Northern Lights visible in Chicago • New COVID variants spreading • Missing man found dead


chicago , The northern lights were visible in Chicago Friday night amid a historic geomagnetic storm; A new group of COVID-19 variants is surging across the country; And in 2022, a missing Bolingbrook man was found dead in Chicago.

These are the top stories in Fox 32's Week in Review.

Northern lights seen in Chicago amid severe solar storm

For the first time in nearly 20 years, a severe (G4) geomagmatic storm watch was issued Thursday after a series of solar flares were spotted.

According to the Space Weather Prediction Center, the Northern Lights may be visible overnight and into Saturday morning as far south as northern Alabama.

COVID-19 variant called FLiRT is spreading across the US

A new group of COVID-19 variants is circulating across the United States.

The family of variants, nicknamed “FLiRT” after their mutations, are currently the dominant strains in the country, according to tracking by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bolingbrook man missing in 2022 found dead in Chicago

A 22-year-old Bolingbrook man who was reported missing in 2022 has been found dead in Chicago.

Edward “Eddie” Gardner was last seen on March 13, 2022 in Woodridge, as well as Griffith, Indiana.

Photos: Northern Lights put on dazzling display across Chicago area

The spectacular Northern Lights were captured in photos over the Chicago area on Friday night.

Photos of the Aurora Borealis were sent in by FOX 32 viewers from across the Chicago-area. Auroras occur when a solar storm emits extra charged particles into space, and those charged particles interact with Earth's atmosphere to produce a display of natural colored light in the sky.

Dolton residents criticize Tiffany Henyard at Village Board meeting amid FBI investigation

A village board meeting was held in Dolton on Monday night, the first meeting since FBI agents served a subpoena naming Mayor Tiffany Henyard.

Outside the village of Dolton, residents were eager to address Henyard and his administration.

Cinco de Mayo parade disrupted in Chicago due to gang violence, 27 arrested: Police

Chicago's Cinco de Mayo parade celebrating Mexican heritage was disrupted by gang violence on Sunday.

The long-running event was scheduled to begin at noon near Damen Avenue and Cermak Road in the Little Village neighborhood.

Lake County Sheriff's Office wants the public's help in capturing an armed and dangerous drug dealer

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is intensifying its search for a drug dealer who has been on the run for three years.

In a special report from FOX 32, Tia Ewing has the latest on the search for Anthony Brown.



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Man shot after being caught in 'street takeover' in Chicago identified

The man who was shot after being caught in a “street occupation” in Chicago Lawn over the weekend has been identified.

At approximately 3:17 a.m. Sunday, a 20-year-old man was driving in his black Honda Accord when he became caught in a “street takeover” at the intersection of West 59th Street and South Western Avenue.

Lockport Township shooting: Neighbor arrested after woman injured in suspected 'racially motivated' crime

A Will County man was charged Tuesday after allegedly shooting his neighbor outside her home in unincorporated Lockport Township.

Will County Sheriff's deputies responded to a home near 144th Place and Rickerman Road at approximately 5:37 p.m. for a report of shots fired in the area.



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A sign outside a McDonald's restaurant in San Francisco, California on February 9, 2009. Fast food chain restaurant McDonald's reported a 7.1 percent increase in same-store sales for January as people look to cheaper food options in a weak economy. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Report: McDonald's plans $5 meal deal to win back customers

McDonald's is reportedly planning to launch a $5 meal deal in the US to attract customers fed up with rising fast-food prices, according to a source who spoke anonymously to Bloomberg.

The value meal will offer a choice between a McChicken or a McDouble, which will also include fries and a drink.

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