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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.


MAPS ...

Cherry Creek Shopping Center ...

Aida Court, Homewood, IL ...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Good Samaritans Recognized; Dead Wrong Way Driver Identified: Erick Raul Mota-Benitez

Ernesto Irizarry, Woody Jones, and Wayne Young -- three good samaritans that pulled a man out of his burning SUV after his vehicle was hit by a wrong-way driver on  I-55 near Lemont Road [...] 

Erick Raul Mota-Benitez died from multiple traumatic injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene [...]

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Parents: "Light Sentence" for Woodstock Police Spokesman, Sgt. Charles "Chip" Amati, Suspended for Inappropriate Texts to Ex-Girlfriend's Daughter, Looking Up Girlfriend's Criminal Record

Sgt. Charles "Chip" Amati, a 24-year veteran of the Woodstock Police Department, was suspended without pay for 30 days by the city's Board of Police and Fire Commissioners after an investigation into inappropriate texts to his former girlfriend's 12-year-old daughter also revealed misuse of a state law enforcement database to look up the girlfriend's criminal record [...]

The girl's parents are furious about what they say is light punishment for Charles "Chip" Amati -- Woodstock Police Department's spokesman, who oversees dispatchers and records -- a city insider who they think should have been fired [...]

Illinois Integrated Justice Information System LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES DATA SYSTEM (LEADS) info [...]

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Chicago Home Price Index Best Year-Over-Year Gain Since 2005, But Lags 20-City Composite for S&P/Case-Schiller Home Price Index

September home prices in the Chicago area posted their best year-over-year gain (9.7%) since November 2005, but continue to recover at a slower pace than other parts of the country, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index [...]

S&P/Case-Schiller Chicago Home Price Index SPCSCHI still significantly below 2005 level in November [...]

Single-family homes in the 20 major metro areas tracked by the indices collectively rose 13.3% (not seasonally adjusted) year-over-year, but Chicago has not reached double-digit growth [...]

S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Compos 165.66 [...]

Enrique Huerta-Ruiz: Missing Aurora Elderly Man Sunday, Wanted Man Who May Have Fled to Mexico Monday

Enrique Huerta-Ruiz, age 85: Reported missing by Kane County Sheriff on Sunday, now say they learned Monday that he had a court date for sexual assault on Sunday [...]

MISSING Sunday, WANTED Monday: Enrique Huerta-Ruiz, After Kane County Sheriff Asks for Assistance Locating [...]

Monday, November 25, 2013

HOMICIDE: John Poyer, Age 88, Found Strangled in Home on Hiawatha, Elgin

Autopsy of John Poyer, 88, on Monday determined he died from strangulation; death ruled a homicide [...]

Pronounced dead at the scene at 6:35 p.m. Sunday [...]

Nothing on Elgin Police Department Facebook page at 4:49 p.m. Monday [...]

Nothing on Elgin Police Department Twitter page at 4:49 p.m. Monday [...]

500 block of Hiawatha Drive, Elgin ... *

* Doesn't look like any houses on this block -- still checking ...

Saturday, November 23, 2013

"Outmigration" of Illinois, Compared to Indiana; Guess Which State Has Better Stats?

Accelerating outmigration from Illinois isn’t just a Midwest-to-Sunbelt issue ... Chart shows how Indiana has seen significant improvement since 2009 – in part as outmigration from Illinois has included moves to Indiana [...]

Illinois is a Sinkhole State, one of the five worst states in its per-taxpayer burden for the last four years. Outbound moves from Illinois in 2012 were 59.5% of total, reflecting business and citizen concerns about the state's economic health [...]

Eight “Sunshine States,” with better news: Tennessee and Iowa joined Wyoming, North Dakota, Utah, Alaska, Nebraska, and South Dakota

Explore accounting data in Illinois [...]

Coal City Firefighter Suing Will County Sheriff's Office, Deputy After False Arrest for Looting Following Nov. 17, 2013 Tornado

A Coal City firefighter, arrested on suspicion of looting following the tornadoes that struck Illinois Sunday November 17, 2013d has filed a lawsuit against the Will County sheriff's deputy who arrested him [...]

Michael W. Barrow, 24, of Coal City, is a part-time firefighter for the Coal City Fire Protection District misunderstanding over cigarette packages ... charges were dropped and Will County Sheriff's office isn't returning phone calls to Morris Daily Herald [...]

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade this Evening

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival parade steps off at 5:30 p.m., travels east on Oak Street from Rush, and down Michigan Avenue to Wacker, where it turns east [...]




Friday, November 22, 2013

Traffic Stop with Offender Shot: Offender Aggressively Pins Illinois State Trooper Between His Car and Another on I-88 in Whiteside County

Trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he was pinned by driver on I-88 at about 11:35 a.m. -- IDNR Conservation Police shot and killed offender [...]

At 10:44 a.m., a state conservation officer assisted a man driving a minivan with Ohio plates at albany and  roads in Whiteside County, another 9-1-1 call prompted IDNR Conservation Police and Illinois State police to check on him again EB I-88 west of Route 30. Offender made an abrupt U-Turn and rammed the trooper's car with his minivan -- pinning the trooper, who was outside his vehicle [...]

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wild Cougar Shot and Killed in Morrison, Illinois (Whiteside County)

An Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officer (CPO) on Nov. 20, 2013 responded to a call in Morrison, Illinois in Whiteside County from a farm owner that a large cat had been seen running toward the farm owner’s home and outbuildings coming from a corn field [...]

When the IDNR Conservation Police Officer arrived, he found what looked to be cougar weighing over 100 pounds and around five and a half to six feet long. After consulting with the property owners and IDNR law enforcement & wildlife personnel, and at the owner's request, the decision was made to euthanize the cougar [...]

Whiteside County Map ...

The State of Illinois has confirmed three cougars within in Illinois between 2002 and 2008. One was killed by a train in Randolph County in 2002, one was killed by a hunter in Mercer County in 2004, and a third was shot and killed by Chicago police in the 3400 block of North Hoyne Avenue on the north side of Chicago in April, 2008 [...]

Cougar Tracks? Large Dog Tracks? You Be the Judge of These Animal Tracks Discovered in Arlington Heights [...]

Cougar and cougar sighting articles from The Cardinal -- Arlingtoncardinal.com ...


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

State Senator Oberweis Want to End Illinois Ban on Sunday Car Sales, But Sales Industry Might Not Be Interested Because Banks Aren't Open on Sunday

State Senator Jim Oberweis ways state law shouldn't interfere with consumers who want to buy a car on Sunday, but Chicagoland Automobile Trade Association David Sloan says opening on Sunday might be difficult when financing and financial institutions aren’t open on Sundays [...]

Sugar Grove Republican Jim Oberweis tells the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers that he wants to introduce legislation next year allowing Sunday vehicle sales, which have been banned since 1983 [...]

South Suburbs Broke, Can't Pay for Fire, Can't Pay for Police: Cook County Sheriff Dart Plans To Take Over Police Duties In Robbins

UPDATE: Dixmoor Fire Department End of Watch at 8:00 a.m. Sunday December 1, 2013 [AUDIO Radioman911 ...]

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to meet Wednesday with Robbins officials regarding sheriff’s police taking command of the Chicago south suburb’s troubled police department [...]

FLASHBACK AUGUST 2013: Cook County Sheriff's Department takes over midnight shift in south suburban Dixmoor after two officers walked off their job with Dixmoor Police Department [...]

FLASHBACK AUGUST 2013: Dixmoor Police Chief Robert Fox fired for asking the Cook County Sheriff's police for extra manpower last Saturday night after two Dixmoor cops had left their post without permission [...]

Ernie Banks Receives Medal of Freedom Award from President Barack Obama

I wish my mom and dad were alive today to see this happen,” said Ernie Banks, who will bring the President a Jackie Robinson baseball bat [...]

President Barack Obama will bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 16 Americans Wednesday, including Chicagoans Ernie Banks and Oprah Winfrey [...]

MLB.COM FLASHBACK: Banks, 82, will see Obama in November, when the Cubs Hall of Famer is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor presented to civilians in the United States [...]

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

House Infested with Rats in Ravenwood Neighborhood in Chicago ...

Chris and Christine D'Hondt had to tear up portions of the basement in their Ravenswood home because a rat infestation, where their $2 million home is just a block south of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home on Hermitage ... live rat stuck to a sticky trap under their kitchen stove [...]

City of Chicago Rodent Control ... what they do ...

Rat Stoppage Tickets ...

Species of rat in Chicago is the Norway rat ...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Carpentersville IAFF Local 4790, Village of Carpentersville Disagree Over Staffing of Fire Stations and Vehicles

Carpentersville full-time firefighters: "Cost-saving moves by the village lead to slower response times that will jeopardize residents' safety. However village administration, says the firefighters union has "buyer's remorse" about a new contract and really is lamenting the anticipated loss of overtime [...]

Carpentersville: New labor contract with full-time firefighters helps Village deliver exceptional service to residents -- engines equipped with Advanced Life Support equipment at all three fire stations [PDF ...]

IAFFLOCAL 4790: Added Average Response Time Likely Will Cause Loss of Life [...]

Carpentersville Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 4790 keeps residents informed of incidents and station coverage, and promotes monitoring of Quadcom Fire dispatch in Kane County ... Facebook.com/iafflocal4790 ...


Only One City or Village in Illinois Made CNNMoney's Best Places to Live: America's Best Small Towns List

Earlier this week Lake County and Chicago made the most miserable cities list in Forbes. Now here'e the only community in Illinois to make the list of the top 50 small towns in America ... Buffalo Grove [...]

[America's top 50 small towns are not only thriving economically, they’ve also got all you could want in a place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools, and a strong sense of community.]


CNN Money Best Places to Live Snapshot -- Buffalo Grove [...]

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Legionnaires Disease Connected to LA Fitness in Naperville

The Legionnaires bacteria has been traced to a hot tub at the LA Fitness in Naperville, on Freedom Drive at Naperville Road.  [...]

Bacteria found in Batavia schools in October 2012  [...]

Illinois Department of Public Health memo on testing school district water supplies from November 2012 [PDF ...]

Forbes Calls Lake County a Suburb Ranks #9 after Chicago (#4) as Among Most Miserable Cities

Chicago residents must endure long commutes (31 minutes on average), plummeting home prices (37% the past five years), brutal winters and high foreclosure rates (3.3% of homes in 2012 says RealtyTrac) ... net migration out of the city of 107,000 people the past five years, according to Moody’s Analytics [...]

Chicago is the sixth worst among the 200 largest metros [...]

Lake County (oops they call it a Chicago suburb) is one of the richest counties in the U.S., as measured by per capita income. But home prices are down 29% over the past 5 years. Other drawbacks: long commutes and lousy weather [...]


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gas Leak at DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus on Clifton Ave, Chicago

Gas main leak in the middle of the street on Clifton Avenue at DePaul University Lincoln Park campus [...]

Cutbacks in the Newspaper Print Business: Sun-Times Suburban Paper(s) and The Onion

Parent company of the Sun-Times is about to begin selling off some of its suburban publishing assets with Joliet Herald-News likely to go first ... unidentified new owner announcement expected by the end of the year [...]

The satirical newspaper, the ONION, will end its print edition in Chicago, Providence, R.I., and Milwaukee with the Dec. 12 issue [...]

Nurses Perform CPR, Naperville Park District Police with an ATV and AED Save Half-Marathon Runner

ER nurse on man given CPR: "He actually was responding and said he wanted to finish the race" ... after he was revived by three nurses doing CPR and with the help of a park district police officer on an ATV that was equipped with an AED, who was the first official on the scene  ...

Among all the volunteer medical personnel staffing the Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, it was three nurses actually running the race who are being credited with saving a life. “We were running right past mile 6 when we saw a man who was unresponsive,” said Stephanie […]

Yonatan Mascote, age 24, a Naperville resident and a North Central College graduate had the winning time of 2:34:25.  . Amanda Mirochne, 26, of Naperville, was first place among women with a time of 2:50:14 [...]

City of Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon [...]

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Flash Mob Thefts at Sports Authority Store in Chicagoland ...

Flash Mob theft at Sports Authority on Nov. 2, 2013 at 3134 N. Clark St, Nov. 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at at 7720 S. Cicero Ave. in Burbank, and November 4, 2013 at 9231 W. 159th St. Orland Hills/Frankfurt [...]

Mob thefts last five to 10 seconds ... Two of the robberies happened in the middle of the day and one occurred in the evening [...]

Three offenders take 15 North Face Jackets from Sports Authority on E Golf Rd, Schaumburg [...]

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Famous Chef Charlie Trotter Dead at 54

Charlie Trotter, famous Chicago chef, was found by his son Dylan unconscious and not breathing in his Lincoln Park home this morning and was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead [...]

Namesake restaurant opened in 1987 and closed in August 2012 [...]


Billy Varner Wanted for Murder in Antioch, IL; Robbed Church in Ray, North Dakota; Apprehended Near Williston, Extradited to Illinois

Prosecutors on Tuesday contended that Billy Eugene Varner killed his wife, Peggy Henderson, age 61, on Oct. 26, 2013 -- machete attack with near decapitation and near severing of her arm [...]

At St. Michael’s Catholic Church 5 p.m. Mass in Ray, North Dakota on Saturday night November 2, 2013, Varner allegedly walked through the back door of the church with a 12-gauge (shotgun), swung it back and forth, ordered everyone to the outer sides of the pews, and instructed the Rev. Benny Putharayil to collect money from more than 20 in attendance and put it in a black trash bag [...]

St. Michael’s Catholic Church parishioners chased the man out of the church, followed him and provided a solid description leading to his arrest by Williams County Sheriff's Office while traveling south on Highway 2 near Williston, North Dakota [...]

Extradited, faces first-degree murder charges in the deaths of his wife, 51-year-old Peggy Henderson and his mother, Dorothy Varner, 82 and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday [...]

Monday, November 4, 2013

Chicago Bears Shea McClellin Sack Breaks Aaron Rodgers' Collar Bone, Bears Force 3-Way Tie in the Top for NFC North

The Chicago Bears won in Green Bay for the first time since 2007 [...]

LIVE SCORE from bleacher report ... Brandon Marshall had 107 yards receiving and a touchdown in the win [...]

Sacked by Bears Defensive End Shea McClellin, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a fractured collarbone in Monday night’s game against the Bears [...]

Playing without starting quarterback Jay Cutler, the Bears forced a three-way tie atop the NFC North with the win over the Green Bay Packers [...]

NFL NFC North Standings ...

NFC North
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L
T
PCT
PF
PA
STRK
5
3
0
.625
232
185
L1
5
3
0
.625
217
197
W1
5
3
0
.625
240
226
W1
1
7
0
.125
186
252
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Small Alligator Found Under Escalator In Terminal Three at O'Hare International Airport

UPDATE BELOW from NBC CHICAGO ... CTA released surveillance photo of woman with alligator on train ...

An alligator, between 12 and 18 inches long, was discovered under an escalator by a maintenance worker on the lower level of Terminal Three at O'Hare International Airport [...]

Roaming free under an escalator in American Airlines' Terminal 3 [...]

VIDEO 'Allie' the alligator startles officials at O'Hare [...]

O'Hare Terminal map ...

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Chicago Macy's State Street Windows Decorated, Lighting of Great Tree

Holiday windows unveiled today on State Street, as is tradition on the first Saturday in November each year and helps kick-off Macy's holiday season [...]

Magnificent Mile Light Festival is November 23, 2013
themagnificentmile.com/events


Illinois’ $40 Billion Teacher Pension Underfunded by $55 Million

Dick Ingram, executive director of the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System, says the retirement system for 390,000 public school teachers in Illinois is spending more money than it’s taking in.

In a few decades the TRS faces a real possibility that the system will not have enough money to pay benefits to retirees (those currently in their 20s and 30s and 40s) [...]

Illinois Teacher Retirement System ...

TRS Wikipedia ...

Chicago Connections to LAX Shooting

Lake Forest native Brian Ludmer recovering from gunshot wound after getting hit while waiting to board aircraft at LAX [...]

Stephen Hartley, 59 of Chicago, had flown into Los Angeles to be with his daughter after her emergency appendectomy ... Stephanie Rosemeyer, 26, awaiting a flight to Chicago, looked into the gunman's eyes, heard him curse the TSA [...]

WORLD WATCHES AT LAWA ...

Gunman killed a Transportation Security Administration worker and wounded two others — after sending a suicidal text message to his family [...]

First TSA officer killed in the line of duty is 39-year-old Gerardo I. Hernandez [...]

Gunman's Text Message: LAX gunman, Paul Anthony Ciancia, planned to die in shoot-out with 'pigs and the TSA' [...]

LIVE LAX shooting TIMELINE: 'Multiple victims' hit; at least 7 hurt [...]

BREAKING ...

A Transportation Security Administration agent and a suspect were wounded in a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday morning  at about 10:15 a.m.  Los Angeles Police Department was immediately on a citywide tactical alert.

Terminals 2 and 3 were evacuated [...]

Two or three people were wounded following the shooting in the area of Terminal 3 at about 9:30 a.m., L.A. police Detective Gus Villanueva said [...]

Six LAPD helicopters hovering over LAX and heavily armed emergency response teams could be seen at LAX [...]


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Shooting on Gilboa Ave Kills One, Injures Another at Party of Over 100 Older Teens

Zion police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 12:54 a.m. Sunday to the 2400 block of 2400 Gilboa Avenue to a shooting. One found dead and one with non-life-threatening injuries at party where teens fled.

Zion police and the Lake County Major Crime Task Force are investigating [...]

Adarius Green was found dead at Halloween Party. Aijah Bradshaw shot in the back -- recovering [...]


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