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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.

Jun 30, 2015

Tiny caskets: Illinois group gives funerals to abandoned babies

CHICAGO (Reuters) – More than a year after he was found dead in a plastic shopping bag, a newborn boy was laid to rest in a tiny white casket, covered with blue and white flowers.

Chicago police officers, including one who had investigated his death in April 2014, served as pall bearers. Prosecutors charged the baby’s teenage mother, Ana Rosa Mora, with murder.

Jun 26, 2015

Judge temporarily blocks Tennessee surgical center abortion law

By Mary Wisniewski and David Bailey

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a
Tennessee law from taking effect next week that would require
abortion clinics to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers,
a step which abortion rights supporters had said would force two
facilities to close.

The law signed in May by Republican Governor Bill Haslam
applies to all clinics that perform 50 abortions or more
annually and was due to take effect on July 1.

Jun 26, 2015

Illinois barge captain sent to prison for fatal 2005 explosion

CHICAGO, June 26 (Reuters) – An Illinois man who was captain
of a petroleum barge that exploded in a Chicago canal in 2005,
killing a crew member, was sentenced to six months in prison on
Friday, prosecutors said.

Dennis Egan, 36, of Topeka in central Illinois, and the
barge owner, Egan Marine Corp. of Lemont, were each convicted in
June 2014 of negligent manslaughter of a seaman and negligently
discharging oil into a waterway, according to a statement from
prosecutors.

Jun 26, 2015

Former Illinois congressman Reynolds indicted on tax charges

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Mel Reynolds, already convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker, was indicted again for failing to file income tax returns for 2009 through 2012, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

Reynolds, 63, who was charged on Thursday, faces up to a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the four counts against him, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago. A court date has not immediately available.

Jun 25, 2015

Chicago teachers union says it has broken off contract talks

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago Teachers Union official said on Thursday the union has broken off contract talks with the public school system but it was too soon to say if there would be a repeat of the 2012 strike.

Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said it was now “highly unlikely” an agreement would be reached before the current contract expires on Tuesday. Sharkey said the union will talk to Chicago Public Schools in the future, but for now the two sides are at an impasse.

Jun 25, 2015

Illinois Governor Rauner vetoes budget bills, citing $4 billion deficit

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday vetoed 19 budget bills that he said would create a nearly $4 billion deficit for the financially troubled state.

Rauner, a Republican who has been in an ongoing budget battle with the state’s Democratic majority legislature, said in a statement the veto is to “protect Illinois taxpayers from an unbalanced and therefore unconstitutional budget.”