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A 41-year-old Chicago man died Monday night while aboard a plane bound for O'Hare Airport, authorities said.

Christopher Allen, of the 3500 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was taken to Resurrection Medical Center after he was found unresponsive aboard the the Spirit Airlines flight, which landed about 10:50 p.m., authorities said.

He was pronounced dead at 11:39 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Authorities said Allen died at some point during the flight, though police could offer few other details. His cause of death has not been determined.

A death investigation was underway, police said.

Reporting via Sun-Times Media Wire

Chloe Murray races a present to the sorting table where her fellow 6th grade students will rush it over to the proper room to be bundled for a needy school in Chicago at Hickory Creek Middle School | Joseph P. Meier / Sun-Times Media

Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for December 5, 2012.

• A judge has ordered music website Pitchfork Media to hand over video of Chief Keef making the good decision of going to a gun range and handling a gun, all while on probation for charges stemming from the other good decision he made of pointing a gun at a police officer. Lest we forget, Keef still has a pile of money to shoot dirty Instagram photos on thanks to the record deal that's not going anywhere because, again, good decisions. [Sun-Times]

• State Sen. Donne Trotter was arrested when he tried to go through an O'Hare security checkpoint with a gun and bullets. Trotter says it was an accident as he had been working the night before at his other job as a security guard. The Good Decisions Train rolls on... [DNA Info]

• Mayor Emanuel is not backing down from his promise to station police armed with automatic weapons outside of funerals for gang members because that's a totally normally thing to do and Supt. McCarthy is doing a heckuva job and there's no crime problem why do ask shut up. [Sun-Times]

• The CTA hates the way you jam your stroller on the bus and train just like the rest of us. [RedEye]

• A new poll shows Illinoisans favor same-sex marriage and oppose a pardon for Blago proving that occasionally sanity reigns. [Sun-Times]

• The War On Christmas doesn't care about Charlie Brown. It claims whatever victims it wants. It gives absolutely zero cares about the damage it does to the world's children. [FOX News]

• How Streeterville got its name. [WBEZ]

• Gift guide: 11 books about Chicago, by Chicagoans. [Sun-Times]

• RIP Dave Brubeck [Tribune]

• BRIGHT ONE: With the pope on Twitter, Neil Steinberg wonders What Would Jesus Tweet and if the son of God can give us a follow-back! [Sun-Times]

• RUSH HOUR: Sudoku; Transit: Green Line delays; Weather: meh; Traffic: the usual

• FINALLY: Looking back, we had no idea that teaching dogs to drive would lead to humanity's downfall. [The Daily Mail]

Josh Cunningham of Morgan Park flies in for a shot against Notre Dame. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media

Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for December 4, 2012.

• Chicago Public Schools released its findings on the number of children in each school, figures that will help determine which schools will be closed or consolidated after the CPS ignores the pleas of parents. [Sun-Times]

• Mayor Emanuel's digital billboard plan got the rubber stamp approval from his minions was approved by the City Council. [WBEZ]

• Speaking of Mayor Emanuel, he doesn't care about the head of a firm with a big O'Hare contract being tied to the mob because the idea of such a thing happening in Chicago, of all places, is just preposterous. [Sun-Times]

• This year's New Years Eve penny rides on the CTA will be free this year, covered by beer megacorp MillerCoors though given the quality of the CTA lately, Malort would have been a better choice. [RedEye]

• A bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain state driver's licenses sailed through the state senate today. [Sun-Times]

• Former Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica was sentenced to four months of court supervision after being found guilty of criminal damage because he defaced campaign signs of his opponent in the 2010 election which Peraica lost. Let this be a lesson to other politicians: keep arguments with opponents confined to the bottomless pit of despair that is the Internet, where they belong. [Sun-Times]

• The city has quickly reached an agreement with the bartender beaten by former Chicago cop Anthony Abbate so it can ask the presiding judge to set aside the ruling a jury recently made. [CBS 2]

• It's like Yelp!, except for dirty massage parlors! [CSJ]

• NPR has a fantastic feature about renowned local reissue label Numero Group and its numerous compilations which any of you should feel free to buy me for Christmas. [NPR]

• EVERYBODY PANIC!!!! Bears Edition as Brian Urlacher may be done for the year. [Sun-Times]

• BRIGHT ONE: Carol Marin, one of the three Sun-Times reporters who helped push the David Koschman case, shares why Christmas is no joyful time for Nancy Koschman. [Sun-Times]

• FINALLY: Stop Tweeting from the toilet. [France 24]

Sun-Times reporter Lori Rackl took United Dreamliner 787 from Houston to Chicago early Sunday morning. Here are some of the moments Lori saw during the inaugural flight of Boeing's long-delayed jet.

An early morning flight for the 787 Dreamliner - made by Chicago-based Boeing for Chicago-based United Airlines - marked a major milestone in the troubled jet's history.

Sun-Times reporter Lori Rackl was among the passengers onboard for the inaugural flight. Here are observations by her and others throughout the trip from Houston.

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner's first United flight to Chicago's O'Hare

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Lori Rackl was onboard for the inaugural flight of Boeing's 787 Dreamliner - the culmination of years of development and pitfalls for the mega-jet. Here are tweets and pictures from Rackl and others involved.

Storified by Chicago Sun-Times · Sun, Nov 04 2012 08:33:10

United launches Boeing Dreamliner with festive first commercial flight - Chicago Sun-TimesBY LORI RACKL Travel Writer United Continental's first Dreamliner is shown off. Updated: HOUSTON - Most flights from Houston to Chicago d...
We are getting a water canon salute as we pull into the gate @united #787 #dreamliner shot from the BIG windows Hayzlett
Just touched down in Chicago on #United's first commercial #787 flight. Unlike the Boeing Dreamliner itself, we arrived ahead of schedule.Lori Rackl
United's first passenger flight of the new @Boeing 787 Dreamliner is wheels down at O'Hare... 11 minutes ahead of schedule.Ben Bradley
Flight 1116 has landed @Fly2Ohare. It will take Capt. Starley a few minutes to taxi our 787 to Gate C20. Welcome to Chicago.United
.@United CEO Jeff Smisek greets customers during the flight. #United787 Scott
Just landed early on the inaugural @united #787 #dreamliner flight --- was very special. Will post pics in FB fan page laterJeffrey Hayzlett
A peek inside Boeing's #787 Dreamliner. Rackl
Flight 1116, our 787, has crossed into Illinois. Should be on final approach to @Fly2Ohare soon. #United787.United
It's about to cross out of Texas. MT @BenBradleyABC7 On ABC7 @united 's first 787 on the way to ChgoUnited
Flight 1116, our @BoeingAirplanes 787, has departed the gate and is taxiing for takeoff. Want to track it? Tail number is #904United
Capt. Jim Starley talks with reporters. He'll pilot the 787 to Chicago this morning.
Our 787 awaits its first customers at Gate E5 at @IAH.
On-time and boarding the FIRST @united #Dreamliner flight to @fly2ohare Bush Airport
#united breaks out special #Dreamliner cookies for its inaugural flight Rackl
Up early at Bush Airport in Houston for #United's 1st #787 flight Rackl
Boeing Dreamliner makes U.S. debut International
United's first Dreamliner ready for take off Sunday - Chicago Sun-TimesFasten your seat belt, stow your tray table and adjust your seat to the upright position: After one heck of a delay, United Airlines' fir...
Boeing delivers United's first 787 Dreamliner - Chicago Sun-TimesBY DAVID ROEDER Business Reporter Updated: United Airlines said Monday it has taken delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner, the Boeing Co. ...

From left: Matt McFadden, Liam Miller, Jose Pineda and Justin Mogavero of Cape May, board windows along Jackson Street in Cape May, N.J., Friday Oct. 26, 2012. A year after being walloped by Hurricane Irene, residents rushed to put away boats, harvest crops and sandbag boardwalks Friday as the Eastern Seaboard braced for a rare megastorm that experts said would cause much greater havoc. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Dale Gerhard)

As the East Coast awaits the arrival of this weekend's Frankenstorm, travelers across the nation prepare for their trips and arrangements to be shuffled about. While the storm is still a few days out, preparations have begun, including some airlines offering customers the option of changing their flight without the standard steep change fee (as much as $150). According to the Wall Street Journal, JetBlue, US Airways and Spirit Airlines have offered travelers waivers already with other airlines prepping to announce their plans soon. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh International Airport is preparing itself to be a makeshift hub for diverted planes fleeing the storm.

As for the storm's effect on local flights, that likely won't be felt until much closer to the storm's landfall. As of 8 p.m. Friday night, the only cancellations out of O'Hare were flights to Minneapolis; Midway had no cancellations.

Chicago-based ComEd is preparing to help, though, sending 250 crews comprised of over 600 workers - 80 ComEd utility crews (160 people), 48 contractor utility crews (190 people), 122 contractor vegetation management crews (250+ people) - to Philadelphia and Baltimore where the company has sister companies.

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