Metra apologizes for the woes

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Metra apologizes for the previous late delays due to the weather situation. Many riders were just relieved that the trains had been back running on normal schedule on Tuesday. “Last week was a bit of mess but I’m glad its over,” said Metra rider Shela Carden.

But its not over. Last week’s weather is still causing problems for Metra. Several Union Pacific Metra lines were a car or two short Tuesday. “Getting off the train was a little bit of a mess. We were all packed in like sardines. It was uncomfortable but I made it to work,” Carden said.

Some stops were missed on those UP lines, possibly because the cars that were running were filled to capacity. Metra says the cold snow and ice took its toll on brakes, doors and even electrical and ventilation hoses. And the cars needed to be repaired.

When asked how long Metra expects to run shorter trains, interim director Don Orseno replied, “I would say with in the next couple days we should be backed up by Friday. Depending, of course, on how quickly we can get some of these things done.”

He also took time to recap last weeks weather woes, again saying delays were caused by iced over switches, engine fuel not being delivered due to the weather and overall maintenance of the trains.

At an afternoon presentation at its headquarters, Metra says it was running at 90 percent throughout the week, canceling only 27 trains. However, Metra admitted communicating delays and cancelations was tough due the changing weather circumstances. It’s something they are looking to improve going forward, Orseno said.



Shot to the head- Garfield Park

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A 27 year old man took a shot to the head Wednesday morning around 1:30 AM in the 3900 block of Congress.

The man was shot in the head and pronounced dead on the scene.

The man’s name has been withheld by the medical examiners until the next of kin is notified of his death.

Investigators found more than one shell casing, no one is in custody as of yet.

Further reported updates to come….

Sext-ing scandal

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An Indiana man was sentenced to several months in jail, exactly 120- days for ‘sexting’ 3 middle school girls who were his students at the time back in December 2012.

45 year old Bryan Tyman, former teacher at Fegely Middle School in Portage Indiana, who tried to make a plea deal back in November. The judge denied his plea saying he needed to spend some kind of jail time. The plea deal would have consisted of a year of home confinement and five years of probation for sending inappropriate picture text messages to 3 underage middle school girls.

Tyman pleaded guilty in September in 2 counts of soliciting sex with a child and admitted to sending sexually conducted text messages to students on at least 2 occasions.

On top of the 120 days of jail he also received 3 years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Parents of the victims are outraged at the fact that he only received 120 days in jail but also they were not notified of his sentencing. One of the moms stated she would have loved to see him leave the courtroom in handcuffs, that would have been enough closure for her.


Murder Was The Case

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A trial begins for Richard Lyons in the accusation of killing his 9 year old daughter back in 2008. This case has been built on circumstancial evidence than actual evidence that he physically killed his daughter. It is said that the 45 year old father beat and stabbed May Lyons in july of ’08.

Prosecutors hired a forensic specialist who says the blood spatter in Mr. Lyons van, that was used to transport his daughter to the hospital, is inconsistant with the story he gave the police, in fact he believes that is where the incident took place. Which he initially claimed to have said he found her in an alley bleeding and took her to the hospital.

The first witness was a women who lived 8 doors down from the Lyons home, which is where May and her brother where previously at before she died later that day.

It took over two years for the father to be charged, but in the begin he still wasn’t a suspect until they confescated his van where they found her blood on the curtans and in the vent. Which the only possible way it could have gotten there is if the murder took place there. And looking back, the reports of the father not calling 911 as well as he didn’t take her to the nearest hospital and saying he thought a dog attacked her.

More reports continue as the trial goes on…

Jello Shots

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A great way to have a friendly outing without having to leave the comfort of your own home, but still having the same effect as a good ‘bar scene‘.  Jello shots are easy to make and fun to take. Although, there is many ways as to make them, i’ll show you the simplest way. But that never limits you to go beyond and explore, which i will and can direct you to certain sites with cool ideas.

First lets start with what you will need to make 16 jello shots. Note if your making more than 16 follow same steps for as many more as you will need to make, just with some things left over.


*3 OZ  favorite flavored Jello

*1 cup boiling water


*½ cup water


1. Chill the liquor and the water mix so they are at a constant temperature together.

2. Once chilled completely, put jello mix into a bowl.

3. Add boiling water to jello mix and stir until completely dissolved.

4. Stir in chilled liquor and water mix into the jello. (You may add food coloring for affects.)

5. pour into shot glasses (Or empty orange peels for cool affect.)

6. Refrigerate and let sit to settle liquor for at least 2 hours. (Best results if cooled over night.)

7. Enjoy with all your friends.

And that there is how you make a simple but perfect drink set up for a group of your good friends that are maybe coming over for a get together and you guys rather stay in but still have fun. I hope you enjoy but always remember to drink responsibly.

French Toast


French toast is the ideal ‘breakfast in bed‘ breakfast of any century. Many people wonder how easy or hard it is to make a simple breakfast but the truth of the matter is its completely easy, although it is messy. The idea of French toast is crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, it is not supposed to be dry and/or soggy. So let me tell you how to make the best french toast so you can serve up some fantastic breakfast for you or your loved ones either at the table or in bed. Either way its perfection.

Prep your work station. Wash your hands and sanitize the kitchen space you will need to prepare and cook your food. The number one rule of living is being clean to stay healthy. After all is done you take out everything you will need, which includes:


3 large eggs

1 cup of half-and-half or milk

2 tablespoons vanilla

4 shakes of cinnamon powder

1 teaspoon of sugar

8 slices of bread (you can cut them in half to make twice as much)

2-3 tablespoons of butter (plus what you want to top it off)


*measuring cups and spoons

*big bowl


*12-14 in skillet


*serving platter (plate will do)


1. Wisk together the eggs, vanilla, half-and-half/milk, and sugar until liquidity then add in your shakes of cinnamon to your liking.

2. Get your bread slices out and ready (cut up at this time.) and prepare for soaking.

3. Put frying pan on the stove over medium heat.

4. Place the slices of bread into the liquidity batter. Flip onto each side of the bread to soak well.

5. Take each slice of bread, after soaked in batter, and place onto frying pan. Let access batter fall back into the bowl before placing onto the pan to not make a mess.

6. Let each slice sizzle on pan for a few minute or until lightly golden brown on the side then flip over till other side is as equally golden brown.

7. Once All slices are done serve onto a plate, place butter on top slice and add favorites like syrup, fruit, etc. You can even add more cinnamon. And enjoy your delicious french toast delicacy you have just created.

Now you know and can make the best of french toast ever!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are a great dessert after dinner, or even while relaxing watching a movie with a friend. I’m going to show you how to make Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch, and your going to love them.


1 ½ cups brown sugar

1 cup of butter (soft)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg

2 cups oats

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chip (6 oz)

1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees,  In large bowl, stir brown sugar and butter until blended. Stir in vanilla and egg until light and fluffy. Stir in oats, flour, baking soda and salt; stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
2. Onto ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack or where ever you let them cool down.