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Man Charged With Killing Bartender Nicole Gland In Chesterton

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 11:41 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 50-year-old man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of 24-year-old Nicole Gland outside the bar where she worked in Chesterton, Indiana.

Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski said Christopher M. Dillard, of Hobart, was identified as the prime suspect in Gland’s murder, and was brought in for questioning Wednesday afternoon, hours after Gland’s body was found slumped over the wheel of her Ford Escape, outside the Upper Deck Lounge in Chesterton.

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Nicole Gland (image provided to CBS)

Dillard, a bouncer at the bar, allegedly admitted he had gone to the bar around 11:30 p.m. the night before Gland was killed to deliver marijuana and cocaine to her, and was in her car to drop off the drugs, according to Cincoski. He also allegedly admitted doing drugs in Gland’s SUV before leaving it unlocked and heading to another establishment in Chesterton.

"After that, he left for parts and whereabouts not necessarily known, or not disclosed, because by Mr. Dillard's own admission, either he didn't know, didn't remember, or didn't want to disclose, simply because the events were hazy from a self-induced drug binge which he described as rough partying," Cincoski said.

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Christopher Dillard is charged with murder in the stabbing death of 24-year-old Nicole Gland. (Source: Porter County Sheriff)

Police would not say what specific evidence led them to charge Dillard with killing Gland, but said they have sufficient probable cause for the charges.

Dillard was being held without bail at the Porter County Jail.

More to come…

Rauner Defends Stance On Expanded Abortion Funding; ‘We Need To Focus’

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 11:07 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday defended his threat to veto legislation that would allow Medicaid and state health insurance coverage of abortions, after saying during his campaign he wanted to lift such restrictions.

During the 2014 campaign, Rauner said he wanted to reverse a law that restricts abortion coverage under the state Medicaid plan and state employees' health insurance programs.

However, last week, the governor's office said he would veto legislation that would eliminate those restrictions and remove a so-called "trigger provision" in existing law that would make abortions illegal should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn the historic Roe v. Wade ruling.

The head of the Personal PAC abortion rights group blasted Rauner as a liar for his pledge to veto legislation he once said he supported.

Questioned by reporters Friday, Rauner said his veto threat is not a change of heart on abortion rights, but a matter of "focus."

"Expanding taxpayer funding is a very divisive issue. It's a very controversial issue. What we need to do is focus in Illinois. We need to protect existing Illinois law, but we need to focus on jobs. We need to focus on reducing property taxes. We need to focus on education funding. We need to focus on getting term limits on elected officials. These are difficult issues. We need to focus," he said.

Reporters pressed the governor on what those issues have to do with women's reproductive rights.

"It has everything to do with focus. What we should not do is take on controversial, divisive issues right now; when we don’t have a balanced budget, when we do not have proper school funding, when we do not have economic growth and job creation. We should not take on divisive, controversial issues; and expanding taxpayer funding is a controversial, divisive issue," he said.

The governor said he still believes in protecting a woman's right to choose, but can't afford a contentious debate right now.

Preview: Cubs-Reds

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 11:05 AM PDT

Jon Lester opposes Tim Adleman tonight at Great American Ball Park.

Car Taken From Tow Truck At Gunpoint On West Side

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 10:58 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — A group of men held up a tow truck driver at gunpoint on the West Side early Friday, then took off in the car that was being towed.

The 40-year-old driver and a 23-year-old man were in the truck, which was stopped at a red light at Division and Kostner about 3:45 a.m., according to Chicago Police. The truck was towing a GMC car that had previously been booted.

While the truck was stopped at the light, three males got out of a white Kia that was stopped behind it, police said. One of the suspects, armed with a gun, entered the truck and demanded the driver drop the GMC.

The driver complied, and the armed suspect got into the GMC and drove away south on Kostner, police said. The other suspects got back into the Kia and drove off north on Kostner.

The gunman was described as a Hispanic male with a pitchfork tattoo over his left eye, police said.

No one was in custody Friday morning as Area North detectives investigated.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Police: 1 Dead, 5 Injured In North Chicago Crash

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 10:57 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — One person was killed and five others were injured in a crash early Friday in north suburban North Chicago, police said.

The crash happened at 1:58 a.m. on U.S. 41 north of Casimir Pulaski Drive, according to North Chicago police.

Six people were taken to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville after the crash, and one of them was pronounced dead, police said.

All lanes of U.S. 41 remain closed "until further notice," police said.

The Major Crash Assistance Team is assisting North Chicago police with the crash investigation.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Chicago Cubs’ ‘Bryzzo’ Duo Takes Top Spots In MLB’s 20 Most Popular Jerseys List

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 10:41 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago Cubs' "Bryzzo" duo has claimed the top two spots in the ranking of Major League Baseball's most popular jerseys.

The league released its rankings of the top 20 most popular jerseys Friday, and Kris Bryant was first with Anthony Rizzo second.

The 2017 list revealed two trends: It’s the first time half of the players on the list are 25 or younger, andCubs players dominate the top of the list.

The Cubs took four of the top five spots, withBryant ranking first, Rizzo taking second, Javier Baez ranking fourth and Kyle Schwarber taking the fifth spot. Dodgers ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw ranked third in the list.

The list, jointly announced by MLB and the MLB Players Association, is based on sales of Majestic jerseys at MLBShop.com between the 2016 World Series and 2017 Opening Day.

This isn’t a first for Bryant, as his No. 17 jersey has been the top seller since his rookie year in the 2015 season. Since then, he has won the National League's Most Valuable Player Award. Following behind is Rizzo, Bryant’s "business partner" in the popular MLB “Bryzzo Souvenir Company” commercials, proving that is really has been a good year for sales.

The average age of the players on the 2017 list is younger than any previous list's average age, according to the MLB. The Cubs' Bryant, Baez and Schwarber are three of 10 players who are ages 25 years or younger who made 2017 list.

Baez and Schwarber are also two of six new players to make the top 20 list. Other MLB players making the list for the first time include Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (No. 7), Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (No. 9), Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts (no. 14) and Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (No. 16).

Players from 14 teams make up the top 20 list, including nine infielders, five outfielders, three catchers and three pitchers.

Check out the full list below:

1. Kris Bryant, Cubs
2. Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
3. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
4. Javier Baez, Cubs
5. Kyle Schwarber, Cubs
6. Noah Syndergaard, Mets
7. Corey Seager, Dodgers
8. Buster Posey, Giants
9. Gary Sanchez, Yankees
10. Mike Trout, Angels
11. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
12. Madison Bumgarner, Giants
13. Yoenis Cespedes, Mets
14. Mookie Betts, Red Sox
15. Bryce Harper, Nationals
16. Francisco Lindor, Indians
17. Freddie Freeman, Braves
18. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
19. Jose Altuve, Astros
20. Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays

Down 0-2 To Bulls, Celtics Are On The Brink

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 10:40 AM PDT

(AP) Boston, a city with a flair for playoff comebacks, now needs another.

The Celtics are on the brink.

Down 2-0 to the Chicago Bulls, and on the road for the next two games starting with Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series on Friday night, Boston is in massive trouble. Consider: Bulls guard Dwyane Wade has never been on a team that blew a 2-0 series lead (Wade and the Miami Heat were 12-0 in such spots), and the Celtics are 1-16 all-time in series where they lost the first two games.

Win or lose, Friday won’t be the end of Boston’s season.

But it may be the last chance the Celtics have to save themselves from a stunning freefall that a No. 1 seed has never experienced in NBA history.

“Coming in, I didn’t say, ‘Hey, we’re gonna be up 2-0 on Boston.’ No, no one thought that,” Wade said. “But we are in this position. We’ve earned it.”

The Celtics-Bulls game is the first of three Game 3s on Friday night. Houston goes to Oklahoma City with the Rockets holding a 2-0 lead after rallying to win Wednesday night, and the Los Angeles Clippers play at Utah with that series knotted at a game apiece.

“You can’t exhale thinking ‘Oh, we’re going home, we’re going to be OK,'” Jazz forward Joe Johnson said. “That’s not the case. It’s a real, real thin line between winning and losing in the playoffs.”

Bostonians know playoff fortunes can turn fast.

The Red Sox were down 3-0 to the Yankees in the 2004 AL Championship Series and somehow prevailed. The Bruins trailed 4-1 in the third period of a Game 7 against Toronto in 2013 before winning in overtime. The Patriots trailed 28-3 late in the third quarter of this year’s Super Bowl against Atlanta and defied all odds to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

The Celtics — down 2-0 for their fifth consecutive playoff series — now will try to add to that pile of lore.

“We’re fighting for our lives right here,” Celtics forward Al Horford said.

Capsule

Celtics at Bulls, Chicago leads 2-0. Game 3, 7 p.m., ESPN.

NEED TO KNOW: It is impossible to ignore or measure the effect that the death of Isaiah Thomas’ sister on the eve of this series is having on the Celtics star and the rest of his team. He has battled, averaging 26.5 points in the first two games — and is expected to play Friday after missing practice Thursday for his sister’s funeral. Jimmy Butler is averaging 26 points for the Bulls.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Rebounds. Chicago is outrebounding Boston 96-74 so far in the series. The Celtics might not win this battle, but they can do better.

INJURY UPDATE: Rajon Rondo is out for the Bulls after a thumb fracture.

PRESSURE IS ON: Brad Stevens. So much has been made of his playoff record now being 2-10, but it’s also very fair to wonder what might have been if Danny Ainge made some moves at the trade deadline to add some postseason savvy to this roster.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

5 Ways To Set Effective Employee Goals For Your Business

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 10:00 AM PDT

 
When it comes to motivating your team, there are lots of different schools of thought. However, one thought that remains clear among all business owners is you must set clear and effective employee goals. Your staff won't be able to truly do their best for you until they know what you're measuring and how you're measuring it. You may just be surprised to learn how easy it is to set the wrong goals or to track the wrong progress. As you sit down to come up with the right employee goals, here are a few things to keep in mind.

 

 
Make goals that make sense

Though this may seem like a no-brainer, it's not uncommon to find goals that don't align with the company mission. Any goal or metric you set should directly relate to what it is you're trying to accomplish. It may not need to be a direct line, but it needs to connect in some way. If you're selling a product for example, the goal doesn't always have to be sales, but it should be something that can help lead to a sale, like achieving new leads or making new contacts. The more direct your goal, the easier it will be to see how it impacts your bottom line.

 
Make it visible

Once you have a few goals set, don't keep them a secret. You don't want those metrics to be hidden away online somewhere or tucked into a filing cabinet. Instead, make it big and bold where everyone can see it. Track your progression toward your goals and make sure everyone has access to see them. Depending on how you're tracking them, you can find fun ways of including your whole office in on the progression toward each goal.

 
Be willing to change

Sometimes you set a metric that just won't work out. You might need to adjust it, or even abandon it completely. Each day in the life of your business should be viewed as a learning opportunity, so if goals suddenly seem totally unattainable or completely irrelevant, then a smart manager will be willing to adapt and change as needed. If it turns out to be a totally irrelevant goal, be willing to get rid of it and start over.

 
Measure and move on

Just as in every step of the life of your business, you'll want to measure your progress to see how you're doing along the way. Whether you're measuring sales, leads, customer satisfaction or any number of different metrics, you'll want to find tangible ways to keep track of your success. Then, you can use those measurements to help you set future goals and to modify as you move forward.

 
Celebrate

Every time you and your team hit a new goal, it should be celebrated. There are a lot of ways to acknowledge an achievement, and you can decide what works best for your organization, but large parties, team celebrations and similar events tend to be great motivation. If something smaller is what you're seeking, try noting it in a performance evaluation or discussing the achievement in a daily meeting. Just take the time to acknowledge the hard work that went into reaching each metric.

 

 
This article was written by Deb Flomberg for CBS Small Business Pulse.
 

Baffoe: How The 2017 Chicago Bears Can Go Undefeated

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 10:00 AM PDT

By Tim Baffoe–

(CBS) You have to admit that it seems quite conspiratorial for the NFL to release its schedule on 4/20, known by future harder drug users as "Weed Day." The Shield hasn't budged on its players' desire to smoke reefer to help with the crippling pain football makes billions of dollars annually on. Instead, the league suspends them when they do, pushing them toward synthetic marijuana that makes players go to a police station in nothing but sweatpants and ask to be arrested — oh, wait, the NFL banned that last year too — or take good ol' all-American safe opioids.

The release of the schedule is on Weed Day is typical Roger Goodell taunting that doesn't get any 15-yard penalty. Like pretending he hates gambling but demands accurate injury reports (for… ethical reasons?) and lets a team move to Las Vegas.

But we can ignore all that like we do everything about football's immoralities and hypocrisies because FOOTBALL. Specifically Bears football. Can you feel the Mike Glennon-injected excitement, people?

Let's "score some runs" indeed. Football runs.

And I foresee plenty of them in 2017 after looking over the Bears’ schedule for three minutes. Now, it's my job as a respected media personality to tamp down my fan heart for my writer's brain, which is why realistically I have the Bears season going thusly:

Disappointing as that may be to some diehards, I'm often wrong about these sorts of things. Therefore, I've tried to figure out how the Bears can go undefeated in the regular season. Last year, I got screwed by a lot of stuff out of my control, like injuries to everyone and everything else being bad. But I see this team being far more stable. So here's the breakdown.

Week 1: Sept. 10 vs. Falcons
This is the easiest pick of them all. The Falcons blew a 3-1 leads to the Chicago Cubs of football and will still be shell-shocked from being a trivia question forever.

Week 2: Sept. 17 at Buccaneers
If HBO's Hard Knocks wants to actually be interesting this year, it will explore the rape investigation against Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston while he was at Florida St. That could then shake what seems to be an ego that still goes unchecked today. Also, it’s the Mike Glennon revenge game.

Week 3: Sept. 24 vs. Steelers

Different week, different quarterback who has been accused of sexually assaulting women. Not much is holding Ben Roethlisberger's body together at this stage, and one could blind-side sack could end him. I also hope this makes him block me on Twitter.

(record scratch)

Out of curiosity, I went to his Twitter account after typing that, and I'm already blocked.

Week 4: Sept. 28 at Packers
Aaron Rodgers' heart is in pain. Like tweeting Jack Handey Deep Thoughts pain.

Week 5: Oct. 9 vs. Vikings
Remember when Teddy Bridgewater's leg died? And then the Vikings traded a first-round pick for Sam Bradford that might have been used to replace Bridgewater if his leg doesn't resurrect?

Week 6: Oct. 15 at Ravens
John Fox has a 4-1 career regular-season record against the Ravens. Stats like that always matter.

Week 7: Oct. 22 vs. Panthers
It’s the John Fox revenge game. Yeah, he hasn't coached there since 2010, but he seems like a guy who holds grudges.

Week 8: Oct. 29 at Saints
The Saints play where the 1985 Bears won the Super Bowl. Do the math.

Week 9: Bye
This wouldn't be a bad time to schedule an exhibition game and charge idiots full concession prices.

Week 10: Nov. 12 vs. Packers
Rodgers will be dating another Yoko Ono by this time. Also, Martellus Bennett will have said something in the media that's righteously political but controversial and divides the locker room.

Week 11: Nov. 19 vs. Lions
The Lions’ biggest offseason move has been new uniforms, which got the team website its most page views ever. That's very #LOINS.

Week 12: Nov. 26 at Eagles
Alshon Jeffries will go for 150 yards and two touchdowns as the Bears win by 1, my frent.

Week 13: Dec. 3 vs. 49ers
The 49ers actually made John Lynch their general manager. No, seriously. And the 49ers were so dysfunctional organizationally beforehand that it's hard to even say this isn't an improvement. Anyway, the 49ers suck.

Week 14: Dec. 10 at Bengals
The Bears will be the team that finally gets Marvin Lewis fired from the Bengals. He's been coaching in Cincinnati since 2003. And he has never won a playoff game. The Bears winning by three touchdowns to a team that's probably 4-9 at this time probably seals it.

Week 15: Dec. 16 at Lions
This is the game where you get all the TV shots of Lions fans in their new jerseys and ennui and a pondering that maybe things were better when the team was struggling to win any games instead of being a 9-ish-win team of no import. Pain is better than no feeling at all.

Week 16: Dec. 24 vs. Browns
Quite possibly a Super Bowl preview.

Week 17: Dec. 31 at Vikings
The issue with this game is the Bears resting starters after sewing up a playoff bye. The equalizer here is that Case Keenum will probably be the Vikings quarterback at this point due to Bridgewater and Bradford getting rat lungworm or something.

Is all this likely? Of course not. Did I smoke pot while writing this? Never. I drank like any serious columnist. Is 16-0 for the Bears possible? Anything is in the NFL.

Tim Baffoe is a columnist for CBSChicago.com. Follow Tim on Twitter @TimBaffoe. The views expressed on this page are those of the author, not CBS Local Chicago or our affiliated television and radio stations.

Deadly Tornadoes Tore Through Chicago Area 50 Years Ago Today

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 09:59 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — It was 50 years ago today, massive EF-4 tornados tore though the southwest and northwest suburbs, killing 58 people.

The deadliest storm formed in Palos Hills in Cook County and traveled through Oak Lawn and the South Side of Chicago.

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Images of tornado damage at an exhibit at the Oak Lawn Library. (Credit: Oak Lawn Library)

A total of 33 people died, and 500 people were injured by this 200-yard-wide funnel that traveled 16 miles and caused over $50 million in damage.

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Images of tornado damage at an exhibit at the Oak Lawn Library. (Credit: Oak Lawn Library)

RELATED: Some Of The Most Powerful Tornadoes In Chicago Area

Another EF-4 storm cut a 28 mile path from Cherry Valley, to Belvidere and Woodstock that same day.

A total of 25 people were killed and 500 injured.

Thirteen were killed and 300 injured as 12 buses were tossed around Belvidere High School at dismissal time.

A third EF-4 twister struck Fox River Grove, North Barrington, and Lake Zurich that day, killing one person.

The Lake Zurich Manor subdivision was hardest hit, with about 75 homes destroyed and another 200 severely damaged. Seth Paine School was destroyed.

Waukegan Superintendent Receives Substantial Raise After Less Than A Year

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 09:54 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) – It didn’t take long for the new superintendent of Waukegan School District 60 to get her first raise.

After less than a year on the job, the Superintendent Theresa Plascencia is getting a substantial raise immediately, set raises moving forward and other perks.

The District 60 board voted 6-1 to give Plascencia a $25,000 raise, boosting her yearly pay to $235,000 – a 12 percent increase. WBBM’s Jim Gudas reports.

"The Superintendent renegotiated her contract. She sat down with the board and they in talks, hammered out a new contract that is going to extend her time here in Waukegan," said District 60 Chief of Staff, Nick Alajackis.

The new contract also guarantees 4 percent raises, as long as Plascencia receives positive evaluations from the school board, "instead of the previous language that ensured her raises at least on par with what other administrators receive," a release said.

Alajackis said the board is happy with many aspects of Plascencia’s performance, including quick resolution of a teacher contract.

But board member June Maguire voted no, saying in her 36 years on the board no superintendent asked for so much so quickly. Plascencia officially took over as Superintendent of District 60 in July, after spending a few months shadowing with retiring Superintendent Donaldo Batiste and meeting staff.

Maguire’s retiring at the end of the month.

Obama To Return To Chicago For First Post-White House Speech

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 09:21 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — In his first speech and first visit to Chicago since leaving the White House, former President Barack Obama will talk to students at the University of Chicago on Monday.

Obama's office said he will hold "a conversation on community organizing and civic engagement" at the university where he was a constitutional law professor. Students from around the Chicago area have been invited to attend, and tickets for the speech are by invitation only.

Six young people will share the stage with him for the televised event. Tickets were given to students from the University of Chicago, Northwestern, Loyola, and Chicago State, as well as minority organizations.

“This event is part of President Obama’s post-presidency goal to encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world,” an advisory said.

The former president got his start as a community organizer in Chicago before running for office, starting as a state lawmaker in the 1990s. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, and made it to the White House only four years later.

The Obamas have been living in D.C. since he left the Oval Office, and have said they will live their while their youngest daughter, Sasha, finishes high school. They still own a home in Kenwood, and are planning the construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, but it's unclear if they ever plan to move back to Chicago.

Chicago Public Library To Receive African American History Digital Archive This Summer

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 09:05 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — The History Makers, the Nation's largest African American video oral history archive, is making its collection available on-line through the Chicago Public Library starting this summer.

The History Makers series has more than 9,000 hours of interviews with influential African Americans housed at the Library of Congress – 500 of them are from Chicago. WBBM's Mike Krauser reports.

The founder of the History Makers series, Juliana Richardson sees the archive as a source of pride for young people who would benefit from knowing the stories of influential African Americans. She believes it can play a role in turning young people away from violence.

"No one seems to be able to solve it, but at the same time I think our archives provide a playbook for Chicago," Richardson said. "Not perfect, there was never a perfect Chicago, nut the black community there was a more vibrant black community that existed."

Richardson said young people need to know the rich history, that she said, is becoming more of a faint memory.

"Every time I see some young kids, I know that have they been able to be exposed to archives and have they been able to see other people's stories of success? They are dying at these great numbers here in this city," she said.

History Makers is taping a show on Saturday night to air on PBS, with a number of influential Chicagoans, including Valerie Jarret, Deval Patrick, Linda Johnson Rice, and a number of others sharing Chicago's stories.

Sugary Drinks Cause Aging In Brain And Poor Memory, Study Finds

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 08:53 AM PDT

CBS Local – We all surely know of the health ramifications for excessive soda drinking by now. The sweet, sugary drinks may taste great, but aren’t optimal for teeth nor body fat.

Now, studies have shown even worse potential perils to consuming artificially flavored drinks. They also can lead to brain shrinkage, accelerated brain aging and memory loss, as well as an increased risk of stroke and dementia, according to a pair of studies led by the same team.

These studies, one centered around strokes and the other around Alzheimer’s, led by Matthew Pase from the Department of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine, came away with those harrowing findings.

“In our community-based cohort, higher consumption of artificially sweetened soft drink was associated with an increased risk of both stroke and dementia,” the study read.

They also found that these negative takeaways were found from artificially flavored drinks rather than sugar-sweetened drinks.

“Our observation that artificially sweetened, but not sugar-sweetened, soft drink consumption was associated with an increased risk of stroke and dementia is intriguing,” the study read. “Sugar- sweetened beverages provide a high dose of added sugar, lead- ing to a rapid spike in blood glucose and insulin.”

Court Swiftly Rejects Blagojevich’s Latest Appeal Of 14-Year Sentence

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 08:38 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — Only three days after hearing former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s latest request for a reduced sentence or a new trial, a federal appeals court has upheld his 14-year prison term.

On Tuesday, Blagojevich's defense team appeared before a panel of judges on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, asking them to release the disgraced governor early, or at least grant him a third trial.

Attorney Len Goodman said circumstances have changed since Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2011.

"There is new facts, there is new law from the Supreme Court that I think warrants the court to take another look at this case, and certainly the sentence," he said Tuesday.

In an unusually swift decision, the judges turned away Blagojevich’s appeal on Friday.

The jury at Blagovevich's second trial convicted him on 17 counts, including allegations that he tried to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat once held by then-President Barack Obama. Five of those convictions were later thrown out, and the 7th Circuit ordered a new sentencing hearing, but U.S. District Judge James Zagel gave Blagojevich the same 14-year sentence he originally faced.

The former governor's lawyers argued Zagel erred by not reducing Blagojevich’s sentence, claiming their client's good deeds in prison were never truly considered at his resentencing hearing.

However, the appeals court said Zagel considered Blagojevich’s behavior in prison, but ruled “it did not justify a lower sentence, in large part because
none of the other inmates had known Blagojevich while he held office and therefore could not show that he had fundamentally changed his attitude toward corrupt dealing.”

They also noted that, even after they vacated five of the convictions Blagojevich faced, they said his 14-year sentence was not “unlawfully high.”

The 7th Circuit’s ruling sets up the possibility for Blagojevich to again take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, although the nation’s highest court declined to consider his appeal last year.

Bulls’ Rajon Rondo Has Thumb Fracture, Is Out Indefinitely

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 08:07 AM PDT

By Cody Westerlund–

(CBS) Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a right thumb fracture, the team announced Friday morning ahead of Game 3 in the evening against the Celtics.

Rondo suffered the injury in the third quarter of Chicago’s win at Boston in Game 2 on Tuesday, coach Fred Hoiberg said, with subsequent X-rays and an exam confirming the fracture. Rondo played through the injury in the latter half of Game 2, logging 40 minutes and finishing the game. Surgery won’t be needed, the team said.

“To get the news was very tough,” Hoiberg said.

Rondo will be in a cast for seven to 10 days, then be re-evaluated at that point. The cast is also to help immobilize Rondo’s wrist, which he injured late in the season. It’s too early to tell whether Rondo could return in the postseason if the Bulls advance past the Celtics, Hoiberg said.

Following a roller coaster regular season in which he was in and out of the starting lineup and rotation at times, Rondo had been a leading figure in the Bulls’ two upset wins against the top-seeded Celtics to start the series. He averaged 11.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10.0 assists in the first two games.

Jerian Grant will start in place of Rondo. Grant played in 63 games int he regular season, starting 28 times, and averaged 5.9 points and 1.9 assists while shooting 36.6 percent on 3-pointers. Grant had no playoff experience prior to this series. Michael Carter-Williams will be the team’s backup point guard after entering this series with just six playoff games under his belt.

With Rondo out, the Bulls will also likely turn more of the point guard duties over to All-Star wing Jimmy Butler, which they’ve often done late in games this season.

“He is obviously our No. 1 pace guy,” Hoiberg said of Rondo. “He’s one of the best in the league, he’s been that way for a lot of years. Again, we don’t want to change the way we do things, but at the same time, we understand it’s a little bit of a different dynamic with our team the way it is. Again, it’s just everybody picking up the slack, trying to pick up some of what Rajon gives us and going out and playing with confidence. The biggest thing is to continue to get it done on the defensive end.”

Company Tone: Getting Your Ghostwriter To Speak In Your Voice

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 08:00 AM PDT

 
As opposed to previous generations, millennial consumers want more from the companies they interact with than quality products and excellent service. They want to interact with businesses that seem relatable and radiate authenticity. One excellent way to communicate those qualities to consumers is through content marketing. Specifically, through blog posts, articles, white papers and e-books that relate your message in a compelling manner. As small business owners don't have the time to take on a writing project, they'll want to retain the services of a qualified ghostwriter. However, finding a ghostwriter who can speak in your voice is essential to the success of content marketing efforts.

 

 
Know your brand's tone

Before contacting a ghostwriter, it's important that you understand what kind of tone you want the project to have. To determine your project's tone, you should have a clear understanding of your brand's core values, its target demographic and the perception consumers have of your industry. For example, a general practitioner or medical specialist should project an authoritative and formal tone that lets consumers know they can be trusted. Conversely, a third-wave coffee shop or food truck owner would benefit from a warm and idiosyncratic tone that will separate them from their corporate competition. Not having this information at the ready will make the whole process much longer and harder than it needs to be.

 
It's all about collaboration

The key to producing quality ghostwritten content is collaboration. While a number of freelancing platforms make it easy to find experienced and self-sufficient contractors, being too hands off with a ghostwriter is a bad idea. As this Content Standard piece points out, to properly emulate an executive's voice and personality a writer will need a wealth of information about their client. This means giving them access to emails, journal entries, articles or speeches you've crafted in the past. You should also make yourself available for interview so that the writer can get a first-hand understanding of your idiomatic way of communicating. If you don't collaborate with your ghostwriter, the content you receive won't feel authentic.

 
Be selective

In today's hyper-connected global marketplace, it's easy to make contact with thousands of independent contractors operating all over the world. However, just because content creation is a buyer's market, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be selective when searching for a ghostwriter. As this Entrepreneur article notes, it's imperative that owners verify their potential ghostwriter's qualifications, brand fit and work history before making any kind of offer. Not doing so could leave you out of pocket and saddled with work that is substandard or not suitable for your purposes.

 

 
This article was written by Mario McKellop for CBS Small Business Pulse.
 

Indiana Extends Assistance For East Chicago Lead Crisis

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 07:58 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has approved a plan to continue providing emergency assistance to East Chicago as it seeks to clean up lead contamination.

Holcomb signed legislation indefinitely extending his emergency order designating contaminated parts of East Chicago as "areas of special concern."

The order directs state agencies to work with the federal government on cleanup, testing, and relocation of residents. It also requires the state to conduct annual testing of the East Chicago water supply to check for lead and copper levels.

Earlier this week, Holcomb visited East Chicago with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, as many worried about the Trump administration's plans to cut the EPA budget.

Holcomb said people should have confidence in what the state and federal governments are doing.

Preview: Indians-White Sox

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 07:46 AM PDT

Corey Kluber opposes Jose Quintana tonight at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Illinois Teams Up With Tech Firms To Offer IT Training Courses

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 07:34 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — The state of Illinois is teaming up with the private sector to offer people across the state – from every income level – free training in the information technology field.

Deputy Governor Leslie Munger said the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) has partnered with Microsoft and the Internet of Things Talent Consortium to offer free IT courses.

"Technology is changing at such a rapid rate. It creates opportunities in ways that never existed before, and the result has been – as a result of this technology explosion – the creation of thousands of high-paying jobs, technical jobs, actually faster than we have graduates to fill them," she said.

The idea of the “Data Science Program” is to help everyday people, including ex-offenders and low-income residents, have a better shot at jobs in digital technology positions.

IoT Talent Consortium president Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn said the program helps Illinois residents and the companies.

"If we don't actually become part of the solution, if we don't join together and create educational programs that work for employers, we aren't going to be able to really take advantage of what's ahead in the digital economy," she said.

The new courses are available online at https://www.iottalent.org/courses

Formal certification for the courses is available for a fee, but those in need can get a discount.

Game 3 Preview: Celtics-Bulls

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 07:28 AM PDT

Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at the United Center.

Police To Provide Update On Murder Of Bartender In Chesterton

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 05:45 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police in Chesterton, Indiana, planned to provide new information on the investigation into the murder of a bartender found stabbed outside the bar where she worked this week.

Authorities have been tight-lipped about what kind of update they plan to provide at a 1 p.m. news conference, but sources said it involves a major development in the investigation into the stabbing death of 24-year-old Nicole Gland.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reports Chesterton police have arrested 50-year-old Christopher Dillard, of Hobart. Porter County Prosecutor Brian Gensel told the Times charges are expected later today.

Gland was found slumped over the steering wheel of her car outside the Upper Deck Lounge in Chesterton around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday. Friends said she had left the bar around 3 a.m., after finishing her shift as a bartender.

An autopsy on Thursday determined Gland had been stabbed multiple times, according to the Porter County Coroner's office. Her body also had clear signs of defensive wounds.

The murder is believed to be the first in town in about three years.

Missing 9-Year-Old Boy Found

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 05:31 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — A missing 9-year-old boy was found Friday morning, after he failed to return home from school in the Washington Park neighborhood on Thursday.

Jeremiah Ellzey was last seen leaving school around 3:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of South State Street, according to Chicago police.

He was found safe Friday morning, police said.

Chance The Rapper Sues Bootleggers Over Fake Merchandise

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 04:45 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chance the Rapper hopes to take bootleggers selling fake merchandise outside his performances to federal court.

CTR Touring Inc. and Chance the Rapper LLC filed a lawsuit Wednesday against several people — so far unidentified — accused of hawking fake Chance the Rapper merchandise during his 2016 tour.

Chance the Rapper LLC owns the Chance the Rapper trademark for the sale of "Beanies; Bottoms; Caps; Hats; Headwear; Pants; Shirts; Socks; T-shirts; Tops; Sweatshirts; Hooded Sweatshirts," according to the complaint.

The lawsuit notes the 2017 Grammy win by the artist, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance.

"Artist has achieved wide renown during his career in the music industry, as well as through his humanitarian and charitable efforts in his hometown of Chicago," his lawyers wrote.

They predicted there will be more illegal bootlegging during his 2017 tour.

Chance the Rapper's lawyers filed a nearly identical lawsuit seven months ago.

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Man Crashes While Evading Traffic Stop In Edgewater

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 04:40 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 26-year-old man was injured early Friday in a crash while speeding away from a traffic stop in the North Side Edgewater neighborhood.

Officers saw his vehicle run a red light about 1:30 a.m. in the 5600 block of North Ashland, according to Chicago Police. They tried to pull him over, but he kept going and crashed into several parked cars and then a building.

The driver was taking to Illinois Masonic Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, police said. He remains in police custody with citations pending.

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Jury Awards $3M To Widow Who Sued Drug Firm Over Husband’s Suicide

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 04:36 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — The death of a Chicago attorney who committed suicide by jumping in front of a CTA train was caused by the generic version of an anti-depressant medication he was taking, according to a federal jury in Chicago, which ordered drug giant GSK to pay $3 million to his widow.

The jury found GlaxoSmithKline liable for the death of Stewart Dolin, who jumped in front of a Blue Line train in the Loop in July 2010. The jury awarded Wendy Dolin $2 million in damages and $1 million for her husband's suffering, according to the law firm representing her in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

The nine-person panel agreed with the claims made in the 2012 lawsuit that a generic version of GSK's Paxil, sold as paroxetine, caused Dolin to take his own life.

"GSK has known for two decades that Paxil can cause people of all ages to commit suicide," said a statement from attorneys Michael Baum, Brent Wisner and Dave Rapoport. "GSK not only hid the risk, but stuck its head in the sand and ignored countless suicides that occurred in its clinical trials. It claimed, and the jury agreed, that pain Dolin suffered in the days prior to his death were a dangerous side-effect of the drug, and caused his suicide."

Dolin died of multiple injuries suffered when the train struck near the Washington stop by a Loop Blue Line, the Chicago Sun-Times reported at the time. The Cook County medical examiner's office ruled the death a suicide.

But the suit claimed Dolin, 57 at the time of his death, and co-chair of Reed Smith's corporate and securities practice, would not have killed himself except for the prescription he began taking days before he jumped in front of the train.

"GSK's argument is akin to a car speeding past a cop, the cop doesn't stop the car, and the car crashes into another car and kills someone — the driver who killed someone cannot state it's not his fault because the cop didn't stop them," the attorneys said.

The suit claimed GSK failed to adequately warn Dolin's doctor about the drug's association with an increased risk of suicidal behavior in adults.

GSK initially argued it should not be held liable because it did not manufacture the pills Dolin was taking, but the judge ruled the company was responsible for the label, and knew or should have known failure to warn could result in harm, even to those taking generic versions of the drug.

"The Black Box warning, which states there is a suicide risk for children, adolescents and young adults, but the risk ends at age 24, is just wrong," the attorneys said. "During the trial, GSK swore off its responsibility for ensuring the truthfulness of the label, arguing that, because the FDA never made GSK warn of a suicide risk, the company should be exonerated."

The suit originally sought $39 million in damages, but the attorneys were happy with the verdict.

"We are very pleased with the jury's verdict and are grateful for their diligent service. We feel justice has been served," the statement from the attorneys said. "This verdict should send a clear message to GSK and other drug manufacturers that hiding data and manipulating science will not be tolerated."

"We are hopeful this verdict will result in a labeling change to warn that people of all ages are at risk," the statement said.

A spokesman for GSK did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It was the second Paxil suicide case to go to trial, the first being a 2001 suit filed in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after Donald Schell shot and killed his wife, his daughter, his granddaughter and then himself while under the influence of Paxil, according to the attorneys' statement. It resulted in a multimillion dollar verdict in favor of the plaintiff.

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CPD To Roll Out New Crime Reporting Website

Posted: 21 Apr 2017 04:27 AM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — In an effort to be more accessible to city residents and to use newer technology, the Chicago Police Department is introducing another digital platform for citizens to report criminal activity.

The website — cpdtip.com — is designed to be more user-friendly than its predecessor, TXT2TIP.

Unlike TXT2TIP, the new site will run smoothly on mobile devices and will not require any app downloads or text messages to be sent, according to Jonathan Lewin, chief of the CPD's newly created Technology Services bureau.

"We hope that by making it more accessible, it will lead to more community engagement," Lewin said.

The new system is not designed to replace calling 911 in an emergency, he added.

Motorola Solutions recently acquired TipSoft crime reporting software, and cpdtip.com will be the first crime reporting site designed by Motorola, Lewin said.

A representative from Motorola referred questions to the Chicago Police Department on Thursday evening.

Police officials said one of the main hindrances of TXT2TIP was a feeling by the public that, since they were reporting a crime with a text message associated with a phone number, they were never truly anonymous. About 1,500 tips were submitted via TXT2TIP every year.

The data submitted to cpdtip.com, though, will be stored on Motorola servers and not those of CPD, Lewin said.

Cpdtip.com will also allow for more of a back and forth between police and those reporting an incident.

"One of the things we really wanted to leverage was interaction with the community," Lewin said. "This is a way we can directly connect with the public."

When a user goes to the site, they are asked to select the type of crime and describe when and where it happened, as well as how they know about it. The user also is given the option to maintain anonymity. They also may add a photo or a description of any suspects.

That information submitted is then sent directly to the fusion center in police headquarters. From there, it is sent to the appropriate division, Lewin said.

A press conference is scheduled for Friday to announce the site's full rollout.

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Emma: Inexplicable, Inexcusable Showing From Blackhawks

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 08:16 PM PDT

By Chris Emma—

(CBS) The Blackhawks are better than that.

Really, that shouldn't sound like a joke or a hot take given this team posted 109 points and earned the top placement in the Western Conference during the regular season, but this should be reminded after the Blackhawks were swept away as the No. 1 seed.

For all their incredible talents — Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Artemi Panarin, Duncan Keith, etc. — the Blackhawks were humiliated by the Predators.

This great disappointment came to a conclusion Thursday night with the Predators' 4-1 win over the Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena, completing the stunning sweep of the Stanley Cup favorites. Did anyone in Nashville see this coming? Chicago is certainly shocked.

The Blackhawks played through this entire regular season looking the part of a championship favorite. They had youth forced into the lineup, but it meshed well with the championship core. Joel Quenneville, the future Hall of Fame coach, seemed to have his team clicking for the postseason.

Oh, but what about that core? Those stars were nowhere to be seen for most of the series. Toews finally snapped his playoff scoring skid — but not until Game 4 was out of reach. You better believe he’ll be plenty ticked off entering another long offseason. Who was the Blackhawks’ best player in those four games? That’s a sad question to ponder.

The Blackhawks have sworn by their level of experience from three Stanley Cup championships since 2010, the rock on which this team has relied when pressed against the wall. They never responded from that first Predators goal early in Game 1.

Quenneville entered Thursday with a record of 45-15 in Games 4-7 of a series. Through the years, adjustments from the bench boss have made the difference as the Blackhawks take over a series. They couldn’t even push this one to a fifth game.

Everything the Blackhawks had on their side — every reason on paper they could’ve swept the Predators — it all didn’t matter. They were outclassed in an embarrassing sweep. The talent didn’t show up, and even the effort was lacking.

In four games, the Blackhawks scored three goals. Quenneville spoke of  creating pressure after the first game, believing his team would be OK with a net-front presence the rest of the series. They then responded to the 1-0 loss in Game 1 by getting pounded 5-0 in Game 2, with both losses coming on home ice.

The Blackhawks were booed as the United Center cleared out after Game 2 on Saturday. There were 8,000 or so fans remaining to provide the chorus of frustration. But conventional wisdom suggested they could at find some spark, some heart, something – anything – to bring the series back to Chicago on Saturday night.

Instead, the team with such a winning pedigree found a way to lose Game 3, then ran into a brick wall in Game 4. Go ahead and tap the stick for Pekka Rinne and the upstart Predators, who never let up in blowing away the Blackhawks. But one must first wonder what happened to the favorites.

So many times before, the Blackhawks have managed to flip that switch and look dominant to a lesser foe. This time, the Predators skated circles around the top seed.

Where do the Blackhawks go from here? General manager Stan Bowman must first start with an assessment of why his previously high-flying team looked so old and slow. He must evaluate why the attack struggled to create chances in front of the net and how the defense faltered again.

Everything must be considered after a tremendous disappointment from an organization that has spoiled its city with success. But don't be mistaken – the Blackhawks never should've looked this bad.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago's sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

Predators Sweep Blackhawks With 4-1 Win In Game 4

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 08:13 PM PDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi scored twice, Pekka Rinne had 30 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1, on Thursday night to complete a surprising sweep of the Western Conference’s top seed.

Colton Sissons also scored and Viktor Arvidsson added an empty-net goal as Nashville completed the franchise’s first playoff sweep. Led by Rinne and a terrific defensive performance by their lines and defensive pairings, the Predators limited the high-scoring Blackhawks to just three goals in 13 periods.

Nashville will face the winner of the St. Louis-Minnesota series in the second round. The Blues have a 3-1 lead heading into Game 5 on Saturday in Minnesota.

Chicago became the first No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round since the Los Angeles Kings knocked off the Vancouver Canucks on their way to the Stanley Cup title in 2012. Chicago’s second straight first-round exit followed a regular season in which the Blackhawks went 50-23-9 and recorded 109 points, the second-highest total in franchise history.

It was the first time a No. 1 seed was swept in the first round since the NHL adopted its current playoff format in 1994. The Blackhawks had the best record in the Campbell Conference and were the Norris Division’s No. 1 seed in 1993 when they got swept by St. Louis in the opening round. That also was the last time the Blackhawks had been swept in a playoff series before Nashville’s dominant performance.

The game was scoreless midway through the second period when Ryan Johansen won a faceoff against Marcus Kruger and passed to Ryan Ellis, who sent it to Josi on his right. Josi fired a slap shot from behind the right circle that got between Corey Crawford’s legs and sneaked into the left corner of the net at 9:41.

Nashville extended the lead to 2-0 with a bizarre goal at 8:52 of the third. Colton Sissons fired a shot that bounced off the cage and appeared to end up in the area of Crawford’s blocker before the puck came loose and rolled into the net. Less than 90 seconds later, Josi beat Crawford on a wrist shot.

Crawford was exceptional for the first 29 1/2 minutes, but he didn’t get much help in the final part of the game. He finished with 22 stops.

In an attempt to create a spark, the Blackhawks shuffled their lines and star forward Patrick Kane played a team-high 23:43. They dressed seven defensemen — Michal Kempny made his playoff debut — and nothing worked.

Chicago avoided the shutout when captain Jonathan Toews scored at 14:42 of the third for his first postseason goal since Game 4 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. Toews had been held without a goal for 12 straight postseason games.

Arvidsson wrapped up the sweep with an empty-netter with 1:48 remaining.

NOTES: Predators forward Craig Smith was scratched after he got hurt in overtime of Game 3. … The Predators brought out more Nashville star power by having Luke Bryan sing the national anthem. John Hiatt performed on a stage behind one of the nets between the second and third periods. Carrie Underwood, who is married to Predators captain Mike Fisher, sang the anthem Monday. … The sellout crowd of 17,326 included Tennessee Titans coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Jon Robinson.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

Skokie Students Released As Police Investigate Possible Shooting Plot

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 08:05 PM PDT

(STMW) — Two middle school students taken into custody on Wednesday for allegedly "plotting to shoot someone" at their north suburban school have been released, but could still face charges.

Just after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, officers were called by Skokie school officials to McCracken Middle School when a student reported she learned "she was a possible target of the offenders," a statement from Skokie police said.

Two Skokie boys, ages 13 and 14, were taken into custody in connection with an alleged plot to commit "a shooting at the school in the near future," police said.

Three additional students suspected of knowing about the plan were questioned by police before being released to their parents, police said. Investigators determined those students had no criminal involvement.

Neither of the two boys taken into custody had known access to firearms and no weapons were recovered, police said. The extent of the plot, and the role of social media in the incident, remained under investigation Thursday.

The boys have been released from Skokie police custody and referred to court via the Juvenile Justice Bureau of the Cook County state's attorney's office, according to a statement from police. The state's attorney's office will review the case and determine whether to pursue charges against the boys.

The state's attorney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday evening.

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Bernstein: These Blackhawks Won 3 Stanley Cups

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 08:00 PM PDT

By Dan Bernstein–
CBSChicago.com senior columnist

(CBS) Right, it sucks. Gotcha.

First-round playoff outs after being the best team in the conference are no fun, and the sting of the Blackhawks losing in this fashion — a sweep at the hands of the eighth-seeded Predators that they dominated in the regular season — is particularly hard to swallow after all the parades and literal entitlement.

But those happened, and they matter.

A window is closing or close to doing so, an era at least almost over. Instead of lamenting failure of a rapidly aging core and inconsistently developed roster, now can be a time to applaud how long this inevitability has been delayed, particularly pursuant to a brutal salary cap that forced painful trades of valuable young players. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman swapped out both numerous minor-league prospects and established, improving NHLers to optimize the group in whom he committed approximately two-thirds of the team’s money, all in an effort to keep their Stanley Cup hopes viable.

This core has won three Stanley Cups and could possibly win more.

They got jumped, bad, by some live wires who painted white ice with streaking vectors of yellow while a proven goaltender found his concentration and vision while playing the puck like an extra defenseman.

If this is the end of the best of this Hawks era, so what?

It was going to occur. They won three Stanley Cups. Three.

I feel badly for the bar owners who came to rely on multiple playoff games both home and road to pad their bottom lines, for the vendors and other stadium workers who had banked on a longer run and for my broadcasting colleagues in TV and radio understanding the financial value of a long burn through spring into summer.

Go back to 2007, and accept or decline this agreement as offered to anyone invested in the success of the Blackhawks: They will grow into a contender, win three Stanley Cup Championships between 2010 and 2015 and have a reasonable shot even beyond that.

So are we good? Not saying any of this series was fun, nor is the confrontation of future realities similarly optimistic as 10 years ago.

But raise a glass to what now is seen as disappointment.

Dan Bernstein is a co-host of 670 The Score's "Bernstein and Goff Show" in afternoon drive. You can follow him on Twitter  @dan_bernstein and read more of his columns here.

Quick-Thinking Pharmacist Saves Customer

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 08:00 PM PDT

(CBS) — Out of the blue, a northwest suburban man is gasping for air, having a first-ever allergic reaction to something he ate.

As CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports, he gets a life-saving shot after running into a drug store.

Fifty-seven-year-old Mark Davey stands a few feet from his life-saving and life-altering experience inside a CVS pharmacy — a trip he made last month after an unexpected allergic reaction.

“As I’m eating lunch, my tongue starts to swell up, and I think something really bad is about to happen," he says.

Davey never had a food allergy before but knew he needed help. So, he drove himself to the CVS in Bartlett for Benadryl. He says pharmacist Bhavini Patel took action after calling paramedics.

“Shortly after, she gave me an epinephrine shot,” he explains.

Bartlett paramedic Victor Arlis says the pharmacist’s action probably saved the man’s life.

Davey “could have gone down the drain really quick,” Arlis says.

A spokesperson for CVS would not allow CBS 2 to talk with the pharmacist on camera. She tells Kozlov by phone she knew exactly what was going on and was glad she could help.

Davey now carries an EpiPen everywhere. And paramedic Arlis says the incident is a reminder that food allergies can materialize any time.

Paramedics say if you suspect you’re having an allergic reaction, it’s best to call 9-1-1 right away.

 

2017 Schedule Released: Bears Open Against Falcons At Soldier Field

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 04:56 PM PDT

By Chris Emma–

(CBS) Mark your calendars. Football is on its way.

Not too far removed from their worst season on the 16-game slate, the Bears can now look ahead to a new beginning with the 2017 NFL schedule officially released.

Week 1 brings the defending NFC champion Falcons to Soldier Field for the season opener. The Bears follow with three potentially tough games, with a trip to Tampa for a game with the Buccaneers in Week 2, a home game against the Steelers in Week 3 and a short week before a Thursday contest against the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 4. This will mark the seventh straight year with a primetime contest in Green Bay.

The Bears will play 13 of their 16 games on Sundays. The game Week 4 contest in Green Bay marks the first primetime game, and the following matchup against Minnesota in Week 5 is on a Monday night. The Bears-Lions game in Week 15 is on a Saturday.

After the Week 4 game in Green Bay, the Bears play just three times on the road between then and Week 12, a game in Philadelphia with the Eagles. The Bears host the Browns on Christmas Eve at Soldier Field, then finish the campaign for a second straight season in Minnesota with the Vikings.

Here is the full schedule, as made official with the NFL’s release on Thursday evening.

Week 1: Sept. 10, noon CT vs. Falcons

Week 2: Sept. 17, noon CT at Buccaneers

Week 3: Sept. 24, noon CT vs. Steelers

Week 4: Sept. 28, 7:25 p.m. CT at Packers

Week 5: Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. CT vs. Vikings

Week 6: Oct. 15, noon CT at Ravens

Week 7: Oct. 22, noon CT vs. Panthers

Week 8: Oct. 29, noon CT at Saints

Week 9: Bye

Week 10: Nov. 12, noon CT vs. Packers

Week 11: Nov. 19, noon CT vs. Lions

Week 12: Nov. 26, noon CT at Eagles

Week 13: Dec. 3, noon CT vs. 49ers

Week 14: Dec. 10, noon CT at Bengals

Week 15: Dec. 16, 3:30 p.m. CT at Lions

Week 16: Dec. 24, noon CT vs. Browns

Week 17: Dec. 31, noon CT at Vikings

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago's sports scene and more for CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670 and like his Facebook page.

Chicago Board of Election Commissioners Ensures ADA Accessibility For Polling Sites By 2018

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 03:47 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) – The United States Attorney's Office announced Wednesday a settlement with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners to ensure accessibility of polling sites to persons with disabilities.

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners said hundreds of polling sites will need changes as the result of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice on accessibility.

Chicago Elections Board spokesperson Jim Allen said the commissioners have told the Justice Department they will make sure just about all the Chicago polling places are fully accessible to people with disabilities by the November 2018 elections. WBBM's Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.

The Board cooperated with the U.S. Attorney's Office to voluntarily reach the settlement agreement without the need for a lawsuit.

Joel R. Levin, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced the settlement agreement, which became effective on April 11, 2017.

"The right of individuals to participate in our democratic system of government includes full and equal access to polling sites," said Acting U.S. Attorney Levin. "This agreement represents an important step toward guaranteeing voting access to all of our citizens."

In 2016 the Board of Election oversaw 1,452 polling sites that housed 2,069 precincts. In the spring of 2016 the Department of Justice reviewed more than 100 polling places in Chicago.

"They started reviewing, unbeknownst to us, polling places just testing to see how compliant we were," he said.

The review found many sites have architectural barriers that make them inaccessible to voters who use wheelchairs or have mobility impairments, or voters who are blind or have vision impairments.

"A school, a park, or a library or some other facility, might have one entrance that is accessible, but the ones that the voters use, the ones that the voters were limited to using on election day was not necessarily fully accessible," he said.

Allen said changes range from fixing cracked sidewalks or ramps and widening doors, to replacing the polling sites.

"We anticipate that we are going to need some type of modification, whether minor or significant, or replacement at more than 600 polling places," Allen said.

And yes he said local governments will have to find the money.

Allen said the Elections Board has reached agreement with the Justice Department and Chicago based Equip for Equality, the federally funded protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities in Illinois, to have the fixes in place for the 2018 election season.

"We're hopeful that we will be able to resolve as many as possible," Allen said. "Again, if not by March, definitely by November."

Officials started working with the feds last year.

$5,000 Reward Offered To Find Killer Of 3 Men In Auburn Gresham

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 03:40 PM PDT

(CBS) – Three Chicago mothers on a mission to find whoever killed their three sons.

The trio of men were found shot to death in a car last month in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, near 87th and Throop.

CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reports the families are hopeful a new reward will lead to an arrest.

Families on Thursday distributed flyers seeking information and offering a $5,000 reward.

Ryan Hamilton, Vogels Anderson Jr. and Devontae Watson were found dead inside a parked car last month. All three were fatally shot. The mothers say they have no ties to Auburn Gresham.

The reward was offered by Father Michael Pfleger and St. Sabina Parish.

Mundelein Marijuana Dispensary Celebrates 4-20 With Patient Appreciation Day

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 03:32 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s April 20, or 4-20, a sort of national holiday to celebrate marijuana.

The number can be traced back to a group of teens who met at 4:20 p.m. each day to get high.

In this Original Report, Roseanne Tellez tells us how medical marijuana has given the day new meaning.

Once a hippie holiday to some, 4-20 is Patient Appreciation Day at a Mundelein marijuana dispensary where the mood was festive, and the waiting room was full.

"4-20 is a celebration," said Ben Kovler, CEO The Clinic Mundelein. "It’s a time to be happy you have access to this kind of relief, and to feel better."

Kovler said the date has drawn "record numbers" to the clinic.

After 20 years of pain, a woman said she has found relief and a new family at the clinic.

“So now I have someplace to come where it’s accepted that I use an alternative form of medicine," said patient, Heather Malewicki. "I’d like to celebrate it every day. 4-20 is just a day that I can kick it up a little more," she laughed.

Patients packed the parking lot to take advantage of special deals to mark the date. Although some had no idea of the special meaning…

Karen Firnbach did not know the significance of 4-20 until this week. For her, any celebrating is based on the fact she has found relief in a substance she can buy legally.

"I’m terminal, you know, so the day’s a comin’," Firnbach said. "It’s hard to fathom that. So yeah it helps immensely."

Kovler, who sells everything from marijuana flowers, to patches and candies, is also celebrating an industry that’s grown from 3,000 to nearly 20,000 patients statewide.

So what is next?

Kovler predicts better relief for patients, more jobs and a stronger industry; and as he put it, a continued tidal wave of new business.

State Of The Celtics In 0-2 Hole To Bulls? ‘We’re All We Got’

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 02:50 PM PDT

By Cody Westerlund–

CHICAGO (CBS) — A day before their most pivotal game of the season, Celtics big man Al Horford and guard Marcus Smart were repeating the same refrain.

“We’re all we have,” Horford said. “We’re fighting for our lives right here.”

“We’re all we got,” Smart said. “We’re all we got.”

That’s the state the Bulls’ 2-0 lead in their first-round series has left the Celtics in. The top seed in the East after winning 53 regular-season games, Boston was out of sorts and without its usual edge in dropping the first two games at home.

Eighth-seeded Chicago has displayed the superior physicality and utilized aggressive, creative tactics to defend star guard Isaiah Thomas, with Jimmy Butler switching onto him at times in pick-and-roll and in for long stretches in the fourth quarter serving as the primary defender.

The Bulls’ defense flummoxed and frustrated the Bulls in Game 2, a point Smart indirectly acknowledged ahead of practice Thursday afternoon.

“We just got to make the right play,” Smart said. “When we get in there, they’re all coming in as five guys in the paint. We got to make that pass to the side. We got to move it. We’re trying to go in there and challenge those guys, and we’re not getting any calls. It’s affecting us, because then you know, we’re down a person and they’re off running and getting fast breaks.”

Thomas wasn’t with the Celtics at Thursday’s practice, as he flew home to Washington state Wednesday to be with his family following the death of his 22-year-old sister, Chyna, in a car accident last weekend. Thomas was planning to fly back and rejoin the team later Thursday, coach Brad Stevens said.

Game 3 is Friday at 6 p.m. at the United Center, where the Celtics will look to return to their top form.

“For us, it’s just to make sure we do what is asked of us,” Horford said. “If coach is having me go set pick-and-rolls, I have to make sure that I get, that I’m able to get Isaiah open. If it calls for us to space so Isaiah has room to work with, that’s what we got to do. We just have to make sure we keep doing a good job of making the game easy for him. I look to make the game easy for everybody else.”

Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for CBSChicago.com and covers the Bulls. He's also the co-host of the @LockedOnBulls podcast, which you can subscribe to on iTunes and Stitcher. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.

Prosecutor: DuPage Deputy Was Justified In Fatal Shooting Of Teen

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 02:45 PM PDT

CHICAGO (CBS) — DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin has determined that a deputy was justified in fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy in west suburban Villa Park more than three months ago.

About 11:30 p.m. Jan. 1, the DuPage County sheriff's deputy shot 17-year-old Trevon Johnson four times in the 17W700 block of Standish Lane in unincorporated Villa Park.

Johnson's siblings, including his pregnant sister, called 911 to report that he was destroying the house and was armed with a knife, according to a statement from the state's attorney's office.

His sister said, "Please, please, please bring the police now … Oh my God … he needs to go, he needs to go to jail … that's my brother, he's destroyed the whole entire house, he's taking knifes, he's got glass and he's pulling all the braids out of my hair."

The uniformed deputy heard yelling and a loud crash as he approached the house, and drew his service weapon, according to the statement. He was met by a resident of the house, who motioned for the deputy to enter.

The deputy asked if Johnson was armed, and the resident said, "Yes, upstairs," according to the statement.

When the deputy was inside, he saw Johnson's brother at the top of a stairway and ordered him to come down, and the brother complied, according to the statement. The deputy searched him for weapons at the bottom of the stairs, and during the search, he heard footsteps running down the stairs toward him.

The deputy pushed the brother out of the way and saw Johnson leaping toward him and holding a gray metal object in his right hand, according to the statement. The deputy ordered Johnson to put it down, but Johnson kept coming. Johnson thrust the object toward the deputy, who fired five shots, striking Johnson four times.

Johnson was pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m. Jan. 2 at Elmhurst Hospital, according to the statement. Toxicology reports found he had THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his system at the time of his death.

The scene was processed by the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services Command. It was determined the knife-like object that Johnson threw at the deputy was a portion of a marble and silver sports trophy. A butter knife was also recovered from the living room floor, and 12 other knives were recovered from the kitchen.

"Given the violent actions of Mr. Johnson, his refusal to obey police commands, along with his actions of thrusting and then throwing the trophy at the deputy, the deputy acted lawfully and was justified in using deadly force by discharging his weapon in order to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or other residents of the home," Berlin said in the statement.

"It is indeed a tragedy any time a human life is lost. In my opinion, the deputy involved in this unfortunate incident made every attempt to reach a peaceful conclusion under very stressful conditions. His concern for the safety and well-being of the other residents in the home is a testament to the excellent training that the DuPage County sheriff's office provides for their entire force," Berlin said.

"Unfortunately, Mr. Johnson's failure to obey the deputy's commands and his aggressive, threatening behavior resulted in the deputy discharging his weapon. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, as they attempt to come to terms with what happened that evening."

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Homeless Problem Includes Families ‘Doubled Up’ In Crowded Situations

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 02:34 PM PDT

(CBS) — For the first time, the city of Chicago has some money to help families who don’t fit the traditional definition of the word “homeless.”

Most people who are without a home are not living on Lower Wacker Drive or beneath an expressway underpass, according to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

Their new definition of homeless includes families who are “doubled-up,” their term for families living temporarily with relatives or friends and not in a shelter.

They say more than 80 percent of homeless people are doubled-up.

Dominique Moore and her two children spent four months living with cousins before they went to a shelter. She says the shelter was actually better.

“Your family — you get in expecting them to be more open and welcoming, knowing that you’re in a bad situation. But you only get bad results," Moore, 27, says.

Aresha Jackson is another example. She raises two daughters in a single room in a friend's basement, while working as a home care aide for $250 a week.

"I get up and go to work every day and try and do my best and just pray — that’s it," Jackson tells CBS 2's Vince Gerasole.

Federal money has not been available to help doubled-up families. But now the city says a portion of $1.8 million from a city surcharge on Airbnb rentals will help some of those families.

A new count estimates there are 82,000 homeless people in Chicago, most of them in the doubled-up situation.

Financial Argument Escalates Into Machete Attack: Police

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 01:54 PM PDT

(STMW) — A north suburban man involved in an argument over the cost of construction work done at his home attacked his roommate with a machete, police said while announcing felony charges against the homeowner.

Juan Casanova, 42, of Round Lake Park was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, obstruction of justice, and two counts of domestic battery, according to Round Lake Park police.

About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a disturbance in the 200 block of Windridge Drive. A 42-year-old man was in front of the house and told officers he had been attacked by Casanova with a machete, police said. The victim suffered only minor wounds and refused medical attention.

The attack was the result of an argument between the men over several thousand dollars owed to the victim for construction labor at Casanova's home, police said. The men lived together in the home.

Casanova was already wanted on a $25,000 arrest warrant out of Lake County for failure to appear on a driving while license revoked charge, and a Will County no-bond warrant charging driving while license revoked, police said. He also has an immigration and naturalization service warrant.

Casanova was ordered held in the Lake County Jail on a $75,000 bond on the new charges Thursday, police said.

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