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Bartlett police issue traffic advisory for July 7 parade

Bartlett police issue traffic advisory for July 7 parade

Bartlett police have issued a traffic advisory for the Bartlett Lions Club Independence Day Parade at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7 in the area of North Avenue and South Oak Avenue.

The parade will travel south on South Oak Avenue, South Main Street and South Bartlett Road, west on Stearns Road and finish at the Apple Orchard Golf Course at Stearns Road and Sycamore Drive.

The parade is scheduled to last approximately two hours. Bartlett police will provide traffic control assistance.

No vehicles will be allowed to access the parade route, including park district patrons trying to access the Bartlett Aquatic Center or Bartlett Community Center. All traffic will be diverted around the parade route during the event.

Published at Thu, 04 Jul 2019 20:06:45 +0000

Mad Magazine to Come off Newsstands, Largely End Publishing

Mad Magazine to Come off Newsstands, Largely End Publishing

Mad magazine, the satirical publication famous for asking, “What, me worry?” and its gap-toothed, big-eared mascot Alfred E. Neuman, is coming off newsstands and will largely stop publishing new content, its owner DC said in an email Wednesday night to NBC News.

DC said that after Issue 10, there will be no new content, except for end-of-year specials, which will be all new. Issue 8 of Mad magazine, which had been published every other month, went on sale June 12.

Starting with Issue 11, the magazine will feature best-of and other nostalgic content from its 67 years of publication, DC said. The magazine will still be sold in comic shops and mailed to subscribers.

DC did not explain the decision.

How to Keep Your Child Safe at a Petting Zoo

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Published at Thu, 04 Jul 2019 09:02:42 +0000

Smollett wants Chicago’s lawsuit moved to federal court

Smollett wants Chicago’s lawsuit moved to federal court

CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett wants the lawsuit that the city of Chicago filed against him moved from state court to federal court.

The motion filed Wednesday and released to the media by Smollett’s representatives comes after the city sued the actor in April for the cost of investigating his allegations that he was a victim of a racist and anti-gay attack in downtown Chicago.

Prosecutors dismissed charges against Smollett related to making a false report. However, the Police Department and city officials maintain Smollett orchestrated the January incident and they’re trying to recoup $130,000 the city spent on police overtime.

Smollett’s attorneys argue federal court is the proper venue for the case because the actor, who lived in Chicago while filming the TV show, “Empire,” is actually a California resident.

Published at Thu, 04 Jul 2019 01:04:00 +0000

Victor Caratini Joins Elite Club With Multi-Homer Game

Victor Caratini Joins Elite Club With Multi-Homer Game

In a back-and-forth battle with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, Chicago Cubs catcher Victor Caratini joined a remarkable club with his big performance.

Caratini, who got the start behind the plate with Yu Darvish on the mound, hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the game, including a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning of the game.

That remarkable feat of switch-hitting is one thing, but according to NBC Sports Chicago’s resident historian Christopher Kamka, it’s actually a rare feat in the history of the Cubs.

According to Kamka, Caratini is just the sixth Cub in team history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game. The last Cubs player to accomplish the feat was infielder Ian Happ, who did it in May of 2018.

Augie Galan, Ellis Burton, Mark Bellhorn, and Dioner Navarro have also gone deep batting both left-and-right handed in the same game for the Cubs, with Bellhorn and Burton each accomplishing the feat twice in their careers.

Perhaps making the accomplishment even more remarkable, Caratini missed time earlier this season after breaking his left hamate bone. Fans will remember that Caratini broke the bone during an at-bat and then later doubled into the gap in that same at-bat.

Published at Thu, 04 Jul 2019 01:51:18 +0000

Chicago boosts police presence to tamp down July 4 violence

Chicago boosts police presence to tamp down July 4 violence

CHICAGO — Chicago’s police department is following a familiar playbook for the July 4 holiday, which is typically one of the most violent weekends of the year, by flooding the city with officers and arresting dozens of people on guns and weapons charges.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office announced Wednesday that an extra 1,500 officers will hit the streets, parks and lakefront.

The department says officers made 77 arrests Tuesday on guns and weapons charges in a one-day sweep called “Operation Independence.”

Similar police operations in recent years have resulted in the seizure of illegal guns and narcotics, and have kept known gang members locked up during the long holiday weekend.

Published at Wed, 03 Jul 2019 16:53:00 +0000

Chicago Police union: Cops have ‘deep mistrust’ for State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

Chicago Police union: Cops have ‘deep mistrust’ for State’s Attorney Kim Foxx

The union representing Chicago police officers wants a special prosecutor to replace Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in any case where a cop is the victim of a crime or has been accused of misconduct.

Citing a “deep mistrust” of Foxx’s office in a letter dated Monday, the Fraternal Order of Police leaders note that special prosecutors have been appointed to replace Foxx in two recent cases — an apparent reference to a judge’s order appointing a special prosecutor to reinvestigate the criminal case against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and Foxx’s decision to recuse herself from the prosecution of activist Jedidiah Brown after officer filed a petition claiming Brown battered them at a demonstration.

“A deep mistrust now exists between your office and ours. We no longer believe that your office will treat our members fairly either in the arrests they make or when they are victims of crimes,” reads the letter, signed by FOP President Kevin Graham, Vice Presidents Pat Murray and Martin Preib, and Legal Defense Co-Chair Robert Bartlett.

“We are therefore demanding that all cases in which our members are the victims of crimes or accused of misconduct be turned over to a special prosecutor. This is the only way we can guarantee fair treatment to our members.”

Foxx’s spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Published at Tue, 02 Jul 2019 22:03:56 +0000

Kardashian to Change Clothing Line Name After Criticism

Kardashian to Change Clothing Line Name After Criticism

After days of backlash across social media, Kim Kardashian West announced she plans to change the name of her upcoming shapewear line Kimono Solutionwear.

The line, which will come in a range of sizes and colors she showed off on Instagram, had been slammed with objections to what some had claimed an inappropriate take on centuries-old kimono clothing.

On Monday, Kardashian West said she was aware of the complaints and would be changing the name of the clothing line accordingly.

“Being an entrepreneur and my own boss has been one of the most rewarding challenges I’ve been blessed with in my life. What’s made it possible for me after all of these years has been the direct line of communication with my fans and the public. I am always listening, learning and growing – I so appreciate the passion and varied perspectives that people bring to me, ” she wrote. “

“When I announced the name of my shapewear line, I did so with the best intentions in mind. My brands and products are built with inclusivity and diversity at their core and after careful thought and consideration, I will be launching my Solutionwear brand under a new name. I will be in touch soon. Thank you for your understanding and support always,” she wrote.

Published at Mon, 01 Jul 2019 16:38:30 +0000

Chicago sees drop in violent crime in first 6 months of 2019

Chicago sees drop in violent crime in first 6 months of 2019

CHICAGO — Chicago Police city was less violent in the first six months of 2019 than during the same period each of the previous three years.

On Monday, the department said there have been 236 homicides so far this year. That’s 21 fewer than the same period last year and 97 fewer than the first six months of 2017. The number of shooting incidents fell below the 1,000 mark for the first time for the period in the last four years. The department also says the numbers of robberies and burglaries are the lowest they’ve been in two decades.

Chicago still records far more homicides than New York or Los Angeles, but the department hopes that the hiring of 1,000 new officers in recent years and the expansion of high-tech crime fighting tools such as gunshot detection technology will bring down the numbers more.

Published at Mon, 01 Jul 2019 16:28:00 +0000

Bartlett issues July 4 fireworks traffic advisory

Bartlett issues July 4 fireworks traffic advisory

Bartlett police have issued a traffic advisory for the Bartlett Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza on Thursday, July 4, at Apple Orchard Park near the intersection of South Bartlett and Stearns roads.

The fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. and finish about 10 p.m. Drivers near Apple Orchard Park will experience heavy travel congestion and increased travel times.

Vehicles exiting onto South Bartlett Road north of Stearns Road will be directed north toward Devon Avenue. Vehicles exiting onto South Bartlett Road south of Stearns Road will be directed south toward Schick Road.

Vehicles exiting onto Stearns Road west of South Bartlett Road will be directed west toward Route 59. Those exiting onto Stearns Road east of South Bartlett Road will be directed east toward County Farm Road.

Temporary no-parking signs will be posted on residential streets near Apple Orchard Park.

Published at Mon, 01 Jul 2019 13:47:29 +0000