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Oct 29, 2013

Ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. admitted to prison after one-day delay

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. began his first day of a 30-month sentence in federal prison on Tuesday, a prison official said, one day after Jackson’s spokeswoman said he had reported to the facility in North Carolina.

Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., was convicted of misusing campaign funds. He was due to report to prison no earlier than Friday, November 1, according to a judge’s order.

Oct 29, 2013

Most U.S. libertarians do not identify with Tea Party: survey

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Most American libertarians do not consider themselves part of the conservative Tea Party movement despite a public perception that the two political groups are linked, according to a national survey released on Tuesday.

Libertarians, who generally support maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of government, differ sharply with the Tea Party and religious conservatives on issues such as abortion and decriminalization of marijuana, according to the survey by the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute.

Oct 28, 2013

Gay couple told to leave taxi after kiss files complaint

CHICAGO, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A gay couple filed a human
rights complaint on Monday against a Chicago-area taxi company
because a driver told them to leave his cab after they kissed in
the back seat.

The couple, Matthew McCrea, 30, of Chicago, and Steven
White, 29, of West Hollywood, California, say they had exchanged
a brief kiss in the back of a Sun Taxi cab when the driver
pulled over on a busy expressway on a rainy night and told them
to get out.

Oct 23, 2013

Ohio conservative lawmakers sue to stop Medicaid expansion

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Six Ohio Republican lawmakers have filed a lawsuit to challenge Governor John Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

An Ohio legislative panel voted in favor of the expansion on Monday at Kasich’s request.

Oct 22, 2013

Illinois gay marriage supporters rally, but vote uncertain

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Carrying rainbow flags and umbrellas, hundreds of gay rights advocates marched during a chilly rain at the Illinois Capitol on Tuesday to pressure lawmakers to legalize same sex marriage, but it was unclear if the issue would be brought to a vote.

The state Senate, where President Barack Obama once served, voted on Valentine’s Day ilast February to legalize gay marriage in Illinois. But the full state House of Representatives never considered the issue amid uncertainty whether it had the votes to pass.

Oct 17, 2013

Chicago’s O’Hare airport adds runway to cut delays, grow traffic

CHICAGO, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Chicago’s O’Hare International
Airport opened a new runway on Thursday, which the city hopes
can cut delays by nearly half, and allow for nearly 90,000
additional annual flights as demand grows.

The 10,800-foot (3,292-meter) runway, built over the site of
a former cemetery, is part of the airport’s $8 billion
modernization project. When the expansion is complete, O’Hare
expects to have six east-west parallel runways and two
“crosswind” runways.

Oct 4, 2013

U.S. Catholics back Pope Francis on changing church’s focus

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Pope Francis’ comments that the Catholic Church should not focus so much on homosexuality, abortion and contraception have met with strong approval from U.S. Catholics, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Friday.

Sixty-eight percent of American Catholics agree with comments the Pope made to that effect in an interview published last month in the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica, while 23 percent disagreed, according to the poll. There was little difference in opinion between observant and less-observant Catholics, women and men, and among age groups, the poll found.

Oct 2, 2013

Model for Chicago Picasso sculpture could fetch $35 million: Christie’s

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A model for the cubist sculpture that Pablo Picasso gave to the city of Chicago could fetch as much as $35 million when it is sold at auction next month – a record for a sculpture by the artist, Christie’s said on Wednesday.

Picasso never visited Chicago but he admired the city and donated a 50-foot-tall (15-meter) steel work, which was completed in 1967 and sits in the city’s Daley Plaza.

Oct 1, 2013
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One in five American Jews say they have no religion, Pew survey finds


(HaZamir International Jewish High School Choir sings at the Temple Emanu-El during the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day in New York April 7, 2013. REUTERS/Allison Joyce)

One out of five Americans who consider themselves culturally or ethnically Jewish say they do not believe in God or they do not follow any particular faith, in a sign of the changing nature of American Jewish identity, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Sep 24, 2013

Four men now charged in Chicago shooting that hurt 13

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Gang members sprayed bullets into a Chicago city park last week – injuring a three-year-old boy and 12 other people – after one of them had been grazed by a bullet hours earlier, police said on Tuesday.

The four men, who are being held without bond on charges of attempted murder, were not aiming at anyone in particular, but believed the park was controlled by a rival gang, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said.