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    Surveillance video was released on Tuesday which showed the jarring moment two Chicago police officers gunned down an unarmed man in the street in July — and left him writhing on the street for minutes as cars drove past. The video, released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), was cited on Friday as direct evidence used to charge Chicago police officers Chistopher Liakopoulos and Ruben Reynoso in the shooting — a rare occurrence in a city with a long history of police violence. Cook County State Attorney Kimberly Foxx said the video directly contradicted statements by officers after the shooting took place, when they claimed they were fired upon first. “We cannot ignore or stand by acts of unprovoked violence, even at the hands of those who are sworn to serve and protect our communities,” said Foxx last week. The cops, Liakopoulos and Reynoso, were charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and official misconduct — namely, that the officers lied about being fired on first. Both posted bail on...
    The Chicago Cubs could bring back a member of the 2016 World Series team, Ben Zobrist, into a front office role. While the Cubs World Series team of 2016 may seem like a long time ago to fans and prognosticators alike, Chicago may try to bridge the gap. Zobrist has explored a front office role previously, and recent reports linked him to a job in Chicago. While the former super-utility player won’t be on the field with the Cubs, he may use his baseball mind to help mold the next Chicago World Series ream (or fans hope). “We haven’t talked about a specific role, but I’d love to have him around spring training and have him around the guys,” Jed Hoyer said, “because I do think it is a perspective and a career, and a work ethic, that I think is unique.” Hoyer is correct about Zobrist, he does have a unique eye for the game, and for talent itself. He’d be an intriguing scout or coach one day, assuming that’s the path he takes to remain close to the...
    The Chicago FBI field office was rocked by a security incident on Thursday, the latest scare affecting the bureau amid concerns about increasing threats against federal law enforcement. A person jumped the Chicago office’s fence and began throwing rocks at the building, Federal Protective Service spokesperson Robert Sperling confirmed to the Washington Examiner. Federal officers, with help from Chicago police, took the person to a hospital for evaluation. The incident occurred at about 11 a.m. at the Chicago field office located on Roosevelt Road, FBI Special Agent Siobhan Johnson told the Washington Examiner. There are no reported injuries or threats to the public, she added. This comes two weeks after the Ohio State Highway Patrol exchanged fire with a man attempting to break into an FBI field office located in Cincinnati with a weapon. The man, Ricky Shiffer, 42, of Columbus, Ohio, was known to the FBI with a connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and ties to a far-right extremist group, according to ABC 7 News. He was killed in a standoff after leading...
    (CNN)The FBI said a "security incident" occurred Thursday morning at the agency's field office in Chicago."The FBI Chicago facility remains secure, and there are no reported injuries or known threats to the public at this time," FBI spokesperson Siobhan Johnson told CNN, referring further questions to the Federal Protective Service, which is a Homeland Security agency that supports federal facilities.The bureau did not provide information on a possible motive, but a federal law enforcement source told CNN the incident involved someone who tried to scale the security fencing.That person is in custody and the FBI is investigating, the source said.
    (CNN)Seven murder convictions tied to a former Chicago detective were vacated Tuesday after the Cook County State's Attorney's Office declined to oppose petitions by defense attorneys alleging investigatory misconduct by the disgraced officer.The cases are the latest tied to former detective Reynaldo Guevara's alleged police misconduct that ranged from coercive interrogation tactics to hiding evidence, according to State's Attorney Kim Foxx.Two people were expected to be released Tuesday while five others had already been released from prison, Foxx's office said in a release. An eighth person whose case the prosecutor has dropped remained in custody "pending further court hearings," according to the release."We are not taking a position on innocence. What we are saying is that we cannot stand by these convictions based on the serious allegations of misconduct and findings of credibility against Detective (Reynaldo) Guevara," Foxx said at a news conference Tuesday.The eight people each served decades in prison. The convictions were handed down for homicides that occurred between 1989 and 1996, Foxx told reporters.Read MoreGuevara also has been accused of intimidating witnesses and falsifying evidence in multiple...
    Chicago Bears star linebacker Roquan Smith requested a trade, saying that his team’s “new front office regime doesn’t value me here.” “To the city of Chicago and all the Bears fan worldwide, I have officially requested a trade; just writing these words is deeply painful,” wrote Smith in a message shared by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Smith, who played college football at the University of Georgia, was drafted by the Bears with the eighth pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. #Bears All-Pro LB Roquan Smith has requested a trade. pic.twitter.com/x4vmOMhROt — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 9, 2022 “Walking these hallways the past four years, you can feel the spirit, you feel the pressure to live up to that timeless history, that great legacy,” wrote Smith. “Since the day I was drafted, I vowed to play this position at a level that upheld the standard that was set before me, to uphold that respect and honor, and I have,” he said. Smith went on to blast the Bears front office, led by general manager Ryan Poles, who was hired in...
    The Chicago Bears have made Roquan Smith off-limits to media since training camp opened last month. The inside linebacker has gotten his word out, however, sending a message to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport indicating he has requested a trade. Smith has been present for training camp but has staged a “hold-in,” meaning he is present but not participating in hopes of receiving a new contract. Smith’s long statement indicates that he has reached a boiling point in trying to negotiate a contract without an agent. This, no doubt, escalates the challenge for first-year general manager Ryan Poles. “I wanted to be a Bear for my entire career, help this team bring a Super Bowl back to our city,” Smith’s statement read. “However, they have left me no choice than to request a trade that allows me to play for an organization that truly values what I bring to the table.” The Bears placed Smith on the physically unable to perform list at the outset of camp, a peculiar move and one that came without an explanation for what injury he...
    Getty Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears returns an interception for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field on September 19, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Bengals 20-17. In a shocking twist to his contract “hold-in,” Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has requested a trade, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport. Rapoport shared a statement written by Smith, which lists the linebacker’s discontent with the contract extension offers he has received from first-year general manager Ryan Poles as a primary reason he’d like to be traded. #Bears All-Pro LB Roquan Smith has requested a trade. pic.twitter.com/x4vmOMhROt — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 9, 2022 ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bears! Smith Blames Front Office for Not Negotiating in Good Faith“I have officially requested a trade; just writing these words is deeply painful,” Smith wrote in the note shared by Rapoport. Smith mentioned the legendary legacy the team has at the linebacker position, and noted he has...
    A 25-year veteran prosecutor in Chicago announced his resignation on Friday, arguing that he had "zero confidence" in the leadership of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. James Murphy, a former assistant state's attorney, detailed his strife with his Democratic boss, saying her office's mission vision and value statements were "just a PR stunt." SOROS-BACKED DISTRICT ATTORNEY FACES GROWING BACKLASH AS CRIME SPIKES "I would love to continue to fight for the victims of crime and to continue to stand with each of you, especially in the face of the overwhelming crime that is crippling our communities. However, I can no longer work for this Administration. I have zero confidence in their leadership," Murphy wrote, according to CWB Chicago. Murphy said that Foxx's office, the second-largest prosecutor's office in the country, which oversees the city of Chicago, has been "hemorrhaging talent" over the past few years, leaving the rest of those working there "overworked, overstressed, and under-resourced." Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. (Teresa Crawford/AP) Murphy added that he first started contemplating leaving...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Chicago teen died after going under the water in a swimming pond at a campground in Wisconsin Tuesday, authorities said.Authorities received an emergency call at about 5:42 p.m. from the Smokey Hollow Campground in Lodi, Wisconsin, the Columbia County Sheriff's Office said.Deputies, Lodi Fire, and EMS responded to the scene and the Columbia County Sheriff's Dive Team was summoned.About 50 minutes later, the teen was located and removed from the pond. The teen was transported to a hospital, but did not survive.The sheriff's office said, "Thank you to all the first responders, citizens, and the members of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Dive Team for their efforts."Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family."
    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago man accused in the drowning deaths of his three young children pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree murder. A grand jury indicted 35-year-old Jason E. Karels this month in the June 13 deaths of 5-year-old Bryant Karels, 3-year-old Cassidy Karels and 2-year-old Gideon Karels. Officers responding to a 911 call from the children’s mother discovered their bodies inside Karels’ home in Round Lake Beach near Joliet. The Lake County Coroner’s Office determined the cause of death to be drowning. Officers at the scene found a note from Karels that said, “If I can’t have them, neither can you,” the Lake County State’s Attorney Office said. Authorities have said Karels and the mother of his children were separated but shared joint custody. Karels was arrested the day of the drownings following a 17-minute pursuit by Illinois state troopers that ended in a crash at an Interstate 80 bridge in Joliet. Karels was briefly hospitalized then transferred to the Lake County Jail, where he is being held without bond. Copyright...
    Chicago Bears wide receiver David Moore was arrested on drug and weapons charges on July 4 in Gainesville, Florida. He’s the third new Bears addition to be arrested this offseason. Chicago’s new front office has had some bad luck this offseason as it pertains to adding new talent. Moore, who was signed in hopes of giving Justin Fields another weapon on the outside, has been arrested in Florida. He played for the Seahawks from 2017-20 and spent last year with the Broncos and Packers. The 27-year-old was released from prison on $5,000 bond. David Moore arrest: Bears string of bad luck continuesUpon being signed, Moore seemed excited to be a Chicago Bear, calling it ‘a blessing’. “It’s just a blessing,” Moore said. “I’ve been at the house just hoping, waiting on a call, just an opportunity to get a chance to play football. The week was going great and I had high hopes, and then after practice they told me to wait around, that they were going to sign me.” Moore is the cousin of former Chicago running back James...
    (CNN)The focus across the US on this Independence Day will be on barbecues, celebrating, and being outdoors. However, a word of caution: There is dangerous heat across much of the midsection of the country, which can be deadly if not taken seriously. Nearly 30 million people in more than a dozen states are under a heat advisory. It stretches from the mid-South to the Mississippi River Valley and into portions of the Plains. Many areas will experience temperatures in the 90s, with heat indices -- what the temperature "feels like" when you combine the actual temperature with the humidity -- well into the triple digits. "The combination of high temperatures and high humidity push heat indices closer to an uncomfortable 105-110 degrees," the Weather Prediction Center explained. Read MoreA ridge of high pressure has a firm grip on the region, allowing hot temperatures to continue to build throughout the week. Check the forecast in your city It is summer after all, and we expect temperatures to be downright hot for many areas, but even for summer standards, it is extreme....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago's Office of Inspector General is among the strongest watchdog agencies in the nation but it lacks independent authority to release its findings to the public, according to the Better Government Association report.A BGA policy team compared 20 of the largest U.S. cities for the study.Deborah Witzburg was confirmed as inspector general at April's city council meeting. Previously, she was the city's public safety deputy inspector general which is a consent-decree-mandated position.In a number of recent high-profile investigations, including probes of the Anjanette Young wrong-raid and the Hilco smokestack demolition in Little Village, the public has seen only short synopses of the inspector general's work in the agency's quarterly summary reports. Detailed reports can only be released at the discretion of corporation counsel, the city's top lawyer, and only in limited circumstances, says the BGA.Chicago's city council can bring the Office of Inspector General in line with national best practices for a fully independent oversight agency by mandating full release of all completed investigation reports, redacted only where required by law.The BGA Policy Team recommends an ordinance...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The roads were blocked off Friday as people slowly gathered for the Taste of Randolph.This is one of many events planned for the weekend as Chicago police officers have had their days-off canceled through Tuesday, making sure people remain safe as other events are being planned. Organizers have been setting up for the Pride Festival in Northalsted this weekend.It was in the heart of Boystown, at Roscoe and Halsted, where a man was shot in both of his legs early Monday morning.As police investigate that case, officials at the City's Office of Emergency Management urged those attending upcoming events to keep vigilant.RELATED | Lakeview shooting: Man says ex's acquaintance shot him, tried to run him over near busy bar area"There's cumulative effects that takes place," said Office of Emergency Management Exeutive Director Rich Guidice. "Be cognizant of your surroundings. Call 911."Officers are also on the lookout for any threats to large crowds. An Illinois man was one of 31 members of a white supremacist group arrested on Sunday near an Idaho pride event.SEE ALSO | CPD looks...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Charges of official misconduct and aggravated battery have been filed against a white former Chicago police officer captured on video struggling with a Black woman who was walking her dog in a park. Officer Bruce Dyker has been charged with official misconduct and aggravated battery in a public way, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said. He’s due in court for arraignment on Thursday. Dyker, 52, who had been on desk duty since shortly after the incident last summer, resigned from the Chicago Police Department in May before any formal disciplinary action was announced against him, a department spokesperson said last week. He had been a Chicago officer since 1998. Videos showing Dyker grabbing Nikkita Brown shortly after midnight on Aug. 28, 2021, as she walked her French bulldog at North Avenue Beach later went viral. In one video recorded by a bystander, Brown and her dog appear to be walking away from the officer as he follows closely. Brown repeatedly tells Dyker not to come closer and to back up because he isn’t wearing a face...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The job of the Cook County assessor is to establish a fair and accurate assessment on close to 1.8 million parcels across the county.That assessment plays a role in determining how much you pay in property taxes. There are two Democrats running for the office.Fritz Kaegi is the incumbent. He was elected to that office in 2018. At the time, he said he would overhaul the system making it more fair and transparent.Our Chicago: Part 2EMBED More News Videos Fritz Kaegi is the incumbent, first elected to in 2018. "We made sure that the biggest buildings downtown were paying their fair share and that has held the line for homeowners. Residential property taxes up just one percent each of the last two years in Cook County. And for the majority of homeowners in Chicago and the majority of the homeowners in the north suburbs had lower property tax bills last year for the first time in 10 years. Many in the south suburbs did too in places like Harvey and Markham where the average property tax bill...
    Getty Head coach Billy Donovan of the Chicago Bulls looks on The Chicago Bulls are still split on what Zach LaVine’s ceiling is, says ESPN 1000’s David Kaplan. With the two-time All-Star an unrestricted free agent, this is probably not the sentiment the front office wants. Despite numerous trade proposals and rigorous discussions, the Bulls are set to offer the guard the full max contract, per the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley. How much of that was a matter of public relations? It is possible that was leaked to counteract a report from NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson. League sources at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago expressed uncertainty over the Bulls’ plans. Perhaps this latest report from Kaplan on the “Kap and J. Hood” morning show explains the conflicting sentiments.Bulls Brass’ Big DecisionLaVine failed to earn an All-NBA designation this season after sharing the floor with DeMar DeRozan. He also battled through torn thumb ligaments and a knee injury that required surgery this offseason. Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Automatically Win $200 on Any Game This Week...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Coming off the holiday weekend, you may have summer vacations on your mind.And with travel costs way up, perhaps a one-tank road trip is your best bet.SEE ALSO | Our Chicago: Summer travel outlook and tips for trouble-free journeyThe Illinois Office of Tourism said you don't have to go far to feel like you are getting away.Marla Cichowski with the Illinois Office of Tourism joined ABC7 to discuss Illinois vacations.She provided her thoughts on whether Illinois tourism has picked back up to pre-pandemic levels. Cichowski talked about what kind of outdoor adventures are available in Illinois.RELATED | United Airlines cancels couple's flight, then charges $4K more for comparable seatsCichowski discussed the Galena area, which is about three hours from Chicago. She said it can be very budget-friendly and talked about the activities available there.She also talked about where history buffs should travel to and quick trips with young kids.
    A judge pressed Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx’s Office Thursday as to why a man charged with a misdemeanor was not charged with felony “aggravated vehicular hijacking” after hearing the charges. Judge Barbara Dawkins, of Cook County, asked prosecutors during the hearing if there was “a reason” Trevale Robinson, 32, was in “misdemeanor bond court as opposed to felony bond court” after she heard the prosecution’s allegations Thursday, CWB Chicago reported. A prosecutor informed the judge that felony carjacking charges were “rejected” by Foxx’s Office, according to CWB Chicago.  “The facts of this case sound much more like an aggravated vehicular hijacking than a criminal trespass to motor vehicle,” the judge later remarked. “Nonetheless, we’re here in misdemeanor bond court.” The incident unfolded in a parking lot near West Congress Parkway and Central Park Avenue at around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, according to CWB Chicago, citing records from the Chicago Police Department (CPD). A woman was in the parking lot when another woman approached her and sparked a verbal altercation, prosecutors said. The aggressor allegedly slugged the victim in the...
    General manager Ryan Poles is working to reshape the Chicago Bears front office and scouting staff after the NFL draft, his second set of moves after hiring some trusted advisers. League sources say the Bears dismissed college scouting director Mark Sadowski, a 1992 St. Rita graduate who has been with the organization since 2005, when he was hired as an area scout. Sadowski worked under GMs Jerry Angelo and Phil Emery before Ryan Pace inherited him in 2015 and promoted him to his current role the next year. Sadowski started with the Bears as a scout in the southeast region, a critical area for all teams, and he covered that area in 2006 when the team selected All-Pro returner Devin Hester from Miami. That began a climb through the ranks of the scouting department as he became a national scout. The Bears also parted with national scout Chris Prescott and college scouting coordinator Bobby Macedo, according to sources. Shortly after arriving in January, Poles hired Ian Cunningham as assistant GM. Then he brought Trey Koziol — a Hinsdale Central graduate...
    ELK GROVE TOWNSHIP, Ill. (WLS) -- A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed Wednesday night in a mobile home park near Des Plaines, the Cook County Sheriff's Office said.The boy was walking with another child about 7:15 p.m. in the Blackhawk Estates modular home community in the 400-block of West Touhy Avenue when a dark-colored SUV pulled up, police said. Multiple shots were fired from the vehicle, hitting the boy, who later died from his injuries.He was not immediately publicly identified, and police did not provide any additional information about suspects in the deadly unincorporated Elk Grove Township drive-by shooting.RELATED: Chicago police look to identify group in Wabash shooting that struck 2 bystanders by Chicago TheatreNo one was in custody in connection with the incident Thursday morning.Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 708-865-4896.
    General manager Ryan Poles is working to reshape the Chicago Bears front office and scouting staff after the NFL draft, his second set of moves after hiring some trusted advisers. League sources say the Bears dismissed college scouting director Mark Sadowski, a 1992 St. Rita graduate who has been with the organization since 2005, when he was hired as an area scout. Sadowski worked under GMs Jerry Angelo and Phil Emery before Ryan Pace inherited him in 2015 and promoted him to his current role the next year. Sadowski started with the Bears as a scout in the southeast region, a critical area for all teams, and he covered that area in 2006 when the team selected All-Pro returner Devin Hester from Miami. That began a climb through the ranks of the scouting department as he became a national scout. The Bears also parted with national scout Chris Prescott and college scouting coordinator Bobby Macedo, according to sources. Shortly after arriving in January, Poles hired Ian Cunningham as assistant GM. Then he brought Trey Koziol — a Hinsdale Central graduate...
    Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson added to his new leadership team Thursday by hiring former Cubs executive Jeff Greenberg, a onetime rival for the Hawks GM job, as one of his top two lieutenants. Greenberg was named associate general manager, the same title former Seattle Kraken executive Norm Maciver holds. Maciver, Davidson’s former colleague when both worked under former Hawks GM Stan Bowman, has been tasked with merging pro and amateur scouting into one department. Greenberg, who most recently served as Cubs assistant general manager, will oversee the “strategic systems and processes that will fuel the entire hockey operations group,” according to a team release. He starts May 9. “Our journey is just beginning as we build a next-generation foundation for this team, and that starts with a focus on modernizing and improving the hockey operations infrastructure in our front office,” Davidson said in a statement. “We will only get back to being best-in-class on the ice if we are working with best-in-class information and ideas behind the scenes.” Greenberg said in a statement: “There couldn’t be a more...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WLS) -- After more than 23 years in office, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is not running for reelection. Currently, six candidates are in the race to replace him.ABC7 Chicago plans to speak with them all ahead of the June primary. The two Republican candidates were the first to be interviewed.One of them is state Rep. Dan Brady. He's been a member of the Illinois General Assembly since 2001.Previously he served as McLean County coroner. Brady is a funeral director in Bloomington, Illinois.WATCH: Our Chicago: Republican secretary of state candidates Part 1EMBED More News Videos ABC7 Chicago spoke with two Republican candidates for Illinois secretary of state. ABC7 asked what his top priority would be if elected."I believe my top priority issue would be more online services for the secretary of state's office because this is an executive branch office that touches more daily lives than any other office in state government on a daily basis," Brady said. "And the one area is driver services that is probably the most prevalent that people come in contact with....
    CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Friday threw out 44 more convictions tied to a notorious former Chicago police sergeant who regularly framed people for drug crimes they didn’t commit, exonerations that victim advocates said would be among the last from one of the most disgraceful chapters in the department’s history. The dismissal of the cases by Cook County Judge Erica Reddick was the result of petitions to do so filed by the victims’ attorneys with the support of the Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office. “In order to restore trust in the criminal justice system, as prosecutors, we must approach every case with an eye toward the facts, the evidence, and the law,” Foxx said in a press release. The latest dismissals bring to more than 170 Black defendants who have seen their drug convictions tied to former Sgt. Ronald Watts and his tactical unit dismissed in recent years. Joshua Tepfer, an attorney with The Exoneration Project who has worked with many people convicted due to Watts and his crew, said that Friday’s hearing would be the...
    The Chicago Cubs front office remains busy early in the season, striking another deal with a National League contender.  It may be an average start to the MLB season for the new-look Chicago Cubs, but the front office seems to be in midseason form. Just a day after making a trade with the Atlanta Braves to bring in reliever Sean Newcomb, the Cubs have struck another deal as minor tweaks to the roster continue early on in the season. According to FanSided’s Robert Murray, the Cubs found a trade partner for Cory Abbot and will be sending him to the San Francisco Giants. Cash considerations going to the Cubs. First on the trade: @Russ_Dorsey1. https://t.co/t6VMyTO77D — Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) April 21, 2022 Is it the most earth-shattering move in the world? No. But what it does signal is that the Cubs are already looking at ways to actively tweak the roster to get it in as good a shape as possible for a potential run at a Wild Card spot. It seems a but ridiculous to set expectations that...
    In this article GOOGLEmployees are welcomed back to work with breakfast in the cafeteria at the Chicago Google offices on April 05, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson | Getty ImagesGoogle brought employees back into the office after two years of remote work last week, and the occasion was met with everything from marching bands to visits from prominent politicians as well as increased traffic.  Last week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot visited Google’s Chicago offices, which house roughly 2,000 employees, according to ABC7 Chicago news. Rob Biederman, Google director of government relations, also made an appearance, as cupcakes were served. "It's fun to be able to meet the people I've been working (with) outside of Zoom,” Google software engineer Jon George told ABC 7 Chicago news. “I guess we use Google chat,” he added, referring to Google’s video conferencing platform. The festivities come after the company mandated office returns for most employees for at least three days a week starting the week of April 4. Although it is a “hybrid” work model and employees may apply for exemptions, company leadership faced...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Electric Scooters are coming back to Chicago this spring on a permanent basis after a long evaluation program, the mayor's office said Thursday.Six companies applied for licenses, and the city has picked three to receive them: Lime, Spin, and Superpedestrian.In all, there will be 3,000 shared electric scooters.In addition, the Divvy bike-share system will add 1,000 scooters in the downtown core that can be docked just like the bikes.RELATED: Chicago City Council committee approves e-scooter program"A scooter program offers another easy way for residents and visitors to choose active transportation to get around Chicago," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. "As transportation costs go up, it is critical that we support micromobility solutions like shared bikes and scooters, which provide affordable ways to travel in Chicago without needing a car."In order to manage sidewalk riding and clutter, all scooters will be equipped with cable-locking technology, as well as sidewalk-riding detection technology to help reduce riding on sidewalks, the mayor's office said. Scooters will not be allowed on the Lakefront Trail, the 606, Riverwalk or Navy Pier.To manage the introduction...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- It was all cupcakes and smiles Tuesday morning as Google's Chicago employees returned to the workplace after more than two years of the COVID pandemic."I've actually only been to the office one time before so it's a very different experience to see everyone here," Google software engineer Kevin Wynn said."It's fun to be able to meet the people I've been working (with) outside of Zoom; I guess we use Google chat," fellow software engineer Jon George said.The tech giant's nearly 2,000 employees at its West Town office will now work a flex schedule -- three days in the office and two days remote.RELATED: COVID Chicago: Many businesses pushing back return to work plans amid omicron surge"We want work to be somewhere people chose to be," said Rob Biederman, Google director of government relations. "We have also realized people have missed the collaboration you get by being in-person, and that's why there's so much excitement here today."Chicago's mayor was on-hand for the office's reopening, which officially began Monday."The Fulton Market District, for people who haven't been down here...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The director of the Chicago Film Office was attacked and beaten last week by a group of three, who later stole his car.Chicago police said the 51-year-old man was in the 2100-block of West 22nd Place on Wednesday, March 30, at about 7:45 a.m. when he was approached by the three males. There was a confrontation, and the three battered him with objects.They then fled in a waiting gray Dodge Caravan, police said, only to return a few moments later to continue their attack.The males took the victim's personal belongings, including credit cards which were then used by the suspects. They later returned to the scene and stole the victim's car, CPD said.The victim was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in serious but stable condition with injuries to his head and arm. ABC7 spoke with him, and he confirmed the attack and said he was "better," but declined to comment further.Monday police released images of three suspects they believe to be related to this robbery and attack.If you have any information contact Area Four detectives at 312-746-8251....
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago residents and business operators who purchase surveillance equipment can be reimbursed by the city through a new initiative, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown announced at a press conference on Monday.People who live or operate a business in Chicago will be able to purchase equipment, such as cameras, cloud storage, lights and vehicle GPS trackers, and receive financial reimbursement up to certain limits, through the city's Home and Business Protection Rebate Program, Lightfoot said.People will need to register their cameras with CPD to be eligible for reimbursement, but police will not have direct access to individuals' camera systems and cannot access footage without consent. There is no requirement to provide footage to CPD at any time. People who already have private camera systems are not eligible for reimbursement, but may share their cameras' locations with CPD and aid in criminal investigations starting Monday at www.chicagopolice.org/cameraregistration.SEE ALSO | Chicago shootings: 18 shot, 1 fatally, in weekend violence, CPD says"By increasing visibility on our blocks through lights and cameras and getting guns out of...
    The head of Chicago Film Office was rushed to intensive care after being beaten by three car thieves described as children - as the very mayor who appointed him claimed carjackers only struck because they feel unloved.   Kwame Amoaku, 51, was attacked twice by three people just before 8am Wednesday morning outside his home in the centre of Chicago, near the National Museum of Mexican Art. Chicago police reported that Amoaku saw three young men inside his car as he walked toward it at 7:46am, on the 2100 block of West 22nd Place. He confronted the intruders, who then attacked him and fled in a gray Dodge Caravan that was waiting nearby. Moments later, they returned to the scene, beating Amoaku a second time and robbing him, before driving off in his car. 'This AM I was attacked, beaten, and my car stolen by three kids,' he wrote on Facebook. 'Thanks to all who have reached out. I'm in the ICU, I'm going to be OK.' Kwame Amoaku, 51, was beaten and robbed outside his Chicago home on Wednesday...
    WADSWORTH, Ill. (WLS) -- A suburban Chicago man was killed in a Wadsworth traffic crash early Sunday, the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 16000 block of West Illinois Route 173 in Wadsworth for a single-vehicle traffic crash at about 3:00 a.m. Sunday. Upon arrival, Sheriff's deputies found a red 2002 Chevrolet Blazer on its side off the roadway. The vehicle's driver and sole occupant, a 45-year-old man from North Chicago, was unresponsive. Paramedics from the Newport Township Fire Protection District determined he had died.SEE ALSO | Fatal crash: Driver dead after crashing into tree in Englewood, Chicago police sayInvestigators from the Sheriff's Technical Crash Investigations Team responded to the scene and the preliminary investigation showed the Chevrolet Blazer was traveling eastbound on West Illinois Route 173, approaching North Mill Creek Road. For an unknown reason, the Chevrolet Blazer entered the westbound lanes of traffic and went into the embankment on the north side of the roadway. The Chevrolet Blazer struck a utility pole and trees before coming to a stop on its side.Crash investigators and...
    Negotiations between the Chicago Cubs and Willson Contreras for a long-term deal feels dead in the water with the latest update.  You know things are bad for the Chicago Cubs and Willson Contreras when they can’t even get on the same page ahead of the MLB arbitration deadline. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, Wilson filed at $10.25 million and Chicago came back at $9 million. So, the team replied by asking Contreras to take a hit of more than $1 million? That’s obviously not going to sit well with the star backstop moving forward. Wilson Contreras filed for $10.25M, while the Cubs countered at $9M. — Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) March 23, 2022 Cubs fans are furious with the Chicago front office This latest update from Feinsand comes with Contreras’ future with the club totally in the air. Contreras said earlier this offseason that he and the Cubs hadn’t discussed a long-term extension yet. Trade rumors have also been flying around. This season is going to be totally different for the Cubs, with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javy Baez not...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The shortlist for Chicago's first casino is now down to three.Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office confirmed Tuesday they've cut the deck of finalists down from five possible locations. The finalist are Hard Rock Chicago, Rivers 78 and Bally's Tribune location.READ MORE | City holds 1st public meeting on Chicago casino proposalsA special committee of aldermen made up of committee chairs and vice chairs will help make the final choice, expected to be announced this summer.With the casino comes the prospect of hundreds of millions of dollars in annual gambling income."The location is key because you want to capture some of the tourist trade without cannibalizing conventions or threatening what they're trying to do at McCormick Place," said 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins. "So that really narrows the sweet spot for how we pull this off. I think we're going to have a very robust debate over the three finalist.The Hard Rock Chicago would be built right near Soldier Field. The Bally's Tribune proposed site is along the river by Chicago Avenue. And the Rivers 78 site would be...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- March Madness is upon us and many college basketball fans like to plop it in front of the TV.A Chicago staffing agency said March Madness doesn't have to be a bad thing for workplace productivity.Jessica Schaeffer, with The Lasalle Network, joined us live via zoom to share more.There are so many reports on how it takes away from employee productivity, but companies can use it as a tool to actually increase productivity.RELATED: Loyola Chicago's Sister Jean is back as Ramblers prepare for NCAA tournamentWhen companies ban it, their employees will still watch it but undercover, which takes away even more from their workday than to embrace it. She suggests either showing it on the TVs in the office or talking about the games with employees to create buzz around the office.She also said to consider creating a bracket challenge as a great way to connect employees across tenure, offices, roles and bond over something outside of the work they do.Managers can even get involved, as it's a way to connect with direct reports and employees outside of...
    An inmate who escaped custody during a layover at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday remains on the run, according to authorities. Tyler James Martinez, 31, was being transported from Los Angeles to Brown County, Wisconsin, where he faces drug charges, when he escaped a transportation officer with the contracted service REDI Transports, hired by the Brown County Sheriff's Office in Wisconsin. Martinez made his escape when the transport officer went to get food for the inmate during a layover from LA to Wisconsin's Appleton International Airport, from which he would have been transported to the Brown County Jail. Martinez had multiple arrest warrants out from Brown County, including bail jumping, possession of cocaine, methamphetamine, narcotic drugs, a stolen car, failure to appear in court, and criminal damage to property. All were extraditable charges, the sheriff's office said, according to Fox News. MANHUNT FOR SUSPECT UNDERWAY AFTER SHOOTING AT FRED MEYERS IN WASHINGTON Video surveillance showed Martinez freeing one of his hands prior to his escape, and he was last seen boarding a rental shuttle...
    PARK RIDGE, Ill. (WLS) -- The Illinois Independent Drivers Guild opened a new Chicago area office for rideshare drivers across the state.Organizers said it's a place where they can receive in-person support as drivers continue to fear for their lives on the road."We are seeing carjackings and assaults of gig workers at an alarming rate. It is absolutely at a crisis," said Lenny Sanchez, director of the Independent Drivers Guild Illinois chapter.The increased violence toward rideshare drivers and the dangers of the job, advocates said, are being felt among Illinois drivers."That became real clear when I got car jacked back in January," said John Baker, who is a rideshare driver.Baker said he was carjacked two months ago while picking up a rider in Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood."The woman sprayed me with pepper spray and told me to get out of the car," Baker said. "I'm standing on the side walk and the pepper spray hurting like hell. Oh, my gosh, they got my car. But I'm alive."Sanchez said he also knows the fear well."It drives me crazy because I also...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County Sheriff’s office was asking for help Tuesday in finding a teenage girl who has been missing since Sunday from unincorporated Northfield Township. Magdalena Cuchil-Raymundo, 17, was last seen at her home in the 10000 block of Michael Todd Terrance around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, the Sheriff’s office said. READ MORE: Chicago, Cook County To Lift Mask And Vaccine Mandates On Feb. 28, But Masks Will Remain For CPS; 'We're Seeing Ourselves On The Downward Slope Of This Omicron Surge'Cuchil-Raymundo is described as a Hispanic female standing around 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 120 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes, and a light brown complexion. READ MORE: City Closes Crumbling Tunnel Under DuSable Lake Shore Drive At Buena Avenue; Neighbors Say They Hope It Gets Fixed Magdelena Cuchil-Raymundo (Credit: Cook County Sheriff’s Office) MORE NEWS: Activists In Chicago's Ukrainian Community Say Full-On Russian Invasion Of Ukraine Is Imminent, U.S. Needs To Step In FastAnyone with information is asked to call 911, the Cook County Sheriff’s Police at (708) 865-4896, or...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There are several, new signals that workers may be returning to downtown Chicago in big numbers. On Thursday, Illinois had its lowest number of new COVID cases since November. A trendline that’s enticing a lot of bosses in downtown Chicago to accelerate plans to get workers back in the office. CBS 2’s Chris Tye has more. READ MORE: Lightfoot's Long-Delayed Proposal To Seize Street Gang Assets Advances Over Doubts From Aldermen Wary Of Whether It Will Work“Is the end of the first quarter a hard deadline? Of course not, but it’s right around the corner.” That’s when Chicago is likeliest to turn the corner, according to Steve Steinmeyer. He’s head of “Chicago Returns” — a group evaluating when businesses will return downtown in big numbers. CBS 2 spoke to him on the 70th floor of a Chicago high-rise which looks down on hotels that have sat largely empty and train lines running less frequently. He said the switch is about to flip on downtown activity. “Everything has been prepared and people have been waiting for this,” Steinmeyer...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With the city’s carjacking crisis, car safety is important and on top of mind. CBS 2’s Marissa Perlman reports for the first time ever, mixed among the electrics and crossovers, you’ll find a carjacking safety booth at this year’s show. READ MORE: One Dead, One Wounded In Fuller Park ShootingThe Chicago Auto Show showing off on opening weekend. But among the fancy rides, you’ll also see the Cook County Sheriff cruiser on display. why? For the first time, a carjacking booth at an otherwise family-friendly event A major part of the event is surveillance videos of carjackings across the county and where so you know what to look for, so you don’t become the next victim. Incidents are now up about 40 percent in cook county, year to year. The situation in Cook County was pretty bad last year. The sheriff’s office is pushing for people who plan to buy cars this weekend to purchase one with tracking technology. They say this can help cops find carjacked vehicles more quickly and get them off the road so...
    LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. (AP) — Police rescued an 80-year-old suburban Chicago woman who was held hostage for nearly 21 hours in large part because she couldn’t text one of her daughters her daily Wordle score during the ordeal. Denyse Holt and her oldest daughter, Meredith Holt-Caldwell, told reporters that Holt woke up about 1 a.m. Sunday to the sight of a bloody and naked man armed with scissors in her Lincolnwood home. Holt said the man threatened her life. Ultimately, after grabbing two knives from the kitchen, Holt said the man led her to a bathroom in the basement, barricading her inside using a chair for the next 17 hours. “I was trying to survive, that’s all,” Holt told WBBM-TV. During that time, she couldn’t communicate with the outside world or update her daughter as she usually does about her score on the popular online word game. And Holt-Caldwell, who lives in Seattle, became worried that her mother wasn’t reading her texts or updating her about Wordle. “I’m across the country and I noticed this,” said Holt-Caldwell. Holt-Caldwell asked Lincolnwood police...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot, police Supt. David Brown, and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx came together Thursday to announce charges in a deadly shootout on the city’s West Side back in October. Initially, the State’s Attorney’s office declined to bring charges in the shootout – leading to an exchange of finger-pointing and harsh words between the State’s Attorney and the mayor. READ MORE: Chicago First Alert Weather: Rain, Snow Showers Friday With Mild TemperaturesThomas Dean, 20, is charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon in the Oct. 1 shootout in the North Austin community, which was caught on video. Foxx said Dean used an automatic weapon, and thus is charged with a Class X felony. Dean is expected in court on Friday. Thomas Dean (Credit: Chicago Police) If convicted, he faces a sentence of six to 30 years in prison for each count. Foxx said the investigation is ongoing, and more charges are likely to be announced in the coming days. Foxx said Dean will appear in bond court on Friday, and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot, police Supt. David Brown, and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx came together Thursday to announce charges in a deadly shootout on the city’s West Side back in October. Initially, the State’s Attorney’s office declined to bring charges in the shootout – leaving to an exchange of finger-pointing and harsh words between the State’s Attorney and the mayor. READ MORE: Chicago Woman Hired Moving Company Broker, Which Cost Family DearlyThomas Dean, 20, is charged with three counts of unlawful use of a weapon in the Oct. 1 shootout in the North Austin community. Fox said Dean used an automatic weapon, and thus is charged with a Class X felony. If convicted, he faces a sentence of six to 30 years in prison for each count. Foxx said the investigation is ongoing, and more charges are likely to be announced in the coming days. Foxx said Dean will appear in bond court on Friday, and a search warrant has also been approved for another suspect. No murder charges have been filed. Gun charges have been...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Dozens of kiddos went home Wednesday with new coats, hats and toys thanks to the Chicago Police Department and Prosecutor’s Office. Kids at the Jordan Boys and Girls Club on the Near West Side made wish lists, and the Chicago Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office created gift bags for the children. Mariano’s also provided food.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The IRS is expanding its efforts to help taxpayers this tax season.Walk-in visits will be offered on certain Saturdays at 35 Taxpayer Assistance Centers around the country.Here's what you need to know about tax seasonThere is one Illinois location at the IRS office in downtown Chicago. It's in the Kluczynski Federal Building located at 230 S. Dearborn Street.Walk-in tax help will be made available starting Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.You can check back on the IRS website for up-to-date information on location openings. Availability may change without notice.Tax Refund 2021: Tips on how to avoid delays as pandemic continues to impact IRSThe IRS asks that you bring the following information with you:Current government-issued photo identificationSocial Security cards and/or ITIN numbers for yourself, your spouse and dependents (if applicable)Any IRS letters or notices you've received and supporting documentsDuring your visit, IRS staff may also request:A current mailing addressAn email address, andBank account information, to receive payments or refunds by direct depositNote: The video in the player above is from a previous, related report.