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Newmont Seeks to Acquire Newcrest

By John McPhaul, The Chicago Times February 6, 2023 DENVER – Newmont Corporation announced Sunday that has submitted a non-binding proposal to acquire 100% of the issued share capital of Newcrest Mining Limited by way of a scheme of arrangement.  Newmont proposes to combine two of the sector’s top senior gold producers. According to a press release, Newmont’s proposal to combine with Newcrest is on the basis of 0.380 Newmont shares per Newcrest share, which would result in the combined…

Boeing to Retain ICBM Guidance Contract

By Grant McCormick, The Chicago Times February 6, 2023 ARLINGTON, VA – Boeing has been chosen by the United States Air Force as the prime contractor for the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile guidance subsystems support. Boeing announced the contract is worth up to $1.6 billion over 16 years and will be primarily performed in Ogden, Utah, and Heath, Ohio.  Boeing will be in charge of maintaining “around-the-clock” readiness and accuracy of Minuteman ICBM guidance systems, which has been in continuous…

Lemont Mayor John Egofske to Replace Durkin in 82nd District

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times February 6, 2023 SPRINGFIELD, IL – Lemont Mayor John Egofske to replace Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin as the new Illinois 82nd District State Representative. “After 27 years in corporate business as a job creator, I look forward to working with anyone, from any party, who shares my goals to lower property taxes, address crime, and keep jobs in Illinois.” Egofske said in a statement. Durkin announced his resignation after November’s election but refused to blame his leadership for the dismal election results. Egofske has served as the mayor of Lemont since 2017. …

Man Charged in Austin Shooting

By The Chicago Times Staff February 6, 2023 CHICAGO – A man has been charged with the shooting of a woman in the Austin neighborhood on Friday.  Chicago police said, around 9:00 am, on February 3, Robin Thompson, of Chicago, was taken into custody after shooting a woman, 47, in the 5300 block of West Madison Street.

Second of Two Men Found Guilty in West Chicago Murder

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times February 3, 2023 WHEATON, IL – Man found guilty for his part in the 2018 murder of man in West Chicago, Illinois, has been sentenced to fifty years in jail. According to prosecutors, Juan Calderon, 25, formerly of Aurora, was sentenced to fifty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the murder of Alexander Nicolas, 26, of West Chicago, in November of 2018.  The sentencing follows a three-day double-jury trial held in…

Ford 4 Quarter Profit Plummets 90%

By Jeff L. Tucker, The Chicago Times February 3, 2023 DEARBORN, MI – Ford Motor Company announced Thursday that fourth-quarter net income plummeted 90% from a year earlier.  Ford executives admitted that costs are too high in this inflationary period and vowed to slash spending this year. In a press release, Ford CEO, Jim Farley, said “We should have done much better last year.  We left about $2 billion in profits on the table that were within our control, and we’re going to correct that with improved execution and performance.” To help reduce costs, Farley also said Ford is transforming…

Humboldt Park: Food Delivery Man Robbed and Shot

By The Chicago Times Staff February 3, 2023 CHICAGO – A food delivery man was shot and seriously wounded Thursday in Humboldt Park.  According to police, the 40-year-old victim was delivering food around 10:00 pm in the 3600 block of West Iowa Street when a man approached him and demanded…

Norway Orders 54 New German Tanks

By H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times February 3, 2023 OSLO – Norway announced it will order 54 new German Leopard 2 tanks, produced by German based Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Group, for its military with an option to purchase another 18 tanks in the future. “We ensure that we have the same tanks as our Nordic neighbors and many key NATO allies.  This further strengthens our relationship with Germany.”  Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere said in a statement. Norway, a NATO member, shares a 122 mile border with Russia and according to their defense minister, had originally planned to purchase 72 tanks…

Chicago: Man Murdered Inside Crashed Car

By Judd Mustin, The Chicago Times February 3, 2023 CHICAGO – A man was discovered shot inside a crashed car on Chicago’s West Side.  According to Chicago police, around 2:30 am, the 43-year-old victim was discovered inside a vehicle that crashed into a parked car in the 800 block of North Lavergne Avenue in Austin.  The victim was taken to an area hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head where he was later pronounced dead.  Police are investigating.

Major Canned Meat, Poultry Products Recalled

By Willard Hughes, The Chicago Times February 3, 2023 WASHINGTON – Almost 3 millions pounds of canned meat and poultry products have been recalled by Conagra Brands due to a packaging defect that may have spoiled the product. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said the recall affects certain Armour Star products, canned Vienna sausage products produced under brands like Goya, the Kroger label, and Prairie Belt.  A complete list can be found here. According to the USDA, the meat and poultry products were produced between December 12, 2022 and January 13, 2023, and the items…

Man Charged with Punching Woman on Blue Line CTA Platform

By J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times February 3, 2023 CHICAGO – A man was charged with punching a 64-year-old woman on a Blue Line CTA platform in the Loop in January. According to Chicago police, around 7:00 am, James Jackson, 55, allegedly punched a woman in the face on the Blue Line platform at 19 North Dearborn Street.  Police said Jackson allegedly approached the woman on the platform and punched her in the face with a clenched fist for no reason. Jackson was taken into custody on Thursday in the 1200 block of South Clinton Street and has been…

Second Man Charged in Fatal Loop Stabbing

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times February 3, 2023 CHICAGO – A second man has been charged in the fatal stabbing in the Loop last September. Chicago police said 25-year-old Darnell Rawls, of Rosemoor, allegedly took part in the robbery and stabbing of 41-year-old Michael Byrnes who was on his way home on September 6 in the 400 block of South LaSalle Street. A week after the robbery and stabbing, 28-year-old Anthony Rawls Jr. was arrested and charged with the murder.  Darnell Rawls was later identified as the second assailant. According to surveillance video, two suspects approached Byrnes and…

Super Bowl Fans: Leave Your Drone at Home

Federal Aviation Administration Press Release February 01, 2023 FAA designates Phoenix Area a ‘No Drone Zone’ for Super Bowl LVII. State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., is a “No Drone Zone” for Super Bowl LVII. Drones will be restricted during the following times and days: Game Day, Sunday, Feb. 12 Before Game Day Additional details are available in the Super Bowl LVII Flight Advisory.  Drone operators who enter the TFRs without permission could face drone confiscation, fines that exceed $30,000 and potential criminal prosecution.  Detailed information for general aviation and drone pilots is available on the FAA’s Super Bowl LVII…

Department of the Air Force to Conduct Hackathon

Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs January 31, 2023 WASHINGTON (AFNS) –  The Department of the Air Force will conduct its next “BRAVO” hackathon March 20 – 24, 2023, this time at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Megan Runyan, Quinn Seys, and Parker Brown, 416th Flight Test Squadron weapons integration engineers, work together for data solutions…

GM Declares Quarterly Dividend

Press Release General Motors Company January 30, 2023 DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a first quarter 2023 cash dividend on the company’s outstanding common stock of $0.09 per share payable Thursday, March 16, 2023, to all common shareholders of…

Man’s Body Pulled From Lake Michigan

By The Chicago Times Staff January 30, 2023 CHICAGO – An unidentified man’s body was pulled from Lake Michigan near South Loop on Sunday.  According to police, the body was discovered just after 11:00 am near the 1100 block of South Lake Shore Drive.  Police are investigating.

Man Set Fire to House After Tiff with Girlfriend

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times January 30, 2023 JOLIET, IL – A man has been charged with setting a home on fire because he was upset with his girlfriend Friday night. Chicago police said, around 10:18 pm, 45-year-old Kevin Williams allegedly set fire to a home in the 1500 block of North Prairie Avenue while his 47-year-old girlfriend and four others were inside the residence.  Williams was allegedly angry with his girlfriend and set the grange and an empty bedroom on fire with gasoline.  A woman, 26, and three children were evacuated safely.  Williams was arrested in the…

Man Steals Car with Child Inside in West Town

By The Chicago Times Staff January 30, 2023 CHICAGO – A man stole a vehicle in the West Town neighborhood on Saturday that contained a 4-year-old child.  According to Chicago police, around 3:30 pm, a 39-year-old man left his vehicle running on West Hubbard near Paulina with a 4-year-old child inside.  Police said a male suspect then stole the vehicle with the child inside.  The stolen vehicle was then left several blocks away with the child still inside.  Police are investigating.

Amazon to End Free Grocery Delivery on Prime Orders Under $150

By Brooks McCormick, The Chicago Times January 28, 2023 SEATTLE – Bad news for Prime grocery members as Amazon announces that it will end free grocery delivery for orders under $150. In an email, Amazon said Prime members who use Amazon Fresh will be charged $3.95 to $9.95 for orders under $150 starting February 28.…

Chicago Man Charged in Robbery of Naperville Portillo’s

By T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times January 26, 2023 NAPERVILLE, IL – A Chicago man was charged in the robbery of a Naperville Portillo’s back in July. Naperville police said, around 11:36 pm on July 20, 2022, Solomon Marshall, 21, of the 3400 block of W. Fulton Boulevard, allegedly approached two female employees of Portillo’s on foot as they were working in the drive-through lane of the restaurant.  Marshall allegedly indicated he had a firearm in his pocket and demanded money from the victims.  Marshall then allegedly ripped company fanny packs containing approximately $680 from the victims.  According to…

Arsonist Charged in Setting Fire on North Side

By Edward LaSalle, The Chicago Times January 26, 2023 CHICAGO – A man has been charged with setting a fire inside a building in the Uptown neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. According to Chicago police, around 6:20 pm, 49-year-old Toma Smith allegedly lit an “incendiary object” that caused a fire inside a building in the 1000 block of West Lawrence Avenue.  Smith was arrested shortly after the event and charged with one felony count of aggravated arson.

Man Charged in Connection with North Lawndale Shooting

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times January 26, 2023 CHICAGO – A man has been charged in connection with a shooting in the North Lawndale neighborhood last October. Chicago police said, on October 13, 24-year-old Shaheer Muhammad, of Chicago, allegedly shot a 39-year-old man twice in the back in the 3800 block of West Roosevelt Road.  The victim self transported himself to a local hospital where he was listed in serious condition. Muhammad was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with one felony count of aggravated battery.

McDonald’s: California Putting Bad Politics Over Good Policy

An open letter from Joe Erlinger, President of McDonald’s USA: January 25, 2023 Whether you’re a lawmaker, a business owner or leader, or an everyday voter, one thing is clear: California has become a dramatic case study of putting bad politics over good policy. Last fall, the legislature passed a bill – AB257, or the…

CTA Passenger Prevents Robbery by Shooting Mugger

By The Chicago Times Staff January 23, 2023 CHICAGO – A Chicago man has been charged in the attempted robbery of a CTA passenger. According to Chicago police, around 5:00 pm on Friday, 33-year-old Darius Moss, of Chicago, robbed a passenger on the CTA Green Line in the Austin neighborhood. …

Illinois Judge Pauses Pritzker’s Assault Weapons Ban

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times January 21, 2023 SPRINGFIELD, IL – An Illinois judge in Effingham County granted a temporary restraining order Friday to pause the state’s recently enacted assault weapons ban as new lawsuits are filed to challenge the constitutionality of the law. Tom DeVore, former Republican nominee for Illinois attorney general, filed a lawsuit on behalf of citizens and businesses across 87 counties to overturn the law.  The lawsuit focuses on four key issues that invalidate the law, one of which is the controversial Equal Protection clause, which carves out exceptions to the law for certain people. …

T-Mobile: Data on 37 Million Customers Stolen

By Willard Hughes, The Chicago Times January 21, 2023 BELLEVUE, WA – T-Mobile announced Thursday that the data of nearly 37 million customers has been stolen by an unidentified malicious intruder in November.   In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the data breach was discovered on January 5.  T-Mobile confessed that the data breached exposed customer data including phone numbers, addresses, and birth dates.  However, customer passwords, bank account and credit card numbers, and social security numbers were not exposed.  T-Mobile said the breach occurred on November 25.  This is not the first time T-Mobile has been hacked. …

Two Illinois Paramedics Charged in Death of Patient

By Janice Cameron, The Chicago Times January 21, 2023 SPRINGFIELD, IL –  Two Illinois paramedics have been charged in the death of a patient they strapped faced down on a stretcher. According to prosecutors, Peggy Finley, 44, and Peter Cadigan, 50, have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Earl Moore.  It is alleged that Finley and Cadigan strapped Moore face down on a stretcher leading to his death.   Prosecutors argue that Finley and Cadigan had the training and other knowledge to know that Moore could have been killed by being strapped faced down on a stretcher. …

Chicago Man Charged in Humboldt Park Robbery of 17-Year-Old Girl

By The Chicago Times Staff January 21, 2023 CHICAGO – A man has been charged in the robbery of a 17-year-old girl in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.  According to Chicago police, 29-year-old Edgardo Negron, of Chicago, allegedly robbed the teen girl in the 900 block of North California Avenue.  Negron was taken into custody  and…

Man Shot After Crashing into Stolen Truck

By Joseph Accardo, The Chicago Times January 21, 2023 CHICAGO – A man was shot in the chest after his vehicle was involved in a collision with a stolen car in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.  Chicago police said, around 4:00 am, the 19-year-old victim was riding in a Dodge…


Man Stabbed and Others Hurt in Northwest Side Confrontation

By Edward LaSalle, The Chicago Times January 20, 2023 CHICAGO – A man was stabbed Wednesday along with two others wounded during an attack outside a Northwest Side restaurant. Chicago police said, around 8:50 pm, the three victims got into an argument with an unknown male suspect in the parking…

Man Shot in Back of the Yards

By The Chicago Times Staff January 19, 2023 CHICAGO –  A man was shot Wednesday in the Back of Yards neighborhood on the South Side.  According to Chicago police, the 21-year-old victim was shot in the head while he was outside with two other people around 6:40 am in the…

Teen Charged with Armed Robbery and Carjacking in North Lawndale

By James R Scott, The Chicago Times January 19, 2023 CHICAGO – A teenager was charged in the armed robbery and carjacking of a man in North Lawndale.  Chicago police said the 16-year-old was arrested on Tuesday after he was identified as one the suspects that robbed a 26-year-old man…


Illinois House Approves 18% Pay Hike for Lawmakers

By Frank Conklin, The Chicago Times January 09, 2023 SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois House of Representatives voted to give lawmakers an 18% pay raise over the weekend. As the lame-duck session came to a close, the House approved a $12,904 annual increase in base pay for members of the…

Republican House Leader Durkin to Retire

By David Slavik, The Chicago Times January 09, 2023 SPRINGFIELD, IL –  Republican House Leader State Representative Jim Durkin announced he will retire on Tuesday.  In November, Durkin had announced that he would resign his leadership position within the Republican caucus.  Durkin blamed former President Donald Trump for Republican defeats…

Prepare to Pay: Nicor Proposes Massive Rate Hike

By Grant McCormick, The Chicago Times January 06, 2023 NAPERVILLE, IL – Nicor Gas has filed for a hefty rate increase that will further empty consumer’s pockets in northern Illinois.  According to a Nicor filing, the company is requesting to increase rates by $321 million, which if approved, would force…


Communist China Suspends Social Media Accounts of Covid Critics

By Douglas F. Roberts, The Chicago Times January 08, 2023 BEIJING – Communist China has suspended the social media accounts of some 1,200 critics of the government’s policies on the Covid-19 outbreak. In true communist fashion, the suppression of freedom of speech and thought was carried out by the popular…

United States and Germany Announce Armored Vehicle Deal with Ukraine

By W. Spencer, The Chicago Times January 06, 2023 KIEV – The United States and Germany announced Friday that they will supply armored fighting vehicles to Ukraine as a possible Russian military onslaught looms in the coming months.   The agreement will supply Ukrainian forces with 50 Bradley Fighting Vehicles as…

Russia to Ban Oil Sales to Nations Imposing Price Caps

By H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times December 28, 2022 MOSCOW – The Russian government announced on Tuesday that oil sales to countries that enforce a price cap will be banned. On December 5, oil traders were required to enforce a price cap of $60 per barrel for Russian oil in…


Chicago Auto Show Partners with Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

By Jeff L. Tucker, The Chicago Times January 19, 2023 CHICAGO – The Chicago Auto Show announced that it will partner with Hyatt Regency McCormick Place to provide exhibitors, media, and consumers with special room rates during the auto show from February 11-20 at McCormick Place. The Hyatt Regency McCormick…

Meijer Launches Enhanced mPerks Program to Benefit Customers 

By John Armour, The Chicago Times January 13, 2023 GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grocery giant Meijer announced the expansion of its popular digital coupon and rewards program “mPerks” to make it even easier for customers to save cash on products. The revamped mPerks program will offer personalized rewards and savings…

Burger King Offers Free French Fries

By Chicago Times Business Staff January 11, 2023 MIAMI – Burger King announced that it will be giving away free French fries every week for the next six months. Burger King, the third largest burger franchise, has decided to extend its popular Frequent Fry’er promotion which is available for Royal…


Bulls Defeat Pistons 126-108

By William Gleason, The Chicago Times January 20, 2023 PARIS – The Chicago Bulls defeated their bitter rival the Detroit Pistons in Paris by 126-108 on Thursday.  Bulls’ DeMar DeRozan earned 26 points along with Nikola Vucevic adding 16 points with 15 rebounds and 6 assists.  Ayo Dosunmu added 13 points along with…

Teen Charged in Robbing 13 Victims

By James R. Scott, The Chicago Times January 14, 2023 CHICAGO – A teen has been charged in the carjacking and robbing of thirteen victims at gunpoint in a period of seven hours on Chicago’s South Side. Chicago police said the 16-year-old suspect was identified as one of the suspects who carjacked and…