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Bob McGrath, Original ‘Sesame Street' Star and Ottawa Native, Dies at 90


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 08:41:57 PM

Author: Staff Reports

Bob McGrath, an Ottawa native who rose to fame as one of the first human stars on Sesame Street, has died at 90 years old, according to family.

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Friends, Neighbors Raise Money for Family of Buffalo Grove Murder Victims


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 05:30:05 PM

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Several days after multiple family members were found murdered inside a Buffalo Grove home, friends are opening about the people they knew and efforts to give the victims a proper funeral.

Read more: Friends, Neighbors Raise Money for Family of Buffalo Grove Murder Victims


Thieves Steal 3 Vehicles From North Side Auto Body Shop, Surveillance Video Shows


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 04:31:59 PM

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A Chicago business’ manager is speaking out after a brazen break-in at his auto body shop this weekend. The theft happened quickly and quietly Saturday afternoon at Cosmetic Auto on Northwest Highway in Norwood Park. “The whole thing takes about three minutes,” said manager Bill Senchuk. “They took two Grand Cherokees and a Range Rover.” The entire incident was captured...

Read more: Thieves Steal 3 Vehicles From North Side Auto Body Shop, Surveillance Video Shows


First Waukesha Christmas Parade Takes Place Since 2021 Tragedy


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 04:18:29 PM

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People from all across Wisconsin, and even other parts of the U.S., descended on the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha as the city brought back its Christmas parade for the first time since last year’s tragic attack that killed six people and injured dozens of others. The parade got underway late Sunday afternoon, with vehicle barriers put in place along the...

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Notre Dame Will Head to Gator Bowl for Showdown With South Carolina


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 03:21:27 PM

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish had some ups and downs under first-year head coach Marcus Freeman, and they will be rewarded with a bowl game berth against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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Illinois Gets Bowl Game Bid, Will Take On Mississippi State


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 03:01:22 PM

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The Illinois Fighting Illini will hope to win their first bowl game in more than a decade when they head to Florida for a January showdown against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

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Bears Observations: Justin Fields' Return Not Enough in 28-19 Loss Vs. Packers


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 02:58:00 PM

Author: Josh Schrock

The Bears jumped out to a 16-3 lead on the Packers on Sunday. But they crumbled in the second half, and Justin Fields couldn't deliver a game-winning drive to save them.

Read more: Bears Observations: Justin Fields' Return Not Enough in 28-19 Loss Vs. Packers


At Least 12 Hospitalized After Carbon Monoxide Leak at Chicago Church


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 12:47:24 PM

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At least 12 people were hospitalized after a carbon monoxide leak at a Chicago church on Sunday morning, officials say.

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Man Lied to Police About Shooting That Injured 3-Year-Old: Prosecutors


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 11:12:40 AM

Author: Mohammad Samra

A father is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly lied to police about a shooting that left his 3-year-old son wounded last week in Austin.

Read more: Man Lied to Police About Shooting That Injured 3-Year-Old: Prosecutors


5 Teens Shot Inside Suburban Zion Residence, Police Say


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 10:55:18 AM

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Authorities in suburban Zion say that at least five teens were shot inside of a residence early Sunday morning.

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Suspect Charged in Fatal Shooting Outside Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 10:07:40 AM

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A Chicago man has been charged with fatally shooting a 28-year-old man early Saturday outside Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

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Sunny, Pleasant Conditions Expected Across Chicago Area Sunday


Created: Sun, Dec 04 2022 09:18:51 AM

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Chicago residents can expect plenty of sunshine on Sunday, but changing weather patterns could mean plenty of cloud-cover for the foreseeable future.

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Man Dies After Being Shot Outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 08:29:45 PM

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A 28-year-old man died Saturday hours after he was shot in a disturbance outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to authorities. Police were initially called to the hospital’s emergency room entrance at approximately 2 a.m. for a large group involved in a disturbance, according to the Oak Lawn Police Department. As officers arrived, they heard a gunshot...

Read more: Man Dies After Being Shot Outside Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn


2 Shot Inside Chinese Restaurant in Chatham, Chicago Police Say


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 07:29:10 PM

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Two people were injured Saturday afternoon when a gunman opened fire inside a Chinese restaurant in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, authorities said. The shooting occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. at See Thru Chinese Kitchen, 610 E. 79th St., located in the Chatham Plaza. Police stated two people were inside the restaurant when an unknown offender entered, produced a gun and fired...

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb Out of Hospital After Pneumonia Treatment


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 06:26:38 PM

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has returned home after being hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia, his office said Saturday. The 54-year-old Holcomb was diagnosed with pneumonia after going to a doctor on Thursday believing he was ill with the flu, according to his press secretary, Erin Murphy. “Out of an abundance of caution he was admitted to the hospital and he’s...

Read more: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb Out of Hospital After Pneumonia Treatment


Here's Where You Can Cut Down a Christmas Tree in the Chicago Area


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 05:34:10 PM

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Those looking to spruce up the Christmas spirit can cut down their own tree at farms across the Chicago area. Timber lots have been harvesting all sorts of trees, from firs to pines, throughout the seasons to take part in the holiday tradition.

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Man Found Dead in Wooded Area Near Oswego Park, Police Say


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 04:33:18 PM

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An investigation is underway after a man was found dead in a wooded area in west suburban Oswego, authorities said Saturday. At approximately 11:29 a.m., officers with the Oswego Police Department were called to near Jaycee Park, 134 Sauguatuck Rd., for the report of an unresponsive subject. Officers found the body of an adult male in “dense brush” just south...

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2 Men Shot to Death in Auburn Gresham


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 03:41:40 PM

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Two men were killed in a shooting early Saturday in Auburn Gresham on the South Side.

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Masks Now Recommended in 12 Illinois Counties After Reaching ‘High' COVID Community Level


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 02:56:50 PM

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With cases increasing in Illinois as weather gets colder and residents return from holiday gatherings, 12 of the state's 102 counties have now reached a "high" community level, according to the CDC.

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Man Killed After Falling From Dan Ryan Overpass During 6-Vehicle Crash on South Side


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 01:30:21 PM

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A driver fell from an overpass and died during a six-vehicle crash early Saturday on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side.

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Woman Charged in Shooting That Wounded 12-Year-Old Girl in Calumet Heights


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 11:49:15 AM

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A South Chicago woman has been charged in a shooting last month that wounded a 12-year-old girl in Calumet Heights.

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11 American Cities Will Host World Cup Matches in 2026. Here's Why Chicago Isn't One of Them


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 11:15:53 AM

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The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be jointly hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico, and will be the first World Cup to feature 48 teams. The 2026 iteration of the World Cup will be the first time three countries hosted a tournament together.

Read more: 11 American Cities Will Host World Cup Matches in 2026. Here's Why Chicago Isn't One of Them


Indiana Woman Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison After 3-Year-Old Daughter Died From Fentanyl


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 09:51:25 AM

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A young Indiana woman was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison for the death of her 3-year-old daughter who ingested fentanyl.

Read more: Indiana Woman Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison After 3-Year-Old Daughter Died From Fentanyl


2 Dead, 1 Wounded in Drive-By Shooting in Austin


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 08:45:52 AM

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Two people were shot to death and another critically wounded in a drive-by shooting in Austin on the West Side.

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Chicago Forecast: Gusty Morning Leads Into Brisk, Mostly Sunny Day


Created: Sat, Dec 03 2022 08:21:08 AM

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After overnight hours that saw much of the Chicago area under a wind advisory that expires Saturday morning, below freezing temperatures and sunny skies are on the way to start off the weekend.

Read more: Chicago Forecast: Gusty Morning Leads Into Brisk, Mostly Sunny Day


Car Thieves Target Gold Coast Neighborhood Twice in 1 Week


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 09:47:26 PM

Author: Lexi Sutter

Security video captured two men stealing two vehicles from an attended parking lot near the corner of Maple and LaSalle streets in the Gold Coast neighborhood Thursday afternoon. The company manning the lot said the attendant was moving a parked car when the two men approached with a weapon, and then stole several sets of keys from the attendant’s booth....

Read more: Car Thieves Target Gold Coast Neighborhood Twice in 1 Week


Chicago Businesses, Customers Scammed by Imposter DoorDash Accounts


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 09:17:18 PM

Author: Vi Nguyen

Another Chicago eatery is sounding the alarm about fraud on DoorDash following complaints about a fake listing that tried to cheat customers.

Read more: Chicago Businesses, Customers Scammed by Imposter DoorDash Accounts


Nationwide Santa Shortage Has Some Saying ‘Bah Humbug'


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 08:28:47 PM

Author: Natalie Martinez

Skyrocketing demand for Santa and fewer little helpers could have Christmas looking a little different this year. With more-in person holiday parties and mall visits returning, Santa is being sought by many. But demand for Saint Nicholas is outpacing his availability. Despite good earning potential – up to $20,00 per season, according to CNBC, it seems fewer people want to...

Read more: Nationwide Santa Shortage Has Some Saying ‘Bah Humbug'


Canadian Pacific Holiday Train to Stop in Far Northwest Suburb Saturday


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 07:35:36 PM

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After visiting Bensenville Friday, the popular Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is heading to yet another Chicago suburb.  The colorfully decorated train, which features live music and and raises awareness and money for food banks across the CP network, will stop in the village of Pingree Grove early Saturday. It’ll arrive at approximately 8:45 a.m., just ahead of a 9 a.m....

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Feds Seek 5-Year Prison Sentence For Man Who Bought Gun Used to Kill CPD Officer Ella French


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 07:34:14 PM

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Federal prosecutors are seeking a stiff five-year prison sentence for the so-called straw purchaser of the gun used to kill Chicago Police Officer Ella French and seriously wound her partner — insisting that the man “shares blame for what happened to those officers.”

Read more: Feds Seek 5-Year Prison Sentence For Man Who Bought Gun Used to Kill CPD Officer Ella French


FDA Announces Monoclonal Antibody Not Authorized Due to Inability to Fight Omicron


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 06:55:53 PM

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A year after the omicron variant of COVID-19 began to upend the world and start a new stage of the pandemic, several new subvariants have originated from the variant, with reaction to treatment changing along with the subvariants.

Read more: FDA Announces Monoclonal Antibody Not Authorized Due to Inability to Fight Omicron


Chicago Police Warn of Recent String of Armed Robberies, Carjackings


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 06:09:21 PM

Author: Regina Waldroup

Chicago police have issued an alert about a string of robberies and carjackings on the North Side, some of which took place just minutes apart from each other.

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CTA Employee Charged With Stealing Over $350,000 From the Agency's Pension Fund


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 05:51:30 PM

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A CTA employee has been charged with stealing more than $350,000 from the agency’s retirement fund by creating fake beneficiary information.

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How Accurate Are COVID Tests? Here's What to Know About At-Home Virus Detection


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 05:28:42 PM

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If you are trying to figure out if you have COVID, you probably turn to taking an at-home COVID test. But how accurate are they?

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Flu Activity Now ‘Very High' in Both Illinois and Indiana, CDC Says


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 05:14:18 PM

Author: Staff Reports

As the weather gets colder, flu season is worsening, and both Illinois and Indiana are no exception. Influenza activity is considered to be “very high” in both states based on the most recent data from the week ending Nov. 26, according to a Weekly Influenza Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Activity was “low” in Illinois until...

Read more: Flu Activity Now ‘Very High' in Both Illinois and Indiana, CDC Says


Active Shooter Drill Locks Down Chicago's City Hall, Shuts Down Downtown Streets


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 04:45:51 PM

Author: Charlie Wojciechowski

To passersby it was a frightening scene in Chicago's Loop Friday morning.

Read more: Active Shooter Drill Locks Down Chicago's City Hall, Shuts Down Downtown Streets


Western Indiana Police Officer Fatally Shoots Knife-Wielding Man


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 04:32:44 PM

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Police say a western Indiana police officer investigating a domestic disturbance fatally shot a knife-wielding man who approached the officer after ignoring repeated commands to drop the weapon.

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‘An Honor': Coast Guard Ship Carrying 1,200 Christmas Trees Docks at Navy Pier


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 04:28:56 PM

Author: Jen DeSalvo

Chicago resident, Captain David Truitt, has been serving with the U.S. Coast Guard for 60 years. His entire life, he says, he worked on a rescue boat - the boat he captained. But it wasn't until the holiday season more than two decades ago that he started a tradition now known as Chicago's Christmas Ship.

Read more: ‘An Honor': Coast Guard Ship Carrying 1,200 Christmas Trees Docks at Navy Pier


Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb Admitted to the Hospital for Pneumonia


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 04:17:08 PM

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has been admitted to the hospital with pneumonia, according to a spokesperson. In a statement, Press Secretary Erin Murphy said Holcomb went to the doctor Thursday, thinking he had the flu, but was diagnosed with pneumonia. He was admitted to the hospital “out of an abundance of caution.” Holcomb is said to be “responding well” to...

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Man Accused of Stabbing Wife's Mother and Father Over Divorce at Crete Home: Sheriff


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 04:08:03 PM

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The individual accused of stabbing his father-in-law and mother-in-law Thursday in south suburban Crete may have been motivated by anger regarding his divorce with the couple's daughter, authorities revealed.

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Did You Miss This Google Settlement Email? You May Have Just Days to Meet a Deadline


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 04:02:13 PM

Author: Staff Report

If you filled out a claim for the class-action settlement involving Google in Illinois you may want to check your email.

Read more: Did You Miss This Google Settlement Email? You May Have Just Days to Meet a Deadline


What's the Most Popular Christmas Candy in Illinois? Survey Reveals State's Top 3 Picks


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 03:27:48 PM

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With the holidays coming up, a survey dished on the most popular Christmas candies across the U.S. So, what's the word in Illinois? Well, it's not the classic candy canes you may have had in mind.

Read more: What's the Most Popular Christmas Candy in Illinois? Survey Reveals State's Top 3 Picks


Judge in Delphi Case of 2 Slain Teen Girls Issues Gag Order


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 02:56:37 PM

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An Indiana judge imposed a gag order on Friday in the case of a man charged in the notorious slayings of two teenage girls.

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Part of Indiana Toll Road Remains Closed Hours After UPS Truck Catches Fire, Crashes Off Bridge


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 02:51:13 PM

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Interstate 90 in Northwest Indiana is closed in both directions after a semi-truck crashed off of bridge, plummeted into a river and caught fire, officials say.

Read more: Part of Indiana Toll Road Remains Closed Hours After UPS Truck Catches Fire, Crashes Off Bridge


20K New COVID Cases, 57 Deaths Reported in Last Week, Illinois Health Officials Say


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 02:28:47 PM

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The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 20,495 new COVID cases over the past week, as well as 57 additional deaths, as it warned of an increase in COVID and other respiratory viruses across the state.

Read more: 20K New COVID Cases, 57 Deaths Reported in Last Week, Illinois Health Officials Say


New CDC Data Shows 63 Illinois Counties At Elevated COVID Level; 12 Counties Reach ‘High'


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 02:17:30 PM

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Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the state of Illinois, with CDC data released Friday reflecting the increase.

Read more: New CDC Data Shows 63 Illinois Counties At Elevated COVID Level; 12 Counties Reach ‘High'


Bears' Justin Fields Healthy Enough to Play Against Packers


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 01:58:44 PM

Author: Alex Shapiro

Barring a setback to his shoulder injury, Justin Fields is healthy enough to play against the Packers in Week 13.

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‘It's a Wonderful Life' Returns to Theaters. Here's When and Where You Can Watch it in the Chicago Area


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 01:55:34 PM

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"It's a Wonderful Life" may be coming to a theatre near you. The 1946 holiday classic will roll on the big screens once again to celebrate its 75th anniversary at select cinemas across the country -- and the Chicago area is on the bill for showings.

Read more: ‘It's a Wonderful Life' Returns to Theaters. Here's When and Where You Can Watch it in the Chicago Area


Here's What to Know About Illinois' SAFE-T Act and the New Changes Coming


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 01:31:08 PM

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After the Illinois Senate and House voted to approve of some major changes to Illinois' SAFE-T Act Thursday, sending the proposed amendment to the controversial bill to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, many are wondering what's next and what this means?

Read more: Here's What to Know About Illinois' SAFE-T Act and the New Changes Coming


Where is the ‘Home Alone' House? A Look Inside the Iconic Suburban Chicago Movie Home


Created: Fri, Dec 02 2022 01:07:53 PM

Author: Staff Reports

It's one of the most iconic holiday movies homes, and it just happens to be in a Chicago suburb.

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