Congressional leaders come out with 6 spending bills in a drive to avoid a partial shutdown

By KEVIN FREKING (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders on Sunday came out with a package of six bills setting full-year spending levels for some federal agencies, a step forward in a long overdue funding process beset by sharp political divisions between the two parties as well as infighting among House Republicans. The release […]

Thousands return for 24th Chicago Polar Plunge amid sunny skies and high temps

Over 5,000 people sprinted Sunday into the freezing waters of Lake Michigan for the 24th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge, raising more than a million dollars for Special Olympics programs. The participants, many of whom donned cheeky costumes and matching ensembles, were graced with sunny 60-degree weather as they splashed into the lake. All proceeds will […]

CPD: Officer shot while patrolling in Humboldt Park

A Chicago police officer was shot while patrolling in Humboldt Park early Sunday morning, authorities said. Two officers were on patrol on the 3800 block of West Augusta Boulevard at around 2:02 a.m. when people began shooting at a group of men walking down the street. A bullet hit the window of their marked squad […]

Landmarks: Monee’s ‘Cut’ eased steam age rail travel to Chicago, but it came at a price

The old downtown area of Monee is only a few blocks wide, but you can’t see from one end to the other, thanks to “The Cut.” The Cut, a man-made ravine 25-feet deep and 83-feet wide at the bottom that stretches through the entire town, marked its 100th anniversary last year. It’s a prominent feature […]

‘They knew, and did nothing’

Editor’s note: This story includes descriptions of sexual abuse. As Victoria stepped into Dr. Fabio Ortega’s exam room in the summer of 2017, she had no idea the gynecologist’s career was hurtling toward destruction. She didn’t know that an angry husband had called more than five months earlier to complain about Ortega’s treatment of his […]