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Former co-worker recalls shooter, victim in Loop office tragedy

A former co-worker of both the shooter and victim in a Loop office shooting was left stunned and disbelieving at news of Thursday’s tragedy.


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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.

Homewood man gets life for fatally stabbing 3-year-old son


A south suburban man has been sentenced to life plus 25 years in prison for the murder of his 3-year-old son and sexually assaulting the child’s mother during what prosecutors called a “grisly” attack on the West Side in 2011.

Rockets, summer program helps IIT freshmen soar


A group of college students is doing more than buying twin XL bedding sheets to prepare for the upcoming school year — they are launching model rockets.

Pension payments delayed to retired Chicago teachers

Retired Chicago Public Schools teachers did not receive the scheduled electronic deposit of their August pension payments on Friday, the pension fund said. The money should show up by Tuesday, but teachers who need the money sooner can pick up a check in person.

Man found dead in Cicero attic after fire

A man was found dead after what officials call an accidental fire early Friday morning in west suburban Cicero. The fire started about 1:30 a.m. in a three-story building in the 5000 block of West 30th Place and was quickly extinguished, according to Cicero spokesman …

Police chase ends with crash at Great Lakes Naval Station

A police chase that started in north suburban Highland Park ended in a crash in the Great Lakes Naval Station late Thursday. About 11 p.m., the driver of a black Toyota Camry drove through the station’s main gate “at a high rate of speed” while …

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 …