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What Could A Felony Charge Mean For Jussie Smollett?

CHICAGO (CBS) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, the Cook County States Attorney says. Smollett’s defense attorneys say they plan to mount an aggressive defense, but if the actor is found guilty of the felony charge, legal expe


Tax on store plastic bags proposed in Illinois

ILLINOIS (WAND) – Illinois leaders are considering creating a tax on plastic bags in store check-out lanes. Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget transition committee has suggested an excise tax of five cents per bag. The idea is to generate money for the state and reduce the risk to wildlife caused by plastic,


Walmart Baby Savings Day: Chicago stores to host event for new, expecting parents

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Are you a new or expecting parent who needs help finding the best baby gear for your little one? Walmart is hosting an event this weekend that could point you in the right direction and save you some money.


In little more than three weeks, 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett goes from victim to accused liar

In little more than three weeks, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett went from a sympathetic victim of a racist, anti-gay attack to an accused liar whose allegedly staged assault further roiled divisions across the country.


Man charged with fatal shooting at South Loop homeless encampment

CHICAGO -- A man was charged with fatally shooting a fellow resident of a South Loop homeless encampment on Monday afternoon. George A. Arroyo, 57, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the slaying of 57-year-old Douglas Robinson, according to Illinois State Police.


Chicago voters undecided about crowded mayoral race

CHICAGO (WLS) -- With less than a week to go, Chicagoan Maura Irizarry knows it's time to pick a candidate in the race for mayor. But who?. "There's too many candidates. You have to narrow it down and see who is the best candidate for Chicago," she said. "Chicago is a complex city."


Chicago AccuWeather: Cloudy, dry, getting colder

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Cloudy and dry Wednesday night with temperatures falling into the 20s. Get the latest weather info with our ABC7 Chicago AccuWeather app. Here's your 7-day weather forecast.


Suspect in Custody After Barricade Situation on Chicago's South Side: Police

A barricade situation ended in Chicago's Park Manor neighborhood Wednesday as a suspect was taken into custody, authorities said. Video showed officers placing a man in handcuffs into a squad car moments after a woman and baby were seen being escorted by police and SWAT near East 71st Street and Sou


Man Wanted For Breaking Into Home And Sexually Assaulting Two Underage Girls

CHICAGO (CBS)–Police are searching for a male suspect who broke into a home in Chicago’s Lower West Side in the early morning hours of Feb. 20 and sexually assaulted two underage females.


The Latest: Smollett charged with filing false police report

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local):. Chicago police say 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report when he reported that he was attacked by two masked men.


Post Office Wrongly Declares Woman Dead; ‘How Does Something Like This Happen?’

CHICAGO (CBS) — The 2 Investigators tackle many topics, but this one’s a doozy, and begins with a riddle. Who can declare someone dead? A doctor, perhaps a nurse. Well here’s a new one: the post office.


Scratch off winners won’t get paid in Illinois, for now

Due to equipment upgrades, winners of scratch off Illinois lottery tickets will have to wait a bit. Because they won’t get paid immediately, as is typical for that style of ticket.


3 diverse arts events in Chicago this week

If you're a fan of the arts, mark your calendars: there's plenty to do when it comes to artsy events in Chicago this week, from a play depicting one young woman's battle with personal and national tragedy to a table-side magic show.


‘MARRY ME’: The story behind a giant proposal message spotted downtown

CHICAGO — The message was hard to miss: "MARRY ME" written in the snowy grass of Maggie Daley Park downtown, right next to the ice skating ribbon. It caught the eye of WGN-TV reporter Shannon Halligan as she flew by in SkyCam9, not to mention the many workers and residents with a view of the park fr


BREAKING: Chicago Police Make Move Against Jussie Smollett

Chicago law enforcement officials have officially declared actor Jussie Smollett to be a suspect in a criminal investigation on Wednesday for allegedly committing the felonious act of filing a false police report.


Rome summit on Catholic church sex abuse set to begin, survivors watching closely

ROME (WLS) -- Each day of the historic summit inside the Vatican will focus on a theme related to the sex abuse crisis: responsibility, accountability, and transparency. Pope Francis will be involved in all the sessions, for which nearly 200 bishops have come from around the world, including Chicago


State's Attorney Recuses Herself From Smollett Investigation

CHICAGO — Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has recused herself from the investigation surrounding the reported attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. A spokeswoman for her office said the decision was made "out of an abundance of caution."


Woman, 70, reported missing from Illinois Medical District found safe

A 70-year-old woman who went missing Monday from the Illinois Medical District on the Near West Side has been “safely located.” Gwendolyn Pippens was last seen near University of Illinois Hospital, which is located at 1740 W. Taylor St., according to Chicago police. She may need medical attention.


Lake County Inmate Charged With Soliciting A Hitman To Kill Witness In His Trial

CHICAGO (CBS)–A Lake County jail inmate allegedly conspired to hire a hitman to kill a witness who was set to testify against him at trial. Ade Tramble, 46, of Chicago, was charged with one count of solicitation of murder for hire.


Chicago Woman Accused In Son’s Slaying Ruled Not Competent For Trial

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A woman accused in the beating death of her 5-year-old son in eastern Iowa has been found not competent for trial. Scott County District Court records say a judge filed a written order Monday that said 25-year-old Jacqueline Rambert suffers from a mental disorder that keeps he