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Aug 15, 2015

With hot dogs and hugs, mothers take stand against Chicago violence

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Every afternoon this summer, on a street corner in one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, visitors have been able to find an unusual block party.

A dozen volunteers armed with lawn chairs, a barbecue grill and canopies have taken over the corner of 75th and Stewart in Englewood, a roughly three square mile neighborhood that has averaged almost one shooting a day this year.

Aug 14, 2015

Two people found dead in loan store in downtown Chicago: report

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Two people were found dead on Friday afternoon in a loan store in the financial district in downtown Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing police sources.

The news affairs office at the Chicago Police Department declined to confirm the report but spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a tweet that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy would speak to the media at the scene.

Aug 13, 2015

Chicago to argue for pension reforms before state high court in November

CHICAGO, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Lawyers for the city of Chicago
will appear before the Illinois Supreme Court in November to
argue that a law aimed at shoring up two of the city’s
financially shaky public pensions is constitutional, according
to a Thursday court order.

A Cook County judge had ruled against the law in late July,
saying it violates pension protections in the Illinois
constitution. The ruling was a setback for Mayor Rahm Emanuel,
who has repeatedly said he will not raise taxes without pension

Aug 12, 2015

New Illinois law bans choke holds; gives guidelines on body cameras

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law on Wednesday to improve training for police officers, banning excessive use of force including choke holds and creating guidelines on using body cameras.

Illinois is among the first states to pass police reform legislation since a fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer in Missouri last year sparked a national debate about police conduct.

Aug 11, 2015

U.S. Little League baseball team drops legal action against sport’s governing body

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago-area Little League baseball
team stripped of its U.S. championship title last year over
allegations of cheating has withdrawn a legal action against the
sport’s governing body, though a lawyer for the team said on
Tuesday it will keep fighting.

The Jackie Robinson West team from the south side of Chicago
was stripped of the U.S. title in February for violating a rule
that bars the use of players who live outside the team’s
geographical boundaries.

Aug 11, 2015

Illinois man pleads guilty to trying to join al Qaeda-linked group

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago-area man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court to a charge that he tried to travel overseas to join an al Qaeda-linked jihadist group in Syria.

Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 21, of Aurora, Illinois, was arrested in 2013 as he prepared to board a plane at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport bound for Istanbul, Turkey, prosecutors said.

Aug 10, 2015

Chicago public schools to lay off 1,500 teachers and staff

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Public Schools on Monday began notifying nearly 1,500 teachers and support staff who are being fired amid a previously announced, $200 million budget cut and a shift in student enrollment.

The announcement came as CPS released its $5.7 billion 2016 budget, which includes a historic $1.1 billion budget deficit driven by rapidly rising pension payments.

Aug 7, 2015

Facing epidemic, Cincinnati hospitals test mothers, newborns for drugs

CINCINNATI, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Bubbly and athletic, Heather
Padgett, raised in a loving family in the Cincinnati suburbs,
would not fit the stereotype of a heroin addict.

But the 28-year-old former administrative assistant’s
addiction was so bad, she used heroin while pregnant. Her twin
girls were born nine months ago while she was in treatment, and
they suffered tremors from withdrawal.

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