Moncreef Miller is one of the latest victims of Gun Violence in Chicago

Police say 26-year-old Moncreef Miller is one of the latest victims of a fatal Chicago shooting. Miller was shot to death Thursday afternoon in the Austin neighborhood on the west side. 11 people have been gunned down so far in December, 594 for the year.

Illinois transportation officials are asking for the public’s input in its annual traveler opinion survey. The IDOT survey is available through the end of the month. Responders are asked about topics like road conditions, commuting habits and driving behavior. This is the first year the survey is available online.

A bystander helps Naperville police catch a man trying to kidnap a young girl. Police say a witness saw 37-year-old Early Kluss try to lure a young girl into his car near a bust top Friday morning. The witness gave police his description and license plate number and they arrested him Friday.

Bears Rip Through Bengals 33-7

 

Third period goals by Tommy Wingels, Artem Anisimov, and Nick Schmaltz lead the Blackhawks to victory over the Coyotes 3-1 Sunday. Corey Crawford had 31 saves in net. Patrick Kane had a pair of assists to help Chicago in their second straight win since a five game loosing skid.

 

The Bears ripped the Bengals on Sunday 33-7. Jordan Howard had 147 rushing yards and pair of touchdowns as 4-9 Chicago drops Cincinnati to 5-8. The Bears piled up a season high of offensive 482 yards. Mitch Trubisky threw for one touchdown and ran in for another in his best game of the season.

Tra’don Sanders and Isiah High are the latest names in Gun Violence Victims

Police have released more victims’ names in shooting deaths this week in Chicago. 19-year-old Tra’Don Sanders was shot Sunday afternoon on the south side. Isiah High was gunned down the day before in Cragin on the northwest side. Shooting death totals are 6 for the month and 589 for the year.

Illinois taxpayers will be paying an in-between rate on 2017 income as a result of the state’s tax increase. The Illinois Department of Revenue has calculated that the blended rate will be 4.35% for individual returns that are due in April.

A PNC Bank in Naperville was robbed Thursday afternoon. The FBI and Naperville police are investigating after a robbery was reported at the bank on Ogden near Washington. Police say the suspect left the area on foot and headed north toward Jewel.

Cubs Are Shuffling And Stacking Their Deck

The Chicago Cubs have added to their rotation, agreeing to thirty eight million dollar three year contract with right hander Tyler Chatwood. Chicago is also seeking Japanese outfielder and pitcher Shohei Ohtani. As well as retaining Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta along with closer Wade Davis, both are free agents.

The Chicago Bulls in action tonight when they visit the Hornets in Charlotte. The Bulls looking to snap a nasty ten game loosing skid.

Blackhawks are looking to get a win against the Buffalo Sabres tonight at the United Center after a fifth straight loss. Chicago has dropped to sixth out of seven teams in NHL’s central division.

Last night in the NFL, Matt Bryant of the Falcons broke a 17-17 tie with a 52 yard field goal with 3:49 left in the game. Then with a leaping interception Deion Jones with a 1:25 remaining in the game secured the 20-17 victory over the Saints.

588 People have died from Gun Violence this Year

A fifth person has been gunned down in Chicago this week, bringing the death toll for the year to 588 when it comes to shooting deaths. The latest incidents have been recorded in the New City, Belmont Cragin and Bridgeport neighborhoods. Over 2800 people have survived gunshot wounds this year.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is ending a program that uses data mining to identify children at risk. DCFS Director Beverly Walker says they’re suspending the $366,000 Rapid Safety Feedback program saying it’s unreliable.

Authorities say a stepfather hit his teenage stepson with a car that damaged their home in North Aurora. Police say a fight between the two resulted in 33-year-old Allan Richard facing charges. He was arrested at his home in Batavia.

 

Pacers Took A Lap Around Bulls

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky is confident the team will be surging forward next year. The team’s confidence was gutted last week when Bears former kicker Robbie Gould won the game for the 49ers with a last minute field goal. Shake ups on the roster from top down are expected.

The Bulls lost to the Indianapolis Pacers yesterday 98-96. Indy is 14-11 now on their season. Pacers getting 27 points out of Victor Oladipo and 17 out of forward Bojan Bogdanovic. Chicago only got 18 points out of guard Kris Dunn, 16 from Robin Lopez, and 15 points out of Denzel Valentine. The Bulls take on the Hornets Friday.

Gun Related deaths reach 587 for 2017

The shooting death toll in Chicago has reached 587 including four deaths reported this week. The latest name released was 42-year-old Curley Harvey in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. The Belmont Cragin and New City neighborhoods have also recently been hit with violence.

The state of Illinois is launching an all-hours helpline to provide assistance to those impacted by opioid addiction. Governor Bruce Rauner and members of the state’s opioid overdose prevention and intervention task force announced the creation of 1-833-2FINDHELP Tuesday morning.

A man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in Oak Brook is in the DuPage County jail on a $250,000 bail. 25-year-old Tywon Pinkney is charged with driving a stolen car and fleeing police. Police tracked him down Sunday and arrested him in Broadview after a chase.

Notre Dame Falls To Ball State 80-77

Big upset in college basketball yesterday when Notre Dame fell to Ball State 80-77. The Irish take their second loss of the season with a record of 7-2 so far this season.

The Bulls are on the road tonight in Indianapolis when they face the Pacers. Finally some good news for Chicago, Zach LaVine will make his Bulls debut in January. He was brought over in the Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota.

The Chicago Bears had some tough news yesterday. They have placed Kyle Long on injured reserve. The right guard aggravated his shoulder during the game against San Francisco, Tom Compton is expected to replace him when the Bears take on Cincinnati.

Curley Harvey latest named victim of Gun Violence

Four people have been killed by gun violence in Chicago since the start of the month on Friday. 42-year-old Curley Harvey was confirmed dead on December 1st in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. There have been 636 shootings deaths in Chicago this year.

Authorities investigate a bomb threat at the Illinois State Capitol. Police evacuated the building after the bomb threat was phoned in around 2:30 Monday afternoon. Investigators did not find anything and the building was opened again a few hours later.

A man dies in a single vehicle crash in Aurora over the weekend. Officers responded to the West Indian Trail and Deerpath Road around 10:30 Saturday night. They found 22-year-old Brian Dorantes after he’d been partially ejected from the car after hitting two trees. He died at the scene.

Four people killed due to Gun Violence since Dec. 1st in Chicago

Four people have been killed by gun violence in Chicago since the start of the month on Friday. Murders were reported in the Garfield Park, Bridgeport, and Belmont Cragin neighborhoods over the weekend. Three have been 636 shootings deaths in Chicago this year.

State leaders celebrated Illinois’ 199th birthday with eyes on next year’s 200th. Governor Rauner participated in events at Chicago’s Navy Pier Sunday. There will be flag raising ceremonies across Illinois today to mark the beginning of the state’s bicentennial year.

The man whose mother’s remains were dumped into Lake Michigan has pleaded not guilty in her murder. 55-year-old Brian Peck was indicted for first degree murder and trying to cover up the death of 76-year-old Gail Peck. He claims he killed his mother in self-defense and then “hacked her up.”