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Skokie Police Lip Sync Challenge Raises The Bar

The Skokie Police Department Saturday night joined a long list of law enforcement agencies around the country to take part in the #LipSyncChallenge.

The latest social media trend to make the rounds calls on police departments to sing along to their favorite hits. In Skokie’s case, some officers took their talents to the next level.

Skokie police posted their version of the challenge Saturday evening, kicking things off with an elaborate “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” skit that matched the popular 1990s show’s opening credits.

The five-minute video then moves into half a dozen officers singing Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and eventually plays 12 songs, including “Jump on It” by Sugarhill Gang Apache, Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” NSYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye,” and “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silentó.

Check out the full video:


Big John and Ramblin Ray are joined by Ann Tennes, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Village of Skokie, where she answers some questions on why the police department decided to do this and how they did it.

FBI: Bank Robber Suspects Arrested

By Jennifer Keiper, WLS-AM 890 News
(CHICAGO) Two men, who the FBI says, robbed a pair of north suburban banks last week have been arrested.  22-year old Jerrious Jackson of Mississippi faces bank robbery and attempted bank robbery charges.  20-year old Rei Quon Gaines of Evanston is charged with one federal count of bank robbery.
Authorities say, on November 21st, one man walked into the PNC bank branch on North Sheridan Road in Zion, grabbed crash from an unlocked teller drawer but then drop it when he tried to jump over the counter.  This, while the other man waited outside.  The two then ran off.
A couple of hours later, at a Fifth Third Bank Branch on Skokie Boulevard in Northbrook, a man got away with almost 3-thousand dollars.
The two men are also charged with robbing a Credit Union in Texas, earlier this month.
Feds say, after the robberies, Jackson made his Facebook profile picture a shot of someone holding up a fan of cash in front of his face and his Messenger app referenced the Northbrook robbery.

UPDATE: Yellow Line suspended Monday morning for track problem

(SKOKIE) A track problem has suspended service on the CTA’s Yellow Line Monday morning.

The issue was first reported about 10:15 p.m. Sunday. As of 5 a.m. Monday, service was still suspended, according to the CTA. There is no estimate for when trains will begin running again.

Shuttles buses are providing connecting service through the affected area.

The No. 97 Skokie bus is also a good alternative to the Yellow Line, according to the transit agency.

“We are working to restore service as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding,” the CTA said in a commuter alert.

Commuters are advised to allow extra travel time.

UPDATE: Man dies after falling off roof of 7-story Skokie building

(SKOKIE) A man died after he fell from a roof Monday morning in north suburban Skokie.

The man, 68-year-old Robert M. Leburkien, was working on the roof of an apartment building at 5120 Galitz St. when he fell about 11:15 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office and a statement from Skokie police. The building is seven stories tall.

He suffered severe injuries and was unresponsive when authorities arrived, police said.

Leburkien, of the 200 block of North Forest Avenue in Mount Prospect, was taken to Skokie Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:47 a.m., according to police and the medical examiner’s office.

The incident remains under investigation.

A man died after he fell from the roof of an apartment building at 5120 Galitz St. in Skokie. | Network Video Productions
A worker died Monday morning after he fell from the roof of an apartment building in Skokie. | Network Video Productions

Police: Man tried pulling 13-year-old girl into his SUV in Skokie

(SKOKIE) Police in north suburban Skokie are looking for a man who allegedly tried grabbing a 13-year-old girl leaving school Tuesday afternoon.

The girl was leaving Old Orchard Junior High School and was walking toward Niles North High School at 3:20 p.m., Skokie police said in a statement. A man, thought to be in his 30s, pulled up to a parking lot at 4831 Golf Road in a small blue SUV and got out of the vehicle, police said.

He then approached the girl and asked for directions to a nearby restaurant before pulling her toward the SUV, police said. The girl reached into her backpack and pulled out a few metal padlocks on a string and hit the man in his jaw, police said.

The girl told police the man has an accent and is missing two fingers from his right hand. He is described to be of a heavy build and stands between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-9, police said. He has black hair and was wearing a two-toned blue jacket, blue jeans and brown boots.

Anyone with information can call Skokie police at (847) 982-5900. People can also call the 24-hour crime tip hotline at (847) 933-8477

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