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Burglar steals ashes of baby from Elmhurst house

Burglar steals ashes of baby from Elmhurst house

A burglar stole cremated remains and collector coins from a house on the 200 block of Melrose in Elmhurst, authorities said Wednesday.

Police said they believe the intruder broke a side window to gain entry to the home between 8 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. Tuesday.


Officers were called at 3:43 p.m.

The LaDeur family told ABC 7 the cremated remains that were stolen were of their son Billy, who died when he was just 10 days old.

“His ashes and the small memorial, that’s all we have,” said Sue LaDeur.

Police said they are reviewing neighborhood videos and ask that anyone with information call investigators at (630) 530-3050.

Published at Thu, 12 Dec 2019 04:27:55 +0000

Chance the Rapper lends hit ‘I Love You So Much’ to new video game — designed by CPS students

Chance the Rapper lends hit ‘I Love You So Much’ to new video game — designed by CPS students

Thanks to Chance the Rapper, there’s a new game in town.

On Monday, the Grammy-winning South Side native announced that “I Love You So Much,” his hit collaboration with DJ Khaled, is getting an official video game made by a group of Chicago Public School students. It’s reportedly the first time a platinum artist has ever attached an online game to a single instead of the traditional music video treatment.


“I’m so proud of Chicago Public School students — for their creativity, their work in learning to code and the community that made this happen,” said Chance, via a prerecorded message broadcast during a launch party event held Monday morning at the South Shore Cultural Center. The party was attended by 400 CPS students from seven South Side elementary and junior high schools who worked on the game.

The video game, called SuperMe, is actually a stitched-together version of pieces of games coded by students in a special hands-on coding workshop using a platform called Scratch, a free block-based coding platform for kids.

In SuperMe, you choose your hero (all CPS student self-portraits) and fly through Chicago’s cityscape — collecting as many hearts as you can in 30 seconds.

SuperMe can be played for free on Google’s Computer Science Education Week website.

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Published at Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:07:08 +0000

2 men die after shoot-out as 1 walked with son in Chicago

2 men die after shoot-out as 1 walked with son in Chicago

CHICAGO — Two men died after shooting one another in Chicago, as one of them was taking his son to school Monday morning, authorities said.

Police said a man, 31, was shot several times in the chest and torso on the city’s south side while walking with his son, who was unhurt and ran to get help. The man returned fire, striking the other man, 24, in both legs.


Both were later pronounced dead at hospitals. Investigators have not said what led to the shootings.

The boy’s elementary school was about two blocks away from the scene of the shootings, authorities said.

Published at Mon, 09 Dec 2019 21:03:00 +0000

Two men die after shootout as one walked with toddler

Two men die after shootout as one walked with toddler

Two men shot and killed each other Monday morning after one of them ambushed the other while he was with his 18-month-old son in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the South Side.

Alton D. Ellis, 31, was with his toddler about 8:40 a.m. on the 6200 block of South Mozart Street when another man approached him on foot and fired shots, Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.


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Published at Tue, 10 Dec 2019 02:19:49 +0000

Rapper Juice WRLD dies after medical emergency in Chicago

Rapper Juice WRLD dies after medical emergency in Chicago

CHICAGO — Rapper Juice WRLD, who launched his career on SoundCloud before becoming a streaming juggernaut and rose to the top of the charts with the Sting-sampled hit ‘œLucid Dreams,’� died early Sunday after a ‘œmedical emergency’� at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

The rapper, whose legal name was Jarad A. Higgins, was 21. Authorities have not released details about his cause of death.


He was pronounced dead at a hospital around 3:15 a.m. and taken to the Cook County medical examiner’s office several hours later, according to office spokeswoman Natalia Derevyanny, who said an autopsy would take place Monday.

Chicago police launched a death investigation after a 21-year-old male experiencing a ‘œmedical emergency’� was transported from Midway to an area hospital. Police said there were no signs of foul play and those aboard the aircraft were cooperating with authorities. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said the man experienced cardiac arrest and was taken to a hospital from a hangar operated by Atlantic Aviation at Midway, away from the main terminal, where private planes land. Atlantic didn’t return a message Sunday.

The rapper, who was named top new artist at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards in May, lived in the Chicago suburb of Homewood where he stood out as a musician early on.

Juice WRLD turned 21 only days earlier. He was only two years out of high school.

Like a good number of young hip-hop performers, Juice WRLD blended rapping and singing on his songs, sometimes mumbling words and focusing more on melody. His hit ‘œLucid Dreams,’� which heavily samples Sting’s 1993 song ‘œShape of My Heart,’� was a six-times platinum success and reached No. 2 on the all-genre Hot 100 chart. It reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts.


‘œI was very impressed by what he put on top of (my version),’� Sting told The Associated Press this year. ‘œIt’s a really good song.’�

Juice WRLD got his start on the music sharing platform SoundCloud before signing to a record label and finding major success on streaming services. His major-label debut album, ‘œGoodbye & Good Riddance,’� was a platinum success. It featured the hit ‘œAll Girls Are the Same,’� which gained platinum status, alongside seven more platinum hits including ‘œArmed & Dangerous,’� ‘œRobbery,’� ‘œFine China’� and ‘œLegends,’� which features the lyrics: ‘œWhat’s the 27 Club?/We ain’t making it past 21.’�

He’s had 10 songs reach gold status and also had success with 2018’s ‘œWrld on Drugs,’� a collaborative album with rapper-singer-producer Future.

His second album, ‘œDeath Race for Love,’� debuted on top of the Billboard charts this year and his most recent single, ‘œBandit’� with YoungBoy Never Broke Again, reached the Top 10 of the pop charts in October.

Juice WRLD graduated in 2017 from Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School outside Chicago, where he gained a reputation as a talented musician among the nearly 3,000 students. School officials said Sunday that they would offer counseling services for students affected by his death.

‘œHe is remembered by his teachers and staff as being a brilliant and creative student. Jared was extraordinarily talented in music and played many instruments,’� said school spokeswoman Jodi Bryant. ‘œHe was a caring and outgoing person who always tried to reach out to others while at the same time he was introspective and had a great sense of humor.’�


Fekadu reported from New York.

Published at Sun, 08 Dec 2019 23:37:00 +0000

Blackhawks Place Andrew Shaw on Long-Term Injured Reserve

Blackhawks Place Andrew Shaw on Long-Term Injured Reserve

The Chicago Blackhawks have placed forward Andrew Shaw on long-term injured reserve as the team called up additional players from Rockford. 

The move was made retroactively, with Shaw’s spot dated back to Nov. 30, according to the team. 

While it remains unclear how long Shaw will be out, the designation requires he miss a minimum of 10 games. 

Shaw has been out since he suffered a concussion in a game against the Avalanche in November.

The team also called up defenseman Adam Boqvist, who has skated in six games with the team this season, and forward Matthew Highmore, who has skated in two games, from the Rockford Icehogs. 

Published at Mon, 09 Dec 2019 16:10:26 +0000

Chicago Cubs facing federal review over Wrigley Field access

Chicago Cubs facing federal review over Wrigley Field access

CHICAGO — Federal officials are investigating whether the Chicago Cubs’ ongoing $1 billion renovation of Wrigley Field provides adequate wheelchair access.

The Cubs have filed a notice of the review in Chicago federal court where the team is defending itself against a lawsuit filed by a wheelchair user who alleges the stadium’s seating doesn’t meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and is actually worse than before the renovation.


The Chicago Tribune reports that a team attorney wrote in a letter to the judge that the Cubs believe the renovation has ‘œsignificantly increased’� accessibility in the 105-year-old stadium, but that the team is halting plans to install more accessible seating before the 2020 season, calling it prudent to wait for federal officials to conduct the review.

Justice Department spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick confirmed that the compliance review was taking place but declined to discuss it further.

Work began in 2014 and is nearly complete on the Wrigley Field renovation, which includes a bleachers expansion, outfield video boards and an expanded grandstand concourse.

Chicago attorney David A. Cerda sued the team on behalf of his 22-year-old son, a lifelong Cubs fan who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair. The lawsuit claims that the renovated stadium has too few wheelchair-accessible seats and that those it does have aren’t dispersed properly.

Published at Sun, 08 Dec 2019 13:24:48 +0000

How to Protect Yourself From Online Shopping Scams This Holiday Season

How to Protect Yourself From Online Shopping Scams This Holiday Season

Online shoppers, beware.

Scammers could be going after your money this holiday season as you try to take advantage of online deals.

According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, scammers stole $184 million from people online during last year’s holiday shopping season.

“The criminals are getting smarter,” Professor Ahmad Banafa, a cybersecurity expert at San Jose State University, said.

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Banafa says online shopping scams come in different forms, but some of the most popular ones are fake websites and phishing emails that may look like they belong to a legitimate company but are actually tricks designed to have online shoppers hand over their personal information to scammers.

“Number one is don’t click on any links in the email or open any attachments from retailers,” Banafa said. “Retailers will never send you an attachment.”

And if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

People who decide to shop in store are advised by Banafa to not leave electronics in their car while they shop, even if the car is locked and the devices are hidden. Thieves can use a smartphone app and bluetooth to find those devices and break into cars to steal them.

“When you’re passing by a car, you will know there’s a device there that’s emitting these kinds of signals,” Banafa said.

Published at Fri, 29 Nov 2019 17:26:32 +0000

Woman seriously injured in hit-and-run in Zion, police say

Woman seriously injured in hit-and-run in Zion, police say

ZION, Ill. (WLS) — A woman was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash in a northern suburb Saturday.

The accident occurred in Zion near the 2200 block of Elisha Avenue.

Police said the car involved was a gray sedan with a Wisconsin license plate.

Officers said anyone with information should call Zion police.

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Published at Sun, 08 Dec 2019 05:48:31 +0000