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Prosecutor: Shooter knew rival wasn’t in crowd but fired anyway

Even before Tevin Lee fired at a group of boys in West Garfield Park, a friend told Lee the rival he hoped to punish wasn’t there, Cook County prosecutors said. The Gangster Disciple didn’t care, later telling someone he “thought he shot one of those …


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Los Angeles man arrested in 1992 murder of Skokie teen


A 71-year-old man has been in arrested in the 1992 death of a Skokie teen found strangled in a Morton Grove forest preserve, the boy’s mother told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday.

‘I have faith and hope,’ Lisa Stebic’s sister says

Debbie Ruttenberg’s statement on the 2007 disappearance of her sister, Lisa Stebic, as told to Chicago Sun-Times reporter Jon Seidel on July 9, 2014: “I have missed my sister Lisa every moment of every day and night. I miss my niece and nephew who have …

Stebic, Peterson families seek answers as ‘missing’ cases hit 7-year mark


Lisa Stebic’s sister always knew. She knew on May 1, 2007, the day a neighbor reported the Plainfield mother of two missing to police. “I knew my sister was dead from the start,” said Debbie Ruttenberg, Stebic’s older sibling. But in the eyes of the …

NAMUS offers way to share missing persons data

It began with the dead. An estimated 40,000 unidentified dead bodies 10 years ago in the offices of medical examiners and coroners nationwide — many of those officials with limited access to information about missing person cases from across the country — prompted the creation of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

3-year-old boy shot on Southwest Side


A 3-year-old boy was critically wounded in a shooting Friday night in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Teen boy killed, 6 wounded in East Garfield Park shooting


A 13-year-old boy was killed and six others were wounded after a shooting Friday evening in the West Side East Garfield Park neighborhood, according to officials.

Joakim Noah urges Chicagoans to put down their guns in PSA


Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah says he can’t sit by idly and watch the devastating violence in Chicago that recently claimed an innocent child sitting inside her home about to make s’mores.

Employee at O’Hare accused of stealing from military foot lockers


A convicted murderer who works at a cargo services company at O’Hare Airport is accused of stealing two computers from military footlockers being shipped overseas so he could sell them and use the cash for car repairs.

James Matthews, who works for Swissport International Ltd., …

Michelle Obama to Chicago donors: ‘Write the biggest, fattest check . . . you can’


First lady Michelle Obama was especially frank Thursday evening when addressing a crowd of some 150 Chicago donors about the best way to influence politics: “Write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.” Here to raise money for the national Democratic Party, the first lady also put in a plug for local Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn, pledging to “do everything in our power to make sure he gets over the finish line. He is the guy for this state.”

Cops: Gang member fired ‘without care,’ hit girl at sleepover


A teenage gang member fired into a crowd of rivals “without care” in retaliation for a fistfight he wasn’t even involved in — but wound up killing an 11-year-old girl who was at a nearby building for a sleepover, police said Thursday.

1 dead, 8 hurt in shootings Thursday

One man was killed and eight people were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Thursday.

Deacon kisses girl, gives her copy of the Kama Sutra: prosecutors


A 66-year-old man Cook County prosecutors described as a “member of the clergy” allegedly gave a minor a copy of the Kama Sutra and said he kissed her because she was “shy” and he “wanted her to be more confident.”

Too many guns, too few values, Emanuel says

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday condemned the senseless act of violence that deprived an innocent, 11-year-old girl of her chance to grow up and realize her dreams.  “There are too many guns easily available and too little values…around to guide people,” Emanuel said after groundbreaking ceremonies at a $500 million office tower along the Chicago River.

Emanuel says red-light cameras ‘have to be 100 percent right’


Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s “angry” about the unexplained spike that generated at least 9,000 questionable red-light camera tickets at a dozen Chicago intersections and said the system “has to be 100 percent right” to be trusted.

Feds seek to extradite Emanuel’s ex-comptroller from Pakistan


Federal prosecutors are seeking to extradite Amer Ahmad, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former City Hall comptroller, from Pakistan, where Ahmad fled — using a fake passport — after pleading guilty last year to public corruption charges in Ohio. Ahmad, 39, has admitted in Pakistani court that he forged documents to flea to his parents’ homeland. He remains jailed in the city of Lahore.