Chicago

Back of the Yards residents drum for peace

November 19, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — A Native American tradition is sparking hope in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The area is a community facing gangs, guns and violence, but with the help of a Catholic priest, peace is the message this week. “We want to walk for peace …

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Toni Preckwinkle Wants Cook County To Impose Tax On Craigslist Car Purchases

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County budget that is up for a vote Friday includes a first-ever county tax on cars and boats bought through sites such as Craigslist. But as WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, the plan comes as a surprise to the …

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Beyond Occupation: Engaging Chicago’s Political Youth

UIC students’ top five issues are student loans, grants and debts after graduation; the state of the economy and lack of jobs; the need for affordable healthcare and support for the Affordable Healthcare Act; lowering the legal drinking age back to 18; and transportation issues related to safety, infrastructure, and …

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Feds: Two Chicago cops took orders from Latin Kings

BY Teresa Auch Schultz Sun-Times Media November 18, 2011 6:04PM A bistate crackdown on the Latin Kings street gang on Friday snared two Chicago Police officers accused of using their badges to rob people in Northwest Indiana and Illinois. Their arrests were part of a broader crackdown against gang members …

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Ron Paul gaining traction in Iowa

By THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — Texas Rep. Ron Paul is emerging as a significant factor in the Republican presidential race, especially in Iowa. He’s been long dismissed by the GOP establishment, but the libertarian-leaning candidate is now turning heads beyond his hard-core followers – and rising …

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TSA officer fired over Facebook posts

November 15, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — A Transportation Security Administration officer at O’Hare Airport has been fired for posting anti-Muslim, racist statements on his Facebook page. In this Intelligence Report: TSA officials in Chicago tell the I-Team that veteran officer Roy Egan has been terminated. Officer Egan was a baggage …

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Video shows man being punched at Red Line stop amid laughs and taunts

By Deanese Williams-Harris Tribune reporter 12:30 p.m. CST, November 11, 2011 Police have launched an investigation after a man was caught on video knocking out an older man at the Chicago Avenue Red Line stop while others laughed and mimicked the attack. The assault occurred in April, but the video …

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Juror in Cellini trial appears to have hidden two felony convictions, Tribune finds

By Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune reporters 6:30 a.m. CST, November 11, 2011 Court officials acknowledged Thursday that information revealed by the Tribune appears to show that a member of the federal jury that convicted Springfield power broker William Cellini concealed two felony convictions. Attorneys for Cellini said …

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Chicago’s Godfather Emanuel Doubles and Triples Fines for Minor Offenses

RAN SPIELMAN The Chicago Sun-Times November 7, 2011 Editor’s note: Allowing weeds to grow will cost residents between $600-to-$1,200-a-day. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said his plan to raise taxes, fines and fees by $220 million in 2012 includes higher fines for a laundry list of offenses, but he has yet …

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Chicago may decriminalize marijuana

Chicago pot smokers may soon be able to light up without fear of jail time. Several Windy City councilmen said Thursday they plan to introduce a local law that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in order to cut costs and free up police to handle more serious …

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Protesters again occupy Grant Park — and again are arrested

Updated 10/23/11 7:23 a.m. Posted 10/23/11 5:15 a.m. CHICAGO (WLS) – For the second weekend in a row, anti-Wall Street protesters marched through the downtown streets in another attempt to take over Grant Park. And once again, police arrested those that refused to leave after the park closed. Between 1,500 …

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