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Whitney Young students release endangered turtles in swamp

Whitney Young students joined students from Pontiac High School to release 100 endangered alligator snapping turtles into a southern Illinois swamp.


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Everything you need to know about Lollapalooza 2014


Before you spend three days in Grant Park soaking up the rays as you run from stage to stage at Lollapalooza, hit up these tips of the trade.

1 dead, 1 critical in Loop workplace shooting


A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building Thursday morning and shot the company's CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said. 

Man charged with reckless homicide in Edgewater crash

A North Side man has been charged in a crash that killed a 71-year-old man and injured at least four people Wednesday morning in the Edgewater neighborhood on the North Side.

Bicyclist hit by Metra train in Des Plaines dies


A woman riding a bicycle died Thursday evening when she was hit by a Metra train near the Cumberland Station in Des Plaines. Police officers found the woman’s body on the tracks, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:15 p.m.

Father of slain teen fatally shot in Humboldt Park


Samuel Walker Sr. had been preparing for the funeral of his teenage son, Samuel Walker Jr., who was gunned down last Friday in East Garfield Park. Now his family must decide whether to hold a joint memorial instead. On Thursday, the elder Walker was shot to death in a Humboldt Park gangway — just two days before his 13-year-old son was to be laid to rest.

Emanuel wants plan to ease lakefront traffic after Lucas museum opens


Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked policy experts and lakefront stakeholders to propose “transportation enhancements” to ease a museum campus bottleneck that will get worse with construction of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

City budget puts off day of reckoning until after election


Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ruled out a pre-election increase in property or sales taxes, but he’ll have to find another way to close a $297.3 million budget gap that assumes the Illinois General Assembly will lift the pension hammer hanging over Chicago.

Judge: Fired officer gets new Police Board hearing


A Chicago cop fired after he got caught up in a plan to plant illegal drugs and a gun in a suburban woman’s car is entitled to another Chicago Police Board hearing to determine his punishment, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday.

But Judge Diane …

Man charged with stalking ex-wife — a police sergeant


A Far South Side man was ordered held in lieu of $300,000 bail Thursday for allegedly stalking his ex-wife, a Chicago Police sergeant.

Eric Terry, 39, slashed his ex-wife’s friends’ car tires and harassed her while she was at her home with her two children …

Parkinson’s drug trial has researchers optimistic


Results of a Phase I clinical trial of what could be the first vaccine for Parkinson’s disease has experts cautiously optimistic. Those results were released Thursday by the maker of the drug and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. The disease, a progressive …

Deerfield man found near Oregon nature camp

A 2014 Deerfield High School graduate was found safe today after going missing from his Oregon nature camp for more than 24 hours.

Searchers on horseback found Kevin Mulert, 18, of Deerfield, at 10:30 a.m. today about 1.5 miles from the camp, where he was …

Judge, big supporter of Israel, balks at leaving Palestinian terrorism-related case


A Jewish federal judge whose family has raised more than $3 million for a pro-Israeli charity angrily refused on Thursday to recuse himself from the terrorism-related trial of a southwest suburban Palestinian immigrant.

20-year sentence in Wicker Park choking, stabbing case


A man with a history of sexual offenses was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder for choking and repeatedly stabbing a Wicker Park flower shop employee.

VA manipulated vets’ appointment data in Chicago, elsewhere, audit finds

Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system. At the Edward HInes Jr. VA hospital west of Chicago, “Staff felt they would be subject to disciplinary action” if appointment records weren’t changed, one report shows.

Police questioning person for fatal Edgewater crash involving CTA bus

Police are questioning someone in connection to a CTA bus crash that killed a 71-year-old man and injured at least five others Wednesday morning in the North Side Edgewater neighborhood.

Police confirmed someone was being questioned Wednesday night but could provide no more details about …