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    Supt. McCarthy begins ‘listening tour’

    CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s community outreach program is now under way.  It was launched as a direct result of the outrage that took place in Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore. McCarthy spoke about his “listening tour” today during an appearance before the City Club of Chicago. The program began several days ago.  McCarthy, his command staff and rank and file police officers are going out and listening to people in the community — asking what they are doing […]

  • CPS suspends SUPES Academy contract

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has suspended a controversial no-bid contract at the center of a federal investigation. In a surprise announcement the school board reversed course, taking immediate action on the contract with SUPES Academy in Evanston.  The board previously announced the possibility of suspending the $20.5 million no-bid contract if federal investigators found any evidence of wrongdoing. “As of today I am suspending the SUPES contract,” Interim schools CEO Jesse Ruiz said at today’s board meeting. CPS says […]

  • Chicago, CPD face lawsuit over ‘stop and frisk’

    CHICAGO — A federal class action lawsuit is being filed against the city of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department alleging that “stop and frisk” tactics are unconstitutional. Today’s lawsuit comes on the heels of a recent American Civil Liberties Union report alleging that Chicagoans are stopped and frisked at a rate four times greater than New Yorkers. At a news conference today at the New Tabernacle of Faith M.B. Church, 531 North Kedzie Avenue, plaintiff Darnell Smith, 37, said […]

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    ‘Young Hearts for Life’ screens teens for hidden heart problems

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Health experts are teaming up with school officials in Park Ridge to screen high school students for possible cardiac problems. “Young Hearts for Life” is a program aimed at reducing heart-related deaths among teens and young adults. Doctors say a simple and painless procedure known as ECG, short for electrocardiogram, can detect close to 60 percent of most heart defects and other problems that can sometimes lead to sudden death. Dr. Joseph Marek of Advocate Medical […]

  • Mayor announces Burge torture reparations package

    CHICAGO — It has taken decades of litigation and heartache, but the city of Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the establishment of a $5.5 million fund to offer free counseling and other benefits for torture victims. Lawyers representing torture victims say more than 110 men, all of them African American, were brutally questioned and tortured by then-Police Commander John Burge and detectives under his command from 1972 to 1991. Victims described the use of electric shock and other […]

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    Candidates hit the stump as Mayoral campaign winds down

    CHICAGO — It’s a busy campaign day for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, with Chicago’s Mayoral runoff election now just six days off. Emanuel attended the African American Women for Rahm luncheon in the South Loop at midday. Earlier today the Mayor received the endorsement of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. Polls show Emanuel’s approval among African American voters has improved as election day gets closer. He also picked up the endorsement of a state lawmaker who […]

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    CTU calls for $15 minimum wage for all CPS workers

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union, along with members of the “Fight For 15″ campaign, are calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Board of Education to institute a $15 an hour minimum wage for all Chicago Public School employees, included subcontracted workers at city schools. They gathered today across the street from CPS headquarters, 42 West Madison Street, along with union janitor workers, asking for the wage increase. The Teachers Union is also asking for $15 an hour […]

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    Heather Mack brings baby daughter to live with her in prison

    BALI, Indonesia — The Chicago teenager charged with the murder of her mother on the resort island of Bali has brought her newborn baby to live with her in prison.  Heather Mack, 19, gave birth to a baby girl last week. Mack left the hospital in a wheelchair.  She made her way past photographers and camera crews, her baby wrapped in a shawl. Mack is being held in prison while she and the baby’s father, Tommy Schaefer, 21, are on […]

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    Police issue alert after Lake View robberies

    Chicago police are alerting residents of the Lake View community about a series of armed robberies at local businesses. The first incident happened March 11 at a business in the 3700 block of North Broadway. There were two more holdups on March 20 and March 22, both in the 4100 block of North Clark Street. In each case, there were two robbers wearing face masks or scarves over their faces and at least one carried a handgun. If you have […]

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    Bond set at $175K for Arlington Heights priest charged with child pornography

    ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — A Cook County judge set bail at $175,000 for a Catholic priest who is facing child pornography charges. Rev. Clovis Javier Vilchez-Parra, 34, appeared for a bond hearing today at the Rolling Meadows courthouse. He is charged with reproduction of child pornography and felony possession of child pornography. He is an associate pastor at the Mission San Juan Diego Catholic church in Arlington Heights. The charges were filed against Rev. Vilchez-Parra following an investigation by the […]


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