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Tornado watches and warnings stretched over the Midwest on Wednesday night as a massive storm system menaced the biggest cities of the Midwest, pushing tornadoes, extraordinary winds and heavy rain — and perhaps even a derecho, an explosive wind pattern that’s like a hurricane on land.
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A half-dozen people were shot and killed in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend. Despite the city’s downward trend in gun deaths, the number underscores the challenges officers face in the hot months ahead.
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After months of heated argument Chicago’s school board has decided to close 49-elementary school and one high school—The biggest mass public school closing ever in this country. Now thousands of families are looking at the prospect of sending small children out of their neighborhoods to unfamiliar schools, something the city maintains, can’t be helped.
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A Chicago-area man is thankful he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar — it turned him into a millionaire.
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Service dog Hero goes everywhere with his owner Bridget Evans, from classrooms, to movie theaters, to doctor’s appointments. He’s been there for moments of joy and sadness both. And he was by her side on Saturday, clad in his own royal blue cap and gown, when Evans made her way across the podium to accept her diploma from graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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A 10-year-old boy was shot Wednesday in Chicago toward the end of a day that saw at least three people slain and 20 others wounded, police and local media said.
Five people were slain early on Wednesday in Manchester, Ill., and a suspect died after a shootout with police, Illinois State Police said.
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Heavy river flooding in six Midwestern states that forced evacuations, shut down bridges, swamped homes and caused at least three deaths was at or near crest in some areas Sunday evening.
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A driver was hospitalized Thursday after a large sinkhole opened up in the middle of the street and swallowed three cars on Chicago’s South Side, police said.
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Three months after Chicago notched the most murders in the nation, officials are touting a dramatic downturn in crime.
In the first quarter of the year, murders dropped 42 percent over the same period last year and shootings were down 27 percent — reductions that authorities say were fueled by anti-gang initiatives.
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An Illinois man accused of stealing 21 tons of Wisconsin cheese has been arrested in New Jersey.
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Former Bolingbrook, Ill., police sergeant Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
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Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday morning to misusing more than $750,000 in campaign cash on private expenses — including a Rolex, furs, and other luxury goods.