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A 'Troubling Decline' Continues in Chicago

Fewer homicides are being solved

(Newser) - A "troubling decline" in the number of homicides solved by Chicago police is continuing, USA Today reports. According to data obtained by the paper, the city's homicide clearance rate was 15.4% during the first half of the year, meaning that a suspect was identified or arrested in... More »

NYC No Longer Has the Most Super-Rich People

That honor transfers to Hong Kong

(Newser) - Looking to hobnob with the rich but not necessarily famous? Although New York City used to be where you'd be find the largest population of super-rich people in the world, Hong Kong has taken over the top spot this year, CNNMoney notes. That's per a new report from... More »

PhD Student Killed 'Within 4 Hours' of Landing in Chicago

Shane Colombo was running an errand to buy hangers

(Newser) - The injustice of it all is staggering: A Northwestern University PhD student who survived lymphoma as a teen was shot dead in Chicago on Sunday evening just four hours after landing in the city; Shane Colombo was in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the city's north side buying hangers,... More »

Rahm Emanuel Makes Surprise Decision About 3rd Term

Time to 'write another chapter together' with his wife, he says

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel will not seek re-election to a third term as mayor of Chicago in 2019, he announced Tuesday. "This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not the job for a lifetime," said Emanuel, who just returned to the city after dropping his youngest... More »

No Adults Were Home When 10 Kids Died in Chicago Fire: Cops

Authorities are investigating 'allegations of neglect' involving the children

(Newser) - The deadliest residential fire in years in Chicago claimed its tenth and final victim on Tuesday, as a 14-year-old boy who barely survived the blaze died at a hospital. Although authorities initially believed that two of the people killed by the pre-dawn Sunday fire at a Southwest Side apartment were... More »

Chicago Blaze is Deadliest in 'Many, Many Years'

The pre-dawn fire erupted in the city's Little Village neighborhood on Sunday

(Newser) - Eight people, including six children, were killed when a fire broke out before dawn Sunday at a Chicago apartment in one of the deadliest fires in the nation's third-largest city in years, officials say. Two other people were hospitalized in very critical condition, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt... More »

2nd Man Guilty in Killing That Stunned Chicago

He fired shot that killed Hadiya Pendleton

(Newser) - A jury on Thursday found a second suspect guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of a 15-year-old high school honor student whose death in 2013 became a symbol of Chicago's random gun violence. The jury concluded Micheail Ward, who was 18 at the time, was guilty of firing... More »

Family of Chicago Teen: It Was a Police Shooting, Not Suicide

Relatives of Steven Rosenthal, 15, dispute official account that he shot himself

(Newser) - A 15-year-old Chicago teen was shot to death last week, but the police and his family have very different accounts of what happened. Police say they spotted Steven Rosenthal with a gun Friday evening and gave chase on foot, reports the Chicago Tribune . During the chase, the teen used the... More »

Illinois AG Sues, Says Trump Tower Ignores Clean Water Laws

Cooling with Chicago River waters requires permit, environmental impact report: suit

(Newser) - Illinois' attorney general has announced a lawsuit accusing Trump Tower in Chicago of violating federal environmental laws through its use of the Chicago River in a move the Trump Organization claims is "motivated by politics." Per NBC News and the AP , the 92-story residential building and hotel pulls... More »

Chicago Has Brutally Violent Weekend

More than 60 are shot, and 10 are dead

(Newser) - Chicago might have been making headlines this weekend for the thousands of people who packed downtown for Lollapalooza. Instead, most of the attention is focused on the shooting violence that occurred elsewhere in the city, leaving more than 60 injured and 10 dead between Friday evening and Monday morning, reports... More »

Bizarre Scene on Busy Chicago Road: This Plane

Pilot makes emergency landing on Lake Shore Drive in early stages of rush hour

(Newser) - Rush hour traffic was in its early stages on Chicago's busy Lake Shore Drive Friday when a bizarre scene unfolded that most definitely did not help the congestion. A small plane with two people aboard made an emergency landing right on the road, reports the AP . Fire officials... More »

Chance the Rapper Just Bought a News Site

He announces purchase of Chicagoist in song, plans to highlight 'diverse voices and content'

(Newser) - Chance the Rapper is also a songwriter, actor, and producer—and as of Wednesday, he's in the media business, too. The 25-year-old rapper, who is from Chicago, announced his purchase of Chicagoist , a local news site that former owner Joe Ricketts shut down in November 2017 along with Gothamist,... More »

Police Shooting Sparks Violent Clash With Protesters

Unidentified man was shot multiple times in Chicago

(Newser) - Chicago police clashed with a large crowd Saturday after an officer shot and killed a man on the city's South Side, the Chicago Tribune reports. Protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers and four were arrested as cops struck people with batons and dragged them to the ground. The... More »

In One Hip 'Hood, 'Serious Wes Anderson Vibes'

'Forbes' has a list of the coolest neighborhoods in the world

(Newser) - Where do all the cool kids hang out? Forbes thinks it's got that figured out with its list of some of the hippest, most happening neighborhoods around the globe, culled from travel experts. These are districts that aren't necessarily crammed with the most famous landmarks or where you'... More »

Thousands Take Over Chicago Freeway

Protesters march against gun violence

(Newser) - Thousands of anti-violence protesters marched along a Chicago interstate on Saturday, shutting down traffic in an effort to draw attention to the gun violence that's claimed hundreds of lives in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods and pressure public officials to do more to stop it, the AP... More »

He Was Thought Dead. Then the Sheet Twitched

17-year-old shooting victim stirs before dying in Chicago

(Newser) - A 17-year-old male shot multiple times in the head began moving under a sheet in Chicago, triggering a failed attempt to save him. Paramedics had arrived early Monday on the scene of a shooting after two vehicles were seen circling a party at a housing complex near the University of... More »

Elon Musk Just Landed Huge Deal in Chicago

His Boring Company will dig 2 tunnels to O'Hare in high-speed transit system

(Newser) - A company Elon Musk started that almost sounded like a joke has just landed a huge deal to build an underground transit system from downtown Chicago to O'Hare airport. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX plans to build two tunnels from the shell of the never-completed transit station... More »

38 Shot in Violent Chicago Weekend

9 of them were killed

(Newser) - At least 38 people were shot over the weekend in Chicago, nine of them fatally, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Those injured included a 12-year-old boy hit by a stray bullet during a shootout on the Far South Side, the Chicago Tribune reports. Six people were shot at an outdoor party... More »

He Accepted He Was Going to Die. Then a Hand Came Down

D'Marie O'Connor started a Twitter campaign to find mysterious 'Max' who saved him

(Newser) - "Hey Twitter This is Max, Max saved me from drowning yesterday." And so began D'Marie O'Connor's online quest Tuesday to find "Max," the man he said rescued him from 58-degree waters at Chicago's North Avenue Beach on Memorial Day. O'Connor tells... More »

Cop Gets Federal Sex Charges Over His Brand of Condom

William Whitley pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charge

(Newser) - A former cop who paid underage girls for sex is facing a harsher sentence over his brand of condom, the Chicago Tribune reports. William Whitley, 61, pleaded guilty this week in federal court to sex trafficking of a minor and will likely serve 10 years to life. Prosecutors leveled federal... More »

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