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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

Former Nurse Who Took in Cognitively Impaired Teen, Made Her a Nanny, and Tortured Her Before Killing Her Gets Life in Prison

A former nurse who murdered her family’s live-in maid and nanny back in the 1990s has been sentenced to life in prison. In 1994, 18-year-old Peggy Lynn Johnson-Schroeder was left completely alone in the world, specifically in the small town of McHenry, Illinois, some 30 minutes south of the Wisconsin border. After the death of her mother—the last of a long series of deaths in her family—the cognitively-impaired teen sought refuge and help at a medical clinic.

Toddler 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 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 the girl was alone when the fire broke out -- but she was found alone. The...

Man points gun at TV news crew during live report in River North

Chicago police are trying to track down a man who apparently pointed a gun at a TV news crew during a live broadcast in River North on Wednesday morning. It happened live on Fox 32 as reporter Joanie Lum broadcast for the morning news. A screen grab tweeted by @CPD1617Scanner shows the man pointing an object at the camera around 7:06 a.m.

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 man charged in Gresham murder, robbery

CHICAGO - A Chicago man is facing charges in a fatal shooting and robbery over the weekend in Gresham. Jamari Robinson, 28, was accused of gunning down 21-year-old Rashaun Johnson early Sunday near an apartment complex in the 7800 block of South Laflin Street, police said. Johnson was found with...

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...

Nearly 200 residents displaced after condo building fire in Park Ridge

CHICAGO (CBS)-- A 4-alarm fire in Park Ridge left approximately 200 residents displaced overnight. Around 11 p.m., the Park Ridge Fire Department got call about people trapped on the fourth floor of a condo building.After crews arrived, four people were taken to a local hospital and are expected to recover. A total of five people, including a firefighter, were injured in the fire. The Red Cross said they are proving services for approximately 200 people. "We acted fast, we ran out, resident Jennifer Sadlowski said. "Everything else can be replaced, but not our lives. I heard the fire alarm go off so my natural instinct was to run, turn off the water, grab my son and wake him."Fire officials described the condo as a "non sprinkler, non standpipe building," which made the fire harder to put out. Firefighters said the flames were most intense on the top floor and crews had to break windows.The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, but it is believed to be accidental. The Red Cross is encouraging anyone impacted to call 312-729-6258, to get connected with support.

Chicago man charged with stealing vehicle, gun possession in Villa Park; 1 suspect remains loose

CHICAGO (CBS) – A Chicago man is charged in connection to a stolen vehicle in Villa Park on Tuesday. Around 9:50 p.m., Elmhurst police assisted Villa Park police that was in pursuit of a white BMW sedan that was reported stolen. The vehicle traveling east on North Avenue before heading eastbound on I-290, police said. The vehicle was disabled on I-290, east of Vallette Street near the Elmhurst and Village of Berkley border.  The driver, described as a black male wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, ran from the vehicle. The passenger, a 25-year-old Chicago man, was taken into custody at the scene. Three firearms were located inside the stolen vehicle, according to police.  The driver of the vehicle remains loose following several mutually aided searches in the areas of southeast Elmhurst and southwest Berkely.  The passenger of the vehicle was charged by Villa Park Police with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and unlawful use or possession of weapons by a convicted felon. The investigation to identify the driver of the vehicle remains ongoing.   Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Elmhurst Police Department at 630-530-3050.

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...

Man shot after handing over belongings during Roseland robbery

CHICAGO - A man was shot after he was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night in the Roseland neighborhood. The 25-year-old was walking outside around 9:50 p.m. in the 300 block of West 110th Street when two people approached him and demanded his belongings at gunpoint, police said. He complied and...

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...

UPDATE: 1 arrested in Normal in aggrvated robbery incident

UPDATE 12:36 P.M. - Normal Police say one person was arrested - a man from Chicago - in what police say was an aggravated robbery incident. Malik Alexander-Romello Wilson, 23, was arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm, aggravated robbery, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and criminal trespass to vehicle.