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hundreds of fellow officers joined other mourners to pay final respects to call officer clifton lewis. and police are still looking for the man who shot him. good afternoon i'm steve sanders. >>and i'm dina bair. we welcome our viewers who are watching us around the country on wgn america and on the web. marcella raymond is live in the lawndale neighborhood with more on the funeral for officer louis and the investigation into his murder >>governor quinn said the family
of illinois grieves with defense family of officer clifton lewis mayor rahm emanuel said no words could ease the grief here today >>officers are applauded when the superintendent garry mccarthy said that the department will work tirelessly to find the killers >>the chicago police department is in mourning suffering a huge loss in the death of 41 year- old tactical officer clifton lewis at 65 roughly 300 lbs. he commanded attention ... >>they called him the gentle giant he had a heart of gold he was very big and very big at heart a very good guy and good officer >>the familiar haunting sound of
bagpipes signaling the death of a police officer ... as the body of the officer is gently pulled from the hearse hundreds of officers stood at attention >>what's the feeling you will have here together >>sadness >>residents of the neighborhood stood on the sidewalk to pay their respects >>he goes to work and you expected to come home ... it's a sad situation >>family and friends tried to keep it together knowing that their lives will never be the same >>a family member has been taken from us >>he knew the risks of working at the convenience store where he was gunned down but he knew his friends there needed his help and that's the sort of man that he was >>now there are messages to the killers >>you took away a great person from this community and from our
chicago police family please turn yourselves and. >>hundreds of police officers had to stand outside of the church because of it was full to capacity inside of that church the systems broadcasted the funeral outside >>hundreds of leads have command with hundreds of officers working on the case but as of yet there has been no arrest >>a 15 year-old boy shot and killed in englewood is being remembered today as a fun-loving person and a doting father. marc watts was standing on his cousin's front porch at 57 and laflin shortly after a last night when he was shot several times. he lived in suburban riverdale he was in angle with
visiting friends and his baby daughter. police found bullet casings at the scene but no arrests have been made >>there is now i cash reward for anyone who can help solve a hit and run case and merrillville indiana. a card plowed into mitchell heeringa around 2:00 in the morning new year's day outside of the radisson hotel he is now hospitalized in intensive care for brain and lung damage and three broken bones in his spine his mother set up their reward fund which has so far collected $3,000 police say they're looking for a white or light- colored nissan if you have any information please contact police. >>an off-duty chicago firefighter is being called a hero after rescuing the fisherman from the water in diversy harbor. chuck wahtola was fishing in lake michigan yesterday afternoon when he fell into the 33 degree water the 67 year-old scream for help and was likely heard by bill miller who
was also fishing nearby he held up chuck wahtola until paramedics arrived and chuck wahtola was taken to the hospital where he later said that he thanked his lucky stars that firefighter billy miller was there to save his life >>chuck wahtola is expected to be released from the hospital today >>gov. pat quinn has signed into law a major crackdown on public pension abuses ... the reforms will stop union bosses from increasing their city pensions by basing benefits on a much higher yen in income it will also stop them from collecting to separate pensions for one job and lobbyists who worked briefly as substitute teachers will be denied lifetime teacher pensions the pension system abuses were uncovered by a wgn chicago tribune investigation >>the battle over a shooting range for chicago's southeast side may be settled today the fight is between the chicago
police department and conservationists and they're arguing over land across from the marshlands on the southwest side the police department says it's the perfect spot for a shooting range because landfills nearly surround the area and it's about a mile from the nearest neighbor hood but environmentalists want the marsh turned into a habitat for wildlife in a place for recreation their concern that gunshots will scare away animals and people the metropolitan water reclamation district which owns the land will vote today on whether to approve a 39 year lease for the property >>a new investigative report doesn't cover cases of gross fraud and misconduct within the chicago public school system the school inspector general found retired schoolteachers were hired back as part-timers and given more than $1 million and holidays and sick pay to which part-timers are not entitled nearly one dozen employees of the north grand
high-school illegally signed up their own kids for free school lunches than there was this finding about it teacher at the mark on the academy ... >>where he and his girlfriend were on the payroll >>public schools spokesperson read that report and responded " a leadership team that cps will not tolerate any activities of this nature that compromises the integrity of our district ... we're already taking necessary corrective actions an additional steps to implement accountability measures " >>and mother is suing the skokie school district for neglecting her son after he broke his leg in suffered a concussion on the playground the incident happened last january according to the lawsuit " a kindergartner slipped on a mound of snow and hit his head the sun-times reports that the child was forced to crawl back into the school until his mother
picked him up he missed six weeks of school while he recovered the suit seeks $200,000 in damages skokie school officials declined to comment >>there's no question day for about 2800 high-school students from several north suburban communities the teachers are out on the picket lines nancy loo has the latest on the teachers' strike in zion benton district 126 >>that went on strike this morning and as a result thousands of kids essentially got a snow day on a clear one >>about 300 district teachers began pounding the pavement this morning anchor that cling the negotiations with the school board until 330 this morning failed to produce a new contract nearby a small protest to the protest by residents who believe that the teachers' demands are too much given economic times >>people are losing their homes and we can't afford to pay for
what's going on in more things will only get worse >>the biggest issue for the teachers is health insurance and pay the school board wants to restructure the pace skells given the dire financial straits and the budget deficit of last year >>we also owe it to the district residents to be irresponsible of tax dollars >>we wanna be back in school just as much as the kids need to be back there so we hope we can come to some terms with the school board >>they have used it exams next week ... you exams and other activities and it's heartbreaking to keep a man of school >>no word yet on further talks but both sides have indicated that there would like to resume
negotiations later today >>next at noon president obama unveils plans for a leaner and cheaper military one that he says will still be the best equipped in history ... >>casey anthony is going public for the first time since peaking acquitted for murdering her daughter which she had to say any new video block >>
and turn away from large-scale ground wars. he also said the military will focus more on the new threats from china and iran and rely more on naval and air power. the plan also calls for ending the military's ability to fight two major wars at the same time >>the question that this strategy answers is what sort of military will we meet need long after the wars of the last decade are over? >>the sizes of the army and marine corps are also expected to be reduced the defense department will also see its budget slashed by for under $50 billion of the next decade. >>let the attacks began ... gop presidential hopeful mitt romney is in new hampshire today unleashing some harsh words against president obama. joined by his latest ally and former rival senator john mccain during a town hall meeting at the boys and girls club in greater salem new hampshire rummy did not hold back with his attacks on president obama he charged him
with crony capitalism and called him a job killer he will continue is campaigning as he heads to south carolina later today ... and rick santorum is being criticized for what some are calling racial insensitivity lithosphere santorum was talking about welfare programs during a campaign stop in iowa sunday the republican presidential candidate was quoted as saying " i don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them someone's money ... i would rather give them the opportunity to go out and earn that money " rick santorum and it's getting a little tongue tied but does not recall using the word black which has become the focal point of controversy the naacp also blasted the former pennsylvania senator for singling out african-americans as pour. >>casey anthony has not seen much since she was found not guilty of her child skilling six months ago but she speaks out in
a video diary that she apparently recorded herself last october >>she looks a lot different qinghai's short blond hair and wears glasses she does not make any mention of her daughter caylee in the four and half minute video she does talk about the loneliness of living in hiding and says the video camera has become her friend casey anthony is serving a one-year probation in florida on an unrelated charge. >>parents and an eighth grade boy in south texas a police went too far when they shot and killed the boy inside of his school said they had no choice the shooting happened yesterday at cummings middle school in bronzeville texas police responded to a report of a student with a gun officers confronted 15 year-old jimmy gonzales and a hallway they say he pointed a gun at them and when he refused to drop the gun police shot him it turned out the weapon was a pellet gun
school officials say they never had any trouble with gonzales in the past but before that shooting he punched another student for no apparent reason >>no charges will be filed against a widowed teenage mother who shot and killed an intruder 18 year-old sarah mckinley blanchard okla. killed justin shane martin who had a knife in his hand as he and another man broke into her mobile home on new year's eve prosecutors say that she clearly acted in self- defense but her alleged accomplice will face murder charges in his death mckinley shop mart moi she was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher asking whether she could shoot those perpetrators >>sarah mckinley's husband died last week on christmas day he was hospitalized with complications from lung cancer >>the day's top business stories
are just ahead. and a south side pastor of stopping his campaign against youth violence said that he can conduct funerals to teenagers that were shot here in chicago that story is coming up next >>and he was a music legend whose career was way too short we have the cast of a new stage play about the life of singer jackie wilson here with us at the studio
revamping the chevy volt for safety the battery after side impact crash tests was catching fire gm is recalling all 8000 to make structural changes ... we have up the jobs data to discuss today private companies at a 325,000 jobs last month that's when more than economists were expecting also deemed number of americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped last week it's a good start to this 2012 stock-market ... and it seems as though the baby bust is over more than 4 million babies will be born this year much higher than 2011 ... nearly
1 million babies were postponed over the last three years ... a big shake-up is in the works at the bookseller barnes and noble it is thinking of it spinning off its newark e reader digital business sales jumped 70% over the holiday season compared to last year ... the stock price however is going down 20 percent today, the s&p 500 and nasdaq ... ... the pastor who was living on a rooftop to raise awareness about youth violence is now back in his church serving the funeral for a teenager who was shot and killed wgn's dan ponce is live from the south side with details
>>a strong showing of support in the community but there is tension inside during the funeral there were couple of ugly incidents where teenagers began to yell at one another during the funeral that sparked a response from the chicago police department ... between 3 and 400 people are in that standing room only venue ... jawan ross was killed at churches chicken one of two teenagers shot to death that night along with others who were wounded at the new beginnings church here on the south side he was heralded as a promising young man with a bright future ... reverend corey brooks was camped out on the roof of the radisson hotel to raise
awareness about the violence taking hold of the neighborhoods ... he preached at the funeral today >>today we will eulogize this young man this is a continuous problem and on neighborhoods we need to bring to bear all the resources and awareness and attention to stop this violence in our communities >>pastor brooks will do this once again tomorrow for another victim of gun violence deonce malone shot the day after the ross shooting in the marquette park neighborhood ... arthur cheney is charged with first- degree murder being held without bond >>coming up next a performance
the men and women of america's navy do some amazing things to make the world a better place. but, then again, so can millions of everyday americans right in their own backyards. brought to you by america's navy. new stage play chronicles the rise and fall of this admired musician. here to tell us more about the black ensemble fears current production of the jackie wilson story is director and theater founder jack taylor. >>i have always been a big fan of jackie wilson before james
brown and michael jackson they all learned from him >>yes he was a powerful influence from elvis presley right up to michael jackson >>from rhythm-and-blues to what became known as soul music he was a pioneer >>that's absolutely right he did things that no other performers did at that time he brought music into a totally new era >>does the stage play "talas" as much about his life as his music ... >>yes it does we talk about his ups and downs and his influences and those things in his life that brought him to musical greatness and the things that brought him down as well ... >>will we have an old school
crew appeared to bring back those memories and my i may say you're really nail it! >>you are making jacki mijackie wilson real again ... >>the jackie wilson story runs through february 19th at the black ensemble theater at 4440 north clark street here in chicago you could go to our web site for more information on performance times and tickets ... [music: "higher & higher" form
i got the calling to to join the service and support the boys over there. i never thought that i would have ptsd. i thought that i had enough coping skills. i don't think anybody who goes into combat could ever honestly say that they're not different when they come home. my life's changed. what you take as a simple thing, is not so simple for me anymore. it's like a pressure cooker and you know you want somebody desperately to to trip that valve.
we're running out of things to talk about what the weather. we are already up to 42 degrees we had a high yesterday of 41 degrees this is the 23rd time since december 1st we have had temperatures go above 30 degrees. it looks like we'll have at least one more day of temperatures of 40 degrees or above. we should cool down to the 30's for the weekend. it is very comfortable over the region ... temperatures into the 40's.
it may just hit 50 degrees in some areas downstate. when speed is picking up ... 10-15 mi. per hour its cooling the air slightly. there's a southwesterly breeze contributing to a wind chill factor however that's the mid to upper 30's ... temperatures are mild way up to the michigan peninsula there is a chance however of snow there less than one and time thinking ... we'll get another pocket of canadian air this weekend: the air back to the '30's that's getting closer to the seasonal norm ...
we're getting more to aid it west to east flow of the jet stream next week that will get temperatures to the 20's so it's back to winter ... in the pacific northwest there are showers and snow into the cascade mountains and allegations about 2,500 ft. with the rain activity being on the northwest coast the only part of the country really getting any moisture. we have a couple of days with not much wind in the long-term forecast. here is the forecast for the rest of this afternoon the skies will be mostly sunny and warming the air aloft is very dry and the clouds will be
dissipating temperatures of up to 20 degrees above normal the wind is southwest 10-20 mi. per hour morning sunshine on friday a few afternoon clouds temperatures 15 degrees above normal again a wonderful day. saturday overcast skies temperatures a bit lower but we will be at 40 degrees we should be back into the 30's later saturday and a bit cooler on sunday we will talk about that the seven day forecast coming up at the end of the broadcast >>it's time now for today's trivia: on this day in 1914, automaker henry ford announced an unprecedented minimum wage of what dollar amount for his employees? the a [♪...]
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he is going to miami. the cubs traded him to the marlon's for the right-handed pitcher chris volstad the cubs will pay $15 million of the $18 million left on his contract he was 9 and 7 last season but the cubs placed him on the restricted list after he was ejected from game and cleaned out his locker. carlos zambrano joins former white sox ozzie guillen and mark buehrle and south beach. the cubs president theo epstein talked about carlos zambrano on wgn radio before the trade was made public ... >>i understand there are lots of skeptics about his ability to fit into this new culture we are building here with the cubs he
needs to prove whether or not he can be part of this culture or we will just have to change personnel >>rip hamilton returned to face his former team in detroit. the bulls already up 14 points in the second. hamilton fines rose with a nice bounce pass rose scored 17 and hamilton had 14 in the fourth quarter joakim noah hits carlos boozer for two of his game-high 19 points the bulls had five players in double figures but with only three minutes left derrick rose is fouled and lance hard on his elbow he stayed in the game and x-rays so that it is just a bruise the bulls win their fifth straight 99-83 they are 6-1 their best start since 1996. that's a look at sports your live illinois lottery drawing is now >>here are the winning pick
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classic southern supper ... we've got lots of different things to offer. today we are doing a brunch dish we have on the menu chicken and waffles. it's a combination of breakfast and lunch/dinner to be enjoyed any time of day we like to serve it on the sunday brunch menu and it does very well with the patrons >>the secret is whipped egg whites that gives the waffles more of a crunch we also use self rising flour that's a big factor in the success of this recipe ... we eliminated the baking powder/baking soda in the recipe because of this self
hat and everybody loves it is quite simple. and now the fried chicken ... i have included the recipes on the web site. the secret is a little bit of hot sauce and some water to that betteratter and of course of buttermilk ... we have self rising and all- purpose flour combined with some seasonings we incorporate the dry ingredients garlic powder
dried thyme and paprika and some salt and pepper ... we brine the chicken for one day followed by a second day soaking in the buttermilk and then the third day we fry and we have quite a moist fried chicken dish ... >>wonderful ... table 52 is located at 52 west elm street in chicago. the southern suburb is $35 per person and takes place every tuesday wednesday and
day in 1914, the automaker henry ford announced an unprecedented minimum-wage of $5 a day for his employees ... >>seems like a lot of money at the time ... >>we have a high temperature of 47 degrees expected today. tomorrow we should make it to 45 degrees we will have some overcast skies ... the weekend will be a bit cooler ... things are looking good going into next week