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Oct 18, 2014

More young mourners showing love, remembrance with ‘RIP’ shirts

CHICAGO (Reuters) – At the crowded funeral of 13-year-old Demureye’ Macon, who was shot on a Chicago street, older mourners wore sober suits and dresses in beige and black.

But Macon’s peers came dressed in colorful tributes to the seventh-grader, sporting T-shirts, jackets and bandanas bearing the deceased’s photo, his birth and death dates and messages including “Long Live the King” and “RIP Demureye.”

Oct 16, 2014

Chicago guns and bullets to be melted down, made into jewelry

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Guns and bullets seized from Chicago-area crimes will be melted down and turned into jewelry by a company that pledges to give part of the profit to at-risk children, company and government officials said on Wednesday.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office collects about 1,500 guns a year, along with ammunition, said Sheriff Thomas Dart. If the guns are no longer needed in an investigation, they are destroyed.

Oct 5, 2014

Chicago pedicabs run into rough headwinds from City Hall

5 (Reuters) – T.C. O’Rourke has encountered
plenty of nasty weather in his years as a Chicago pedicab
operator – rain, snow and steamy summer heat.

But he has never pedaled into a headwind as rough as this
year’s blast from City Hall, which has imposed some of the
toughest rules in the nation against the foot-powered tricycle
taxis.

Oct 2, 2014

Nearly 500 flights canceled in Chicago due to weather, fire issues

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Incoming stormy weather and operational problems caused by a fire last week at a Chicago-area air traffic control facility forced the cancellation of nearly 500 flights on Thursday at Chicago airports.

More than 250 flights at O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, have been canceled, and other flights were experiencing delays of about 30 minutes, according to the city’s department of aviation.

Sep 30, 2014

Among Chicago’s black voters, disenchantment grows with Mayor Emanuel

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Rahm Emanuel won election as mayor of Chicago three years ago in part because of his strength in the African-American community, but enough black voters have since soured on him that a black labor leader is emerging as a potential rival in the city’s February election.

Emanuel easily won the majority of voters in every African-American ward in 2011 to become mayor of Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city. Since then, a persistently high murder rate, the closing of 50 public schools and a sense that Emanuel is out of touch have hurt his position and invited a bid from Karen Lewis, president of Chicago’s teachers’ union.

Sep 29, 2014

Man accused in Chicago air traffic disruption appears in court

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A man accused of setting fire to an air control facility in Chicago on Friday, causing an outage that continues to disrupt flights, appeared in federal court on Monday to hear the charges against him and was ordered held without bond.

Brian Howard, 36, of the Chicago suburb of Naperville, appeared in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois and was charged with damaging an air navigation facility, interfering with its operations and endangering the safety of aircraft in flight.

Sep 27, 2014

Chicago-area air traffic center fire grounds 1,750 flights

CHICAGO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – A fire apparently set by an
employee at a Chicago-area air traffic control center led to the
cancellation of more than 1,700 flights at the city’s two major
airports, snarling air traffic across the United States,
officials said.

Flights resumed at O’Hare International Airport, one of the
world’s busiest, after a delay of about four hours, but there
were bottlenecks across the entire air system that carriers
expect to last through the weekend.

Sep 26, 2014

Air traffic center fire grounds flights in Chicago, snarls traffic

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An intentionally set fire at a Chicago-area air traffic control center led to the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights at the city’s two major airports, snarling air traffic across the nation.

The blaze at the facility in Aurora, outside of Chicago, apparently was set by a man who suffered self-inflicted wounds, Aurora police said. There were no indications that it was an act of terrorism and the blaze was extinguished, it said.

Sep 26, 2014

Fire grounds flights in Chicago, snarls air traffic

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A fire at an air traffic control center outside Chicago on Friday led to the cancellation of all flights at the city’s O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, and domestic hub Midway, snarling air traffic nationwide ahead of weekend travel.

More than 800 flights into and out of the two airports were canceled by 9:20 a.m. CDT (1420 GMT), according to tracking website flightaware.com, stranding thousands of passengers.

Sep 24, 2014
via FaithWorld

Chicago church gives congregants $500 each to spend for good cause

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(A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young )

Churchgoers grumble that they always get hit with pleas for money. But congregants at a Chicago church this month got a surprise – they each received a check for $500, with instructions to go out and do something good with it.

“I was just in disbelief,” said Valency Hastings, 42, when she got her check from the non-denominational LaSalle Street Church on the city’s near north side. “The enormity of the responsibility of it has begun to sink in.”