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Chicago homicides and shootings rise sharply in 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — Homicides and shootings have surged in Chicago during the first seven months of the year. From Jan. 1 through the end of July, there were 440 homicides in Chicago and 2,240 people shot, including many of those who were killed, according to statistics released Saturday by the police department. There were 290 […]

Hundreds ransack downtown Chicago businesses after shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of people descended on downtown Chicago early Monday following a police shooting on the city’s South Side, with vandals smashing the windows of dozens of businesses and making off with merchandise, cash machines and anything else they could carry, police said. Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters that the Sunday afternoon […]

Lack of body cameras fuels suspicion in Chicago shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — A police force with a history of brutality and racism created a new crime-fighting team, but on one of its first forays into the streets, the group did not wear body cameras, which would have shown whether a man accused of firing a gun at officers was, in fact, armed. That’s where […]

Attacks, pandemic a ‘gut punch’ for famed Chicago district

CHICAGO (AP) — Neil Mehra’s cigar shop just off Chicago’s Michigan Avenue wouldn’t normally share much in common with big brand-name stores such as Tiffany’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, whose boutiques sit on the choicest spots on the city’s most iconic street. But this week they share foreboding over whether the economics and reputation of […]

Carjacking suspect charged in shooting of 3 Chicago officers

CHICAGO (AP) — A convicted felon on parole has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of three Chicago police officers outside a station, authorities said Friday. Lovelle Jordan was taken to the station on the city’s northwest side after officers arrested him Thursday in connection with a June 26 carjacking in downtown Chicago, […]

Widespread damage reported in downtown Chicago after night of looting

CHICAGO — Widespread damage is reported in downtown Chicago after looting and rioting began around midnight. 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins told WGN he witnessed people driving up in vehicles, smashing windows of stores on Michigan Avenue and grab items and drive away. CTA train and bus service is suspended. Other entry points to the […]

Smith scores in OT, Vegas takes 2-0 series lead on Chicago

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Reilly Smith scored in overtime, Robin Lehner made 22 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford stopped 35 of the 39 shots he faced in a losing effort. Crawford and Lehner were […]

Violence, protests, arrival of agents put Chicago on edge

CHICAGO (AP) — Amid a surge in gun violence and protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, the nation’s third-largest city is on edge, awaiting possible greater tension in the form of a plan by President Donald Trump to dispatch dozens of federal agents to Chicago. The White House plan emerged days after a […]

Police: Suspect shoots 3 Chicago officers who then shoot him

CHICAGO (AP) — A carjacking suspect being led into a Chicago police station on Thursday shot three officers, who returned fire and shot him, authorities said. The officers and the gunman were rushed to a hospital, police spokesman Tom Ahern said. One of the officers was shot in neck and a breathing tube had to […]

Indians’ Plesac sent home after protocol misstep in Chicago

Zach Plesac understood the importance of players behaving in order for baseball to have its season amid a global pandemic. He broke the rules anyway. The Indians sent Plesac back to Cleveland on Sunday in a car service after the young right-hander violated team rules and Major League Baseball’s coronavirus protocols. The 25-year-old Plesac went […]

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