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Mar 12, 2015

The Rev. Willie Barrow, Chicago civil rights leader, dies at 90

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Rev. Willie T. Barrow, a Chicago civil rights leader known as the “Little Warrior” for her small stature and determination to fight for equality, died on Thursday at age 90.

Barrow died at her Chicago home. She had recently been hospitalized for a blood clot in her lung, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Mar 2, 2015

Chicago’s black voters key as Garcia battles to defeat Emanuel in mayoral race

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Winning more support from Chicago’s black community, which makes up about one third of the electorate, will be essential if Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is to cause one of the biggest political upsets of recent years by defeating incumbent Rahm Emanuel in a run-off and become Chicago’s first Hispanic mayor.

He will need to overcome tensions between the black and Hispanic communities in the city, aggravated under the 22-year term of Mayor Richard M. Daley, which ended in 2011. There was a widespread perception in the black community that Hispanic supporters of Daley were favored in getting city jobs.

Feb 28, 2015

Storm leads to 1,000 canceled flights in Texas as more snow heads east

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Stormy weather coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma with ice on Saturday, canceling nearly 1,000 flights at the Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport, while more snow headed toward the already winter-weary Midwest and Northeast.

Meteorologists said a storm moving east across the plains will bring a wide swath of 1-3 inches of snow into the Midwest, including Illinois and Kentucky, on Saturday night. The snow follows extreme cold, with Chicago hitting -10 F (-23 C) Saturday morning, an all-time record for the day.

Feb 25, 2015

‘Regular Joe’ wins biggest Illinois lottery jackpot

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A 70-year-old retired Chicago-area man who described himself as a “regular Joe” will take home about $127 million after winning what lottery officials said on Tuesday was the biggest Illinois lottery jackpot.

Jesus Davila Jr. of suburban Naperville was handed a gigantic ceremonial check from the Jan. 16 Mega Millions drawing in an event broadcast on local television.

Feb 24, 2015

Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel hopes to avoid run-off in election

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will easily take first place in Tuesday’s municipal election, but polls show he may miss the 50 percent mark needed to avoid a run-off in the race to lead the financially challenged, third-largest U.S. city.

Emanuel, 55, a former adviser to President Barack Obama seeking a second term as mayor, has already spent millions of dollars in the non-partisan race against four challengers, and a second round will mean six more weeks of expensive campaigning.

Feb 22, 2015

Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel spends heavily to avoid run-off

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hoping his warm hug with President Barack Obama in the last days of his re-election campaign will help him avoid a run-off in the race to lead the financially troubled, third largest city in the country.

Chicagoans cast votes for mayor and for aldermen on Tuesday and polls show Emanuel in danger of closely missing the 50 percent needed for an outright win, even though his massive campaign chest has allowed him to saturate the airwaves.

Feb 21, 2015

Seeing red: Traffic cameras hot topic in Chicago mayoral race

CHICAGO (Reuters) – It is one of the most dreaded pieces of mail in Chicago – the $100 ticket that comes after being caught by one of the city’s red light or speed cameras.

Chicago is hardly the only U.S. city to install such cameras. But the cost of the tickets, and whether the scandal-plagued program makes the city’s streets safer, has become a hot topic for Chicago’s Feb. 24 mayoral election.

Feb 19, 2015

Record-breaking cold in U.S. Midwest heads to frigid East Coast

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Bone-chilling cold in the U.S. Midwest shattered records in Chicago on Thursday, closing schools and starting its trudge eastward to an already frozen Boston and New York.

Arctic air was expected to keep its grip on the nation’s midsection on Friday morning, a day after the minus 8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 22 Celsius) measured in Chicago broke the low temperature record of minus 7 degrees for the day set in 1936, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Oravec.

Feb 14, 2015

Chicago starts removing ‘dibs’ markers for parking as tempers flare

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago officials on Friday started collecting the lawn chairs, card tables and other items placed on city streets by residents who sought to reserve their parking spaces – a controversial winter custom known as “dibs.”

Some residents of the third-largest U.S. city welcome the cleanup, particularly after reports of vandalism on cars linked to dibs disputes.

Feb 13, 2015

Illinois comptroller refuses to implement anti-union order

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois’ comptroller will not implement
an anti-union executive order issued by the state’s new
Republican governor earlier this week, the state’s attorney
general’s office said on Friday.

Leslie Munger, a fellow Republican who was appointed by
Governor Bruce Rauner, is following current law in not enforcing
Rauner’s order to eliminate “fair share” fees for about 6,500
state employees, said a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney
General Lisa Madigan.