<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago https://www.nbcchicago.comen-usTue, 21 Nov 2017 00:46:13 -0600Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:46:13 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Puppy Fatally Attacked by Pit Bull in Wheaton, Family Says]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:58:46 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/theothepupster.jpg

A mother and her young daughters were traumatized in Wheaton when a beautiful day outside together with their new puppy turned violent.

Between tears and flashbacks the Rontal family can barely speak of what took place.

"They’re never going to be able to get this out of their heads,” Aaron Rontal said of his wife and children.

Minutes before, Amy Rontal was off work and her girls on a break from school. A romp in the park with their new puppy Theo was planned. Walking home, the unimaginable happened in when a pit bull ran from its yard aiming straight for little Theo.

Aaron recalled one his daughters telling him the pit bull "was shaking (Theo) around like he was a chew toy."

They rushed Theo to the animal hospital but it was too late.

Neighbors Marie Kavadias and Teri Hutchison say they witnessed a similar attack by the same dog five months ago.

“(The) dog's eye was bit and it was bloody and (its owner) was in shock,” Hutchison said.

Monday afternoon, Kavadias immediately ran from her house to help free Theo from the dog's grip.

She was bitten on her hand and treated in the emergency room.

NBC 5 has not been able to reach the pit bull's owner, but Aaron Rontal says he was able to confront him, pledging with DuPage County Animal Control and the sheriff’s police to make sure the dog is never able to attack again.

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<![CDATA[Des Plaines Residents Fight Plans to Bulldoze Ancient Oaks]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:44:24 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DES+PLAINES+TREES+-+00001406_29763798.jpg Des Plaines residents are fighting to save centuries-old oak trees from being bulldozed. The trees would be removed to make room for a proposed housing development located near the intersection of Golf and East River roads. NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci reports.]]> <![CDATA[Walmart Gets Pushback On 'No Holiday Pay' Policy]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:39:19 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Walmart-Celina.jpg Walmart is getting push-back from its employees on its "no holiday pay" policy. Some Chicago-area employees say they deserve holiday pay and are calling on Walmart to bring it back. Last year, Walmart eliminated holiday pay for all of its workers. Instead, it launched a paid-time-off system. It streamlined paid vacation, sick time, personal time and holidays into one category.

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<![CDATA[66 Chicago-Area Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:20:27 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/pies+Lucille+at+Drury+Lane.jpg There's no need to slave over your Turkey Day meal thanks to these 66 Chicago area restaurants. Stay up-to-date on additional restaurants, hours and locations. Dine-in and carry-out options are available.

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<![CDATA[Chicago-Area Group Ensures Thanksgiving Dinners For Families]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:40:41 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/FOOD+PANTRY+-+00000629_29763776.jpg

A Chicago-area group helps people in need ensure a Thanksgiving dinner for their loved ones. Anayeli Ruiz reports.

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<![CDATA[West Loop Residents Gather to Strategize Against Carjackings]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:32:32 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Carjack+meeting+Trina+-+00011129_29763769.jpg

There have been nearly 20 carjackings in the last week and residents in the West Loop say something needs to be done.

Alexandra Villarreal was the victim of a carjacking over the weekend in the 1200 block of West Hubbard Street.

"He's sliding into the car and I'm like why is he getting into the car!? I'm yelling at him," said Villarreal.

The suspects, believed to be driving a white van, were caught on surveillance tape.

"I was paranoid this morning," Villarreal said. "Two people walked past me and I was shaking."

A day later, another vehicle was taken in a bump and run at Monroe and Laflin. Kurt Anders' SUV was found totaled a few blocks away.

"By the time I realized what was happening the passenger got into my vehicle," he told NBC 5. "Someone is going to get hurt. And one of these days it's going to be you."

That's why Anders, and about 100 other West Loop residents, gathered for a community safety meeting Monday night.

Residents proposed solutions they can take action on, including adding more lights and security cameras in their neighborhood.

There have been more than 700 carjackings across the city so far this year--most on the south and west sides.

West Loop residents are hoping to change that trend.

"I think we need to keep everything relative," resident May Toi said. "But also conscious that we are living in a city."

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<![CDATA[Cook County Public Guardian May Narrowly Avoid Layoffs]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:11:03 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/cook+county+board+generic.jpg

A last minute deal may save the Cook County Public Guardian Office from devastating cuts.

Cook County Commissioners vote on the budget Tuesday and over the weekend Public Guardian employees spoke out about the loss of 22 positions. Still employees are wary of this new deal until the vote takes place. Already, the Public Guardian office agreed to give up 16 open positions.

Frank Shuftan, director of communications for Board President Toni Preckwinkle released a statement:

"The Budget Office has worked today to restore the 22 positions due for layoffs in the Public Guardian's Office. Advocates for the Public Guardian made a compelling case over the weekend and today to roll back the planned layoffs and maintain service levels."

Also, while most departments are taking a 10 percent cut -- the Commissioners themselves are not as wiling to lose $20,000 to their operating budgets.

Commissioners Daley, Schneider, Sufferdin and Boykin have agreed to cuts -- in some cases even more than $20,000, but others are refusing to do so. Each of the County Commissioners receive approximately $400,000 in operating funds.

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<![CDATA[Person Fatally Shot in Palos Heights, Police Say]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:11:42 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/PERSON_SHOT_AND_KILLED_AT_PALOS_HEIGHTS_HOME_licensed+-+00003400_29763214.jpg

A person was fatally shot Monday evening in a southwest suburb before the shooter fled the scene in a vehicle, police said.

The shooting took place in Palos Heights about 5 p.m. in the 7300 block of West Ishnala Drive.

The victim, who was only identified as male by Palos Heights police, was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital in neighboring Oak Lawn where died.

The victim’s name is not being released until his family has been notified of his death, police said.

“We do not believe this to be a random incident and we don’t believe that there is any threat to the community,” police said in a statement.

A neighbor said they heard about three gunshots.

No other information was immediately available.


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<![CDATA[Murphy Endorses Villivalam For Senate]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:31:13 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-84538570.png

With four Democrats now formally filing to challenge state Sen. Ira Silverstein, the first to receive an endorsement from one of Silverstein's Senate colleagues is Ram Villivalam. Democratic State Sen. Laura Murphy tells NBC 5 "I've known Ram for 10 to 12 years and I've watched him work campaign, after campaign, after campaign."

Villivalam, is the former political director for Rep. Brad Schneider and has worked for SEIU. Murphy adds "I believe it's possible for Ram to win the seat."

She's also calling for Silverstein to step down because of the allegations from a victims rights advocate who says Silverstein sexually harassed her. Murphy says "elected officials are held to a higher standard, we all know that."

Others also filing campaign papers to challenge Silverstein are: Alison Leipsiger, Caroline McAteer-Fournier, and David Zulkey.



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<![CDATA[Chicago Students Embrace Day of Service]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:00:12 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DAY+OF+SILENCE++-+00003125_297627291.jpg A group of students at one Chicago school took a break from math and reading to make a difference in the world around them. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter has more on how these kids embraced a day of service.]]> <![CDATA[A Glance at Charles Manson's Criminal History in Indiana]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:00:58 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Charles-Manson-doing-time.jpg

Charles Manson, the murderous cult leader who died Sunday at the age of 83, was once a troubled teen working as a messenger boy and living in an Indiana hotel.

His Midwestern roots were reported by the Indianapolis Star Tuesday. The paper writes that Manson was born in Cincinnati to a 16-year-old girl who ran away from her West Virginia home. Manson’s mother was imprisoned after robbing a gas station, the paper reports, when he was just 5 years old.

Manson began committing crimes before he turned 10, and by 13 he was sent to the Gibault School for Boys in Terre Haute.

His mother, who the Star writes would send him away while she “entertained her boyfriends” in the hotel room they shared, was arrested for adultery but then "skipped town" after being released on her own recognizance. Manson never saw her again, according to the newspaper.

Rev. George Powers, a local priest, offered assistance to the troubled 14-year-old who would grow to be one of America's most notorious prisoners, the paper says. Powers called him a “very genuine lost little kid” at the time.

It was Powers who pulled some strings and got the teenaged Manson sent to Boys Town in Nebraska, a reform school known for straighting out troubled kids.

A photo of Powers and Manson shaking hands was published in a March 7, 1949, edition of the Indianapolis News with the headline “Dream Comes True for Lad; He’s Going to Boys Town.”

"Charles told the court that there were only three persons in his life for whom he did care--an uncle with whom he lived for a time in Wheeling, W. Va., a priest at the Gibault Home For Boys, Terre Haute, and another priest who visited him at Juvenile Center," the paper reported at the time.

Manson told the judge in his case he would be happy “working around cows and horses” at Boys Town, but he was on the lam only days after he arrived.

After returning to Indianapolis and running afoul of the law again, Manson was sent to the Indiana Boys School in Plainfield, the Star reports, where he broke out at least twice.

Manson was arrested in 1956 when he was 21 for a parole violation—the last record of his being in Indianapolis, according to the Star.

He died of natural causes at a Kern County, California hospital, according to the California Department of Corrections.

Manson was recently taken to Bakersfield Hospital where he was being treated for intestinal bleeding since January. Surgery was recommended but it was later deemed too risky, the Associated Press reported.



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<![CDATA[Olympics Organizers Ensure Safety Amid North Korea Tensions]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:13:49 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-868821510.jpg

In the small town of PyeongChang near South Korea’s eastern coast, preparations are underway and the ceremonial Olympic Flame is making its way throughout the country as the countdown continues to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

"We’ll have 7,500 torch bearers covering 2,018 kilometers throughout all of Korea, which will generate interest [for the Games] in all parts of Korea," said Jae-Youl Kim, the executive vice president of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Aside from the pageantry, security remains a main focus for organizers.

The Games will take place just 60 miles from the demilitarized zone and the North Korean border.

North Korea has ramped up its nuclear weapons program in recent months, prompting global condemnation and escalating tensions with the United States.

On Monday, President Trump designated North Korea a state sponsor of terror and promised new sanctions on Pyongyang.

Olympic organizers said it is taking "all measures necessary" to secure the event.

"[We] are working with domestic authorities as well as international bodies to ensure that we have a comprehensive security plan for game time. Our president, Moon Jae-In of Korea, is in close contact with leaders of the world for stability and peace in the region," said Kim.

Earlier this month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted an "Olympic Truce," urging for a safe passage and peace throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The tradition of the truce has been to "ensure a halt of all hostilities" and reaffirms the "Olympic values of peace, solidarity and respect," according to a press release by the International Olympic Committee.

The resolution calls for the Olympic Truce to be respected from seven days before the start of the Olympic Games until seven days after the Paralympic Games.

For athletes vying for coveted spots on Team USA, the turmoil in the region is even more motivation to compete in the Olympics.

"The Olympics and sports is a world, universal language," said Jeffrey Swider-Peltz of Wheaton, who is competing to earn a bid on the U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Team. "People coming together for good things – it’s an amazing event and it’s up to us as athletes to go there and show everyone how you do it."

The Olympic Winter Games will take place from February 9-25, 2018, followed by the Paralympic Games from March 8-18, 2018.



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<![CDATA[Popular Spots to Meet Santa in Chicago, Suburbs]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:21:51 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/santa_722x406_2168833182.jpg

When it comes to a holiday visit with Santa, there used to be two lists that matter: naughty or nice.

Now there’s another list you need to know about, the reservation list.

Some stores are changing their policies when it comes to getting that photo with Santa, and others are upping their game to make the dreaded wait more bearable.

At 900 North Michigan Shops and Macy’s Santaland on State Street, you can jump into a "virtual line." Oak Brook Center is offering reservations this year, but they aren't required.

Here are some of the most popular spots to see Santa in the Chicago area this year, and the different ways to beat the line.

900 North Michigan Shops

Details: Virtual line: Give your phone number to Santa's elves and go shop; they’ll text you when Santa is ready for you. Two opportunities also are available to sign up for Breakfast with Santa with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Illinois.

Macy’s Santaland on State Street

Details: Virtual line: Give your phone number to Santa's elves and go shop; they’ll text you when Santa is ready for you.

You also can make reservations to have breakfast, lunch or dinner with Santa in the Narcissus Room on State Street or the Signature Kitchen at Oakbrook.

Oakbrook Center

Details: Reservations available, but not required

Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont

Details: Reservations available, but not required 

Lincolnwood Town Center

Details: Walk-ups available

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<![CDATA[Chicago Cop Gets 5 Years for 2013 Excessive Force Shooting]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:54:04 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/430PM+PKG+IPRA+PROAANO+WOJO+-+00001104_28558772.png

A judge Monday sentenced a Chicago police officer to five years in prison in connection to a 2013 shooting that injured two teenagers.

Police dashcam video captured the moment Officer Marco Proano fired his service weapon into a car full of teenagers the night of December 22, 2013.

Investigators found that he fired 16 shots in all, and a grand jury indicted Proano in 2016 on charges that he violated the civil rights of the teens – whose families already reached a civil settlement with the City of Chicago.

Proano was charged with two counts of unreasonable use of force, with each count carrying a maximum sentence of 19 years in prison. 

The trial marked the first time in at least 15 years that a Chicago police officer faced federal criminal charges in connection with an on-duty shooting. 

When he was charged, Proano’s attorney, Dan Herbert, said the shooting was justified because the car was stolen and another officer saw a gun inside.

“The reality is these shootings are ugly and they show situations that, to the public and the uninformed and uneducated when it comes to police work, they look like bad shootings,” Herbert said at the time, who also represents Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, facing murder charges in the high-profile shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

“When you find out the facts, when you find out what is happening and, most importantly, when you find out how these police officers were trained by their supervisors, their leaders, to do exactly what he did. Now they are turning their back on him,” Herbert continued.

A 10-year veteran of the force, Proano was suspended without pay since the shooting, and the Independent Police Review Authority recommended that he be fired.

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<![CDATA[Analysis Grades Chicago On Chances to Lure 2nd Amazon HQ]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:48:48 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/amazon+hq+bidding+war.jpg

Chicago gets an “F” for stability in a new analysis grading big cities' chances to lure Amazon in its quest to find a second headquarters that's sparked a bidding war across the nation.

In the analysis, conducted by CNBC, cities' bids were graded based on Amazon’s four main criteria: having more than 1 million people, a “stable, business friendly environment,” talent retention and creative thinking.

On the bright side, Chicago landed an “A+” for population, the analysis found.

But that’s about as good as it gets.

The city was given an “F” for stability, a “D-” for talent, a “C-” for location.

The Windy City’s letter average?

A “D+.”

"This Amazon opportunity is a home run for Illinois or wherever they choose to go," Gov. Bruce Rauner told CNBC last month. "Our tax revenues will go up by billions of dollars when we win Amazon. So we can easily afford it. Them coming here helps us with our challenges."

But the analysis said those challenges are “formidable.”

“Not only are the state's finances a mess, its regulatory structure is difficult. The state does well in higher education but poorly for its overall workforce,” the report states, adding that Illinois has the worst credit ranking in the United States and wallows budgetary crises.

Illinois bid $2.25 billion in tax breaks and incentives for the second Amazon headquarters to be built at one of 10 Chicago-area locations.

The state, however, didn’t come in dead last.

Anchorage, Alaska and Scarborough, Maine both failed entirely, each earning a letter grade average of “F.”

Here's how the other contenders ranked overall:

Newark NJ: D+

New York, NY: D

Cle/Col/Cin, OH: C-

Austin, TX: B-

Atlanta, GA: B-

Seattle, WA: B-

Denver, CO A+ B- B- F 2.42 C+

Salt Lake City, UT: B-

Orlando FL: C

PGH/PHL, PA: D+

Detroit MI: C+

Boston MA: C+

Minneapolis MN: C+

DC/VA: B-

Portland, OR: C-

RAL/CLT/GSO, NC: B

Hickory, NC: C-

PHO/TUC, AZ: C

Nashville, TN: B-

Las Vegas, NV: C

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<![CDATA[With Help From Chance, Jewel Presents $1M to Social Works]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:29:19 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chance+Check+-+00112201_29759207.jpg

Chance the Rapper surprised Chicago Public Schools students Monday when he showed up at a high school on the city’s West Side to help present another big check.

Chance, fresh off his stint hosting “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, was at Michele Clark Magnet High School with President of Jewel Osco Doug Cygan, who presented Chance’s Social Works organization with a $1 million check to benefit CPS.

Chance has made huge waves raising funds for CPS and its students and has even personally made sizeable donations of his own.

“You guys don’t receive the same benefits that a lot of other people do and your parents pay the same money into the same government taxes,” the Chicago rapper told students at Michele Clark.

The $1 million will go to The New Chance Arts & Literature Fund, which aims to “ensure more students have access to arts enrichment education.”

Cygan said the check was the largest given out in Jewel Osco history. The company, he said, wanted to donate to a charity it felt supported giving back to the community and supporting Chicago’s youth.

“I hope in this crowd there’s the next president of Jewel Osco,” Cygan said.

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<![CDATA[Hastert Scores Victory in One of Two Abuse-Related Lawsuits]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:36:57 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Hastert+Update.png

Disgraced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert scored a victory in Kendall County Circuit Court Monday, as a judge threw out a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed Hastert sexually abused him when he was a child, in approximately 1973 or 74.

The case was one of two Hastert has faced since leaving prison last summer. He is still named in a civil suit brought by his original accuser, “James Doe,” who is demanding the balance of $3.5 million he says Hastert promised him to guarantee his silence. It was that accuser who revealed Hastert’s secret past, leading to the once-powerful House Speaker’s political downfall. 

In the case dismissed Monday, an accuser identified in court documents only as “Richard Doe,” claimed Hastert molested him at Kendall County’s old Game Farm when Doe was nine or ten years old. But Judge Robert Pilmer ruled Monday that the statute of limitations had long since expired on any such allegation. 

“This individual Richard Doe, when he turned 18, was not aware of his claims at the time,” Doe’s attorney Kristi Browne said after court. “Shortly after he turned 18, within that first two years, he approached the prosecutor in Kendall County, Mr. Ingemunson, tried to report the claim or crime, and Mr. Ingemunson made misrepresentations to him which discouraged him from filing that claim.” 

Browne said that Ingemunson told Doe that if he filed a complaint, he would be prosecuted or sued. Ingemunson has previously told NBC 5 he has no recollection of any such conversation. 

“I’ve never met him,” Ingemunson said. “He’s never been in my office.” 

The former State’s Attorney said he had confirmed that a former assistant in the office, Jean Fletcher, did recall meeting the man, but “I never knew what it was.” 

Browne says she is weighing all options for her client, including an appeal or a motion for the judge to reconsider his ruling. That matter is set for Feb. 23.

“We have named the Yorkville school district, not as a defendant, but as a respondent for discovery purposes, and we believe we should be allowed to go forward with that discovery to investigate the possibility of bringing additional claims against additional defendants,” Browne said in a statement. “Illinois has joined 36 other states and the federal government in eliminating the statute of limitations for claims of childhood sexual abuse, which will allow much greater latitude for victims of such abuse to come forward, a process that can take years and even decades to be able to discuss and appreciate what happened.” 

“That change, however, only applies to claims that were not already barred by prior law at the time this change was made effective, January 1, 2014,” she added “It was an important and necessary change that unfortunately came too late for victims like Richard Doe.”



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<![CDATA[Dawson to Rejoin Cubs Organization, Reports Say]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:29:12 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-692726390.jpg

After an ownership change with the Miami Marlins, former Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson is reportedly heading back to the North Side. 

Dawson, who won the 1988 MVP award as a member of the Cubs, had been working for the Marlins' front office, but with a new ownership group led by Derek Jeter at the helm, he's rejoining the Cubs, according to multiple reports. 

USA Today's Bob Nightengale and CBS' Bruce Levine both reported the move. 

It's unclear at this point what role Dawson will play with the Cubs, although a front office role is a possibility. It's more likely that he will join the team as an ambassador, similar to the role that Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg currently fills. 

No official announcement has been made. 



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<![CDATA[Black Friday Shopping: List of Store Hours in Chicago Area]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:23:48 -0600 Best Buy
Thursday, Nov. 23: 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 24: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
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Thursday, Nov. 23: 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
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The biggest shopping day of the season is rapidly approaching. If you're planning to shop the sales this year, here is a list of store hours for 15 of the most popular retailers on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

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<![CDATA[Apparently, No One Knows Who Kris Bryant Is in Austria]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:37:18 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/P-20171119-00997_news.jpg

Kris Bryant has a hard time even going to the grocery store in the U.S. without being noticed, but send him to Austria and it appears things are very different.

Bryant and his wife Jessica apparently went to Salzburg, where they walked through the historic Old Town area. The couple was filmed by Red Bull as Bryant asked locals if they knew who he was.

“Baseball is really exciting in Chicago right now, so we’re going to see if it’s spread over to this side of the world,” Bryant said. “I hope they’re excited to meet me.”

The answer was apparently disappointing for the Cubs star – who went entirely unnoticed by those featured in the footage.

Many of them didn’t even watch baseball, but some knew the Chicago Bulls and even Kobe Bryant.

One person did manage to put on a baseball glove and play a quick game of catch with Bryant, however.  

Did we mention Bryant tries on Lederhosen while he’s there?



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<![CDATA[Bears Sign Cairo Santos as New Kicker]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:02:23 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-623038260.jpg

The Chicago Bears have signed a new kicker as Cairo Santos will join the team. 

In turn, the team also waived their current kicker Connor Barth, who missed a field goal during the Bears' loss to the Detroit Lions Sunday. 

Santos, who was the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs over the last four seasons before being cut loose earlier this year, has made 84.8 percent of the kicks he's taken in his career, including all three he booted through in 2017. 

Barth, who was brought in to replace Robbie Gould before the 2016 season, made 68.8 percent of his kicks this season, missing five of them total on the year. 



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<![CDATA[Pumpkin vs. Apple: See the Most-Searched Pies in Every State]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:33:08 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-498725756.jpg

It’s a question that's asked by many every Thanksgiving- pumpkin or apple pie?

It appears Illinoisans finally have an answer to that question, based on search results provided by Google.

The engine has named the “top searched Thanksgiving pies by state” as of Monday, and Illinois pumpkin reigns supreme, followed by apple then pecan.

It’s a trend seen across much of the U.S., with only three states choosing a pie other than pumpkin.

According to the results, pecan pie was searched most in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.



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<![CDATA[Forecast: Clear & Cold Start]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:30:58 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000026736998_1200x675_1099865155743.jpg

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

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<![CDATA[Rundown: Manson, Icy Roads, Chicago Cop's Sentencing]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:59:04 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000026736958_1200x675_1099847747587.jpg

The top headlines you need to know as you start your day on Nov. 20, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Todd Stroger Announces Run for Cook County Board President]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:40:55 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Todd-Stroger2.jpg

It appears, Cook County will see another Preckwinkle-Stroger showdown.

Todd Stroger on Monday announced he would be running for Cook County Board president once again, a position he had lost to Preckwinkle years ago.

With both candidates now holding a trail of criticism in their path over their controversial tax plans - Preckwinkle's repealed sweetened beverage tax and Stroger's sales tax increase - the upcoming political race will likely feel like deja vu for many. 

“The reason is because I’ve been around the county and the people I meet, they asked me to," Stroger said of why he's running. 

The pair will likely also face former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti, who announced last week his intention to run against Preckwinkle in the Democratic primary. 

The announcements come just over a month after commissioners voted in favor of repealing the soda tax spearheaded by Preckwinkle. 

The tax - enacted to balance the county budget and, according to Preckwinkle, stave off massive social service cuts - fueled public outcry from shoppers and business owners across the county.

While Preckwinkle was once so popular that she seemed to be a likely contender to unseat Emanuel, the tax has taken a toll on her approval ratings and made her more vulnerable to challengers.

“She made some bad mistakes. The sugar tax was a bad idea," Stroger said. “This isn’t 2010. This is 2017.”

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<![CDATA[Bears' Cam Meredith Makes a Difference This Thanksgiving]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:55:30 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5+4AM+News+Clean+-+06253121_29753603.jpg

A homegrown football player is using his star power to make a difference this Thanksgiving. 

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<![CDATA[Black Ice Causes Series of Crashes in Chicago Area]]> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 06:55:56 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/clip-02-rollover-on-tape+-+00002912_29752665.jpg

Icy roads caused a number of crashes in the Chicago area early Monday morning, shutting down roadways as crews worked to salt.

One dramatic rollover crash was caught on camera on the Dan Ryan Expressway ramp at Canalport.

The ramp became so dangerous it was shut down by the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

Footage showed the driver of an SUV losing control and flipping over onto its roof with two people inside. Those inside the car were not injured, authorities said.

Several other cars lost control at the same ramp, with one crashing through a fence and another ending up in a vacant lot.

Another slippery spot was reported at 130th Street on the city’s South Side, where a vehicle fishtailed and hit an ambulance.

Black ice forms when the temperature is 32 degrees or colder outside and since cars can't gain traction on ice, AAA says it's even more dangerous than snow. Officials recommend that drivers do not hit the brakes in the event their vehicle begins to slide on black ice. 

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<![CDATA[Chicago Prepares to Sue U.S. Steel Over Chromium Leaks]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:30:21 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/10P+PKG+CHROMIUM+LAKE+-+00001925_29753527.jpg

Chicago officials plan to take legal action Monday against U.S. Steel for a pair of chemical spills that have dumped pollutants into a tributary of Lake Michigan, one of which officials say was never reported to the public. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city intends to send a Notice of Intent to sue the plant, a necessary first step before filing the lawsuit. The company has 60 days to respond before the city is legally allowed to file.

“We will not stand idly by as U.S. Steel repeatedly disregards and violates federal laws and our natural resources,” Emanuel said in a statement.

According to the city, U.S. Steel has allowed toxic chromium, the pollutant made famous by the film “Erin Brockovich,” to leak into a Lake Michigan tributary on two separate occasions this year. The leaks spilled a total of nearly 300 pounds of hexavalent chromium from the company's plant in Portage, Indiana into the Burns Waterway. 

The most recent leak occurred in October, when almost 60 pounds of the substance found its way into a stream near U.S. Steel’s Indiana plant. That spill, Chicago officials said, was never made public. 

"It didn't happen once, it happened twice," Emanuel said in a press conference Sunday. "When it happened, they didn't report it and they did it in a premeditated manner. They made a conscious decision not to report it."

U.S. Steel said the Oct. 26 spill "did not pose any danger to water supply or human health" adding that the company "promptly communicated the issue to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management."

“U. S. Steel is committed to complying with all environmental standards, to ensuring the safety of our employees and our neighbors in the communities in which we live and operate, and to safeguarding our shared environment," the company said in a statement. "We take that responsibility very seriously and recognize this as a critical aspect of our role as a member of each community in which we operate. We also take every incident seriously. We have worked with appropriate government agencies in the past as effectively as possible and continue those efforts as part of our work to continuously improve our environmental compliance processes.”

The city is not only planning to sue the company, but Emanuel also took aim at President Donald Trump's administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, saying they haven’t acted to discipline U.S. Steel for the leaks.

“Not only was the discharge way in excess of what is permitted, it happened twice,” Emanuel said. “Now you have to ask, ‘What is the company thinking about?’ and then more importantly, ‘What is the Trump EPA doing?’”

Despite the reported leaks, Emanuel said the city’s drinking water remains safe.

“The drinking water is safe,” he said. “This is putting people on notice so it never ever gets to that situation.” 

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<![CDATA[Lions vs. Bears: In Photos]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:55:00 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-876332984.jpg The Chicago Bears' offense generated over 400 yards, but they couldn't finish off a comeback attempt as they lost to the Detroit Lions.

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<![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.

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<![CDATA[1 Dead, 9 Wounded in Weekend Shootings]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:11:50 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-823699306.png

One person is dead and at least nine have been shot and wounded across the city of Chicago so far this weekend.

The first fatality of the weekend occurred on Sunday when a 30-year-old man suffered what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg. According to authorities, the man was shot in the 1600 block of North Mango at approximately 1:46 p.m. Sunday afternoon, and he was pronounced dead at Loyola. 

The city's latest shooting took place just before 3 p.m. in the 3900 block of West Van Buren. A 17-year-old boy was standing outside when a person walked up to him and shot him multiple times. He was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition.

Earlier Sunday, a 14-year-old boy was shot in the chest, according to police, and he was taken to Loyola Hospital in serious condition.

The boy was one of three people shot in the first 12 hours of Sunday. The other two victims, a 22-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, were both in stable condition at area hospitals, according to police.

Friday

  • An 18-year-old was shot in the abdomen while standing on a porch in the 2300 block of South Sacramento at approximately 5:29 p.m. He was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in serious condition, police said.

Saturday

  • A person in a red sedan fired shots at a woman in the 1300 block of South Albany at approximately 3:29 a.m. She was struck in the back and was taken to Mt. Sinai in stable condition, according to police.
  • At 4:25 p.m. in the 3900 block of West Hirsch, a 21-year-old man was shot in the buttocks. He was taken to Mt. Sinai in serious condition, police said.
  • In the 4600 block of South Federal at approximately 5:36 p.m., a 28-year-old man was shot in the abdomen, according to police. He was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.
  • A 24-year-old man was shot by a person in a grey Chrysler, police said. The man was a passenger in a car when the shots were fired in the 7500 block of South State at approximately 10:46 p.m. He was taken to Christ Hospital with a gunshot wound to his back.

Sunday:

  • A 22-year-old man was sitting in a car in the 600 block of North Laramie when he was shot at approximately 9:46 a.m. He was shot twice in the left shoulder and was transferred to Stroger in stable condition, police said.
  •  26-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to his right hand in the 2400 block of West Taylor at approximately 10:09 a.m., police said. He is in stable condition, and a person of interest is in custody according to police.
  • A 14-year-old boy was shot in the chest in the 2500 block of North Lotus at approximately 11:34 a.m., police said. He is in serious condition at Loyola Hospital.
  • A 30-year-old man suffered what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his leg at approximately 1:46 p.m. in the 1600 block of North Mango, according to authorities. The man was taken to Loyola, where he was pronounced dead.
  • A 17-year-old boy was shot multiple times in the 3900 block of West Van Buren just before 3 p.m. He was standing outside when a person walked up to him and fired several shots at him. He was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition. 

*All investigations are still pending, and unless otherwise noted no one is in custody. 



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<![CDATA[Chance the Rapper Draws Laughs With Hockey Sketch]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 13:07:32 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-8444305341.jpg

Chicago-native Chance the Rapper hosted "Saturday Night Live" this week, and he brought down the house with his hilarious take on sports commentary. 

Chance, who hosted the show for the first time, played the role of basketball-analyst turned hockey reporter for the skit as he pretended to cover the New York Rangers. 

Battling the cold temperatures, Chance did his best in the sketch, but was ultimately "flummoxed" by tough names and hockey's rules. 

"One of the main guys on the Rangers, don't know how to say his name, it has 30 letters in it and none of them are vowels, but he's playing great," Chance said in the sketch, which earned plenty of attention across the internet. 

Chance also took on fighting, took a shot at the lowly New York Knicks, and even got to interview a "player" during the sketch. 



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<![CDATA[Patrick Kane's Best Moments With the Blackhawks]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:52:10 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6155458722.jpg

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is celebrating his 29th birthday on Sunday, and after more than a decade in the NHL, he’s put together quite an impressive highlight reel.

Kane, who is currently playing in his 11th NHL season, has scored 50 playoff goals and 291 regular season tallies, and time and again he has dazzled fans with his exploits and clutch play on the ice.

To celebrate Kane’s birthday, here are five of his best NHL moments.

Kane Scores His First Playoff Hat Trick

In his second NHL season, Kane made it to the playoffs for the first time, and he made it count as he scored a hat trick in Game 6 of the conference semifinal to eliminate the Vancouver Canucks:

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Kane Spins and Scores vs. Stars

The lone regular season goal on this list, it is no less spectacular than any other goal he ever scored. With the Blackhawks up big against Dallas, Kane showed some serious flash with a spin-o-rama goal:

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The Game-Tying Tally vs. Nashville

Marian Hossa’s game winner gets a lot of the credit, but Kane’s game tying goal with less than 20 seconds to go against Nashville in Game 5 of the 2010 first round is one of the most dramatic of this Hawks team’s current run of success:

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OT Winner vs. Kings

Kane loves scoring big goals in clinching games, and that’s exactly what he did against the Kings in the 2013 conference final, and naturally his frequent running mate Jonathan Toews was right alongside him:

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The Cup Winner

There aren’t many goals bigger than this one in Hawks history, as Kane ended the team’s nearly half-century championship drought:

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Which Kane moment was your favorite? Did we miss one that you think is better? Let us know in the comments! 



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<![CDATA[Bears Fall to Lions in Close Game]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:12:51 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-876333642.jpg

The Chicago Bears lost to the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field. 

After a good start to the game, the Bears watched the Lions' offense slowly churn out quality drives, and a Matt Prater kick with a minute and a half to go was the difference as the Lions won. 

The loss drops the Bears to 3-7 on the season. 

The Bears had a chance to tie the game late, as Mitchell Trubiksy scrambled and converted on a long fourth down play and then found Dontrelle Inman for another first down. Unfortunately for Chicago, Connor Barth's attempted field goal sailed well right, sending the Bears to their third straight loss. 

The road for the Bears won't get any easier, as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles next week in the City of Brotherly Love. 


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<![CDATA[1 Dead, Dozens Displaced After Bensenville Apartment Fire]]> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:33:31 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BENSENVILLE+APARTMENT+FIRE+-+00110604_29745563.jpg

Just days before Thanksgiving, a man died and numerous families have been left homeless after a deadly fire ripped through a Bensenville apartment building.

The blaze, which claimed the life of a man and left dozens more displaced, started on the third floor of the building just before 6 a.m. Sunday.

One woman, resident Gena Lovergine, was asleep when the fire alarm went off, and she immediately sprang into action.

“I heard fire alarms and thought I was dreaming,” she said. “I hit my fiancé and grabbed my daughter and ran downstairs.”

Lovergine’s quick thinking saved her family, but she left behind everything else, including her engagement ring, which contained a diamond that her late father had given to her mother.

For hours she waited outside in the cold, hoping that firefighters could find the ring, and after searching through the burnt remains of the building, a firefighter returned with the ring in hand.

“I’m so happy they have it. It’s the only thing I have left from my dad,” she said. “I wanted to give him a big hug.”

The Red Cross and the Village of Bensenville are helping families that were displaced by the blaze, which is still under investigation. 

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