Friday, Sept. 26 Update
By Lindsey Nemcek
Posted: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
1. Thousands Grounded in Chicago After Fire in Radar Center
More than 1,700 flights were canceled at O’Hare and Midway airports this morning when air traffic in Chicago was stopped for hours because a fire broke out in the basement of the FAA radar center in Aurora, according to the Chicago Tribune. Police report that this it was not a terrorist act but a disgruntled employee who cut radar lines and started a fire. Flights have begun to resume ‘at a reduced rate,’ says the FAA.
2. Growing Group to Fight Against ISIS
Britain, Denmark and Belgium have joined the group of 50 nations in the fight against ISIS, according to CNN. The first U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria began earlier this week. British and U.S. officials say it may take years to defeat the terrorist organization.
3. Suspicious Package leads to McDonald’s Headquarters Evacuation
The McDonald’s Oak Brook headquarters evacuated approximately 1,300 employees this morning while the DuPage County Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious package, ABC 7 Chicago reports . Workers returned to their offices around 1 p.m. when the pack was found to be safe.
4. Gene and Jude’s Receives Award
Suburban River Grove hot dog stand, Gene and Jude’s Red Hots, was crowned Illinois’ first “Delicious Destination,” according to NBC News Chicago. Gov. Pat Quinn was there to deliver the Illinois Office of Tourism award.
Thursday, Sept. 25 Update
By Scott Sutton
Posted: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
1. Eric Holder Set to Step Down as Attorney General
White House and Justice Department officials confirmed Thursday that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will announce his resignation, according to the Chicago Tribune. Holder, the first black attorney general in the nation’s history, plans to remain at his post until a successor has been found. President Obama was scheduled to make an official announcement at the White House regarding Holder’s resignation this afternoon.
2. Family of Michael Brown Gets Apology from Ferguson Top Cop
Six weeks after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown set off a firestorm around the nation, the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri offered the slain teen’s family an apology in a short video posted online, according to the New York Times. Chief Thomas Jackson not only apologized directly to the victim’s family, but to the African-American community as well for “the pain and the feeling of mistrust” people in that community have toward the police. Officer Darren Wilson, who killed Brown, has not been charged with any crimes.
3. O’Hare Back on Top as World’s Busiest Airport
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday evening that Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has regained its spot atop the list of the world’s busiest airports for the first time since 2004, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. O’Hare beat out Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which has lost about five percent of its overall air traffic this year. More than 580,000 flights have gone through O'Hare since January.
4. White Sox Great Konerko Enters Final Series of Career
It’s the beginning of the end for White Sox legend Paul Konerko, CSN Chicago reports. Thursday marks the first game of his last series after a 16-year career as the south-sider’s first baseman. Konerko will finish his career as one of the greatest White Sox hitters of all time with a career batting average of .279 and 439 home runs. His last game in the bigs will be Sunday.
Wednesday, Sept. 24 Update
By Lindsey Murphy
Posted: Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014
1. Bomb Scare at O’Hare, Terminal 1 Re-Opened
A bomb squad was called to Terminal 1 at O’Hare International Airport this morning after police received calls about an unattended bag. According to the Chicago Tribune, a police dog got a “positive” hit on the bag in the upper level of the terminal. The Chicago Department of Aviation said a portion of the terminal’s ticketing area and baggage claim were evacuated and parts of the terminal were shut down. The bag was X-rayed and nothing threatening was found. The terminal re-opened shortly after 11 a.m.
2. Jimmy John’s Victim of Breach of Credit, Debit Data
The Champaign-based sandwich chain has learned that 216 of its stores have been affected by a data breach involving credit and debit card data. According to the Red Eye, Jimmy John’s said it learned of the breach in July and is currently investigating. The list of stores can be found here, including four Chicago stores at 6451 W. Diversey Ave., 3328 N. Clark St., 3234 W. Foster Ave. and 1101 S. Canal St.
3. Protesters Arrested Outside Mayor Emanuel’s Office
Overnight, police arrested 11protesters that had chained themselves to a statue outside the mayor’s office in City Hall. According to WGN Chicago, they are fighting the closure of Dyett High School in Bronzeville. Dozens of students and community activists entered the fifth floor of City Hall this afternoon asking to speak to CPS and city officials. The protesters refused to leave until they were arrested.
4. Conan O’Brien Learns What Cubs and Sox Fans Agree On
According to the Chicagoist, actor and comedian Ike Barinholtz appeared on Conan last night and decided to fill everyone in on the one thing Cubs and Sox fans agree on. Having been born in Rogers Park but growing up in Lakeview, Barinholtz knows his way around the city. With the Bears vs. Packers game approaching, Barinholtz identifies the one thing the two rival teams have in common – a hatred of Green Bay. Check out the moment here.
Tuesday, Sept. 23 Update
By Emily Brosious
Posted: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
1. U.S.-Led Airstrikes on ISIS in Syria Begin
The United States and several Arab nations began carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic militant group ISIS in Syria early Tuesday, CNN reports. The U.S. and its allies launched Tomahawk missiles from the sea, followed by bombers and fighters, intensifying efforts against the Sunni Muslim extremist group.
2. Mayor Emanuel to Push Statewide Pot Decriminalization
The Chicago Tribune reports Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to urge state lawmakers to decriminalize marijuana possession statewide and lower the penalty to a misdemeanor for anyone caught with 1 gram or less of any controlled substance. Emanuel said that reducing penalties associated with minor drug possession would free up the city and state criminal justice systems, allowing them to focus efforts on more violent crime.
3. Karen Lewis Talks CPS, City Hall at Southwest Side Forum
Karen Lewis hasn't announced plans to run for Chicago mayor yet, but that didn't stop a crowd from chanting "Run Karen Run" at the end of a forum Monday in McKinley Park, according to DNAinfo Chicago. However, Lewis did tell the crowd that there could be a bottom-up transformation in City Hall soon. Monday’s forum was just one stop on Lewis’ “Conversations with Karen” tour. And while she’s not officially a candidate yet, she has already put in $40,000 of her own money in an exploratory campaign committee.
4. ICYMI: Bears Beat Jets, 27-19
In case you missed it, the Chicago Bears beat the New York Jets 27-19 Monday night. NFL.com reports this highlight of the game: “With Matt Forte stopped in his tracks and No. 1 receiver Brandon Marshall pulling down only one catch, the Bears clawed out a tough early-season road win thanks to a slew of Jets miscues, a pair of beneficial calls, several clutch third-down conversions and a gritty red-zone stand to end the possibility of overtime.”
Monday, Sept. 22 Update
By Sadé Carpenter
Posted: Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
1. Double-Murder Defendant Waives Right to Trial by Jury
A defendant in a 2013 Joliet murder case has waived his right to a jury trial, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Joshua Miner is accused of killing Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22. Four people were charged in connection with this crime, and two have already been convicted. Miner has been portrayed as the organizer behind the killings.
2. New 95th Street CTA Station Breaks Ground Today
According to WGN, officials held a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new 95th street station. The reconstruction project is expected to cost $240 million and improvements will include expanded platforms, more escalators and elevators, and better lighting. The station serves about 20,000 rail and bus riders every weekday, and will remain open during most of the construction.
3. Purses Worth $100K Stolen in Old Town Robbery
Burglars swiped between 30 and 40 Chanel purses today at a high-end retailer on the Near North Side, the Sun-Times reports. The burglary took place just after 5 a.m. at the Luxury Garage Sale, and the purses are valued at about $100,000. Although this break-in follows a similar theft in the Gold Coast neighborhood last week, police are treating the burglaries as unrelated incidents.
4. Divvy Debuts Blackhawks Bikes
This week bike-sharing system Divvy will offer the chance for a ride on one of five Blackhawks-themed bikes, according to the Chicago Tribune. Each special black and red bike will have a player’s number on the front basket. If you spot one, use the hashtag #BlackhawksBike on social media to be eligible for a Blackhawks-themed prize.
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