‘it Doesn’t Matter What It Takes, I Have To Stay Alive’

‘It doesn’t matter what it takes, I have to stay alive’

Zack Swets, a Portage firefighter/paramedic, was one of the initial first responders to arrive on the scene after a call came into 911 dispatch that there was a car in a ditch under Interstate 94 and it had been there for multiple days. The dispatcher said the driver was still alive and talking and had […]

Failure To Protect

Failure to protect

Editor’s note: This story includes descriptions of sexual abuse. Doctors and other health care providers accused by patients of sexual misconduct kept practicing – sometimes for years – because of gaps in Illinois laws and a licensing agency that can be slow to take disciplinary action, a Tribune investigation has found. The providers went on […]

Man killed in crash after stealing U-Haul

A man is dead and a woman was questioned after a chase involving Hammond Police and a stolen U-Haul that ended up in the Little Calumet River early Wednesday morning. Police received a license-plate reader alert around 4:10 a.m. February 21 for a stolen U-Haul within city limits, Hammond Police spokesman Lt. Steve Kellogg said […]

Gary Pub Owner Killed In Indianapolis Waffle House Shooting

Gary pub owner killed in Indianapolis Waffle House shooting

Crystal Kennebrew drove down to Indianapolis Sunday to tend bar for a fellow club owner expecting a big crowd for the NBA All-Star game weekend. The Gary co-club owner and mom never made it back home. Indianapolis police said Kennebrew, 35, died early Monday after an argument escalated at an Indianapolis Waffle House restaurant on […]

Patients Reported Sexual Abuse By Medical Providers. Health Care Systems Let Them Keep Working.

Patients reported sexual abuse by medical providers. Health care systems let them keep working.

Editor’s note: This story includes descriptions of sexual abuse and assault. When a woman came to the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute complaining of hip and groin pain, X-ray technician Karol Ruszczyk put his hand between her legs, touching her vaginal area over her clothes. At Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, nurse David Giurgiu had a […]

Cook County judge to decide next week on challenge to Donald Trump’s place on Illinois ballot

A Cook County judge said Friday she will decide late next week the fate of a legal challenge seeking to strike former President Donald Trump’s name from Illinois’ March 19 Republican primary ballot. Judge Tracie Porter announced her plans after a near four-hour Daley Center hearing that featured footage of the Jan. 6, 2021, assault […]

‘doozy’ Of A Career: After Nearly A Half Century On Air, Tom Skilling Nears His Final Forecast

‘Doozy’ of a career: After nearly a half century on air, Tom Skilling nears his final forecast

For many Chicago viewers, retiring WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling has long been an eternally sunny on-air presence, whose detailed forecasts and genuine enthusiasm somehow made upper air patterns interesting. The cult of Skilling runs so deep, just about everybody does an overly-cheerful impression of Chicago’s longest-tenured weathercaster. What they may miss, however, goes on behind […]

School of the Art Institute of Chicago selects Korean artist, educator as its next president

Completing a successful national search, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago announced Thursday that Jiseon Lee Isbara would be its next president, making her the second woman and first woman of color to step into the role in the college’s 158-year history. Isbara, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, currently serves as […]

New Porter County tip line already having impact on road safety

In its first weekend with a rebranded effort to allow Porter County residents to report traffic problems on the more than 800 miles of unincorporated county roads, the Porter County Sheriff’s Office received over 30 tips via its new Project Safe Roads tab on the sheriff’s website. That’s compared to just 50 in all of […]

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