UPDATE: Mom sues Metra after son fatally struck by train in Chicago

UPDATE: Mom sues Metra after son fatally struck by train in Chicago

(CHICAGO) The mother of a 17-year-old boy who was fatally struck by a Metra Electic District train filed a lawsuit Friday against the agency claiming negligence and wrongful death. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court by the boy’s mother, Felicia Roberts, named Metra, Metra Electric District and the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation…

Farm Bureau Not Happy With Trans-Pacific Partnership Withdrawal

Farm Bureau Not Happy With Trans-Pacific Partnership Withdrawal

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM News (CHICAGO)  The Illinois Farm Bureau isn’t happy with President Donald Trump backing out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr. said in a statement Monday that Illinois agriculture depends on free trade agreements to sell products. He says 46 percent of Illinois exports go to Trans-Pacific countries…

Rockford, Racine listed among most affordable housing markets

Rockford, Racine listed among most affordable housing markets

By Kate Springer They may be in opposite corners of the globe, but Hong Kong, Sydney and Vancouver have one thing in common. They’re the top three most unaffordable housing markets in the world, according to the 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey: 2017, published today. The Demographia report scores housing markets using the…

National School Choice Week Begins

National School Choice Week Begins

  By Nick Gale, WLS-AM News (CHICAGO)  National School Choice Week begins today in Chicago and across the country. There are 723 events planned in the greater Chicago, Evanston, Gary, and Valparaiso area to raise awareness about K-12 school choice, and 22,392 events nationwide. The events in the Chicago area include everything from information sessions and…

Shedd Aquarium to close two days this week before free days

Shedd Aquarium to close two days this week before free days

(CHICAGO) The Shedd Aquarium will be closed two days this week for maintenance and training before offering free admission the rest of the month for Illinois residents. The aquarium will be closed Wednesday and Thursday for routine maintenance and cleaning, according to a statement. During those days, the Shedd will introduce more than 200 staff members…

Park City man finds old lotto ticket worth $50K

Park City man finds old lotto ticket worth $50K

Cesar Pineda | Illinois Lottery(PARK CITY) A north suburban man checked an old lottery ticket at a gas station to discover he won $50,000 in November. Cesar Pineda of Park City matched four numbers plus the Powerball in the Nov. 19 drawing, according to a statement from the Illinois Lottery. The winning numbers were 16…

Rauner extends tax incentive program

Rauner extends tax incentive program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a temporary extension of a corporate tax incentive program which has been criticized as expensive and too favorable to large businesses. The Republican’s action on Friday extends through April the EDGE program — for Economic Development for a Growing Economy. Rauner supports replacing EDGE with…

Chicago March canceled, rally goes on but many still fill streets

Chicago March canceled, rally goes on but many still fill streets

(CHICAGO) Late Saturday morning, it appeared as though the Women’s March on Chicago might have been too successful. Organizers had planned for as many 60,000 people to flock to Grant Park for a rally to demand equal treatment of women and to preserve their access to healthcare. Then, according to the plan, they would march…

WEATHER: Cloudy, cooler, maybe a stray shower

WEATHER: Cloudy, cooler, maybe a stray shower

By Todd Borek, Weather Channel Meteorologist (CHICAGO) After a springlike start to the weekend, cooler conditions return today. Sunday|Early dense fog. Cloudy with a slight chance for a stray shower late. High 43F. Winds NNE at 10 to 20 mph. Sunday night|Cloudy skies. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 36F. Winds N at 10…

Saturday’s ‘rare’ warm weather comes close, but misses record

Saturday’s ‘rare’ warm weather comes close, but misses record

National Weather Service  (CHICAGO) On Saturday, Chicago got a welcome, if rare, warm January day in a month normally associated with bitter cold. Temperatures hit 59 degrees at O’Hare International Airport, missing a record of 62 degrees set on Jan. 21, 1908, according to Gino Izzi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville. The last time Chicago…

Pet rats in Illinois, Wisconsin linked to Seoul virus outbreak, CDC says

Pet rats in Illinois, Wisconsin linked to Seoul virus outbreak, CDC says

By Susan Scutti   The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Friday that pet rats are the source of an outbreak of Seoul virus infections in Illinois and Wisconsin. The virus has been confirmed in eight patients in an ongoing investigation. The recent cases are “the first human cases we’ve seen in the…

The Latest: Lawyer for El Chapo: No evidence of wrongdoing

The Latest: Lawyer for El Chapo: No evidence of wrongdoing

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. lawyer for Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman says he hasn’t seen any evidence that indicates Guzman has “done anything wrong.” Attorney Michael Schneider said Friday that Guzman and his lawyers look forward to addressing the drug-trafficking and other allegations against him in court. Schneider also suggests they’re…

UPDATE: 16 arrested in anti-Trump protests in Chicago Loop

UPDATE: 16 arrested in anti-Trump protests in Chicago Loop

(CHICAGO) As Donald Trump took his seat in the Oval Office on Friday, protesters filled Daley Plaza to protest the start of the Trump administration. At least 16 people were arrested in the wake of the Friday’s “Resist Rally,” organized by the “Chicago Movement For The 99%,” and other events, according to Chicago Police. That…