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    State Department apologizes for computer glitch

    A computer crash at the State Department is creating huge delays for potentially millions of people who are waiting for U.S. passports and visas. The problem is worldwide and has been affecting the system since Saturday. A State Department spokesperson says they are working to correct the issue as quickly as possible. However, there is now a large backlog of applications, which is slowing down the process.      

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    Iconic 80′s group suing Chicago area fan club

      Attorneys for Duran Duran say Glenview-based Worldwide Fan Clubs breached its contract by not giving the band its share of the profits. The group says it was supposed to receive 75% of all profits. The lawsuit claims Worldwide Fan Club failed to keep accurate accounting records and pay the band. Duran Duran is seeking at least  $40,000 in damages.

  • Concealed carry applicants get more information about rejections

    Illinois residents turned down for concealed carry gun permits will now get more information about why their application was rejected. The Illinois State Police announced Monday it will require a state review board to release the information after a flood of lawsuits filed by applicants who were denied permits. The new rules also require the board to notify an applicant if their application is likely to be rejected and give them an opportunity to refute the objection.

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    Employers warn of nearly 1,700 job layoffs

    State employers are warning they will layoff nearly 1,700 workers over the next few months. The news comes from a monthly report filed with Illinois regulators Tuesday. This is the highest number of job losses planned by Illinois companies since December. The largest number of layoffs will happen in August at Quadgraphics in Woodstock, due to a restructuring. AT&T plans to lay off 188 workers in Springfield starting August 3.  

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    Teen forced to remove makeup for license

    Transgender rights activists say a teenager’s Constitutional rights were violated by the Department of Motor Vehicles in South Carolina. 16-year old Chase Culpepper says he regularly wears makeup and girl’s clothes. He recently passed his driving test. But when it came time to get the picture taken for his license, he was told he had to remove the makeup he was wearing. “She told us that I could not wear a disguise, because according to them, makeup was a disguise […]

  • Kitten rescued from inside taxi

    A two-pound ball of fur kept firefighters, a news crew and a taxi driver busy for hours Monday night. It started when a taxi driver in San Diego heard a noise coming from the engine of his car. He opened the hood and saw a kitten. The driver couldn’t reach her so he called 911. By the time firefighters arrived, a TV news crew was there too. Rescuers used the photographer’s camera tripod to hold up the cab’s hood as […]

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    Mayor tours Northerly Island restoration project

    More than 10 years after Mayor Daley ordered the destruction of Meigs Field, the transformation is nearly complete on Northerly Island. The result – nearly 50 acres of new park land for Chicagoans. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency came traveled from Washington, D.C. Tuesday to celebrate the unveiling of the biggest aquatic ecosystem restoration project in the country. “We want to make sure that kids understand the science, that they make the connections between what they’re seeing in […]

  • Federal judge ends monitoring of City Hall patronage hiring

    After several decades, a federal judge lifted restrictions on hiring placed on city officials under the Shakman Decree. The law to get politics out of hiring went into effect in 1972. Michael Shakman, who filed the original case, supports the move, but a number of attorneys are objecting. They say the city is not in compliance. Some aldermen won’t approve one directive that city employees, fired or forced out for misconduct, may not be given jobs at the city’s sister […]

  • Video captures alleged bullying of 13-year-old boy in Joliet

    Video of an alleged bullying incident has parents alarmed in southwest suburban Joliet. The mother of a 13-year old boy says her school was slow to react after her son became the victim of bullying. School officials deny it, but Sandy Ayala says there has been a pattern of bullying at Gompers Middle School in Joliet. She says teachers and administrators failed to protect her son from what she describes as escalating aggression culminating in a brutal beating Monday that […]

  • Ex-Pastor blames victim, seeks lower sentence for having sex with minor

    The former pastor of a megachurch in Northwest Indiana, who went to jail for having sex with an underage girl, is now blaming the victim for their inappropriate relationship. Jack Schapp pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for engaging in sex with an underage girl in 2012. She went to him for counseling at Hammond Baptist Church. Schapp now wants a federal judge to overturn his sentence. The Northwest Indiana Times cites court documents that accuse […]