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Teen fatally shot, cop shoots himself in foot on Near North Side

A 16-year-old boy died after a Near North Side shooting, during which a responding officer was wounded when he accidentally shot himself, Chicago Police said.


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Chicago Scots gather to await results of independence vote


Chicago Scots gathered Thursday at the Duke of Perth, a Scottish watering hole on the North Side, to await the final vote of a referendum that could result in Scotland becoming an independent nation.

Firefighter recounts harrowing aftermath of hurricane in Mexico


Hoffman Estates firefighter Daniel Pearson found himself barricaded in the hallway of a Mexican hotel with no food or water, no cellphone service or electricity. For more than three days, Pearson and a group of 47 others, including 15 other firefighters were trapped in a hurricane-ravaged resort in Cabo San Lucas.

Karen Lewis on CTU and mayoral run: ‘Yes, I can do both jobs’


Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said on Thursday she doesn’t see a problem with staying put in her high-profile position with labor should she decide to run for mayor. “People act like I’m the only one in this office and that I do all these different things. We have a bargaining team of 75 people.”

CTU report: Layoff of 468 custodians will add to filth at schools

“The $260 million CPS is contracted to pay Aramark is apparently not going to be used to staff sufficient numbers of school custodians,” the report said. “Some of that $260 million will be wasted on the purchase of Zamboni machines that cannot move from floor to floor in schools without sufficiently sized elevators.”

2 elderly Chicago women die from West Nile virus

One was in her 70s and the other was in her 80s. They were the first fatalities from the virus this season, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Amid controversy, Emanuel drops plan to name school after Obama


Determined to resurrect his plummeting support among African-American voters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dropping plans to name a new, $60 million selective enrollment high school on the Near North Side after his former boss, President Barack Obama.

Why Durbin voted yes on funding Syrian rebels: Sweet


WASHINGTON — On Oct. 11, 2002, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was one of only 23 senators to vote against the invasion of Iraq. That was a vote that has defined Durbin ever since. “. . . I remember my thinking on that October night 2002 that we should hold back, not get involved in Iraq. And I think I was right. I think history proved me right,” Durbin said. Durbin was explaining why he would be voting for a measure to train and equip Syrian forces to battle the Islamic State group.

Ald. Munoz: Democratic Party support for Emanuel in mayor’s race premature


Not all Democratic committeemen in Chicago are happy that the Cook County Democratic Party is helping Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election effort. “The Cook County Democratic Party’s Chicago contingent has not voted to endorse anybody yet, and the party cannot circulate until there is an official endorsement,” says Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd).

Drug dealer held accountable in Chicago cop’s murder, gets 35 years in prison


U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow found that it was “very likely” that Jason Austin gunned down Det. Robert Soto and Soto’s friend, Kathryn Romberg, in a case of mistaken identity in August 2008.

Ex-Daley deputy chief of staff gets probation for charity theft


Former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s deputy chief of staff was spared a prison term Thursday for stealing nearly $100,000 from a Chinatown charity.

Gene Lee — a 65-year-old Chinatown leader who for years was an aide to Daley — was instead sentenced to five years …

Federal judge says Joliet can acquire housing complex


Joliet on Thursday cleared a major legal hurdle in its effort to acquire and demolish the Evergreen Terrace apartments when a federal judge ruled in favor of the city in its lawsuit against the owners of the public housing complex.

Lawyers allege state Sen. Donne Trotter took $2,000 in FBI sting


Attorneys hinted that other Chicago politicians also were approached as part of a federal sting in 2009.

Tightwalk across the Chicago River is ‘real deal’


Fifty stories up on the roof of the Leo Burnett building, the city’s growl fades to a soft hum, Lake Michigan’s immensity reveals itself and the Marina City towers look a very, very long way away. No, it’s not the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls, but high-wire walker Nik Wallenda was quick to dismiss the notion Wednesday that his planned November walk across the Chicago River would be, well, a little anti-climactic after having tackled those two icons locations.

8-year-old boy shot in face in Auburn Gresham neighborhood

The boy suffered a graze wound to his face about 8:42 p.m. in the 7700 block of South Loomis. Police said two of his older male relatives were involved in a domestic dispute when the gun accidentally discharged.

16 suburban firefighters stranded in Mexico after hurricane


About 50 friends and relatives traveled to an oceanfront resort for the wedding of longtime Hoffman Estates firefighter Tom Mangiameli. Then Hurricane Odile made landfall on Sunday — and now the firefighters are the ones who need to be rescued.