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May 9, 2014

Indiana man threatened Boehner over jobless benefits: prosecutors

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – An unemployed Indiana man was charged on Friday with making death threats against House Speaker John Boehner because the House did not vote to extend unemployment insurance, federal prosecutors said.

Brandon Thompson, 32, of New Castle could face five years in prison if convicted of making e-mail and telephone threats against an elected official, according to a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett for the Southern District of Indiana.

May 9, 2014

U.S. schools warned not to deny students over immigration status

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. state and local school districts not to deny enrollment to undocumented immigrant children.

In a joint letter, the U.S. Education and Justice departments said they had become aware of student enrollment practices “that may chill or discourage” participation of students based on their or their parents’ “actual or perceived immigration status.”

May 8, 2014

Minnesota man charged in 2009 murder of 12-year-old Chicago girl

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police said on Wednesday they charged a Minnesota man in the 2009 rape and murder of a 12-year-old Chicago girl on the basis of DNA evidence from another rape case.

Rene Valentin-Matos, 47, of Minnesota has been charged with the rape and murder of Jahmeshia Conner.

May 7, 2014
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More U.S. Hispanics are leaving Catholic Church: Pew survey


(Parishioners pray at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Chicago April 10, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress )

A growing number of U.S. Hispanics are turning away from the Roman Catholic religion of their youth and now identify as Protestant or unaffiliated with any church, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

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.