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    Chicago Uber driver accused of raping passenger

    Chicago police are investigating a woman’s claim that she was raped by an Uber driver. Police aren’t saying who, or where, or when; but Uber is aware of the accusation. A spokeswoman called the driver’s alleged actions “appalling and unacceptable.” The driver has been released by Uber. The company says each of its drivers receives a rigorous background check. It’s just one of several incidents involving Uber. Uber has been banned in New Delhi, India following allegations that one of […]

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    1970s radical approved to return to U. of I. to teach course

    University of Illinois students may begin registering today for a one-credit course taught by a controversial lecturer. Back in the 1970’s, James Kilgore was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the radical group that kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst; he also went to prison for killing a man during bank robbery. Kilgore was hired by the U of I in Urbana-Champaign five years ago, with no background check. When his violent past came to light, his contract was not […]

  • Minimum wage hike gets Chicago hearing today

    A Chicago City Council committee is meeting Monday to consider a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage. Mayor Emanuel first wanted to hike the minimum from $8.25 an hour to $9.50 an hour next summer, and boost it to $13 an hour by 2018. Now he supports raising the initial hike to $10 an hour, and giving employers an extra year to reach the $13 level. Aldermen hope to get something in the books before the Illinois General Assembly […]

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    Ebola vaccine tests ‘promising’

    The first human tests of the new experimental Ebola vaccine are said to be promising. 20 volunteers were given the vaccine in September. According to the National Institutes of Health, all 20 developed the antibodies they needed to fight Ebola; about half developed immune cells; and there were no serious side effects. The vaccine is still months away from widespread field testing.

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    Patrols to target illegal parking at shopping malls on Black Friday

    Park in a handicapped space on Black Friday, and you’ll find a bright orange ticket on your windshield. The Illinois Secretary of State plans to send special patrols to shopping malls to catch drivers who think they can outsmart the holiday crowds by using disabled parking spaces. Enforcement will be especially aggressive in downtown Chicago, Oakbrook Center and Woodfield Mall. More than 90 drivers were ticketed in last year’s Black Friday patrols.

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    10 Candidates will vie for mayor

    The final day of filing for Chicago mayoral candidates produced a field of ten; seven of them filed their nominating petitions Monday. Among them were Ald. Bob Fioretti, Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia and perennial candidate William “Dock” Walls. Mayor Emanuel filed his nominating petitions last week on the first day of filing.

  • ‘Pregnant man’ facing jail time after stalking charges

    Stalking charges have been filed against the first man to give birth. Thomas Beatie was born a woman, but got a partial sex change operation; then Beatie got pregnant and had three children. Now, TMZ and police in Phoenix say he activated a GPS device in the car his ex-wife got during their divorce, and he showed up at several places she visited and asked her where she had been. Six months before the GPS device was activated, Beatie filed […]

  • Pension Problems: State worker’s payout 7 times larger than expected

    Court rules Illinois pension reform law unconstitutional

    A state circuit court struck down the General Assembly’s pension reform Friday afternoon Springfield Judge John Belz ruled that recently passed law is unconstitutional and voided the entire thing. The judge agreed with union attorneys, saying the state’s constitution protects public pensions from being cut. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan now plans to ask the state Supreme Court to quickly hear the appeal. Governor-elect Bruce Rauner who will inherit the $100 billion dollar pension deficit issued this statement: “It is […]

  • Battle for governor begins against Quinn and Rauner

    Rauner reaches out to lawmakers in Springfield

    Governor-elect Bruce Rauner goes to Springfield today to meet with state lawmakers in the midst of their fall veto session. Rauner will ask them to postpone action on key legislation until January, when the new General Assembly is sworn in. Among the issues still to be decided are a hike in the state minimum wage and a proposal to make the state’s temporary income tax hike permanent.

  • Arkansas governor to pardon his drug dealer son

    The governor of Arkansas is about to pardon a convicted drug dealer — but no ordinary dealer; it’s his own son. Kyle Beebe was arrested more than a decade ago for felony possession of marijuana and intent to deliver; he was ordered to serve several years of probation. The probation ended in 2006, the year his dad Mike Beebe was elected governor. Governor Beebe says convicted felons who have served their time deserve a second chance. The Arkansas parole board […]

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