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Mar 24, 2014

Chicago opera scene hits high note with loyal audiences

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The plot summary of U.S. opera in recent years has unfolded like the last act of a Verdi tragedy: New York City Opera, dead; Opera Boston, dead; San Diego Opera, on its final aria.

The Chicago opera scene, however, is all up tempo.

The nation’s third most populous city has not only preserved its devotion to opera, it has expanded it, despite hard times for the art form elsewhere. Opera experts credit creative programming, solid philanthropic help and a loyal, enthusiastic audience.

Mar 24, 2014

Thirty-two hurt in train derailment at Chicago’s O’Hare airport

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Thirty-two people were injured after a Chicago Transit Authority train derailed and hit a platform at O’Hare International Airport early on Monday, with its front car landing on an escalator and stairs, a city fire official said.

It was not immediately clear how fast the train was moving, but authorities were looking at speed as a possible factor, said transit authority spokesman Brian Steele.

Mar 20, 2014

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate gets some Democratic support

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Democratic activist Newton Minow, who served in the Kennedy administration, appeared on Thursday with about a dozen other Illinois Democrats and independents to announce their support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

Minow, 88, an attorney and President John F. Kennedy’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said Rauner would be a bipartisan leader in a centrist Midwestern state.

Mar 19, 2014

Illinois voters say ‘no’ to candidates who were convicted, indicted

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Chicago may have a long and colorful history of political corruption, but voters will only take so much.

In Tuesday’s Democratic primary, a Chicago candidate who served a prison term for bribery and another due to go on trial on similar charges this spring both lost their races, despite predictions of local political observers, according to results available Wednesday.

Mar 19, 2014

Illinois Governor Quinn wins Democratic primary, faces tough re-election

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn coasted to a win in the state’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, while the Republican primary to choose a candidate to challenge Quinn in November was too close to call several hours after polls closed.

Republicans are looking to Illinois as perhaps the party’s best shot to take out a Democratic incumbent governor. Bruce Rauner, a wealthy businessman who has already pumped $6 million of his own money into the campaign, leads the four-person field of Republican candidates, according to preliminary results by Reuters U.S. Election Service.

Mar 18, 2014

Illinois primary voters to pick candidates for governor, senate

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Republicans will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose a candidate to run for governor against a Democratic incumbent they say is weak enough to give their party a shot at taking back an office long held by Democrats in the left-leaning state.

Four Republicans are running in Tuesday’s primary election for a shot at unseating Governor Pat Quinn, who is viewed as honest but not forceful in a state whose prior governor is in prison for corruption.

Mar 17, 2014

Prison, indictment no bar to victory in Illinois primary: experts

CHICAGO (Reuters) – In the Illinois primary elections on Tuesday, candidates on Chicago’s Democratic ballot will include someone who served a prison term for bribery, another who is due to go on trial on bribery charges this spring and a third charged with bank fraud.

“It’s a terrible indictment” of the local political culture, said Dick Simpson, a former Chicago alderman who teaches at University of Illinois at Chicago. “There is still a patronage-based political army on the West Side of Chicago.”

Mar 17, 2014

U.S. TV pitchman Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison

CHICAGO, March 17 (Reuters) – U.S. TV pitchman Kevin
Trudeau, who was convicted last year of criminal contempt for
exaggerating the contents of his weight-loss book in
infomercials, was sentenced on Monday to 10 years in prison.

Trudeau, 51, who has been held in federal custody since his
conviction in November, will also have five years of supervised
release after serving his sentence, U.S. District Court Judge
Ronald Guzman said.

Mar 17, 2014

U.S. TV pitchman Trudeau to be sentenced Monday, faces 10 years

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau, who was convicted last year of criminal contempt for exaggerating the contents of his weight-loss books in infomercials, faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced by a federal judge on Monday.

Trudeau was found guilty last November of violating a 2004 federal court settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that barred him from misrepresenting the contents of his books in advertisements.

Mar 15, 2014

In Illinois governor’s race, venture capitalist up for challenge

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wealthy venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has used $6 million of his own money to help catapult him past three other Republican candidates in Tuesday’s Illinois gubernatorial primary.

If Rauner wins, as expected, a far tougher fight looms: Unseating Governor Pat Quinn, a Democratic who, while not popular, is expected to have heavy support from unions. Democrats have held the Governor’s mansion since 2003.