<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago https://www.nbcchicago.com en-usWed, 19 Sep 2018 13:30:33 -0500Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:30:33 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Butler Requests Trade From Timberwolves: Reports]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:58:39 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-950491216.jpg

After meeting with Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau this week, former Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler has reportedly asked the team for a trade.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski both report that Butler has given the Timberwolves a list of three teams that he’s willing to sign an extension with, but didn’t identify which three teams made the cut.

After being traded by the Bulls during the 2017 NBA Draft, Butler averaged 22.2 points and 4.9 assists per game with the Timberwolves last season, and he’s set to become an unrestricted free agent after the coming season.

Butler has reportedly had a falling out with Timberwolves teammate Karl-Anthony Towns, and the meeting with Thibodeau was designed to address those concerns. If the reports of a trade request are accurate, then the meeting didn’t have its desired effect, and it now seems that Butler will be playing elsewhere in the coming year.

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<![CDATA[Sigma Alpha Epsilon Returns to Northwestern After Suspension]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:16:23 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/nu+sae.png

Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity will return to Northwestern University's Evanston campus this fall after a one-year suspension, school administrators said Wednesday.

SAE was on probation for serving alcohol to minors at a party in fall 2016, and prohibited from hosting any gatherings throughout 2017, when members continued to host social events with alcohol that January, Northwestern spokesman Bob Rowley said in a statement at the time.

As a result of that probation violation, in April 2017, university administrators suspended the fraternity for one academic year.

That suspension came months after the university received reports that as many as four female students were possibly given a date rape drug during an SAE event. Two of those women said they believed they were sexually assaulted, according to the university, which sent out a security alert on the incident and launched an investigation into the allegations.

Northwestern said in April 2017 that no disciplinary action would be taken against SAE in connection with the assault allegations, just weeks before the school barred the organization from campus over the unrelated violation of its probation.

After a membership review, SAE headquarters staff selected 17 of the 40 eligible undergraduate students to return to the fraternity, with 13 members living in the house, Northwestern spokesman Jon Yates said in a statement Wednesday.

Those members will have a "full-time live-in house director who will oversee operations and serve as a mentor," Yates said, adding that the organization will remain on alcohol and disciplinary probation.

A spokesman for SAE's national organization, headquartered in Evanston, did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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<![CDATA[How to Watch the 2018 Race for Illinois Governor Forum Live]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:29:48 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/The-Race-for-Governor_1200x675_NBC.png

NOTE: NBC Chicago will offer a live stream with complete coverage of the forum beginning at 6 p.m. CT Thursday right here, as well as extended digital coverage with the candidates following the on-air broadcast. 

The first televised forum of the 2018 race for Illinois governor is almost here - and there are plenty of ways to watch it. 

The hour-long forum will be broadcast live from NBC Tower beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20.

NBC 5 Political Editor Carol Marin will moderate the roundtable conversation, with reporters Mary Ann Ahern and Karla Leal taking questions from the audience.

The entire event will be broadcast live on NBC 5, on NBCChicago.com and on the NBC Chicago app. It will also be subtitled live in Spanish on Telemundo Chicago, TelemundoChicago.com and on the Telemundo Chicago app.

After the forum, the candidates will participate in a Q&A session that will be streamed exclusively on the NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago digital platforms.

Both stations previously hosted the first forum of the Democratic candidates for governor ahead of the March primary, as well as a 2014 forum of Republican candidates for Illinois governor and the award-winning Chicago Mayoral Debate in 2015.

<![CDATA[Murphy Timetable for Return Extended, Team Says]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:09:39 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-880973262.jpg

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy has yet to see the ice during training camp, and now it appears that he will be out of commission for even longer than originally anticipated.

According to Dr. Michael Terry, the team’s lead physician, Murphy’s back injury will leave him off the ice for six weeks of rest. After that, the Blackhawks will determine whether he needs more rest, or if the injury has healed enough to allow him to begin on-ice training.

Whenever Murphy is cleared, he will need approximately two weeks to get back up to speed, meaning that he will be out of action for eight to 12 weeks, according to the Blackhawks.

That timeline likely leaves Murphy out for at least the first two months of the season, and could mean an even longer absence for the defenseman.

The Blackhawks will next take the ice on Thursday when they battle the Detroit Red Wings in the Motor City.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Wins the First Taste of 'Mayochup']]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:46:34 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Heinz_Mayochup_Equation.jpg

The city famous for its ketchup disdain is getting the first taste of a new twist on the classic sauce. 

Heinz announced Wednesday that Chicago prevailed in a Twitter vote to be first to try its new "Mayochup" creation - and yes, there will be free samples. 

The mayonnaise-ketchup mix came to fruition after a similar Twitter poll in April, in which 510,000 votes were cast in favor of creating the new sauce

Heinz then announced a contest on Monday to decide which city would be first to see "Mayochup" on its shelves and on Wednesday, Chicago was declared the winner.

Brooklyn, New York, and Culver City, California, were among the "most passionate on social media" about bringing Mayochup home, but it was Chicago that prevailed in the contest for a "food truck takeover." 

That takeover will happen beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday at 150 S. Wacker Dr., according to Heinz, who invited the general public to stop by for free samples of the new blend as well as fries for dipping.

"Mayochup" was slated to hit shelves at most major retailers later this month, Heinz said.

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<![CDATA[Trevathan Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:17:03 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-861670080.png

Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan played a huge role in his team’s home opening win over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, and he was rewarded for his play with the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award.

Trevathan sacked Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson twice in the win over the Seahawks, and he also registered eight tackles and a forced fumble as he led an aggressive Bears attack in the contest.

The Bears have been the talk of the NFL thus far this season thanks to their defense, registering a league-leading 10 sacks in their first two games. They sacked Wilson a total of six times in the game and forced two turnovers, including an interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Prince Amukamara.

According to the Bears, Trevathan is the second player to win the award over the last two seasons, joining safety Eddie Jackson, who won in the team’s Week 7 win over the Carolina Panthers in 2017.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: Sam McCann]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:47:38 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/sam+mccann.png

Republican State Sen. Sam McCann entered the race for governor in April under the Conservative Party label after initially mulling a GOP primary run against incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner, with whom he has long been at odds.

A union supporter, McCann voted in 2015 to override Rauner’s veto of a bill on union arbitration, bucking the governor’s anti-union position to align with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Rauner then targeted McCann in the 2016 GOP primary for the 50th Senate District, which includes a portion of Springfield and the area west to the Illinois border.

Rauner spent more than $3 million in an unsuccessful attempt to unseat McCann, who has represented the district since 2011. Like Rauner’s right-wing primary challenger state Rep. Jeanne Ives, McCann was also angered by Rauner’s signing of two measures on immigration and abortion. 

The first was to prevent law enforcement officials from detaining individuals based solely on their immigration status – which some said effectively turned Illinois into a “sanctuary state,” and the second was a bill that allows the state to cover abortions for its employees and Medicaid recipients, and will also ensure that abortion remains legal in Illinois should the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision be overturned.

Billing himself as the only conservative in the race, McCann says on his website that he will work to overturn both laws, “push for protections that preserve our religious beliefs from being attacked by leftist values” and “work with President Trump to secure the sovereignty of our borders.”

As of the most recent reporting period ending June 30, McCann had $73,251 in his campaign coffers. He garnered 4 percent support in an August NBC News/Marist poll.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: Kash Jackson]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:35:10 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Kash+Jackson+-+Governor.png

Grayson "Kash" Jackson is the Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor.

Born Benjamin Winderweedle in Louisiana, the 39-year-old retired U.S. Navy officer legally changed his name in 2017 and currently resides in north suburban Antioch. He announced his run for governor in June. 

Jackson's proposals include requiring any tax increases to be passed by two-thirds of voters in a referendum, as well as unspecified criminal justice reforms, which he said includes getting family courts to “stop treating divorcing couples as sources of revenue.”

That issue is one with particular relevance to his life, as Jackson has been locked in a legal battle with his second ex-wife over child support. In August, a judge gave Jackson 30 days to pay more than $3,000 to his ex-wife or he would be sent to jail.

That ruling came after Jackson told the judge that the third-party website he used to issue the payment – under a court order – mistakenly sent the funds to his first ex-wife.

In an August NBC News/Marist poll, 6 percent of respondents said they support Jackson. When it comes to funding his campaign, Jackson has far less in his war chest than the major party candidates, with just $985.32 in his committee as of the last reporting period.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Weather Forecast: Another Warm and Humid Day]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:56:14 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000031708731_1200x675_1324095555598.jpg

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

<![CDATA[Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: J.B. Pritzker]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:01:25 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-935448688.png

J.B. Pritzker is a member of the billionaire Pritzker family, best known for owning the Hyatt hotel chain. After months of speculation, Pritzker announced in April 2017 that he would enter the race to unseat Gov. Bruce Rauner.

A powerful Democratic fundraiser, Pritzker was deeply involved in both of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaigns and has contributed to candidates including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as well as Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth. His sister Penny Pritzker served in President Obama's administration, while Pritzker himself unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1998.

A venture capitalist, Forbes listed Pritzker as the 219th richest person in the country in 2017, with a net worth of $3.4 billion - making him capable of self-funding his campaign, even more so than Rauner. As of September, Pritzker has given his campaign more than $126.5 million.

That cash bought him a massive field operation and hours of advertising airtime ahead of the March primary, inundating television airwaves to tout his endorsements and his vow to "stand up" to President Donald Trump and Rauner - a strategy that lifted him to victory with 45 percent of the vote against five other candidates in the Democratic primary.

Having never held elective office, Pritzker doesn't have a legislative record but has said he supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, has proposed the introduction of a public health insurance option, and is in favor of legalizing marijuana.

He has not released a detailed tax plan but has said he supports changing Illinois' income tax rate from a flat tax to a graduated, or progressive, income tax which would tax wealthier individuals at a higher rate.

To do that, voters would have to approve a change to the Illinois Constitution, which is a tall order in itself. If enacted, the policy - proven to be politically treacherous at times - could take years to implement, if at all. Pritzker has not revealed details on how he would go about changing Illinois' tax structure. 

Both Rauner and Pritzker's opponents in the Democratic primary have hit Pritzker - a longtime political donor and power player behind the scenes - on his ties to the so-called "machine," particularly House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Rauner has also taken aim at Pritzker over leaked tapes, recorded by the FBI in a 2008 wiretap, in which the Democratic candidate can be heard discussing political appointments for himself with now-incarcerated Gov. Rod Blagojevich, as well as making off-color comments about black politicians to potentially replace newly-elected President Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.

That controversy didn't appear to outwardly impact Pritzker's relationship with Obama, as the former president offered his endorsement of the gubernatorial candidate in August.

An NBC News/Marist poll conducted that same month showed that Pritzker leads Rauner by 16 points in a race that several political forecasters have predicted "leans Democratic."

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<![CDATA[Live Blog: Van Dyke Trial Enters Third Day]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:28:21 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/205*120/van+dyke+trial.jpg

Follow along live from court above and below. (NOTE: Not all witness testimony will be streamed live above)

More testimony is expected Wednesday as the murder trial for Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke heads into its third day. 

In the first two days of the trial so far, jurors have heard from several Chicago police officers, watched dashcam video of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald and seen the weapon Van Dyke used to shoot the 17-year-old 16 times. 

On Tuesday, Van Dyke's partner detailed the moments before the shooting unfolded. 

Joseph Walsh, who faces charges for falsifying his report, testified off camera and under immunity, that he believed McDonald to be a danger before the shoting. 

The testimony contradicts statements made by previous officers called in the case. 

"I assessed the entire incident when he was on the ground," Walsh said. "He was a threat, still armed... with a knife in his hand... still moving." 

Another witness called Tuesday, however, said he saw no "threatening movements" while McDonald was on the ground. 

Van Dyke has claimed he opened fire that night to protect himself and other officers. The Chicago police officer is charged with murder after he shot McDonald 16 times the night of Oct. 20, 2014, on the city's Southwest Side.

Van Dyke's attorneys maintain the Chicago officer has been wrongly charged, saying he was acting within the law when he shot the teen, who at the time was an armed felon fleeing a crime scene.

12:14 p.m.: After looking at the autopsy photos for 40 minutes, Judge Gaughan takes a short recess to give everyone a break. We’re only half way through the gunshot wound pictures.

11:32 a.m.: A forensic pathologist is now explaining, one by one, each of the 16 bullet wounds to Laquan McDonald. The jury is now looking at the graphic autopsy photos of each of the gunshot wounds.

11 a.m.: Third witness of the day, Greg Brate, a firearms forensic expert with ISP, confirms that all 16 shots fired the night Laquan McDonald was killed, came from the same weapon. “Based on comparison of evidence...I determined all fired from the same weapon.”

10 a.m.: Day 3 of testimony begins with a government motion to have the FBI forensic expert’s testimony re-admitted. Judge Gaughan says an expert’s testimony is supposed to aid the jury in understanding the evidence, and it only confused them. But he will allow him to retestify.

<![CDATA[How Queen of Hearts Winner Reacted After Learning She'd Won]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:07:29 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WINNER+TSE+-+00002009_33706541.jpg

The winner of the Queen of Hearts raffle known only as Lori S. had to call back numerous times after she received a phone call saying she had just won $2.8 million, according to the McHenry VFW post commander. 

<![CDATA[The Rundown: Queen of Hearts, Playstation, Batman Intruder?]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:30:02 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000031708043_1200x675_1324084803957.jpg

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


<![CDATA[Baez, Murphy Go Deep as Cubs Romp Past Diamondbacks 9-1]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:14:25 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1035799856.jpg

Two nights in a row, Anthony Rizzo has made a major impact on Chicago Cubs wins with efforts that don't stand out in the boxscore. 

Rizzo beat out a potential double play by hustling to first base Monday, and teammate Javier Baez followed with a two-run homer. The next night, Rizzo worked a 17-pitch at-bat before lining out, and Baez followed with another two-run shot. 

That helped the Cubs cruise to a 9-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday for their fifth win in six games. Chicago increased its lead in the NL Central to 3 1/2 games over Milwaukee, which lost at home to last-place Cincinnati. 

"I saw it all," Rizzo said. "They were just borderline pitches. You would love for that ball to sneak through, but when you wear pitchers out like that, it's something that the next guy and the next guy can have success." 

Daniel Murphy also hit a two-run homer as the Cubs jumped out to a big early lead. Mike Montgomery (5-5) allowed a run and four hits with a season-high eight strikeouts in six innings for his first win since Aug. 7. 

"Changeup was really working," Montgomery said. "Obviously, this rotation is working well so I kind of wanted to jump in line and be a guy that goes out there and gives us as many innings as he can."

The slumping Diamondbacks dropped six games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West and six back of St. Louis for the second wild card. They have lost four in a row and nine of 11.

The Cubs built a 5-0 lead after their first two turns at bat. 

In the first inning, Baez drove a 2-0 pitch from Matt Andriese onto the pool deck in right-center. Baez's 33rd home run gave him 107 RBIs this season. 

Ian Happ knocked in Jason Heyward with a second-inning double before Murphy, who scored three times, hit his 11th home run of the season. 

Rizzo added a two-run single in a four-run fifth. 

"Overall, we did work some good at-bats," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I thought the approach was good and we hit some balls really well." 

Ketel Marte homered in the second for Arizona, his 12th. But the Diamondbacks' season that got off to a great start appears on the verge of ending with no return to the postseason. 

"We still have two feet in this race and I believe something good can come out of it," manager Torey Lovullo said. "Whether it is tomorrow or next year, I believe we are learning some valuable lessons." 

Andriese (3-6) lasted two innings and was charged with five runs on five hits in a bullpen game for Arizona. Four other pitchers appeared. 

"Not the way I wanted my first start with the Diamondbacks," Andriese said. "That Rizzo at-bat kind of made me work hard and kind of put me behind the 8-ball." 


Heyward started for the first time since being activated from the disabled list on Sunday. He came in as a defensive replacement in right field in the ninth inning on Monday. He had been out since Aug. 31 with a hamstring injury. 

Heyward was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth. 

"Jason looked really good at the plate," Maddon said. "First ball in the gap and second one was really well struck up the middle." 


The Diamondbacks, down 9-1 after five innings, made six lineup changes before the sixth, including replacing star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The Cubs also took out several regulars, and before the night ended, Happ had played all three outfield positions.

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<![CDATA[91-Year-Old Man Brutally Attacked on Chinatown Street]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:49:46 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CHINATOWN+ELDERLY+ATTACK+-+00000326_33698052.jpg

An elderly man is in intensive care after a brutal attack on a bustling street in Chicago's Chinatown neighborhood during broad daylight Tuesday. 

Family members said 91-year-old Yen Jit Wong had just gone to a coffee shop and was walking home around noon in the 2400 block of Wentworth when a suspect approached and punched him in the face. 

Wong fell to the ground and suffered head injuries. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was last listed in stable condition, officials said. 

The attack happened in front of several witnesses who screamed for help. One witness flagged down an off-duty Chicago police sergeant walking in the area. 

"I actually got flagged down by a female who witnessed the situation," Deputy Eddie Garcia said.

Garcia said he called for help and gave a description of a suspect who was later tracked down and taken into custody. Charges were pending Wednesday morning against the 45-year-old man, but police have not yet mentioned a motive. 

"He’s totally defenseless," said Raymond Wu, who owns Best Choice Oriental Store in the area. "Why beat up an old man like that?"

Dr. Kim Tee, a community organizer in Chinatown, said the neighborhood has several watch groups and safety patrols but he would like to more officers walking and patrolling the area as well.

Wong's son-in-law said the entire family is still in shock. His family said he is a simple guy who loves to see his grandchildren and they hope he pulls through.

<![CDATA[These Are the Happiest Places to Live in 2018: Study Says]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:58:50 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicagoskyline3.jpg

A recent WalletHub report released the happiest places to live.

Can you guess what place Illinois ranked?

According to the study, which factored everything from job satisfaction to emotional well-being, Americans are the happiest living in Hawaii; followed by Utah, Minnesota and North Dakota respectively.

Illinois ranked #23 overall—it ranked no. 12 in terms of “Emotional & Physical Well-Being,’ no. 45 in “Work Environment” and no. 44 in “Community & Environment.”

West Virginia was named the unhappiest state.

WalletHub stated on their official site, that they “examined the 50 states across 31 key metrics, ranging from depression rate to sports participation rate to income growth.”

To find the full '2018’s Happiest States in America' list and/or to read more on the study, click here.

<![CDATA[First Illinois AG Debate Gets Fiery]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:45:34 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ATTORNEY+GENERAL+RACE+-+00000223_33697590.jpg

A fiery debate erupted from candidates for Illinois attorney general Tuesday as they faced off for the first time.

The first side-by-side comparison, which was held before the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board, saw Sen. Kwame Raoul, Erika Harold and Bubba Harsy battle over everything from their stance on gay adoptions, ties to House Speaker Mike Madigan and the legalization of marijuana.

The debate centered largely on how Harold answered a question on gay adoptions nearly 20 years ago, when she ran for Miss Illinois.

“I said that I support same-sex couples to adopt and be able to be foster parents because I believe they would provide loving home and I believe no child should be in an abusive environment,” Harold said.

Harold also linked Raoul to Madigan, saying they both tried to raise property taxes.

“Trying to tie me to the speaker and trying to suggest that I have something to do with raising property taxes and property tax appeals, when I’ve never done a property appeals case in my life,” Raoul said.

Meanwhile, Libertarian candidate Harsy joined Raoul and Harold in saying they support the legalization of marijuana.

“We have bigger problems in Illinois going on right now than whether or not somebody smoke a plant that’s never killed anybody,” Harsy said.

The first debate comes on the heels of negative ads from both Raoul and Harold and as a new poll shows the contest is closer than the governor’s race.

The latest poll by the Illinois Broadcasters Association showed Raoul ahead of Harold by 11, with 20 percent undecided.

The group also acknowledged the controversy over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I think it’s very important that women have the opportunity to set forth information related to allegations like that,” Harold said. “I also think it’s very important that he have the opportunity to defend himself.”

Raoul added that the allegations are “worth looking into.”

<![CDATA['Love, Gilda': A Tribute to SNL Comedian Gilda Radner]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:39:01 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/snlgildadoc.JPG

This Friday, a documentary will bring back comedian Gilda Radner back to life, honoring her legacy through some of Saturday Night Live's most famous skits. NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci has the details. 

<![CDATA[Neo-Nazi Fliers Found Near University of Chicago Campus]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:30:14 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NEO+NAZI+FLYERS+-+00000615_33697572.jpg

Neo-nazi posters have been found on posts and mailboxes in the Hyde Park neighborhood.

Some residents have called the flyers disturbing and are encouraging others to tear them down.

Over the weekend, resident Alex Wing was out with his daughter when he found two of the posters.

“There was a flier right there on the light post," he told NBC 5. "I took a picture. I tore it down. Then we crossed the street and there was another one on the mailbox there and I did the same thing."

One of the posters he found at 56th and Lake Park promotes Identity Evropa, a group the Anti-Defamation League has designated as a white supremacist organization.

The Southern Poverty Law Center also calls Identity Evropa a hate group.

“I got angry," Wing recalled. "And I sort of cursed and took a picture and I sort of tried not too in depth to explain it to my daughter like: ‘if you see these let me know or let somebody know.'"

In December of 2016 anti-semetic and racist stickers were found littered around the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park.

In February of last year, numerous Identity Evropa posters were put up at the university as well. But Wing says this is the first time he’s seen them off campus.

“I had a friend who works in the library and they found them stuffed in the stacks sort of hidden there," he said. "At some point they found somebody posting them and booted them from campus."

A few days later wing found yet another flyer posted about a block away from the Obama’s Hyde Park home.

Residents also reported finding the offensive postings at 55th and Woodlawn and 51st and Drexel.

While Wing acknowledges their right to post, he has a simple message to whomever is putting up the white supremacist posters.

“At the very least, if we keep seeing these things as will likely happen, we’ll just keep letting people know it’s not acceptable and that we’re against that," he said.

Authorities say they have not received any complaints about these latest fliers - but encourage anyone who encounters them to file an information report with Chicago police.

<![CDATA[Rare McDonald's Items to Be Auctioned Off in Chicago]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:03:36 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mcdonaldsstatue.JPG

A rare, never-before-seen art and prototypes from McDonalds ad campaigns are set to be auctioned off in Chicago. NBC 5's Anayeli Ruiz has the details. For more information on the auction, <a href=" https://www.ha.com/"> click here. </a>

<![CDATA[Activist Raises Concern After Woman Assaulted on Parked Bus]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:52:06 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BUS+ASSAULT++-+00000228_33697453.jpg

Community activist Andrew Holmes says a recent crime in a West Side neighborhood has led him to fight to get parked buses off the street.

Early Sunday morning, Chicago police say a 20-year-old woman had been sexually assaulted by a man at gunpoint in the 4500 block of West Grenshaw Street. Police say the attack happened inside of a parked bus.

“It’s a safety concern and this shouldn’t have happened to that young lady,” Holmes said.

The bus belongs to Aries Charter, which parks many of its buses in gated lots. But others sit in an open lot or parked on the street, where their doors remain unlocked.

Ralph Trevino owns the company.

“That’s how they are," he said. "You go to any CTA bus, they are the same way."

Holmes has made it his mission to get Aries to change the practice.

“CTA are in a lot secured at a CTA station, I check those buses too," he said. "They got security sitting there watching those buses, these (Aries) buses are a residential street."

Trevino says his company will make some big changes.

“We are going to secure them one way or another that’s our goal ... as soon as possible,” he said.

<![CDATA[6 Dogs Found, Rescued From U-Haul Sparks Controversy]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:53:56 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/uhauldogs.png

Six dogs were rescued from a U-Haul truck they were locked inside early Tuesday in the Streeterville neighborhood on the Near North Side.

Passersby heard the dogs barking in the back of the truck about 12:05 a.m. in the 200 block of East Grand Ave. and N. Colombus Dr. and contacted police, Chicago police said.

The bystanders who broke in to get the dogs out, say the animals were being neglected, while the dog owners say the bystanders are thieves for taking the dogs and not returning them.

Some of the bystanders said that when they heard barking from the inside of the truck, they immediately called police and then broke into the U-Haul to get the dogs out.

"There was a dog in here and the thing was completely closed, it was 85 degrees, pried it open and found, I think, six or seven dogs including some new-borns, completely dehydrated," said Taylor Kravit, a Good Samaritan.

"That was not helping that was kidnapping. They wanted to make us out to look like bad people but anyone who knows us knows that we love our dogs, so much to change our lives to move them," said dogowner Ameenah Mohammed.

Mohammed and her husband say they’re moving to Waukegan and had stopped by a hotel (which they say did not allow pets) to say goodbye to their friends.

They assured officials they had been checking on the dogs regularly before going out last night.

Asiya Mohammed, the 70-year-old mother of the dog owner, said she was the one who came out of the nearby hotel when police called.

“They were saying the dogs were sick, is nothing wrong with the dogs," said Asiya Mohammed.

Chicago police say no tickets or fines were issued. Instead, officials say the concerned citizens made an agreement with the owner to take care of the dogs for the night and they would return the dogs the next day.

Though according to Asiya Mohammed, "they said they were going to put me in jail.”

As of about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the dogs still, had not been returned to the owners

NBC 5 reached out to one of the bystanders who said he would care for the dogs overnight, but he did not immediately return the calls.

<![CDATA[Officials Plea Drivers to Use Caution in Construction Work Zones]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:40:25 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/workersconst.JPG

Chicago officials are urging drivers to take extra caution in work zones after a crash turned deadly over the weekend. NBC 5's Sandra Torres has the details.

<![CDATA[Shedd Aquarium Announces Beluga Whale is Pregnant ]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:18:09 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/balugawhale.png

Shedd Aquarium announced Tuesday one of their beluga whales is expecting—the last beluga whale calf born at the aquarium was in 2012.

Mauyak, a 37-year-old beluga whale, is pregnant for the second time (6-year-old Kimalu was her first) and is expected to give birth during the summer of 2019.

“Mauyak is progressing beautifully, and our suite of veterinarians and beluga care team are working in sync to regularly check her and the developing calf,” said Steve Aibel, senior director of marine mammals at Shedd Aquarium. “The beluga whales at Shedd allow people to discover and make connections with an incredible species that lives thousands of miles away, and this pregnancy is no exception. We are looking forward to bringing our guests with us every step of the way and sharing the wonder of beluga whale development.”

With each beluga pregnancy, and each birth, experts at Shedd are able to observe, document and collect data that adds to our overall scientific understanding of the species, according to a statement released.

For now, the aquarium assures Mauyak will continue to swim with the other belugas, engage with the beluga care staff and guests, and participate in aquatic presentations in the Abbott Oceanarium. The veterinarian team will also visit her for regular checkups, which include video ultrasounds, the statement said.

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<![CDATA[These Are the Hardest Colleges to Get Into in Ill.: Report]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 14:57:55 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/207*120/college-tuition-generic1.PNG

As students submit their applications for college, it appears some schools in Illinois will be handing out more rejection letters than others.

A new ranking from Niche, a website that provides reviews of schools across the country, has revealed the hardest colleges to get into in Illinois for 2019, dubbing the University of Chicago as the toughest college in the state.

The ranking compared acceptance rates and SAT/ACT test scores using data from the U.S. Department of Education.

According to the ranking, University of Chicago has an SAT range of 1450-1600 and an acceptance rate of 8 percent.

Second on Illinois’ list was Northwestern University, which had an SAT range of 1400-1560 and an acceptance rate of 11 percent.

These are the top 10 on the list:

1. University of Chicago

2. Northwestern University

3. Robert Morris University-Illinois

4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

5. Illinois Institute of Technology

6. Illinois Wesleyan University

7. Augustana College

8. University of St. Francis-Illinois

9. Eastern Illinois University

10. Governors State University

See the full list here.

<![CDATA['Legends' McFadden, Hug Return to Chicago Marathon]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:53:09 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mcfadden+hug.jpg

Defending champions Tatyana McFadden and Marcel Hug will return to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2018, leading a talented professional wheelchair field. 

Organizers announced the elite wheelchair field Tuesday, which includes eight-time Chicago Marathon champion and course record-holder McFadden and gold medalist and 2017 Chicago champion Hug. 

In total, 22 Paralympians from 10 countries will be competing in the race. 

“Tatyana McFadden and Marcel Hug have become legends in the sport of professional wheelchair racing, and we are excited to welcome both of them back to Chicago for another run at a championship title,” Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski said in a statement. “It has been incredible to watch the growth of the sport over the last decade, and to see new athletes joining the front of the pack. We have a very competitive field this year.”

McFadden made history from 2013 through 2016 as the only female athlete to win four Abbott World Marathon Major races in one year: London, Boston, Chicago and New York. She returns to Chicago as the most accomplished champion in Chicago Marathon history, looking to capture her eighth consecutive title and ninth in the last 10 years. 

But she'll be hotly contest by rivals Manuela Schar, Amanda McGrory, Madison de Rozario and Susannah Scaroni. Schar finished second to McFadden from 2013 to 2016. McGrory broke that streak last year when she finished second to McFadden in a photo finish. 

Hug, also known as the "silver bullet," dominated the crowded field during last year's race, but he'll have to once again face seven of the top 10 finishers. He'll be battling fellow gold medalist David Weir and Chicago's most decorated wheelchair athlete Kurt Fearnley.

Also competing in the men's field are Josh George, Daniel Romanchuk, Rafael Botello, Jordi Madera, Josh Cassidy, Ryota Yoshida, Hiroki Nishida and Simon Lawson.

Jenna Fesemyer, Katrina Gerhard, Arielle Rausin, Michelle Wheeler, Aline dos Santos Rocha and Margriet Van den Broek are also competing for a top finish in the women's field. 

The 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is set for Oct. 7. 

Elkanah Kibet surprised race commentators during his marathon debut at the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon when he bolted to the front of the elite field with 22 miles to go and put a 15-second gap on the field. The chase pack caught him at mile nine, and many suspected that Kibet’s bold move would spell disaster in the later stages of the race. But Kibet never relented – he held on to finish seventh overall with his PR of 2:11:31. He returned to Chicago in 2016 to finish 10th, and he represented the U.S. at the 2017 IAAF World Marathon Championships, finishing 16th. He started his 2018 marathon campaign with an eighth-place finish at this year’s historic Boston Marathon – a race that saw many elite runners drop out due to cold temperatures, whipping winds and rain.

Tyler McCandless had a breakthrough at the 2017 USATF Marathon Championships (hosted by the California International Marathon), chopping three minutes from his personal best to place second in 2:12:28. McCandless, an All-American in the 10,000m at Penn State, has steadily improved since he embarked on his professional running career more than 10 years ago. He has qualified for three Olympic Trials in the marathon (including 2020), and, unlike many elite runners, he balances his training with a demanding corporate career. McCandless holds a Ph.D. in meteorology. Most recently, he won the popular Bolder Boulder citizen’s race.

Aaron Braun was a self-professed “mediocre” high school runner with modest PRs, but he emerged as a 16-time All-American with six national titles at Division II Adams State. Today, Braun stands out as one of the most versatile American runners from 5,000m to the marathon, boasting PRs of 13:20.25 for 5,000m; 27:41.54 for 10,000m; 1:01:38 for the half marathon; and 2:12:54 for the marathon. He competed in his first Bank of America Chicago Marathon last fall, stealing the show early on as he led a pack of over 20 men through the early miles. Braun finished 12th in 2:13:41. His 2018 season has included a third-place finish at the Bay to Breakers 12K and a fifth-place finish at the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.

Kiya Dandena, like McCandless, took a significant step forward in his career last December at the USATF Marathon Championships, running an 11-minute PR to finish third in 2:12:56. He competed in the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon; after hitting 2:14 pace at the half, he fell apart and struggled home to finish 23rd in 2:22:14. Dandena recovered by experiencing a banner year in 2017, setting PRs in every distance from the 10K to the marathon, including a new half marathon PR, 1:03:13.

Andrew Bumbalough, a member of Nike’s Bowerman Track Club, is back in Chicago after racing well in 2017. In just his second go at the 42K distance, he finished 13th overall. This spring, he endured arguably the most brutal conditions in Boston Marathon history to prove not only his physical fitness, but also his mental toughness – he was rewarded with a fifth-place finish. He set his PR during his marathon debut at the 2017 Tokyo Marathon, running a steady and controlled pace to finish in 2:13:58. Following Tokyo, he took part in the Nike Breaking2 project as a pacer. Prior to moving to the marathon, he qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 5000m and he was the U.S. 5K national champion in 2013.

Parker Stinson – a nine-time All-American, a three-time U.S. junior 10,000m champion and a junior Pan American Games 10,000m champion – made his marathon debut last year at the USATF Marathon Championships. While the results tell one story about how the race ended, anyone who watched the race unfold saw something else. Stinson may have finished 31st in 2:18:07, but he hit mile 22 on a 2:09 pace; at that point, he was running inside of an arena where few Americans have ventured. But proving that elite athletes are mere mortals, he struggled with cramps and side stitches and had to stop several times over the final four miles. After the race, he said, “I wasn't on a suicide mission, but I expected to die a little bit out there. I felt good…until I didn’t.” Stinson’s pure guts running style supplies an element of excitement to this year’s American field. Stinson holds a 1:02:38 PR in the half marathon (run in May at the USATF Half Marathon Championships where he lost by one second) and a 27:54 PR in the 10,000m.

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<![CDATA[Winner Picked in McHenry VFW's Queen of Hearts Drawing]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 22:51:57 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/queenofhearts3.jpg

After months of drawings, swelling crowds and weeks of anticipation, the McHenry VFW finally drew a winner in its Queen of Hearts Tuesday. 

The victorious player, known only as Lori S., has 24 hours to collect her winnings. She told NBC 5 she's overwhelmed and wants to remain anonymous.

“She needed catch her breath, so she was totally flabbergasted, and she wants to remain anonymous," Post Cmdr. Dwane Lungren said of the winner after reaching her by phone.

The pot climbed to unimaginable numbers as people from all over Illinois and even surrounding states flock to enter for their shot at walking away with $2.8 million. 

McHenry Mayor Wayne Jett appropriately wore a “show me the money” T-shirt while he pulled the winners for a spellbound crowd. 

"We've had double or triple the crowds that we normally get these days in the past week," said Lungren. 

The drawing, which has been carrying over for more than a year, went on  to an official draw down with seven cards remaining. Winning raffle tickets were drawn and winners will get to pick cards until someone finds the Queen of Hearts and claims the big prize.

The jackpot was expected to reach as high as $7 million and the number of tickets in the big barrel could reach as many as two million.

Lines grew as the 8 p.m. drawing neared Tuesday. 

"[People] keep saying they're the winner, which is kind of funny," Lungren said. "There's a lot of confidence in the room."

It’s been exhausting for Lungren and his staff. The kitchen alone has never been so slammed, he said.

The payoff will be keeping 20 percent of the pot to fix up the place-from bathrooms to the parking lot plus more money for veterans programs.

"One of our goals here is to bring awareness to the VFW, bring awareness for veterans and it's not just our post here, it's for all VFW's," he said. 

<![CDATA[Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Inks Book Deal]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:48:45 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-956584616.png

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is writing a book.

Emanuel's book, entitled "The Nation City: Why Mayors Run the World," will be released in the spring of 2020, publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday.

The book will focus on "effective governing in a time of historic gridlock," a statement from the publisher said, adding that Emanuel will show that "cities are increasingly the places where things are getting done, reforms are being addressed, and grand projects are being realized."

"Cities are now the hubs of innovations and ideas, the places that drive the economic, intellectual and cultural energy of the world and mayors are leading the way," Emanuel said in a statement.

"We acknowledge and address climate change. We deal with immigration and infrastructure. We grapple with education, disparities in wealth, health, housing, terrorism, crime and gun violence," he continued. 

The announcement of Emanuel's book came exactly two weeks after he unexpectedly announced that he would not seek a third term in office, sparking a frenzy of speculation and several candidates' names floated as potential successors.

"The Nation City" will make the case that municipal entities are more effective than their federal counterparts when it comes to governing, in part due to proximity to their citizens and the demand to deliver results, Emanuel said.

He will also take aim at "partisan rancor" that he claims is leaving citizens "increasingly frustrated" - a message he has shared countless times in escalating criticisms of President Donald Trump's administration. 

The book is the first glimpse Emanuel has revealed of his plans for the future after he leaves office in May 2019.

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<![CDATA[Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Profile: Bruce Rauner]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:52:39 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-458423878.png

Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner is running for a second term using many of the same rallying cries that sent him to Springfield the first time around.

Rauner announced his re-election bid in October 2017, once again railing against powerful Democrat and longtime nemesis Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

The Winnetka native’s announcement included another call for lower property taxes and term limits – two of the issues he focused on in his 2014 campaign, which was his first run for public office after a career in private equity.

From the past four years, he counts education funding and criminal justice reform, as well as pro-business measures and his veto of an income tax hike (that eventually took effect), among his successes.

But this time around may prove more difficult, as an August NBC News/Marist poll showed that his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker leads him by 16 points in a race that several political forecasters have predicted "leans Democratic."

Part of Rauner’s challenge will be winning back support from his conservative base after a bruising GOP primary. Entering office as a self-proclaimed moderate with “no social agenda,” Rauner signed two measures in particular over the past year that angered right-wing Republicans.

The first was a bill to prevent law enforcement officials from detaining individuals based solely on their immigration status – which some said effectively turned Illinois into a “sanctuary state,” while the second was a measure that allows the state to cover abortions for its employees and Medicaid recipients, and will also ensure that abortion remains legal in Illinois should the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision be overturned.

In signing those bills, Rauner drew both the ire of conservative Republicans and an opponent in the GOP primary. State Rep. Jeanne Ives jumped into the race and though he had far more funding and name recognition, Rauner won by a razor-thin 3 point margin – coming stunningly close to being ousted by members of his own party.

Ives has yet to signal her support for Rauner in the general election, going so far as to say after the primary that she “has no reason to believe or trust anything he says.”

Another challenge Rauner faces will be overcoming his role in Illinois’ historic budget impasse that began in 2015 and lasted more than two years, devastating schools and social service agencies statewide and ballooning Illinois’ bill backlog to more than $14 billion.

The impasse began in July 2015 when Rauner made elements of his so-called “Turnaround Agenda” – like lawmaker term limits and worker’s compensation reform, among others – a condition for his signature on a state budget deal, while the Democrat-controlled legislature pushed for an increase to the state income tax to replace the previous increase that had expired at the beginning of 2015. The impasse ended in July 2017 when lawmakers overrode Rauner’s veto of their budget package, which included the tax increase.

Another element of the negotiations – which Rauner has since noted as a signature achievement in various campaign ads – was moving Illinois to an “evidence-based model” of education funding, taking into account each K-12 district’s individual needs, as well as its local revenue sources, when appropriating state aid – prioritizing districts that are furthest from being fully-funded.

A controversial element of the deal that Rauner championed was a tuition tax credit program that provides state aid to students who attend private schools. Another issue Rauner is highlighting this time around is criminal justice reform, touting that he’s signed more than two-dozen bipartisan bills to rehabilitate offenders, plus bail and sentencing reforms, among others.

Painting himself as a pro-business reformer in opposition to unions, Rauner racked up a victory in his crusade against collective bargaining when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public sector labor unions cannot force non-member employees to pay the union fees to represent them.

Rauner has tied that decision into what is arguably his biggest talking point – and what he hopes will resonate with voters – which is his opposition to what he has called Illinois' “broken political system” controlled by machine corruption.

While Rauner may have a tough re-election battle, he’s got plenty of cash in his campaign coffers, most of which comes from his own wallet. Rauner dumped $50 million into his campaign fund in December 2016, which was the single largest political donation in Illinois history – eclipsing the previous record Rauner himself set when he donated $10 million to his campaign in 2014.

In all, Rauner has donated more than $95 million to his own efforts – a seemingly necessary cost for what’s shaping up to be the most expensive gubernatorial race in U.S. history against one of the wealthiest men in Illinois, Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Weather Forecast: Another Warm and Humid Day]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:59:06 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000031686896_1200x675_1323203139608.jpg

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

<![CDATA[Kanye West Says He's Moving Back to Chicago]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:55:44 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1028936932.jpg

Kanye West says he’s returning to Chicago – and never leaving.

The 41-year-old rap star made the announcement during an appearance alongside fellow Chicago icon Chance the Rapper, revealing the two are working “on a brand new album.”

“I want to thank my brother Chance for bringing me back to Chicago,” he said. “I want to let you know I’m moving back to Chicago and never leaving.”

Speculation of a collaboration between the two major artists heightened over the weekend after Chance posted on Instagram an image that read “Good Ass Job,” a nod to an album title West had planned more than a decade ago.

West confirmed the album name Monday, to the delight of many Yeezy fans. The crowd at Harold Washington Library Center erupted at the news.

West, who is from Chicago, has tweeted several times about his hometown in recent weeks and previously named his third baby after the city.

He previously said he planned to teach a course at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art, but the School of the Art Institute of Chicago said it had no plans to have West teach at the facility.

West also said he planned to open a “Yeezy office” in the city and said he visited the Stony Island Art Bank. He later added he planned to do Chicago Comedy Jam and to restore the Regal Theatre, though nothing was confirmed at the time.

It remains unclear if Kim Kardashian West and the couple’s children will be joining the rapper should he move to the city. Kardashian West has not commented on social media about the announcement.

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<![CDATA[The Rundown: Lincoln Towing, Yeezy, Mayochup]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:01:35 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000031686893_1200x675_1323202627731.jpg

The top headlines you need to know as you start your day on Sept. 18, 2018.


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

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<![CDATA[Van Dyke Trial: Weapon Shown, Officer's Partner Testifies]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:35:39 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1035033636.png

As the trial for Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke entered its second day, jurors heard dramatic testimony from the officer's partner, who detailed the moments before the shooting unfolded. 

Joseph Walsh, who faces charges for falsifying his report, testified off camera and under immunity, that he believed Laquan McDonald to be a danger before the shoting. 

The testimony contradicts statements made by previous officers called in the case. 

"I assessed the entire incident when he was on the ground," Walsh said. "He was a threat, still armed... with a knife in his hand... still moving." 

Another witness called Tuesday, however, said he saw no "threatening movements" while McDonald was on the ground. 

Van Dyke has claimed he opened fire that night to protect himself and other officers. The Chicago police officer is charged with murder after he shot McDonald 16 times the night of Oct. 20, 2014, on the city's Southwest Side.

Walsh said that he and other officers wanted to stop the knife-wielding McDonald from entering a Burger King or a Dunkin Donuts near the scene of the shooting.

Opening statements had only just begun Monday when the widely circulated dashcam video showing the fatal shooting of McDonald was played in court. 

"From the time [Van Dyke] gets out [of the squad car], six seconds later, he starts to shoot," special prosecutor Joseph McMahon told the 12 jurors and five alternates. "For the next 12 and a half seconds, he continues to pull his trigger over and over until his whole clip is emptied on Laquan McDonald."

Van Dyke's attorneys maintain the Chicago officer has been wrongly charged, saying he was acting within the law when he shot the teen, who at the time was an armed felon fleeing a crime scene.

3:45 p.m.: Day 2 of testimony is complete in Jason Van Dyke trial. Jurors heard from 9 witnesses today, including, Joe Walsh, Van Dyke’s partner on the night Laquan McDonald was killed.

3:22 p.m.: Judge Gaughan strikes ALL of the testimony from FBI forensic expert, Mark Messick, because he’s not a ballistic expert and could not clarify if the green arrows on FBI video show the puffs of smoke came from bullets hitting the ground or bullets that struck Laquan’s body.

2:54 p.m.: The 12 jurors in Jason Van Dyke trial are now watching FBI enhanced dash cam video of the shooting. This is now the 5th witness today, in which the video has been played for them to see the shooting.

2:04 p.m.: Jurors are now getting a chance to see Jason Van Dyke’s duty weapon, a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic that holds 16 rounds.

2 p.m.: Jurors are now getting a chance to see Jason Van Dyke’s duty weapon, a Smith and Wesson 9mm semi-automatic that holds 16 rounds.

1:42 p.m.: A second evidence video viewed, was filmed at the hospital where Laquan McDonald was pronounced dead. The jury saw his blood stained clothes filled with bullet holes.

1:30 p.m.: The jury is now watching video taken of the crime scene, by a CPD evidence tech for crime scene investigation unit. It shows the 16 cartridge casings, blood on the pavement and the knife Laquan McDonald was holding

12:20 p.m.: Next witness, Cook County Police Officer Adam Murphy, tried to give aid to Laquan McDonald while he laid on the ground. He could hear him gasping for air and gurgling. Told him an ambulance was on the way, but the gasping and gurgling from Laquan "stopped shortly after." 

12:10 p.m.: CPD Officer David Ivankovich and his partner, answered the dispatch call for a taser that night in 2014, but by the time they arrived on the scene at 42nd and Pulaski, Laquan was already shot and lying in the middle of the street.

11:40 a.m.: Next witness, Xavier Torres, was in a car on Pulaski and witnessed the Laquan McDonald shooting. Testifies he did not see Laquan making any threatening movements. That he didn’t make movements towards officers on the scene “looked like trying to get away from the officers”.

11:22 a.m.: Joe Walsh, Van Dyke’s former partner, completes his testimony. He still faces trial for his own charges stemming from that night. He’s accused of filing a false report, exaggerating the threat Laquan McDonald posed.

11:12 a.m.: Walsh describes the moments before the shooting. "He was on that diagonal...swinging the knife. He turns and looks directly in our direction with a stare and a focus beyond us.That’s when I believed the first shot occurred...when he turned his right shoulder."

11 a.m.: Prosecutor Joseph Cullen: “Did you find Laquan McDonald to be a danger at any point?”

Joe Walsh: “Yes. I assessed the entire incident when he was on the ground. He was a threat, still armed...with a knife in his hand..still moving." 

10:10 a.m.: Day two of testimony in the Jason Van Dyke trial begins with one of the most important witnesses, Joe Walsh, Van Dykes partner that night. Walsh has an immunity deal, so his testimony can not be seen or heard by anyone outside of the courtroom.

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<![CDATA[Kyle Hendricks Masterful in Cubs' Win Over Arizona]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 23:26:48 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1035172170.jpg

The Chicago Cubs are nearing the finish line of a staggering stretch of baseball, but they’re still piling up wins as they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Monday night.

Kyle Hendricks was masterful, pitching eight and two-thirds innings while giving up one run and striking out eight batters in the game. Javier Baez and Kris Bryant both hit home runs for the Cubs, who trimmed their magic number in the Central Division race to just 10 with the victory.

The teams played five scoreless innings to start the contest, with Hendricks and Diamondbacks hurler Patrick Corbin putting up zeroes on the scoreboard. That all changed in the sixth, as Anthony Rizzo grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice to score Albert Almora Jr. and give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.

Baez then promptly extended Chicago’s lead, cracking his 32nd home run of the season over the left field wall to make it a 3-0 contest.

The score remained the same until the eighth inning when Bryant stepped up and went opposite field with his 12th home run of the season. The long ball was Bryant’s first since being activated off the disabled list earlier this month, and is yet another signal that the former MVP could finally be finding his form in the season’s final weeks.

From there, the Cubs cruised to victory, knocking off Arizona on the 28th day of a 30-day marathon of scheduled games.

The Cubs will look to secure a series victory on Tuesday night when they battle the Diamondbacks again in the desert. Lefty starter Mike Montgomery will take the ball for Joe Maddon’s club, and Matt Andriese will oppose him on behalf of the Diamondbacks.

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<![CDATA[Bradley Cooper Talks 'A Star is Born' in Chicago]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 22:14:10 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BRADLEY+COOPER+ORLANDO+-+00000709_33682687.jpg

"A Star is Born" is already generating Oscar buzz as one of the most anticipated films of the year.

The film is a remake of the classic 1937 motion picture of the same name. It’s directed by and stars Bradley Cooper who was in Chicago Monday talking about his new film.

"My favorite thing?" Cooper mused. "Two things actually, the final product and showing thing I wanted to show ... the other is meeting Lady Gaga and becoming dear friends with her."

Cooper plays a country music star named Jackson Maine who falls in love with a young musician named Ally—a role played by Lady Gaga.

"I was blown away by everything she gave to this role," he said. "Everything I imagined and more."

The film tells a timeless love story set to a hard to forget soundtrack.

It marks a directional debut for Cooper, an experience he can't wait to share with audiences nationwide.

"This was the most rewarding artistic experience I've ever had by far," he said. "By far the best."

And just in case you were wondering, Cooper says his favorite part of being in Chicago is the deep-dish pizza.

A Star is Born hits theaters on Oct. 5.

<![CDATA[3 New Bishops Celebrated at Holy Name Cathedral ]]> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:37:50 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BISHOPS+-+00000828_33681529.jpg

A formal celebration at Holy Name Cathedral was held Monday as three new bishops — Mark Bartosic, Robert Casey, and Ronald Hicks were installed.

They are the first bishops chosen during Cardinal Blase Cupich’s leadership.

The papal nuncio, similar to a pope’s ambassador was at the ceremony. The former nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Vigano’s, letter on the sex abuse crisis rocked the church last month — claiming the Vatican knew of the allegations surrounding Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick

In his homily, Cupich called for justice and healing.

As the new bishops take their assignments, there is a call for more accountability of how those in charge handle abuse allegations. Some Catholics in attendance told NBC 5 they were encouraged by that message.

Over the weekend, Pope Francis appointed Cupich to a meeting in Rome next month for young adults. Some have called for the Vatican to postpone the meeting and instead meet on the abuse crisis. The Pope has however called for that world summit to take place in February.