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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rope found around Jussie Smollett's neck purchased by 2 brothers: “Sources” | ABC News

Brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo of Nigeria agreed to cooperate with authorities after detectives confronted them with evidence that they bought the rope that was allegedly used in an attack of Jussie Smollett.  During the alleged attack, Smollett was on the phone with Brandon Moore, his music manager. Smollet and Moore claim that the alleged attackers yelled "MAGA country" — the campaign slogan used by President Donald J. Trump.

Aurora Shooting Victim Killed On First Day Of Internship | CBS Chicago

Trevor Wehner, 21, a Northern Illinois University human resources intern was fatally shot on his first day at Henry Pratt. He was one of 5 that were shot and killed by employee Gary Martin, and was one of 11, including 5 police officers, that were shot by Martin. Only one employee survived among those that were shot.

ISP Trooper Injured After Police Chase on Dan Ryan Expressway Involves Crash on Lafayette, Chicago

An ISP trooper suffered a knee injury and was transported to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition. Details of the pursuit were not initially available.

Vigils and funds planned for Aurora shooting victims, families

Highpoint Church's North Aurora campus will host a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday,  2301 Tanner Road.

The "Aurora Strong" prayer vigil is scheduled at 5 p.m. Sunday outside the Henry Pratt Co., 401 S. Highland Ave. 

The city of Aurora established the Aurora Strong Community Fund to assist families of victims who lost their lives or were injured. To donate, visit


Police release 2 brothers questioned in alleged Empire actor Jussie Smollett attack

Two Nigerian brothers were released without charges after they were arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. Police indicated new evidence obtained.

Smollett, age 36, who is black and gay, reported two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and "This is MAGA country!" beat him and looped a rope around his neck early on Jan. 29, 2019. Smollett also reported some kind of chemical was poured on him.

New Owner Pipeline Health plans to shutter Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park

The upcoming closure of Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park was announced late Friday February 15, 2019 by the Village of Melrose Park.  Westlake Hospital has 800 employees.

Los Angeles-based Pipeline in January 2019 purchased Westlake, West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park and Weiss Memorial Hospital in Uptown for $70 million.

New Fire Chief for Arlington Heights Is Chief Andrew Larson…

Chief Andrew Larson on Friday February 15, 2019 became the 6th Fire Chief of the Arlington Heights Fire Department. Larson's fire service career in Arlington Heights started in 1997 when he joined the Department as a firefighter. Larson rose through the ranks successfully holding the positions of Instructor at the Arlington Heights Training Academy, Firefighter/Paramedic, Firefighter/Engineer, Shift Lieutenant, Incident Safety Officer, Public Education Lieutenant, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief since 2017 followed by his service as Acting Fire Chief since November 2018.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Rep. Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill: “Outraged” by “Islamophobic emails” written by by Cubs patriarch and conservative mega-donor Joe Ricketts

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, from Schaumburg, who represents the northwest suburban 8th Congressional District, said in a statement, "I am outraged to read about the Islamophobic emails written by Joe Ricketts." Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill. urged the Chicago Cubs organization to meet with "leading" Muslim-Americans in the Chicago area.


Chicago Bears halt pregame perk of on field pregame warmups, ending Packers fan’s suit | WLS 890 AM

Russell Beckman, of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, filed a lawsuit in 2017 accusing the Bears of violating his free-speech rights by prohibiting fans from wearing Packers gear at the warmups. Now all fans are prohibited from attending warmups, so the Bears believe the lawsuit it moot.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Felony Aggravated Battery Charges Dropped for Teen Involved in Altercation With Police | NBC Chicago

Dnigma Howard (center) leaves the Cook County Juvenile Center on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 with her father Laurentio Howard (left) and attorney Andrew M. Stroth after a hearing where charges were dismissed against her in an incident involving a fight with two CPD officer on Jan. 29, 2019 at Marshall High School, 3250 W Adams Street. Howard was tazed during the fight.

Susana Mendoza backs away from former boyfriend, ally Ald. Proco Moreno; Mendoza doesn’t recall being honored guest for Moreno upcoming fundraiser Feb. 20, 2019

Susana Mendoza backs away from former boyfriend, ally Ald. Proco Moreno; Mednoza doesn't recall being honored guest for Moreno upcoming fundraiser Feb. 20, 2019

Records show last decade, Mendoza gave Moreno more than $50,000 in loans and contributions. When she was asked about it, Mendoza said she has "always supported candidates who want to run for office here and there and in different ways."

"So, for those keeping score at home, Mendoza has had to distance herself from indicted Alderman Ed Burke, Alderman Danny Solis, Speaker Mike Madigan, donor Brian Hynes, and now Alderman Joe Moreno."

— The Preckwinkle campaign

Moreno, who Mendoza identified as an ex-boyfriend, is facing scrutiny from the Chicago police. The department is investigating whether he filed a false police report last month claiming his car was stolen.

Woman Arrested After “Miscommunication” With Ald. Joe Moreno About “Stolen” Car; Now CPD Investigating Possibility of False Police Report | Cardinal News

Chicago Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno said his 2016 Audi was stolen when he filed a police report in January 2019, but now Moreno laughs it off, saying it was only a miscommunication between him and a young woman. Now police are investigating whether Moreno filed a false police report. provides early ALERTS that are not confirmed incidents. For more developed reports, see Not all ALERTS on are included on
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