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Freight Truck Driver Drives 3 Million Miles Without an Accident

(CHICAGO) -- A Con-Way Freight truck driver was recognized on Tuesday for driving 3 million miles without a single accident.

Tom Strissel, who has been a driver with Con-Way Freight for the past 30 years, was awarded $2,000 and a new truck.

Strissel, who started his career driving the night shift, shared his safety rules for the road.

"Pay attention to what you're doing, get plenty of rest," Strissel said. "And always try to anticipate what the other guy's gonna do because once you think you know it all somebody else pulls another real good one in front of you."

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Mayor: Weather Plays Factor in Weekend's 'Meaningless Violence'

(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is responding after another violent weekend.

"What we saw this week was senseless, meaningless violence," Emaneul said.

Nine people were killed and 44 were injured over the Easter weekend, and the mayor admits the warm weather is playing a factor.

"Yes, weather is an impact," Emanuel said. "Where you put police is an impact. Whether you have summer jobs, after school programs, camp, reading programs, we have to do that and more."

Emanuel says he called the families of five children who were shot Sunday night in a drive by shooting. 

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Four Children Hospitalized After Drive-by Shooting

(CHICAGO) --  Four kids were shot in a drive-by-shooting Sunday night.

The Chicago Fire Department reports that three girls and one boy were taken to hospitals in serious to critical and fair to critical condition.

Two of the children are 12, one is 15, and the other is 11.

More than 30 people were shot in Chicago between Friday and Sunday.

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Chicago Man Accused of Defrauding Village of Riverdale of $370,000

(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago man was arrested Friday for allegedly defrauding the Village of Riverdale of approximately $370,000 in public funds.

Real estate developer, John Thomas, 51, has been charged with three counts of wire fraud.

"John Thomas, allegedly fraudulently obtained approximately $370,000 for himself from $900,000 in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) payments in 2012 and used the public funds to repay personal loans and debts, legal fees, rent, and other personal expenses," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a release.

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Chicago Man Charged in Loop Bank Robbery

(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago man was arrested Tuesday shortly after he allegedly robbed a local bank.

Jamal Genson, 28, is charged with one count of bank robbery in connection with a robbery at a Fifth Third Bank branch, located at 1 South Dearborn, according to the FBI's Chicago office.

Officials said a man robbed the bank on Tuesday afternoon of an undisclosed amount of money and then fled on foot. Genson was arrested shortly after.

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