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    Chicago Alderman consider expanding IG powers

    CHICAGO –The Chicago City Council may vote Wednesday on a plan that would allow the city’s inspector general to investigate the aldermen themselves. But the proposal may not be as strong as some would like. Reformers say Inspector General Joe Ferguson should be given power to audit programs and expenses handled by council committees. Others say the power to investigate aldermen for illegal activity is a good step forward.    

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    Aldermen urge settlement in Bettie Jones shooting case

    CHICAGO — Some Chicago aldermen are urging the city to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman shot and killed by Chicago police. Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier were shot to death in late December, as police responded to a call at a West Side apartment. The officer was firing at LeGrier, but Jones was shot in the chest as she was standing behind a door she had opened for police. Jones’ daughter filed a wrongful death […]

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    Group meets with Mayor Emanuel over O’Hare airport noise

    CHICAGO — Some neighbors of O’Hare Airport met with Mayor Emanuel Wednesday about noise around the airport, but they were not happy with the results. The group voiced its complaints about the jet noise they’ve endured since the City of Chicago changed the take-off and landing patterns at O’Hare. Hundreds of flights, now pass over Jefferson Park, North Park, Edgebrook, Norwood Park and Edison park. Those neighborhoods were spared most of the jet noise under the previous runway alignment. They […]

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    Rauner, GOP leaders embrace pension compromise

    CHICAGO –Gov. Bruce Rauner and republican legislative leaders say they’re willing to compromise to bring some pension relief to Illinois. Rauner says he will accept a plan offered by democratic Senate President John Cullerton to reform the state’s pension system. The measure would give workers a choice between having future salary increases count toward their pensions or continuing to get 3 percent compounded annual cost-of-living increases upon retirement. The plan is expect to save the state $1 billion in pension […]

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    Police warning after string of armed robberies in South Loop

    CHICAGO — Police are warning residents in the South Loop about a string of armed robberies in the area. There have been several robberies this month: one in the 300 block of East 21st Street, a second in the 1600 block of South Prairie and one in the 2200 block of South Indiana. Police say in each case, two men targeted drivers entering or exiting their vehicles. They walked up to the victim, showed them a black pistol and demanded […]

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    IL budget crisis hurting home health care

    CHICAGO — Illinois’ budget impasse is hurting home health care workers and the patients who rely on them. A federal rule that took effect New Year’s Day makes home care workers eligible for time-and-a-half pay for work over 40 hours. But the State Dept. of Human Services will prohibit overtime after March 1 because of the stalemate. The union representing Illinois’ 25,000 home health care workers says it will hurt patient care because those needing extra attention will have a […]

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    PETA hands out fur coats to women at South Side homeless shelter

    CHICAGO — PETA says it’s okay to wear fur – if you’re homeless. The animal rights group handed out more than 100 fur coats Thursday to women staying at the Matthew House homeless shelter on the South Side. PETA says the fur coats were donated by people who have decided to give up wearing fur. The organization is handing out old fur coats to homeless in other U.S. cities this winter.

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    Social media to blame for violent start to 2016: Chicago police

    CHICAGO — Chicago police say they’ve made arrests in some shootings this year. Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante says suspects are in custody in the shootings of two teenagers Jan. 5. Escalante says many shootings these days are fueled by social media, with gangs taunting each other over the Internet. “It’s the new way of taunting, challenging other gangs. It’s the modern way of gang graffiti,” says Escalante. Chicago police have a social media unit that monitors sites when they […]

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    Convicted day care worker seeks new trial

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — Lawyers for a north suburban day care worker convicted of killing a young boy have been given 60 days to explain why she should get a new trial. Melissa Calusinski, 28,  was convicted of murder for throwing 16-month-old Benjamin Kingan to the ground in 2009, causing fatal head injuries. Defense attorneys say evidence surfaced after the trial, indicating Benjamin suffered from a pre-existing injury when he died. Prosecutors say the defense is simply repacking old evidence. Both […]

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    Black firefighters group wants fire commissioner out

    CHICAGO — Some black Chicago firefighters are urging Mayor Emanuel to fire the city’s fire commissioner. The African-American Firefighters and Paramedics League of Chicago spelled out its grievances at a news conference Thursday morning. Members of the group say Jose Santiago is incompetent. They say he permits racism in the fire department and allows the department to spend money wastefully. The firemen are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to expand its investigation beyond the Chicago Police Department. Federal investigators are looking […]

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