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Breaking News:2 hurt in Chatham fire

Sun-Times Media Wire February 20, 2014 (CHICAGO) – A fire at a three-story building sent two men to the hospital, including one who jumped from a window, early Thursday in the South Side Chatham neighborhood.   The fire started about 1:40 a.m. at a three-story residential building in the 8200 block of South Ingleside Avenue, said police News Affairs Officer Jose ...

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Breaking News: Northside College Prep lab explosion

By Rosemary Regina Sobol and Naheed RajwaniTribune reporters12:27 p.m. CST, February 19, 2014 Five students were injured when gas ignited while they heated hot chocolate during a cooking class at Northside College Prep High School this morning, officials said. The most seriously injured student was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in serious condition with facial and arm burns, Fire ...

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Carol Stream battalion chief’s termination hearing starts

By Joshua Welge “A lawyer for the Carol Stream Fire Protection District says the charges leveled against Battalion Chief Joseph Gilles are “straightforward” — among them that he twice refused to sign a performance improvement plan, that “his peers do not trust him as a manager,” and that he twice fell asleep in meetings. “Fire Chief Richard Kolomay has responded to ...

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Chicago unions call for tax hikes instead of pension cuts

By Hal DardickClout Street3:12 p.m. CST, February 17, 2014 A coalition of Chicago public sector unions resistant to a push by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for changes to the pension system released a report Monday that concluded that the city should focus on new or higher taxes instead of significant cuts to benefits. The We Are One Chicago group contended that cutting ...

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Two Dead After Mobile Home Fire

By WSIL Manager Story Created: Feb 18, 2014 at 7:40 AM CST Story Updated: Feb 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM CST UPDATED 10:15 a.m. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014 WSIL — The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has released the names of two people killed in an early morning fire. Fire crews were toned out just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday to a ...

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Cop accidentally fires gun in police station

By Peter NickeasTribune reporter10:17 a.m. CST, February 18, 2014 A sergeant accidentally fired his gun in the Central District police station in the South Loop, hitting a water pipe that leaked for two hours while police waited on city engineers.The gun went off around 9:40 p.m. Monday in the Chicago Alternative Policing (CAPS) office at the district station at 18th and ...

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21st cold-related death in Cook County

By Liam FordTribune reporter8:27 p.m. CST, February 17, 2014 An Oak Forest man’s death Sunday was at least the twenty-first from cold-related causes this winter in Cook County, officials said. Frank Beck, 80, was pronounced dead at 5:57 p.m. Sunday at Advocate South Suburban Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Beck died from hypothermia from cold exposure, with heart ...

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Waukesha burn victim ID’ed as man charged with nude recordings at swim facility

“WAUKESHA, Wis. —A 34-year-old man in critical condition following a Friday night fire has been identified.MAN ACCUSED OF TAKING VIDEO OF NAKED WOMAN AT WAUKESHA… Waukesha Fire Department Acting Chief Steve Howard said that Michael Coyle, who resides at the home at 1007 Motor Avenue, was flown to St. Mary’s burn center Friday night following the fire. Howard said investigators ...

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Blaze causes $10,000 damage to Elgin florist shop

“By Janelle Walker For Sun-Times Media February 16, 2014 3:04PM ELGIN — A fire Sunday afternoon damaged a florist shop greenhouse on the city’s east side. No injuries were reported in the blaze, which occurred before 2 p.m. at Town & Country Gardens, 936 E. Chicago St. Owner Andy Engelmann said he had been in the greenhouse — located behind the ...

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Forecast: Winter storm warning, 4 to 8 inches expected

 “The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Chicago area that is in effect until 9 p.m. tonight with snow predicted to start falling at 9 a.m., said officials. Officials said today will be windy with a chance of light snow and light freezing rain this morning. In the afternoon, visibility is expected to be a ...

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