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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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    Sikh temple gutted by fire in Island Lake

    A fire swept through a house of worship in suburban Island Lake. The two-alarm fire gutted the inside of the Guru Nanak Sikh Mission of America, on State Road. It was brought under control around midnight. No one was injured. Founded in 1997, the temple operated a community kitchen and arranged summer religious retreats for local youth. The mission was cited three years ago for fire safety violations including exposed wiring and locked fire-exit doors.

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    Chicago murder rate dropping, FBI confirms

    The FBI is now confirming that Chicago’s murder rate in 2013 dropped 16-percent from the previous year. The city’s murder rate was only one-third that of Detroit, the nation’s murder capital. Police superintendent Garry McCarthy credits the deployment of additional police patrol officers in high-crime areas. Robberies, burglaries and property crimes also dropped in 2013.

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    Prosecutor asks judge to reject Peterson’s appeal

    The Will County prosecutor is asking a judge to reject the appeal of convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson. The former Bolingbrook police officer is seeking to overturn his conviction for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. But, the state’s attorney’s office is standing by its case. Peterson’s lawyers say the case was built on third-party testimony, in which Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy said he told her he killed Savio. Prosecutors say hearsay evidence is acceptable if it’s credible.

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    Man captured after murdering girlfriend, posting corpse photos online

    A man suspected of murdering his live-in girlfriend has been captured. Police say David Kalac strangled his girlfriend Amber Coplin at their apartment in Port Orchard, Washington, then he posted pictures of her corpse online on “4chan.” Neighbors say they found a written confession by Kalac. Investigators were able to track him to near Portland, Oregon. He was cornered and captured in the town of Wilsonville after a high-speed chase Wednesday. Police say Kalac has admitted to the murder.

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