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An overnight blaze that ravaged a gay nightclub in Oak Park earlier this week was caused by arson. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

Velvet Rope blaze ruled arson, fire official says

An overnight blaze that ravaged a gay nightclub in Oak Park earlier this week was caused by arson, fire department officials said Thursday. Oak Park … Read more ›

Police investigate 3 burglaries in Forest Park

Forest Park police are investigating three burglaries reported in recent days. An employee of a business in the 7700 block of Van Buren Street reported … Read more ›

Charges filed against 2 in cell phone store robberies

Two Chicago men were arrested over the weekend in connection with a spree of armed robberies at several near west suburban cell phone stores in … Read more ›

One dead, one wounded in West Side shooting

One man died and another man was wounded this morning in a West Side shooting incident that Chicago police investigators are still trying to make … Read more ›

Authorities: Racially charged beating sparked by death of Trayvon Martin

An 18-year-old man charged with a hate crime in Oak Park told investigators he beat his victim in anger over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according … Read more ›

Police nab suspect, recover gold, but still search for victim

With the help of a Good Samaritan, Forest Park Police today captured a suspected CTA robber and recovered a stolen gold chain — now all … Read more ›

Woman nabbed after North Riverside bank robbery

A woman who threatened to throw acid on a teller during a bank robbery at a North Riverside grocery was apprehended after leading police on … Read more ›

Police: Woman slapped man in road rage incident

A woman with long, red hair got out of her car while stopped at a light on Ridgeland Avenue and slapped another driver “several times” … Read more ›

Liquor, coins stolen from home, and more

The following items were taken from the Oak Park Police blotter Feb. 21: Driving with no valid ID A 22-year-old woman, of the 5000 block … Read more ›

Anibal Calderon with wife Bertha (Calderon family photo)

Health officials backtrack, say nursing home did notify them about death

The Illinois Department of Public Health made a mistake when it said Wednesday that an Oak Park nursinghome failed to notify the state about an … Read more ›