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Man Shot to Death Trying to Stop Attacker From Sexually Assaulting His Niece in Burnside Home

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A man was killed Thursday after rushing to help his teenage niece who was being sexually assaulted in her bedroom in a Burnside home, authorities said. 

Around 9 p.m. a man entered the home in the 500 block of East 89th Place through a window and sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl her in bedroom, police said. 

The girl’s uncle, a 66-year-old man, rushed to her aid after hearing her screams and was shot by the attacker in the head and back, according to police. 

The man was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medical Center. The teen was taken to Trinity Hospital where her condition had stabilized, authorities said. 

Video Shows Gurnee Teen Brutally Beaten By Classmate

Video Shows Gurnee Teen Brutally Beaten By Classmate

Police said a “possible offender” who fled the scene was taken into custody by responding officers. Charges were pending, authorities said. 

Area South detectives were investigating. 





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Ken Williams says White Sox set for ‘more than usual’ business at GM Meetings

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The White Sox have arrived at the point in their rebuild where they should improve their roster significantly, take the next step and play to win.

The time has come when general manager Rick Hahn and executive vice president Ken Williams should be feeling more than a little pressure to make that next step after seven straight losing seasons.

This offseason calls for boldness, fearlessness and shrewd risk taking. Read into it what you will, but Williams was in a good mood after checking in at the Omni Resorts, this year’s site of the GM gathering. You would be, too, on a sunny 76-degree afternoon that began in the cold November snow for Chicagoans like Williams.

“We’re here to do business as usual,” Williams said. “Well, not usual. More than usual.”

Let’s hope so. These meetings set in motion preliminary talks and texts among GMs with GMs, and GMs with agents laying groundwork for offseason plans. And while you will hear the Sox linked to most, if not all of the free agents including the big ones – Scott Boras clients Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg – we won’t know how serious their intentions are until actual offers are accepted or rejected.

With little in the way of bad contracts on the books, and minimal payroll obligations for 2020, think of the possibilities. The Sox have cash to spend and no reason to stash it any longer.

“We do have some economic flexibility,” Hahn said in September. “That was part of the plan from the start.”

Hahn, the face and voice in of the rebuild, had yet to arrive, his flight delayed in Chicago. He will address media Tuesday and Wednesday to share his first formal thoughts on the offseason since late September. Expect him to play things closer to the vest than last offseason, when intentions to pursue Manny Machado and Bryce Harper were made clear.

Remember how that worked out?

The Sox will sign free agents but will make trades, too, and because you just never know if a Kyle Schwarber or Kris Bryant can be pried away from a team like the Cubs looking to retool under a first-year manager, something off the map shouldn’t be ruled out.

Long shots, sure, but oh, the intrigue.

Four years into a rebuild, the Sox figured their farm system would be deep enough now to use prospects for adding established or major league ready players to their roster. Their ample supply of minor league outfielders, as a whole, stalled in 2019. Injuries were a factor as they were to a nice supply of pitchers including Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning, Zack Burdi and Jimmy Lambert. So Hahn’s pool of prospect pieces is limited.

If that means taking a chance by doing the near-unthinkable and moving, say, shortstop Tim Anderson or Yoan Moncada in a can’t refuse 2- or 3-for one blockbuster that brings the Sox closer to winning a World Series sooner rather than later, the Sox should pull the trigger on such a deal. Maybe pony up and sign Rendon to play third base while they’re at it.

Moncada and Anderson are building blocks and potential future All-Stars being brought along, as planned, in a young group including Eloy Jimenez and Lucas Giolito.

But the motto should be, “whatever it takes.” Even if it hurts a little.

Of course, the Sox would rather see Moncada and Kopech flourish and make the Chris Sale trade, already a winner for the Red Sox because the left-hander helped them win a World Series in 2018, a win for both sides.

They want to see Anderson, their 2013 first-round draft choice and AL batting champion, take the next step defensively and show the baseball world they can draft and develop. They want Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease give them a decided victory over the Cubs in the Quintana trade.

Here’s to seeing those things happen. More importantly, Sox fans say, here’s to winning again.

The pressure is on Hahn and Williams to — with more than usual ambitions — make that happen in 2020.



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Chicago-area veterans honored at Soldier Field

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CHICAGO (WLS) — Hundreds of people paused to remember the veterans who served our country and honored their sacrifice during a cold and damp ceremony at Soldier Field Monday morning.

U.S. Army Vietnam veteran James Hobson braved the weather to honor his fellow service members. He said he’s not looking to be honored, he’s focused on fallen soldiers and their family.

“I am reflecting on the 58,479 men and women who did not make it home, that’s why I’m here every year,” Hobson said.

Veteran Bob Weigant, 94, stood and saluted during the wreath-laying at the Spirit of the American Doughboy statue, which honors World War I veterans.

“I was in North Africa to start with that was our first engagement, I guess, with Eisenhower, and then with Patton, we were in Sicily,” Weagant recalled.

Weagant reflected on his time served in the U.S. Marines during World War II.

“We were on our way to invade Japan, and the H bomb dropped, which probably saved our lives,” Weagant said.

Brigadier General Kris A. Belanger delivered the keynote address with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Govenor J.B. Pritzker at the ceremony.

“When our veterans complete their service it becomes the shared duty of all Americans to serve our veterans,” Pritzker said.

Mayor Lightfoot told the audience veterans deserve to be honored every day.

“We may honor our veterans today, but our true service to them is in what we do for them in our city, in our country, every single day,” Lightfoot said.

Weagant said he hopes he has a few more Veterans Day celebrations ahead of him.

“I think 100 would be a nice age, but I don’t know if I’ll make it,” Weagant said.

Illinois has 650,000 veterans, and Gov. Pritzker says the Chicago Veterans Home is scheduled to open next year.

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Shooting Investigation Closes Streets in Suburban Markham

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Several streets in suburban Markham are closed as police investigate a possible shooting.

The reported shooting occurred at the intersection of Pulaski Road and 167th Street just after 4 p.m.

According to authorities, Pulaski Road is closed in both directions between 167th Street and 168th Street due to the investigation. Westbound 167th Street is closed between Pulaski Avenue and Kilbourn Avenue.

No further information is available on potential injuries in the shooting, or the circumstances surrounding the incident.





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