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Wednesday
Jun132012

At Reality Star's Request, Body of Chicago Mob Boss Exhumed

VH-1(CHICAGO) -- The most notorious hitman in Chicago, a man believed by some to be behind the death of Marilyn Monroe, has risen from the dead.

The body of mob boss Frank "The German" Schweihs was exhumed from a Chicago cemetery this week at the request of his daughter Nora, who is currently a cast member on the VH1 reality show Mob Wives Chicago. Nearly four years after Schweihs' death in a federal prison in July 2008, his daughter wants to verify that the body in the grave is actually that of her father. Last Friday Nora Schweihs obtained a court order from a Cook County judge to have her father's remains exhumed.

On the VH1 show, Schweihs explained why she has embarked on this unusual mission.

"On the day of the funeral, the funeral director called and said, 'I'm sorry, your dad's not going to show up at the cemetery because the FBI just came in and confiscated his body.' This feeling that I don't know what happened to my dad – it's eating me away inside," she said.

"I never got to see his body actually lowered into the ground."

But Schweihs has encountered obstacles along the way. For starters, she said, her family does not back her appearance on the show.

"Is my family supportive of the show? Absolutely not," she acknowledged. "I'm not really on the best terms with my family over it."

Frank Schweihs' body was exhumed two days after the show premiered last Sunday. It wasn't clear whether the body in the coffin was indeed that of her dad, though on Monday his daughter said on Twitter that she was "taking my dad back to his home the ocean in Florida."

At the time of Frank Schweihs' death, he was in prison for extortion, but had never been convicted of murder, despite being suspected of numerous killings. His daughter has argued that the suspicions are off the mark.

"My dad was portrayed that he killed Marilyn Monroe. I mean, I can go on and on and on and on. And guess what? Not once was he ever convicted of it," she said on the show.

Monroe died in 1962 from a drug overdose and was listed by the coroner as a probable suicide.

She contents her father is her role model, a man who was in fact "the best person in the world."

"I will live through him for the rest of my life because that's the only person I want to be: strong, independent, straightforward, loyal, trustworthy and just right to the core," she said. "I don't pull any punches."

When she was growing up, she recalled, the police were raiding her house and newspapers were blaring headlines about her father, but reality, she noted, was a different story.

"We had so much class," she said. "I was drinking Dom Perignon when I was 5."

The reality show has now provided her with the chance to set the record straight about her late father.

"I think it's the best thing that ever happened to me because I finally have the German's voice and now it's my turn to explain to you that you're wrong, all wrong, dead wrong," she said.

"It's my story. It's my words. And it's my life. And now it's my time to tell the truth."

Even if that means that her father can no longer rest in peace.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Dec032011

Oscar Winner Jennifer Hudson Buys 12,000 Sq Ft Mansion

Donna Svennevik/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Singer, actress and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson recently purchased a 12,000 sq ft mansion in the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge.

Though the sale price is not known, the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home was recently listed for $2.8 million, according to online real estate database Zillow.

The massive property was custom built in 2007 and features Brazilian cherry floors, a floating staircase, formal living and dining rooms, a theater, an eat-in kitchen, a heated garage and two laundry rooms, according to the site.

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Tuesday
Aug092011

Marilyn Monroe Statue and Her Panties Catch Eyes in Chicago

George S. Zimbel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Marilyn Monroe, in her iconic white dress, is catching a breeze in the Windy City and drawing some controversy.

At 26 feet, a towering sculpture of Monroe's famous pose from the film The Seven Year Itch was unveiled on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. In the film, Monroe's dress billows as she passes over a subway grate.

But the giant re-creation at Pioneer Court of that famous scene is raising eyebrows by revealing too much Marilyn for some people.

The sculpture, entitled "Forever Marilyn" by artist J. Seward Johnson, leaves little to the imagination. The crowd at the plaza can go around to the side and at the back of the sculpture and see Monroe's lace panties.

The panties on the icon have drawn a buzz and some controversy, claiming it is tacky and even offensive.

"There's no getting around the fact that that's a sexual image," said Bren Ortega Murphy, a professor of women's studies at Loyola University. "Of all the images that we could choose from, why do we keep coming up with that?"

But some think it's an honest work of art with a bit of humor. They see no harm in a bold, even brazen attempt to attract more tourists.

"It's so funny that you can actually see the underwear," German tourist Katie Taut said. "I like it."

Despite the wide spectrum of opinions, Melissa Farell of Zeller Realty, the company that commissioned the sculpture, said the company is glad the art is drawing diverse reactions.

"We like the fact that people are talking about it," Farell said. "That it's sparking a dialogue, good or bad."

Regardless of the dialogue, there is no denying that nobody is having their picture taken as much in Chicago as Marilyn Monroe. She will remain in the plaza along Michigan Avenue until next spring, where she will be remembered as being larger than life.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
May272011

Paul McCartney to Perform at Wrigley Field?

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The last time Paul McCartney performed at a baseball stadium in Chicago was back in 1965, when The Beatles played Comiskey Park.  But now there's talk that he may return to Chicago this summer to rock Wrigley Field.

A source tells The Chicago Sun Times that the Cubs are trying to do a deal for McCartney to play at the famous stadium on July 31 and Aug. 1, when the team is out of town.  So far, nothing is definite -- McCartney's only announced U.S. date so far is June 10 in Las Vegas.  He's currently performing in South America.

If McCartney does play Wrigley Field, he'll be the latest in a long line of big names who've taken the stage, from The Police, Elton John, Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffett, to country stars Rascal Flatts and The Dave Matthews Band.

The last time McCartney played in Chicago was 2005.

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Tuesday
May242011

Filming Finished on Oprah Winfrey's Final Talk Show

Oprah Winfrey/ABC News(CHICAGO) -- That's all, folks: the final edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show is in the can.

Sheri Salata, executive producer of OPRAY WINFREY's talk show, took to Twitter Tuesday morning, writing "we're ready. she's ready. :-)" in response to a fan's well-wishes for the show's finale. But she offered no clues about the content of the final show.

The final Oprah will air Wednesday, as early as 10 a.m. in some markets. After 25 years of helming the production, Winfrey gave her staff control of her third-and second-to-last shows. They surprised her with performances and appearances by the likes of Will Smith, Beyonce Knowles, Madonna, and Maria Shriver, among a slew of other stars.

Those two shows were taped at Chicago's United Center May 17, which played host to 13,000 of Winfrey's friends and fans. Part one aired Monday; part two was to air Tuesday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May192011

Man Charged for Allegedly Lying About Stolen Oprah Tickets

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Oprah Winfrey's star-studded salute in Chicago on Tuesday night has turned into a legal headache for Robert Spearing. He is facing a felony charge after he allegedly lied to police by telling them he was assaulted and had tickets to the event stolen from him.

According to WLS-TV, police say the Canadian man, who flew to Chicago with his wife, intentionally scraped his hands on the sidewalks and cut himself on the forehead, then told police he was attacked. Police say Spearing later admitted he made up the story because he didn't want to disappoint his wife, since he didn't have tickets to the show. He's charged with felony disorderly conduct.

"Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," a two-part episode airing next Monday and Tuesday, was taped at Chicago's United Center and featured celebrities including Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Madonna and Maria Shriver.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
May112011

Chicago Mayor Names Street for Oprah Winfrey

PRNewsFoto/Discovery Communications, George Burns(CHICAGO) -- Oprah Winfrey will have a section of the street outside Harpo Studios -- home to the Oprah Winfrey Show -- named after her, outgoing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley announced Wednesday.  The street will be called "Oprah Winfrey Way."

While honoring Winfrey outside Harpo Studios Wednesday, Daley said he was proud to have the talk show host's name appear on one of Chicago's streets and that Winfrey has long "been a gift [to Chicago]."

Winfrey said the honor is "better than an Oscar or an Emmy," and thanked the mayor and the city of Chicago, which she referred to as the "greatest city in the world," for embracing her.

Winfrey will tape her final show in Chicago at the United Center on May 17.  The show will air on May 25.

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Monday
Apr042011

Charlie Sheen Turns Jeers to Cheers at Chicago Show

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(CHICAGO) -- A day after he was booed off stage, actor Charlie Sheen received a standing ovation after making dramatic changes to the Chicago performance of his live My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option show Sunday.

The switch to an interview-style format where an emcee asked Sheen questions about his life and career received a better reception among audience members -- a sharp contrast to the Detroit show the night before.  This time, Sheen focused on telling stories and eliminated the opening act that featured a comedian when he took the stage at the 3,600-seat Chicago Theatre.

Before the show, Sheen tweeted, "hello windy city..!!! Thank you for the HERO's welcome!! I'll bring it... c."

On stage, he smoked cigarettes as he talked about his many marriages and his "goddesses."

"They have not disallowed me everything that makes me happy.  Period.  The end," Sheen said of his goddesses.

Sheen also talked about returning to his hit CBS show Two and a Half Men but not without first saying the "people who run it are blood suckers," according to the website TMZ.  But Sheen said he would do the show again if they hired him, and he also called his former co-star Jon Cryer a "rock star."

Warner Bros. fired Sheen from the show in March following a series of rants and interviews that slammed series creator Chuck Lorre.

Besides his rants about his former sitcom, no one was off limits in the two-hour show including President Obama.

"This phone trying to call the president maybe not a bad prez but try to get him on the phone...doesn't happen," he said.  "Isn't he from here?"

Sheen even talked about actor George Clooney being a "sexy robot" who has "four moves."

At the end of the Chicago show, Sheen read a poem:

"I stand before you oh captain oh captain to most humbly praise you for this radical ripple this single cast stone in the stagnant puddle that is the known universe," Sheen said.  "Your weapon of choice is word play via Dr. Seuss play."

While it looks like Sheen may be back on the "winning" side with his Chicago show, his debut show performance on Saturday was less than stellar.  In Detroit, some audience members left before the show finished as parts of the show left watchers confused and fans demanded their money back.

But unlike his Detroit show, the Chicago crowd stayed until the end.

Sheen is scheduled to head to Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio and New York this week.  His 20-city tour ends on May 3 in Seattle, Washington according to his website.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Mar162011

Cops Stop Charlie Sheen's Porn Star Pal in Suicide Attempt

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Police apparently stopped the suicide of Kacey Jordan, one of the porn stars partying with Charlie Sheen during the epic Los Angeles bender that preceded his self-induced rehab.

Cops were called to the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago after Jordan reportedly tweeted suicidal messages, TMZ reports.

Jordan's Twitter feed shows a downward spiral from Monday afternoon into the evening.

"I've over done it... the more i do...i keep passing out... i just pray i wake up each time," read one post.

"I took a bunch of pills...drank a hotel size bottle of jack..." read another, while another declares, "those 16 hours i was i was with charlie sheen... messed me up... i can't get that image out of my head... i think i keep trying to feel his pain."

Cops showed up to her room, which was littered with broken glass, to find her with cuts on her hands and wrists.  Jordan reportedly tried to dismiss the tweets as a stunt, but she needed to be subdued when, according to TMZ, she swiped a corkscrew and tried to cut herself with it.  She's been hospitalized for a mental evaluation.

Tuesday, she tweeted "I'm Soooo bored in this hospital bed! I wanna have someone save me."

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Sunday
Jan022011

Chuck Berry Collapses At Chicago Show

Photo Courtesy - DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Rock legend Chuck Berry fell ill during a performance in Chicago on Saturday night.

Berry slumped over and was taken off stage to be checked out by a medical crew.

The 84-year-old singer returned briefly to thank the audience but, according to the Chicago Tribune, refused to go to the hospital.

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