Pedestrian Hit By Metra Train In Arlington Heights

By The Chicago Time Staff

November 30, 2022

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – A pedestrian was hit by a Metra train Wednesday morning at a railroad crossing in Arlington Heights.

Authorities have asked people to avoid the railroad crossing at North Ridge Avenue and Northwest Highway.

Metra sent out an alert informing riders that inbound and outbound traffic on the Union Pacific Northwest Line is halted near Arlington Heights and that there is limited service between Des Plaines and Chicago.

Woman Arrested After Stealing Bag Of Money Armored Truck

By Joseph Accardo, The Chicago Times

November 28, 2022

CHICAGO – A woman was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing a bag of money outside a North Side bank. 

According to Chicago police, around 12:30 pm, a woman allegedly stole a bag containing cash from a Brinks armored truck in the 5700 block of North Broadway outside of a Chase Bank.

In daring fashion, the female suspect fled the scene but was quickly captured by Chicago police in the 1100 block of West Granville Avenue.  Police recovered the money sack, which is rumored to have contained $200,000. 

Charges are pending.

Photo: Graeme Sloan/Sipa/Reuters

Peoria: John Kelly Running For Reelection In Peoria

By The Chicago Times Staff

November 28, 2022

PEORIA, IL —  A Peoria Council member has announced plans for reelection.  John Kelly announced his campaign to run for a second term as an at-large council member.  Kelly promoted the passage of a real estate tax abatement on new residential construction, incentivizing rehabs of rental properties, funding of street repair and building maintenance.  The election will be held in spring 2023.

Iran Claims ‘Only’ 300 Protesters Killed During Two Months Of Protests

By Peter Lawrence, The Chicago Times

November 28, 2022

TEHRAN –  Iranian officials claim that 300 people have been killed in the protests spreading across Iran over the last two months.

An Iranian general claimed that 300 hundred people have been killed during the past two months of protesting, which is lower than that reported by Human Rights Activists in Iran, US based group monitoring the protests that began after the death of a young woman taken prisoner by Iran’s morality police.

Iranian Security Forces overlook protestors. Photo: AP.

According to HRAI, it is believed that 451 protesters and 60 security forces have been killed along with some 18,000 people detained since protesting began in September. The protests erupted after the suspicious death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was arrested for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code. 

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the aerospace division of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, was caught saying on a Guard website that 300 people have been killed, including security forces.  Hajizadeh believes the protests have been fomented by Iran’s enemies and not by the suspicious death of a 22-year-old woman in the custody of police for a dress code violation.  Protestors have declared that they have had it with decades of social and political repression and deny any foreign influence.

Feature Photo: General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the IRGC Air Force.

Chevy Chase To Re-Enact ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ Christmas Lighting At Chicago Area Restaurant

By The Chicago Times Magazine

November 28, 2022

Major star from the 1989 Christmas cult classic movie will make an appearance in the Chicago area to plug in Christmas lights at a suburban restaurant in Morton Grove this week.

In a press release, actor Chevy Chase will reprise his role as Clark Griswold to recreate the famous Christmas lighting scene from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” at a Raising Cane’s restaurant in Morton Grove, located at 6881 W. Dempster Street. 

Raising Cane’s founder Todd Graves said the lighting ceremony will feature 13,000 lights and will begin at 5 pm.  Graves also announced that other holiday decor inspired from the classic movie will be on display.  Visitors to the event will be treated to free hot chocolate and Christmas carolers.

Security Risk: Huawei And ZTE Equipment Sales Banned By US

By Harold W. Reid, The Chicago Times

November 26, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration will ban new telecommunications equipment from Communist China’s Huawei Technologies and ZTE due to potential risk to US national security.

The US Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that it will bar the sale or import of equipment made by communist Chinese surveillance equipment maker Huawei and ZTE along with Dahua Technology Co, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co Ltd, and Hytera Communications Corp Ltd.  The decision to ban the communist technology giants is due to their ability to easily spy on American citizens.

“These new rules are an important part of our ongoing actions to protect the American people from national security threats involving telecommunications,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

In June 2021, the FCC revealed it was considering banning all equipment authorizations for the communist Chinese companies.  All four commissioners at the agency, consisting equally of Republicans and Democrats unanimously agreed to the ban.