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Aug 2, 2015

Drug needle exchanges gain ground after Indiana HIV outbreak

, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Since Indiana opened its
first state-run needle exchange last spring, Tara Burton, 25,
has made weekly visits to turn over needles she used to shoot
Opana, a prescription painkiller, up her track-marked arm.

The one-story clinic in rural Scott County, Indiana, marks a
sea change in states where conservative lawmakers had staunchly
opposed old needles-for-new exchanges.

Jul 30, 2015

Illinois college to drop health coverage over contraception mandate

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An evangelical Christian college in
Illinois will stop providing health insurance to students on
Friday because of its objection to the Obamacare mandate to
provide contraceptive coverage, a legal group representing the
school said on Thursday.

The decision affects about 500 of 3,000 students at Wheaton
College, a nondenominational liberal arts school in the Chicago
suburb of Wheaton, according to the Becket Fund for Religious
Liberty, a Washington-based legal group that represents the
college.

Jul 30, 2015

Former Illinois congressman pleads not guilty to tax charges in latest case

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Mel Reynolds, a former Illinois congressman who has faced numerous legal troubles over the years, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges of failing to file income tax returns for 2009 through 2012, a spokesman for federal prosecutors said.

Reynolds, 63, indicted last month, faces up to a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the four counts against him. He had previously been convicted for having sex with an underage campaign worker.

Jul 12, 2015

Chicago rapper Capo, baby killed in gang-related incident: report

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago rapper Capo, a member of Chief Keef’s “Glo Gang,” has died in a gang-related shooting over the weekend that also resulted in the death of a baby boy who was struck by a vehicle fleeing the scene, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Sunday.

The death of Marvin Carr, who went by the name Capo, was confirmed by the group’s manager, Renaldo Hess, according to the newspaper. Hess could not be reached for comment.

Jul 12, 2015

Chicago rapper Capo, baby killed in gang-related incident – report

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago rapper Capo, a member of Chief Keef’s “Glo Gang,” has died in a gang-related shooting over the weekend that also resulted in the death of a baby boy who was struck by a vehicle fleeing the scene, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Sunday.

The death of Marvin Carr, who went by the name Capo, was confirmed by the group’s manager, Renaldo Hess, according to the newspaper. Hess could not be reached for comment.

Jul 6, 2015

Tears flow as Grateful Dead say farewell in Chicago

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Grateful Dead gave what they say will be their last group performance on Sunday, playing to some 70,000 singing, dancing and tearful fans in Chicago’s Soldier Field.

The four surviving members of the band ended their 50-year-run this weekend with three Chicago concerts. The shows come 20 years after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, who played his last show in the nation’s third-largest city in 1995.

Jul 2, 2015

Deadheads get nostalgic before final Grateful Dead shows

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Mike Levine is traveling from Florida to Chicago see all three of the Grateful Dead’s final concerts. Stephanie Cameli says she is looking forward to the band’s “Fare Thee Well” shows this weekend “like a five year-old before Christmas.”

After the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1995, the surviving four members say they will end The Grateful Dead’s 50-year run this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the city where Garcia played his last show as frontman 20 years ago.

Jul 1, 2015

Visa joins MasterCard, AmEx in ending use for Backpage sex ads

CHICAGO, July 1 (Reuters) – Visa Inc said on Wednesday it is
joining MasterCard Inc and American Express Co in barring its
credit cards from being used to pay for ads on Backpage.com
following a request from a Chicago sheriff who said the site is
used by sex traffickers.

Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said that “escort” ads on
Backpage.com and similar classified advertising sites make up
the foundation of a sex-trafficking industry that preys on the
young and vulnerable.

Jun 30, 2015

MasterCard stops allowing charges for Backpage.com sex ads

CHICAGO (Reuters) – MasterCard said on Tuesday that its
credit cards can no longer be used to pay for ads on the
Backpage.com website, following a request from a Chicago law
enforcement official who said the site is used by sex
traffickers.

Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said that so-called “escort”
ads on Backpage.com and similar sites make up the foundation of
the sex trafficking industry, which preys on the young and
vulnerable. He has asked both Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc
to cut off any association with the Backpage.com “adult”
section.

Jun 30, 2015

Chicago agency says police officer should be fired for shooting

CHICAGO (Reuters) – For the first time in its nearly eight-year history, a Chicago review agency that looks at misconduct allegations against the city’s police has recommended that an officer be fired for shooting someone, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday.

The Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), a civilian body, found that the officer was “inattentive to duty” in 2011 when he fired shots at the wrong car after a drive-by shooting, seriously injuring an innocent driver.