CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a leave of absence pending the outcome of a federal probe into a contract the district awarded to a company that had previously employed her, officials said on Friday.
“In light of the ongoing federal investigation and its impact on her ability to effectively lead Chicago Public Schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett is taking a leave of absence from Chicago Public Schools effective immediately,” board President David Vitale said in a statement.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago from 1997 until 2014, has died at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer, the Chicago Tribune and other media reported on Friday.
Known for his intellectualism and strong defense of church dogma – including sometimes controversial statements against gay marriage – George halted his treatment for bladder cancer early in 2015 and was hospitalized for tests in March.
(Reuters) – An Ohio man who trained with Islamic militants
in Syria pleaded not guilty on Friday in a Columbus federal
court to charges of supporting terrorism and making false
statements, court documents said.
Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, a naturalized American, had
been instructed by a Muslim cleric to return to the United
States and carry out an act of terrorism, a federal indictment
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The acting head of the Chicago Teachers Union said on Thursday that a federal probe of the city’s public schools chief executive points to a larger pattern of apparent conflicts of interest at the debt-troubled district.
Federal authorities are investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to SUPES Academy, a training facility for principals that had formerly employed her, local media reports said without naming their sources.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A new strain of dog flu from Asia that started infecting pets in Chicago this January has spread to thousands of dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana and killed six, animal health officials said.
The canine influenza virus (CIV) currently affecting dogs in the Midwest is a strain known as H3N2, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University. It has been in wide circulation in southern Chinese and South Korean dog populations but had not been seen in North America before this year, Cornell researchers said.
CHICAGO, April 15 (Reuters) – Chicago avant garde chef
Homaro Cantu, known for using science to create unique dining
experiences at his Moto restaurant, committed suicide, officials
said on Wednesday.
Cantu, 38, was found to have hanged himself on Tuesday
afternoon, police said, in a northwest side building where he
had planned to open a brewery called Crooked Fork later this
year. The death came less than a month after Cantu was sued by
an investor in his one Michelin-starred establishment.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago avant garde chef Homaro Cantu, known for using science to create unique dining experiences at his Moto restaurant, has died of an apparent suicide, police sources said on Wednesday.
Cantu, 38, was found dead on Tuesday afternoon, police said, in a northwest side building where he had planned to open a brewery called Crooked Fork later this year. The death came less than a month after Cantu was sued by an investor in his one Michelin-starred establishment.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago City Council is expected to approve on Wednesday $5.25 million in settlements in two alleged police misconduct cases: the fatal shooting of a black teenager and a botched manslaughter investigation involving a former mayor’s nephew.
The council’s finance committee voted this week to recommend that the third-largest U.S. city pay $5 million to the family of Laquan McDonald, 17, six months after he was shot 16 times by a police officer.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – At least 1,137 Chicago-area dogs have come down with a highly contagious strain of canine flu, and six have died, in the largest and longest-lasting dog flu outbreak ever seen in the region, county officials said on Tuesday.
Veterinarians began reporting cases of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease, or CIRD, in January, said Cook County spokesman Frank Shuftan. There may be more cases than have been reported, Shuftan said.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago will pay $5.5 million reparations to dozens of victims of police torture in the 1970s and 1980s and their family members, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and aldermen announced on Tuesday.
The city also will provide psychological counseling, job placement aid and other services to victims of torture under disgraced former Chicago police Commander Jon Burge, according to an ordinance that is expected to be passed by the City Council in an upcoming meeting.