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Chicago Tribune
Apr 26, 2019

Coyle scores 2, leads Bruins to 3-2 OT win over Columbus
Charlie Coyle wasn't thinking about his first goal, which tied things up at the end of regulation. Or his second, which won it in overtime. What was weighing on him was the time he coughed up the puck and handed Columbus a goal, even though he redeemed himself by leading Boston to a 3-2 victory...

Chicago Tribune
Apr 26, 2019

Chiefs' Tyreek Hill suspended as recording of child abuse discussion surfaces
The Kansas City Chiefs effectively suspended Tyreek Hill from all team-related activities Thursday night while they investigate an audio recording that aired on a local TV station in which the star wide receiver's fiancee accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son.

The recording surfaced one day...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 26, 2019

Robbie Gould won't be traded, 49ers brass says: 'We know Robbie will be ready to play'
In the contract impasse between kicker Robbie Gould and the 49ers, battle lines are now fully drawn.

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan say they will not meet Gould's request for a trade.

"We love having Robbie here," Shanahan told reporters at team headquarters Thursday night during...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Bears are set to join the NFL draft Friday after sitting out the 1st round
There's always a buzz on NFL draft night, and it's kind of silly, really. No footballs are thrown. No tackles are made. No touchdowns are scored. It's just the commissioner reading 32 names over the course of five hours.

But there's something in how hope spawns from the unknown that makes draft...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

The Bears need a running back. These 8 are worth considering with the 87th pick in the NFL draft.
Ryan Pace faced reporters Tuesday at his annual pre-draft news conference and, with his poker face intact, said the Bears are content with a committee of running backs consisting of Mike Davis, Tarik Cohen, Ryan Nall and, occasionally, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

Was he bluffing? Or does the...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

John Havlicek, 13-time All-Star and 8-time NBA champion with the Celtics, dies at 79
John Havlicek's legacy was built over 16 years with the Boston Celtics, eight of them as NBA champions, making him among the best to ever play the game.

One play immortalized him forever.

"Havlicek stole the ball! "Havlicek stole the ball!" Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most screamed, a moment...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

The rest of the NFC North looked to gain ground on the Bears in the NFL draft's 1st round. How did they do?
Barring an unexpected move, the Bears won't make their first pick in this year's NFL draft until Friday evening, when former center Olin Kreutz announces the team's selection in Nashville, Tenn.

By a wide margin, Kreutz (1998) and Lance Briggs (2003) represent the franchise's two best third-round...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

CHRISTIAN BALE, ADAM MCKAY, DAVID EIGENBERG, AND OTHER NOTABLES TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION IN SUPPORT OF CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE WITH SOS ILLINOIS
SOS Children's Villages Illinois, a 501(c)3 child-welfare agency that serves at-risk youth and children in foster care, is gathering big names like Christian Bale, Adam McKay, David Eigenberg, and many more to join the conversation in support of children in foster care. As part of SOS Illinois'...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Bears expect a quiet night at Halas Hall while the 1st round of the NFL draft is underway
There's always a buzz on NFL draft night, and it's kind of silly, really. No footballs are thrown. No tackles are made. No touchdowns are scored. It's just the commissioner reading 32 names over the course of four hours.

But there's something in how hope spawns from the unknown that makes draft...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

'Beetlejuice' on Broadway is a sleazy mess that's not for families — or anyone else
The Beetlejuice is rancid. And be sure not to bring the kids for a drink.

"Beetlejuice" — officially "Beetlejuice the Musical, the Musical, the Musical" — is one of those what-were-they-thinking shows that crop up on Broadway and spend tens of millions of dollars mostly to reveal an eye-popping...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Ex-Vice President Joe Biden launches 2020 presidential bid warning 'soul' of America at stake
Declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake, former Vice President Joe Biden pushed into the crowded 2020 presidential contest Thursday and quickly sparked a fierce debate over the direction of the modern-day Democratic Party.

Ignoring the political noise in his own party, Biden aimed directly...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Notre Dame releases its full 2021 football schedule, starting with a trip to Florida State
Notre Dame released its 2021 football schedule Thursday, with the previously announced game against Wisconsin at Soldier Field among the highlights.

The Irish open the season Sept. 6 at Florida State. It will be their first visit to Doak Campbell Stadium since a controversial 31-27 loss in 2014.

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Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Crystal Lake 5-year-old AJ Freund was put in a cold shower and beaten, then died of head injuries: authorities
The parents of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund forced the boy "to remain in a cold shower for an extended period of time" and beat him until he died, according to prosecutors. The boy was then buried April 15 — three days before his father reported him missing.

Bail was set at $5 million Thursday...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Ex-Minnesota cop who shot unarmed 911 caller testifies he saw her at car window and fired 'to stop the threat'
A former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman testified Thursday that he saw fear in his partner's eyes, then saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair appear at the partner's window and raise her right arm before he fired his gun "to stop the threat."

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Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

CTU demands Lori Lightfoot settle teachers' contract quickly; meanwhile charter school, City Colleges staff plan strikes
Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey fired a warning to Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot on Thursday: Settle a contract for 25,000 rank-and-file union members by the start of the coming school year. Or else.

Lightfoot's inauguration is three weeks away. State lawmakers, city aldermen and Chicago...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Jon Lester shows no rust in his return from a 17-day layoff, but Cubs fall to the Dodgers 2-1
Returning to the mound Thursday for the first time since April 8 was a relief for Cubs ace Jon Lester.

"I was tired of being in the clubhouse and not doing anything," Lester said after pitching five innings of four-hit ball in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

Lester pitched as smoothly...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

After the Cubs staff turns it around, Theo Epstein praises his pitchers' resiliency
When discussing his pitchers' recent resurgence, Cubs President Theo Epstein maintained the measured approach he took when the staff struggled during a 3-8 start.

"As tough as that start was for us, it will be good for us in the long run," Epstein said Thursday before the Cubs' three-game win streak...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Baseball notes: Bremen's Jimmy Costello determined to end title droughts
The way Jimmy Costello sees it, there's nothing in the way of Bremen producing a magical season.

He's not thinking about reaching 20 wins, something the Braves have done in six of the last seven seasons.

Costello, a senior shortstop, has higher aspirations: conference and regional championships.

...

Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Judge bars testimony by jailhouse informant in gang revenge killing of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee
A jailhouse informant who got a sweetheart deal to testify against a former cellmate charged with killing 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in an infamous gang revenge shooting isn't reliable enough to take the witness stand at the trial scheduled for this fall, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday.

The deal...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Computer error means about 1,000 DuPage seniors will receive incorrect property tax bills
An computer error in calculating the property taxes for some DuPage County homeowners who qualify for a senior tax freeze means they have been overcharged in the tax bills being mailed next week.

The miscalculation affects senior households with annual incomes between $55,000 and $65,000. Those...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Taste of Chicago preview
The Taste of Chicago 2019 preview took place at Seoul Taco (738 N. Clark St.) on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Chefs from three new-to-the-fest restaurants, Seoul Taco, Luella's Gospel Bird and Gordo's Homemade Ice Cream Bars, dished up tastes of what to expect from them.  (Hilary Higgins/for the Chicago...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Prosecutors play recordings of grand jury testimony at perjury trial of Dorothy Brown's former top aide
Beena Patel had just denied to a federal grand jury any knowledge of a bribes-for-jobs scheme allegedly being run by her boss, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, when a prosecutor asked Patel if she knew lying could lead to perjury charges.

"I do," an exasperated Patel responded in...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

39 new patios and rooftops for your 2019 outdoor dining in Chicago
A new year means a new slew of rooftops and patios for you to nosh on bites, sip on drinks and soak in the summer sun. Whether you're in it for the vitamin D or to turn up the heat on your Instagram, al fresco dining is here for you in the few warm months we get to enjoy before we're plunged into...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Kim Foxx has made a mess of the Cook County state's attorney's office
The Cook County state's attorney's office is a mess. In fact, it is the very mess that voters might have anticipated in 2016 when then-candidate Kim Foxx's credentials and ethics were challenged.

During the campaign, she inflated her felony trial experience and sidestepped questions about her once-lapsed...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

John Singleton, director of 'Boys N the Hood,' in a coma after major stroke
"Boyz N the Hood" director John Singleton is in a coma at a Los Angeles hospital eight days after suffering a major stroke, court papers filed Thursday showed.

The 51-year-old director's condition was revealed in a court filing from his mother, Shelia Ward, who is requesting she be immediately...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Waukegan District 60 parents will soon be able to track their child's bus via cellphone
The parents of Waukegan District 60 students will be able to track the location of their child's bus in real time starting next year, district officials said.

The Waukegan District 60 school board approved the new program - which is available through Versatrans' "My Stop" mobile or desktop websites...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

What 'Jeopardy' champion James Holzhauer teaches us about success
Go ahead, James Holzhauer. Be excellent.

Everybody loves a winner — except, it seems, when it's someone running the board day after day and toppling records on "Jeopardy." Then suddenly that person is compared to a robot and told to "give someone else a chance."

Nonsense.

Holzhauer, a Naperville...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Judicial board clears Justice Anne Burke in Preckwinkle fundraising complaint
A state oversight board concluded that Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke did not violate judicial conduct rules when a political fundraiser was held at her home for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

The Judicial Inquiry Board completed its review into Burke's conduct related...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Authorities: AJ Freund was put in a cold shower and beaten, then died of head injuries
The parents of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund forced the boy "to remain in a cold shower for an extended period of time" and beat him until he died, according to prosecutors. The boy was then buried April 15 — three days before his dad reported him missing.

Bail was set at $5 million Thursday morning...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Man convicted of ex-wife's murder in Gurnee seeks acquittal or new trial
A man convicted of the murder of his former wife in Gurnee is seeking his acquittal and release, or a new trial, in a motion alleging violation of speedy-trial standards and manipulation of charges by prosecutors.

Defense attorney Jed Stone, who did not represent Brocksom at his 2018 trial, filed...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Police blotter: Chicago woman charged while leaving Harwood Heights Mariano's with $425 in merchandise
The following items were taken from area police department reports and news releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.

Norridge Burglary

A snow blower and power generator were reported stolen April 21 from the garage of a home on the 4100 block of North Octavia Avenue. Entry was...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Jon Lester pitches well but doesn't get run support as Cubs fall to the Dodgers 2-1
Jon Lester pitched five innings of four-hit ball Thursday in his return from a left hamstring strain but suffered from a lack of run support as the Cubs fell to the Dodgers 2-1 at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs saw their three-game winning streak snapped but avoided a shutout when Albert Almora Jr. hit...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Ex-Florida cop gets 25 years in prison for killing black motorist stranded on highway
A former Florida police officer received a 25-year prison sentence Thursday for the fatal on-duty shooting of a black musician whose SUV had broken down after a late-night concert.

Fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja was the first Florida law enforcement agent in nearly 30 years to be...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Man or cyborg? 'Jeopardy!' champ James Holzhauer has fans analyzing his record-setting strategies
There's no truth to the rumor that James Holzhauer is a cyborg created to be the perfect "Jeopardy!" contestant.

But given how he's made a level of excellence rarely seen on the television quiz show appear almost mundane, it sometimes seems that way.

Holzhauer eclipsed the $1 million mark in winnings...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

After aldermanic indictments, Chicago voters can only watch and wait. That should change.
The deadline looms for federal prosecutors to return an indictment against Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, who in January was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to extort the owners of a fast-food franchise who were seeking renovation permits in his ward.

The feds were supposed to let us...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Flush with voter support, Kaegi takes on property assessment unfairness
Voters swept Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi into office last year on a mandate. Fix a property assessment process steeped in clout.

Wednesday brought a reminder when WBEZ-FM 91.5 reported that federal investigators were looking into Gov. J.B. Pritzker's property taxes from several years ago....



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Trucker charged in Illinois State Police Trooper Brooke Jones-Story's death took nap, fell asleep on the road before fatal crash, investigators allege
A truck driver charged in a crash that killed an Illinois State Police trooper last month told authorities that he fell asleep at the wheel earlier that day and again just before the collision, an investigator testified in court Thursday.

An Illinois State Police sergeant testified that Craig Dittmar,...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Does the amount James Holzhauer won Thursday on 'Jeopardy!' sound familiar? It's not your imagination
Fans of "Jeopardy!" might experience a bit of déjà vu when hearing how much James Holzhauer's took home on Thursday's show.

The Naperville native finished with $90,812, bringing his 16-day total to $1,225,987.

Those who watch "Jeopardy!" regularly might remember the 34-year-old Las Vegas sport...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Addison Russell's return to the Cubs is not guaranteed
Addison Russell is playing baseball again, closer to returning to the major leagues than he has been since he went on leave in September after his ex-wife made domestic abuse allegations.

His 40-game suspension is almost over, and Russell is with Triple-A Iowa, getting into playing shape in hopes...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Unlocking Agnes' secrets: U. of C. researchers unearth a surprising discovery about 1950s transgender case in Tribeca film fest documentary
Chase Joynt and Kristen Schilt might not fit your definition of swashbuckling explorers — he's a filmmaker and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, she's a U. of C. sociology professor.

But when the pair embarked on a research project that involved one of the seminal case studies...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Canceled flights, swapped planes: How Boeing 737 Max's grounding hits airlines and passengers as summer vacations loom
Boeing won't say when it expects its 737 Max to fly again, after two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.

But the toll on passengers and the nation's air travel system — with the summer travel season around the corner — is becoming more evident as airlines report their earnings.

...

Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Here are 5 things to know about the hassles and costs of the Boeing 737 Max grounding. Summer could make it all worse.
Boeing won't say when it expects its 737 Max to fly again, after two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed 346 people.

But the toll on passengers and the nation's air travel system — with the summer travel season around the corner — is becoming more evident as airlines report their earnings.

...

Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Mel Kiper Jr. says 5 good running backs should be available to the Bears in the 3rd round of the NFL draft. Actually, as usual, he says a lot more than that.
On a conference call this week, I asked ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. about the quality of the running backs the Bears will have an opportunity to select in Friday's third round, which will be their first chance to pick unless they trade up.

He unhesitatingly launched into a soliloquy —...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Jon Lester pitches well in return but doesn't get run support against the Dodgers
Jon Lester pitched five innings of four-hit ball Thursday in his first start since suffering a left hamstring strain on April 8, but Lester suffered from a lack of support against the Dodgers.

A fielding error by shortstop Javier Baez allowed Alex Verdugo to score from third in the fifth inning...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Video of professor from Naperville teaching class while babysitting student's infant gets 6.4 million views
University of Illinois adjunct professor Steve Raquel will go to all lengths to help his students succeed. That includes babysitting while he's teaching.

His efforts are sparking overwhelming support on social media, where a video of the Naperville man carrying a 6-month-old infant in a baby sling...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Woman pronounced dead after being pulled from Lake Michigan near Lincoln Park
A woman was found and pulled from Lake Michigan off Lincoln Park on Thursday afternoon before being pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

The woman, believed to be 69 years old, was found about 1:35 p.m. near the 2100 block of North Lake Shore Drive, according to Chicago police.

The woman...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

UIC says it found no evidence of sexual misconduct by official with prominent anti-violence group
An internal investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by a supervisor at a prominent anti-violence organization run by the University of Illinois at Chicago has found no wrongdoing, according to a report provided to the Tribune.

But an attorney for the woman who made the allegation blasted the...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Cook County makes it illegal to refuse to show or rent property to people with certain criminal records
Cook County commissioners on Thursday approved an ordinance aimed at ending housing discrimination against people with arrest records.

Dubbed the "Just Housing" ordinance, the measure makes it illegal to refuse to show property or rent housing to people with certain criminal records.

It doesn't...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

The Mueller report's crucial warning: Our 2020 elections are vulnerable to more Russian meddling
Special counsel Robert Mueller's report has predictably produced a flurry of debate about its real meaning and what, if anything, should happen next. But on one crucial matter the report, released to the public April 18, is crystal clear: "The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Police: Chicago man fondled himself in front of OPRF High School student
A Chicago man is facing misdemeanor charges of public indecency after, police said, he fondled himself in front of an Oak Park and River Forest High School student who was walking to school.

Oak Park police said Jeremiah Johnson, 20, of the 700 block of North Waller Avenue in Chicago, recently...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot's advice to Toni Preckwinkle on donations tied to Ed Burke: 'Get rid of the money'
Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot called on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to return or donate all campaign funds she raised through a fundraiser at Edward Burke's home.

Lightfoot made the comments hours after Preckwinkle told the Tribune it remains "to be determined" whether she...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

These aren't your average sleeper sofas: 5 that will transform any room
Just because the word sleeper is in front of a furniture mainstay like the sofa doesn't mean it has to take a backseat to style, function or comfort. "Sleeper sofas used to be thought of as a secondary piece, where its main purpose was just as an uncomfortable sleeping option for guests," said...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Lawsuit seeks to block Indiana ban on abortion procedure
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the state's attempt to ban a second-trimester abortion procedure, a day after the governor signed the measure into law.

The bill passed by the Republican-dominated Legislature would prohibit dilation and evacuation...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Ex-Rosemont officer accused of armed robbery given week to release medical records: pension board
A former Rosemont public safety sergeant facing armed robbery charges was given a week to release his medical records after he asked pension board members to hold off on making a decision regarding his application for a disability pension.

A letter seeking a "general continuance" of Edward J. Karas'...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Some Democrats seeking diversity frustrated by Joe Biden's 2020 bid: 'I'm over white men running the country'
Former Vice President Joe Biden's decision to enter the Democratic presidential race is causing consternation among some Democrats, particularly women of color, who have been hoping for a nominee who better reflects the nation's diversity.

At the She the People forum, billed as the first presidential...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Two students in good condition at hospital after possible pepper spray incident at Morgan Park high
A South Side school has been evacuated after a toxic substance was released, Chicago police said.

It was not clear if anyone was injured.

The incident happened at Morgan Park High School, 1744 W. Pryor Ave., police said.

Check back for details.



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Striking CSO musicians and management to meet in mayor's office Friday morning
As the Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike stretched into its seventh week, musicians held a press conference in front of Symphony Center on Wednesday morning asking management to return to the bargaining table.

That will happen at 8:30 a.m. Friday, with both sides meeting in the office of Mayor...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Prosecutors ask for delay in indictment of Ald. Edward Burke until June
Federal prosecutors on Thursday asked for another extension to return an indictment against Ald. Edward Burke in the bombshell corruption case alleging the powerful Chicago alderman used his City Hall clout to steer business to his private law firm.

The request was the second delay sought by prosecutors...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Community members oppose new gas station at Norridge Village Board meeting
A standing ovation erupted during the Norridge Village Board meeting Wednesday after resident Robert Mrozek asked community members if they opposed another gas station in town.

Nearly every person in the audience raised their hand before getting to their feet with a thunderous applause.

At least...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Firefighter among 7 hospitalized with 'life-threatening injuries' after ammonia spill in Beach Park
Ammonia spilling from a farm tractor in Beach Park early Thursday sent at least 37 people to hospitals, including seven who were reported to be in critical condition around noon.

The spill began about 4:30 a.m. in the area of Green Bay Road and 29th Street, according to Sgt. Christopher Covelli,...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Slowik: With $1 billion in improvements needed, should I-80 near Joliet be a toll road?
State officials said they are taking steps to address safety concerns along Interstate 80 through Will County amid debate about whether the freeway should become a toll road to help pay for improvements.

Lawmakers, local municipal officials and more than 100 area residents heard updates about the...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

How a Congo park ranger got gorillas to pose like humans for a selfie
A park ranger in Congo has described how he captured a selfie with two gorillas that went viral.

Mathieu Shamavu, a ranger at Virunga National Park in eastern Congo, said he was checking his phone when he noticed two female orphaned gorillas, Ndakazi and Ndeze, mimicking his movements, so he took...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

What you need to know about anhydrous ammonia, the chemical spilled in Beach Park
A chemical spill in Beach Park early Thursday injured more than 30 people when anhydrous ammonia became airborne, creating a toxic cloud in Lake County.

What is anhydrous ammonia, and why would a tractor be towing two large tanks of it? Here are some of the more common uses of the chemical, as...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Computer error means 1,000 DuPage County seniors will receive incorrect property tax bills
An error in calculating the property taxes for some DuPage County homeowners who qualify for the senior tax freeze means they have been overcharged in the tax bills being mailed next week.

The miscalculation affects senior households with annual incomes between $55,000 and $65,000. Those affected...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

As AJ Freund's pregnant mother faces murder charge in his death, what happens when her baby is born?
As the pregnant mother of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund faces murder and other charges in connection to his death, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services will be coordinating a plan for custody once her baby is born.

JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund of Crystal Lake are being...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Feral cats of Englewood
Chicago is home to an estimated 200,000 feral cats, and since 2007, the primary duty for managing that population has fallen to "colony caretakers". The caretakers are encouraged to trap strays and get them fixed; after that, the cats can be adopted or released back into their neighborhoods, a...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

More than 50 Chicago restaurants invite you to 'Dine Out' Thursday to support worldwide HIV fundraiser
Good food is always a good call, but good food for a good cause measures one better. Dining Out For Life certainly qualifies as the latter. All day Thursday, a stellar lineup of Chicago restaurants is participating in the one-day fundraising effort to raise funds for HIV and AIDS service organizations.

...

Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

FBI raids Baltimore City Hall, home of Mayor Catherine Pugh and other locations connected to her
Federal law enforcement agents fanned out Thursday across Baltimore, raiding City Hall, the home of embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh and several other locations as the investigation into the mayor's business dealings widened.

Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman, confirmed agents from the Baltimore FBI office...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Cubs' Pedro Strop cut short a clubhouse visit from cops about his stolen car: 'I gotta pitch'
Cubs closer Pedro Strop's car was stolen from his Gold Coast garage Wednesday and was later involved in an accident as the thief fled a traffic stop, authorities said.

Strop said he was still dealing with police during the evening game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, talking with officers in the...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

What we know about 5-year-old Andrew 'AJ' Freund's disappearance and death
Here's what we know about the disappearance and death of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund of Crystal Lake, whose body police say was found Wednesday morning.

— The boy's parents, Andrew Freund and JoAnn Cunningham, have both been charged with murder, aggravated battery, aggravated domestic battery...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Prosecutors: Parents of AJ Freund put him in cold shower, beat him to death
The parents of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund forced the boy "to remain in a cold shower for an extended period of time" and beat him until he died, according to prosecutors. The boy was then buried April 15, three days before his dad reported him missing.

Bail was set at $5 million Thursday morning...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

The latest Avengers is no anomaly. 22 great things about 22 Marvel movies
Did you know that nostalgia was once a medical condition? It suggested a kind of clinical unwillingness to move on, a yearning for a time or place or person that is no longer reasonably within grasp. It was a heartache for, at the very least, your youth. And now, in our accelerated, all-decades-streaming-at-once...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Park Ridge grocery chains seek licenses to offer home delivery of beer, wine
Two Park Ridge grocery stores have applied for liquor licenses that would allow them to deliver beer and wine to homes in the city.

The Park Ridge Liquor License Review Board voted 3-0 on April 22 to recommend City Council approval of a specialty home delivery liquor license to Mariano's, 1900...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Hinsdale District 86 Board lifts salary freezes and plans busing reductions, fee increases
Hinsdale High School District 86 is proceeding with some cost-cutting moves approved prior to the success of the April 2 referendum and reversing others.

The board also lifted salary freezes or administrators and support staff, approving a 2.1 percent increase for administrators and salaries of...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Pedro Strop on dealing with a stolen car during the Cubs game: 'I gotta pitch'
Cubs closer Pedro Strop talks about dealing with a stolen car during the Cubs-Dodgers game on April 24, 2019, at Wrigley Field. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

As job-hunt season hits, Chicago-area workers in 3 hot tech roles tell how they got started and what they do all day
With graduations fast approaching, a new crop of technology job candidates is preparing to enter the market. Their prospects look good.

Tech-related employment grew in the Chicago area by almost 6,000 jobs last year.

And if employment postings are any indication, there is also optimism around future...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Prosecutor: Parents of AJ Freund put him in cold shower, beat him to death
The parents of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund forced the boy "to remain in a cold shower for an extended period of time" and beat him until he died, according to prosecutors. The boy was then buried on Monday, April 15, three days before his dad reported him missing.

Bail was set at $5 million Thursday...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

George Lucas and Mellody Hobson seek to foreclose on Ebony photo archives after Johnson bankruptcy filing
Power couple George Lucas and Mellody Hobson are trying to take possession of Ebony magazine's historic photo archives, which were used as collateral for a $12 million loan they made to now-bankrupt Johnson Publishing four years ago.

Capital Holdings V, a company controlled by the filmmaker and...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

George Lucas and Mellody Hobson want control of Ebony photo archives, 'an essential part of American history'
Power couple George Lucas and Mellody Hobson are trying to take possession of Ebony magazine's historic photo archives, which were used as collateral for a $12 million loan they made to now-bankrupt Johnson Publishing four years ago.

Capital Holdings V, a company controlled by the filmmaker and...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Joffrey Ballet's 'Across the Pond' is a mixed bag with magic, difficult moments
If you've ever watched the sun rise from the seat of a red-eye flight, then you have an idea of what Andrew McNicol's "Yonder Blue" looks and feels like.

"Yonder Blue" opens the Joffrey Ballet's "Across the Pond," an evening of three works by prominent British choreographers running through May...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Taste of Chicago 2019 announces 37 new restaurants, food trucks plus a Malort cocktail
Taste of Chicago will welcome 37 new-to-the-fest restaurants, food trucks and shared kitchens — including Luella's Gospel Bird, Josephine's Cooking and Gordo's Homemade Ice Cream Bars — when it launches in July. The lineup for the 39th annual Taste, announced Thursday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Parents of AJ Freund put him in cold shower, beat him, prosecutor says; bail set at $5 million
Bail was set at $5 million Thursday morning for each of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund's parents, who were charged with murder hours after authorities found what they believe is the body of the Crystal Lake boy in a shallow grave near Woodstock.

The official complaint filed against JoAnn Cunningham...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Attorneys for Robert Kraft seeking to have alleged sex videos thrown out and sealed
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's high-profile attorneys normally don't handle second-degree misdemeanors like soliciting a prostitute, but that's only part of what he needs them to do.

Their main job is to make sure the public never sees videos that police say show Kraft twice paying for...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Firefighter among seven hospitalized with 'life-threatening injuries' after Beach Park hazmat spill
Ammonia spilling from a farm tractor in Beach Park early Thursday sent at least 37 people to hospitals, including seven who were reported to be in critical condition around noon.

The spill began about 4:30 a.m. in the area of Green Bay Road and 29th Street, according to Sgt. Christopher Covelli,...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Enjoy the Bears being good for once during team's 2019 NFL Draft party this weekend at Soldier Field
The Bears are good again. At least, we're pretty sure they are.

They definitely were good last season, which means their pick in this weekend's 2019 NFL draft will fall lower in the selection order. That does make draft day a little less exciting, but it also feels a little less desperate, which...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

White Sox Q&A: When will Luis Robert get promoted to Triple A? Why aren't the Sox in for Craig Kimbrel or Dallas Keuchel?
The Tribune's Paul Sullivan answers your questions in his White Sox mailbag.

I agree with the Big Hurt: Luis Robert to Triple A. I watched him in four different games in mid-March. He could play center field with the Sox right now. He needs to face better pitching than he's seeing right now. He...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Jussie Smollett scandal: 'Empire' cast inks letter supporting actor
"Empire" stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are appealing to Fox for their embattled co-star Jussie Smollett to return for the show's sixth season.

Henson, Howard, and the rest of the drama series' top cast, penned an April 19 letter to Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, Disney TV Studios and ABC...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Glenbrook North band invited to participate in London's New Year's Day parade


The Glenbrook North High School marching band is taking its music across the pond, invited Wednesday to participate in London's New Year's Day 2020 parade.



The invite came as a surprise to the student band members, who packed into the school's band room to receive the news.



London Lord Mayor Councillor...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Chicago's best french fries — and they're all under $5
While french fries definitely weren't invented here, Chicago should finally get the attention as an epicenter of the french fry arts that it so rightly deserves. Here are 20 reasons why.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Chicago's best french fries under $5 -- our 20 top picks after trying 106 restaurants
While french fries definitely weren't invented here, Chicago should finally get the attention as an epicenter of the french fry arts that it so rightly deserves. Here are 20 reasons why.

Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Chicago's best french fries under $5  — our 20 top picks after trying 106 restaurants
Chicago's best french fries under $5:

Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Bail set at $5 million for parents of Crystal Lake boy Andrew 'AJ' Freund
Bail was set at $5 million Thursday morning for each of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund's parents, who were charged with murder hours after authorities found what they believe is the body of the Crystal Lake boy in a shallow grave near Woodstock.

JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew Freund both face multiple...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Jon Lester returns from the injured list as the Cubs go for the sweep of the Dodgers
Left-handed ace Jon Lester returns from the injured list as the Cubs go for the three-game sweep of the Dodgers at Wrigley Field on Thursday.

The Cubs are 9-3 since Lester went on the IL on April 9 with a left hamstring strain.

Lester is expected to throw up to 80 pitches and Tyler Chatwood is...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Sunset Ridge in Northfield recognized as ComEd's first 'Net Zero' school building
A recent celebration at Sunset Ridge Elementary School in Northfield recognized the environmentally-friendly building as the only school in the state to earn the distinction of being a ComEd "Net Zero" building.

The elite "Net Zero" status means the total amount of energy used by the District 29...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

The NFL draft starts tonight. Here's how to watch and 5 things to follow — even without a Bears first-round pick
Ryan Pace has a plan for Thursday night when the first round of the NFL draft reaches the No. 24 pick. The draft board screen in the Bears' new, state-of-the-art war room will be ready.

"Khalil Mack highlights will come on instantly," Pace said Tuesday, not joking even a little bit.

Yes, while...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Ammonia spill in Beach Park sends at least 32 to hospitals; authorities warn residents to stay indoors
An ammonia spill in north suburban Beach Park sent at least 32 people to hospitals and prompted school closings and warnings from Lake County sheriff's officials for residents of the area to stay inside.

The spill began about 4:30 a.m. in the area of Green Bay Road and 29th Street, according to...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

10,000 canceled flights: Southwest Airlines grapples with Boeing 737 Max groundings
Southwest Airlines said Thursday that it canceled more than 10,000 flights in the first quarter because of the grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets after two deadly crashes, a labor dispute with its mechanics, and winter storms.

Higher costs due partly to the groundings more than washed out rising...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

NFL draft on TV has become an Olympics with no events — just ceremony, analysis and features
The NFL draft was a better TV show when it was less of a TV show, a better production when it was less produced, more interesting when sports media didn't spend months trying to fuel and feed off interest in it.

Today, with a glut of glitz, pomp and ceremony, it's like watching an Olympics with...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

Things to do in Chicago this weekend: Rum Festival, indie bookstore crawl, Trevor Noah, Smoke Daddy's birthday party
This weekend has a lot of things to do in Chicago, including a barbecue birthday and a Peach-ified Playboy parties, as well as a bookstore crawl, spring wine tasting and Yasiin Bey revisiting his career as Mos Def.

Smoke Daddy 25th anniversary party After 25 years in Wicker Park, Smoke Daddy is...



Chicago Tribune
Apr 25, 2019

The best matchup in the 2020 game of thrones: the House of Biden vs. the House of Trump
Finally, the House of Biden has entered the 2020 game of thrones. Joe Biden is perhaps the most formidable opponent to Donald Trump. But there is no guarantee he will even make it to the finals.

In a crowded primary field of progressive Democrats whose ideas are as diverse as their faces, 76-year-old...



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