Administrator says Common Core criticism 'struck a chord'

A letter to parents in a small north central Illinois town has gone viral after the superintendent bemoaned the national emphasis on high-...

State announces $10 million for CPS' Safe Passage program

The state of Illinois is adding $10 million to the Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage anti-violence program, according to an...

Police warn of attempted kidnapping of 3 on Northwest Side

Police issued a community alert this morning warning of a man who tried to lure three kids with cash Wednesday evening in the city's Belmont...

Homewood man sues village over $5,300 water bill

A man who was sent a $5,347 water bill in Homewood is suing the south suburban village, alleging fraud and deceptive practices.

Indictment: 290 Chinese defrauded in visa scheme

A Chicago man fraudulently raised $160 million from Chinese nationals who invested in his purported plan to build a convention center...

Pabst mansion in Glencoe sells for $4.8 million

The 26-room, 14,364-square-foot Georgian mansion on Sheridan Road that was built for a brewing executive who headed Pabst Brewing Co. sold...

Chicago police commander accused of placing gun in suspect's mouth

A Chicago police commander frequently praised by Supt. Garry McCarthy for his no-nonsense approach to fighting crime in some of the city&...

Extra-alarm fire guts building in Englewood

Chicago firefighters spent most of the night battling an extra-alarm blaze in the Englewood neighborhood that started in the basement of a...

BP says Whiting refinery still in production after fire

British Petroleum said the refinery at Whiting, Ind., its largest in the United States, continued to operate Thursday morning...

Hobos street gang member admits to 3 murders

A member of one of Chicago's lower-profile but more vicious street gangs stood before a federal judge Wednesday and, one by one, admitted to...

1 dead, 4 wounded in city shootings

One man was killed and four others were wounded in South and West side shootings, according to authorities.

Durbin proposes 1 TV debate; Oberweis wants more

State Sen. Jim Oberweis, who won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate this year without facing his opponent in a single televised debate,...

Elgin approves medical marijuana dispensary

Elgin leaders agreed tonight to welcome a medical marijuana dispensary into town.

Protesters march on West Side after fatal police-involved shooting

About 500 people marched on the West Side this evening to protest a police-involved shooting that claimed the life of an 18-year-old man...

Route 31 bypass opening moved to September

Because of heavy rainfall in recent days, the opening of the western Algonquin bypass is now planned for sometime in September, not this...

Arrest warrant issued for Ex-Wheaton booster club president

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for the former head of a high school booster club after she failed to appear in court to be sentenced...

Woman dies following Northwest Side stabbing

A woman died after being stabbed in the Albany Park neighborhood this morning, police said.

Alleged mortgage relief scammer nabbed at wedding

The man allegedly at the center of a sophisticated mortgage rescue scam that duped more than 50 suburban homeowners last year is on his...

Texting 911 will work in some northwest suburbs

People in parts of the northwest suburbs can now use text messaging on their cellphones to seek help in an emergency.

State panel OKs U. of C. Medicine's south suburban expansion plan

The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board granted approval this afternoon for University of Chicago Medicine’s $67...

Woman who faked cancer gets 5 years for bilking man of $95K

A Justice woman convicted of scamming $95,000 from an 80-year-old man by claiming to have cancer has been sentenced to five years in prison,...

Reputed mob boss Joseph Andriacchi lists River Forest mansion for $2.15 million

Reputed mob boss Joseph Andriacchi, who for more than two decades has been reported by law enforcement organizations and the Chicago Crime...

Man dies months after attack at suburban barbecue

A Northwest Side man died late Tuesday, almost three months after he was injured in an attack during a barbecue in the south suburbs,...

City politicians hitch wagon to Jackie Robinson Little League team

Chicago's Democratic political class hitched its wagon to the Jackie Robinson West All-Star team's popularity today, turning out in force...

Man sought in Waukegan armed robberies

Police are searching for a man they believe committed two armed robberies in Waukegan on Monday and might be responsible for other,...

14 arrested in federal gun-trafficking sting

More than a dozen people face federal gun charges after a monthslong Chicago-area sting operation led investigators to confiscate more...

Thousands turn out for Little Leaguers: 'They are America's team'

Chicago crowned its newest kings Wednesday, as thousands turned out to celebrate Jackie Robinson West's improbable run in the Little...

Cops: Girl, 17, missing from North Kenwood neighborhood

Police are asking for the public's help finding a 17-year-old girl who went missing a week ago from the city's North Kenwood neighborhood on...

Utility work to begin outside Wrigley Field

The Chicago Cubs said Tuesday that the City of Chicago and utility companies have begun work outside Wrigley Field in preparation for the...

Boy, 16, wounded in West Englewood shooting

A 16-year-old boy is in serious condition after being shot in West Englewood this morning, police said.