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16-Year-Old Boy, 27-Year-Old Xavier Guzman Charged In Murder Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega

By Tara Molina, Jackie Kostek, Mugo Odigwe, and Yolanda Perdomo CHICAGO (CBS) — A 16-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man are charged in connection with the shooting death of eight-year-old Melissa Ortega over the weekend. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said the teen was “charged with one felony count of first degree murder and felony count of attempted first degree murder and two felony counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm in occupied vehicle.” Police said Melissa and her mother were walking down the street in Little Village on Saturday, when the 16-year-old got out of a car parked in an alley, and...
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Cook County Sheriff’s Data Reveal Most Popular Cars Targeted By Carjackers, Most Common Methods

CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 1,800 people were victims of carjackings in Chicago last year, but the crisis is not only in the city. Suburban Cook County is also dealing with a spike in thefts and carjackings. So we wanted to know – are certain cars more likely to be targeted? CBS 2’s Tara Molina looked at the county data for answers. It turns out Jeep is one of the top makes targeted, with the top model targeted being the Grand Cherokee. The purpose here is not to worry anyone, but to inform – since there is information available about how you can best...
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Former Northwestern professor Wyndham Lathem sentenced to 53 years in prison for "execution" of boyfriend during sexual fantasy

A judge sentenced a former Northwestern University professor to 53 years in prison Tuesday for the 2017 stabbing death of his boyfriend as part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom. Cook County Judge Charles Burns called the killing of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau "cold-blooded" and an "execution" as he sentenced Wyndham Lathem, 47, who was found guilty of first-degree murder in October.
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Illinois state trooper, beloved teacher found dead in apparent murder-suicide, officials say

An off-duty Illinois state trooper and a beloved teacher were found dead in Chicago on Monday in an apparent murder-suicide, officials have said. The bodies of Trooper Antonio Alvarez, 30, and Amanda Alvarez, 31, were found in a parked vehicle with visible gunshot wounds just before 1:30 p.m., the Illinois State Police said in a statement published on Monday. The Associated Press described the pair as husband and wife. State police have not confirmed that.

Illinois State Trooper Killed Wife, a Pre-K Teacher and Mother of 2, in Murder-Suicide Just Before She Planned to Leave Him for Good: Family

An Illinois state trooper shot and killed his wife before killing himself earlier this week in an apparent murder-suicide, authorities say. According to the Illinois State Police, 30-year-old ISP Trooper Antonio Alvarez and 31-year-old Amanda Alvarez were found dead inside of a “non-department issued” car just before 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

Cook County Judge Raúl Vega is retiring under a cloud of allegations

Elizabeth Francy first encountered Cook County Circuit Judge Raúl Vega when her contentious divorce and child custody case was transferred to his courtroom more than a decade ago. She said Vega often yelled at her in court and appeared to treat women differently than men. She and other women with cases in his courtroom also said friends and attorneys told them to wear skirts or “dress pretty” to appease him. Francy said his handling of her family’s case did irreparable harm to her and her children.

Illinois State Trooper Fatally Shot Wife Before Killing Self: Autopsy Report

An autopsy report released on Tuesday determined that an Illinois state trooper fatally shot his wife and himself. According to police, a witness found the bodies of 30-year-old Antonio Alvarez and his 31-year-old wife, Amanda Alvarez, inside a parked vehicle on Monday afternoon in Chicago. The car did not belong to the police department, and Antonio Alvarez had been off duty.

Amy Schneider's historic 'Jeopardy!' streak comes to an end after 40 wins

Long-running “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider lost in an episode that aired Wednesday, ending the second-longest winning streak in the quiz show's history. Schneider, an engineering manager from Oakland, California, was defeated by Rhone Talsma, a librarian from Chicago, who raked in $29,600 in the latest game, besting Schneider, at $19,600.

Amanda Calo, Woman Found Shot Dead With Illinois State Trooper Husband In Murder-Suicide, Had Been Southeast Side Pre-K Teacher

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman who was found shot dead with her Illinois State Police trooper husband in a murder-suicide on the Southeast Side was a Chicago Public Schools pre-kindergarten teacher. The Chicago Teachers Union reported Tuesday that Amanda Calo was a pre-kindergarten teacher at Matthew Gallistel Language Academy, 10347 S. Ewing Ave., and left behind two children, ages 1 and 4. Another devastating loss for one of our school communities as we mourn the tragic death of Amanda Calo, proud Chicagoan and Pre-K teacher at Gallistel ES. Amanda leaves behind two children in Myla (1) and Eli (4). Please find in...

5 charged with mob action in Elgin shooting

ELGIN, Ill. - Five people have been charged in a fight and shooting that took place Sunday in Elgin. Jesus Canales, 18, faces eight felony charges in the shooting including aggravated battery of a firearm, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm, according to the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

Our top 3 tacos in Chicago in 2021

In this video, we talk about our top three Taco spots we visited in Chicago in 2021. We know there are many more amazing tacos spots out there, these are just a few fun spots we visited last year. Our favorite spots include Chilango, Tacos Loteria, and Del Campo's Tacos. We know there are many more delicious tacos across Chicago so let us know your favorites in the comments!

Historic Jeopardy! Streak Came To An End On Wednesday

For the first time in a long time, Jeopardy! officially has a new champion. On Wednesday night, Amy Schneider’s 40-game winning streak came to an end. The new champion, Rhone Talsma, spoke to the Chicago Tribune about being the one to snap Schneider’s impressive winning streak. “I am,...

Chicago PD Season 9, Episode 13 return date: When will it be back?

Chicago PD is on a short break, but we do know when it will return. Here’s what we know about Chicago PD Season 9, Episode 13 so far. There is some bad news, but there’s also some good news. The worst of the news is that we’re into another One Chicago hiatus. All three shows aren’t going to air new episodes for the next few weeks.