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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.

Mar 8, 2014

Daughter of Obama’s former pastor convicted in fraud case

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The daughter of President Barack Obama’s former pastor was convicted on Friday of laundering thousands of dollars from a state grant for a Chicago-area job-training program, federal prosecutors said.

A federal jury took less than two hours to find Jeri Wright, 48, the daughter of Jeremiah Wright, guilty on all counts for her part in a fraud scheme led by a former suburban police chief and the chief’s husband, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Central District of Illinois in Springfield.

Mar 8, 2014

U.S. fraternity ends pledging for new members after hazing deaths

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the oldest and largest U.S. college fraternities, said on Friday that it would eliminate its member initiation practices, following a number of hazing-related deaths and other incidents.

Starting Sunday, the fraternity with 14,000 undergraduate members across the country will end pledging, according to a statement from SAE, based in Evanston, Illinois.

Mar 7, 2014

Republicans see chance to seize Illinois governor’s seat

By Mary Wisniewski and Edith Honan

(Reuters) – Illinois, the longtime home of President Barack Obama, has chosen Democrats for president in every election since 1992 and for governor since 2002. But this year Republicans, finding a weak incumbent in Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, see an opening.

The Republican front-runner ahead of the March 18 primary, venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, has emerged as a deep-pocketed and potentially formidable rival. The Republican National Committee already has staff on the ground in Illinois and plans to add more this spring.

Mar 1, 2014
via FaithWorld

Extra funds help float Noah’s Ark replica in Kentucky


(Another replica of Noah’s Ark, this one built by Dutchman Johan Huibers, under construction in Schagen, the Netherlands March 31, 2006. REUTERS/STR)

A Christian ministry that plans to build a Noah’s Ark replica in Kentucky has raised enough money to go ahead with the $150 million project – and is thanking an adversary for boosting its support.

Feb 27, 2014

‘Culture of brutality’ in Chicago jail charged in lawsuit

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Prisoners at Cook County Jail in Chicago live in fear due to a “culture of brutality and lawlessness” that subjects them to physical abuse by guards, charged a lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago on Thursday.

The civil rights complaint, brought on behalf of about 2,000 male prisoners, claims that detainees at the nation’s largest single-site jail are stomped, kicked, punched and slammed to the floor by officers. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court contends that the conditions flourish in large part because of the county’s failure to address overcrowding.

Feb 26, 2014

Central Illinois county allows gay marriage, follows Chicago ruling

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Same-sex couples in the central Illinois county that includes the state’s largest university can get a marriage license immediately and won’t have to wait to tie the knot until a state law legalizing gay marriage takes effect in June, the county clerk said Wednesday.

The decision by the Champaign County clerk followed a federal judge’s ruling last week that allowed same-sex couples in Cook County, which includes Chicago, to wed immediately.