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4 hrs ago | NBC Chicago

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

South Chicago suburbs Park Forest and Chicago Heights have renamed two area schools in tribute to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Those Cook County cities, which comprise School District 163, announced on Monday that Beacon Hill School, grades 4-8, now goes by the Barack Obama School of Leadership and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math , while Forest Trail School, 4-8, has been named Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts .

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Related Topix: Park Forest, IL, Chicago Heights, IL, US Politics, US News, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama

8 hrs ago | Daily Herald

Shred your documents at senior center event

A Document Destruction Event will be from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, 1801 W. Central Road.

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Related Topix: Arlington Heights, IL

12 hrs ago | Chicago Tribune

Durbin has cushy lead over Oberweis, poll finds

While Democrats are at risk of losing control of the U.S. Senate this year, Illinois' Sen. Dick Durbin holds a comfortable lead over Republican rival Jim Oberweis, according to a new Chicago Tribune poll. The survey of registered voters found that 55 percent said they will support Durbin in his bid for a fourth term and 32 percent planned to vote for Oberweis.

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Related Topix: US News, US Politics, US Senate, Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois

16 hrs ago | KWQC-TV Davenport

Wheeling police car hits, kills pedestrian

An on-duty officer in a squad car has struck and killed a 20-year-old pedestrian in a northwestern Chicago suburb, Wheeling police said. The officer hit the man with his SUV early Sunday, police said.

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Related Topix: Des Plaines, IL

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Chicago Tribune

Cops: Man dies after shooting at River Oaks mall

An 18-year-old South Holland man was pronounced dead Saturday after being shot following an earlier altercation in a Calumet City shopping mall parking lot, police said today. Ike King, of the 1000 block of West 159th Place, was pronounced dead at 7:09 p.m. Saturday at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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Related Topix: South Holland, IL

Sat Sep 13, 2014

My FOX Chicago

1 dead, 7 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

A 17-year-old boy was killed and at least seven other people were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday night. The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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Related Topix: Chicago, IL

Daily Herald

No arrest made in Hanover Park murder, police say Updated Sep 13,...

Hanover Park police said Saturday no charges have been filed in a homicide investigation, denouncing a social media posting by authorities in southeast Missouri as misleading and inaccurate. "It's not true to say anyone has been arrested and charged," Deputy Chief Andy Johnson said, adding that the investigation of the murder of Schaumburg resident Lee Shaw on the 6600 block of Scott Lane Sept.

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Related Topix: Hanover Park, IL, Schaumburg, IL

CBS News

Legal battle threatens to hide famous pictures from art world

Vivian Maier was a nanny and housekeeper in Chicago who took pictures in her spare time. Those photographs, mostly from the 1950s and 60s, are now considered some of the best street pictures ever taken, but they went undiscovered until two years after her death, in 2011.

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Daily Herald

Alexian Brothers says no to medical pot firms' donations

Officials at Alexian Brothers Health System, which includes an Elk Grove Village-based medical center on Biesterfield Road, said they won't accept funds from potential medical marijuana growers and sellers in Elk Grove. Alexian Brothers Health System officials are saying thanks but no thanks to potential medical marijuana growers and sellers who have promised to donate funds to the system if they get a license to open business in Elk Grove Village.

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Related Topix: Elk Grove Village, IL, Drugs, Marijuana, Dupage County, IL, Schaumburg, IL

Chicago Tribune

Trial in controversial death of World War II vet postponed

Park Forest police officer Craig Taylor walks with an unidentified woman following an arraignment in the death of a 95 year old WWII veteran seen here leaving the Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Markham on April 29. Park Forest police officer Craig Taylor walks with an unidentified woman following an arraignment in the death of a 95 year old WWII veteran seen here leaving the Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Markham on April 29. John Wrana's stepdaughter Sharon Mangerson speaking to media at the Markham Branch Courthouse following a hearing in which Park Forest Police Officer Craig Taylor pleaded not guilty to felony reckless conduct.

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Related Topix: Life, Veteran Affairs, Travel

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Daily Herald

Des Plaines police identify body found in pond

Des Plaines police have confirmed the identity of the woman whose body was found in a pond Thursday afternoon outside the Prairie Lakes Community Center. Police identified the woman as 51-year-old Barbara Roache.

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Related Topix: Des Plaines, IL, Park Ridge, IL

OpEdNews

Unarmed Catholic Priest called "ISIS" by Illinois State Rifle Association

It takes a lot of nerve for gun activists, who mostly reside in rural and exurban areas, to both berate Chicago's gun violence rate and add to it . Days after the Newtown massacre, pro-gun lawyers got Illinois' concealed carry ban lifted and unloosed thousands of "carriers" on the state.

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Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Guns, Niles, IL, Lincolnwood, IL

My FOX Chicago

Man charged in beating death

Cook County prosecutors said that when the same woman called Dixon last week to complain about the man who "disrespected," he beat the man to death with the help of a friend, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting. Dixon promised his 21-year-old girlfriend that he would "check" Raphael Watts, when she told him about the argument she had with Watts on Sept.

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WAND-TV Decatur

Illinois murder suspect arrested in Missouri

TV reports that Kevin Malone of Hanover Park, Illinois, was arrested Thursday in the small town of Marston, Missouri. He is charged with first-degree murder in Cook County, Illinois, and faces a drug charge in Missouri.

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Related Topix: Hanover Park, IL

WBEZ-FM Chicago

Inmate beaten in Cook County jail hours after judge ordered him free

Under the authority of Sheriff Tom Dart, Cook County inmates who've already been freed by a judge are taken back into the jail's general population while they wait to be processed out. It's a practice that's been called unconstitutional.

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Related Topix: Oak Lawn, IL

Patch.com

Opinion: D205 Could Lose Millions Under School Funding Reform Bill

Last July, the Illinois Senate Education Funding Advisory Committee was tasked with recommending ways to improve public education funding in Illinois, which has remained unchanged since 1997. The result of the task force was the creation of Senate Bill 16 .

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Related Topix: Education Etc., Elmhurst, IL, Opinion

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Chicago Tribune

Man convicted of killing 13-year-old arrested in string of burglaries

A man on parole for the 1988 murder of a 13-year-old girl is one of three men charged in a string of burglaries in the Little Village neighborhood dating back to spring of last year, and police are asking for victims to come forward to claim the stolen goods, according to police and court records. The head of Mothers Against Gangs expressed outrage Friday after a Cook County Criminal Court judge acquitted a teenager in the murder of a 13-year-old girl and the wounding of three others in a West Side shooting in 1988.

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Related Topix: Violent Crime

Daily Herald

Schaumburg man charged in murder for hire plot

Police charged a Schaumburg man with attempted murder for hire after prosecutors say he offered to pay an undercover officer $10,000 to kill his wife and another man. Bail was set at $500,000 Friday for Nuruddin Khan, 49. He is being held in Cook County Jail on charges of solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire.

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Related Topix: Schaumburg, IL, Criminal Defense Law, Law, Chicago Heights, IL

Chicago Tribune

Judge delays Cook County ban on 'puppy mill' pet sales

A Maltese stares out of its cage at Chicago's Anti Cruelty Society after being rescued from a South Side puppy mill in 2009. A Maltese stares out of its cage at Chicago's Anti Cruelty Society after being rescued from a South Side puppy mill in 2009.

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Related Topix: Hoffman Estates, IL

Daily Herald

Overcharged taxpayers speak out at Bartlett meeting

Property taxpayers in northwest DuPage County who have been overcharged aired their frustration Wednesday night before state and local officials in Bartlett. Organizers moved the town hall meeting to Eastview Middle School from a smaller venue to accommodate a crowd that often grew heated.

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Related Topix: Bartlett, IL, Dupage County, IL, Kane County, IL

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