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It was collective nail-biting. Synchronized ooohs and aaahs. The “Oh no!” And then, finally, the “Oh yes!” It was a Jackie Robinson West love fest when the team won 6-5 on Thursday night. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:32:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cardinal George to participate in research trial of new cancer drug ]]> Lead story image

Cardinal Francis George will participate in a clinical research trial of a new cancer treatment drug, the Archdiocese of Chicago said Friday. The drug “may work by activating cells of the immune system enabling them to attack cancer cells,” the archdiocese said in a statement. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:32:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Second site added; fans also can gather in Loop to watch Little League World Series game ]]> Lead story image

With community support and television ratings strong for its local Little League team, the city of Chicago has added a second public party for fans to watch Saturday’s U.S. Championship game. The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars have a rematch with a team from Las Vegas at 2:30 p.m., and besides the usual community South Side gathering, fans also can come to the Loop to watch the game on a big screen set up in front of the Chicago Theatre. State Street will be closed in front of the theater, from Lake Street south to Randolph, starting at 12:30 p.m., the … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:40:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Eight accused of racketeering, drug-running in Indiana ]]>

Eight members and associates of a Northwest Indiana gang based in East Chicago face racketeering and drug trafficking charges in a federal indictment that claims the defendants regularly moved hundreds of pounds of drugs and killed at least two people. One defendant, Frank Perez Jr., is charged in the indictment with murdering Jose Pena Jr. of Whiting. Those charged are members or associates of the Two Six gang. Defendants include Perez, 33, of Verona, Pennsylvania; Adron Herschel Tancil, 36, of East Chicago; Jesus Valentine Fuentes, 39, of Gary; Anthony Cresencio Aguilera, 35, of Portage; Oscar Cosme, 41, of East Chicago; … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:33:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Three accused of scamming organ donor network ]]>

Three southwest suburban residents have been indicted on federal charges for defrauding more than $652,000 from an organ and tissue donor network, prosecutors said Friday. Shari L. Hansen, 41, of Bolingbrook, was auditing coordinator of the donor network, which was not identified in the indictment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. She was responsible for reviewing and approving invoices from physicians for organ and tissue procurement. Hansen’s co-defendants, 37-year-old Eric V. Murff of Plainfield; and 43-year-old Debra A. Schultz of Lockport, each received proceeds from false invoices between March 2008 and April 2010, and shared the money with Hansen, prosecutors … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Prosecutor: Harvey hostages threatened, one woman sexually assaulted ]]> Lead story image

The women and children held hostage in a Harvey home this week were threatened “with having their heads blown off,” over the course of the 21-hour ordeal, and one of the two women was sexually assaulted multiple times, a prosecutor said Friday. At a bond hearing for Peter Williams, 42, of Chicago, and David Jordan, 40, of Dixmoor, a prosecutor said the hostages had guns repeatedly held to their heads or pointed in their direction, and at one point their captors plotted to start a fire to create a distraction so they could escape. Bond was set at $2.5 million … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:24:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Storm dumped “too much rain in too little time,” official says ]]> Lead story image

Several inches of rain fell across the Chicago area overnight, closing roads and delaying some buses. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago President Kathleen Meany said the storm was too much for some parts of the drainage system to handle. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:45:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boy fatally shot after running off because he couldn’t have cupcake: mom ]]> Lead story image

Brandi Murry’s little boy just wanted a cupcake. Antonio Smith, her outgoing 9-year-old son, called to ask for the treat Wednesday afternoon. When she denied his request, he got upset and fled the house, Murry said. Twenty minutes later, Chicago police found Antonio behind a home in the 1200 block of East 71st Street. They said he had been shot multiple times. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:32:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bali police say motive not established for killing of Chicago woman found in suitcase ]]> Lead story image

Indonesian police investigating an American couple suspected of killing the woman’s mother at a resort hotel on Bali said Thursday the three had a disagreement over who was paying for the rooms, but that a motive for the crime has not been established. Heather Mack and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, have been declared suspects in the killing of Mack’s 62-year-old mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, whose body was stuffed into a suitcase. Naming someone a suspect is a formal step under Indonesian criminal law meaning police are preparing to bring charges. Officials said they could include premeditated murder, which carries a … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:40:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 charged with attempted murder, kidnapping in Harvey standoff ]]> Lead story image

A convicted murderer who was on electronic home monitoring as a condition of his parole was one of two men charged late Thursday with taking six children and two women hostage after a shootout with Harvey Police this week. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:32:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pro-Karen Lewis super PAC on the drawing board ]]> Lead story image

With a robust campaign fund at $8 million and an outside super PAC already weighing in at $1 million, Mayor Rahm Emanuel certainly doesn’t have money problems. But if Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis decides to run against Emanuel, she won’t exactly be scraping bottom. Political insiders tell Early & Often there’s an effort underway exploring creation of a super PAC to counter Emanuel — and benefit a Lewis candidacy. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:31:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Romney, Ryan together again to talk policy — and critique Obama ]]> Lead story image

Onetime Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his former running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, reunited in Chicago on Thursday night in a rare joint appearance. The event, dubbed a Romney-moderated interview with Ryan about his new book, “The Way Forward, Renewing the American Idea,” at the Union League Club of Chicago was instead a shared space for both men to voice their opinions — mostly criticism of Barack Obama’s presidency. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:16:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Emanuel’s plan to expand Divvy bike-sharing hits a speed bump ]]>

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to make Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing program the largest in North America — with 4,750 bikes and 475 stations in 31 wards — has hit another speed bump. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:33:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Plan Commission approves year-round sports complex in Pullman ]]>

The Chicago Plan Commission approved the 135,640-square-foot facility at 103rd and Woodlawn that will feature three artificial-turf fields that can be used for either baseball, football or soccer. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:31:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Karen Lewis credits dad with influencing her populist platform ]]> Lead story image

Sounding like a budding superhero trying to sell her origin story, possible mayoral candidate Karen Lewis delved into her formative years Thursday night before nearly 100 people who had packed into a chicken restaurant in the Little Village neighborhood. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:47:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Emanuel alters eligibility rules for firefighters entrance exam ]]>

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is standing behind a hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduates that has infuriated firefighters, despite surprise opposition from Chicago Teachers Union president and possible mayoral challenger Karen Lewis. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:52:06 -0500