CHICAGO (CBS) —
A woman was beaten and robbed inside her bedroom Sunday morning in the Boystown neighborhood.
Police said the 23-year-old woman was sleeping in her bedroom around 6 a.m. Sunday, when she woke up and saw a strange man in her room.
The man hit her over the head with a wine bottle, and when she tried to scream and call police, he hit her over the head with a porcelain dish from the living room.
Police said the victim stole the woman’s cell phone and laptop, and fled the scene.
A witness reported seeing two men running away, but the victim reported seeing only one man. Police said investigators did not find any signs of forced entry.
The woman was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where she was treated for a bloody wound to her head.
No one was in custody Monday morning.
CHICAGO (CBS) —
Teachers in west suburban Geneva have announced a tentative deal to end the first strike ever in District 304. However, schools will remain closed for a fifth day.
The strike began Tuesday, affecting more than 5,000 students.
Sunday night, both sides began meeting with a federal mediator. After more than 12 hours at the bargaining table, the Geneva Education Association announced a tentative agreement early Monday morning.
Teachers are expected to vote on the deal Monday afternoon.
“Progress was made because we remained committed to collaboration, compromise and doing what’s best for our students. We’d like to thank the community for their continued support. We believe it was that push from the community that brought us across the finish line,” GEA President Kevin Gannon said.
The union and the school board have been negotiating since February, and teachers had been working without a contract since August before going on strike last week.
Chicago (CBS) —
A woman who escaped police custody on Friday is back behind bars. Alicia Gines somehow slipped out of her handcuffs at the Cook County Courthouse. Surveillance cameras captured the 19-year-old after her escape.
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Cops caught up with her Sunday night at Harlem and Archer. This is not the first time Gines has eluded authorities. She was placed on electronic monitoring after a 2017 robbery charge but failed to show up for a court appearance.
Chicago (CBS) —
The celebration was on today. The strike, which started Tuesday, is officially over meaning that 500 school employees at 15 Acero charter schools will go back to work.
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The deal in part aligns the pay of the Acero staffers with the pay scale of Chicago Public Schools. It will also reduce class sizes, provide sanctuary protections for immigrant students and families and offer more resources inside the classroom.
“Everyday I wake up and everyday I say, ‘what are you fighting for?'” Andy Crooks, an Acero employee, said. “I’m fighting for a better tomorrow for our students, a better school and a better place for our people to work.”
On Friday, Acero filed labor complaints against the union in an effort to force teachers back to work. But, both sides were able to come to the table and reach a deal Sunday morning.
Chicago (CBS) — A chilling 911 call was eventually followed by the sounds of gunfire from police.
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Officers said someone reported a killing around 2 a.m. Sunday. Police showed up and began talking with a neighbor when a car in the parking lot sped towards them. It hit a neighbor and one of the officers.
That officer managed to fire back, hitting and killing the driver.
Gene Meyer’s wife heard the deadly confrontation. He said his daughter used to live in the apartment complex now tangled in police tape and hosting visits from detectives.
“It happened so close to us,” Meyer said. “It’s awful.”
But the discovery police made later would prove even more awful.
Officers said they found the body of a woman inside one of the apartments. It appears she is related to the driver police shot and killed after receiving the initial call.
Police are emphasizing there are no threats to the community following the incidents. One neighbor and the officer struck by the vehicle were transported to an area hospital. Their condition is unknown Sunday night.
Investigators have not released the names of those who died.
Chicago (CBS) —
The embattled Willowbrook company Sterigenics hit back against the lawsuits claiming it releases harmful cancer-causing ethylene oxide emissions in the air.
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The company cited a recent air quality test from the EPA, which didn’t detect EO in the air near homes, schools and parks.
Sterigenics released a statement today, saying in part, “EO levels in the air vary greatly based on a number of factors…including exhaust from diesel trucks and automobiles, and the weather conditions. It is premature to draw conclusions from the data.”
Chicago (CBS) —
It’s a place of magic, love and the holiday spirit. And for kids battling serious illnesses, Operation North Pole is a day to escape their troubles.
Anthony and Rina Cervone will never forget their experience, a special memory now after losing their five-year-old son Lucas, affectionately known as “Bear”, to cancer.
“We’ve made lifelong friends out of perfect strangers because of this event alone,” Anthony Cervone said.
After a breakfast, the families head out on a decorated Metra train starting in Crystal Lake. At every stop, first responders and community members cheer them on.
“It’s all volunteer work – nobody collects a paycheck,” Anthony Cervone said. “It’s just incredible what they do.”
Once in Des Plaines, a police and fire escort leads the group of up to 75 families to the transformed Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
Inside, the 28,000 square-foot ballroom becomes a winter wonderland, welcoming the families to explore candy stands, games, performers and more.
“It’s just something that I think we can never forget, that we were there that day,” Rina Cervone said. “I’m glad we got to enjoy it and that Lucas got to see that. His eyes were so big.”
The Cervone family now volunteers for Operation North Pole, putting up two trees to honor Lucas. They also play Secret Santa to another child by fulfilling their Christmas wishlist.
They remember their day with Lucas as a time without cancer on their minds.
“Operation North Pole absolutely gave us a whole day that we didn’t have to think about it,” Anthony Cervone said. “We didn’t think about cancer that day. We didn’t worry about the hospital. We didn’t worry about anything. All we focused on was watching the kids have an amazing time, enjoy themselves.”
There are still tickets available to Sunday’s High Tea with Mrs. Claus to help raise funds for this year’s event on Dec. 15.
For more information, head to Operation North Pole’s website