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May 19, 2012

Latest anti-NATO protest in Chicago small, peaceful

CHICAGO, May 19 (Reuters) – About 500 demonstrators gathered
outside the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Saturday to
protest the recent closure of mental health clinics as part of a
series of rallies and marches timed to coincide with a NATO
summit here.

But the protest was much smaller than one attended by an
estimated 2,500 people at a downtown plaza on Friday. The
biggest rally is expected to be on Sunday near the convention
center where world leaders will gather.

May 19, 2012

Anti-NATO demonstrators descend on Chicago mayor’s home

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Around 500 demonstrators gathered outside the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Saturday to protest the recent closure of mental health clinics as part of a series of rallies and marches timed to coincide with a NATO summit here.

But the protest was much smaller than one attended by an estimated 2,500 people at a downtown plaza on Friday. The biggest rally is expected to be on Sunday near the convention centre where world leaders will gather.

May 19, 2012

Small protest descends on Chicago mayor’s home

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A group of around 50 demonstrators descended on the home of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Saturday to protest the recent closure of mental health clinics as part of a series of rallies and marches timed to coincide with a NATO summit here.

The protest on Chicago’s north side included some former patients of six city-run mental health clinics that closed at the end of April to save $2.3 million as part of a drive to eliminate the city’s $650 million budget deficit.

May 17, 2012

“No indication” of terror threat to Chicago NATO summit: FBI

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The FBI said on Thursday there was “absolutely no indication” of a terror attack threat in Chicago, although the city was considered a potential target even before President Barack Obama and other leaders meet for this weekend’s NATO summit.

FBI agent Ross Rice said the agency will be on heightened alert in Chicago, with extra agents brought in to react if its intelligence network sniffs out a plot. The FBI has agents in 70 countries, gathering intelligence.

May 15, 2012

Chicago braces for violence at NATO summit

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police, who have a reputation for dealing toughly with protesters, will be prepared for the worst with new riot gear, including “sound cannon”, if demonstrators at the NATO summit get out of line this weekend.

America’s third-largest city and President Barack Obama’s hometown has never hosted anything like the meeting starting on Sunday, which will draw representatives from some 50 countries, including leaders of the 28 members of the military alliance.

May 12, 2012

U.S. jury convicts man of murdering singer Hudson’s family members

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois jury on Friday found the former brother-in-law of Grammy and Oscar winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson guilty of murdering three members of her family in 2008.

William Balfour, 31, was found guilty of breaking into the Hudson family home and fatally shooting Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her 7-year-old nephew Julian King. He faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.

May 12, 2012

Jury convicts man of murdering singer Hudson’s family members

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois jury on Friday found the estranged brother-in-law of Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson guilty of murdering three members of her family in 2008.

William Balfour, 31, was found guilty of breaking into the Hudson family home and fatally shooting Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her 7-year-old nephew Julian King. He faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.

May 11, 2012

Man convicted of murdering singer Hudson family members

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois jury on Friday found the estranged brother-in-law of Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson guilty of killing three members of her family in 2008.

William Balfour, 31, was found guilty of fatally shooting Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her 7-year-old nephew Julian King. He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

May 11, 2012

Jury reaches verdict in Jennifer Hudson family murders trial

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The jury in the murder trial of a man accused of killing three members of Grammy and Oscar winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s family said on Friday it had reached a verdict.

The jury was expected to announce the verdict later on Friday afternoon.

The verdict came just hours after the panel had told Judge Charles Burns of Cook County Court that they were split but would continue deliberating.

May 9, 2012

Jury begins deliberations in Jennifer Hudson family killings

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Not a single fingerprint or scrap of DNA was found to prove who murdered three family members of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson in 2008, but prosecutors said there was overwhelming circumstantial evidence to convict her jealous brother-in-law as the jury began deliberations on Wednesday.

Hudson, her head bowed at times when graphic photographs were shown to the jury, sat with family members in the Chicago courtroom.

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