Crews Search Lagoon After Alligator Sighting Reported

Crews Search Lagoon After Alligator Sighting Reported

Crews were seen searching a Chicago lagoon after police said they received reports of a possible alligator in the water Tuesday. 

Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department was alerted to the potential sighting in the Humboldt Park lagoon Tuesday afternoon.

“Weve [sic] notified animal control but have not confirmed this is a legitimate call as of yet,” Guglielmi tweeted. 

Police were responding to the scene to “give general safety tips should this be a legitimate incident,” he added.

The Chicago Park District could not immediately be reached for comment on the matter. 

Published at Tue, 09 Jul 2019 20:26:13 +0000

Woman seeks new sentence for role in 1987 kidnapping

Woman seeks new sentence for role in 1987 kidnapping

KANKAKEE, Ill. — A judge says he will consider arguments made by lawyers for a woman sentenced to life in prison for aiding in the 1987 kidnapping and death of a northern Illinois businessman.

Attorneys for Nancy Rish say she should be re-sentenced under a recent change in Illinois law designed to benefit people who can show their crimes were related to being abused.

Rish’s lawyers say physical abuse and threats from onetime boyfriend Danny Edwards led her to unwittingly assist his kidnapping of Stephen Small and attempt to extort $1 million from Small’s family.

The 40-year-old Small, who was buried alive in a plywood box, suffocated when a breathing tube running to the surface failed before a ransom could be paid.

The Illinois attorney general’s office oppose the effort by the 57-year-old Rish. The office notes the abuse Rish cites is not new and is not likely to have changed her sentence.

Kankakee County Associate Judge Michael Sabol said Monday he would issue a ruling July 26.

Published at Tue, 09 Jul 2019 08:53:00 +0000

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Garth Brooks Kicking Off New Tour at Dive Bar in Chicago

Garth Brooks Kicking Off New Tour at Dive Bar in Chicago

Garth Brooks is kicking off his next tour at a dive bar in Chicago.

On Monday afternoon, Brooks announced on Twitter that he will be playing at Joe’s on Weed St. bar, located at 940 W. Weed St.

The country music star announced Sunday a summer “Dive Bar” tour, which will take place at dive bars in seven cities. Brooks recently debuted a new single with Blake Shelton called “Dive Bar.”

The tour kicks off July 15 in Chicago.

“Chicago, looking forward to this,” Brooks said in the announcement.

The remaining six cities in the tour weren’t immediately released. Brooks said the cities will be chosen by Seagrams7 Crown.

Published at Mon, 08 Jul 2019 23:02:56 +0000

New Doc on First Female Crew to Sail in Around World Race

New Doc on First Female Crew to Sail in Around World Race

“Maiden,” a documentary released on June 28, tells the story of Tracy Edwards navigating the male-dominated world of sailing, and in the process becoming a history-making athlete, role model and advocate for women’s education.

But if you had asked teenage Edwards about her future, creating and skippering the first female crew to compete in the longest race on Earth would not have been an answer.

“I was useless, I was expelled from school, I don’t know what I was heading for,” Edwards told NBC.

After running away from home at the age of 16, Edwards began her sailing career as a cook, the only woman allowed on board South African boat Atlantic Privateer during the 1985-86 Whitbread Around the World Race: a 30,000 nautical mile traverse spanning six legs. It was then that she realized sailing was a men’s sport.

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“To have the men saying ‘you can’t be a part of this’ just annoyed me so much,” she said. “And I just thought, ‘if this is the way the world looks, then I need to change it because I don’t like it very much.’ “

While aboard, Edwards fell in love with the sport. She knew if she wanted to join the next Whitbread as a sailor, she had to find a female crew to take on the challenge with her. The biggest hurdle wasn’t competing in the race itself, but getting to the starting line.

“I’ve never wanted anything so much in my life as to fit in with those guys,” Edwards said. “My parents instilled in me a sense of determination. If you want something, you have to persevere. You can’t give up.”

Edwards didn’t just persevere. For four years, she worked to establish Maiden, the 58-foot boat she named, as a contender for the 1989-90 Whitbread, now known as the Volvo Ocean Race. She secured funding, organized a crew of 12 women that spent months redesigning the yacht from scratch, and took on the role as both skipper and navigator for the race.

Yet, the world continued to believe Maiden wouldn’t finish the first leg.

“We were living in this parallel universe where everyone else thought we were going to die and we thought we were going to win,” Edwards said.

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Despite being seen as a human interest story, the Maiden crew defied expectations to arrive third in Uruguay. Then, they won the second leg to become the first British boat in a decade to win a leg.

“I think we all, in a way, started to understand this is bigger than us,” Edwards said. “I’m not just here for me. The next women that come along are going to have this thrust down their throats [if we don’t finish]. And they’re never going to get past it.”

At first, Edwards did not identify as a feminist because of its negative connotations at that time. Her perspective changed once Maiden won their second leg.

“When we [were asked] the same stupid bloody questions instead of ‘what was it like racing down neck and neck down the coast of New Zealand?’ I just thought, you know what?” Edwards said. “I have jumped the first few stages of feminism and now I’m a big fat feminist.”

After 167 total days at sea, the Maiden crew crossed the finish line second in their class. Their result was the best finish for a British boat in 17 years, and remains the top placement for an all-female crew.

Edwards was awarded the 1990 Yachtsman of the Year Award, the first woman in history to receive that accolade, and was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire.


“The experience of sailing around the world with this amazing crew of women just took everything to a whole new level in my life,” Edwards said. “They taught me so much about myself, they allowed me to be who I was.”

After their historic finish, the crew received hundreds of letters and praise from children around the world, though the press and sailing world still treated them like a “one-hit wonder.”

“When I got a letter saying ‘Tracy Maiden England,’ I thought, we’ve made it,” Edwards said. “We got the women out there, whether they tried or failed, and now they’re doing amazing things. [But], are they allowed on men’s boats? No, that’s still the same.”

Now, through Edwards’ nonprofit The Maiden Foundation, Maiden sails around the world raising money for charity and Edwards visits local schools to share her story with female students.

“What I tell them is ‘because someone [King Hussein, who provided Maiden’s funding] believed in me, I was able to do these things,’ ” Edwards said. “If girls have an education and these lifetime opportunities, they rise to the occasion. It’s quite extraordinary.”

Maiden will retire after she completes her tour around the world with the foundation, but that doesn’t mean Edwards is done with sailing.

“I don’t see sailing as a sport,” she said. “I see it as a way of life because it has been my whole working life. It was the first time someone looked at me and thought I might be worth something. The first time I’d been a part of something bigger than me.”

Her love for sailing goes beyond Maiden, the Whitbread, and the recognition. The most rewarding part, Edwards, and crew members Sally Hunter and Claire Russell agree, is the friendship.

“Because it still exists,” Edwards said.

Published at Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:45:07 +0000

Bulls Fall to Cavaliers in Summer League Action

Bulls Fall to Cavaliers in Summer League Action

The Chicago Bulls held a four-point lead in the fourth quarter of their NBA Summer League game on Sunday night, but they couldn’t hold on as the Cleveland Cavaliers used a 14-0 run to score an 82-75 victory in Las Vegas.

The loss drops the Bulls to 1-1 on the summer league slate this season, and the win was the first for the Cavaliers this season.

Mychal Mulder led the Bulls with 18 points, and he added four rebounds and a pair of assists in the losing effort. Coby White had a strong game at both ends of the floor, as he scored 15 points, pulled down six rebounds, and dished out five assists. He did have seven turnovers however as the Bulls fell to the Cavaliers.

Daniel Gafford chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds for the Bulls in their second summer league game.

Naz Mitrou-Long had a monster game for the Cavaliers, with 21 points and eight assists in 27 minutes of action. He also pulled down five rebounds for good measure. Dean Wade and JaCorey Williams each contributed 11 points to the cause for the Cavaliers.

The Bulls held a four-point lead in the fourth quarter, but the Cavaliers stormed back over the final minutes of the game, closing out the contest on a 16-1 run before the Bulls added a couple of late baskets.

The Bulls won’t have much time to lick their wounds, as they will face the New Orleans Pelicans in Summer League action on Monday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m., and the game will air on NBA TV.

Published at Mon, 08 Jul 2019 01:30:38 +0000

Palatine Hometown Fest parade winds through downtown to Community Park

Palatine Hometown Fest parade winds through downtown to Community Park

Palatine held its Hometown Fest Parade Saturday morning in downtown Palatine.

Entries from local organizations and businesses, local government officials, fire, police and other village groups all marched n various streets ending at Community Park where the Hometown Fest is being held.

The festival, sponsored by the Palatine Jaycees, will wrap up Sunday, running from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. General admission is free. For details, visit

Published at Sat, 06 Jul 2019 21:33:42 +0000

Woman Sexually Assaulted Under Overpass, Police Say

Woman Sexually Assaulted Under Overpass, Police Say

Chicago police are searching for a man they say sexually assaulted a woman under an overpass on the city’s Near West Side on Saturday morning. 

According to authorities, the woman was standing at a Greyhound bus station at approximately 7:45 a.m. when a man on a Divvy bicycle offered her assistance in looking for a shelter. 

The man then brought the woman to a homeless encampment located under an overpass of Interstate 290 and sexually assaulted her, police said. The woman suffered serious injuries during the attack and required surgery after the assault, according to authorities. 

The assailant was identified as an African-American man, between the ages of 20 and 29, with slim build, short dark hair, and a dark complexion. He had a mustache and a beard, and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, black pants, a black baseball hat, gray shoes, and was riding a Divvy bicycle. 

The man, whom police say is homeless, often stays under the overpass where the assault took place. 

Anyone with information on the suspect is encouraged to call 911. 

Published at Sun, 07 Jul 2019 03:12:43 +0000

Cubs Light Up Giolito Again, Beat White Sox

Cubs Light Up Giolito Again, Beat White Sox

Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito has been great this season, but the Cubs have been his kryptonite, as they touched him up for six runs in a victory on the South Side Saturday night. 

Kyle Schwarber and Javier Báez each drove in a pair of runs for the Cubs, who won their second straight game against the White Sox. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo each picked up a pair of hits and drove in a run apiece in the victory. 

Jon Lester gave up one earned run in 6.1 innings of work, striking out three batters and scattering six hits in the game. 

For the White Sox, José Abreu knocked in a pair of runs, and Yoan Moncada ripped a pair of doubles, but it wasn’t enough as the South Siders dropped the game. 

The Cubs didn’t waste any time in the game, scoring a run in the first inning. Thanks to some great baserunning by Báez, Bryant was able to drive in a run in the opening frame, putting the Cubs ahead 1-0. 

The White Sox tied things up in the third, with Abreu serving an RBI single into left field to score Moncada and knot up the contest. 

Giolito’s command completely abandoned him in the fifth inning, as he walked the bases loaded with nobody out. On an odd cueball shot down the line, Schwarber drove in two runs with a double, and then Báez followed suit with a double of his own to score two more. 

Rizzo finished the scoring with a single to right field, scoring Báez and giving the Cubs a 6-1 advantage. 

The White Sox did scratch out two unearned runs in the seventh, with Moncada and Abreu each registering RBIs, but it wasn’t enough as the White Sox fell. 

The two teams will play one last time on Sunday afternoon, with both clubs set for the MLB All-Star break after the game. 

Published at Sun, 07 Jul 2019 02:43:57 +0000

Toronto Raptors Forward, NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to Head to LA Clippers

Toronto Raptors Forward, NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to Head to LA Clippers

Riverside native and two-time NBA champion Kawhi Leonard is joining the Los Angeles Clippers and fellow Southern California native Paul George is joining the Clippers via trade, according to multiple reports Friday night.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports first reported the decision of the two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable player, who had been reportedly mulling over choosing between the LA Clippers, LA Lakers and Toronto Raptors.

In addition, the Clippers are acquiring George, who is an All-Star guard and Palmdale native. George is joining the Clippers via a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for a “record-setting collection of draft choices,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Leonard and George met earlier in the week and George asked Oklahoma City for a trade, according to ESPN.

The Clippers are sending the Thunder four unprotected first-round draft picks, one protected first-round draft pick, two pick swaps, Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Wojnarowski reported.

Even giving up a major haul of draft picks, the Clippers now have two elite talents that should rival the Lakers’ new superstar tandem of LeBron James, 34, and Anthony Davis, 26. Considering the ages of George, 29, and Leonard, 28, the Clippers have two superstars in the prime of their basketball careers and should immediately be considered title favorites, alongside with the Lakers.

Without a doubt, the Clippers have landed the most highly sought free agent of the summer of 2019, as Leonard is coming off a NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award winning performance with the Toronto Raptors.

Leonard, who has won two NBA titles and two NBA Finals MVP awards with two different teams, led the Raptors to their first ever NBA championship in June. Now, the Clippers will hope Leonard, along with George, can lead LA’s often overlooked franchise to its first ever title.

Published at Sat, 06 Jul 2019 09:16:28 +0000