Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 08:45:59 PM
Author: Marco Stendardo
A soldier currently deployed in Iraq observed two men walking toward his Park Ridge garage on his smartphone doorbell camera early Friday morning. The incident was reported around 2:31 a.m. Friday, according to police. Richard Wharton said he noticed the two men exit the garage carrying several power tools, and immediately contacted the Park Ridge Police Department, who later located...
Created: Sun, Feb 23 2020 03:11:16 AM
Author: Chris Coffey
Police in suburban Park Ridge have extended big “thank you” to a soldier who witnessed a burglary at his home while using a doorbell camera app from Iraq. Richard Wharton called police at approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday and advised officers that he watched on his smartphone as two men walked away with power tools from his home, which is located...
Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 08:36:20 PM
Two people have died and seven others have sustained injuries in crimes so far this weekend across the city of Chicago, police said. In the first fatal incident, a 23-year-old man was stabbed multiple times during an argument at approximately 11:23 p.m. Friday night in the 400 block of North Milwaukee. The victim was taken to Stroger Hospital where he...
Created: Sun, Feb 23 2020 02:13:17 AM
The Wiener’s Circle – the iconic Lincoln Park hot dog stand known for its sassy staffers – didn’t waste much time in taking a jab at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich following the commutation of his 14-year prison sentence by President Trump. By Saturday, the marquee sign outside the popular hot dog spot read “THX BLAGO FOR MAKING UR FIRST MEAL...
Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 11:19:01 PM
Author: Kate Chappell
Family members on Saturday remembered a 23-year-old man who was fatally stabbed during an argument outside a West Town bar. Just before 11:30 p.m. Friday, a 30-year-old man stabbed Kenneth Paterimos multiple times outside Richard’s Bar, which is located at 401 N. Milwaukee Ave., police said. Paterimos was stabbed in the arm, neck and back and pronounced dead at Stroger...
Created: Sun, Feb 23 2020 12:25:41 AM
Author: Ava Kelley
A woman was shot and killed just before 3 p.m. Saturday in the South Shore neighborhood, according to Chicago police. CPD said the 51-year-old female was in a vehicle in the 7300 block of South Bennett when an unknown offender approached and shot her in the head. She was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center where she was...
Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 07:52:11 PM
The Chicago White Sox agreed Saturday to a $16 million, five-year contract with reliever Aaron Bummer that includes two club options, and a $3.5 million, one-year deal with infielder Leury Garcia. Bummer is due $1 million in 2020, $2 million in 2021, $2.5 million in 2022, $3.75 million in 2023 and $5.5 million in 2024. The White Sox hold options...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 06:56:53 PM
Author: Chicago Sun-Times
Charges have been filed against five people who allegedly stole clothes from an H&M store on the Magnificent Mile Thursday and ran through a CTA Red Line tunnel toward Division Street, where officers arrested them. Two juvenile boys, 15 and 16, and three 18-year-old men each face a felony count of retail theft over $300 and a misdemeanor count of...
Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 12:23:54 PM
Author: Dylan Van Sickle
One child was stabbed multiple times during a fight outside a high school in Oak Lawn Friday night. At around 8:50 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a scene of a large fight involving about 15 people in the parking lot of Oak Lawn Community High School, police said in a statement. In the aftermath, police discovered one minor with three...
Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 12:42:04 PM
An Indiana man is accused of choking his girlfriend, setting her apartment on fire and scalding her son with hot water earlier this month in northwest Indiana. Frank Oliver, 63, faces multiple felony charges including aggravated battery, arson and strangulation, according to court documents filed Thursday in the Superior Court of Lake County. East Chicago officers were dispatched Feb. 2...
Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 09:11:09 AM
Child pornography and sexual assault charges have been filed against a man arrested after barricading himself inside a bathroom with a knife Friday in northwest suburban Crystal Lake. Matthew Reder, 24, of McHenry, is charged with two felony counts each of predatory criminal sexual assault, production of child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to a statement from Crystal...
Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 08:59:40 AM
One person was arrested after a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death Friday in West Town. The 23-year-old was arguing with another man, 30, about 11:23 p.m. in the 400 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago police said. The older man stabbed the younger man multiple times in the arm, neck and back. The younger man was taken to Stroger...
Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 02:14:59 AM
Author: Natalie Martinez
Witnesses on Friday afternoon recounted the terrifying moments an SUV plowed into three pedestrians in Chicago’s West Loop. The incident happened at around 4:30 p.m. near Randolph and Halsted streets. According to police, the driver of a black Hyundai Santa Fe was traveling southbound on Halsted when he tried to make a green light, swerved out of control and struck...
Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 01:51:20 AM
Author: Regina Waldroup
An 80-year-old man, who spent nearly 60 years in prison after being convicted of killing one of three women whose brutalized bodies were found at Starved Rock State Park in LaSalle County, arrived at a Chicago rehab center Friday in the hours following his release from prison. Chester Weger emerged from Pinckneyville Correctional Center Friday morning, still insisting he was innocent...
Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 01:26:35 AM
A 62-year-old man from Chicago faces a federal child pornography charge after allegedly paying a teen to send him sexually explicit videos of herself. High B. Fowler is charged with a count of production of child porn for soliciting sexually explicit images and video from a 16-year-old girl, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern Illinois District. In...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 10:43:56 PM
Three pedestrians were injured after an SUV hit them at a “high speed” Friday afternoon in Chicago’s West Loop, fire officials confirmed. The incident happened at around 4:30 p.m. near Randolph and Halsted streets. According to police, the driver of a black Hyundai Santa Fe was traveling southbound on Halsted when he tried to make a green light, swerved out-...
Created: Sat, Feb 22 2020 01:18:48 AM
Four nights of lane closures, along with 15-minute full expressway stops, are set for Saturday on the Jane Byrne Interchange. New ramp beams will be installed at the interchange as part of the ongoing Byrne reconstruction. At 10 p.m. Saturday, inbound lanes of the Kennedy Expressway will be reduced to one lane between Chicago Avenue and Harrison Street, and again...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 09:47:40 PM
Author: Katy Smyser
NBC 5 Investigates has found that with the recent increase of car hijackings in January and February of 2020 Chicago is on pace to see 750-800 carjackings this year – an increase from the past few years. We’ve created an interactive map, showing everywhere that people have been carjacked in Chicago between Jan. 1 and Feb. 20. NBC 5 Investigates...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 11:37:46 PM
Can ex-governor Rod Blagojevich vote? He can and he will. According to the Chicago Board of Elections, Blagojevich will in fact be eligible to vote in the city following his release from prison this week. Blagojevich had been unsure in earlier press conferences if he would be allowed to vote as an ex-con, but Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 07:25:20 PM
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich joined NBC 5 Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern for a live one-on-one interview Friday afternoon. Watch the full interview in the players below.
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 11:14:15 PM
A Chicago high school that last month fired two top leaders amid sexual misconduct investigations into the basketball teams has removed another staff member following an alleged altercation with a student. Jerryelyn Jones, an administrator-in-charge at Lincoln Park High School, sent parents a letter Thursday informing them about the removal of the temporary staffer. A CPS spokeswoman declined to answer...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 10:36:11 PM
The Chicago Police Department announced Friday it is reassembling a task force to combat an uptick in carjackings, which have increased 75% year-to-date. At a news conference Friday afternoon, First Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio said the department was faced with the same challenge in 2018, and responded by creating a multi-agency law enforcement task force comprised of local, state and...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 10:05:32 PM
Ravinia has released a sample of its 2020 lineup ahead of the popular music venue’s summer concert announcement. Among the major artists performing at the outdoor suburban Chicago venue are John Legend, Jesse & Joy, Andrew Bird, Calexico, Iron & Wine, Train, The Beach Boys and The Australian Pink Floyd Show. The artists are part of a series of summer...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 03:37:14 PM
An 80-year-old man who spent nearly 60 years in prison after being convicted of killing one of three suburban Chicago women whose brutalized bodies were found in a state park walked out of prison Friday. Chester Weger emerged from Pinckneyville Correctional Center much older than when he was sent to prison in 1961, but he was the same in one...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 08:08:46 PM
Author: Shelby Bremer
Illinois' primary Election Day falls on March 17, when voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots in several big races. Here are a few big contests to keep an eye on as results roll in —
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 07:55:50 PM
A northwestern Indiana couple allegedly drove two teenage boys off a roadway they were riding along with flags supporting President Donald Trump attached to their bicycles, police said Friday. Hobart police said Snapchat videos helped officers secure charges against Kyren Gregory Perry-Jones, 23, and Cailyn Marie Smith, 18, in connection with a July 22 incident. Police Capt. James Gonzales said...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 04:17:51 PM
For the burger lover who has everything, McDonald's created Quarter Pounder-scented candles, coming soon to the chain's online merchandise store.
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 06:52:42 PM
Chicago police SWAT team officers will start patrolling CTA trains to get a handle on rising mass transit violence, interim Police Supt. Charlie Beck announced Friday. Beck and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are expected to unveil a more extensive CTA security plan next week. The announcement comes after a recent wave of crime at CTA stations. On Thursday, a 23-year-old man...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 06:44:32 PM
Welcome to NBC 5’s Weekly Weather Chat! From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, meteorologist Paul Deanno will answer your questions about weather. Consider it like having your own personal meteorologist: Need weather guidance on an outdoor event, wedding or soccer game? Want to know about much snow or sunshine we’ll see in the Chicago area this weekend? Ask...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 04:22:36 AM
Author: Lisa Parker and Robin Green
Chicago rapper and songwriter Luke Gawne and his girlfriend, Erica Fumo, say they know firsthand how dangerous exposure to carbon monoxide can be, after a frightening close call at The Waldorf Astoria Chicago last November. The couple says they fell violently ill hours after checking into the 5-star hotel. “And I remember saying to her ‘my heart feels like it’s...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 03:47:38 PM
Author: Lisa Chavarria
Chicago police said Thursday that city officials will make a formal announcement in the coming days on law enforcement's response to high-profile cases of violence on Chicago Transit Authority trains and tunnels.
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 11:54:54 AM
Chicago police are investigating a carjacking and an attempted carjacking that happened within hours of each other late Thursday, just blocks apart in the city's River North neighborhood.
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 12:56:49 PM
Author: Kye Martin
Four CTA stations are closed Feb. 22 and 23, but first – a few notes on some closures announced by the Illinois Department of Transportation. IDOT says starting Monday, the Canfield off-ramp from the outbound Kennedy Expressway will close for improvements for about six months. This is in the area out near O’Hare International Airport where there is a major...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 03:18:43 PM
Calling all parrotheads. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band have announced plans to return to Chicago this summer as part of Jimmy Buffett’s Slack Tide Tour 2020. The show will take place at the United Center on July 18. It will mark the first time he has played at the venue. “We are thrilled to welcome Jimmy Buffett &...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 12:56:08 PM
The Illinois State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the state's most restrictive permanent rules that ban the use of locked seclusion rooms and prohibit schools from using prone restraint.
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 12:47:04 PM
Author: John O'Connor
Republicans on Thursday called it “shameful” that Gov. J.B. Pritzker is floating a budget plan that ties more than 40% of promised education funding to voter approval of his coveted tax-structure overhaul.
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 12:30:25 PM
Author: Jared Wyllys
Malik Monk scored 25 points, Miles Bridges added 22 and the Charlotte Hornets hung on to beat the cold-shooting Chicago Bulls 103-93 on Thursday night.
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 12:19:42 AM
Author: Michael Tarm
An ex-governor and ex-con, with strong speaking skills and good hair is seeking employment
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 03:49:37 AM
At least five people were hurt on Thursday when a vehicle crashed into an unmarked Chicago police squad car during a police pursuit, authorities said. According to police, officers were attempting to pull over a vehicle in the 1200 block of East 75th Street at approximately 8:40 p.m. when the vehicle attempted to flee the scene. Officers followed the vehicle....
Created: Thu, Feb 20 2020 11:59:44 PM
Chicago police are investigating a string of high-profile crimes across the city, with thieves hitting high-end retailers and stealing expensive vehicles in several neighborhoods in a matter of hours. In one of the robberies, several suspects in masks stormed into the Louis Vuitton store in the 900 block of North Michigan Avenue on Thursday morning. After telling store employees they...
Created: Thu, Feb 20 2020 09:34:01 PM
NOTE: Chicago police originally reported the suspect had been arrested in Oak Brook. The department subsequently corrected the record to indicate the suspect was arrested in Oak Park. A man has been charged in connection with the triple shooting on the CTA Monday that left a man dead and two others wounded. Torrez Cathery, 23, was arrested in west suburban...
Created: Thu, Feb 20 2020 10:01:01 PM
Five alleged thieves were arrested Thursday after running with merchandise from a Mag Mile H&M clothing store onto CTA Red Lines tracks, only to be met by officers were waiting at the next station. Officers were called to a theft about 11:30 a.m. in the 600 block of North Michigan Avenue and were told that several suspects ran to the...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 12:40:15 AM
Author: Chris Coffey
The ongoing coronavirus outbreak in China may have an impact on your upcoming prom or wedding day, according to experts. China manufacturers many of the bridal gowns and prom dresses sold in the United States. Production of the dresses has come to a standstill, due to the concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. “There’s no one there taking the orders, let...
Created: Thu, Feb 20 2020 09:57:44 PM
An ordinary day at the ballpark turned into a harrowing fight for survival for one Chicago Cubs fan last summer, and this week he reunited with the man who saved his life on that fateful day. During the Cubs’ Aug. 5 game against the Oakland A’s, John Ginino was sitting in the stands at the Friendly Confines when he suddenly...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 02:04:08 AM
A passenger in a vehicle that was the subject of a police chase in suburban Aurora Wednesday is facing attempted murder charges in connection with a shooting that led to the pursuit, officials announced Thursday evening. Police also said that the driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Erik Esparza of Aurora, was killed in the crash that occurred after police terminated...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 12:32:33 AM
A mother and her son have been charged with distributing marijuana, edibles and other drugs from their home in northwest Indiana. Angelos Lujano, 19 and Irene Botello, 35, each face felony charges of dealing controlled substances and drug possession, the Lake County sheriff’s office said in a statement. The sheriff’s office said an eight-month investigation led them to a home...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 12:22:31 AM
Two new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported at a senior home in north suburban Vernon Hills, bringing the total to five, including one previous fatal case. The cases of the severe respiratory disease were first reported to health officials Feb. 3 at Brookdale Senior Living, 145 N. Milwaukee Ave., according to the Lake County Health Department. A spokesperson...
Created: Fri, Feb 21 2020 12:05:28 AM
Author: Jack Thompson
Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria is not new to rebuilding situations
Created: Thu, Feb 20 2020 11:25:28 PM
Author: Brian M. Bergner Jr.
Jason Kipnis joined the Chicago Cubs this spring for a shot at the second base job
Created: Thu, Feb 20 2020 05:30:00 PM
A dog named Vinny is recovering, but is still “extremely underweight and frightened,” after he was found Monday abandoned in a trash bag on the side of the road in southwest suburban Willow Springs, authorities say. The pit bull was found “cold and severely dehydrated” in a double-bagged trash bag on Forest Avenue, just north of 87th Street in the...