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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott invokes Chicago violence, dismisses 'quote-"real"' gun laws

UVALDE, Texas (CBS Chicago/CBS News) -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott invoked Chicago unflatteringly Wednesday afternoon as he said stricter gun control was not the answer in the wake of the Uvalde school massacre. "There are, quote, 'real' gun laws in Chicago," Abbott said at a news conference. "I hate to say this, but there are more people who are shot every weekend in Chicago than there are in schools in Texas, and we need to realize that people who think that, 'Well, maybe if we just implement tougher gun laws, it's going to solve it,' Chicago and LA and...
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1 man dead, another seriously wounded after shooting in South Austin neighborhood

CHICAGO (CBS) – One man is dead, and another is seriously wounded following a shooting in the South Austin neighborhood Wednesday afternoon. Police said around 2:30 p.m., two men, 38 and 41, were near an entrance in the 5400 block of West Madison Street when they were struck by gunfire by an unknown offender. The 38-year-old victim was struck in the chest and was pronounced dead on the scene. The 41-year-old victim was struck in the back and abdomen and was taken to Stroger Hospital in serious condition.A person of interest has been transported for questioning, according to police. Area detectives are investigating. 
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Police search for man who pointed what looked like gun at news crew in River North

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Police are asking for help from the public in finding a man who pointed what appeared to be a gun at a Fox 32 news crew in River North early Wednesday. The incident occurred in the 400 block of North Clark Street, at Hubbard Street, at 6:34 a.m., police said. The station said it was in the middle of a live report about gun violence in Chicago when a man came up and pointed what appeared to be a gun at their crew. The reporter and photographer were not injured.The suspect is described as being between 18 and 25, standing 5 feet 6 and 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build, and weighing 130 to 150 pounds. He was wearing a dark hoodie, a black jacket, light ripped blue jeans, and dark shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call (312) 744-8261 or email

2-year-old dead, 11 displaced in Roseland apartment fire

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A toddler is dead after a fire Wednesday morning in an apartment building in the Roseland neighborhood.Chicago firefighters responded to the fire on the second floor of a courtyard apartment building at 11035 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. around 8 a.m.According to the Chicago Fire Department, there were heavy flames upon arrival. A 2-year-old girl, identified as Kailey Curry, was found unresponsive after an extensive search of the building and attempts to resuscitate the child failed, according to the Fire Department.Fire officials said it's unclear if Curry was alone when the fire broke out -- but she...

Retired CPD officer upset about neighborhood postal thefts

CHICAGO (CBS) -- We're learning more about the robbery of a mail carrier this month on the South Side.Turns out, the thieves stole residents' mail and a postal master key--which can be used to access locked mailboxes all over the zip code.CBS 2's Tim McNicholas digs into this postal problem.Investigators say these are the men who robbed a mail carrier at gunpoint this month in broad daylight, just down the street from Marvin Bonds' house. He said both men walked by his porch near 99th and Calumet minutes before the robbery. One of them even asked him for directions to...

Chicago's "Walking Man" set on fire in River North; image of suspect released

CHICAGO (CBS)-- A homeless man known to Chicagoans as "The Walking Man" was set on fire early Wednesday morning in an attack on Lower Wabash Avenue in the River North neighborhood.Police said, around 3 a.m., a 75-year-old man was laying on the ground in the 400 block of North Wabash Avenue, when another man approached him, poured a flammable liquid on him, set him on fire, and ran off. Police sources confirmed to CBS 2's Brad Edwards that the victim is Joseph Kromelis, who suffered burns over 40% of his body. Known for his signature long hair, and mustache, and often seen...

Mayor Lightfoot raises voice at Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez, calls him a 'liar' as he criticizes casino approval process

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot raised her voice at Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) at a City Council meeting Tuesday, calling him a "liar" after he took issue with the casino approval process. Sigcho-Lopez called the approval process "a process that benefits the casino operator at the expense of the city," and said members of the City Council had a duty to refer it. The alderman also accused Mayor Lightfoot's administration of being "more worried about campaign contributions than doing the right thing for the City of Chicago." Lightfoot angrily interrupted Sigcho-Lopez, calling him a "liar." "I will not tolerate you besmirching the hard...

3 Dream Offseason Trade Targets For The Chicago Bulls

For the Chicago Bulls, their first dream NBA offseason acquisition would actually be a re-acquisition. Resigning Zach LaVine is the first, second, and third priority for this team. If they fail to do so, it probably won’t matter who else they acquire this season. They’ll likely be launching a long-term rebuilding project.

Police ask for help finding attacker who set beloved “Walking Man” on fire in River North

Chicago police have released surveillance images of the man who set a well-loved homeless man on fire in River North early Wednesday. Joseph Kromelis, 75, commonly known downtown as the “Walking Man” and “Walking Dude” was sleeping near the Trump Tower loading dock at Lower Wabash and Kinzie Street when the offender poured a flammable liquid on him and set it ablaze around 2:50 a.m.