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Service Set For Trooper Killed During Snowstorm

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 12:02 PM PST

SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Funeral services are set for an Illinois State Police trooper killed when he was struck and killed by a vehicle along Interstate 294 in suburban Chicago during a snowstorm.

The funeral for Trooper Christopher Lambert is planned for 10 a.m. Friday at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington.

RELATED: ‘Everybody Loved Him,’ State Police Honor Trooper Fatally Struck On I-294.

The 34-year-old Lambert was headed home on I-294 near Northbrook when he pulled over and got out of his squad car to respond to a three-vehicle crash. A car then struck him.

State Police Director Leo Schmitz says Lambert positioned his squad car to protect the three cars and “took on the danger himself.” Visitation for Lambert is Thursday at Willow Creek Community Church.

Lambert grew up in Dayton, Ohio. Survivors include his wife, Halley Martin, parents and 1-year-old daughter.

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Trent Green: Sticking With Home Teams, Chiefs & Saints, To Move On To Super Bowl

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 11:59 AM PST

Ryan Mayer

The NFL is down to its final four teams vying for the Lombardi Trophy. Things have played out true to form on each side of the bracket, with the top two seeds meeting in each conference championship game. In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs host the New England Patriots, while in the NFC, the New Orleans Saints host the Los Angeles Rams. In addition to being a battle of the top two teams, each game is a rematch of a regular-season contest.

During the regular season, the veteran quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Brees earned their respective teams victories over their younger counterparts Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff. For some insight into both games, we checked in with NFL on CBS analyst and former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green.

CBS Local Sports: Kansas City’s defense was dominant against the Colts last weekend. What was the biggest difference you saw in their play when compared to the regular season?

Trent Green: They made some personnel changes, especially in the secondary, during the course of the season. Charvarius Ward is playing really well right now since getting the opportunity to play. He is a bigger, more physical corner. They still like to pressure, that is how defensive coordinator Bob Sutton likes to play.

Sutton has always been an aggressive, press-man-coverage guy. But I have seen them playing a little bit more off coverage and trying not to give up the big play. They have also been a much better defense at home this year. I believe they are giving up about 18 points per game at home compared to [more] on the road this season. Some of that is due to crowd noise. Some of that is the field. Some of it is the outdoor temperature and everything else.

And, with Dee Ford and Justin Houston having the game they did last week, if you can get that kind of pressure, that makes things more convenient for you from a defensive standpoint.

CBS Local Sports: Can they sustain that same level of performance this week against the Patriots? Particularly since we know Belichick’s history of being able to change his gameplan based on opponent’s weakness?

Trent Green: I was really surprised by how well the Patriots were able to run the ball last week. The offensive line dominated that game, which was surprising because I had seen that Chargers team quite a few times this year and had a great deal of respect for that defensive unit.

I would anticipate that is what they also are going to try to do this week too. That is what the Colts ultimately wanted to do but couldn’t get it done. That has been the approach many teams have taken this season. Run the football and control the clock to keep the ball away from Mahomes. That is what the Colts tried to do last week, but they started out their first four series with three-and-outs, and by the end of the game, they were 0-for-9 on third down. You’re not running the ball and possessing it and keeping the ball away if that is what is going on. Next thing you know, it’s 17-0.

I would think that is what they (the Patriots) try to do this week in running the ball, since the Chiefs have had problems stopping the run in the past. But, for whatever reason, the Chiefs are better at stopping the run at home. Last time they played, it was a shootout, 43-40, and both teams were putting the ball all over the place. I don’t think that will be the case especially, since they are saying it is going to be around zero degrees at kickoff. I also don’t know how much wind there will be, which is always a factor. However, if anyone is used to playing in those conditions, it’s the Patriots.

CBS Local Sports: In the NFC, we have another rematch, with the Rams meeting the Saints in New Orleans for the second time this year. The Saints lost defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins to an injury this past weekend. How big of a loss do you think that will be as they go up against a Rams team that had two 100-plus-yard rushers last week?

Trent Green: The thing to remember is, the Saints only allowed and average of 80 yards rushing as a team this year. They were second in the NFL in that category, and they have a really good run defense. So I think they will zero in on that Rams running game. They are going to try and do what a lot of defensive players and coordinators say, make the Rams one-dimensional. Even though the Rams have a ton of weapons, you always want to dictate to a team what you want them to do.

If you look at what (Jared) Goff did in the first 11 games of the season, he had 21 touchdowns and six interceptions and, in the last six, he has six touchdowns and six interceptions, along with seven fumbles. He has hit some struggles here in the last six weeks.

With that being said, they were still 4-2 in those six games. They are still winning football games. But if I’m the Saints, I’m focusing on shutting down the run and making Jared Goff beat me.

CBS Local Sports: Finally, after all is said and done this weekend, who do you think will be packing their bags for Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII?

Trent Green: I’m leaning towards both home teams. The Chiefs are 8-1 at home this season, with their lone loss coming in the final four minutes, when they were up two touchdowns on the Chargers before L.A. came back. The Patriots, on the other hand, are 3-5 on the road this season. That is why I have to go with the Chiefs. You never want to count out Belichick and Brady, just because they have proven people wrong for 17 years, but I am just feeling Kansas City this weekend.

As far as the NFC, I’m going with the Saints. I think they are going to dial in, and Dennis Allen will have a good gameplan for that running attack of the Rams. Don’t doubt Sean McVay, because of all of the things he comes up with offensively. But, in a Drew Brees vs Jared Goff shootout, I’m going to stick with the veteran in Brees.

Airbnb Offers Program To Support Federal Employees During Government Shutdown

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 11:40 AM PST

Chicago (CBS) — Popular travel site, Airbnb has announced a new program to assist federal employees during the government shutdown.

RELATED Federal Workers Struggle As Now Longest Ever Government Shutdown Continues

“A Night on Us” will give up to $110 extra to any federal worker who hosts an Airbnb Experience or has guests for three nights in their home between Dec. 18, 2018 and March 18.

The average per-night income of Airbnb hosts in the U.S. is $110.

More information on the program is available on Airbnb’s website and the application for “A Night on Us” is here.

City Inspectors Visit R. Kelly’s Recording Studio To Investigate Alleged Code Violations

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 11:33 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — City building inspectors went inside R. Kelly's recording studio on the Near West Side on Wednesday afternoon, to investigate complaints someone has been living there in violation of zoning laws.

A Cook County judge last week granted the city's request for access to the warehouse building at 219 N. Justine St., after city officials said they have received complaints the facility is being used as a home, even though it is zoned only for commercial use.

The city also has alleged the building was converted into a recording studio, and a kitchen was added to the facility, all without proper permits.

Inspectors arrived around noon, and were able to get inside the building. Inspectors also were seen checking out the building’s exterior from the alley.

Before dawn Wednesday, a man was seen leaving the Justine Street building, carrying a computer and boxes on a dolly, and loading them into a waiting car. The man ignored questions about whether he worked for the landlord or Kelly.

City inspectors previously had been unable to gain entry into the building to investigate those complaints, and last week the building's owners revealed they also have not been able to go inside, because they don't have a key.

A man who said he's Kelly's stepbrother denied anyone has been living in the studio.

"My brother didn't do anything wrong, okay?" he said.

Meantime, Kelly faces eviction from the building next week, if he does not come up with more than $170,000 in rent, attorney's fees, and court costs in connection to a lawsuit filed by the building's owners last year.

The recording studio was featured in the recent documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly," in which multiple women accused Kelly of physically, sexually, and mentally abusing them, and operating a "sex cult" that held women against their will.

The man claiming to be Kelly’s stepbrother denied those allegations.

"R. Kelly would have let them go. R. Kelly needed nothing wrong with these women. These girls know what they was doing. They out here trying to get paid," he said.

Gloria Allred, the attorney for Faith Rodgers, one of the accusers featured in the documentary, has accused Kelly of sending Rodgers a letter threatening to release private pictures of her, and expose her sexual past.

Rodgers said she won't be intimidated into keeping silent.

"No one should be victim-shamed, harassed, or retaliated against because she asserted her rights and spoke her truth," she said.

Last year, Rodgers filed a lawsuit against Kelly, accusing him of knowingly giving her a sexually transmitted disease. Rodgers, who was 19 at the time, also accused Kelly of "mentally, physically, and verbally" abusing her.

Rodgers said she was in a relationship with Kelly for nearly a year before leaving. She claimed, during that time, Kelly instructed her to call him “daddy,” and would lock her up for hours at a time. Rodgers said he even introduced her to one of the five women Kelly allegedly said he was “raising.”

"It just validates the monster that he is. That's what it does. I realize that's his defense, but his defense is only revealing his true colors," Rodgers said.

Kelly's attorneys have called the allegations against him absurd, and called the letter "a fake," claiming Kelly cannot read, write, or type.

Prosecutors in Atlanta and Georgia have said they are looking into allegations of possible sex abuse involving Kelly.

Sources said Kelly's recording studio has been under 24-hour surveillance. The man claiming to be Kelly's stepbrother called that outrageous.

"He's not a monster. He's a human being just like us. He's not a monster at all," he said.

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ Has The Longest Run Atop Amazon Since ‘Fifty Shades’

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 11:10 AM PST

(CNN) — “Becoming” by Michelle Obama is not just one of the best-selling books of the past year — it is one of the hottest titles of the decade.

The inspirational memoir by the former first lady has been on sale for more than two months, yet it is still No. 1 on Amazon’s constantly updated list of best-selling books.

Amazon said “Becoming” enjoyed the longest streak at No. 1 for any book since “Fifty Shades of Grey” came out in 2012. No political tome or public figure’s memoir has ranked No. 1 for as long as “Becoming,” according to data the company provided to CNN Business.

“Becoming” was released on November 13, specifically timed to maximize holiday season sales. It hit No. 1 on Amazon the Friday before the publication date and stayed there for nearly nine weeks.

According to Amazon Charts, it was No. 1 “most sold on Amazon across all formats for 47 consecutive days,” which is the longest streak since “Fifty Shades.”

Another book briefly took the top spot on day 47, Amazon said, but “Becoming” returned to No. 1 and has stayed there practically ever since. Spot checks of the website this month have showed Obama holding steady at the top of the list, with Marie Kondō and Rachel Hollis following close behind.

Obama eclipsed all of 2018’s Trump-related titles within a few weeks of being released. Pro-Trump books like “The Russia Hoax” and takedowns like “Fire and Fury” have performed remarkably well for publishers, but “Becoming” has had more staying power.

Since 1995, when Amazon started keeping track of sales this way, only seven other titles had longer streaks at No. 1.

Four of those were by JK Rowling: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in 2000, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” in 2003, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in 2005, and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in 2007.

The other three were “Da Vinci Code” in 2003; “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose,” which came out in 2005, but hit No. 1 when Oprah Winfrey endorsed it in 2008; and “Fifty Shades of Grey” in 2012.

The publishing house behind the book, Penguin Random House, declined to provide updated sales totals. But in its first week on sale, “Becoming” sold more than 1.4 million copies, the company said back in November. The publisher kept printing more copies to keep up with demand, but the book was still out of stock at some retailers at Christmas.

What’s remarkable is that the book continues to sell so well, despite the early rush of demand.

On a weekly basis, “Becoming” has “consistently held the No. 1 spot on its weekly Most Sold and Most Read nonfiction lists since the book was released in November,” Amazon said this week.

The book has also ranked No. 1 on the New York Times’ nonfiction best seller list for eight consecutive weeks.

Penguin Random House also has a deal to publish Barack Obama’s post-presidential memoir. That book does not yet have a publication date.

The company paid an enormous sum — a reported $65 million — to acquire both books.

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United Airlines Posts Smaller Profit But Tops Expectations

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 11:00 AM PST

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines reported that its fourth-quarter profit slipped 20 percent due to higher fuel and labor costs, but its profit and revenue both beat analysts’ expectations.

Shares of United’s parent rose in after-hours trading.

United is adding seats faster than its rivals Delta and American, but it has filled most of them, and at higher prices. A key measure of pricing power, revenue for each seat flown one mile, climbed five percent in the three months that ended Dec. 31. Total revenue jumped 11 percent.

Chicago-based United expects more modest revenue growth in the first three months of this year. However, it predicted that the revenue-per-seat figure would be flat to up three percent.

The partial government shutdown might play a role. Delta officials said they expect to lose $25 million in revenue this month because of less travel by government workers and contractors. United didn’t comment on the subject.

United predicted that 2019 earnings will be between $10 and $12 a share this year, in line with analysts’ forecast of $10.98 per share, according to FactSet.

In financial performance, United lagged Delta and American for several years. Under a strategy outlined more than a year ago, United has been trying to win back customers it lost by improving its on-time performance, reducing canceled flights, and offering new routes between its big U.S. hubs and smaller airports. United launched 93 new routes last year, more than its rivals.

CEO Oscar Munoz said in a statement that the financial results showed that the strategy is working. He said United had succeeded despite higher-than-expected fuel costs in 2018.

United earned $462 million, down from $579 million a year earlier. United said profit excluding special items worked out to $2.41 per share, handily beating the mean forecast of $2.01 per share among 19 analysts surveyed by FactSet.

Revenue was $10.49 billion, also beating analysts’ expectations.

Profit was dragged down by sizeable increases in the airline’s two biggest expenses. Its fuel bill jumped 27 percent from a year earlier — an extra $500 million in spending — while wages and benefits increased about 9 percent, or nearly $250 million.

Shares of United Continental Holdings Inc. closed up $1.29 to $81.20 before the earnings report. In after-hours trading following the release of the earnings report, they climbed $4.70, or 5.8 percent, to $85.90.

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Illinois Parents Get Decades In Child’s Starvation Death

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 10:37 AM PST

CHICAGO (AP)– An Illinois father and stepmother will spend decades in prison in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities say weighed just 17 pounds when he died.

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FILE – This undated photo provided by the Jersey County States Attorney in Jerseyville, Ill shows Michael L. Roberts. The Illinois father and stepmother face sentencing after pleading guilty to murder in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities said weighed just 17 pounds when he died. Roberts and Georgena L. Roberts of Jerseyville face between 20 and 60 years in prison. (Jersey County States Attorney via AP, File)

The Alton Telegraph reports a judge on Wednesday sentenced Michael L. Roberts to 25 years in prison and Georgena L. Roberts to 20 years.

The 43-year-olds from Jerseyville both pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in November. Two counts of endangering the life and health of a child were dropped.

Authorities have said the couple starved the boy as a form of punishment and withheld food and nourishment on a regular basis. When he died, the boy weighed about a third of the typical weight of a 6-year-old. A preliminary autopsy indicated he died of extreme malnourishment.

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After White House Serves Fast Food, Co-Owner Of Alinea Invites Clemson Football Team To Dinner

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 10:15 AM PST

Chicago (CBS) — The co-owner of one of Chicago’s top-rated restaurants invited the National Champion Clemson football team to dinner after their recent trip to the White House.

Nick Kokonas, co-owner of the Alinea Group, tweeted that he was personally inviting the Clemson Tigers “to experience what an actual celebration dinner should be.”

After defeating the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16 in the National Championship game Jan. 7, the Clemson Tigers were invited to the White House for a presidential dinner. But some were surprised by the choice of food they were served.

President Trump, paying for the meal himself due to the government shutdown, posed in front of the spread that included fast food from popular chains McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King. Despite the unconventional menu, the food was still served on silver platters under the glow of candlelight.

Kokonas’ tweet, posted Tuesday night, has received an outpouring of support with almost 4,000 likes by noon Wednesday.

Some of his supporters include local Chicago celebrities offering their services for the dinner.

WXRT-FM morning DJ Lin Brehmer and host of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” Peter Sagal both vouched to emcee the event.

Not everyone thought the president’s dinner selection was that terrible or that a meal at Alinea would be better.

Alinea is Chicago’s only restaurant with a three-star rating from Michelin and was No. 9 in the The 2014 San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards, which are seen as Oscars of fine dining.

It is also one of the most expensive restaurants in the country, with the price of a meal running $190 to $395 per person.

The Washington Post estimates that the White House dinner cost the president about $3,000.

Former NFL player and Good Morning America contributor Michael Strahan is also offering to treat the Clemson Tigers to dinner in New York.

“Lobster, whatever you want, we’re going to treat you to the proper meal that you deserve because that was one great game, a great accomplishment,” Strahan said.

Bronzeville To Celebrate The Legacy Of MLK With ‘Day Of Service’ Events

Posted: 16 Jan 2019 09:59 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service.

More than 200 people are expected to attend activities at the Oakwood Shores Community Center on Monday, January 21, at 3825 S. Vincennes Ave., starting at 9 a.m.

“As both a master craftsman and marketer of this vision, Dr. King tapped into our noble sentiments,” said organizer and Bronzeville resident Kelsey Taylor. “We hope this will be a new and longstanding tradition.”

One event that will be part of Bronzeville King Day of Service is a mural painting project at Oakwood Shores Community Center, as well as the chance to paint a youth facility.

People will also get an opportunity to assemble more than 500 toiletry bags or “Blessing Bags” for the homeless for Project I Am.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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Aurora Police Investigating After Video Shows Woman Dragging 5-Year-Old By His Hair

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 11:16 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS)– Aurora police are investigating a possible child abuse case that was captured on camera inside of an Aurora hospital emergency room on Jan. 14.

According to police, an individual posted a video on social media of a woman dragging a 5-year-old child by his hair at Rush Copley Medical Center in the 2000 block of Ogden Ave.

The video has been removed and the individuals involved have been identified.

Officials say the 5-year-old and a 2-year-old are now staying with a relative while authorities investigate.

No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.

Trump’s Fast Food Fest Brings Roasting From Late-Night TV Hosts

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 11:03 AM PST

(AP) — Junk food for athletes? President Donald Trump’s offer of greasy burgers and fries to the college football champion Clemson Tigers brought a roasting from late-night TV hosts.

Trump, a fast-food lover, said he paid for the meal himself because of the partial government shutdown, which has led to furloughs among federal workers, including at the White House.

Otherwise, he joked, first lady Melania Trump and Karen Pence, Vice President Mike Pence’s wife, would be making salads.

“I had a choice. Do we have no food for you, because we have a shutdown?” Trump told the team gathered Monday in the White House East Room. “Or do we give you some little quick salads that the first lady will make, along with, along with the second lady. They’ll make some salads. And I said, ‘You guys aren’t into salads.'”

“Or do I go out … do I go out and send out for about 1,000 hamburgers, Big Macs,” Trump said.

Late-night TV hosts ridiculed the president, with NBC’s Seth Meyers joking, in a Trumpian voice: “Normally I would have a salad for dinner on Monday, but they told me they only eat every fast food.”

Stephen Colbert of CBS asked whether Trump was “just projecting your favorite foods onto them.”

The fast-food feast apparently startled some of the players. Clemson offensive lineman Matt Bockhorst tweeted “I mean you’re not just gonna NOT eat the Big Macs stacked in a pile right?”

Some Twitter users criticized the president for serving such food to college athletes, whose diets are strictly controlled by nutritionists. However, others tweeted they thought the menu was just right for college students.

Trump appeared to defend his decision Tuesday in a tweet about how quickly the food was eaten.

“Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House. Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamberders etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!” he wrote.

Silver trays held stacks of wrapped burgers from Wendy’s. Also on offer were boxed burgers from McDonald’s, including Big Macs. White House cups bearing the presidential seal held the fries.

Pizzas, some topped with olives and tomatoes, also were on the menu. Silver bowls held the condiments, and stacks of white plates sat nearby. Several young men were spotted eating multiple burgers at the standup tables dotting the East Room.

“We ordered American fast food, paid for by me. Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza,” he said. “We have some very large people that like eating, so I think we’re going to have a little fun.”

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said much of the staff in the White House residence has been furloughed because of the shutdown, “so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods.” The White House didn’t provide the cost.

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Pizza Delivery Going High Tech On College Campuses

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 10:58 AM PST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (CBS Local) — Ohio State University has discovered a high tech solution to feeding hungry students when the closest dining hall is closed.

OSU has installed its first “Pizza ATM” on campus, loaded with as many as 70 pizzas at a time.

Here’s how it works: Pizzas pre-made in a neighboring kitchen are stored in a refrigeration unit inside the Pizza ATM. When a pizza is ordered, the machine automatically moves the pie to an oven inside the ATM. The pizza is baked until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted, typically in three to four minutes.

The pizzas currently come with cheese or pepperoni toppings, but more options are expected in the future.

A 10-inch pizza costs $8.

"My ultimate goal when I started begging for this machine was really to be able to provide late night services for this west campus population," Abby Hertzfeld, associate director of operations for Student Life Dining Services, told The Lantern. "It's the first step into really piloting that whole program of students accessing a space, selecting their options and self checking out."

The new Pizza ATM is located on the second floor of Morrill Tower and is currently open all week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. for student meal plan holders and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for general Buck-ID holders. Operations are expected to expand to 24 hours by fall of 2019.

The new machine was created by the Cincinnati based company, Pizza ATM, CBS affiliate WBNS reports.

It has already proved popular at Xavier University and Case Western Reserve University. There are already 500 machines successfully operating in France and other parts of Europe, as well.

5 NBA Rookies Making An Impact

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 10:39 AM PST

By Norm Elrod

(CBSDFW/CBS Local) — The 2018 NBA rookie class is already making its presence felt on the court and in the headlines. Every one of the best rookies so far — Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Wendell Carter Jr., Deandre Ayton, and Jaren Jackson Jr. — is logging lots of minutes for losing teams. These teams are playing out hopeless seasons with an eye toward the 2019 NBA Draft, when the process will start again.

Potential team leaders and contributors show up in every NBA draft, and teams with little chance of making a playoff run have every incentive to play for the next lottery and another pick. The hope, of course, is to land a rookie talent who can help lead the team back to relevance or at least be another piece in the puzzle.

A draft pick’s rookie season is a team’s first chance to evaluate their talent at the top level. Here’s a look at the best five NBA rookies so far.

Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center on January 07, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.

Luka Doncic (Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Luka Doncic

Doncic landed in a good situation with the Dallas Mavericks (20-23). The Mavericks were ready to give him minutes, and NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki, who also transitioned from high-level basketball in Europe to the NBA at a young age, is wrapping up his playing career with the team. The young guard has played at a high level from the moment he stepped on the court, averaging 20.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and five assists. He has also proved to be a clutch go-to player. And while he didn’t come through Sunday down the stretch against the Golden State Warriors, he still impressed their various all-stars. The consensus is that Doncic doesn’t play like a rookie, and will likely be an all-star sooner than later.

Trae Young

Trae Young and Luka Doncic will forever be compared. Young, who the Atlanta Hawks (13-30) traded Doncic to get, started off his NBA career a little more slowly. This was no surprise, given he played just one year in college. His passing has always been sharp, but now his three-point shooting seems to be rounding into form too. His abysmal early season from beyond the arc (22.6%), has been a little more respectable since (35.5%). The book is still out on the point guard, though his 15.8 points and 7.1 assists have certainly helped lift the lowly Hawks a little.

Wendell Carter Jr.

The Chicago Bulls (10-33) are a mess, but Wendell Carter Jr. seems to be figuring things out after a lackluster December. His month began with the firing of head coach Fred Hoiberg, who was replaced by Jim Boylen, whose draconian coaching tactics nearly led to team mutiny. The seas have calmed a little in Chicago, as the Bulls sail toward another lottery pick. And Carter’s production has picked up, including a 22-point, six-rebound showing against the Portland Trail Blazers last week. The center/power forward out of Duke is part of a lineup filled with young talent that routinely gets run out of the building by the NBA’s better teams. Early-game foul trouble sometimes limits his minutes and his production, but Carter continues to improve and find more consistency.

Wendell Carter Jr. #34 of the Chicago Bulls drives against Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns at the United Center on November 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Suns 124-116.

Wendell Carter Jr. and Deandre Ayton (L-R) (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Deandre Ayton

The top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft has been a bright spot in another dismal Phoenix Suns (11-33) season. The Suns have missed the NBA Playoffs for eight straight seasons, and they’re working on the ninth. But now Devin Booker has a little help. Averaging a solid 16.6 points and 10.7 rebounds, Ayton looks to be another productive player who can match up with the NBA’s big men at both ends of the court. While his offensive production has been consistent all season, his defense continues to improve.

Jaren Jackson Jr.

Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies (19-24) is yet another NBA rookie trying to find a little consistency in his game. And he has recently, scoring at least 12 points per game and shooting 55.3% over the last five games. But his season has been marred by foul trouble. The Michigan State product leads the League in fouls per game (3.9), which limits his minutes. Recent scoring outbursts suggest that his numbers will improve if/when he figures out how to stay on the court. With the Grizzlies sitting just ahead of the Suns at the bottom of the West, though only five games below .500, he’ll probably get that chance.

Bears GM Won’t Say If Parkey Will Be Back Next Season

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 10:31 AM PST

(AP) — Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace wouldn’t say if Cody Parkey will return for another season, and coach Matt Nagy called out the struggling kicker for appearing on the “Today” show last week.

Pace was adamant Monday that the Bears need improvement in the kicking game. He also said “those are things that need to play out” when asked if Parkey will return for a second season.

Nagy, meanwhile, made it clear he wasn’t thrilled Parkey went on the “Today” show Friday.

The appearance was just days after the kicker’s potential winning field goal hit the left upright and crossbar in a 16-15 wild-card loss to Philadelphia caught him off guard.

The kicker’s future in Chicago is in question after a breakthrough season.

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Report: Black Motorists Stopped, Searched More Than Others

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 10:21 AM PST

CHICAGO (AP) — A report by the American Civil Liberties Union says African-American motorists in Illinois are more likely than others to be stopped and searched for routine traffic violations.

The report says police asked to conduct searches of vehicles driven by black motorists nearly twice as often as those driven by whites in 2017. Police asked to search cars driven by Latinos 1.4 times more often those driven by whites.

The study examined data collected by the Illinois Department of Transportation between 2015 and 2017 from more than 900 law enforcement agencies statewide. Police made about 6.5 million traffic stops and performed more than 283,000 searches in that time.

The study found that in certain cities, such as Aurora and Champaign, African-American drivers were stopped at rates more than twice that of the African-American population.

In Chicago, African-American drivers accounted for 61 percent of all traffic stops in 2017 while making up 31 percent of the city’s population.

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Rauner Grants Posthumous Clemency In Stabbing Case Days Before He Left Office

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 10:04 AM PST

(AP) — Just days before he left office, former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner granted posthumous clemency to a man imprisoned for a stabbing that a serial killer later confessed to committing.

The Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois in Springfield said Grover Thompson received the first posthumous exoneration in state history.

Illinois Prisoner Review Board spokesman Jason Sweat said Tuesday that Rauner granted Thompson executive clemency on Friday.

The Innocence Project planned a 2:00 p.m. news conference Tuesday which Thompson’s nephew is expected to attend.

Thompson died in 1996 while serving a 40-year sentence for the attempted 1981 murder of 72-year-old Ida White in Mount Vernon. In 2007 serial killer Timothy Krajcir confessed to stabbing White.

Rauner denied Thompson clemency in 2015.

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Alicia Keys To Host 2019 Grammy Awards

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 09:34 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — Alicia Keys is no stranger to the Grammy Awards, having graced the stage to receive the coveted music industry award many times over.

But on Sunday February 10, Keys will be on stage as the presenter of the 61st annual Grammy Awards.

"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy," said Keys. “I’m so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and magic. I'm especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!”

Keys has won 15 Grammy Awards (and been nominated 29 times) for her work as a singer, songwriter, and producer. In 2002, she won the first Grammy awards of her career, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year.

"Alicia is one of those rare artists who melds true musical genius with heartfelt emotional lyrics to create a unique approach to everything she does. We have no doubt that she'll bring all of that as she guides millions of Grammy viewers through what we believe will be a very special show in February," said longtime Grammy Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich.

The Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.

More Than 300 New Chicago Police Officers Graduate From Academy; CPD Expands High-Definition Camera Network

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 09:18 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago is getting new resources to help keep the city safe. More than 300 new officers are graduating from the academy on Tuesday, and the department is adding dozens of new high-definition cameras in some of the city's busiest areas.

In 2016, the mayor's office announced a two-year plan to add 1,000 additional police officers to the force. With 330 recruits joining the ranks on Tuesday, the mayor's office says a total of 960 new officers have been hired since the push began.

The new officers join a force of 13,500 officers, which has come under fire in recent years by local and national critics.

In a scathing report in 2016, the U.S. Justice Department ripped on the Chicago Police Department for poor training, and systemic civil rights violations.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the new hires are change agents who are making one of the nation's largest police departments better with each and every oath of office.

"With the full support of the mayor, myself, and the rest of the command staff, I want you all to know that we're committed to putting reforms in place that will give you access to better training and additional resources to keep you safe and do your jobs to the bet of your ability," Johnson told the new officers Tuesday morning.

The new officers will work with a training officer for up to a year now that they have completed training at the academy.

The graduation ceremony at McCormick Place comes on the same day the department announced 32 new high-definition cameras have been installed in the Near North District; which includes downtown, River North, Streeterville, Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast.

Some of those cameras were installed at the corner of Chicago Avenue and State Street, just above the Red Line station where a group of teenagers attacked three people on December 29. Five teens have since been arrested after images from surveillance cameras inside the station were released in a community alert.

Police said the cameras definitely helped officers make those arrests.

WATCH: Huge Rotating Ice Disc Mysteriously Forms In River

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 09:10 AM PST

WESTBROOK, Maine (CBS Local) — A massive disc of ice has formed in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, a suburb of Portland.

Tina Radel, Westbrook's marketing and communications director, posted images of the Westbrook Ice Disc on social media, saying the ice is slowly rotating counter-clockwise and that birds have been using it as a resting area.

“It looks like the moon has landed in Westbrook!” the city wrote on Facebook Tuesday morning.

No exact measurement of the Westbrook Ice Disc has been taken, but in video shot from a drone and shared by the city, it appears larger than two nearby downtown buildings.

Westbrook resident Adam Farnsworth also documented the Westbrook Ice Disc with a drone and shared it on Facebook.

Ice discs like the one in Maine are not uncommon when atmospheric conditions are just right, the Bangor Daily News reports.

Citing a 2009 Daily Mail report, the newspaper says the discs "occur at bends in the river where the accelerating water creates a force called 'rotational shear,' which breaks off a chunk of ice and twists it around” and “as the disc rotates it grinds against surrounding ice, smoothing into a perfect circle.”

Van Dyke’s Family And Fellow Officers Ask For Probation Ahead Of Sentencing; Prosecutors Make Case For Prison

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 08:49 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — With former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke facing a sentencing hearing this week in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, his attorneys have submitted nearly 200 letters from family, friends and fellow officers; asking a judge to give him only probation.

Prosecutors, on the other hand, laid out their case for Van Dyke to go to prison, though they didn't recommend a specific term behind bars.

On Monday, prosecutors and defense attorneys both submitted their sentencing memos in the case, more than three months after Van Dyke was convicted of one count of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in McDonald's death.

Defense attorney Daniel Herbert recommended Van Dyke be sentenced to only probation, or at most the minimum six-year sentence for aggravated battery, and continued to blame McDonald for what happened the night of the fatal shooting.

"Mr. McDonald is not blameless in this incident. His PCP-fueled crime spree included a number of offenses, some forcible felonies, such as burglary, attempt murder, aggravated assault, and criminal damage to state supported property. Mr. McDonald set everything in motion on October 20, 2014 as he attempted to flee from a lawful arrest for those offenses and repeatedly refused to comply with lawful police commands to drop the knife," Herbert wrote.

"Jason's criminal conduct was induced or facilitated by Mr. McDonald," he added. "Jason did not instigate this incident, he merely responded to a call for help. As state [sic] above, Mr. McDonald's own conduct set this incident in motion."

The defense also submitted nearly 200 letters asking the judge for leniency, including letters from fellow officers, neighbors, friends and Van Dyke's wife and daughters.

Van Dyke's 16-year-old daughter told the judge she has been suffering from depression, has regular nightmares and cries herself to sleep because her dad faces the possibility of spending his life in prison. She said she wants Judge Vincent Gaughan to "get to know the real Jason Van Dyke."

"My dad is like any other regular man out there in this world, but one billion times better. He is my hero, my shoulder to cry on my mentor," she wrote. "Waking up knowing he isn't here or when he will come home kills me … it's time to bring my dad home. It's time for him to see my sister graduate eighth grade and watch me graduate high school."

Van Dyke's wife described him as a "very kind, gentle, soft-spoken man," and said the family has been punished enough, stating they have been afraid to tell people their names when they go out in public, because of threats against her husband.

"My family has suffered more than I can even put into words. My daughters had their father ripped away from them," she wrote. "My children do not sleep or eat right. They feel guilty when they are bullied at school and he cannot come to their rescue."

Van Dyke's youngest daughter wrote that she is regularly bullied, cannot concentrate at school and has trouble sleeping because of nightmares because of what is happening to her dad.

"My dad is my everything," she wrote. "I want him to see me grow up and do well in school and make him proud. My dad and my family are really hurting and I think that we have hurt enough. I beg of you to think of my sister and I when you make your decision. I need my dad in my life."

Defense attorneys also submitted numerous commendations he received from the Police Department as part of their request for leniency.

Special Prosecutor Joseph McMahon did not recommend a specific sentence for Van Dyke, but did argue the officer should be sentenced for each of those counts.

Prosecutors rejected the defense's call for Van Dyke to be sentenced only to probation, noting the aggravated battery charges are more serious felonies than second-degree murder and carry a minimum sentence of six years.

However, McMahon did not argue all of those sentences should be consecutive, noting the judge could order Van Dyke to serve consecutive terms only for the gunshot wounds that caused "severe bodily harm." He noted, if the judge agrees with the defense that only two shots were fatal, Van Dyke would have to serve at least 18 years – six for the fatal wound to the head, six for the fatal wound to the chest, and six for the other non-fatal shots.

If the judge were to convict Van Dyke to consecutive sentences for all 16 counts of aggravated battery, he would face a minimum of 96 years in prison.

Van Dyke’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Friday, January 18.

While Van Dyke is still employed by the Chicago Police Department, the state revoked his certification as a police officer after his conviction, and the Chicago Police Board is moving forward with the department’s request to fire him.

Netflix Raising Prices For 58M US Subscribers As Costs Rise

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 08:43 AM PST

CHICAGO (AP)– Netflix is raising its U.S. prices by 13 percent to 18 percent, its biggest increase since the company launched its streaming service 12 years ago.

Its most popular plan will see the largest hike, to $13 per month from $11. That option offers high-definition streaming on up to two different internet-connected devices simultaneously. Even at the higher price, that plan is still a few dollars cheaper than HBO, whose streaming service charges $15 per month.

The extra cash will help to pay for Netflix’s huge investment in original shows and films and finance the heavy debt it has assumed to ward off rivals such as Amazon, Disney and AT&T.

This marks the fourth time that Netflix has raised its U.S. prices; the last hike came in late 2017 . But this is the first time that higher prices will hit all 58 million U.S. subscribers, the number Netflix reported at the end of September.

Previously, Netflix had continued to offer a basic, $8-a-month streaming plan while raising rates on more comprehensive plans with better video quality and options to watch simultaneously on different devices.

This time, the price for the cheapest plan is going up to $9 per month. A premium plan offering ultra-high definition will jump to $16 per month from $14.

The new prices will immediately affect all new subscribers and then roll out to existing customers during the next three months. Customers in about 40 Latin America countries where Netflix bills in U.S. currency will also be affected, excepting key international markets such as Mexico and Brazil.

Netflix had nearly 79 million subscribers outside the U.S. as of September.

Higher prices could alienate subscribers and possibly even trigger a wave of cancelations. For instance, Netflix faced a huge backlash in 2011 when it unbundled video streaming from its older DVD-by-mail service, resulting in a 60 percent price increase for subscribers who wanted to keep both plans. Netflix lost 600,000 subscribers after that switch.

The company is now betting it can gradually raise its prices, bolstered by a string of acclaimed hits during that past five years that have included “House of Cards,” ”Orange Is The New Black,” ”Stranger Things,” ”The Crown” and, most recently, the film “Bird Box.”

“We change pricing from time to time as we continue investing in great entertainment and improving the overall Netflix experience,” the company said in a statement.

Consumers also have an increasing array of other streaming options .

Amazon offers a streaming service as part of its Prime shipping program for $13 per month, or $120 for an annual membership. Hulu sells an ad-free service for $12 per month. AT&T’s WarnerMedia unit plans a broader streaming service this year centered on HBO. Walt Disney is gearing up to launch a streaming channel this year.

With Apple also widely expected to join the video-streaming fray, the competition for programming is enabling top directors, writers and actors to charge more for their talents. That has intensified financial pressure on Netflix, which hasn’t been bringing in enough money to pay for all its programming and other business expenses.

The company burned through about $3 billion last year and is expecting to do so again this year. To offset the negative cash flow, Netflix has been borrowing heavily to pay for programming. The Los Gatos, California, company had accumulated nearly $12 billion in debt before borrowing another $2 billion in an October bond offering.

Concerns about the stiffening competition and Netflix’s ability to sustain its current leadership in video streaming has caused the company’s stock price to slide by 21 percent from its peak of $423.21 reached last June.

News of the price hike sent a charge into shares of Netflix Inc., which rose more than 5 percent in early trading, to $351.40.

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Chicago Weather Forecast: Potential For Snow Thursday, Then On Weekend

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 08:20 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — Winter is starting to become a thing.

CBS 2 meteorologist Megan Glaros says a mix of snow and freezing rain is possible on Thursday–with the potential for some minor accumulations, not more than one to two inches.

The bigger concern comes on Friday night and into the weekend. Glaros is tracking another, bigger system that has the potential to accumulate a more significant amount of snow.

Right now, the path of the weekend storm and total snowfall is uncertain.

If it tracks more to the north, Chicago and northwest Indiana could be hit with around six inches of snow, according to a National Weather Service model.

If the storm slides down south, then those accumulations would be less for the Chicago area and more significant for central Illinois and Indiana.

Then, after that systems passes, temperatures may plunge into the teens for Sunday.

Downers Grove North H.S. Investigating After Student Writes Racial Slur On Whiteboard

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 08:19 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — A student at Downers Grove North High School was caught on camera writing the n-word on a whiteboard at school.

The person who posted a video of the student writing the racial slur said he did not film it, but wanted to share the video to bring awareness to the racism that takes place at the school.

School officials said they've identified the students involved, and contacted the parents, and have launched a formal investigation.

"This type of behavior is unacceptable, and is inconsistent with the values we cherish at District 99. We are disappointed that this has happened, and apologize for the hurt that it has caused," Community High School District 99 Superintendent Dr. Hank Thiele wrote in an email to students.

Due to student privacy, school officials said they cannot share what specific consequences the students might face.

No Shootings Reported In Chicago On Monday; A First In 2019

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 08:10 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — For the first time this year, a day passed with no one shooting another person in Chicago on Monday.

While there were no shootings in the city, two people were injured by self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

A 38-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning his gun Monday night in the Roseland neighborhood.

A 15-year-old boy also accidentally shot himself, as police were searching him when they responded to a shoplifting call Monday afternoon in Rogers Park.

Neither person suffered serious injuries.

Gun violence did resume not long after midnight Tuesday, when three people were wounded in a shooting in the Brainerd neighborhood. Police said a 19-year-old man, a 22-year-old man, and a 28-year-old man were getting out of a car near 90th and Bishop around 12:35 a.m., when another vehicle pulled up, and someone inside opened fire. All three victims were in good or fair condition.

Alicia Keys On Being This Year’s GRAMMYs Host: ‘It’s Going Up On February 10th!’

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 07:56 AM PST

CBS and the Recording Academy announced earlier today that 15-time GRAMMY Award winner Alicia Keys will fulfill the hosting duties for next month’s 61st annual GRAMMY Awards. This year’s GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10th (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT) only on CBS.

"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy," said Keys. “I’m so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and magic. I'm especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year! It’s going up on February 10th!"

"A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the perfect choice as host for our show," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond. As an artist who speaks to the power of music for good, a role model, and a spokesperson for change, we are thrilled to have her on board for what's sure to be an unforgettable GRAMMY Awards."

Longtime GRAMMY Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich also had glowing words for Keys as he discussed her musical prowess and his high expectations for her as host.

"Alicia is one of those rare artists who melds true musical genius with heartfelt emotional lyrics to create a unique approach to everything she does. We have no doubt that she'll bring all of that as she guides millions of GRAMMY viewers through what we believe will be a very special show in February," said Ehrlich.

Tune in on Sunday, February 10th (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT) for all the excitement of the 61st annual GRAMMY Awards, only on CBS. Check your local listings for more information.

 

Feds Seeking 3 More Months To Indict Ald. Edward Burke, Citing ‘Complex’ Investigation

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 06:57 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge for more time to indict Ald. Edward Burke (14th), nearly two weeks after he was charged with trying to put the squeeze on to businessmen seeking to renovate a Burger King on the Southwest Side.

Prosecutors typically have 30 days after an arrest to return an indictment, but in a four-page motion filed Monday, the feds sought a 90-day extension, which would give them until May 3, or more than two months after the upcoming election, to indict Burke.

"The government is conducting a diligent and thorough investigation into this case, but certain factors have led to this request for an extension. These factors include the complex nature of this public corruption case, and the fact that the investigation is ongoing. Thus, due to the complex nature of this investigation, the government cannot appropriately and conclude the investigation within the time allowed," prosecutors wrote.

Also on Monday, Burke waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the case, which had been scheduled for Friday. Such a hearing would determine if there is probable cause for the charge filed against him, but such hearings are routinely superseded when prosecutors return a grand jury indictment.

If U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan grants prosecutors' request for an extension, they would have until May 3 to return an indictment against Burke.

Burke, 75, has been charged with one count of attempted extortion, for allegedly using his position as alderman to illegally pressure two executives with a fast food restaurant company to hire his law firm for property tax work.

The criminal complaint against Burke also accuses the alderman of asking one of the executives to make a campaign contribution to another politician in exchange for his support for a restaurant renovation project.

That unnamed politician was later revealed to be Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who is running for mayor, and has said she didn't personally know about the donation or alleged extortion. Her campaign has said the entire donation was returned, and she has not been accused of a crime.

Burke resigned as chairman of the City Council Finance Committee after he was charged, but has said he will continue to seek reelection on Feb. 26, when he faces three opponents, including Tanya Patino, who has the backing of Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

The congressman also endorsed newly elected Illinois State Rep. Aaron Ortiz, who defeated Burke's brother, Dan, in last year's Democratic primary. Ortiz is also Patino's boyfriend.

While Burke so far faces only one criminal charge, the complaint against him revealed prosecutors had already tapped his cell phone before the alleged extortion attempt began in May 2017, suggesting they were already investigating something else involving Burke.

Another Teen Charged In December Attack At Chicago Avenue Station On CTA Red Line

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 05:37 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — A fifth teenager has been charged with attacking people at a Red Line subway stop last month, an assault that was caught on video.

Police said the 16-year-old was arrested Monday afternoon near 62nd and Stony Island, after an anonymous tip identifying him as one of the suspects seen in a community alert about the attack at the Chicago Avenue station on the Red Line on Dec. 29.

The 16-year-old has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery, and one felony count of mob action. He was due to appear in Juvenile Court on Tuesday.

Police said he was part of a group of teenagers who attacked three people waiting on the Chicago Avenue platform around 8 p.m. on Dec. 29. The victims – a 26-year-old man, a 28-year-old man, and a 29-year-old woman – told police the teens started kicking and punching them for no reason.

All three victims suffered bruises and abrasions, and the 28-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket.

A video posted on social media shows several teens repeatedly punching a man in the face, knocking him to the ground.

Police said, so far, five people have been charged in the attack. They believe eight to ten people were responsible for the attack.

Man Rescued From Water After Going For A Swim In Chicago River

Posted: 15 Jan 2019 04:54 AM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — A security guard and several police officers rescued a man from the Chicago River early Tuesday, after he tried to go for a swim in below-freezing temperatures.

The guard was working near Wacker and Dearborn, when he heard a man in the Chicago River screaming for help around 1:05 a.m.. He called police, and even helped officers with the water rescue.

The 29-year-old victim held on to a life ring as the security guard dragged him by a rope to get him to the other side of the river, where several officers were waiting to pull him out of the water.

"It took some time to run down the stairs, and then once initially all the officers had responded there, in order to lift him up, it was very much so a group effort, as well as we also noticed that the actual line that the security was pulling him along with was starting to rip as well," Officer Joseph Reyes said.

The officers helped keep him warm before paramedics arrived, giving him a hat and yellow jacket. They then carried him up the stairs, where other officers surrounded the man to warm him before he was loaded into an ambulance.

Police said the victim was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

Officers said the man told them he was leaving a concert at the House of Blues, and had been drinking, and decided to try to swim across the river.

"He was going home, and as soon as he started walking, he started walking towards the river. He jumped the fence, and basically in his mind, he thought that he was going to be a good swimmer and swim across the river," Officer Alejandro Rosiles said. "So, as soon as he jumped over the fence, he jumped into the water, thinking he was going to reach the other side, and he said as soon as he got into the water, he felt he was in there for like an hour."

The man was in the water for about 10 minutes before the 911 call came in.

Police warned people to stay out of the water given the frigid conditions.

Parents Say Creek At Bottom Of Ski Hill Poses Danger At Wisconsin Resort

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 09:17 PM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two North Shore parents say there’s a downhill danger at Alpine Valley Ski Resort in Wisconsin after their children fell into a creek at the bottom of a ski run.

alpine valley ski resort Parents Say Creek At Bottom Of Ski Hill Poses Danger At Wisconsin Resort

The two mothers say they fear there could be more to come, and the outcome could be far worse if nothing is done.

Fresh weekend snow welcomed eager snowboarders and skiers at Alpine Valley Resort in Wisconsin Monday.

It’s where Melissa Mastros and her three boys have hit the slopes for years.

“One hundred percent, it’s going to happen again, 100 percent,” Mastros said.

Her 10-year-old son Luke, who she said is an intermediate skier, went down a slope earlier this month.

“He was skiing down one of the runs and went through the fence and went into the river,” Mastros said. “He happened to lose control. It can happen to anyone. It can happen to an experienced skier. Anyone can lose control.”

Luke busted through a soft temporary fence and into  in the frigid creek.

An incident report shows he was quickly pulled out and treated for hypothermia.

“It’s a river at the end of a ski run. It’s ridiculous. It’s absurd. It needs to be fixed,” Mastros said.

Susie Smyth told CBS 2 that her 9-year-old daughter also ended up losing control on the same hill, and ended up going through the fence in 2017. She was stranded on the frozen over creek and needed to be rescued.

“She seemed so scared and she was in those heavy ski boots,” Smyth said. ”

“My intention with coming forward with my story is not to vilify Alpine Valley Ski Resort,” Smyth said. “My hope is to call them to action.”

“It’s crazy that people are flying into this river, and nothing is being done about it,” Mastros said. “Somebody is going to die in there. It’s like a death trap.”

CBS 2 did speak with someone who identified himself as the general manager of Alpine Valley Ski Resort. He wouldn’t say how often guests end up in the water and wouldn’t say if changes are in the works.  All he would say is that guest safety is paramount.

 

Trucking Company Dissolves, After Not Paying Employees Salary Owed

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 08:53 PM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — Drivers who worked for a trucking company are without paychecks and work after their company never paid.

One family says they are owed more than $1,000 from Alex Logistics since last year.

Ikram Kamal and her husband, Ihab, have spent almost four months trying to get more than $1,200 they’re owed from Alex Logistics, Inc., their trucking broker.

“I couldn’t pay my bills,” Ihab, a driver for the company, said.

ihab kamal Trucking Company Dissolves, After Not Paying Employees Salary Owed

“It’s just really annoying,” Ikram said.

Kamal owns a trucking business and began delivering loads for Alex Logistics in September. At first, he got his money. Then nothing except a series of calls and emails that went nowhere.

Ihab received a letter that reads, “Ihab, you have to check with Andrew. If he is not going to be in, we cannot do any checks.”

The Kamals filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Labor and believe they’re not the only ones left unpaid.

“Because I Googled to see what their reviews were, and it was just crazy, the comments that I read from the people that they owed,” Ikram said.

CBS 2 went to Alex Logistics' Park Ridge office looking for the Andrew the Kamal’s dealt with. The office was almost empty, with sources telling saying Andrew moved across the hall.

Andrew refused to talk with CBS 2. So our reporter spoke to a man in the company’s former office, who said he’s not associated with the company.

Interesting , considering the Kamals' later identified him as another Alex Logistics employee, and his Facebook page lists him as its Chief Operating officer.

CBS 2 also confirmed Alex Logistics lost its insurance in October and found Illinois Secretary of State records showing the company was voluntarily dissolved last week.

“They just needed to be called out on it,” Ikram said. “I mean, people work hard for their money. Trucking is not easy. You know, they put their lives on the line, and for them to just not get the money, it’s just not fair.”

Ihab says he is more careful now.

“It’s a lesson for me,” he said.

The Kamals also filed a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and that office confirmed it has received one complaint against Alex Logistics. Now they say they plan to follow up with both agencies to see if anything else can be done.

Pawn Shop Owner Says He Sees 10-20 Federal Employees Every Day During Shutdown

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 08:32 PM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — Twenty-four days into the government shutdown, a Chicago pawn shop owner says he sees 10 to 20 federal employees come in each day in order to continue feeding their families and paying their bills.

Randy Cohen says he has welcomed a wave of new customers over the past 24 days.

pawn shop Pawn Shop Owner Says He Sees 10 20 Federal Employees Every Day During Shutdown

More than 45,000 Illinois residents with federal jobs received $0 paychecks this past pay day.

Monday the shutdown forced one worker to part with a prized van.

“Oh he loves this thing. You should’ve heard what he put into it. He put a satellite TV, a sound system and a sunroof back there,” Cohen said.

It was sold for a quick $6,500.

Cohen agrees to hold onto the items for 60 days. He says he assigns a lower interest rate when he hears shutdown stories.

“I feel sorry for them,” he said. “Listen, they got to pay their mortgage. They got to pay a car payment.”

It’s probably stuff people saved, one worker said.

“For a rainy day,” Cohen said. “And it’s raining for them. Think about it. Thank God they had stuff like this.”

Government workers don’t need to travel far to get to this pawn shop.

It’s next to a U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services building and a FEMA office and across the street from a federal corrections center downtown.

Driver Saved Before Metra Train Strikes Vehicle In Lombard

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 08:04 PM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — A driver was saved from a vehicle on the tracks before it was struck by a Metra train near Grace Street in Lombard Monday night, Lombard officials confirm.

The incident happened shortly after 8:30 p.m., Metra officials say. Lombard police said an elderly driver drove onto the tracks at Grace Street and Charles Road. Witnesses helped him get out of the car as police responded, before a Union Pacific West Line train hit the car.

Union Pacific West line train number 65 was scheduled to arrive in Elburn at 9:06 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Palmieri Scores 2, Devils Tally 8 In Routing Blackhawks

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 08:02 PM PST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Kyle Palmieri and Blake Coleman each scored twice, and the New Jersey Devils had their biggest offensive game of the season, an 8-5 victory over the struggling Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – JANUARY 14: Collin Delia #60 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes the third period save against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 14, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Blackhawks 8-5. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Travis Zajac, Sami Vatanen, Kevin Rooney and Brett Seney also scored as the Devils won consecutive games for only the third time since opening the season with four straight wins. Rookie goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood won for the fifth time in seven decisions.

Patrick Kane scored twice and set up two others for the Blackhawks. Brent Seabrook, Dominik Kahun and Brandon Saad also scored for Chicago, which left goaltenders Cam Ward and Collin Delia defenseless most of the game in giving up at least seven goals for the fifth time this season. The eight goals against tied the most given up by the Blackhawks this season.

After Kane tied the game 1-all with a power-play goal at 3:07 of the second period, Palmieri and the Devils took over.

Palmieri beat Ward on a breakaway to put the Devils ahead a little more than two minutes after the Kane goal. He stretched the lead to two goals 3:11 later with a shot Ward didn’t seem to see. The goal originally was credited to Brian Boyle but later was awarded to Palmieri for his 22nd of the season.

Zajac tapped in a rebound, Vatanen tallied on a power play and Rooney tallied on a rebound for his first NHL goal to stretch the lead to 6-1.

Kane closed the gap with his second goal and set up Seabrook’s 100th career goal in the final 1:41 of the second period, but the Blackhawks never threatened until Saad scored late to make it 7-5.

Chicago pulled Delia, but Coleman, who had scored the Devils’ first goal on a breakaway, tallied into an empty net.

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Semi Bursts Into Flames After Crashing Into Bus On I-294

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 06:37 PM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — A semi truck crashed into a Peoria Charter bus on I-294 near St. Charles Road Monday evening, Illinois State Police say.

Dennis J. Burda sent CBS 2 this video of the accident:

Police responded to the crash near mile marker 32.5 on the northbound side of the road around 6:51 p.m.

The passenger bus was unoccupied and parked on the right shoulder, police say. The semi traveled off the road onto the right shoulder and struck the passenger bus before becoming engulfed in flames.

The 37-year-old driver of the semi was taken to Elmhurst Hospital with minor injuries. She was in good condition.

Two northbound lanes of traffic and the left shoulder are currently open.

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The incident is currently under investigation.

Peoria Charter operates 14 daily shuttles to Chicago and 64 charter buses, according to the company’s Twitter page.

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Number Of Absent Airport Security Screeners Soars In Shutdown

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 05:43 PM PST

 (AP) — The number of airport security screeners failing to show up for work around the country is soaring as the partial government shutdown goes into its fourth week.

No-shows among screeners jumped Sunday and again Monday, when the Transportation Security Administration reported a national absence rate of 7.6 percent compared with 3.2 percent on a comparable day a year ago. Monday marked the first business day after screeners did not receive a paycheck for the first time since the shutdown began.

At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest, some passengers waited more than an hour to get through checkpoints. The airport reported the long lines on its website Monday morning, showing the hour-plus waits at all three checkpoints in the domestic terminal.

“It’s chaos out here,” passenger Vincent Smith said as he stood in a line that snaked through the Atlanta airport’s atrium and baggage claim areas. “This line, I’ve been here about 15 minutes and it has moved 2 feet.”

TSA is working with the Atlanta airport and airlines “to maximize all available operational resources at the airport,” TSA spokesman Jim Gregory said.

The agency is working with airports and airlines nationwide to consolidate operations and get the most out of resources, Gregory added. He declined to provide absentee figures for Atlanta or other airports, saying that would compromise security by exposing possible vulnerabilities.

“Screeners will not do anything to compromise or change their security procedures,” he said.

But Smith said he could relate to government workers who don’t show up so they can find other ways to make ends meet.

“If I was a government worker, yes, I would probably call in and try to do something else because creditors don’t care if you’re furloughed or not,” Smith said. “They just want to get paid and with a family of six, you have to do what you have to.”

Atlanta’s wait times stretched well beyond what the TSA says most passengers have encountered since the shutdown began.

Delta Air Lines, the dominant carrier in Atlanta, and other airlines said they were advising passengers to get to the airport at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours before international trips. A Delta spokeswoman said airline employees were pitching in by helping manage TSA lines.

TSA said that it screened 1.97 million people on Sunday and that 99.1 percent waited less than 30 minutes, and 93.1 percent less than 15 minutes. Precheck lines for people who pay a fee for expedited screening averaged less than five minutes, TSA said.

A combination of a busy Monday travel day combined with some security lines being closed led to the long lines, airport spokesman Andrew Gobeil said. He said he didn’t know how many security lines were down.

A statement from TSA attributed the long waits in Atlanta to “anticipated high volume.”

Meanwhile, TSA said it would move officers around the country to deal with local shortages. A few airports are making changes to deal with the shortage of screeners.

At Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, a security checkpoint and ticket counter that were shuttered Sunday afternoon in Terminal B will remain closed through Tuesday, a spokesman said.

The terminal handles United Express flights. Passengers must go through checkpoints in other terminals, then walk or take a train to planes parked at Terminal B. A spokesman for United Airlines said flights were not affected.

Miami International Airport closed one of its concourses for part of Saturday and Sunday, shifting about a dozen afternoon and evening flights each day to other concourses so that TSA workers could adequately staff the other checkpoints. Airport spokesman Greg Chin said TSA was staffing the Concourse G checkpoint on Monday, but airport officials were monitoring the situation and would make more adjustments if necessary.

An official with the union representing TSA workers said TSA canceled employees’ vacation requests about a week ago.

“Since nobody is getting paid, (TSA officials) don’t want them to take annual leave,” said Cairo D’Almeida, president of a government workers’ union local in Seattle. He said he was asking local food banks if they can help the workers.

Gregory, the TSA spokesman said that was not a TSA decision. Under guidelines from the federal Office of Personnel Management, paid time off is canceled for employees, including the airport screeners, who are exempt from certain federal labor laws.

In Atlanta, Monday’s long wait times come with less than three weeks remaining before the city hosts one of the world’s biggest sporting events. Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3 is expected to bring hordes of travelers to Atlanta for the game and days of concerts and related events.

“We’re confident that we will be as efficient and as welcoming as people expect the city of Atlanta to be here at Hartsfield-Jackson for the Super Bowl,” Gobeil said.

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Metra Heritage Corridor Trains Still Not Running After Freight Train Derailment

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 04:44 PM PST

CHICAGO (CBS)– Crews are working to upright derailed train cars, that halted the Metra Heritage Corridor Line Monday morning.

A freight train, on the Canadian National Railway, came off the tracks and blocked both Metra tracks between Lemont and Willow Springs.

No trains ran Monday morning and trains will remain out of service into the evening.

Metra commuters had to quickly find other ways to get into work.

Metra officials say they do not know if trains will be running Tuesday. Commuters should check the Metra website for updates.

Pritzker Promises Political Unity During Inauguration In Springfield

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 04:26 PM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — Billionaire J.B. Pritzker has a new title as of Monday: Governor.

It wasn’t only J.B. Pritzker’s day in the sun. Democrats now completely control state government. They have veto-proof majorities in both the House and Senate and control all the statewide elected offices.

Nevertheless, Pritzker vowed he would not rule with an iron fist.

The family of J.B. Pritzer, his wife M.K. and children, Donny and Teddi, bounced to the beat during the most rousing governor’s inauguration in anyone’s memory.

The song played, “We Are Family,” is a metaphor for Pritzker’s view of the state as extended family, promising not to shut Republicans out of the picture.

“With all of the challenges Illinois faces, Democrats and Republicans will work together. We will propose, debate and pass a balanced budget this year,” Pritzker said.

That’s a pretty low bar elsewhere but not in Illinois. And he added a caveat about how it will be done.

“I won’t balance the budget on the backs of the starving, the sick, and the suffering. I won’t make government the enemy and government employees the scapegoats,” said Pritzker.

That was a not very thinly veiled shot at outgoing Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner who warred with state labor unions and sat grim-faced during much of the ceremony. Pritzker also promised to legalize recreational pot and hike the minimum wage.

 

 

“They deserve a $15.00 minimum wage. It’s good for the working families of Illinois and good for our economy,” Pritzker said.

But is it good for business?

GOP legislative leaders, at their weakest strength in decades, vowed to work with the new governor.

“The Democrats I don’t think want to necessarily just deal with ramrodding their policies through. So we can be helpful,” said Senator Bill Brady (R-44th District). “We are here to be opposed in some ways but supportive in others.”

Both Pritzker and the House Majority Leader, State Representative Greg Harris, spoke about tough decisions to come. Some  budget cuts and tax hikes to produce more revenue.

The state still faces more than $7 billion in unpaid bills.

 

Bicyclists Concerned About Potential 41st Street Bridge Hazard

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 04:07 PM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — The newly opened 41st Street bridge was supposed to be a safe passage for pedestrians and bicyclists across Lake Shore Drive, but a set of stairs is raising concerns for cyclists.

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The sleek ‘S’ curved blue bridge has a section where the path splits, taking pedestrians and cyclists down a ramp or down 45 stairs.

“There’s nothing to tell you that’s a set of stairs,” said cyclist Bill Gaston, leader of the Misfits Cycling Club. “You’re picking up speed. You’re not looking. You’ll keeping going straight this way thinking maybe that’s a down ramp or something like that.”

The Chicago Department of Transportation is responsible for the bridge. The designers of the bridge won an international contest to get the contract to build the bridge.

A representative from the engineering and design firm agreed that the current setup is “not cool.”

“I’m afraid no it is not. You’re right,” Sean Syed said.

He also admitted engineers had gotten complaints, which is why there are cones up. But he insists there have been no accidents, and the plan is to put up posts that would be made of flexible material.

“It guides you through the path,” Syed said.

“I think that would be a good idea,” Gaston said.

City officials say they also have plans to address the safety concerns. They plan to put markings on the pavement and a warning sign near the stairs.

 

 

Indiana Man Rescued After Falling Through Ice

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 04:05 PM PST

CHICAGO (CBS)– A cellphone video captured the rescue of a man who fell through ice while ice fishing in Crown Point, Indiana on Monday.

Officials say the man was a veteran ice fisherman who misjudged weather conditions.

Joan Godlewski, the neighbor who took the video, was waking her dog when she spotted two men ice fishing. When the ice broke, she saw one fisherman attempt to save the the other with a rope.

“I could tell he was struggling, so I called 9-1-1,” Godlewski said.

By the time firefighters and police were able to get the man out he had been in chest-deep water for about 30 minutes.

“He started losing strength and wasn’t really able to push himself out,” Chief Shane Adams of the Lake Hills Fire Department said.

While the man was rescued and brought to safety, Adams says the man was nervous.

“He’s dressed for the weather so once that gets soaking wet, it gets even heavier,” Adams said. “You got all that weight to you also and trying to get out.”

Sunday in Naperville an 11-year-old boy also misjudged the ice and was rescued from this retention pond.

Officials say it hasn’t been cold enough for long enough for ice to be safe to walk on.

Officials say the father you go the thinner the ice and recommend wearing a life jacket.

“It doesn’t take very much water for you to get trapped underneath that ice,” Adams said.

Hadiya Pendleton’s Killer Sentenced To 84 Years In Prison

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 03:53 PM PST

CHICAGO (CBS) — 84 years in prison.

That’s the sentence handed down today for Micheail Ward. He’s the gunman who killed 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton – making her the tragic face of Chicago’s gun violence.

After the victim impact statements, after Micheail Ward’s family members took the stand asking for mercy, Hadiya Pendleton’s convicted murderer insisted he was framed.

“At the end of the day, now I’m going to jail for the rest of my life for absolutely nothing. I’m hurt,” Ward said.

Ward was found guilty of firing into a park in January of 2013. Prosecutors said he thought he was shooting at rival gang members. Instead he killed Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor student. Her mother told the court she loathed Ward and had no sympathy for him or his family.

“Please the give murderer of my first born child, Hadiya S. Pendleton, that the law will allow. The absolute max,” Cowley said.

Ward’s mother and grandmother described a bright and helpful young man who helped take care of his younger siblings.

“My neighbors would watch what he was doing and said ‘your grandson is doing a good job,'” said Ruby Cavin.

Judge Nicholas Ford, citing Ward’s lengthy juvenile record and chances he had been given to stay out of trouble, sent Ward to prison for 84 years.

“I heard the defendant’s protestation of innocence. He placed blame on any source you can imagine, other than his own conduct,” Ford said.

“We believe the sentencing was just, based on the crime committed, basically a life sentence,” said Pendleton’s mother Cleo Pendleton. “Hadiya has lost her life and now he’ll spend the rest of his life behind bars.”

Ward’s attorneys plan to appeal. They said his confession was coerced. If the appeal fails, Ward would not be eligible for release from prison, even with good behavior, until he’s very old man.

His co-defendant, Kenneth Williams, is awaiting sentencing.

 

Are These 5 Trending Chicago Restaurants On Your Radar?

Posted: 14 Jan 2019 01:00 PM PST

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As fans of cronuts and cake pops can attest, food trends come and go. So how can you tell which tastes are trending right now?

We took a data-driven look at the question, using Yelp to analyze which local businesses have been most discussed this month.

To find out who made the list, we looked at Chicago businesses on Yelp by category and counted how many reviews each received. Rather than compare them based on number of reviews alone, we calculated a percentage increase in reviews over the past month, and tracked businesses that consistently increase their volume of reviews to identify statistically significant outliers compared to past performance.

Read on to see which spots are worth exploring, right now.

Jibarito’s On Harlem

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Open since September, this Puerto Rican spot, which offers comfort food, sandwiches and more, is trending compared to other businesses categorized as “Sandwiches” on Yelp.

Citywide, sandwich spots saw review counts increase by a median of 2 percent over the past month, but Jibarito’s on Harlem saw a 44.8 percent increase, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating throughout.

Located at 3317 N. Harlem Ave. in Schorsch Village, Jibarito’s on Harlem offers generous portions of jibaritos (a sandwich made with flattened, fried green plantains instead of bread) and mofongos (balls of mashed plantains). Both menu items come filled with meat, chicken or seafood. (See the full menu here.)

Walton Street Kitchen and Bar

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Whether or not you’ve been hearing buzz about the Near North’s Walton Street Kitchen and Bar, the New American wine bar and breakfast and brunch spot is a hot topic according to Yelp review data.

While businesses categorized as “Breakfast & Brunch” on Yelp increased their review count by a median of 1.9 percent over the past month, Walton Street Kitchen and Bar bagged a 38.7 percent increase in reviews within that timeframe, with a slight downward trend from a 4.5-star rating a month ago to its current four stars.

There’s more that’s trending on Chicago’s breakfast and brunch scene: etta has seen a 23.3 percent increase in reviews.

Open at 912 N. State St. (between Walton Street and Delaware Place) since September, Walton Street Kitchen and Bar’s menu highlights include its lamb skewers, classic hamburger salmon entree with Brussels sprouts and desserts like the turtle pie. (See all of its menus here.)

Furious Spoon

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Andersonville’s Furious Spoon is also making waves.

Open since last April at 5406 N. Clark St. (between Rascher and Balmoral avenues), the ramen spot has seen a 15.6 percent bump in reviews over the last month, compared to a median review increase of 2.6 percent for all businesses tagged “Ramen” on Yelp. Moreover, on a month-to-month basis review counts increased by more than 500 percent.

This location offers menu items like shio ramen with chicken dumplings, a spicy beef ramen and a spicy "Furious" tonkotsu ramen with chicken dumplings and spicy tonkotsu broth. (See this spot’s full offerings here.)

DrinkHaus Supper Club

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Greektown’s DrinkHaus Supper Club is currently on the upswing in the cocktail bar category on Yelp.

While businesses categorized as “Cocktail Bars” on Yelp increased review counts by a median of 3 percent over the past month, this cocktail bar and Cajun/Creole and Southern spot increased its by 24.5 percent—and kept its rating consistent at three stars. Review counts increased by more than 430 percent on a month-to-month basis.

Open for business at 820 W. Jackson Blvd. (between Green and Halsted streets) since September, the business offers cocktails that go well with Southern comfort favorites, like chef Maurice’s famous bread pudding, Creole fried lobster tail, shrimp po’boys with creole sauce on butter garlic rolls and buttermilk chicken & waffles. (See the menu here.)

Meet Fresh

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Is popular Meet Fresh on your radar? According to Yelp review data, the spot to score desserts and shaved ice is seeing plenty of action.

While businesses categorized as “Desserts” on Yelp increased their review count by a median of 1.9 percent over the past month, Meet Fresh nabbed an 18.5 percent increase in reviews within that timeframe, maintaining a mixed 3.5-star rating.

Located at 2026 S. Clark St., Unit A & B (at Archer Avenue.), Meet Fresh offers Taiwanese desserts such as shaved ice in flavors like mocha and strawberry; a tofu pudding served with toppings like sweet potato, red beans or taro balls; plus an almond or ginger syrup and an almond pudding with mocha and noodle jelly.