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Medical examiner: All six victims in Gage Park died in homicides

The Cook County medical examiner's office determined Friday that all six people found dead inside a Gage Park home died in homicides, five of them from "sharp force" or "blunt force" injuries and the sixth from gunshot wounds. The six people found dead Thursday inside a Gage Park home were identified...

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  • Wabash Lights public art test to begin next week

    Wabash Lights public art test to begin next week

    Wabash Lights, an ambitious public art project that will add shots of color to the underside of the "L" tracks downtown, is scheduled to begin its beta test next week, six months after a crowdfunding campaign raised nearly $60,000 to make it happen. Twelve rods of LED lights have been installed...

  • Man hit by Red Line train dies in apparent suicide

    Man hit by Red Line train dies in apparent suicide

    A man died in what police believed was a suicide after he jumped in front of a Red Line train near 63rd Street early Friday afternoon, officials said. CTA officials were notified that a person was hit at the 63rd Street Station about 12:20 p.m., a spokesman said. The man was believed to have committed...

  • Data show decline in CTA crime, especially thefts, robberies

    Data show decline in CTA crime, especially thefts, robberies

    Overall crime on the CTA has dropped by 25 percent as compared to 2014 with robberies and theft the categories showing the most dramatic decreases, according to the transit agency. In 2014, there were 4,691 crimes reported and in 2015, that number dropped to 3,512, said CTA spokesman Brian Steele....

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    Skilling: Light snow possible with 'clipper' system; the cold to return

    A low-pressure "clipper" system is forecast to move east out of Minnesota through Wisconsin on Thursday into Lower Michigan in the evening. Most of the accumulating snow associated with this system will probably drop north in Wisconsin, but, sitting on the southern edge of the snowfall, the Chicago...

  • Ferris wheel construction underway

    Ferris wheel construction underway

    Construction on a new Ferris wheel has started at Chicago's Navy Pier.

  • Spring Awakening festival may head to Jackson Park

    Spring Awakening festival may head to Jackson Park

    Spring Awakening, an electronic dance music festival typically held at Soldier Field, may be heading to Jackson Park on the South Side, a Chicago Park District spokeswoman said. Soldier Field is one of a few venues hosting Copa America Centenario, an international soccer tournament, in June when...

  • Prosecutors: Gun was shot 9 times from North Side high-rise roof

    Prosecutors: Gun was shot 9 times from North Side high-rise roof

    A Chicago man was ordered held on $150,000 bail after he and a female allegedly went up to the rooftop of his Park West high-rise apartment building and fired off as many as nine rounds in the "densely populated" North Side neighborhood. The shooting Sunday afternoon drew a police SWAT team to...

  • Distrust of Chicago cops helps drive Emanuel's low approval on crime

    Distrust of Chicago cops helps drive Emanuel's low approval on crime

    A strong majority of Chicagoans don't think the city's cops treat all citizens fairly and believe a cover-up "code of silence" is widespread in the Police Department, helping drive a record-low approval rating for Mayor Emanuel's handling of crime, a Chicago Tribune poll has found. The survey's...

  • 5 things you should know about the Zika virus

    5 things you should know about the Zika virus

    The outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika—pronounced ZEE-kah—virus has been declared a global emergency by the U.N.'s World Health Organization. Prior to 2015, major outbreaks of Zika occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, but more recently, a big outbreak has hit Brazil. ...

  • The presidential election calendar 2016: voter registration deadlines, debates

    The presidential election calendar 2016: voter registration deadlines, debates

    If you weren't paying attention before, perhaps the results of Monday's Iowa caucuses - Ted Cruz trumped Donald Trump in the GOP race and Hillary Clinton squeaked out a win over Bernie Sanders in the tight Democratic race - piqued your interest in the 2016 presidential race. Now the presidential...

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