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  • Super Bowl LIII prop bets: A look at the bizarre Big Game novelty wagers

    Some people will tell you that prop bets are for suckers. And those people suck.  Prop betting has become one of the most popular wagering options for both squares and sharps alike, according to sister site When it comes to the professional bettors – those fabled Vegas wiseguys – they don’t care what the bet is. Their biggest concern is value: do they have a significant edge over the book to make money on that bet? Whether that’s on […]

  • ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett breaks silence about Chicago attack

    CHICAGO — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is speaking out for the first time following his claims two men put a rope around his neck, threw a chemical at him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him. In an exclusive statement to Essence, he said in part: “I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still […]

  • Loud booms reported in Chicago area could be ‘frost quakes’

    CHICAGO — Loud booms or banging sounds reported overnight in Chicago might have been cryoseisms, or frost quakes, caused by the brutal cold gripping the Midwest this week, according to WGN. So, here’s how a frost quake happens: First, the ground has to be saturated with water, like it is in the Chicago area right now with all the snow. When there’s a sudden drop in temperature, the water freezes and expands. The expansion and pressure build up causes stress […]

  • Body camera footage shows Chicago police rescuing man from an icy Lake Michigan

    CHICAGO — Dramatic body camera video shows Chicago Police Department officers pull a 33-year-old man from the icy waters of Lake Michigan after he jumped down a high ridge of ice to rescue his dog and became trapped Sunday afternoon. Officers responded to a call  around 1 p.m. Sunday following reports of a person in the water. After borrowing a dog leash from a woman on the scene, they carefully made their way out onto the ice, mindful that they […]

  • Man killed, second man wounded in shooting at Orland Square Mall

    ORLAND PARK, Ill. — A 19-year-old man was shot and killed and a second man wounded in a shooting at a mall in Orland Park Monday. Police responded to the Orland Square Mall Monday around 6:45 p.m. for reports of shots fired near the food court. Police said a man with a gun, who they describe as black, 6 feet 1 inch, wearing dark clothing and blue jeans, fired shots and the 19-year-old was struck. The victim was taken to […]

  • FDA expands list of recalled dog food; 9 brands pulled for making dogs violently ill

    The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has expanded its recall of dog food brands that have too much vitamin D, which could make your pet sick. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, but very high amounts can cause serious health problems like kidney failure or death. The recalled products were sold nationwide, and the FDA says the list of recalled products could continue to grow. The list includes: NUTRISCA Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food NATURAL LIFE PET PRODUCTS Chicken […]

  • Missing Wisconsin 13-year-old Jayme Closs has been found alive, sheriff says

    BARRON COUNTY, Wis. — Missing Wisconsin 13-year-old Jayme Closs has been found alive, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced Thursday. WGN Radio’s Ryan Burrow reports that the Douglas County, WI Sheriff’s Office says Jaime Closs was found in Gordon, Wisconsin.  To this point all investigators are revealing is that she was found after a citizen “phoned in the information.” Closs has been missing since Oct. 15, when her parents were found murdered in their Barron, Wisconsin home. A suspect was taken […]

  • Man charged in connection to deaths of two Chicago officers killed by train

    CHICAGO — A 24-year-old man was charged Wednesday in connection to the deaths of two Chicago police officers fatally struck by a train earlier this week, according to WGN. Edward Brown was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. He is scheduled to appear in bond court on Thursday. Fifth District Officers Eduardo Marmolejo, 36, and Conrad Gary, 31, were chasing a shooting suspect onto […]

  • Strangers send over 100 yard inflatables to southwest suburban kid with rare condition ‘obsessed’ with them

    FRANKFORT, Ill. — A boy’s Christmas wish has transformed not only his front yard, but also his entire community. For the last few years, a familiar, smiling snowman has graced the front yard of 10-year-old Dominic Steinhauser’s home. It may look like any other blow-up Frosty, but, to Dominic, it’s the best thing in the world. “Dominic has CHARGE syndrome and a lot of times with this rare condition, kids get very obsessed with things,” his mother Deanna Steinhauser told […]

  • Two Chicago police officers struck and killed by train

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a train Monday while investigating a call of shots fired on the city’s South Side. The officers were identified as Conrad Gary, 37, who was on the force for a year and a half, and Eduardo Marmolejo, 31, who’d been on the force for two and a half years, according to WGN. The officers from the 5th District were struck by a passing NICTD-Indiana South Shore train at 103rd Street […]

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