Month: August 2021

Police Release Photos of Van Wanted in Hit-and-Run That Killed 70-Year-Old Woman on West Side

Police have released photos of a van wanted in a hit-and-run that killed a 70-year-old woman Thursday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. The black 2007 GMC Savana 1500 cargo van hit the woman around 3:50 p.m. at Fulton Boulevard and Central Park Avenue, Chicago police said. The driver briefly left the van but got …

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Lyons Police Searching for Bodies After Brothers in ‘Deplorable’ Home Say Mom, Sister Buried in Yard

In an unexpected series of events, police say they’ve called in excavation equipment to dig for bodies after a call from the water department led to a well-being check that turned into a possible homicide investigation in Lyons. Authorities said they were initially called to the home after the water department noted that water had …

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Coronavirus in Illinois: 25,636 New COVID Cases, 176 Deaths, 168K Vaccinations in the Past Week

Illinois health officials on Friday reported 25,636 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, along with 176 additional deaths and over 168,000 new vaccine doses administered as the state continues to see a surge fueled by the delta variant. In all, 1,508,005 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state since the pandemic began, …

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$1M Illinois Vaccine Lottery Winners Chosen in Final Drawing

Two winners were chosen this week during the grand finale $1 million drawing of Illinois’ COVID vaccine lottery. The winners, located in Bloomington and Rolling Meadows, will be notified by the Illinois Department of Public Health by phone or email. Each will be awarded a $1 million cash prize. In addition, 17 winners were chosen …

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Illinois State Police Deploy Cameras To Combat Expressway Shootings

With expressway shootings in the Chicago area at an all-time high, the Illinois State Police have begun installing hundreds of plate-reading cameras on roadways throughout the Chicago area. The deployment process is expected to take about a year, and will include 300 of the devices, at a cost of $12.5 million. “It’s an HD quality …

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Illinois Coronavirus Updates: New Mask Mandate, Vaccine Requirements, COVID Metrics

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has once again announced a mask mandate for Illinois on Thursday, citing that the state is “running out of time as our hospitals run out of beds.” Meanwhile, the state continues to cope with its biggest surge in COVID cases since last fall. Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus …

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NBC 5 Meteorologist Andy Avalos Gives Final Forecasts, Retires After 33 Years

After 33 years of forecasting weather in Chicago, NBC 5’s beloved meteorologist Andy Avalos is retiring. From snow storms to tornadoes to floods to dangerous winds to scorching heat waves and droughts, Avalos has covered it all. “I have been absolutely blessed with a wonderful career that has spanned nearly 40 years in radio and …

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Evacuation Flights Resume at Kabul Airport After Pair of Deadly Bombings

Evacuation flights from Afghanistan resumed with new urgency on Friday, a day after two suicide bombings targeted the thousands of desperate people fleeing the Taliban takeover. The U.S. says further attempted attacks are expected ahead of the Tuesday deadline for foreign troops to leave, ending America’s longest war. Kabul residents said several flights took off …

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Texas GOP Advances Voting Bill After Democrats’ 38-Day Walkout Ends

Texas Republicans advanced new voting restrictions Thursday night after months of protests by Democrats, who after returning from a 38-day walkout are now all but out of ways to stop a bill that includes a ban on drive-thru voting and would empower poll watchers. The nearly 50-page bill passed the Texas House on a 79-37 …

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Lyons Police Investigating After Brothers Reveal Mother, Sister Were Buried in Yard

The Lyons Police Department opened a homicide investigation Thursday after responding to a well-being check at a home where two brothers informed officers that the bodies of their mother and sister were buried in their backyard, according to authorities. Police officers were called to the 3900 block of Center Avenue for a well-being check and …

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