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discounts start at 8:00 a.m. and many doors open earlier to give customers a chance to look at the state rebate. i'm micah materre. >> i'm mark suppelsa. our top story. $3million on the table. the kitchen table or laundry room table. don ponce is out at a store taking part in this rebate. >> reporter: the state offered up $9 million of rebate money before that was gone in hours. if you're interested in taking advantage of this new offer, you'll have to get up early. refrigerators, washers, freezers. consumers looking to buy any appliance that has to do with water will want to get up early
tomorrow for the chance to save big cash. kevin miller and his son are scoping out products. they'll be out here early tomorrow. >> looking for a refrigerator and a washer and drier. >> you know about the big sale tomorrow? >> of course. that's why i'm here early. >> reporter: the state of illinois offering up about $3 million in instant rebate money. the goal: help reduce energy consumption and boost business. >> kind of a win-win situation. the consumer as well as the retailer. it's just good that they are offering additional savings that the state is giving back. >> reporter: rebates will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. or until funds run out. that will probably happen in a couple of hours. consumers can get a 15% discount up to $250 on all energy star appliances. >> i'm on the market for all the appliances. >> so you want everything? >> yes, i do.
i don't know if i'll qualify for the energy one because it has to be a replacement. and i didn't know that. >> reporter: another good point to remember. the rebates are only available to those who will replace an existing appliance with an energy star appliance. >> if you're in the market for it anyway, may as well do it tomorrow. ke advantage of it. >> reporter: something else to keep in mind: the rebate does not apply to online sales. yes, you are going to have to physically get out of bed, get to one of these stores early in the morning. many stores will be opening on the early side tomorrow. sears opening up at 7:00 a.m. home depot opening at 5:00 a.m. remember that the actual sale does not start until 8:00 a.m. there are dozens of stores participating tomorrow. for a complete list go to wgntv.com. i'm starting to feel like an appliance salesman. think i can pull it off?
>> no, you look just like a reporter like you should. thank you. it's simple and straightforward and it's the first tv political ad in chicago's race for mayor. miguel delvia was the first to declare his candidacy and the first to get his message out. 30 seconds long, it began running today. a spokesperson says with so many names being tossed around, there's no time to waste getting his name out. axelrod coming to work on the reelection campaign. has been work on the candidacies since 1984. on the wgn news at 5:00 today rick pearson told me that axelrod is the master of the messagr political advertising with his work cut out for him in new media. >> he's just a guy that's able
to turn the phrase, able to understand the power of messages, the power of commercials. and basically when you've got media coming at you all different ways, now he's become a master, too, of social networking as well. >> rahm emanuel who many strongly expect to announce his candidacy for mayor of chicago. trustees at university of illinois voting against after a statement by chris kennedy. he couldn't confer the honorary title to a man whose body of work includes a book dedicated in part to the man who murdered my father. talking about robert kennedy. the antiwar group responsible for bombings in the 60s. heirs announced his retirement after 20 years. he made national headlines
during obama's run for the white house when opponents tried to muddy up the campaign. parents in two northern suburbs should be on the lookout. there's been several attempted child abduction. most recently a couple of days ago. all attempted child abductions happened near schools. most recent one a 15-year-old girl walking to school when a man tried to grab her. she mushed him away and run. stunned parents in the area concerned. >> it worries me because she goes to the bus in the morning by herself. that's when these things are happening. she has her cell phone and probably make sure it's on and charged. anything happens, anybody talks to you, let me know. don't go anywhere alone fop what you can. >> police are asking parents in the area to walk their kids to the bus or school if they can.
anyone with questions can call the police department. it's a half million dollars bond for the man who police say is the leading child pornography offenders in the county. prosecutors say the suspect has been actively collecting for more than 15 years. wgn's julie unruh has the story from lake county. >> he's essentially a very good man. he just obviously is sick. >> reporter: sherri aien describes her husband of 32 years. wednesday allen was arrested inside his mobile home. law enforcement accused him of possessing child pornography. almost 2000 images and videos. his disabled wife said she never knew. >> i left him alone because he enjoyed it. he needed i thought something to enjoy because our lives --
well, we're not rich. we can't go and entertain ourselves all the time. >> reporter: authorities have only scanned one of the three computers. more charges could be down the road. >> i do also know that he never, ever touched any children. not in reality. only computer. >> the technology that enables individuals to trade to create, to view child pornography is the technology that law enforcement also has at its access and that allows us to legitimately track known child pornography images. >> reporter: last month lisa madigan announced she would be cracking down on child pornographers by tracking on their computers. they've been trading and transporting images. wgn news.
the alligator found in buffalo grove this week, the owner could be facing jail time. he admitted to keeping the gator in a large enclosure with sunken ponds and water falls with brick walls and fencing. if charged he could face up to 30 days in jail and a $1500 fine. he could be headed to the alligator of the world theme park in florida. still ahead: tow troubles. drivers forced to pay hefty fees in one neighborhood. and using your own body fat by making you look better. streak transplants using fat from your other cheeks. i've been kicked out mexico, out of canada. i'm the only to be deported back to the united states three times. >> local latin comics finding their voice.
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tonight an exclusive chicago tribune-wgn tv story. the impound fines. >> the problem is the cars were never impounded. gaynor hall has the story. >> reporter: cassie can't bring herself to give the things away, so she leaves the things like this as if her son is coming back. >> it's hard. it's hard -- no one can imagine it. only you can feel the pain. >> reporter: may 10, 2:30 a.m. lafawn is arrested for driving on a suspended license. a police officer hands the car keys to her boyfriend cecil connor. this surveillance video shows her happened cuffed to the bench. then a few minutes later she's released to sign paperwork. >> he gave me two papers to sign then gave me another paper. i didn't realize that it was an
impound paper. >> here's a copy. it's a -- notification of vehicle impoundment. but her car wasn't impounded. connor who had been drinking drove it away. the red chevy cavalier slammed into a tree in stager. her son was dead at the scene. >> i think it's repulsive they are now charging an impound fee for a car that we know clearly was never impounded. >> reporter: a tribune investigation found more than morn a more than a hundred stations charge impound fees. chicago heights charged a fee, eight of those vehicles were never impounded.
>> they're going to impound and that's the way their village is making money as others are. they better call that tow company and better tow that car. >> the $500 fee is in essence salvatory. it's a way to teach a lesson. >> reporter: the attorney representing the suburb says vehicle owners are given this notice telling them they have 15 days to file a written request to defend themselves. if they don't, they have to pay the fee. because of this investigation, chicago heights will change the wording on documents given to drivers. but the way they charge the fine even in her case is perfectly legal. >> it's crazy. it's crooked. >> reporter: she filed a wrongful death lawsuit against chicago heights.
she says she told police cecil was too drunk to drive. his limit was three times the legal limit. he's in jail now awaiting trial. >> there were two people in this whole world who could have said something to stop what happened. one was cecil connor and one was cassie lafond. and neither did. i feel bad for her but the city is not the problem here. and certainly this tolling ordinance is not the problem here. >> reporter: last week lafond received three phone calls she believes is a collection agency. she says there's no way she'll pay chicago heights $500 because she's already paid enough. >> i think it's ridiculous to be honest with you. my car was never impounded, so i shouldn't have to pay for something that took my life a-- my kid's life away. >> you can read the whole story
in the tribune tomorrow. a crash kills a woman in her 20s and puts two others in the hospital. it happened at the caldwell intersection. the taxi caught fire and the cab driver should be okay. no further info on anyone else involved in that crash. that stretch of devon was closed for some time. a garbage dumpster turns out to be a terrible place to hide from police. also the gop drafts a formal pledge to america. diabetes patients may lose their medication but it could also save li he's single, he's great looking and i'm going to introduce you in two weeks. he's a dentist so whiten your teeth. no coffee, no espresso. mm-hmm. ♪ [ female announcer ] crest 3d white toothpaste. the remarkable toothpaste that removes up to 80% of surface stains in just two weeks...
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house republicans have unveiled a new campaign blueprint. it's called a pledge to america. calls for repealing the health care reform law. rolling back spending to 2008 levels and extending the tax cuts to people of all income levels. >> our pledge as you heard from everybody did not originate behind closed doors in d.c. it originated with the american people who have spoken out against the tyranny they feel and we feel of excessive, unchecked, unaccountable government. >> some conservative critics say it doesn't go far enough because it doesn't include a balanced budget amendment. some would remember the one newt gingrich used to combat the white house. ending tax breaks for
corporations that ship jobs overseas. sarah palin is dropping hints tonight about whether she'll run for the presidency in 2012. she said she might run if no one else steps up who can fix the country's economic problem. palin telling another news outlet that she quote, might give it a shot, end quote. early education, incomplete. college credentials, a c. those are the grades public education systems in chicago got on a report card. jim edgar and daley. daley's brother announced the results. the grades are among the worst in the country. >> where we used to have the most educated workforce in the world, we now rank 10th. and each year other countries pass us by. >> study also shows that only
37% of people over the age of 25 have an associates degree or higher. if you want to check out the full report, go to advanceillinois.org. cps announcing it's expanding its merit pay next fall. 25 elementary and middle schools will be part of that program. no word yet on which schools will be picked. the grant requires half of the students be low income. they will be eligible to receive bonuses. regulators in the u.s., there are are restrictions for avandia. diabetic patients will get a prescription for avandia but only if they can't control with other medicines. the maker has stopped promoting the drug everywhere but says it's important for patients
on the medical watch: good fat. we talk about losing fat. how about using it to make your more beautiful? >> it's amazing what you can do with fat. >> reporter: fat flowing like a fountain of youth. a chance for fat to add youth, not weight. >> just look natural with no wrinkles. flawless. >> reporter: she has tried botox and fillers in her face to achieve a younger appearance but nothing lasts. she wants a fix that won't fade. >> i have two kids and i have a
house to run. not have to inspect all the time how you look. >> reporter: she came for a double bonus. a fat transfer. >> i'm having liposuction and put on my face. >> you want to get a permanent result. >> reporter: the key is how the fat is handled. >> hardest to suction it and to inject as well that are meant to kind of baby the fat so that it really as much of the fat cells stay alive as possible. keeping the tissue alive and injecting live cells that will rejuvenate the fillers with it. the aging face deflates and you can revolumize with fat and in hands. women who've had lumpectomys
can be improved with fat. >> reporter: and it can all been do when the patient is awake. first the removal. then the replacement. within weeks, the reveal. recovery takes longer than fillers because it requires more injections, but they last. the cost is about three times what where you'd cost for fillers. 70-80% of fat cells survive and stay. in the future they hope to mix the fat with stem cells to ensure survival better. wgn news. hot afternoon ahead of a cool weekend. >> autumn started today but we won't feel it until saturday. jim ramsey's forecast is next.
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headed to the chicago area. let's look at temperatures though. the high temperature today up to 89 degrees. but look at the cool air that's sitting just over the canadian border sneaking south into the dakotas. that's headed for the chicago area. and tomorrow's high temperature will probably occur after midnight tonight. it's going to be cooler during the day than it will be during the overnight hours. these are the temperatures at this hour across the reach and see, it's still toasty out there. 83 presently at o'hare airport. in case you're curious, heat index is 84 at o'hare airport. we've got some winds coming out of the south as you see. they are brisk. they're moving along at about 15-25 miles per hour. and there continue to be impressive wind gusts reported at some of the locations across the area. it's going to be blustery like this throughout the night. pick up again.
this is the temperature forecast from the computer models suggesting the cold air coming in over the weekend. but finally some of this orange-ish red area sneaks back in to give ground in a few days. so we have chilly temperatures coming. daytime highs in the low to mid- 60s over the weekend. this has been a monstrous rain producer for parts of minnesota and wisconsin. in dodge county, minnesota, they had reported rainfalls of between 7 and 9 inches. in the town of merrill up in wisconsin, some 21 roads were reported under water at one point today. these are the thunderstorms that have been tracking to the north and east. let's check our forecast now. for tonight across the area mostly cloudy. storms possible and blustery.
winds out of the south. for tomorrow mostly cloudy, the storms will probably occur in the morning the way it looks. but it's a slow-moving system and the cold air returns. strong, gusty winds. look at those winds. westerly at 15-25 miles per hour and gusty as we say. tomorrow night mostly cloudy with the winds finally dying down. low temperature 70-74 degrees. then on saturday -- the saturday high colder than the friday night low. we're expecting readings in the 60s across the area. saturday will be dry much of the day but by the evening, there is a system that could produce rain. >> okay. thank you very much. ♪ [ music ] sesame street took off katy
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from freddie prinz and george lopez. there's no denying hispanics have come a long way. making people laugh and have managed to create a new audience that loves its comedy with a latin flavor. >> reporter: pattie vasquez has been a professional comic for a decade. in those ten years, she says she has gone from being the only latina at the club to one of many making people laugh. >> it's got to be about there's someone who's funny. that is every comic's goal not to be the girl comic or latino comic. >> reporter: she notices the comics themselves feel more self-confident. >> i can say this anywhere. i don't have to say it around people like me.
>> reporter: alex ortiz left his job as a nurse and firefighter to follow his dream of being a comic. >> i've been kicked out of mexico and canada. >> reporter: now he supports his family and travels the world with his comedy. >> i'm funny the amsterdam and germany and ft. wayne, indiana. >> reporter: he admits being intimidated at the audiences that looked nothing like him. >> if i make them like me, it doesn't matter what i do. >> reporter: both pattie and alex both headline at no club. experience of booking the most important comics at zaney's. >> we can't just put them to one side and think they're only going to appeal to minorities. it's obvious that it doesn't matter what your nationality is. if you're funny, you can appeal
to everyone. >> reporter: there are some that will laugh harder at their stories. producer and stand up comic michael was determined to find those people in chicago. and he did just that. he produces 90 shows a year and has entertained thousands of latinos in the last decade. >> most of what it is is like oh, my god. there's a latino on stage telling a story i can relate to. it's hysterical. and it plays back in my house, my mind, my car. >> you take one of your knuckles and you raise them a little bit above the rest. and you wait and you give him a little concussion to go. >> reporter: it was that audience that led defense attorney alex cagato to pursue his dream. >> it was a strong response. just loud. that i wanted more of it.
>> reporter: and his one-man shows like his latest law and disorder are bilingual. >> we don't just say our words; right? we have to act them out. [ speaking foreign language ] >> when you laugh, you forget what you laughed at whether it was in spanish or english. you walk out as one. it's corny but it works. we laugh at the same guy because he spoke to the both of us. >> reporter: pattie vasquez is shopping around for a show about her life. and last we heard it sparked interest in the business. you can catch up and coming hispanic comics this month. for that information go to mikeocomedy.com. back to you. >> she's an up and comer there. coming up: a pet project
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company. mobile payments are popular in japan and korea. more info in tomorrow's tribune. also in tomorrow's chicago tribune: believe it or not food prices in the united states much cheaper than you think. because of cheap protein. find out more about how cheap protein finds its way from the farm to your pocketbook. and when the prices for most big ticket items are going up, the prices for flat screen tvs are going down. lcd prices will be about 5% lower than they were this time last year. and prices will keep falling especially around christmas. for more on how to get more bang for your tv buck, check out tomorrow's chicago tribune. crime does not pay and sometimes it hurts. a shoplifter was so afraid of getting caught that he hid in the trash when he got in a
compacter. he was whirling around in the trash got a chance to call for help before it started squishing him. he begged to get out. tonight he's listed in critical condition at an ohio hospital. no charges filed pepping a full investigation. forget about using electricity to power your laptop, how about using a dog's poop. it's call the spark project. with the help of a methane digester, people can turn their dog's waste into energy. >> based on technology they use in india and china, puts it into a tank and the little microbes give off methane and that can be used. >> sitting around one day didn't have anything else to do. people have been putting their waste into biodegradable bags
and placing it inside a digester creating enough power to power lights. trying to get people to know how to turn the environmental waste into energy to power the cities. >> it worked, i'm officially thinking about it. >> does it work for adult too? >> no idea and don't want to know. jim ramsey has our forecast. >> i don't want a hamburger cooked with poop. i don't want that. we have cloudiness to show you which is the latest tropical storm in the atlantic basin. this is tropical storm matthew. 40 mile-per-hour maximum sustained winds. it's off of nicaraguan honduras. it is expected to become a hurricane by saturday. hurricanes may be up to 75. now look at this. the rains are coming tonight. expect them by morning. seven-day forecast: coldish coming in saturday and sunday.
wemark and micah? >> thank you. tonight's photos of the day segment captures the ninth day of the wittier school sit in. and a man rescues his parents from a fire at their home. that and more in the photos of the day. i'm a mom with a 10-year- old from wittier. i've been here since our first day. i've been going back to work. spend the night and going to work without any sleep and we'll be here to the end until this matter has been taken care of. ♪[ music ] there's a lot of people that are here that are hungry in the city.
if we turned a lot of that space that wasn't being used for growing food to grow food, maybe we could fill bellies. >> more photos at wgntv.com. coming up: white sox gm kenny williams weighs in on the future of his manager. >> i can't wait to watch dan get micah. also why a former south sider has himself quite an inning tonight at wrigley. dan roan about to get micah next in sports. [ laughter ] good idea. you know because then they can run around and they're at your house. yea, i know. well... did you see that? my mom just took a bite of my kraft macaroni and cheese.
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quarterback d.j. moore saw his text messages explode this week after he picked off a pair on sunday. going with the flow and enjoying the ride. >> it's part of the job. they going to want you to say something and do an interview. why not let it be the best interview. [ laughter ] >> reporter: his teammates gave him credit for getting the offensive line against a rough start with the cowboys. i asked what he said. >> i didn't do anything. that's just stuff they say. we all work together. coach does a hell of a job keeping us on the same page keeping us going. that's what we did. >> reporter: the bears will need another good game on monday against the big rival the green bay packers. but is it the same rivalry that existed years ago? >> we as players actually don't think it's a big deal as it was back then. you know like in the 80s, maybe
early 90s. i don't think it's that big of a rival with the players. i don't think the players are hating each other like the 80 bears, things like that. >> reporter: the packers beat the bears twice last year but both games were close. this game is a toss up. we'll see what happens. rich king, wgn news. and by the way, we are involved in bears coverage on wciu. we'll have the pregame show and post game when it's over. packers and bears on the u. i think ozzie and kenny will be back for the last year of the contract. ozzie talking loudly about wanting an extension which he probably won't get and kenny's tired of listening to it. this is what he told the tribune. i'm not planning on making a
managerial change before next season. with a year left on his contract and another, if he's not happy with it we respect him enough to let him out of his deal. ozzie would be a welcomed addition in florida but i think he'll be here a year or two longer. at wrigley you could get a sexual child abuse rap to bring a baby out here. uribe got a swing in the same inning and better results. a gland slam. six rbis in the second inning. that's a good week for a lot of people. giants man handled the cubs 13- 0. championships underway in atlanta. lou donald, looks like he get some of the win. 66 in the opening round, he's palled with casey and oglesby.
in the air, on the green, in the jar. had two eagles in a first round off the lead. the nhl suspended nick bointon for making a slashing mark over his neck against a player. a twister down the left field line. nobody could catch. and certainly not the guy doing a floor exercise routine there. whipping himself out of the seat. normally when a fan lands on the field they throw him out of the game. he's okay and telling everybody about his 15 seconds at the old bar yard today. by the way, ichiro got his 200th straight today.
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