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Quad Cities Pizza The Quad Cities in question being Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, which doesn’t mean anything except I memorized that about 15 years ago and I never get…

Barriers Discussed for Woodfield Mall The scare of an SUV driving around Woodfield Mall prompts a new move to improve mall security. NBC 5's Trina Orlando has the details from Schaumburg.

Cannabis in Illinois: 5 Years In, How Has Colorado Coped With Legalized Weed? As Illinois prepares to embark on a potentially culture-changing adventure with legal cannabis, the first state to legalize pot offers a snapshot of the way the world may appear a few years hence. Colorado legalized medical marijuana 19 years ago, and recreational cannabis in January of 2014.

Blackhawks trade Aleksi Saarela to Panthers for depth defenseman Ian McCoshen Saarela was off to a slow start in the AHL, a league where he’d been disgruntled in the past.

Iconic Bridgeport Establishment Closing The owner of an iconic Bridgeport diner is looking for someone to take over the business, and NBC 5's Sabrina Santucci has more.

Strike Impacts CPS Students' College Applications CPS high school students are watching negotiations between teachers and officials closely as college deadlines are approaching for early admission-seekers. NBC 5's Lisa Chavarria has more.

Chicago AccuWeather: Mostly cloudy, windy, showers Wednesday Mostly cloudy and windy with showers Wednesday. Highs in the upper 50s.

Connor Murphy expected to be out ‘a couple weeks, ’ dealing blow to Blackhawks’ defense The defenseman had been playing on the top pair alongside Duncan Keith prior to suffering a groin injury Tuesday.

Nationals strike first on the road in Game 1 of the World Series A 20-year-old prodigy with a passion for the big moment, Soto homered onto the train tracks high above the left field wall and hit a two-run double as the Nationals tagged Gerrit Cole and the Houston Astros 5-4 Tuesday night in the World Series opener.

2 struck by pellet gun on IIT campus In the 3400 block of South State Street when someone in a gray vehicle fired shots, Chicago police said. A man 18 to 21-years old was struck near the groin area and declined medical treatment, police said. He hasn't cooperated with investigators. A 77-year-old man was hit in the back of the head, police said.

2 hurt in drive-by pellet gun shooting near Illinois Institute of Technology Police said both victims were walking in the 3400-block of South State Street shortly before 5 p.m. when a gray-colored vehicle drove by and fired shots from what is believed to be a pellet gun. The first victim, who police said was an 18-21 year old man, was wounded in the groin area.

Horoscope for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 Avoid shopping or important decisions from 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chicago time After that, the moon moves from Leo into Virgo. For the next four weeks, you will be more passionate about practically everything. In particular, you'll be passionate about two casual topics - money and sex.

Connor Murphy Likely Out 'A Couple Weeks' After Groin Injury Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy will likely be sidelined for "a couple of weeks" after suffering a groin injury against the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. Murphy left the game against the Knights due to the injury and did not return.

Many passwords not strong enough, allowing hackers to access your accounts Your passwords are at risk, even if they have special characters and numbers. Passwords are used for everything; social media, banking, email and your work sign-in. Most organizations only require 8 characters, but Consumer Investigator Jason Knowles and the I-Team found that that's not safe enough.

Golden Knights Beat Blackhawks in Shootout Kirby Dach scored his first career NHL goal, but the Chicago Blackhawks couldn't make their lead hold up as they fell 2-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights in a shootout.

Chicago Teachers Strike: CPS cancels classes Wednesday, CTU plans protest at mayor's budget address CPS canceled classes Wednesday as the Chicago teachers strike continued, and the Chicago Teachers Union is planning a demonstration at Mayor Lori Lightfoot's budget address to the city council.

VanVleet scores career-high 34, Raptors top Pelicans 130-122 Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 34 points, Pascal Siakam fouled out with 34 points and 18 rebounds, and the defending champion Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 130-122 in overtime on Tuesday night in the NBA's season-opening game.

Saline County loses coal mine and processing plant - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois Coal mines are closing across the country despite promises by President Trump to boost the industry. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports coal production fell to a 40-year low this year. Here in southern Illinois Wildcat Hills Mine and the nearby Willow Lake Preparation Plant will lay off 225 workers.

Fleury helps Golden Knights beat Blackhawks 2-1 in shootout Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves through overtime and two more stops in the shootout, leading the Golden Knights to a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Kirby Dach scores first NHL goal in Blackhawks' loss to Golden Knights That's pretty special, but at the same time, pretty disappointed that we lost." The Hawks nearly preserved Dach's tally all the way to the finish line, but instead allowed a tying goal with 1:33 left and two more goals in the shootout to suffer another heartbreaking, objectively undeserved loss.

Business burglaries reported in Hermosa In both cases, the suspect broke the front door or panel of a business with a rock or blunt instrument and stole merchandise and cash, Chicago police said in an alert. The first burglary happened about 3:45 a.m. Sept. 23 in the 4300 block of West North Avenue, police said.

Thousands Expected to March in Loop Ahead of Lightfoot Budget Address Senator Elizabeth Warren kicked off another day of picketing by Chicago teachers as their strike continues, but the union has a much grander plan for a statement on Wednesday as Mayor Lori Lightfoot prepares to make one of the most important speeches of her tenure.

Negotiations back on track, but still no end in sight to CPS teachers strike "What I want to do is I want to give cities like Chicago a good federal partner," Warren responded. "What we need to do is we need to ask those at the very top to pitch in a little more so that we can actually make the investments in every single child in this country.

CornerKICKS: CPS boys soccer teams show up on Tuesday Joe Trost, columnist for #PrepSportsReport. Let me guess: You're probably tired of reading about Chicago and its strike, and not other high school sports news? To be honest, I am, too. But guess what? I'm not tired of fighting for kids - 1,000s of them.

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