<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago https://www.nbcchicago.com en-usThu, 17 Jan 2019 03:33:24 -0600Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:33:24 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Suburban Church Pastor to Take Sabbatical Amid Controversy]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:23:46 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/10P+HARVEST+BIBLE+CHAPEL+PKG+-+00002001_35269765.jpg
The pastor of a well-known suburban mega-church is taking an indefinite sabbatical amid a series of controversies that have rocked his congregation.]]>
<![CDATA[High Carbon Monoxide Levels Spur Evacuation of Rehab Center]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:32:08 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/STR_CARBON+MONOXIDE+GLENVIEW+NURSING+HOME+WMAQ+PURCHASED+-+00001705_35269768.jpg
Several patients were taken to an area hospital after high carbon monoxide levels were detected at a suburban rehabilitation center.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Professionals Waiting Months for License Approval]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:42:15 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/10P+PKG+MEDICAL+LICENSE+DELAY+COFFEY+-+00003713_35269485.jpg
If you’ve visited a doctor in recent years you may have noticed more physician assistants diagnosing illnesses and prescribing medication. In fact, physician assistants are among the fastest-growing professions...]]>
<![CDATA[Officers Remain on Payroll Despite Being Pulled From Streets]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:28:57 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ-71_ASI_HR_1319215750293500001.jpg
They don’t patrol the streets or face the dangers their fellow officers face. In fact, they are confined to their desks. But over a dozen officers linked to the scandal of Sgt.]]>
<![CDATA[New Video Shows 2nd Frightening Close Call With Metra Train]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:25:22 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/metra+mokena+video+-+00005722_35266104.jpg
A frightening close call with a Metra train raised eyebrows last month when video showed a crossing gate failing to lower on time but an investigation revealed that wasn't the only near-miss that day and...]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Food Truck Ordinance Debate Heads to Supreme Court]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:54:49 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/FOOD+TRUCK++-+00005205_35267786.jpg
Have you noticed that Chicago hasn't had many food trucks roaming around lately? That’s because a city ordinance limits where certain food trucks can park, and some say this is driving many entrepreneurs out of...]]>
<![CDATA[Officials Inspect R. Kelly's Near West Side Studio]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:39:12 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490064650.png
City building inspectors say they observed multiple code violations when they inspected singer R. Kelly’s Near West Side studio on Wednesday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Machado's Agent Shoots Down White Sox Rumors]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:04:02 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1054062150.jpg
The baseball world is on pins and needles waiting for Manny Machado to pick his free agency destination, but the superstar’s agent launched an all-out blitz against rumors surrounding the offers his client...

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<![CDATA[Chicago Announces Dates, Sites for Early Voting]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:20:43 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Voter+Ballot+Boxes+1002.jpg
The Chicago Board of Elections announced Wednesday that early voting for the February mayoral election will begin at the end of this month.]]>
<![CDATA[Furloughed Workers Turn to Odd Jobs, Gig Economy]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:33:52 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/lyonsAP_19011006135970.jpg
When the nation’s capital was hit by almost a foot of snow this past weekend, Nick Elger saw a chance to make a buck.Elger, 28, usually spends his days working for the Environmental Protection Agency, but he’s...

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<![CDATA[Cubs Convention: Bryant, Baez to Appear at Event]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:00:09 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-833178992.jpg
The Chicago Cubs are getting set for their annual fan convention this weekend, and here are the players who will be attending.

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<![CDATA[Inspection of R. Kelly's Property to Take Place Wednesday]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:08:44 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-490064650.png
An inspection of rapper R. Kelly's rental property on Chicago's Near West Side was scheduled to take place Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Breaking Down the Possibilities: Snow Heads for Chicago Area]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:58:12 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/185*120/GettyImages-4673505842.jpg
The Chicago area is set to see measurable snowfall this weekend - no matter which way you look at it.

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<![CDATA[Alinea Owner Asks Clemson to Dinner After WH Fast Food Feast]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:33:24 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1082818592.png
The co-owner of Alinea, one of Chicago's most famous restaurants, invited the NCAA national champion Clemson Tigers football team to the city on Tuesday for a celebratory dinner after the team ate fast...

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<![CDATA[Ozzie Guillen, Frank Thomas Added to SoxFest Lineup]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:28:44 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Ozzie_finale_1.jpg
For the first time since he left the team after the 2011 season, former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen will be at the team’s annual Fan Festival later this month, the club announced this week.

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<![CDATA[Gould Discusses Possibility of Returning to Bears]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:36:55 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/GouldGameWinner.PNG
San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould still has plenty of connections to the Chicago Bears, but with free agency looming, could a reunion with the team be in the cards?

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<![CDATA[Watch Verdict in Police Cover-Up Trial Live From Courtroom]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:27:28 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/LMX___6P+PKG+CPD+OFFICERS+IN+COURT_WMAQ_000000024512912+-+00001317_35265526.jpg
For many watching the Laquan McDonald saga unfold in Chicago, the next piece of the puzzle will fall into place this week.]]>
<![CDATA[Maddon Gives Blunt Answer About Cubs' Harper Chances]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:53:41 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1044918470.jpg
The Chicago Cubs have long been viewed as a team tailor-made for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, but according to at least one high-profile member of the club’s leadership team, fans shouldn’t hold...

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<![CDATA[Donatell Leaves Bears, Joins Fangio's Staff]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:44:15 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/185*120/GettyImages-113580112.jpg
The Chicago Bears will be looking for a new defensive backs coach next season, as Ed Donatell has joined Vic Fangio with the Denver Broncos.

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<![CDATA[Self-Made Lawyer Wins His Case in Criminal Court]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:04:35 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/5P+HEADS+BLACKMON+-+00000125_35265557.jpg
For 16 years, Eric Blackmon worked to free himself from the nightmare of what he had argued from day one was a wrongful arrest and conviction for murder.]]>
<![CDATA[Judge to Decide Verdict in Chicago Police Cover-Up Trial]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:14:36 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_18327596148188+%281%29.jpg
The fate of three Chicago police officers at the center of a conspiracy and corruption case surrounding the shooting of black Chicago teen Laquan McDonald now rests in the hands of a judge.

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<![CDATA[Reports: Ricketts Won't Hold Q&A Panel at Convention]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:37:34 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-859443102.jpg
The Chicago Cubs will host their annual Convention at the Sheraton this weekend, but during an offseason with plenty of storylines, fans will not get to hear from the team’s ownership.

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<![CDATA[Services Set for Trooper Fatally Struck by Vehicle on I-294]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:23:24 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/4P+VO+LAMBERT+SERVICES+-+00000027_35263223.jpg
The funeral for an Illinois State Police trooper who died after he was struck by a vehicle while responding to a crash on Interstate 294 over the weekend is set to be held Friday, officials confirmed.]]>
<![CDATA[Officer Injured in Crash En Route to Northwest Indiana Fire]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:41:07 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NBC5+4AM+News+Clean+-+06331016_35259443.jpg
A massive fire damaged several buildings in northwest Indiana Tuesday night, authorities said, and one police officer was injured in a major car crash on his way to the scene.

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<![CDATA[Karen Pence to Teach at School That Bans LGBTQ Employees, Students]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:41:09 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-669022980.jpg
Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, said Tuesday she would return to teaching art at a northern Virginia elementary school that explicitly bars its employees from engaging in or condoning...

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<![CDATA[Massive Fire Engulfs Multiple Homes in Suburban Northbrook]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:37:56 -0600 https://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sky5+Morning+630+-+06442014_35257540.jpg
A massive blaze engulfed several homes in north suburban Northbrook early Wednesday.]]>