<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago https://www.nbcchicago.comen-usTue, 19 Jun 2018 07:36:35 -0500Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:36:35 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Officer Who Fatally Shot 2 to Testify in Wrongful Death Suit]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:36:10 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/6A+SOT+ST+RIALMO+TO+TESTIFY+TODAY+-+00003003_32514036.jpg

Tuesday could be a pivotal day in the trial of a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Chicago, as the officer who fatally shot two people in December 2015 was expected to testify in court.

Chicago police officer Robert Rialmo admits to firing the shots that killed Quintonio Legrier and downstairs neighbor Bettie Jones, but maintains that he only did so because Legrier lunged at him with a baseball bat. Legrier's family filed the lawsuit against the city.

"This is a combat situation," Rialmo's attorney Joel Brodsky said. "This guy is making a life or death decision in a matter of a half a second, and they are asking him: 'where exactly were your feet placed?' It's very irrelevant."

But in their opening statements, Legrier’s attoreys argued that Rialmo fired from outside, near the sidewalk, striking Legrier and Jones who were inside the building.

Rialmo, who has been on desk duty since the shooting, was not in court Monday when the trial began - a choice that the attorney for Legrier's family called "very uncommon."

"Generally the person representing the defendant in cases like this wants the defendant to be present," he said. "Especially in a police case. Jurors tend to favor police officers, therefore you tend to want to have them there to be seen."

Rialmo, who is countersuing the Legrier estate for emotional distress, and the city of Chicago for failing to train him adequately, planned to take the stand Tuesday to give his version of events - likely the only day he would be in court during the trial, his attorney said.

"It's not necessary for him to be here and I don’t want him here," Brodysky said.

Despite having to leave the courtroom a number of times Monday, Janet Cooksey says she plans to sit through as much of this trial as she can.

"She is determined she is going to stick it through this trial because this is important," attorney James Montgomery said. "This is her son’s life. This is her opportunity to get justice."

The trial was expected to last two to three weeks.

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<![CDATA[Storms Hit Chicago Area, Breaking Heat Wave]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 05:57:37 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/rockford+flooding+-+04192426_32513014.jpg

A round of storms moved into the Chicago area Monday evening, breaking the days-long heat wave but bringing heavy rain and flooding throughout the region. [[456119263, C]]

Following a weekend of dangerously hot weather, the Chicago area saw heavy rain, gusty winds, small hail and lightning as a line of storms moved in from Wisconsin.

Kane and McHenry counties were under a Flood Warning Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, while Cook, Kendall and Lake counties in Illinois remained under a Flood Advisory.

Flooding will continue to be a major concern, as the area recovers from several inches of rainfall and braces for more to come. [[273569591, C]]

Water-logged streets caused at least one accident in the 300 block of North Lake Shore Drive early Tuesday. Around 2 a.m., a northbound driver hydroplaned and hit another vehicle, sending the second car's driver to the hospital in stable condition and shutting down the street temporarily.

The storms and flooding weren't limited to the Chicago area - Mercyhealth Hospital on Rockton Avenue in Rockford briefly turned away patients after heavy rain flooded parts of the facility. [[485903421, C]]

The Chicago Cubs' Monday night game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was also postponed to Tuesday due to storms.

Tuesday will see another chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms as temperature highs drop into the upper-70s and low-80s, where they will likely stay for the remainder of the week.



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<![CDATA[Trump Admin. Discussed Separating Moms, Kids in Feb. 2017]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:01:59 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/973124226-Immigration-Border-Custody.jpg

The Department of Homeland Security was discussing separating migrant children from their mothers in the earliest days of the Trump administration, NBC News reported.

Obtained by MSNBC, notes from a closed-door town hall meeting on Feb. 2, 2017, for Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum officers show the agency's chief told officers they might have to "hold mothers longer" and "hold children in HHR/ORR," an acronym for facilities for children run by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The policies he laid out were intended to lower the number of immigrants claiming asylum, which was at a 20-year high point in 2016.

The Trump administration has been falsely claiming that the increasing number of children being separated from their parents at the southern border is not its own policy but a tragic byproduct of enforcing the law.



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<![CDATA[Cubs-Dodgers Washed Out, Rescheduled For Tuesday]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:00:49 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/budweiserwashout.jpg

A "limited power outage" and rainy weather eventually washed out the Cubs-Dodgers game Monday after a lengthy rain delay. The game will be made up Tuesday at 12:05 p.m.

Temperatures near the lakefront fell nearly 20 degrees in 30 minutes--and shortly after the rain began to fall, causing uncertainty over the start time at Wrigley Field.

"With this being the Dodgers lone trip to Chicago this season, every effort will be made to play this game tonight," the North Side team tweeted.

Two hours later the team followed up with some snark.

"Yes, it’s raining. No, we don’t have a start time yet," the team tweeted. "Any other questions?"

By 10 p.m. the team announced the game was postponed. 

"Tonight’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to a limited power outage in the ballpark that is affecting the operation of lights in right field and the forecast of continued rain in the area over the next several hours," the team said.

Tickets for Monday night's game will be honored for the Tuesday afternoon game, the Cubs said.

Around the Chicago area serious flooding made roads slick and dangerous--some deemed impassible by the National Weather Service.

Non-emergency travel around the Rockford area was discouraged for the next few hours, the NWS said.

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<![CDATA[Walgreens Moves Into Chicago's Old Post Office]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:32:59 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/oldpostofficewalgreens.JPG

Chicago's Old Post Office has been empty for 20 years. Now, it is a portion of the huge three-block building that will soon become new offices for Walgreens. NBC 5's Mary Ann Ahern has the details.

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<![CDATA[Compulsive Video-Game Playing Now New Mental Health Problem]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:18:10 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/video-games.jpg

The World Health Organization said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition. NBC 5's Lisa Chavarria reports.



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<![CDATA[Video: IL Hero Saves Wendy's Customer's Life From Choking]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:03:16 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/wendyssave.JPG

A regular customer at a Wendy’s restaurant in South West suburban Shorewood says the general manager is his “guardian angel forever,” after she saved his life when she noticed he was choking last week.

A surveillance video shows General Manager Alyson Mayfield noticing a customer, Allen Scheer, started to choke and immediately makes her way toward him.

“Alyson is my guardian angel forever,” Scheer said.

The video shows Scheer starting to choke on his food and struggling to breathe as he heads to a nearby trash can.

“I felt something dislodge in my throat and I swallowed it,” he said. “It must have been a chunk of meat or a kidney bean.”

Scheer says he normally eats lunch at that Wendy’s about three times a week and this was the first of its kind.

“I was over in my area just coordinating out orders and I kept hearing the coughing,” Mayfield recounted. “His face was just getting reddish and purple…like he just couldn’t breathe.”

Mayfield reverted back to something she learned as a life guard.

“I said ‘I am going to do the Heimlich Maneuver right now’ and he was like ‘ok,’” she said.

Scheer is forever grateful that his “guardian angel” acted as fast as she did and will now be able to continue eating at his favorite go-to place.

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<![CDATA[Water Deal Causes Construction Woes For Some in North Shore]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:09:49 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Evanston+water+-+00000000_32507456.jpg

Large pipes, deep holes and road closures in Evanston and Skokie illustrate what some neighbors are dealing with regualrly because of neighboring suburbs buying water from the North Shore suburb.

Eight miles of new pipe is putting dozens of homes in the middle of a construction zone.

"They do start pretty early in the morning, I can hear the noise particularly on the weekends which is a little intrusive," resident Jonathan Stern.

Stern supports the year-long project, though it offers no real benefit to him--but to his western neighbors in Niles and Morton Grove.

“Now what we’re going to have is stable rates based on a formula from Evanston,” Niles' Village Manager Steven Vinezeano said.

The two suburbs currently get water from Chicago, but are fed up with the rising rates.

Connecting to Evanston’s supply is a long-term solution--one that's projected to save Niles and Morton Grove thousands of dollars per day.

“They’ve taken a substantial risk in meeting an objective of lower water bills for their communities,” said Bill Balling, superintendent of the Niles and Morton Grove Water Commission.

Though right now, an eyesore and inconvenience, leaders are confident the $96 million project will pay off.

"We think the long range benefit is compelling for everybody that we pass but the inconvenience is something we appreciate and we try to respond to quickly," Balling said.

Construction should wrap up by the end of the year.

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<![CDATA[Dozens of Deceased, Injured Baby Seagulls Spotted in the South Loop]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:55:12 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/seagulls1108.jpg

Dozens of baby seagulls were found dead on a street in the South Loop this Father’s Day weekend—and some officials say they may have been pushed off the roof.

About 70 baby seagulls and seagull eggs were discovered on the sidewalk near the 700 block of South Jefferson Street, more than a half of them dead and approximately 25 were rescued.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the survivors were being cared for at the suburban wildlife center.

The Tribune also said “the deceased birds were collected and are expected to be turned over to the Field Museum, which may help with the investigation and possibly perform necropsies.”

Experts recommend anyone who finds an injured bird to contact the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors—an organization that prides itself in “protecting migratory birds through rescue, education and outreach…advocating bird-safe lighting and building design to reduce bird collision hazards,” according to its official site.


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<![CDATA[DHS Secretary Defends Practice of Separating Families at Border]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 17:43:38 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+WH+BRIEFING+061818.00_03_37_21.THUMB.jpg

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the practice of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that her department is merely following laws. Speaking at a White House briefing Monday, Nielsen said the issue has been growing for years, the product of loopholes that have created an open border.

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<![CDATA[Rapper XXXTentacion Shot to Death in South Florida]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:36:11 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/061818+xxxtentacion+deerfield+beach+shooting+new.jpg

South Florida rapper XXXTentacion has died after he was shot during a possible robbery in Deerfield Beach Monday, officials said.

The 20-year-old singer, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shot outside Riva Motorsports at 3671 N. Dixie Highway just before 4 p.m., Broward Sheriff's Office officials said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died, officials said.

Several deputies were at the scene examining a black BMW that was believed to be the rapper's car.

Officials say he was leaving the motorcycle shop when he was approached by two armed suspects. At least one of the suspects opened fire, hitting the rapper.

"He was in his vehicle attempting to leave the premises when he was confronted by the suspects," BSO spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion said.

The suspects fled the scene in a dark-colored SUV, officials said.

XXXTentacion, who had a Top 10 pop hit with "Sad!" and saw his sophomore album reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last month, was awaiting trial on aggravated battery, domestic battery and false imprisonment charges after he was accused of beating up his pregnant girlfriend.

Miami-Dade court records show he was due in court next week for a hearing in the case.



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<![CDATA[Officer's 2015 Double Shooting Trial Begins ]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 19:26:16 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/RIALMO+BACKGROUND+-+00000000_30354504.jpg

Despite having to leave the courtroom a number of times Monday, Janet Cooksey says she plans to sit through as much of this trial as she can.

"She is determined she is going to stick it through this trial because this is important," attorney James Montgomery said. "This is her son’s life. This is her opportunity to get justice."

Justice, her attorneys say, for the December 2015 shootings that claimed the life of her son, Quintonio Legrier and downstairs neighbor Bettie Jones.

Chicago police Officer Robert Rialmo admits to firing the fatal shots but says he only did so because Legrier lunged at him with a baseball bat.

"This is a combat situation," Rialmo's attorney Joel Brodsky said. "This guy is making a life or death decision in a matter of a half a second, and they are asking him: 'where exactly were your feet placed?' It's very irrelevant."

But in their opening statements, Legrier’s attorneys argued that Rialmo fired from outside, near the sidewalk, striking Legrier and Jones who were inside the building.

The police officer who has since been placed on desk duty was not in court Monday.

Montgomery said it was "very uncommon" that Rialmo didn't make an appearance.

"Generally the person representing the defendant in cases like this wants the defendant to be present," he said. "Especially in a police case. Jurors tend to favor police officers, therefore you tend to want to have them there to be seen."

But Brodsky, who is countersuing the Legrier estate for emotional distress, and the city of Chicago for failing to train Rialmo him adequately, says his client will be here when the plaintiffs call on him to testify.

Otherwise, he says Rialmo will stay home.

"It's not necessary for him to be here and I don’t want him here," he said.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Fight Break Out Outside Six Flags Great America]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:23:59 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/great+america+fight+video+with+courtesy+-+00002311_32504713.jpg

Video shows a fight that left two juvenile girls in police custody at Six Flags Great America over the weekend. 

Gurnee police said they responded to a massive disturbance at the Chicago-area amusement park Friday after two girls got into a fight. 

According to police, in-park officers took the girls into custody after they began fighting, but several other "juvenile age disturbances" soon followed. 

Video from the scene showed two girls fighting in what appeared to be a parking lot before others in a large group became involved. Police arrive and attempt to break up the fight, footage showed, but the violence continued briefly.  

No one was injured and no weapons were used or recovered at the scene, authorities said.

"Safety is our highest priority and we have zero tolerance for any inappropriate behavior," Six Flags said in a statement. "Gurnee Police were already on property and responded immediately. We are working closely with local law enforcement to investigate."

Gurnee Police said an investigation remained ongoing. 

Anyone with information on the incident, or with a video of the fight, can contact police at 847-599-7000. 

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton on Family Separations: ‘I Warned About This During the Debates’]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:55:23 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HILLARY_REMARKS_061818-152934776277700002.jpg

Hillary Clinton commented on migrant children being separated from their families at the border today during a speech at the Women's Forum of New York, saying in part, "every person with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged."

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<![CDATA[Indiana Trooper Hailed a Traffic Hero After Simple Stop]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:27:51 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trooper+tweet.jpg

It’s a frustration for many drivers on roadways across the country, but one Indiana State Police trooper is being hailed a traffic hero for a stop he made over the weekend.

Sgt. Stephen Wheels, of the Versailles district, tweeted Saturday that he stopped a vehicle on Interstate 65 for a “left lane violation.”

“The driver had approximately 20 cars slowed behind her because she would not move back to the right lane,” he tweeted, along with a photo of his squad car and the vehicle pulled over.

He reminded motorists that “if there are vehicles behind you, you must move to the right lane to allow them to pass.”

It was a simple traffic stop that turned Wheeles into a social media star with more than 20,000 retweets and 60,000 likes.

Users were begging Wheeles to come to their states while others called for the trooper to get a raise.

Illinois also has a “left lane law,” which, according to police, states that “while traveling on an interstate highway, a vehicle may not be driven in the left lane, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle.”



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<![CDATA[Best Places to Eat in Chicago Area, According to Chicago Mag]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:36:12 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/George+Trois.jpg Chicago Magazine has released its 50 Best Restaurants Dining Guide, and dubbed its "very best" the city has to offer. These are the top 10 restaurants to make the cut.

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<![CDATA[Chicago's Famed Girl & the Goat Is Expanding]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:54:33 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/girl+and+the+goat+facebook.png

One of Chicago's most celebrated restaurants is expanding.

Stephanie Izard is opening another location of the famed Girl & the Goat in Los Angeles, the "Iron Chef" and James Beard award-winner announced Friday.

The West Coast expansion is the first location outside of Chicago for Izard, who also runs Little Goat Diner and Duck Duck Goat in addition to her West Loop crown jewel.

Izard announced the move on Twitter, noting that Los Angeles' Arts District reminded her "so much of the West Loop in Chicago."

The new restaurant is slated to open in summer 2019, Izard said.



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<![CDATA[Emanuel Stops Speech to Blast Trump, Border Separations]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:16:51 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Walgreens+Old+Post+Office+-+10483105_32503690.jpg

In the middle of a planned speech Monday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pivoted from the script to make unexpected and passionate remarks against the family separations taking place along the southern U.S. border.

"I think it is an absolute mistake what’s happening on our border in the United States," he said. (Read a full transcript of his remarks below) 

Emanuel had been speaking at a press conference announcing plans for a new Walgreens office in the city's Old Main Post Office building when he paused and said "I'm going to take liberty." 

"I know what America stands for," he said. "As an American I believe in America and its values and separating a parent from their child who’s only trying to bring their child to a better tomorrow is not who we are and not what we believe in."

The comments come amid rising outrage from Democrats and some Republicans over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.

Democrats have turned up the pressure over the policy, and some Republicans have joined the chorus of criticism. Former first lady Laura Bush has called the policy "cruel" and "immoral" while GOP Sen. Susan Collins expressed concern about it and a former adviser to Trump questioned using the policy to pressure Democrats on immigration legislation.

Trump continued to cast blame on Democrats Monday, tweeting: "Why don't the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world's worst immigration laws? Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including MS-13, coming into our country illegally?" Later, he again blamed Democrats during an event.

Emanuel has long been critical of President Donald Trump and continued with harsh words Monday. 

"The only thing I can ever say complimentary of Donald Trump is that he brought people from diverse views and backgrounds from Laura Bush to myself to agree that he is wrong and absolutely wrong for America’s future and what is happening today in the name of America is not the America we believe in," he said. "To everybody that’s here from all different parts of America and all different parts of the world, welcome home - you’re part of our future and your children are part of our future." 

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen refused Monday to apologize for enforcing immigration laws that result in the separation of children from their parents. Speaking at a meeting of the National Sheriffs' Association in New Orleans Monday, she rejected criticism accusing DHS of inhuman and immoral actions.

"We are doing none of those things. We are enforcing the laws passed by Congress," she said, calling on Congress to reform immigration laws.

Read below for a full transcript of Rahm's remarks:

I think it is an absolute mistake what’s happening on our border in the United States.

That is not …

"When I look across this room, you’re bringing people from around the world who not only want to work for a company that works around the world but also for people from all different walks of life.

I know what America stands for.

As an American I believe in America and its values and separating a parent from their child who’s only trying to bring their child to a better tomorrow is not who we are and not what we believe in.

The only thing I can ever say complimentary of Donald Trump is that he brought people from diverse views and backgrounds from Laura Bush to myself to agree that he is wrong and absolutely wrong for America’s future and what is happening today in the name of America is not the America we believe in.

To everybody that’s here from all different parts of America and all different parts of the world, welcome home - you’re part of our future and your children are part of our future."


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<![CDATA[See What Walgreens' New Chicago Office Will Look Like]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:38:35 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/188*120/MainLobby_V1.jpg Renderings show plans for Walgreens' new office inside the Old Main Post Office building.

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<![CDATA[Storms Break Chicago's Heat Wave, Flood Some Areas]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:28:15 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicagowx.png

A stormy evening broke Chicago-area’s intense heat wave Monday--but storms continued to linger, creating dangerous driving conditions and flooding throughout the region.

Following a weekend of dangerously hot weather, the area saw heavy rain, gusty winds, small hail and lightning as a line of storms moves from Wisconsin south.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued in Kenosha County just after 3:30 p.m. By 4:20 p.m., a storm was spotted over Lake Geneva, moving south at 25 mph. The storm was expected to bring damage to roofs, siding and trees, according to the National Weather Service. 

Much of the day was sunny, hot and humid as temperatures sit in the 90s for the third straight day, with a heat index near 100.

As storms moved in, lows dropped into the upper-60s and low-70s.

Temps dropped nearly 20 degrees in just 30 minutes long the lakefront from 90 to the low 70s.

Tuesday will see another chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms as temperature highs drop into the upper-70s and low-80s, where they will likely stay for the remainder of the week.

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<![CDATA[1 Killed, 5 Wounded in Shooting on Chicago's Near West Side]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:27:30 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/loomis+shooting+618.png

A woman was killed and five other people were wounded in a shooting on Chicago's Near West Side early Monday, according to police.

Authorities said the shooting took place around 4:50 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Loomis Street in the city's University Village neighborhood.

It appeared to stem from an overnight party at that location, according to police, who said two unknown vehicles were seen driving around the block several times before someone opened fire.

Officials said a female victim, believed to be between 20 and 25 years of age, was found nearby in the 1400 block of South Washburne Avenue. She had multiple gunshot wounds to her body - on her chest, left arm, head and ear - and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office could not immediately confirm the fatality, and further details, including her identity, were not available.

A 17-year-old boy sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head, authorities said, and was taken to Stroger Hospital. Chicago police initially said he had been pronounced dead, but later corrected their statement to say he was listed in "very critical" condition.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the right calf and a 23-year-old man was shot in the right arm, CPD said. Both men ran to a police car upon officers' arrival on the scene, according to police, who said they were taken to Stroger Hospital in stable condition.

Authorities said another 23-year-old man was shot multiple times in the abdomen and taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center by his girlfriend. He was listed in stable condition.

A sixth victim from the same shooting, a 21-year-old man, was discovered at Rush University Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the left leg, according to police. He was treated and released, officials said.

No one is in custody in connection with the shooting, according to police, who continue to investigate.

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<![CDATA[Disney: Strobe Lights in 'Incredibles 2' May Cause Seizures]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:03:02 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/AP_18168549998155+the+incredibles+2.jpg

Theaters across the country are warning moviegoers seeing "Incredibles 2" about possible adverse health effects related the flashing lights used in the film.

Disney sent an advisory to theaters asking them notify patrons about scenes featuring strobe and flashing lights in the Pixar film.

The warning, which has been shared on social media, says: "'Incredibles 2' contains a sequence of flashing lights, which may affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photosensitivities."

Millions flocked to the theater this weekend for the long-awaited sequel, which shattered box office records and became the best animated opening of all time.

However, some attendees reported on social media that the strobe effects from the villain’s weapon of choice not only impaired characters on-screen, but left audience members nauseous. There were some reports of people experiencing seizures.

"So, the villain’s weapon of choice in the movie is bright white lights that are at a rapidly flashing/strobing frequency, with the intent to disorient people. One of these scenes lasts over 90 seconds with continuous strobe light, other scenes last anywhere from 5-30 seconds,” blogger Veronica Lewis wrote in a Twitter post Friday.

She explained in a blog post that people with photosensitive epilepsy aren’t the only ones who could be affected by the visual stimuli associated with some of the movie's action scenes — those who suffer from migraines, vision impairments, seizure conditions, vertigo, autism, ADHD, and PTSD could also experience a reaction to the images.

On Saturday, Disney notified theaters showing "Incredibles 2" to post a warning for ticket holders about the lighting effects of the scenes in question.

The Epilepsy Foundation of America wants Disney to do more, and has called on the studio to "post a warning on all its digital properties, including relevant websites and social media channels, about what has been described as 'flashing' and 'strobe' lights in its 'Incredibles 2' movie. There should be a warning of the potential effects on people with visual sensitive epilepsy or migraine features."

As of 9 a.m. ET Monday morning, Disney Pixar and the "Incredibles 2" official Twitter and Facebook accounts did not have any posts issuing a warning about the movie.

Disney estimated Sunday that “Incredibles 2” earned $180 million in its debut weekend in the U.S. alone.

According to Disney, adults made up 31 percent of the audience. Families accounted for 57 percent and teens 11 percent.

"Incredibles 2" comes 14 years after "The Incredibles," which at the time boasted one of the biggest animated openings ever, and picks up right where the first film left off with the superhero family. Brad Bird returned to write and direct the sequel, which has been overwhelmingly well-received by both critics and audiences.



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<![CDATA[Walgreens' New Chicago Office Set for Old Main Post Office]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:39:55 -0500 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/3D+View+21+thumb.jpg

The new Walgreens office in Chicago, set to be housed in the Old Main Post Office building, is expected to open in fall 2019, officials said Monday. 

Bringing with it nearly 2,000 jobs, the company said it plans to host digital and IT operations employees as well as some Walgreens Boots Alliance global IT personnel in the new space. 

Of the 1,800 positions coming to the 400 block of West Van Buren, 1,300 will be for relocated employees, the company said. 

"This will be the largest number of corporate employees Walgreens has ever had based in Chicago," Walgreens said in a statement, adding that there are currently about 4.500 employees in Chicago, including those at its 120 drugstores. 

Walgreens Boots Alliance will remain headquartered in north suburban Deerfield.

“Investing in our infrastructure and building our digital and technical capabilities are essential elements of our business transformation strategy, as we work to improve access for our customers and enhance the customer experience,” Walgreens President Alex Gourlay said in a statement. “The space in the iconic Old Post Office building allows us to attract and retain the best talent from all of Chicagoland.”

The new office will be announced at an event Monday afternoon, with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel expected to attend.

“Walgreens was born in Chicago with one small pharmacy on the South Side, and their big new presence in one of our city’s most iconic locations is a great way to look to the future,” Emanuel said in a statement.



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