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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fictionalized, Hyperconnected Chicago Is the Virtual Location of Action-Adventure Video Game "Watch Dogs"


Ubisoft: "Learn more about the most anticipated game of the year. See how brand new technology puts Watch_Dogs at the forefront of next gen gaming and unleashes the power of your console."

Watch Dogs (stylized as WATCH_DOGS) is an upcoming open world action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft that is set within a fictionalized, hyper-connected version of Chicago, Illinois, which is managed through a centralised system called ctOS (the city's central operating system).

A game player is able to hack into the lives of fictional characters that live and work in Chicago. Players able to eavesdrop into phone calls, hack into anyone's life, identify criminals, disrupt communications, and disrupt infrastructure.

While the player is watching, any other character in the game could be watching and acting on the player.

WATCH_DOGS is due for release worldwide on May 27, 2014 on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One consoles. The Wii U version of the game has been put on hold while the other versions are being developed.

Players can also receive information on civilians via augmented reality feeds, which provide the player with information on demographics, health, and potential behavior. All of the hacking access is done directly from the smartphone of an Irish-American vigilante named Aiden Pearce. He carries around a phone that is equipped with multiple applications, namely "the profiler" and "the crime prevention system." Other applications interact more directly with the environment around Pearce - interfering the city's infrastructure.

A fictional Chicago Fire Department Engine 41 is seen in in the game's trailer. The real "Engine 41" is actually a fire boat that has been out of service since 1981.

“The themes and open gameplay of ‘Watch Dogs’ lends itself perfectly to the big screen. The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller. It has tremendous potential as a motion picture and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with Ubisoft’s internal creative team on the development of the project.” 
-- Hannah Minghella, president of Production forColumbia Pictures

Variety reports that Ubisoft is developing a WATCH_DOGS film -- working with Columbia Pictures and New Regency to make the film. Sony will distribute the film in the US and 20th Century Fox will handle the international distribution rights.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Police Warn Elderly Residents About Burglaries in Northwest Side of Chicago -- Ruse/Scam Burglaries

Two men enter an elderly woman's home. One said they were installing a speed bump, but damage her garage. He said he needed a drink of water for "catch" in his throat, and turned on the water hard. The other offender apparently took a necklace her deceased husband gave her [...]




Ruse offender, who was on his knees tying his shoes, stood up when the elderly woman answered the door ...

"We are going to put a speed bump in your area, we hit your garage but the city will take care of it,"

Thursday, April 3, 2014

CBS 2 Chicago's Jay Levine Keeps Stride as Protester Jumps in Live to Express His Opinion of President Barack Obama

Barack Obama arrived back in his hometown for a fundraiser as a protestor interrupts CBS 2's Jay Levine shouting, "Obama is a war criminal." [...]

Surrounded by sand-filled Streets and Sanitation dump trucks as security for Mesirow Financial's  big ticket dinner with host CEO Richard Price.

Mesirow Financial is an independent and employee-owned financial services firm based in Chicago. The firm has about 1,200 employees globally with four divisions.

Investment Management
Global Markets (including Investment banking)
Insurance Services
Consulting

Mesirow Financial was founded in 1937 by Norman Mesirow.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mansion, Estate of Director/Producer John W. Hughes For Sale in Lake Forest

One block from Lake Michigan. Remarkable estate of screenwriter, director & producer, John W. Hughes. Beautifully renovated & expanded, this magnificent residence includes: 21 rms, 6 en-suite bdrms, 6.4 baths, 10'-11' clngs, exquisite millwork & built-ins, 6 fireplaces, gorgeous grounds & pool, unmatched construction: plaster walls, Ludowici clay tile roof, leaded windows & more. Meticulously maintained.

Filmmaker John Hughes attended Glenbrook North High School -- a reported source of his inspiration for many of his films ...

National Lampoon's Vacation
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Weird Science; The Breakfast Club
Some Kind of Wonderful
Sixteen Candles
Pretty in Pink
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Uncle Buck
Home Alone
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Coldwell Banker listing ...  [$4,295,000]

Body of Missing SIU Student Pravin Varughese Found in Wooded Area in Carbondale

"Investigators learned while on West College Street Pravin Varughese accepted a ride from a recent acquaintance on February 12, 2014, just before midnight. Following a dispute, Pravin exited the vehicle in the 1400 block of East Main Street and fled into the wooded area," said Chief Jody O'Guin, Carbondale Police Department [...]

Police believe the difficult terrain and low temperatures made it difficult for him to find his way out of a wooded area, and no foul play is suspected in his death, according to police [...]

Pravin Varughese's body was was found Tuesday, February 18, 2014 about 9:45 a.m. in a wooded area in the 1400 block of East Main Street, near a Buffalo Wild Wings and Kohl's [...]

Family not satisfied with the investigation, woods weren't searched earlier, Varughese left a party in the 600 block of West College Street with a male from Harrisburg he met at the party [...]

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Briana Valle, Age 15, Dies Saturday After Struggling to Survive After being Shot Twice in Head in Romeoville, Thursday Morning

The 15-year-old girl, who was shot the same time as her mother Thursday morning in southwest suburban Romeoville died at Loyola University Medical Center at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Romeoville police are asking neighbors not to touch any firearm or other potential piece of evidence they may find in the neighborhood, and report it to police immediately [...]

Previously, Erick M. Maya, 23, of the 5600 block of Park Avenue in Cicero, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, and one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon [...]


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Background Checks, Unfair Regulations Compared to Taxi Service at Issue with Ride-Sharing Services

Citing a Tribune investigation: Uber issued an apology Friday acknowledging it missed the felony conviction of one of its Chicago uberX drivers in its background check [...]

Chicago Tribune shows varying standards of Ride-Sharing Services [...]

A group of Chicago taxi drivers has filed a lawsuit against the City of Chicago for failing to enforce its own rules -- claiming ride-sharing services can charge whatever they want and don't need chauffeur's license [...]

Uber, did not check some of the criminal records of its drivers; one driver had a 2010 Cook County felony conviction for residential burglary [...]

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Carol Stream Police Sgt. Awarded Disability Leave for Injuries in Crash that Resulted in DUI Arrest

Carol Stream Police Sgt. Bryan Pece, who faces DUI charge after crash has been awarded non-duty disability leave from injuries from the same crash [...]

Rats Moving Inside Because of Extreme Cold Weather

Lakeview residents reported more than 2,000 rat complaints from last January until February 3, 2014 [...]

Rats can squeeze through a hole only one-inch in diameter [...]

Michael Worsham Kills Wife, Son and Daughter at Home in Robbins, IL; Then Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

Michael Worsham shot and killed his wife and his 17-year-old son, then shot his 15-year-old daughter in the back as she fled [...]

A 14-year old stepson is being called a hero for saving his five-year old nephew and himself about 10:30 p.m. Sunday [...]

The 14-year-old stepson attempted to wrestle the gun from his stepfather, who said he let him live if he stopped trying to disarm him [...]

Murdered:
Michelle Ollie, 42
Steven Ollie, 17
Trisdion, 15

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Attorney: Woman's Tampon Removed Behind Church During Police Search; Suspect Tevin Ford: Chicago Police Conducted Illegal Strip Searches

Eight Chicago Police officers face a federal lawsuit for illegal strip searches near 9040 S. Laflin of suspects believed to have been selling drugs [...]

Robert Douglas was later shackled to the window bars of a nearby home, where officers pulled his pants down, bent him over and searched his buttocks [...]

Attorney Michael Oppenheimer: "This poor woman was forced to pull down her pants, pull down her underwear and remove a tampon from her after she proclaimed that she was menstruating. Officers made jeering comments about her body parts and how good she looked as she was forced to do this, as 5 police officers looked on" [...]

Carbon Monoxide Death, at Least 6 Sick from CO in Oak Brook Mansion on Oakbrook Hills Rd

Oak Brook firefighter/paramedics responded about 10:00 a.m. to a report of people sick in a house -- possibly from carbon monoxide illness. The Oak Brook Fire Department Battalion Chief immediately called for an EMS Box for extra ambulances [...]

Police vague on weather source of carbon monoxide was a water heater or specifically a indoor swimming pool heater ... the house was equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, but the monitors were not functioning at the time of the incident ... carbon monoxide levels were found as high as 1,000 parts per million [...]

Oak Brook police say Pei Yeh, 86, was the man that died at a large home in the 2900 block of Oakbrook Hills Road, Oak Brook, where eight other people were also sick with CO poisoning [...]

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mundelein Remembers Murder Victim, Dora Betancourt

Dora Betancourt -- a kind, bubbly girl who loved cheerleading and sports as a student at St. John Lutheran School in Libertyville [...]

Mom wasn't home when 14-year-old older half-sister stabbed her 11-year-old sister to death because she had been 'ungrateful' and shouted the reason for the attack with each blow [...]

Mundelein Moms raised more than $6,000 for the family of both girls as they prepared for the funeral next week [...]

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mundelein Girl, Age 14, Charged with Murder of Younger Sister

Asst. State's Atty. Claudia Kasten reports the suspect vocalized with each stab wound that the victim was not thankful for all that the suspect/older girl had done for the younger girl [...]

In a short timespan after the stabbing, the 14-year-old girl called 9-1-1 and told police that there was a Hispanic male intruder stabbing her little sister [...]

Victim had about 40 stab wounds, and older sister admitted attack when she was confronted that DNA from hair strands on the victim's hands would indicate the killer [...]

Local schools were locked down, but police provided no alerts with any details about the reasoning behind the lockdown for 11 hours after the murdered girl’s body was discovered at about 8:30 a.m. [...]

Police called to townhouse in the 1600 block of Woodhaven Court, Mundelein [MAP]

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Berwyn Art's Bike Shop Destroyed in Extra Alarm Fire on Cermak Rd

Interview with Art's Bike Shop owner Barry Kerstein; tenants upstairs escaped [...]

No injuries reported in fire that closed Cermak Rd between Austin and Ridgeland Ave [...]

Most of the roof collapsed on the apartment over Arts Bike Shop in Berwyn -- aerial video [...]

Fireground video from CAPTURED NEWS on NBC [...]

CHICAGOFIRMAP.NET FIRE AT ART'S CYCLING AND FITNESS ON WEST CERMAK RD, BERWYN -- EXTRA ALARM FIRE [...]

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Land Surveyor Finds Man Dead and Frozen on Windham Parkway, Bolingbrook/Romeoville

A man was found dead and frozen in the 1000 block of Windham Parkway, Bolingbrook Tuesday morning and pronounced dead at 9:35 AM [...]

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Amtrak Train Headed for Chicago Involved in Minor, Slow Speed Derailment in Wood River, Near St. Louis

Amtrak derailment while the train was switching tracks just before 8 a.m. Thursday, near Rudder Street in Wood River [...]

No injuries, train derailed at slow speed, and the engine and wheels on the front car lost contact with the track -- left St. Louis at 6:40 a.m. and was due in Chicago at 12:20 PM [...]

Barrington Police Investigating Death of 7-Month-Old Child

Death investigation for the death of 7-month-old Mya Edwards from Barrington [...]

Barrington police and Cook County Major Case Assistance Team investigating the death of Mya Edwards [...]

Cook County Major Case Assistance Team has been called in to help investigate the death in the 100 block of South Hager, something that typically isn’t done unless a death is considered suspicious [...]

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Critical Condition: Comcast Cable Technician Shot on the Job on South Kington Ave, Chicago

A Comcast cable technician was approached while he was sitting in his Comcast van and then shot during a robbery in the 7600 block of South Kingston Ave [...]

Witness says Comcast worker was complying with offender, but was shot in the stomach [...]

Offender took his cell phone and wallet in an alley, and fled in a white car in the South Shore neighborhood [...]

Bolingbrook Police Internal Investigation After YouTube Video Shows Police Officer with Video Poker in Police Car

With Bolingbrook police emblem on the squad car, video shows video poker on screen, but does not show the officer actually playing the game while driving [...]

“The officer in this video has been identified. “Due to the seriousness of this incident, the Bolingbrook Police Department has placed this under an internal investigation,” said Lt. Michael Rompa [...]

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Dad's GMC SUV Hit By Driver of Stolen Vehicle, Son Ejected, Killed; Offender Escapes, Goes on to Carjack 2 More Vehicles

Donovan Turnage, 11, died Saturday on his way to get a haircut for the holidays with his father in his father's SUV when they were hit by the driver of a stolen vehicle at West Garfield Boulevard and South Halsted Street [...]

The first stolen vehicle was carjacked at 11:20 a.m. Friday in the 800 block of West Irving Park Road. The offender crashed into the SUV, then carjacked a second vehicle, which ran out of gas on NB I-294 near I-88 [...]

Offender, described as a male/white, age 40, 6'0" 200 LBS and wearing a white hoodie and blue jeans, carjacked a third vehicle (a light blue Honda Accord) on NB I-294 [...]

Police have identified the offender, but his name has not been released [...]


Off-Duty Cook County Sheriff’s Investigator Cuauhtemoc Estrada Shot and Killed While Breaking Up Robbery -- of his Daughter

Cuauhtemoc Estrada, age 50, stepped out of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall at 200 30th Ave, Bellwood, IL ‎about 7:30 p.m. and witnessed an armed robbery in the parking lot [...]

Cook County Sheriff’s Investigator Cuauhtemoc Estrada was off-duty, hosting a holiday party at the Bellwood Veterans of Foreign Wars hall [...]

Daughter -- devastated Christina Estrada holding a medallion replica of her father's badge -- says her father died protecting her [...]


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Larry Lujack Dies -- a Chicago Radio Legend, SuperJock "My Beat is the Animal Kingdom, My Job to Give You It's News First Hand"

Larry Lujack spent most of his career at the Big 89, WLS-AM, and was teamed up with  fellow DJ Tommy Edwards, known to fans as "Uncle Lar' and Lil Tommy" [...]

Larry Lujack spent three decades on Chicago’s airwaves [...]

Robert Feder: been battling esophageal cancer for the last year and was in hospice care in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when he died Wednesday [...]

Friday, December 13, 2013

Arlington Heights Cop Shooter Eric M Anderson Mug Shot, Criminal History

"He confronted the police, pointed a firearm at officers, at which time the members of the emergency services team fired shots, striking him multiple times," said Commander Andrew Whowell, Arlington Heights Police [...]

Mug shot of shooter Eric M. Anderson from ABC7Chicago twitter account.

CRIMINAL HISTORY: Order of protection for the female hostage filed in McHenry County on Dec. 9, 2013, several residential burglaries, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal damage to property, resisting or obstructing  a peace officer [...]


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Chicago Bears Trestman's Josh McCown, Jay Cutler Quarterback Quandary

Josh McCown, come on down and collect your NFC offensive player of the week award! But you can take it with you back to the bench; Bears plan to start Jay Cutler [...]

McCown tossed a career high 348 passing yards along with four touchdowns on Monday [...]

McCown boasts a 66.8 completion percentage, a 13:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and seven consecutive games with a passer rating over 90.0 [...]

Brian Urlacher: Bears should start Josh McCown, not Jay Cutler (When Urlacher retired from the league in May, Cutler was the only ex-teammate who didn't give the former star linebacker a phone call) [...]

FLASHBACK: Chicago Bears Fire Lovie Smith "Rex is our quarterback" [...]


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DUI for Ambulance Driver Running Hot with No Patient, No Partner After Crash at Clark and Montrose, Chicago

Care 1 ambulance driver John P. Lara, 31, charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing an accident resulting in bodily harm, disobeying red light, failing to reduce speed, negligent driving, and failing to carry or display a driver's license [...]



Sunday, December 8, 2013

SNOW PLAN CRASH LOG FOR December 8, 2013 (First Significant Snowfall)

Crash report summary from witness and multiple Facebook pages dedicated to covering breaking public safety news in Chicagoland

Cardinal Emergencies EBTS SNOW PLAN LOG 12.08.2012



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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Kane County Sheriff's Police Chase that Ended with Crash that Killed Zachary Bingham

The attorney for the family of Zachary Bingham, a 2012 Kaneland High School graduate, filed a lawsuit saying that Kane County Sheriff's police should have called of a dangerous police pursuit, which eventually killed Bingham and the offender when their vehicles crashed. The offender's vehicle was a Nissan Altima that was reported stolen out of Wheaton [...]

FLASHBACK DEC 02 2012: Head-on crash, rollover on Route 38 in Campton Hills that resulted in a four-car pileup that killed Zachary Bingham, 18, Jennifer Liston, 30, and injured two others [PHOTO ...]

Crash killed Bingham's dog, Lucy, after numerous witnesses reported Liston was driving the Nissan Altima over 100 mph [...]

Bank Robbery at Bank of America at 183rd and Governors Highway, Homewood -- Checking for Possible Suspects at Large Nearby

FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde said there was a robbery at a Bank of America branch at 183rd and Governors Highway earlier Wednesday morning [...]

SWAT team arrived about 11:45 a.m., and several law enforcement officers had their weapons out while surrounding Homewood apartment complex. Several SWAT team members were seen running up Aida Court north of 183rd Street [...]
Bank of America.
About 50 squad cars, tons of police at 183rd and Governors Highway in Homewood. Massive police presence.


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Cherry Creek Shopping Center ...

Aida Court, Homewood, IL ...
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