CHICAGO (CBS) — Forget what the calendar says. It might be the first day of fall, but it feels like the middle of summer. Temperatures were expected to hit the 90s for the third day in a row. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s highs already broke records for heat in Chicago, and Friday’s temperatures could come close again. The record high for Sept. 22 in Chicago is 92 degrees, set in 1956. Friday’s forecast called for a high of 93, so it appears Chicago could set a record for heat three days in a row. The average temperature in Chicago for this time of year is about 73. With temperatures already in the upper 80s by 11 a.m., and water temperatures in the 70s in Lake Michigan, the beaches were proving quite popular on Friday. Whether you are running, biking, swimming, strolling or just laying out on the beach, there might be no better place to be this weekend than the lakefront. Kelley Farmer said she never figured she and her kids would be swimming in the lake on the last day of summer. “It’s beautiful. We love it, it’s great,” she said. While the water might be a little chilly, judging by the number of people in the lake, it wasn’t too cold on this sweltering hot first day of fall. And with more heat projected for the weekend, Chicago’s beaches likely will be crowded all along 18-mile lakefront. A word of caution if you do go to the lake: lifeguards will not be on duty, so be careful in the water.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Airlines were resuming limited flights to Puerto Rico on Friday, after Hurricane Maria ravaged the Caribbean island and moved on toward Turks and Caicos. San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport partially reopened Friday, and the first flight from Chicago left O’Hare International Airport before dawn. American Airlines was flying team members and passengers back to an island that was utterly devastated by the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years. Maria inundated much of the island forcing people to wade through waist and chest deep water often just to get out of their homes. Trees were essentially clear-cut by winds of up to 155 mph. Boats were tossed about like toys and left stranded on land in many cases. The deadly hurricane left the entire island without power, and it could be six months before power is fully restored. That means more than 3 million people have been left sweating it out in dangerously high temperatures, with only emergency generators and car batteries to provide electricity. Some people in the Puerto Rican community were still trying to track down loved ones back home, which can be especially difficult, with both mobile networks and radio towers also knocked out by the storm.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman and her 4-year-old son were found dead inside their home in Stone Park overnight, and police said they appear to be the victims of domestic violence. The landlord of the home in the 1700 block of Mannheim Road said he didn’t see his renter, a woman, nor her son all day on Thursday, but did see the boy’s father leaving in the woman’s car early in the morning. Neighbor Anthony Gomez said, late Thursday night, the woman’s relatives were at the house before police got there. “They’re saying ‘The little boy’s dead. The little boy’s dead,’ you know, and so I go inside, and the little boy’s on the bed. His neck was bruised,” he said. Gomez said he also saw the boy’s mother dead near the bathroom. She was bloodied, with injuries to her head and back. Gomez said he broke down and cried. “It’s rough. I couldn’t sleep last night, you know?” he said. “I mean, it’s still hitting me now, you know? I probably won’t even go to work, because it’s sad.” The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the two deaths. Stone Park police said the deaths appear to be “an isolated domestic violence incident,” but wold provide no further information about the case. The West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was assisting Stone Park police in the investigation.
CHICAGO (CBS) — The village of Morton Grove is honoring World War I veterans this weekend, as it rededicates a 96-year-old statue of a U.S. Army “doughboy.” Since 1921, a bronze statue has stood as a silent tribute to Morton Grove residents who served in the First World War. Now, after being exposed to rain, snow and lightning strikes for 96 years, it has been refurbished and the community plans a party Sunday. The statue depicts a “doughboy,” or WWI infantryman, brandishing a rifle, with a knife sheathed on his belt and a pack on his back. The statue never moved until the current renovation, despite massive changes around it, not the least of which was construction of the community’s library in 1952. “It had been outside since 1921, always in the same spot. In fact, the library that’s behind it in Morton Grove actually wasn’t built until 30 years after the statue was there. So it has been out in the elements for now almost close to 100 years,” Morton Grove Historical Society president Mark Matz said. Built for the long-gone Women’s War Working Circle, and designed by Chicago sculptor and architect Hugh A. Price, it has been under the care of the Morton Grove Historical Society for decades. Matz said its plaques had rusted and become unreadable, and its concrete pedestal was crumbling. “At first we thought we’d do a simple patch job and we brought in the professionals to help us,” Matz said. “They said no, this needs a major reconstruction.” Fundraising was done in the community, through American Legion Post 134 and its auxiliary as well as through a crowdfunding campaign. Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin was set to deliver the keynote address during the ceremony at 6148 Dempster St. Suffredin is a retired U.S. Air Force captain, and his grandfather was a doughboy. “Following that ceremony, we open up an exhibit at our museum called ‘Illinois and Morton Grove and the Great War: What Happened Before The Doughboy Arrived,’ an exhibit of global artifacts and history, much centering around the people from Morton Grove who served,” Matz said. The exhibit includes the full uniform of one of the 43 Morton Grove residents who served in World War I, information on all 43 men and copies of their draft cards, period artifacts, and more.
(CBS) – Hurricane Ima’s strong winds and heavy rain brought with it widespread damage across Florida. It also inspired people to help clean up. Dustin and Nikki Presley of Jacksonville, Fla. were among them. Last weekend, the couple spotted a sandy Cub Scout uniform on the beach. It had some identifying patches and marks, including this clue: “Illinois.” Leaders with the Boy Scouts of America stepped in to play detective and help find the scout. They traced the uniform back to a now-merged council in Champaign, Ill. It turns out the Cub Scout uniform belonged — or, belongs — to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Patrick Gegg. He grew up in St. Joseph, Illinois, near Champaign. The fighter pilot is now stationed in Jacksville, Florida, where he lost almost everything during Irma. Gegg says scouting helped shape him into the man he has become, and that’s why he’s kept the uniform through so many moves. “I’m excited to get it back,” he says. Dustin Presley was a boy scout, too, and remembers the motto: Do a good turn daily.
(CBS) — A former college student who posted an empty threat aimed at the University of Chicago says it ruined his life, and he’s telling people not to follow his example. Jabari Dean is the focus of a public service announcement from the FBI. He once posted an empty threat, saying he was going to kill 16 people. The FBI says there are serious ramifications for such threats. “The FBI and our law enforcement have to do a full-on response to every single one of these threats — we can never, ever take them lightly,” says Michael Anderson, special agent-in-charge for the Chicago office of the FBI. As for Dean, he says, “I have a pretty bleak future. I can’t pass background checks. I’ve been expelled from school. It sucks.” Anderson says Dean and his family have been cooperative throughout the investigation. Dean is “very lucky” to have avoided jail, he says. The FBI says it receives thousands of threats on social media each year, and they want that number to go down.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A new milestone is in sight for Chicago Police. As part of reforms put in place after the Laquan McDonald police shooting and others, the Chicago Police Department plans to send all of its officers “back to school” for mandatory in-service training. By next month, all 12,000 officers will have completed new training in the use of deadly force. It’s just the first step in something Chicago’s cops have never had: routine and regular training on the job. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley has more. This is what the use of force training is designed to eliminate – shooting. Two officers last year shot into a fleeing, stolen cars. It’s the same action that last month earned Officer Marco Proano an excessive force conviction from a federal jury. Shooting into a moving vehicle that presents no threat was already prohibited. Under new deadly force policies, it still is. The goal is reinforcement. First Deputy Police Superintendent Kevin Navarro and Superintendent Eddie Johnson have been in uniform for more than three decades and received training in the use of force only once at the academy, so he said its monumental that all officers will have increasing in-service training beginning in 2018. “Instead of like when I got it in 1986, these officers are going to have use of force training every year, so it’s fresh in their mind,” said First Deputy Chief Kevin Navarro. Four hours of training in sessions. “The community is always watching, no matter good or bad, so it’s important for us to act professionally,” said Chicago Police Sargent Mark Lemus. In fact, training for all Chicago Police is about to ramp up dramatically. This year, eight hours of training, by 2019 24 hours of training and by 2021, every officer will complete 40 hours of training every year. Commander Daniel Godsel of the Education and Training Division said the classes and simulations will be varied. “Mandatory training will include, but is not limited to such topics, as use of force, force midigation, mental health awareness, procedural justice and updates on local, state and federal statues concerning law enforcement. Use of force will be a topic we plan on covering every year. “We’re hoping this annual training will allow CPD officers to keep themselves safe while making Chicago and its residents safer in the process,” said Chicago Police Commander Daniel Godsel. But FOP President Kevin Graham is concerned the union was ignored in designing the new training. “I think what they want to do is pacify the community, saying they’re rolling out training when they should be discussing it with us and having a real plan going forward,” Graham said. Once concern is how 40-hours of yearly training would effect manpower on the street, since police in the classroom are not on patrol. But police leaders say by 2021, the force will have added those 1,000 additional officers. Mayor Emanuel is hiring, which should ease the squeeze. Space at the police academy, where much of the training will be done, is going to be scarce as well.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago set a heat record on Thursday for this date, Sept. 21. It got to 94 degrees at O’Hare. And when the temperatures reach these highs, most people can go indoors to escape the outdoor heat. But not street musicians like Chicago Traffic Jam, who were performing on State Street near Macy’s. Bandleader Ian Walsh said it is not that bad. “Two summers ago I remember there was a month where it never got under 100, I think. It was just like…that was bad. But this ain’t that bad, you know?” he said. Walsh said these are good times on the sidewalk, comparatively speaking. “The winter’s harder. It’s harder to move your fingers fast when they’re frozen. You have to play more quarter notes, less double-up sixteenths. And there’s snow on the ground. Everything’s slippery and we’re carrying around gear.” Today, Sept. 21, 2017 temperatures reached 94 degrees at O’Hare. The old record was 92 degrees on this date in 1970.
CHICAGO (CBS) — In the southwest suburbs, the night manager at a fast food restaurant is found murdered on the job. Police say they have someone in custody in connection to an altercation that left the man dead. But at CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez reports, the family is being told little about what happened. Outside the Arby’s restaurant in the 8000 block of West 95th Street in Hickory Hills, two aunts remember their nephew, 35-year-old John Price. They said police would only tell the family that Price was found dead Wednesday night in the restaurants where he worked for several years. “My sister needs answers. Her son is dead and the police or nobody wants to tell her how he died, what happened, who did it,” said aunt, Laura Ashley. Hickory Hills Police tell CBS 2 they have a person in custody, with charges pending. Clean-up crews were at the crime scene much of the day, but the Arby’s Company would only say, “this is a terribly tragic situation. The franchisee is cooperating fully with the local authorities.” The Price family meantime awaits answers, baffled by the loss. “He was loving and caring. He would give the shirt off his back. He would do anything for anybody. He didn’t deserve this,” Ashley said. It is still a mystery on Thursday night. No one is telling the family or CBS 2 how the man was killed. The Medical Examiner said an autopsy is slated for Friday. Hickory Hills police and the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force are investigating.
CHICAGO (CBS)–The owner of a 101-year-old Chicago business says he may have to shut down because trucks cannot get in and out, now that a utility pole has been put up, blocking the trucks’ access. The street trucks were using to get to and from Polar Hardware Manufacturing was already narrow. “Now they took up 14 more inches with a pole coming out here. And it’s on the wrong side of the curb. We’re now shut down. Today, I’m going to send 120 employees home,” said company owner Robert Albert. He said the street, Honore, looks more like an alley just south of Montrose, and it’s now too narrow for trucks. “I have to ship every day. I cannot be out, even for a day or two,” said Albert.How will this affect things? “It’ll probably put us out of business. And then I may have to make my money suing people, which is the last thing we want to do. I want this pole gone. And I will have to damage it if I have to.” Albert shouted a warning to a ComEd worker on the scene. “Say goodbye to your pole.” The staff of 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar says they are looking into the issue.