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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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Women at work: Balancing life’s load as electricians


Darlene Leineweber was in her early 20s, bouncing from job to job, managing a movie theater, leasing apartments, but things just weren’t happening. That’s when the idea sparked with her dad that she should follow in his footsteps.She took his advice. Today the Chicago native is among the less than 2 percent of female electricians in the U.S. and the third generation of electricians in her family.

Charges pending against two in connection with Orange Line armed robbery


Charges are pending against two people Saturday in connection with the armed robbery of several passengers on a CTA Orange Line train last week. Two males were in custody as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic said. Two men, one armed …

Hundreds gather to pay respects to slain 11-year-old Shamiya Adams


Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday at a Forest Park church to say goodbye to 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, who was shot last week when a stray bullet allegedly fired by a purported gang member struck her in the head while she was inside a friend’s house for a slumber party.

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 said. But in the eyes of the law, Stebic is a missing person, one of thousands of unexplained cases across the country. She’s also one of two missing local women who captured national attention when they vanished without a trace in 2007. Neither she nor Stacy Peterson, of Bolingbrook, were ever found, dead or alive.

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 doing better, family says


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.”