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Chicago Cops Say Facebook Is 'Harboring Criminals'

More than 50 arrested after investigation

(Newser) - Private Facebook groups have "emboldened" sellers of illegal drugs and guns to connect with potential buyers over the social media site, Chicago police said Tuesday, as leaders announced that a two-year undercover investigation led to more than 50 arrests. Police leaders, including former LAPD chief Charlie Beck, who's... More »

Chicago's Police Chief Fired Over Incident in Vehicle

Mayor accuses Eddie Johnson of lying about when he was found asleep in his running SUV

(Newser) - Chicago was getting a new police chief, but it wasn't supposed to be this fast. On Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Superintendent Eddie Johnson effective immediately over a strange incident in October in which Johnson was found asleep at a stop sign in his running vehicle, reports the Chicago ... More »

Hospital Staff Helps Fulfill Dying Man's Last Wish

Javier Rodriguez, 23, weds high school sweetheart in Chicago

(Newser) - "He wanted his tombstone to say 'husband.'" And with Wednesday's wedding inside the tiny chapel at University of Chicago Medical Center, Javier Rodriguez's wish can come true. The 23-year-old wed his high school sweetheart in front of 50 friends, family, and hospital staff just... More »

'Seven Loud Gunshots' Shock Indie Rocker

Police investigating whether Wilco's Jeff Tweedy was targeted

(Newser) - Chicago police are investigating whether Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy was the target of a shooting in which a bullet was fired through his door. Tweedy was at home with his wife—their two sons were out—around 2am Tuesday when the pair heard "seven loud gunshots," police rep... More »

Suspect Killed Student Who Ignored Catcalls: Prosecutors

Suspect followed Chicago woman to her car, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A 19-year-old University of Illinois at Chicago student was sexually assaulted and murdered by a man angry that she didn't respond to his catcalls, prosecutors say. At a hearing Monday, prosecutors said 26-year-old suspect Donald Thurman spotted Ruth George as she walked past a bus stop on campus around... More »

Jussie Smollett Saga Takes Yet Another Turn

Former 'Empire' actor files counterclaim against city of Chicago

(Newser) - The latest in the Jussie Smollett legal saga: The former Empire actor has countersued Chicago after the city sued him in April in an attempt to recoup the cost of the police investigation into what authorities say was a hoax attack staged by the actor in January. Smollett had already... More »

Here Are the 'Darkest Corners of America'

Trying to be good? Don't go to these 'sinful' cities IDed by WalletHub

(Newser) - A little bit of hedonism never hurt anybody—but in what WalletHub calls "the darkest corners of America," some of our worst vices are in overdrive. The site examined more than three dozens indicators of "evil deeds" in upward of 180 US cities, broken out into seven... More »

Chicago Teachers OK 'Historic' Deal

Among other things, teachers get a 16% raise

(Newser) - Chicago teachers on Friday approved the contract deal that ended an 11-day strike and includes pay raises, $35 million to enforce limits on class sizes, and a pledge to supply each school with a nurse and a social worker, the AP reports. The Chicago Teachers Union’s 25,000 members... More »

The 'Willy Wonka's of Coffee' Is Now Open

Starbucks opens its biggest store ever in Chicago on Friday

(Newser) - An "immersive, theatrical experience" is opening in Chicago on Friday, but it's not a Broadway show or some performance-art piece, unless you consider swirling milk foam on a venti latte particularly artistic. The world's largest Starbucks—or what USA Today calls something "between a shrine to... More »

Single in America? These Are the Best Places to Be

Be sure to avoid Pearl City, Hawaii

(Newser) - Almost half of US adults are unmarried, but WalletHub wants to change that. With the goal "to help America's singles find love," the site compared living costs, including the cost of restaurant meals and movie tickets; the availability of recreational activities; the share of singles; and more... More »

Got $5K at Your Disposal? This Doll Can Be Yours

Three of these American Girl dolls are available, decked out in 5,000 Swarovski crystals and beads

(Newser) - Don't know what to get for the girl who has everything? How about a doll decked out in thousands of dollars worth of bling? If you've got $5,000 lying around and can make arrangements with an American Girl flagship store in Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago,... More »

Boy, 15, Charged in Shooting of Trick-or-Treater, 7

Girl in bumblebee costume thought to have gotten caught up in gang crossfire

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy was charged Friday night with attempted murder in the suspected gang-related shooting of two people on Chicago's West Side, including a 7-year-old girl out trick-or-treating in a bumblebee costume when she was shot in the neck and critically injured. The shooting Thursday night was another grim... More »

Girl, 7, Shot in Chest While Trick-or-Treating

Chicago girl was walking down a street with her family

(Newser) - A 7-year-old Chicago girl who went out trick-or-treating in a bumblebee outfit ended up fighting for her life in Stroger Hospital. Police say the girl was with family members and other trick-or-treaters on a sidewalk in the Little Village neighborhood on the West Side around 5:30pm when she was... More »

Chicago Students Will Return to School Friday

Teachers strike ends after 11 days of canceled classes

(Newser) - Chicago teachers and the nation's third-largest school district reached a labor contract deal on Thursday, ending a strike that canceled 11 days of classes for more than 300,000 students, the AP reports. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the district had reached a deal with the Chicago Teachers Union... More »

Chicago Teachers Strike: It's Not Money, 'It's the Kids'

They say the issues have to do with resources, class size

(Newser) - Chicago teachers went on strike Thursday, marching on picket lines after failing to reach a contract deal with the nation's third-largest school district in a dispute that canceled classes for more than 300,000 students. The strike came after the Chicago Teachers Union confirmed Wednesday night that its 25,... More »

Man Guilty of Killing Chicago Boy Lured Into Alley

He bragged about killing 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee

(Newser) - A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 9-year-old Chicago boy who was lured into an alley with the promise of a juice box. Prosecutors contended that Dwright Boone-Doty and fellow gang member Corey Morgan planned the November 2015 slaying of Tyshawn Lee... More »

A Major Library System Makes a Big Move

Chicago Public Library is ditching late fees

(Newser) - The Chicago Public Library system no longer issues late fees, making it the largest public library system in the country to toss overdue fines. In a move aiming to make access to libraries more equitable, the city is also dumping any currently outstanding late penalties. "Like too many Chicagoans,... More »

Pigeon Poops on Politician Griping About Pigeon Poop

CBS Chicago reports on the city's 'Pigeon Poop Station'

(Newser) - It's known as "Pigeon Poop Station," so perhaps it should come as no surprise that as a lawmaker gave an interview there griping about the pigeon poop problem ... he got pooped on by a pigeon. State Rep. Jaime Andrade was talking to CBS Chicago at the city'... More »

Smollett to Cops: Not My Fault You Spent So Much

Lawyers attempt to toss lawsuit from city of Chicago

(Newser) - Jussie Smollett's legal team says "it's ridiculous and a stretch" to make him pay Chicago $130,000 to cover the cost of the police investigation into his alleged attack in January, reports the Chicago Sun-Times . "The filing of a police report, in and of itself, does... More »

Teen's Suicide Over Sex Video Leads to $250K Payment

Corey Walgren was 16 when he jumped off a parking garage roof

(Newser) - The case of a suburban Chicago teenager who killed himself after being confronted at his high school about whether he made a video of himself having sex with a classmate raised uncomfortable questions about how aggressively school officials should question kids suspected of wrongdoing and whether they should wait until... More »

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