April Is Wettest On Record
(Chicago, IL) -- This month is the wettest April on record for Chicago. At least eight-and-a-half inches of rain has fallen so far this month. People in the Chicago area are still cleaning up from last week's flooding, while people near Des Plaines and DuPage are still dealing with flooded streets and basements.
Chicago Expanding Pre-Kindergarten Program
(Chicago, IL) -- Chicago is expanding its pre-kindergarten program. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city will spend ten-million dollars to add 23-hundred new pre-k slots to the 42-thousand that already exist. Every center offering classes will also be ranked on a star system and viewable on a new website. Mayor Emanuel says for parents who can afford to pay, the fee will be based on their family income and the location they choose.
Chicago Archdiocese Wants Free Water For Charities
(Chicago, IL) -- The Chicago Archdiocese is trying to get free water restored to non-profit organizations. Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut off the service to charities more than a year ago. Cardinal Francis George will ask the mayor next week to re-implement it.
Woman Sues Over Megabus Crash
(Chicago, IL) -- A woman "disabled and disfigured" by last year's Megabus crash near Litchfield is suing. The bus was traveling from Chicago to St. Louis when a front tire blew and the bus slammed into a concrete pillar, killing one person and injuring dozens of others. According to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County, Amy Zhou is asking for at least 50-thousand dollars for rehabilitation costs and emotional distress.
Person Questioned In Woman's Kidnapping, Murder
(Alsip, IL) -- Police are questioning a person in the kidnapping and murder of an elderly woman last month. Mary Austgen was abducted on March 28th from a family business in Griffith, Indiana and was found shot to death the next day in the parking garage of the Majestic Star Casino. Police say a search warrant was executed on Tuesday at a home in Alsip.
Dead Body Found At C-T-A Bus Yard
(Chicago, IL) -- Chicago police are investigating the grisly discovery yesterday of a human body at a C-T-A yard on the city's South Side. Authorities say the body was found in the morning in a C-T-A bus yard. The cause of death hasn't been determined.
CA Truck Driver Vanishes Near Chicago
(Minooka, IL) -- California and Illinois officials are investigating the disappearance of a truck driver outside Chicago. Forty-two-year-old Igor Yushyn was last seen Tuesday at a rest stop in Minooka, 50 miles southwest of Chicago. Yushyn is reportedly a driver for G-P-S Transport of Antelope, California. Yushyn's family says they're deeply concerned because he's not one to wander off alone.
This April Was Wettest On Record
(Chicago IL) -- According to new weather data, this month is the wettest April in recorded Chicago history. The "Tribune" says eight-point-six-inches of rain has fallen in the Windy City as of yesterday afternoon, topping the previous record-high of eight-point-three-inches back in 1947. Forecasters say it looks like dry weather will be the norm for Chicago to close out the month.
Chicago Bike-Sharing Program To Start In June
(Chicago, IL) -- A new bicycle-sharing program is about to get rolling in the city of Chicago. Hundreds of three-speed bikes will be available when the "Divvy" bike-sharing rental program starts in June. The bikes will be available for rent at several dozen solar-powered docking stations in downtown and River North. The program is part of a federally-funded initiative to urge the public to rely on eco-friendly bicycles for trips of less than 30 minutes.