Ripping Up A Parking Ticket In Front Of Police May Get You Tased, Even If You’re Pregnant

Ripping Up A Parking Ticket In Front Of Police May Get You Tased, Even If You’re Pregnant

If you’re upset with the parking ticket you’ve just received, it’s rarely a good idea to rip it up. It’s certainly a bad idea to rip that ticket up in front of the police officer who just wrote it. Ask the pregnant Chicago woman who says police used a stun gun on her after she tore up her citation. [More]

Dozens Or Hundreds Of Apple Devices Burgled From Chicago Best Buy

Dozens Or Hundreds Of Apple Devices Burgled From Chicago Best Buy

How many Apple gadgets did thieves remove from a Chicago Best Buy this past weekend? Police gave the media a modest estimate of only $42,000 worth of iPads, MacBooks, and GPS devices. However, an unnamed source whispered to CBS Chicago that the figure could be closer to $200,000, with the haul including a few hundred iPads. [More]

Delta Passengers Quarantined Following Medical Scare (Which Turned Out To Be Bug Bites)

Delta Passengers Quarantined Following Medical Scare (Which Turned Out To Be Bug Bites)

Passengers on board a Delta flight from Detroit to Chicago were quarantined on the tarmac for several hours this afternoon over concerns about one traveler with what appeared to be a mysterious rash. [More]

Punching A Cop In The Face Is Not A Good Tactic For Selling Direct Energy Service

Punching A Cop In The Face Is Not A Good Tactic For Selling Direct Energy Service

It’s not uncommon to be visited by a door-to-door rep attempting to sell service for an electric or gas company, but it’s not every day that one of those sales calls ends in an off-duty police officer being punched in the face. [More]

Just Because That Letter Says Your Home Was Sold For Back Taxes Doesn't Mean It's True

Just Because That Letter Says Your Home Was Sold For Back Taxes Doesn't Mean It's True

As the economy sank into the muck over the last few years, a lot of homeowners have missed or been late with property tax payments. And in some cases, the property will be sold in order to recoup those taxes. But there are unsavory types out there looking to take advantage of homeowners’ uncertainty about their tax situation. [More]

71 Drivers Cross A Defective Bridge In Chicago Every Second

71 Drivers Cross A Defective Bridge In Chicago Every Second

A new study says that 71 drivers in Chicago cross a structurally defective bridge every second. [More]

Signs In Chicago Board Of Trade Windows Say "We Are The 1%"

Signs In Chicago Board Of Trade Windows Say "We Are The 1%"

To tweak the noses of protesters involved in the “Occupy Chicago” movement, someone has placed signs in the windows of the Chicago Board of Trade that say, “We are the 1%.” [More]

Brass Thieves Stripping Chicago Fire Hydrants

Brass Thieves Stripping Chicago Fire Hydrants

Underneath the cap on many fire hydrants is a brass ring called the “port ring.” Firemen need it to connect fire hoses to the hydrants. But metal thieves in Chicago are popping open hydrants, prying off the ring, and selling it to scrap buyers for $15 a pop. If another cow kicks over a lantern there, having a city full of stripped fire hydrants could be deadly. [More]

How About Some Customer Service, Cricket? Response: Chirp… Chirp…

How About Some Customer Service, Cricket? Response: Chirp… Chirp…

Cricket is perfectly capable of selling reader skokieguy a smartphone for several hundred dollars, but when it comes time to replace his defective battery for free under warranty, all of a sudden they become powerless. [More]

Chicago Sausage Sellers Bicker Over Who's More Original

Chicago Sausage Sellers Bicker Over Who's More Original

A pair of similarly named Chicago Polish sausage establishments — Jim’s Original Polish and Jim’s Original Chicago — are locked in a federal court battle over business names and marketing practices. [More]

County Tells Foreclosed-Upon Homeowners: We May Have Some
Money For You

County Tells Foreclosed-Upon Homeowners: We May Have Some Money For You

The typical image of a foreclosure auction involves a seized house being sold for, at best, the remaining value of the mortgage. But that’s not always so, with some auctions attracting buyers who pay above what’s owed on the home. That money usually belongs to the former owner, but it looks like many aren’t aware of this fact. [More]

Badvertising Hall Of Fame Store Moo & Oink May Have To Liquidate

Badvertising Hall Of Fame Store Moo & Oink May Have To Liquidate

Even if you’ve never lived near Chicago, longtime readers of Consumerist may remember Windy City grocery store Moo & Oink for its so-bad-it’s-friggin-awesome TV ad that launched our Great Moments In Commercial History series. But now comes sad news that the dancing cow and pig might be headed to the liquidation slaughterhouse if Moo & Oink doesn’t find a buyer. [More]

Hyatt Apologizes For Turning Heatlamps On Strikers. Heat Index Was 90 Degrees.

Hyatt Apologizes For Turning Heatlamps On Strikers. Heat Index Was 90 Degrees.

The Hyatt hotel chain has issued an apology after heatlamps were turned on above workers who were striking out front of the Park Hyatt Chicago during a day when the heat index was 90 degrees. [More]

Spike In Thieves Stealing Entire Central AC Units

Spike In Thieves Stealing Entire Central AC Units

They work silently, leaving no trace behind. A Chicago neighborhood is on alert after the number of thefts of air conditioning units have jumped sharply in recent weeks. The robbers are after the copper inside, which they can resell for scrap, a favorite quick money-making method for drug addicts. But they’re not just cracking open the units and plundering the pipe, they’re lifting the entire central AC unit. [More]

BofA Giving Away 150 Free Houses

BofA Giving Away 150 Free Houses

Want a house for free? Bank of America is giving away 150 of them in Chicago. It’s a great plan. The bank gets some worthless properties off its books without the cost of trying to hold on and sell them, the city gets some cheap affordable housing, and BofA gets a PR bump. It’s win-win-win, with two of those wins being Bank of America’s. That’s the Chicago way. [More]

Michaels Debit Card Breach Not Just In Chicago, But Across 20 States

Michaels Debit Card Breach Not Just In Chicago, But Across 20 States

Last week we told you about a debit card breach found in Chicago area Michaels arts and craft stores. This week, the Chicago Tribune says that the impact is much more widespread than thought, as it turns out that actually, thieves stole debit card info at Michaels in 20 different states. [More]

Michaels Warns Customers Of Possible Data Breach

Michaels Warns Customers Of Possible Data Breach

If you’ve shopped at a Michaels big-box craft store recently and used a credit or debit card, keep an eye on your statements, especially if you shopped in the greater Chicago area. The chain notified customers on its e-mail list earlier today about a possible PIN pad breach in Chicago that may apply to other stores as well. [More]

Groupon Gets Into Real Estate Deals

Groupon Gets Into Real Estate Deals

In a move that some will say is an example of the flexibility of the Groupon model, and that others will point to as a shark-jumping moment, the online deals site has partnered with a Chicago-area real estate firm for its first ever venture into the home-buying market. [More]