Committee Says 80 Schools Can Be Closed

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago Public Schools has the capacity to close or consolidate 80 schools.  That's according to the commission created by CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to help her determine how many and which schools to eliminate.  In their final report on Wednesday, the commission said closing a school should only be considered if students can transfer safely to a better-performing school.

Homewood Man Wanted For Attack On Mother

(Homewood, IL)  --  Police are looking for a Homewood man accused of brutally attacking his mother and leaving her for dead.  Cook County sheriff's officials say Blake Springsteen tied his mother up, put her in the trunk of a car and drove her to Crete, then stabbed her several times and left her in a ditch.  Springsteen is described as white, approximately six-feet-tall and 240-pounds.  His mother survived.

Man Charged In Two Attempted Abductions

(Bolingbrook, IL)  --  A man accused of trying to abduct two Bolingbrook High School students is facing charges.  Police say Kareem Green grabbed a 16-year-old girl and tried to pull her into his vehicle on January 29th.  Two days later he allegedly attacked another 16-year-old girl as she walked into an apartment building.

Former Oprah Employee Sentenced For Murder

(Chicago, IL)  --  A man once employed by Oprah Winfrey will spend 39-years behind bars for killing his boyfriend.  Herbert Van Stephens was convicted in January of stabbing John Atkinson more than 50 times during a fight at their home.  Stephens used to dress Oprah and the guests on her show.

Chicago Bumped To Fifth Largest City In North America

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago is no longer the fourth largest city in North America.  Toronto took over that spot and bumped Chicago down to fifth.  According to Canadian Census data, Toronto's population in 2011 was two-million-791-thousand-140, 84-thousand more than Chicago's population.

Deadly Shooting Under Investigation

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago authorities are investigating a deadly shooting in Humboldt Park.  A man said to be in his late teens or early 20s was shot last night along North Saint Louis Avenue.  Police didn't mention any suspects.

Possible Murder-Suicide Under Investigation

(Chicago, IL)  --  A possible murder-suicide is under investigation by Burbank police.  Authorities say an 80-year-old woman and 78-year-old man were found unresponsive yesterday morning.  A statement by police say both victims died of gunshot wounds.  A preliminary report by the Medical Examiner did not determine who fired the gunshots.

Three Hurt In Cary Paint Plant Explosion

(Cary, IL)  --  An explosion at a paint manufacturing warehouse in Cary leaves three people injured.  Reports say a chaotic scene erupted outside Fox Valley Systems after yesterday afternoon's incident.  A second explosion occurred as firefighters were on scene.  The condition of the three people injured wasn't immediately known.

Elgin Close To Reversal Of Gaming Ban

(Elgin, IL)  --  Elgin officials seem poised to reverse the city's 32-year ban on video gambling.  City Counselors voted yesterday to allow taverns and some holders of liquor licenses to install video poker machines.  The measure still must get the OK at a meeting in two-weeks.

Nonprofit Says It's Boosting School Funding

(Chicago, IL)  --  The people behind the Big Shoulders Fund plan to direct millions in support of Chicago's Catholic schools.  The announcement comes a week after the Archdiocese of Chicago said it would close five schools.  The nonprofit Big Shoulders Fund said the money would be in addition to the 12-to-14-million dollars it annually gives to more than 90 schools in Chicago.


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