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Chicago Invests $7 Billion to Fix Crumbling Infrastructure

Chicago Invests $7 Billion to Fix Crumbling Infrastructure

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Gridlock and dysfunction in Washington, coupled with the aftereffects of U.S. economic malaise, have spurred cities like Chicago to take matters into their own hands when it comes to rebuilding crumbling infrastruct…

Does Romney Have an Enthusiasm Problem in Chicago Suburbs?

Does Romney Have an Enthusiasm Problem in Chicago Suburbs?

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The fact that Mitt Romney is expected to win Illinois’ primary Tuesday night shouldn’t come as much of a shock.  Not only has he drastically outspent his main GOP rival Rick Santorum, but the demographic…

On Obama’s Home Turf, Santorum Says Illinois Primary Is Key

On Obama’s Home Turf, Santorum Says Illinois Primary Is Key

AFP/Getty Images(ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.) — In a suburb just outside Chicago, Rick Santorum urged a crowd of over a thousand voters to take Tuesday’s Illinois primary seriously, arguing that he is the only candidate who is capable of beating Bar…

Obamas’ Friday Fundraiser Frenzy: Six Events, $5.6 Million

Obamas’ Friday Fundraiser Frenzy: Six Events, $5.6 Million

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The first family will fly off for a frenzy of fundraisers on Friday, with first lady Michelle Obama landing in Minneapolis and President Obama in Chicago and Atlanta.The six events combined should net at least…

Rahm Emanuel Rips Romney Ahead of His Chicago Trip

Rahm Emanuel Rips Romney Ahead of His Chicago Trip

ABC News(CHICAGO) — Mitt Romney, in his bid to retake the momentum in the Republican primary from Rick Santorum with a win next week in Illinois, arrives in Chicago on Friday.  But the city’s mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm…

Rod Blagojevich Gets in the Last Word Before Heading to Prison

Rod Blagojevich Gets in the Last Word Before Heading to Prison

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — On the verge of spending the next 14 years of his life behind bars, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich told reporters on Wednesday that attempts to overturn his conviction on corruption charges were “not over.”Blago…

White House Moves G-8 Summit From Chicago to Camp David

White House Moves G-8 Summit From Chicago to Camp David

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In a surprising change of heart, the White House announced Monday afternoon that it was moving the site of the upcoming G-8 economic summit from the president’s hometown of Chicago to Camp David.The White House…

Disabled Teen Falls 46 Stories in Trash Chute to His Death

Disabled Teen Falls 46 Stories in Trash Chute to His Death

Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A 17-year-old boy with Down syndrome and autism fell to his death down a garbage chute Monday night in a high-rise Chicago apartment building. Police discovered the body of Charlie Manley inside the building’s tras…

Chicago School Nets $190,000 in Student Fines

Chicago School Nets $190,000 in Student Fines

Creatas/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Forget watching the clock, chewing gum, or slouching. At the Noble Network of Charter Schools’ 10 Chicago campuses students are on their best behavior– otherwise it will cost them.”Students tell us by and large they don’…

Chicago Doctor Sentenced for Killing Patients with Prescription Drugs

Chicago Doctor Sentenced for Killing Patients with Prescription Drugs

Hemera/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — A Chicago doctor was sentenced to four life sentences Tuesday in Ohio for killing patients with prescription drugs.From 2003 to 2005 federal prosecutors said there was no bigger dispenser of oxycodone than Paul Volkman,…

After Elevator Rescue, Man Stuck Again — With Rescuers

After Elevator Rescue, Man Stuck Again — With Rescuers

Hemera/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Chicago firefighters made a daring overnight rescue to free a man trapped for nearly four hours in a broken high-rise elevator.The man, who’s in his 20s, was on his way home just after 9 p.m. Sunday night when the elevator…

Dad Who Turned in Son for Filmed Beating Says Punishment Too Harsh

Dad Who Turned in Son for Filmed Beating Says Punishment Too Harsh

ABC News(CHICAGO) — A Chicago father who turned his teenage son over to the police after he was seen as part of a mob in a video beating and robbing a fellow 17-year-old believes that the legal system is treating his son too harshly.Michael Palomino, …

Colorado Man Arrested on Terror Charges

Colorado Man Arrested on Terror Charges

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Federal agents from the Denver and Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Forces have arrested an alleged Islamic radical Uzbek man living in Aurora, Colo., on charges of, “providing and attempting to provide material…

X-Ray Reveals Nail in Man’s Brain

X-Ray Reveals Nail in Man’s Brain

BananaStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Thirty-two-year-old Dante Autullo was working with a nail gun at his home in suburban Chicago when he misfired, causing a nail to go whizzing past his head, or so he thought. Mr. Autullo had actually just shot himself…

Winter Storm Expected in the Northeast

Winter Storm Expected in the Northeast

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A winter storm that started falling on Friday has caused many flights to be cancelled in the northeast and Midwest.Hundreds of flights were cancelled at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Friday due to the snow s…

Man Works for 24 Hours without Realizing He Had a Nail in His Brain

Man Works for 24 Hours without Realizing He Had a Nail in His Brain

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Thirty-two-year-old Dante Autullo was working with a nail gun at his home in suburban Chicago when he misfired, causing a nail to go whizzing past his head, or so he thought. Mr. Autullo had actually just shot himself i…

Rahm Emanuel Returns to Washington

Rahm Emanuel Returns to Washington

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Obama’s first chief of staff flew back to Washington this week, but he didn’t come to talk about politics.Rahm Emanuel, now the mayor of Chicago, spoke at the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday about his e…

Seven Teens Charged in Chicago Beating Posted on YouTube

Seven Teens Charged in Chicago Beating Posted on YouTube

Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A 15-year-old girl who videotaped a gang attack in a Chicago alley is one of seven teens charged in the assault of a 17-year-old boy that went viral after being posted on YouTube. “She lured the victim to that location a…

Winter Weather Advisory Issued in Several States

Winter Weather Advisory Issued in Several States

Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory to several states in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest for Saturday and Sunday.Washington, Oregon and Kentucky are among the states where cold temperatures an…

Winter Weather Advisory Issued in Several States

Winter Weather Advisory Issued in Several States

Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory to several states in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest for Saturday and Sunday.Washington, Oregon and Kentucky are among the states where cold temperatures an…

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