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Entries by Joseph Erbentraut from 01/2012

New Illinois Laws In 2012: 214 New Laws Go Into Effect On Jan. 1

Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago

As Illinois marches into the new year, at least 214 new laws will go into effect, thanks to a busy state legislature. While many of these lack the...

Charlie Trotter's Closing: Renowned Restaurant To Shutter

Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO — One of Chicago's most famous and award-winning restaurants is closing. The Chicago Sun-Times ( ) reports that Charlie Trotter's will ...

Chicago's Best 'Good News' Stories Of 2011 (PHOTOS)

Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

We've already run down some of 2011's best photos, music, art, theater and shopping of the year, but as we kick off the first week of the new year, we...

Congress Theater Rape: Teens Questioned In Attack That Left Woman In Coma Released

Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

Three teenaged persons of interest questioned in the New Year's Eve sexual assault that left an 18-year-old suburban Chicago woman in a coma outside a...

Pit Bull Attack Leaves Chicago Jogger In Critical Condition (VIDEO)

Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

A 62-year-old Chicago man remains in critical condition after he was attacked by two pit bull terriers while jogging on the city's lakefront path Mond...

Cardinal George To Be Protested By LGBT Activists Over KKK Comparison (VIDEO)

Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times: A local LGBT activist is planning a demonstration in front of Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wa...

Man Shot Multiple Times, Thrown In Trunk During Carjacking

Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago

A man was critically injured Monday night during a carjacking in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. According to police, the 24-year-old man wa...

Walter Dixon Charged With DUI After Falling Asleep In McDonald's Drive-Thru

Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago

A Tennessee man was arrested early Sunday after he allegedly fell asleep in the drive-thru of the Rock 'N Roll McDonald's in downtown Chicago. Walt...

Jimmy Johnson, Dog Owner, Ticketed In Pit Bull Attack That Critically Injured Jogger (VIDEO)

Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago

The owner of two pit bulls who critically injured a lakefront jogger in Chicago's Rainbow Beach Park Monday has been ticketed for both failing to keep...

Duo Allegedly Celebrated New Year By Firing More Than 80 Rounds Of Ammunition Into The Air

Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago

A pair of suburban Chicago men were charged over the weekend with ringing in the new year by firing more than 80 rounds of ammunition into the air bef...

Chicago NATO, G8 Protesters Request Demonstration Permits, May Sue City Over New Rules

Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago

Activists preparing to demonstrate against Chicago's concurrent hosting of the G8 and NATO summits at the city's McCormick Place in May applied for de...

Illinois Cell Phone Ban Ahead? One State Lawmaker Thinks So

Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago

One influential Illinois legislator said Tuesday that a statewide ban on the use of cell phones by individuals driving, whether they are hands-free or...

Chicago's 11 Most Expensive Real Estate Listings Of 2011 (PHOTOS)

Posted 01.03.2012 | Chicago

Chicago has been home to a considerable amount of high-profile real estate over the past year, from Theo Epstein's new $3.25 million pad near Wrigley ...

Exulam I. Holman, Joliet Man, Allegedly Gouged Out Uncle's Eyes In Argument Over Remote

Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

A suburban Chicago man was accused Tuesday of gouging his uncle's eyes out during an argument over the TV remote control on New Year's Eve. Exulam ...

Edward L. Brown, Chicago Man, Allegedly Got Naked During 'Chipmunks' Matinee Screening

Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago man faces a bevy of charges after he allegedly stripped down all the way to his birthday suit and exposed himself in front of families watch...

13-Year-Old Mother Could Face Felony Charges After Newborn Son Found In Dumpster

Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

A 13-year-old girl whose newborn baby was found dead in a south suburban Chicago dumpster could face felony charges. Police say the Country Club Hi...

Crust Pizza Closes Amid High Rent, Financial Struggles

Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

Crust Pizza, a self-described organic, green, neighborhood eatery located in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, served up its last piece of cheese-co...

Chicago Pit Bull Ban? Alderman, Family Of Mauling Victim Call For Stricter Dog Owner Laws

Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

Reacting to the vicious mauling of a lakefront jogger by two large pit bulls, a Chicago alderman stated Tuesday that the City Council should revisit s...

Chicago Announces 'Dog Of Distinction' Contest, Registration Campaign

Posted 01.05.2012 | Chicago

After recently announcing that the city would crack down on enforcement of Chicago dog licensing requirements in the new year, City Clerk Susana Mendo...

Mark Watts, Chicago Teen, Fatally Shot On South Side Porch

Posted 01.05.2012 | Chicago

A 15-year-old Chicago boy was gunned down Wednesday evening in the West Englewood neighborhood on the city's South Side. Mark Watts, of the 2700 bl...

Rob Lowe Discusses Playing Drew Peterson, Lifetime Movie Premieres This Month (VIDEO)

Posted 01.05.2012 | Chicago

Rob Lowe, set to premiere as murder suspect Drew Peterson in the Lifetime movie "Untouchable" on Jan. 21, said this week that the role of the former B...

Illegal Gun Confiscations Up In Chicago, Far Outpacing New York: Police

Posted 01.05.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Wednesday announced that his department removed 131 illegal guns from the city's streets on New Year's...

'Pro-Family' Activist Calls On Dan Savage To Fix Rick Santorum's 'Google Problem'

Posted 01.05.2012 | Chicago

An activist "devoted exclusively to exposing and countering the homosexual activist agenda" has put out a call for columnist Dan Savage to take down h...

Chicago Public Library Regional Branches, Facing Budget Cuts, Now Closed On Mondays

Posted 01.05.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Public Library announced via its Facebook page Wednesday that, apparently effective immediately, all of its branch locations, save two plu...

Myles Burton, Elmhurst College Student-Athlete, Faces Hate Crime Charges

Posted 01.06.2012 | Chicago

An Elmhurst College athlete was indicted by a grand jury this week on charges that he carved racial epithets, including a reference to the Ku Klux Kla...