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Cinco de Mayo: Ultimate Guide to Chicago-Area Deals and Discounts

Cinco de Mayo: Ultimate Guide to Chicago-Area Deals and Discounts

The party starts early Thursday for Cinco de Mayo, and there are a ton of Chicago-area bars and businesses ready to celebrate with food and drink specials:   Big Star (1531 N Damen Ave.): Free breakfast tacos from 9 to 11 a.m., one per person while supplies last. Taco Joint (1969 N Halsted St.; 158 W Ontario St.): $5 off bottles of Taco Joint margaritas, $5 Beer ‘N’ Shot Specials (Modelo Especial Can & Shot of El Jimador Blanco Tequila.

Murder Suspect Still on Run After Chase Ends in Crash

Murder Suspect Still on Run After Chase Ends in Crash

A murder suspect is still on the run after a police chase that stretched from Chicago’s western suburbs to the city Wednesday night.  The suspect managed to escape authorities after the pursuit ended with the stolen vehicle crashing into a garden apartment.  At 9:43 p.m. Illinois State Police started chasing the driver, accused of drug-induced homicide, eastbound on the Eisenhower in suburban Lombard.  Just after 9:50 p.m.

Alvarez Requests Special Prosecutor in McDonald Case

Alvarez Requests Special Prosecutor in McDonald Case

Cook County’s embattled state’s attorney, Anita Alvarez, has asked to recuse herself from the murder prosecution of Officer Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer who shot a black teen 16 times, and requested the court appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case. “My primary goal in bringing a charge of First Degree Murder in this case is and always has been about seeking justice for Laquan McDonald,” Alvarez said in a statement in court Thursday.

2 Local Moms Spark Viral Trend to Redefine ‘Normal’

2 Local Moms Spark Viral Trend to Redefine ‘Normal’

A campaign by two local moms aiming to redefine the meaning of “normal” has resonated with thousands.  Colleen King-Berkowitz and Colleen Stine, who own online T-shirt company MamaSaidTees.com, posted the “Let’s Redefine Normal” video to YouTube last week, sharing just how different it is when you ask someone what the word “normal” means to them. “My name is Kathleen and I have a daughter with Down syndrome,” one woman states in the powerful video.

Chicago Sees at Least 3 Police Chases in Less Than 12 Hours

Chicago Sees at Least 3 Police Chases in Less Than 12 Hours

A police chase that started in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood continued onto area expressways heading into the evening rush hour. Dick Johnson reports.

Airline Refuses to Refund Pregnant Woman Concerned About Zika Virus

Airline Refuses to Refund Pregnant Woman Concerned About Zika Virus

Grace Burke was planning to attend a wedding in Florida in February when she began hearing about a mysterious virus that caused birth defects. Now, American Airlines has refused to fulfill an agent’s promise.

Corrections Officers Placed on Leave After Inmate’s Escape

Corrections Officers Placed on Leave After Inmate’s Escape

Three corrections officers were placed on administrative leave after a 22-year-old inmate escaped from a northwest Indiana jail and made it more than 1,000 miles before he was caught. Susan Carlson reports.

Clerk Dorothy Brown Requests Pay Increase

Clerk Dorothy Brown Requests Pay Increase

Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown has requested a pay increase from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, according to a letter  from Brown obtained by Politico. “I am writing to advise you of a gross inequity between the salary of the position of Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, in comparison to the salaries of other Cook County Public Safety officials, the Clerks of the Court of the next two largest counties in Illinois (Dupage and Lake), and other Cook County-wide elected officials,” Brown wrote in the letter, dated May 3.

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