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O’Hare plans to test new app to help international travelers

O’Hare International Airport hopes to test a new app that should allow international travelers to maneuver through customs on their cell phones from their airplane seats — while taxiing to arrival gates, a top aviation official said Friday.


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‘Hello’ in Riverside ends up getting South Side man a DUI charge


Police in Riverside say a drunk driver flagged down a squad car in the west suburb early Saturday to say “hello.” The Chicago man got more than a hello back. Freddie L. Levison, 57, ended up getting charged with driving under the influence.

2 dead, 21 wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday night

Two people have been killed and 21 others wounded in shootings across the city of Chicago since Friday night.

Gas, electric price hike estimates lowered by northern Indiana utility

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has lowered its estimates of how much electricity and natural gas bills will go up under its seven-year modernization plans. Documents filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission show natural gas rates will go up under 5 percent by 2020, compared with earlier estmates of nearly 10 percent.

Convicted rapist charged in 2004 murder, rape on South Side


A convict already serving 10 years in prison for brutally assaulting and raping a woman has been charged in a 2004 South Side murder in which his neighbor was beaten, raped and strangled just four days after the attack that sent him behind bars.

Harvey to vote on having Cook County sheriff audit its police department

Facing a financial crisis, the Harvey City Council will vote Monday on a measure that would allow the Cook County sheriff to audit the south suburb’s police department in what appears to be a revolt by aldermen against Mayor Eric Kellogg.

Chicago’s next archbishop Blase Cupich calls for immigration reform, shows off his humor


Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich, named by Pope Francis Saturday to succeed Cardinal Francis George as archbishop of Chicago, described himself as a collaborative leader, revealed a sense of humor and used the occasion to speak out for immigration reform.

Jesse White Tumbler shot to death


A 16-year-old boy died after a Near North Side shooting, during which a responding officer was wounded when he accidentally shot himself, Chicago Police said.

Common touts fund-raising concert at Union Park


Actor/rapper Common sees himself as an ambassador for Chicago youth, with his mission, raising hope. On the eve of his inaugural Chicago Aahh! Fest, the hip-hop star and officials of the Chicago Urban League reflected on that mission.

Faternity suspended from Loyola University for 3 years

A fraternity accused of lewd and sexist misconduct and hazing has been suspended for three years from Loyola University.

Feds want severe punishment for man charged in credit card scheme


Christopher Cain, who stole more than $184,000 in a little-known bank fraud scheme called “cracking cards,” should be locked up for more than six years, federal prosecutors say. Cain recruited people to provide their debit cards and personal identification numbers — usually with a promise …

NU student starts petition backing senior charged in deadly drunken driving crash


A friend of Northwestern University student Michael Szot, charged with aggravated drunk driving in a car wreck that killed two people, has started an online petition asking the university to let Szot return to school for his senior year.

The petition says Northwestern University is …

Seminars, fairs aimed to help with ‘confusing’ CPS enrollment process


Who oversees Chicago Public School admission lotteries? When will CPS adjust its economic tiers? Will popular schools reveal the number of applications they receive?

A CPS computer, not this year, and probably not, Didi Lewis and Amy Johnson of the Neighborhood Parents Network answered at …

Four held without bond in shooting death of 9-year-old


A gang member recently out of jail shot and killed a 9-year-old boy because he thought the child was warning his intended targets — rival gang members, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Friday.

U of I board chairman says not hiring Twittering prof was right call


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois was right to deny a faculty job to a professor whose anti-Israel Twitter messages were considered by some to be anti-Semitic, University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Chris Kennedy said in a newspaper interview published Friday. Steven …

Another sexual abuse lawsuit filed against Joliet Diocese

The Diocese of Joliet is facing another lawsuit claiming a now-deceased Catholic priest from a west suburban parish sexually abused three boys more than 30 years ago. The three alleged victims were between 6 and 11 when they were abused by the Rev. Leonardo Mateo …