Skip to main contentSkip to main content

A Chicago musician is hoping for the return of a violin made in 1758 that was stolen from her family’s home while they were sleeping. Minghaun Xu said the instrument was made by renowned Italian violin-maker and was lent to her by a private sponsor 20 years ago. Xu says losing the violin is like losing her own voice. Xu is a music faculty member at Roosevelt University and performs with a University of Chicago ensemble. Xu said she didn’t believe her home was targeted for the early Wednesday burglary because of her instrument. She says the violin is insured but it is irreplaceable with a sentimental value beyond its price.

A beloved, endangered shorebird in Chicago named Monty the Piping Plover has died. Chicago Park District spokeswoman Irene Tostado says, "It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Monty, one of the Montrose Beach Piping Plovers.” Monty was taken to Lincoln Park Zoo, where he will be tested. Results are expected in about a week. Tamima Itani of the Chicago Piping Plovers _ a collaboration among the Chicago Audubon Society, the Chicago Ornithological Society and the Illinois Ornithological Society _  says “Monty will be very sorely missed.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure into law making it easier to pursue those who engage in the rapidly growing crime of organized retail theft. Large-scale smash-and-grab crime exploded to the top of the legislative priority list with high-profile cases in Chicago, various California locales and Minneapolis. Gangs enter stores and in a coordinated fashion, break display cases, sweep up merchandise and run. Stolen goods are often sold to finance guns, human trafficking and more. The law creates a separate crime called organized retail crime which carries felony penalties. It eliminates a roadblock to prosecution by allowing one prosecutor to files charges on all parts of the crime even if some elements occurred elsewhere. 

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News


Entertainment & Dining

Latest News

Local Sports

NWI Prep Sport News

Weather Alerts