came within two points of winning the Illinois Democratic Primary in 2016, is headed to Chicago next week—a visit that’s causing a tug of war for Illinois Democrats.

Who is progressive enough to share the stage and "feel the Bern"?

Before Sanders arrives, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, the rising star of the Democratic Party and nephew to Democratic candidate Chris Kennedy, will hold two rallies Tuesday on his uncle's behalf. The congressman who gained attention for his response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address, will hold a rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Mi Tierra restaurant in Little Village.

Chris Kennedy has spent part of this last week in New York and Florida fundraising. Although state-wide polls have shown Kennedy in 3rd place, a new Cook County only poll shows Kennedy in second place.

As for the Sanders' visit—his main man is Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia, who supported Sanders in 2016 and traveled to the Iowa caucus, New York primary and elsewhere on Sanders’ behalf. The official press release for Sanders says he "will join Chuy Garcia at Rally on the Southwest side of Chicago.” The rally will take place on Thursday, Feb. 22 in the Marshall Square neighborhood.

There is no mention of any Democratic candidate for governor sharing that stage, even though the grassroots advocacy organization that grew out of the Sanders campaign, Our Revolution Illinois, has endorsed State Sen. Daniel Biss. Biss' name is not included. Commissioner Garcia and several other key members of Our Revolution Illinois, have endorsed Chris Kennedy.

Could both make their way to the stage? Or will they both find a way to have a photo taken with the popular progressive Sanders?

In the past several weeks, Biss has been targeted by Pritzker TV ads that criticized him for voting to reduce union pensions, a move that Biss now admits was a mistake. Biss has been trying to gain progressives’ support by offering a plan that includes free college tuition. He has recently received the endorsement of several groups including the People's Action—a group that promotes racial and economic justice.

Democrats running for Congress in other districts, including the crowded field in the 6th District and Marie Newman in the 3rd, are hoping to attend the Sanders rally and are anxiously awaiting a coveted endorsement.

The press release for Sanders’ visit mentions that Our Revolution also endorses State candidates Aaron Ortiz and Delia Ramirez, as well as Cook County Commissioner candidates Alma Anaya and Brandon Johnson.



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[5 to Watch: #ShibSibs Return, Bowman Looks to Defend Gold]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:48:17 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bowman+Shibs+split+2.jpg

It will be another jam-packed day of action in Pyeongchang from the rink to the slopes -- and there will be plenty on the line as U.S. athletes go for gold. 

Ice skating takes center stage once again as three U.S. duos lace up in hopes of being named the world's best. Maddie Bowman takes her shot at a medal repeat and women's hockey faces a pivotal match.

Here are five things to watch for in the next 24 hours from Pyeongchang. 

1. Top Three U.S. Ice Dance Teams to Compete

The United States, with three of the world’s best ice dance teams, is positioned for a figure skating medal in Monday’s competition (Sunday night in the United States). The best-known pair, brother-sister duo Maia and Alex Shibutani, finished second in an earlier team event, helping the U.S. to earn bronze. 

Other contenders: Madison Chock and Evan Bates, who finished eighth in the Sochi Games and then won their first national title together in 2015; and Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who are making their Olympic debut as this year’s national champions.

The Americans will face other top pairs Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, of Canada, and Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, of France. The short dance will be followed by the free dance Tuesday (Monday night in the United States).

How to Watch: Watch live on NBC at 7 p.m. CT Sunday or on digital platforms here

Must-see: Are US Athletes Cursed by Korea's Unlucky Number 4?

2. Defending Champion Bowman Begins Quest for Gold in Women’s Halfpipe

Team USA’s Maddie Bowman begins her quest to repeat her Sochi golden run in the women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe with qualifying runs on Monday (Sunday night in the U.S.). She will lead a large contingent of U.S. athletes who hope to advance to the third and final run the next day.

Bowman’s teammates include top contenders Devin Logan, who won silver in Sochi for slopestyle, and Brita Sigourney, who finished sixth in the halfpipe in Sochi. Sigourney is the first women to land a 1080 in a competition halfpipe run, which she did during the 2012 X Games in Aspen.

But Team USA will have tough competition from Canada’s Cassie Sharpe, a standout for her bold tricks, and France’s Marie Martinod, who took silver in Sochi.

How to Watch: Watch as part of NBC’s primetime coverage beginning at 7p.m. CT Sunday or on digital platforms here.

Must-see: Kenworthy Gets Well Overdue Kiss From Boyfriend at Olympics

3. U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Faces Finland in Semifinals

The U.S. women’s hockey team heads into the semifinals after shutting out Russia, 5-0, and setting an Olympic record while doing it. Forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored back-to-back goals six seconds apart, the fastest mark ever. 

The U.S. women beat Finland 3-1 in their opening game of the Winter Olympics, with goals by Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Kendall Coyne and Danielle Cameranesi. They will play Finland again on Monday in Pyeongchang (Sunday night in the United States).

Archrival Canada, which beat the U.S. 2-1 in the preliminary round, also plays Monday, taking on the Russians.

At the 2014 Sochi Games, Canada rallied from 0-2 to win its fourth straight gold.

How to Watch: Watch live on NBCSN at 10:10 p.m. CT Sunday or on digital platforms here

Must-see: 'This Is Us' cast sends U.S. a message ahead of next game

4. U.S. Men’s Bobsled Team Faces Down Hard Times

The U.S. men’s two-man bobsled teams will compete on Monday after getting through very tough times. Three-time Olympian Steven Holcomb died last year. Unfortunately, Team USA had a rough go during the first two runs in Pyeongchang and are out of medal contention.

Pilot Justin Olsen, a 2010 gold medalist who had emergency surgery for acute appendicitis on Feb. 5, performed the best among U.S. entrants. He and Evan Weinstock are ranked 12 out of 30 competitors, behind 0.82 seconds.

German pilot Nico Walther and Canada’s Justin Kripps are the top two leaders heading into the finals, separated by 0.10 seconds. Kripps, a three time Olympian, could contend for Canada’s first gold medal in the two-man since 1998. 

Another German, Johannes Lochner, is close behind. Lochner was inspired by his Olympic silver medal-winning uncle, Rudi Lochner.

Watch as part of NBC’s prime time coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT Monday or live at 5:15 a.m. CT Monday on digital platforms here.

Must-see: Adam Rippon to Work as NBC Correspondent at Olympics

5. Local Athletes Jump, Race for Gold

Team USA's Illinois ski jumpers will hit the hill one last time for the team event. 

Their final event will see top-ranked American, Kevin Bickner, alongside his teammates Michael Glasder, Casey Larson and Will Rhoads. 

Bickner and Glasder most recently appeared in the final event for the men's large hill this weekend. 

Bickner, of Wauconda, landed in the 20th spot, the only American to qualify for the final jump. 

And they won't be the only local athletes competing for a medal. 

Wisconsin's Mitch Whitmore, who once trained in suburban Northbrook, will have his first shot at Olympic gold in South Korea in the men's speedskating 500-meter.

How to Watch: Watch ski jumping on NBC between 2 and 4 p.m. CT Monday and on NBCSN from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. CT. You can also catch it live at 6:30 a.m. on digital platforms here

Watch speedskating on NBCSN from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. CT Monday and on NBC between 2 and 4 p.m. CT. Or tune in live at 5 a.m. CT on digital platforms here

Must-see: Shut Up and Dance: The Best Moves from Pyeongchang



Photo Credit: NBC/AP
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Man Hospitalized After Fire at Former John Hancock Center ]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:26:36 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/firedepa1.png

A man was left in critical condition after emergency crews responded to a fire that broke out in a high-rise condo at the former John Hancock Center, officials said.

Authorities responded to a fire in a residence on the 52nd floor at 175 E. Delaware at 5 a.m. Sunday. The Chicago Fire Department said the blaze was contained in one unit and the man was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

[[472994873, C]]

Officials said the cause of the fire is still unknown.

No other injuries were reported.

Check back for more details on this developing story.


]]>
<![CDATA[Fans Ejected From U.C. After Racial Taunts]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:49:40 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-890907696.jpg

Several fans were thrown out of the United Center on Saturday night after making racially-charged remarks toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly, according to the Chicago Blackhawks.

According to the Capitals, a group of fans taunted Smith-Pelley, who is black, by chanting “basketball, basketball, basketball” at him while he was sitting in the penalty box, and were ejected from the arena by staff.

The account was corroborated by officials in the penalty box and by the organization.

“I think it’s disgusting,” Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said after the game. “There’s no place for it. The athletes in our country don’t deserve that. There is no place in this country for racism.”

A .gif posted online shows Smith-Pelly responding to the fans:

According to Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mark Lazerus, the Blackhawks would not comment on whether the fans were banned from the arena, but the team did issue an apology to Smith-Pelly:

“We were made aware of an incident at tonight’s game involving a small group of attendees who made harmful comments directed at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly,” the team said. “The fans were immediately removed. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for everyone who attends our games and these actions will never be tolerated.”

The Blackhawks ultimately won the game 7-1, snapping an eight game losing streak. 



Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Blackhawks Honor Cmdr. Bauer With Jersey Tribute]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:49:43 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6264333701.jpg

Before their game against the Washington Capitals Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks honored fallen Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer. 

Bauer, who was laid to rest after an emotional funeral Saturday, was honored by the team as they hung a jersey in their dressing room before the contest: 

[[474397373, C]]

Several Blackhawks players, including Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith, attended Bauer's wake on Friday afternoon to pay their respects. 

[[474398033, C]]

The Chicago police department also thanked the Blackhawks for the tribute on social media on Saturday evening. 

Officers from neighboring districts are covering shifts in the 18th District for 24 hours so every officer could attend Bauer's funeral on Saturday morning. 


This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Cubs Looked at Trading Russell]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:06:15 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-694219534.png

The Chicago Cubs arrived in spring training with a whole host of new players on their roster, but one of their core pieces was reportedly dangled as trade bait.

That player was shortstop Addison Russell, who was made available by the Cubs in several trades, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

[[474109683, C]]

“There was a lot of trade talk,” Russell said. “My initial thoughts were, ‘I hope it doesn’t happen, but wherever I go I’m going to try to bring what I bring to the table here.’”

After driving in 95 runs during the 2016 season, Russell took a step back both performance-wise and health-wise in the 2017 season, playing in just 110 games and hitting .239 while smacking 12 home runs and driving in 43 RBI.

[[474269863, C]]

If Russell had been traded, odds are that Javier Baez would have moved over to shortstop full-time, with Ian Happ and Ben Zobrist splitting time at second base.

That obviously didn’t turn out to the case, as the Cubs added numerous pitchers through free agency, including Tyler Chatwood, Yu Darvish, and Steve Cishek. 



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Knight, Jones Meet Up in Pyeongchang]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:29:58 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-800941540.jpg

Actress Leslie Jones has become quite the legend for her incredible play-by-play of Olympic events, and now the comedienne is bringing her star power to Pyeongchang.

Jones, a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and films like “Ghostbusters,” has checked out numerous events in Korea since she arrived there earlier in the week, and she ran across one of Chicago’s Olympic heroes at the Games:

[[474391183, C]]

“Yo I was pumped to meet Hilary Knight and Megan Keller tonight at (the) hockey game,” she tweeted. “I’ll be there Monday ladies!”

Knight and the U.S. women’s hockey team has gone 2-1 in the Olympics so far, with a loss to Team Canada ensuring that they would play Finland in the semifinal round on Monday.

With a few days off, Knight and her teammates have been exploring the different venues in Pyeongchang, and Knight herself has embarked on an epic quest to find the best churro at the Games.

As for Jones, she also took in the men’s free skate on Saturday in Pyeongchang, and hit the speedskating track to watch some of America’s best, including Maame Biney and Lana Gehring, compete. 



Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Cubs Preview: How Will the Bullpen Shake Out?]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:02:58 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-8603121281.jpg

For the third straight season, the Chicago Cubs are entering the season as serious World Series contenders, and their roster depth reflects that standing in the baseball world.

How will things shake out for the Cubs as they convene in Mesa and get their spring underway? We’re taking a deep dive into the team’s roster and finding out where things stand with the club.

Today, we wrap up our look at the team’s roster with an examination of their bullpen, which looks significantly different than it did in 2017.

[[474109683, C]]

Closer:

Gone are the days when the Cubs had a surefire closer going into spring training, as Wade Davis has signed with the Colorado Rockies and Hector Rondon has signed with the Houston Astros.

Instead, the Cubs will likely go with Brandon Morrow as their closer, after he posted some strong numbers with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 45 appearances, he posted a 2.06 ERA, giving up zero home runs and striking out 50 batters in 43.2 innings of work.

Morrow induces a lot of ground balls and has some funky movement on his pitches, and the Cubs will bank on him to translate that movement into being a quality closer, despite the fact that he has just two saves over the last eight MLB seasons.

[[473698783, C]]

Set-Up:

Despite his struggles in the playoffs, Carl Edwards Jr. is right there in the mix to be one of the Cubs’ key setup men. He had a 2.98 ERA and 94 strikeouts in just 66.1 innings, and his electric stuff has baffled hitters and caused the Cubs to hand him larger and larger roles with each successive season.

Pedro Strop also figures to play a significant role, especially with the departure of Rondon from the bullpen. The hurler had a 2.83 ERA in 69 appearances last year, and although his strikeout rate was down over the year before, he still managed to keep runs from scoring. His walk rate did increase a bit however, so his control needs work.

[[468661533, C]]

Finally, Steve Cishek could figure into the team’s plans in the seventh and eighth innings of games as well. The submarine hurler gets great movement on his pitches, and his unconventional arm angle could prove invaluable to the Cubs as they try to vary the looks of pitchers coming out of their bullpen this season.

Specialists:

Cishek could also fill a specialist role for the Cubs, as he is incredible strong against right-handed hitters. He held them to a paltry .148 batting average a season ago, and struck out 30 of them in just 108 at-bats. His numbers against lefties were also strong, but that righty number is definitely one that Joe Maddon is going to pay attention to.

The Cubs also opted to bring back lefty Brian Duensing, who had some surprising reverse splits last season as he allowed a .237 batting average to right-handed hitters, and was used more against them than lefties. He could fill a sixth inning role in the event of a short start, but Maddon will also have options with him coming out of the pen.

The big name to keep an eye on outside of the normal platoon pitchers is Justin Wilson, who could easily fit into the set-up role if he comes back strong after last year’s catastrophic performance with the team. He could also continue that downward trend, which would leave him on the outside looking in when it comes to his role in the mix.

Finally, there’s Justin Grimm, who will be in more of a mop-up role until he can show that last year’s struggles were an aberration, and Mike Montgomery, who will likely lose out on a spot in the rotation and will instead have to settle back into his role as a strong lefty and a long reliever out of the Cubs’ pen.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Meet the New White Sox: Joakim Soria]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:34:56 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-854463566.jpg

The Chicago White Sox are entering the second year of their rebuilding process, and they’ve added some pieces to help move things along in 2018.

How He Got Here

The White Sox surprised some observers when they picked up a pair of relievers in a three-team swap with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals over the offseason, and one of the relievers they grabbed was veteran hurler Joakim Soria.

What He Did in 2017

Soria had a so-so year with the Royals, picking up a save and appearing in 59 games for Kansas City. He posted a 3.70 ERA in 56 innings of work, striking out 64 batters and walking 20 as he worked in mainly a set-up role for the team.

[[474342853, C]]

What Do They Bring to the Table?

Soria put up some eye-popping save totals when he first came into the big leagues, but over the last three seasons he has primarily been used in a set-up role. He has a four-pitch arsenal, with a four-seam fastball that he can still pump up to 92 or 93 MPH. He also throws a change-up and a looping curve ball, which averages 71 MPH according to PitchFX.

The curve ball is primarily a strikeout pitch, as his change-up and fastball are aimed at generating ground balls instead. His lower velocity on the fastball definitely makes it less of a swing—and-miss pitch, but he has great command of it.  

[[474357483, C]]

Our Predictions for 2018

After mainly serving as a set-up man in Kansas City, Soria should get the chance to close for the White Sox as spring training opens. The hurler will have Nate Jones and several other pitchers to contend with as the Sox bullpen takes shape, but his veteran status and strikeout ability would seemingly give him an edge in that competition.

We’re guessing he’ll open the season as the closer, and then get flipped for assets as the trade deadline approaches. 



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Meet the New Cubs: Brandon Morrow]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:16:26 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-869172384.jpg

After three straight trips to the National League Championship Series, the Chicago Cubs have retooled their roster as they prepare for the 2018 season.

How He Got Here

As the Cubs said goodbye to Wade Davis, they decided that Brandon Morrow would likely get the first shot at closing out games this season. To acquire him, the Cubs signed him to a two-year free agent contract, with a vesting option for a third season.

[[474109683, C]]

What He Did in 2017

Morrow had a renaissance year as part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ electric bullpen, posting a 2.06 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 44 innings of work. He didn’t allow a single home run all season long, and looked strong against the Cubs in the NLCS.

What Does He Bring to the Table?

While Morrow doesn’t have the pedigree of past Cubs closers like Davis and Aroldis Chapman, he has the pitch arsenal that could make him very difficult to hit. He is primarily a ground-ball pitcher (hence his low home run rate) and his four-seam fastball induces a lot of ground-outs, according to PitchFX data. His cut fastball has the same impact, and he throws both pitches extremely hard.

[[474325883, C]]

The cut fastball is also a great strikeout pitch for Morrow, as is his slider. The pitch moves a lot as it approaches the plate, and the quick dives that it takes on its flight path make it an extremely difficult pitch to hit.

As a result, Morrow was a highly-sought commodity by the Cubs, and they paid him significantly less than the $52 million that the Colorado Rockies dished out for Davis in free agency.

Our Prediction for 2018

Davis went almost the entire season without blowing a save, and while Morrow likely won’t be able to touch that kind of performance, we would anticipate that he’ll come in and do a solid job as the team’s closer if he’s able to win the job outright out of camp.

Having guys like Pedro Strop and Carl Edwards Jr. around him will definitely help the bullpen out, and if Justin Wilson is able to sort out the issues that he’s been dealing with since he arrived in Chicago, then Morrow is probably going to get the ball a lot in straight up save situations. 



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA['Remember Paul Bauer': Fr. Brandt Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:57:54 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000028211946_1200x675_1164091971788.jpg

"Even as commander, he would never expect one of his officers to do something that he didn't do himself," Fr. Dan Brandt said. "Like pursuing fleeing and armed criminals. And of course Tuesday that brave show of humility is what cost him his life."

]]>
<![CDATA['Today, All of us Are Blue: Rauner Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:45:11 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000028211944_1200x675_1164090435741.jpg

"Today, all of us our blue," Gov. Bruce Rauner said. "We are blue in part because we are sad, we are broken-hearted to lose such a heroic man. But more importantly we are blue because we are proud. We are proud of the courage and the honor and the integrity of our police officers across Chicago and across the state of Illinois."

]]>
<![CDATA["Cmdr. Bauer Was Not Defined by His Rank": Cpt. Roman Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:23:28 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000028211936_1200x675_1164075587844.jpg

"Cmdr. Bauer was not defined by his rank," Cpt. Mel Roman said. "He was a police officer just like the rest of us. Four days ago we stumbled, we took a bad stumble. But we didn’t fall, we didn’t break."

]]>
<![CDATA['We Can Talk About Him Forever and we Will': Escalante Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:23:49 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000028211939_1200x675_1164074563934.jpg

"As much as Paul would appreciate what we’re doing here for him today, there’s a part of Paul that would be a little annoyed by it too because he never ever wanted to be the center of attention," First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said. "He actually skipped out on his own promotion ceremony to command."

]]>
<![CDATA['I Just Want to Say Thank You': Supt. Johnson Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:24:10 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000028211940_1200x675_1164074051922.jpg

"Paul, I’m going to miss you," said Supt. Eddie Johnson, moved to tears during his message to the church. "I know you’re looking down on us all, and while there are no words I can say to describe the depth of my gratitude, I just want to say thank you."

]]>
<![CDATA['Paul Answered the Call': Emanuel Speaks at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:24:27 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000028211942_1200x675_1164075075934.jpg

"Paul always did more than what was asked, and he did so with honor and humility for 31 years in the Chicago Police Department," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "Yet the true measure of his devotion cannot be counted in years, it can only be counted by lives he touched."

]]>
<![CDATA[Hear Emotional Remarks Given at Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:23:07 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ayuda_para_familia_del_comandante_Bauer.jpg

Poignant, moving messages of Cmdr. Paul Bauer's selfless service to the city of Chicago and his enormous love for his wife, daughter and police family shown through as hundreds packed the fallen commander's funeral service on Saturday.

Hear funeral remarks given by Supt. Eddie Johnson, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner, Cpt. Mel Roman and First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante.

Cpt. Mel Roman: "Cmdr. Bauer was not defined by his rank. He was a police officer just like the rest of us. Four days ago we stumbled, we took a bad stumble. But we didn’t fall, we didn’t break."

[[474385413, C]]

First Deputy Supt. John Escalante: "He never ever wanted to be the center of attention. He actually skipped out on his own promotion ceremony to command."

[[474385393, C]]

Supt. Eddie Johnson:
"Paul, I’m going to miss you. I know you’re looking down on us all, and while there are no words I can say to describe the depth of my gratitude, I just want to say thank you."

[[474385403, C]]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
"Paul’s highest purpose in life was Erin and Grace, because for Paul no title ever outranked husband and father."

[[474385303, C]]

Gov. Bruce Rauner: "Today, all of us our blue. We are blue in part because we are sad, we are broken-hearted to lose such a heroic man. But more importantly we are blue because we are proud. We are proud of the courage and the honor and the integrity of our police officers."

[[474386233, C]]

Fr. Dan Brandt: "I beg that you remember Paul Bauer not by the way he died, but rather by the way he lived."

[[474386573, C]]

]]>
<![CDATA['Forever in Your Debt': Chicago Remembers Police Cmdr. Bauer]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:08:58 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/new+bauer.jpg

Thousands descended on Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood Saturday morning from across the city and around the country to say their final goodbyes to fallen police Cmdr. Paul Bauer and remember his kindness, heroism and selfless service.

"Paul, I’m going to miss you," said Supt. Eddie Johnson, moved to tears during his message to the church. "I know you’re looking down on us all, and while there are no words I can say to describe the depth of my gratitude, I just want to say thank you."

"Paul always did more than what was asked, and he did so with honor and humility for 31 years in the Chicago Police Department," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. "Yet the true measure of his devotion cannot be counted in years, it can only be counted by lives he touched."

Nativity of Our Lord Church "swelled to capacity" for Bauer's funeral with more than 300 out-of-town police departments represented and the entire 18th District arriving "to lay their beloved Commander to rest."

Cmdr. Bauer was shot to death Tuesday afternoon while assisting a tactical team in apprehending a suspicious person at the Thompson Center. His death has been ruled a homicide, and a suspect was charged in the murder.

"Even as commander, he would never expect one of his officers to do something that he didn't do himself," Fr. Dan Brandt said. "Like pursuing fleeing and armed criminals. And of course Tuesday that brave show of humility is what cost him his life."

Bauer's death marked an immediate outpouring of love and remembrance.

A procession of police and fire officials Tuesday evening stretched from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, through the city, to the Medical Examiner's Office. Chicago's downtown buildings were lit blue in his honor. Hours before Bauer's wake began Friday afternoon, Chicagoans lined up outside the church to pay their respects. The line spanned four city blocks late into the night. 

Johnson on Saturday made a vow to Chicago and to Bauer's family.

"Paul didn’t just run toward the danger. He ran into it," Johnson said. "And because of that he made the ultimate sacrifice. His sacrifice wasn’t in vain and justice will be served."

"This department and this city, Erin and Grace, will be forever in your debt," he said, addressing Bauer's wife and daughter. "And long after the commotion subsides and everyone goes back to their parts of the country, we will still be there for you."

Gov. Bruce Rauner said he imagines Bauer "is smiling" to see his family "surrounded by family, surrounded by friends, surrounded by the entire community, all of us who love you."

Rauner thanked all police officers, saying "there is no more noble profession, there is no higher calling than to be a police officer."

"Today, all of us our blue," Rauner said. "We are blue in part because we are sad, we are broken-hearted to lose such a heroic man. But more importantly we are blue because we are proud. We are proud of the courage and the honor and the integrity of our police officers across Chicago and across the state of Illinois."

A common thread throughout the morning's speeches was Bauer's sincere selflessness.

"He wasn’t just on our side, he was on the side of the men and women on the 18th District," Johnson said. "He was so proud of you all that whenever we would see each other, and I’m telling you Paul would go on and on and on… and on and on… and on and on."

First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante, friends with Bauer since childhood, also noted during the service how Bauer often deflected attention from himself to others.

"As much as Paul would appreciate what we’re doing here for him today, there’s a part of Paul that would be a little annoyed by it too because he never ever wanted to be the center of attention," Escalante said. "He actually skipped out on his own promotion ceremony to command."

"I beg that you remember Paul Bauer not by the way he died, but rather by the way he lived," Fr. Brandt said.

funeral procession will begin west from the church in the 600 block of West 37th Street, then head south on Halsted, east on Pershing to I-90/94E, then to I-57 south to 111th Street to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on 111th in Alsip.

"The healing process starts today for CPD as well as the family," Supt. Johnson said, "and this is going to be a difficult two days, but we can get through it. I thank you for your support."

]]>
<![CDATA[5 to Watch Recap: Medal Victory, Unexpected Performances]]> Sun, 18 Feb 2018 08:59:25 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hansen+lehman.jpg

The U.S. managed to walk away with a silver medal, but a series of unexpected performances and lackluster finishes left the U.S. unable to complete what it hoped would be a medal haul this weekend.  

Here are five things you might have missed in the last 24 hours in Pyeongchang:

1. Nick Goepper Wins Silver, Kenworthy Comes in Last in Slopestyle

Gus Kenworthy's Olympics turned into Oystein Braaten's party.

Braaten, the 22-year-old from Norway, captured the gold medal in ski slopestyle Sunday, far outdistancing the dinged-up Kenworthy, who failed to land any of his three runs and came in last.

American Nick Goepper added a silver medal to the bronze he won four years ago in Sochi.

Full recap: Goepper Earns 2nd Olympic Medal in Freeski Slopestyle

Must-see: 'This Is Us' cast sends U.S. a message ahead of next game

2. Defending Champ Ted Ligety Fails to Medal in Olympic Giant Slalom

Austrian Marcel Hirscher claimed the Olympic giant slalom gold medal, his second gold medal at the Pyeongchang Games.

American Ted Ligety, the defending Olympic champion who is nicknamed “Mr. GS” because of his success in the discipline, finished tied for 15th, a distant 3.21 seconds behind Hirscher.

Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway took silver and France’s Alexis Pinturault earned the bronze medal.

Full recap: Marcel Hirscher Wins 2nd Gold Medal in Giant Slalom

Must-see: She Used Shiffrin's Old Skis: 7 Insane Facts on Ledecka Gold

3. Emery Lehman, Brian Hansen Out of Medal Contention in Team Pursuit

Suburban skater Emery Lehman will be leaving the 2018 Winter Olympics without a medal.

Lehman, competing in his second Games, was looking to make a splash with his final skating event in Pyeongchang after a disappointing finish during his first race. 

Skating alongside fellow Illinoisan Brian Hansen, Lehman and the U.S. men's team failed to make the semifinals of the team pursuit, keeping them out of medal contention. 

For Lehman, the team pursuit was his final event. For Hansen, he'll have one more shot at bringing home a speedskating medal. 

Full recap: South Korea Leads the Way in Men's Speedskating Team Pursuit

Must-see: Anna Veith Hits Back at Bode Miller's 'Married Skiers' Comment

4. American World Champion Falls Short of Medal in Aerials Finals

Facing stiff competition, American Jonathon Lillis couldn't quite clinch a medal in men's aerials in Pyeongchang. It was Oleksandr Abramenko who landed in first place for gold and for the Ukraine's first-ever freestyle skiing medal.

China's Jia Zongyang's score, just a hair below Abramenko's, got him the silver medal. Russian athlete Ilia Burov won bronze.

While Lillis stomped his landings in the first two rounds of finals Sunday, so did most of his competitors, and Lillis' scores couldn't get him into the top six spots to remain in medal contention.

Full recap: Abramenko's Aerials Gives Ukraine Rare Olympic Gold

Must-see: Olympic Mascot Soohorang Takes a Spill

5. Japan’s Kodaira Smashes 500-Meter Record

Japan’s Nao Kodaira smashed the Olympic speedskating record in the women’s 500-meter, beating the defending champion, South Korea’s Lee Sang-hwa.

Kodaira won the race in 36.94 seconds to take the gold. Lee won the silver with a time of 37.33 seconds while the Czech Republic’s Karolina Erbanova was third at 37.34.

The U.S. women's hopes for a medal in the race were dashed, with Brittany Bowe finishing fifth, and her teammate Heather Bergsma, 11th. The Americans failed to win a speedskating medal in Sochi.

The race was a particular let down for Bergsma. A year ago, she seemed destined to single-handedly end America’s speedskating struggles. She won nine of 11 World Cup starts in the 1000m and 1500m distances, including world championships in both.

In the past year, though, she only won one World Cup race. And in her first two races in the Olympics, in the 1000m and 1500m, she finished in eighth place in both.

“I don’t feel quite as good as I did last year,” she told NBC Olympics. “I think it shows throughout the season.”

Full recap: Japan's Kodaira Smashes Olympic Record in 500-Meter

Must-see: WATCH: The Top Viral Moments From the Pyeongchang Olympics



Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Bickner Lands in Top 20 in Men's Large Hill Ski Jumping Final]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:03:32 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-919246574.jpg

It may not be a medal but it's a big feat for Wauconda's Kevin Bickner, who was the only American to make it to the final jump in the men's large hill ski jumping event Saturday.

Bickner and Cary's Michael Glasder, both from the prestigious Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, were the only two of four Americans to qualify for the final event.

Glasder's first jumped landed him in 46th place, but only the top 30 continued on to the medal round.

Bickner ended his first round in the 20th spot, where he remained for the medal event.

Norway's Robert Johansson led Friday's qualifying with 131.9 points after a leap of 135 meters at Alpensia Ski Jumping Center. He finished in third behind Poland's Kamil Stoch, in first and Germany's Andreas Wellinger in second.



Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Remembers Cmdr. Bauer at Funeral]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:15:49 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/church23.PNG ]]> <![CDATA[Cmdr. Paul Bauer Remembered By His Best Friends as 'Amazing']]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:13:32 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/bauerandhisbuddies.JPEG

Four best friends since first and second grade came together Friday night in sadness but are remembering the happy times from a decades long friendship with Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer.

A somber procession rolled on as the hearse carrying Bauer pulled up to Nativity of Our Lord church in Bridgeport. His casket was formally carried in by a police honor guard. A riderless horse cantered with his mounted unit in his honor.

His four best friends are among hundreds paying their respects.

"Whether you met him for five minutes or knew him for five years or 45 years, you just had a lasting impression," said retired First Deputy Supt. John Escalante. "And it was all always positive."

Escalante and Bauer were friends since first grade.

"We had a typical childhood, lotta laughs," he said.

Officer James Fernandez was also a long time friend of Bauer's.

"He always did right," Fernandez said. "A very good kid growing up and I knew he had a very bright future--it’s not surprising that he became commander of this department."

At Bauer's wedding, his best man, Dan Kiehn, and and best buddies were by his side.

"He was always that kid you could go to," Kiehn recalled. I relied on him as a best friend, but that guy I could go to to get that solid advice."

Steve Matteo was another life-long friend of Bauer's.

"What a nice guy--he’s a saint--he kinda was," he said. "If you look up clean nose in dictionary. There’s a picture of Paul in there."

Three of the friends all went to college together.

"Danny and I and Paul started at Norther Illinois University," Escalante remembered and then laughed. "The three of us went to Northern but Paul’s the only one that stayed on track and actually graduated."

"Danny and I didn’t do so well--but I was thinking about that too," he said. "But that’s when Paul kinda took on the qualities that defined him as an adult. Just being responsible, focused. Making the right decisions, for the right reasons. That was Paul in college."

On a whim, Escalante and Bauer took their police exams in 1985 and were hired the next summer.

"Growing up we never once talked about being police, especially making it a career," Escalante said. "We both fell into it and loved it and eventually had a lot of success in it."

Kiehn echoed Escalante's appraisal of Bauer's career.

"Paul, no matter what position he was in, he always rose to the occasion he always became that guy," he said. "Never got complacent."

As much as he loved work, it was his wife and daughter that Bauer loved most.

"Erin and Gracie were his world," Kiehn said.

To the end, Bauer was a dedicated policeman, his friends said.

"We’re just gonna miss him," Fernandez said.

Escalante said his fallen friend will always be remembered as simply "amazing."

"You could have a brief interaction with him and he left a lasting impression," he said.

]]>
<![CDATA[Eagles Kicker Jake Elliott Gets Hero's Welcome at Alma Mater]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:15:17 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jake+Elliot+-+00000226_30922647.jpg

Surrounded by screaming fans, Lyons Township alum Jake Elliott returned to where it all started.

It was Elliott’s first time back to the school where he first kicked a football.

Kurt Weinberg was one of Elliott’s football coaches.

“We care a lot about him and it’s nice that he can be here for a nice event and we can all, you know, the community and the school show our appreciation and how much we love him," Weinberg said.

The Friday night home game of the boy’s varsity basketball game pitted the Lions against Glenbard West.

But the night was all about the home-team hero--a man of few words.

“Unbelievable," Elliott said of the event. "Really cool."

Elliott became a school legend this year kicking three field goals and and two extra points to help carry the Philadelphia Eagles to a Supe Bowl championship over the New England Patriots.

“It’s just great to see someone from our school come and do it big," said Lyons Township senior Mickey Brown. "Come back and show their support and everything for us."

And for these loyal fans, like senior Savannah Strasser, just catching a glimpse of the Super Bowl hero made for an exciting night.

“I watched all the super bowl," Strasser said. "I mean I didn’t know him personally, but like learning all this stuff is like really amazing. I don’t even know what to say I’m like speechless right now.”

]]>
<![CDATA[Line For Cmdr. Paul Bauer's Wake Wraps Around Several Blocks]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:41:26 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000028207101_1200x675_1163705923638.jpg The line of mourners attending slain Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer's wake Friday wrapped around several city blocks as seen by this footage from Sky 5.]]> <![CDATA[White Sox Position Preview: Starting Rotation]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:38:06 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/carlos+rodon+GettyImages-542870652.jpg

The Chicago White Sox roster has undergone some massive changes over the last year, and that process will continue in earnest as the team gathers in Glendale for spring training.

Which players will be viewed as full-time contributors? Who will be placed on the trade block by the organization? We’re taking a deep dive into the Sox as they move into Season 2 of their rebuilding project.

Today, we’re taking a look at the team’s starting rotation, which is beginning to look a lot younger as some of their top prospects make the jump to the MLB squad.

At this point in the spring, the White Sox don’t have a defined number one starter, as hurler Carlos Rodon is still working his way back after shoulder surgery in the offseason.

Rodon, who only made 12 starts in 2017 after dealing with bursitis and then having to have surgery to correct the ailment in September, is slowly beginning to throw again, as he has thrown from flat ground at the team’s spring training facility in Glendale.

There is no timetable for his return to the mound, but the team is hopeful that he will make his way back at some point before camp ends.

A couple other veterans will also be in the mix for the team’s rotation, including James Shields and Miguel Gonzalez. Shields remains under contract with the team after posting a 5-7 record with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts last season, and he will be looking to vastly improve on both of those numbers as he prepares for the upcoming year.

As for Gonzalez, he inked a one-year contract to remain with the White Sox after going 8-13 in 27 starts last season. He is a solid fourth or fifth starting option, but the team will likely lean on him heavily as they deal with the growing pains of younger pitchers further down in the rotation.

Those younger pitchers are highlighted by Lucas Giolito, who started seven games for the Sox last season. He posted an impressive 2.38 ERA in those starts, but only had a 3-3 record as the rebuilding White Sox struggled to provide him with run support.

Giolito is one of the center pieces of the team’s future rotation, as is youngster Reynaldo Lopez. Lopez made eight starts for the White Sox last season, with a 3-3 record and a 4.72 ERA. He struck out only 30 batters, but the team is hopeful that he can make strides forward as he begins big league camp with a great shot at the starting rotation.

Finally, Carson Fulmer also figures to be in the mix for the rotation after making five starts with the White Sox last season. Fulmer had a 3.86 ERA in seven total appearances, and struck out 19 batters in 23 innings of work.

Other pitchers like Dylan Covey could also compete for a spot, and later in the season a hurler like Dylan Cease, acquired from the Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade, is another guy to watch for as the season moves along. 

]]>
<![CDATA[Cubs Position Preview: Starting Pitcher]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:16:06 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Jon+Lester+2-14.jpg

For the third straight season, the Chicago Cubs are entering the season as serious World Series contenders, and their roster depth reflects that standing in the baseball world.

How will things shake out for the Cubs as they convene in Mesa and get their spring underway? We’re taking a deep dive into the team’s roster and finding out where things stand with the club.

Today we’re taking a look at the team’s starting rotation, which looks significantly different after an eventful offseason.

[[474109683, C]]

To start with, the team has acquired two new starting pitchers, both of whom figure to be in the rotation on Opening Day after the departures of John Lackey and Jake Arrieta.

The big fish was acquired just days ago, as hurler Yu Darvish agreed to a six-year contract with the team. Darvish, who previously stymied the Cubs in the NLCS when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, gives the team another great strikeout threat at the top of the rotation, as he’s fanned 1021 batters in just 832 career innings.

[[474211153, C]]

The Cubs also went out and got free agent hurler Tyler Chatwood, inking him to a three-year deal. Whereas Darvish pitches away from contact, Chatwood thrives on it, inducing a ton of ground balls, something the Cubs’ defense should absolutely love.

Chatwood’s big problem during his career has been pitching at Coors Field, where he allowed an ERA of over six last season. Coming to Wrigley Field should help those numbers, and the Cubs are banking on him to be a strong hurler at the bottom of the rotation.

[[468661533, C]]

In addition to the new faces, the Cubs are hoping that three of their 2017 starters will have bounce-back years after some first half struggles last year.

Jon Lester had a 13-8 record in 32 starts last season, and he averaged about one strikeout per inning with the team. He struggled early on in the season, but rebounded nicely in the second half as he helped the Cubs to their third straight playoff appearance.

Jose Quintana will also look to improve upon his numbers with the Cubs last season, as he posted a 3.74 ERA in 14 starts with the team. The lefty hurler has been one of baseball’s most consistent pitchers throughout his career, and if he can put up the type of numbers that he was putting up with the White Sox, he will provide a great stabilizing presence at the top of the team’s rotation.

Finally, Kyle Hendricks will be looking to continue his strong pitching of late, as the crafty righty put up a 3.03 ERA in 24 starts with the team last season. He will need to stay healthy, but given his track record that shouldn’t be a problem in 2018.

[[474343463, C]]

As for pitchers who don’t appear to fit into the team’s rotation this season, Mike Montgomery is definitely the guy to watch. The lefty should provide some spot starts during the year as Joe Maddon looks to keep everyone well rested, but his primary value will be as a long reliever out of the bullpen.

On the prospect front, right-handed hurler Adbert Alzolay will be someone to keep an eye on this spring. In 22 minor league starts last season, Alzolay posted a 2.99 ERA and struck out 108 batters in 114 innings, and the team believes that he could potentially make the jump late in the season to the big league level. 

]]>
<![CDATA[Meet the New White Sox: Welington Castillo]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:53:37 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-840328412.jpg

The Chicago White Sox are entering the second year of their rebuilding process, and they’ve added some pieces to help move things along in 2018.

Today we’re taking a look at new catcher Welington Castillo.

How He Got Here

The White Sox signed Castillo on the free agent market, inking him to a two-year contract with a team option for the 2020 season.

[[474342853, C]]

What He Did in 2017

Castillo was a good power hitter for the Orioles in limited action in 2017, hitting 20 home runs and driving in 53 RBI in just 341 at-bats.

[[474101853, C]]

What Does He Bring to the Table?

Last season, the White Sox got precious little offensive production out of their catchers, who combined for 10 home runs and 51 RBI in 162 games. Castillo gives them an instant upgrade in that department, and he could provide a strong bat in the middle of an order that includes Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia.

The big question for Castillo comes on the defensive side of things. Prior to the 2017 season he was known as a below-average pitch framer that struggled in helping his pitchers get strikes, but according to Fangraphs he had an above-average season with the Orioles, so it’s going to be fascinating to see if he regresses, or if his defensive metrics continue to trend in the right direction.

[[474325063, C]]

Our Prediction for 2018

Baseball Reference is projecting Castillo to hit just about as many home runs and to drive in a few more runs in the White Sox lineup this season, and we’re going to guess that he’ll be right around the 20 home run and 60 RBI mark.

The two-year contract that Castillo signed indicates that the team plans on him being around for at least this season, and that could be an important indicator as to how they feel about Omar Narvaez and Kevan Smith’s development at the big league level.

Castillo’s deal also paves the way for Zack Collins to take his time in developing, but we’re anticipating that Castillo will be the main guy in 2018, without much fear of Collins coming up and taking his job. 



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Watch Live Coverage of Cmdr. Bauer's Funeral]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:09:51 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ayuda_para_familia_del_comandante_Bauer.jpg

For those who cannot attend Cmdr. Paul Bauer’s funeral Mass on Saturday in person, you can watch it live online or on your device.

NBCChicago.com will carry live coverage of the service beginning at 10 a.m.

The stream will include the full service inside of Nativity of Our Lord in the Bridgeport neighborhood. After Mass, a procession will begin at the church, through the neighborhood, and to the cemetery where Bauer will be laid to rest.

Hundreds of Chicagoans showed up for Bauer's wake on Friday, with lines stretching blocks around the church. Large crowds also are expected on Saturday for the Mass. 

"The church is small, and we're expecting a very large turnout," Johnson said. "We just ask people if they want to support the Bauer family, to show up in numbers along the procession route ... and try to dress in blue."

The funeral procession will begin west from the church in the 600 block of West 37th Street, then head south on Halsted, east on Pershing to I-90/94E, then to I-57 south to 111th Street to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on 111th in Alsip.

"The healing process starts today for CPD as well as the family," Supt. Johnson said, "and this is going to be a difficult two days, but we can get through it. I thank you for your support."

]]>
<![CDATA[Talk To Your Kids About Tragedies, Psychologist Says]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:16:48 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/floridashootingAP_18046631464585.jpg

In the wake of Tuesday’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., parents everywhere are faced with one of the most difficult questions of all: How do you talk to your child about horrific events such as these?

Domingo Rodriguez, a sixth-grader, is asking questions of his own.

“Why could someone ever do that to another person?” the middle-schooler asked about the shooting, which left 17 dead.

Domingo Rodriguez’s mother, Macarena Rodriguez, has to try to find an answer—just like parents all over the country.

“It’s better to explain them than try to hide the information,” Macarena Rodriguez said, noting that children can easily find the news on their own.

But before talking to their own children about horrific events, parents should discuss their fears and frustrations with another, said Colleen Cicchetti, a psychologist at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

After that, a parent should have a conversation with their child, Cicchetti said, but not a lecture.

“Ask what they heard, ask them what they thought about that, ask them what they’re worried about,” Cicchetti said. “Then try to answer their questions as best you can.”

Cicchetti said traumatic events such as the Parkland shooting are also good times to bring up the topic of mental health to your children. She added that you should let your kid know who they can turn to if they or their friends are depressed or being abused—and always encourage them to ask questions, even if you can’t answer them all.

Experts also recommend setting aside some time at least weekly to talk to your kids and encourage them to express their feelings.

For Domingo Rogriguez, talking is his recommendation: “Talk to your family, to your teacher. Just talk about it. (Don’t) keep it to yourself.”



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Meet the New Cubs: Yu Darvish]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:38:12 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Yu+Darvish+2-13.jpg

After three straight trips to the National League Championship Series, the Chicago Cubs have retooled their roster as they prepare for the 2018 season.

How He Got Here

After a long offseason that saw him linked to teams like the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee Brewers, Yu Darvish ultimately was offered a six-year, $126 million deal by the Cubs and agreed to it, making him the highest-paid free agent of this year’s class.

What He Did in 2017

In his fourth big league season, Darvish struggled to find his form at times but still put up solid numbers, with a 10-12 record and a 3.86 ERA in 31 starts with the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Darvish also had some great starts in the postseason, picking up wins against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cubs before struggling big-time in two World Series losses to the Houston Astros.

What Does He Bring to the Table?

There really isn’t a way to understate the number of boxes that Darvish checks off for the Cubs as he comes to the North Side.

For starters, Darvish gives the Cubs one of the best rotations in all of baseball. Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks are both strong pitchers, and Jose Quintana has a great track record as a consistently good hurler as well, and adding yet another top-tier pitcher to that mix is a great move for the Cubs.

Darvish also helps with the Cubs’ big problem of a year ago, which was a rotation that struggled so badly in the first half of the season that it taxed the bullpen and burnt them out for the stretch run. In an ideal world, signing Darvish will prevent that from happening again, and it could pay dividends late in the season against an improved Milwaukee Brewers squad.

Finally, Darvish gives the Cubs the kind of strikeout pitcher that they would love to have in a rotation of guys that can pitch to contact and get away with it. The movement on Darvish’s pitches is simply staggering, and his release point is so similar on all of his pitches that he frequently keeps hitters off balance.

Our Prediction for 2018

Much has been made of Darvish tipping off his pitches in the World Series, and we’re guessing that with Jim Hickey by his side, Darvish will figure that out and have a strong year for the Cubs. One could easily see him going over 200 strikeouts next season, and his ERA could drop by a half run or so with Hickey’s help.

]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago White Sox Report to Spring Training]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:32:55 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Renteria+2-16.jpg The Chicago White Sox have arrived in Glendale and are eagerly getting ready for the regular season. ]]> <![CDATA[Supt. Johnson Asks Chicago to 'Dress in Blue' to Honor Bauer]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:30:09 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bauer+funeral+11.jpg

With large crowds expected Saturday morning at Cmdr. Paul Bauer’s funeral Mass and limited space inside the church, Supt. Eddie Johnson had a special request for the city of Chicago.

"The church is small, and we're expecting a very large turnout," Johnson said. "We just ask people if they want to support the Bauer family, to show up in numbers along the procession route ... and try to dress in blue."

For those who cannot attend but would still like to pay their respects and watch the Mass, NBCChicago.com will carry live coverage of the services right here starting at 10 a.m.

A wake for Bauer was held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic church in the Bridgeport neighborhood. 

Cardinal Blase Cupich, as well as Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, are expected in attendance at Saturday's mass.

After Saturday's services, a funeral procession will begin at the church, through the Bridgeport neighborhood, to the cemetery where Bauer will be laid to rest, the Office of Emergency Management announced. 

The procession starts west from the church in the 600 block of West 37th Street, then heads south on Halsted, east on Pershing to I-90/94E, then to I-57 south to 111th Street to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery on 111th in Alsip.

"The healing process starts today for CPD as well as the family," Supt. Johnson said, "and this is going to be a difficult two days, but we can get through it. I thank you for your support."

]]>
<![CDATA[Slain Officer's Fiance Reaches Out to Cmdr. Bauer's Family]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:24:59 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CLIFTON+LEWIS+FIANCEE+-+00012929_30921402.jpg

The family of another fallen Chicago police officer has reached out to slain Cmdr. Paul Bauer's wife and daughter in hopes of encouraging them through the heartbreak and grief.

On. Jan 5, 2012 Officer Clifton Lewis was laid to rest, his mother and fiance, Latrice Tucker, tearfully watched his flag-draped coffin.

Tucker said Friday old wounds have reopened with the murder of Bauer.

"At first I cried," she said. "The first thought that came to mind was I want to go hug his wife."

She said there are no words Bauer's widow or "beautiful little girl" to make them understand what happened.

Lewis was killed Dec. 29, 2011.

At 41 years old he was an 8-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Lewis was shot during a robbery at a convenience store in the Austin neighborhood where he was working security at the time.

Lewis and Tucker were together 10 years, engaged for just five days.

"There was nothing anyone could say to me to make me understand what happened," Tucker said. "It was like ... this is not real."

She said there’s been no escaping the new tragic reality.

"Even if you turn the television off, people are talking about it constantly people asking did you hear that did you see that did you know him," she said of Bauer.

Tucker didn’t know Bauer's family but she did say she knows all too well the pain they must feel.

"That was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, was to walk out the door and see a family car there for me to lay my loved one to rest," she said.

"At the end of me speaking at his homegoing service, my voice cracked and a tear fell," she remembered. "My mother-in-law grabbed my hand and said 'I'm here' and that kept me through that day and that keeps me through every day."

She wants the Bauer family to know that they will never be the same but they will never be alone.

"It may be a couple of months before you get the call but you get the call, 'how are you, are you OK, do you need anything,'" she said. "Those who say they will never forget, they never forget."

]]>
<![CDATA[Does Jay Cutler Have a Secret Instagram Account?]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:08:17 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/080717+jay+cutler.jpg

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has steadfastly avoided social media, but is it possible that he’s finally ready to take the plunge?

A new verified Instagram account, called “If Jay Had Instagram” has suddenly become active in recent days, and photos of Cutler could indicate that he’s finally ready to engage with his fans:

One of the photos featured on the account makes reference to the infamous “Smokin Jay Cutler” meme, which has been one of the most famous internet trends that have involved the quarterback over the years.

Cutler’s wife Kristin Cavallari pointed to the account on her own feed, calling it the “closest thing we’ll ever have to the real thing.” 



Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Kevin Quinn's Ex-Wife Says She Warned of Alleged Abuse]]> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:06:33 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/kevin+quinn+216.png

The estranged wife of high-ranking political operative Kevin Quinn told NBC 5 Friday that she sent a letter to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's office, desperately seeking assistance and detailing domestic abuse allegations against her husband, more than six months before Quinn was terminated from his role in the powerful Democrat's organization over claims that he had sexually harassed another woman. The abuse allegations were also included in court records.

Sarah McKay provided NBC 5 with a letter she said she faxed to Madigan's chief of staff Tim Mapes on August 3, 2017.

In it, she wrote that she was contacting Mapes because she believed she was "out of options" when it came to their divorce proceedings that began roughly three months earlier.

"I don't think anyone knows the severity of the current situation within our family," McKay wrote. "There have been 3 domestic situations at my home since February, the last on July 5, 2017, resulting in Kevin's arrest."

McKay wrote that she was granted an order of protection against Quinn. The existence of that order and her allegations of physical abuse was verified by court records obtained by NBC 5.

Quinn, 41, was arrested Thursday morning for violating the order of protection, according to Evergreen Park police. Quinn was taken into custody at his home in the 10300 block of South California Avenue at around 8:40 a.m., authorities said, after sending text messages to the protected party in violation of that order on Feb. 10.

Quinn's arrest came just days after a former Madigan staffer came forward with allegations of harassment against Quinn - whose termination had been announced the day before.

Now, the question remains: What did Madigan know and when did he know it?

"I reached out, pleading for help and they ignored me - and I have two children," McKay told NBC 5 in a phone interview Friday, saying her interactions with her estranged husband consisted of "verbal abuse, and then it became physical."

"Any intervention would be greatly appreciated but I do understand where your loyalty is," McKay's August letter to Mapes reads. "I hope you understand at this point I have to do whatever is necessary to protect my sons and myself."

"The speaker did not receive letter," Madigan’s spokesman’s Steve Brown said in an emailed statement late Friday night. "A review of possible locations where letter might be sent did not locate it."

Alaina Hampton, a political consultant who worked for Madigan's organization intermittently beginning in 2012, said Tuesday that Quinn harassed her for five months beginning in fall 2016, making multiple unsolicited advances and sending inappropriate text messages at all hours, even after she told him repeatedly that the relationship was strictly professional.

Kevin Quinn, who worked for the speaker for nearly 20 years, is the brother of 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn - perhaps Madigan's most senior operative and a figure that Hampton called her "mentor."

Hampton said she reported Kevin Quinn's inappropriate behavior to his supervisor, Ald. Marty Quinn, in February 2017, then sent a letter directly to Madigan himself in November.

"I immediately consulted with my attorney, Heather Wier Vaught, and directed her to conduct a thorough investigation," Madigan said in a statement announcing Kevin Quinn's termination on Monday. "Ms. Wier Vaught conducted numerous interviews, reviewed the evidence, and recently came to the conclusion that the individual engaged in inappropriate conduct and failed to exercise the professional judgment I expect of those affiliated with my political organizations and the Office of the Speaker."

Madigan said Kevin Quinn was fired from his roles in both the speaker's constituent service office and campaign organization based on those allegations, as well as a guilty plea to a charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct, which court records show was filed in connection with the July domestic incident McKay referenced in her letter.

Hampton accused Madigan and his associates of attempting to sweep her complaint under the rug and leading her on until the statute of limitations on her case expired. She claimed the organization would not have taken any action had she not spoken to the Chicago Tribune, which published Hampton's account, along with several pages of the text messages in question, Monday night.

Of Hampton's claims, McKay said Friday that she was "devastated to hear what he'd done to her."

"I mean, I was humiliated and felt terrible for her, because I’d been put through the same thing," McKay said.

McKay also claimed that when her estranged husband contacted her on Feb. 10, in violation of the order of protection, he called to tell her that he resigned and was already aware of Hampton's plan to go public with her allegations - a statement directly at odds with Wier Vaught's assertion that the speaker's organization was unaware of Hampton's actions when releasing a statement on Kevin Quinn's termination.

Kevin Quinn, Ald. Marty Quinn and Tim Mapes did not respond to multiple requests for comment. 

Madigan sent a letter to his Democratic caucus members Friday evening, announcing that his political organization has retained an independent counsel who is available to receive and investigate harassment allegations. 

"We haven't done enough. I take responsibility for that. I would never condone, sweep under the rug or refuse to take any step to ensure we did not eradicate any behavior of this kind," Madigan's note, sent on General Assembly letterhead, reads.

"I understand the 'knock it off' mentality is not enough, and we must, and will, do better moving forward," he continued.

"We must do better. We will do better," Madigan repeats. 



Photo Credit: Evergreen Park Police]]>
<![CDATA[Long, Wade Defend LeBron After Ingraham Comments]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:58:02 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-8650609381.jpg

Chicago Bears lineman Kyle Long is firing back after a television host told LeBron James to stay out of the political arena.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham caused controversy on Thursday after she told James to “shut up and dribble,” and to leave political comments to “people who didn’t leave high school a year early.”

Long responded to Ingraham’s comments on Twitter:

“Have known about LeBron. Just learning about this lady. She sucks,” he said.

Long wasn’t done, retweeting several tweets from his brother Chris that criticized Fox News for their alleged hypocrisy in featuring athletes and actors speaking about politics while telling James to sit out from the political sphere.

Former Chicago Bulls guard and Chicago-native Dwyane Wade also defended James, saying that President Donald Trump has enabled people to “live their truths:”

Several users went after Long for his comments, and he responded to their critiques:

Long has generally been less outspoken politically than his brother, but has weighed in on controversial issues in the past, including the Charlottesville protests that took place in his hometown. 



Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Honoring Chicagoland's Fallen Heroes]]> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 19:11:50 -0600 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.

Photo Credit: Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Hilary Knight Joins Chloe Kim on Epic Quest]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:34:14 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/hilary_knight_olympic_day_4_look_ahead.jpg

United States hockey star Hilary Knight is already pursuing Olympic gold, but she apparently has embarked on another epic quest too.

Knight, whose U.S. squad has already qualified for the semi-finals in women’s hockey, won’t have to hit the ice again until Monday, and she’s using her downtime to find the perfect churro:

[[474330903, C]]

That quest was spurred on by snowboarding star Chloe Kim, who captured a gold medal earlier in the Games and has captured the hearts of Americans with her love of delicious food:

[[474331103, C]]

While it isn’t clear which athlete got the better churro, Knight will still have an opportunity to join Kim in the gold medal club, as Team USA will next take the ice on Monday in Pyeongchang. A win would put the American squad in the final for the third straight Olympic Games. 



Photo Credit: Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Glasder Shares Mind-Blowing View Atop Ski Jump Hill]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:20:03 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/glasder+faces+getty+2.jpg

Ski jumpers are taking to the so-called “Large Hill” this weekend for the final jumping competition of the Winter Olympics, and one American jumper just gave us an up close look at what it’s like at the top of the hill.

That jumper, Cary-native Michael Glasder, posted a photo from the top of the hill on his Twitter feed, and if you’re afraid of heights, you may want to look away:

[[474330753, C]]

The tower, which Glasder calls the “UFO,” behind the hill is approximately 380 feet above the landing area, and it looks every bit of that from the top.

Ski jumpers looking to qualify for the final round had to travel approximately 400 feet from the take-off point to landing, and Glasder flew 124.5 meters (408.5 feet) on his qualifying jump Friday. 



Photo Credit: Lars Baron/Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Local Skier Kevin Bickner Finds Perfect Napping Spot]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:47:44 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Kevin+Bickner+face+getty+1.jpg

Kevin Bickner qualified for the Large Hill ski jumping final this weekend, but before he took his qualifying jump, he made sure to get plenty of rest in the perfect location.

Bickner, a Wauconda native and a member of the prestigious Norge Ski Club, decided to take his nap game to the next level by doing the most Olympic thing an Olympian can do: sleeping inside of the fabled Olympic rings in Pyeongchang:

[[474330683, C]]

“My sleep schedule is wack! Wake me up for my next event,” he tweeted.

Bickner ended up finishing in 35th place during the qualifying runs for the Large Hill competition, making him one of two Americans to qualify for the final with a score of 88.7.

The Large Hill final will take place on Saturday, and will also feature Cary-native Michael Glasder. You can catch all the action by clicking here



Photo Credit: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Solemn Procession for Fallen Chicago Police Commander]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:59:00 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bauer+funeral+6.jpg

Photo Credit: NBCChicago.com]]>
<![CDATA[Three Floyds Brewery Plans Huge Expansion]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:35:24 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/216*120/3+floyds+render.jpg

World-renowned Munster, Ind., brewery 3 Floyds is aiming to more than double its size with a massive expansion project.

The craft brewery, known for its specialty beers such as Zombie Dust and Permanent Funeral, filed plans Feb. 8 with the Town of Munster Plan Commission to expand the existing 57,000-square-foot space by nearly 137,000 square feet, according to the documents filed with the Plan Commission.

The proposal calls for more than 114,400 square feet of additional manufacturing and warehouse space, 7,400 square feet of retail space and 7,300 square feet of brewpub and restaurant space.

A 16,706-square-foot outdoor dining and garden area is also included in the plan, along with additional parking, new sidewalks and the construction of a service road near the facility with loading dock access.

To make way for the expansions, the adjacent Architectural Accents building would need to be demolished, the plan says.

The Munster Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on the project 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at Town Hall, according to a report from The Times of Northwest Indiana.

Last year, 3 Floyds was named one of the top 10 best brewers in the world by beer enthusiast website RateBeer.com. More than 22,500 brewers are listed and rated on RateBeer.com.

Included in the top 100 were other local staples such as Half Acre Beer Company, Goose Island Beer Company, Pipeworks Brewing Company and Revolution Brewing Company.

The 3 Floyds expansion is designed by HKS, a global architecture firm with various locations located in North America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.



Photo Credit: HKS]]>
<![CDATA[Planning To Vote in March? Know These Important Deadlines]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:08:58 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ILvote.jpg

With the primary elections fast approaching, voters may not be sure of registration dates or the period for early voting.

Here is a comprehensive timeline of important dates to note from the Cook County Clerk's Office before the primaries:


  • Feb. 20: Last day to register to vote by paper application.
  • Feb. 21: First day of grace period registration and voting. If you missed the paper or online registration deadline, you must register in person during the grace period. Here is a list of places to register in Cook County.
  • March 4: Last day to register to vote by online application.
  • March 5: First day of early voting. Early voting must be done in person.
  • March 15: Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters.
  • March 19: Last day of early voting and last day of grace period registration and voting.
  • March 20: Election Day. Last day mail ballots can be postmarked.


Here are dates from the DuPage County website:


  • Feb. 20: Last day to register by mail.
  • Feb. 21: Grace period registration and voting begin. Early voting is available at the DuPage County Election Commission, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton.
  • March 4: Last day of online voter registration.
  • March 5: Early voting opens at various locations. Here is a full list of temporary and permanent early voting locations. 
  • March 15: Last day to request a mail ballot.
  • March 17: Early voting closes at some locations.
  • March 19: Last day of early voting.
  • March 20: Election Day.


Here are dates for Kane County, according to the county’s election calendar:


  • Feb. 20: Last day to register to vote.
  • Feb. 21: Grace period registration and voting begins. You must go to the Kane County Elections Office, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva.
  • March 4: Last day of online voter registration.
  • March 5: Early voting begins. Here is a list of locations.
  • March 15: Last day to request a mail ballot.
  • March 19: Last day for early voting.
  • March 20: Election Day. Last day for grace period registration and voting.


Here are important dates from the Lake County Office of the County Clerk:


  • Feb. 20: Last day to register by mail.
  • Feb. 21: First day of grace period registration and voting. A voter must register and vote in the same visit at the Lake County Clerk’s office, 18 N. Count St. in Waukegan.
  • March 4: Last day of online voter registration.
  • March 5: Early voting starts. Grace period voting and registration is available at any early voting site. Here is a list of voting sites.
  • March 15: Last day to request a mail ballot.
  • March 17: Early voting closes for non-state mandated sites. Here is a list of those sites. 
  • March 19: Last day for early voting at state mandated sites. Here is a list of those sites. 
  • March 20: Election Day. Last day for grace period registration and voting.



Photo Credit: Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Tour Ranked Second Most Popular Global Attraction]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:13:34 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago+architecture+tour.jpg

Chicago’s Architecture River Cruise, one of the city’s most iconic attractions, is also the world’s second most popular attraction, according to travel site TripAdvisor.

The cruise, which takes riders down the Chicago River with an architectural guide, received the rank based on 2017 TripAdvisor booking data. It was only beat out by a Vatican skip-the-line tour.

The Architecture River Cruise was one of only two American attractions in the world’s most popular experiences list; the other was Empire State Building tickets, ranked number eight.

In terms of American attractions, the cruise was the country’s most popular, and the Willis Tower’s Skydeck came in seventh. The cruise was also the nation's most popular in last year's list.

Historical and heritage tours are the fastest-growing attractions in both American and global travellers, according to TripAdvisor’s report.

The full top 10 list of the most popular global attractions:


  1. Skip the line: Vatican Museums, St. Peter's, Sistine Chapel
  2. Chicago Architecture River Cruise
  3. Skip the line: Anienct Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour
  4. Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour
  5. Priority Access: Barcelona Sagrada Familia Tour
  6. Eiffel Tower Summit: Priority access with host
  7. Warner Bros Studios: The Making of Harry Potter with Luxury Round-Trip Transport from London
  8. Empire State Building Tickets
  9. Murano, Burano and Torcello half-day sightseeing tour
  10. Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour


Chicago’s Architecture River Cruise, one of the city’s most iconicattractions, is also the world’s second most popular attraction, according totravel site TripAdvisor.

The cruise, which takes attendants down the Chicago River withan architectural guide, received the rank based on 2017 TripAdvisor bookingdata. It was only beat out by a Vatican skip-the-line tour.

The Architecture River Cruise was one of only two American attractionsin the world’s most popular experiences list; the other was Empire StateBuilding tickets, ranked number eight.

In terms of American attractions, the cruise was the country’smost popular, and the Willis Tower’s Skydeck came in seventh.

Historical and heritage tours are the fastest-growingattractions in both American and global travellers, according to TripAdvisor’sreport. 



Photo Credit: TripAdvisor]]>
<![CDATA[Study: These Are the Most Popular Baby Names in Chicago]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:15:57 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/shutterstock_1022579200.jpeg Chicago stands alone in its adoption of "New American" baby names, the study says.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Procession Underway for Fallen Cmdr. From Funeral Home]]> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:32:27 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bauer+casket.jpg
View Full Story]]>