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Jul 31, 2013

Illinois judge rules Chicago can close schools

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois judge on Wednesday allowed Chicago to proceed with the closing of 50 public schools by denying a request from the teachers’ union to keep 10 of them open.

A lawsuit filed by the Chicago Teachers’ Union argued that the school district ignored the recommendations of independent officials questioning 10 of the proposed closings.

Jul 31, 2013

Reformist priest praises pope’s new tone but wants more

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Austrian priest who has stirred controversy in Europe with his challenge to Catholic church teachings on taboo topics suggested on Wednesday that women should be allowed to become priests and said that gays need justice, not just mercy.

Father Helmut Schuller, who has been banned by American bishops from speaking in Catholic churches while on a tour of the United States that began in mid-July, welcomed recent remarks by Pope Francis on gay rights, but said discussion could go further.

Jul 25, 2013

Milwaukee County reports 27 cases of Legionnaire’s disease

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – A late start to summer weather in the Upper Midwest may be linked to an outbreak of 27 cases of Legionnaire’s disease in Milwaukee County since June 1 of this year, a health official said on Thursday.

The outbreak includes 19 cases of the illness, a severe form of pneumonia, among Milwaukee residents, according to the city’s health department. Two other county cases are suspected.

Jul 24, 2013

Chicago approves $500 mln revamp of Wrigley Field

CHICAGO, July 24 (Reuters) – Chicago on Wednesday approved a $500 million proposed renovation of Wrigley Field, the storied home of the Chicago Cubs, which will add a jumbo outfield electronic sign and a nearby hotel to the 99-year-old baseball venue.

The privately financed proposal calls for a $300 million renovation of the park itself and $200 million for improvements outside the park, including the hotel.

Jul 24, 2013

Chicago council to approve $500 million Wrigley Field upgrades

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago City Council is expected to approve on Wednesday a $500 million proposed renovation of Wrigley Field, the historic home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

The 99-year-old ballpark, famous for its ivy-covered outfield walls and hand-operated scoreboard, is a key tourist attraction and has been declared a city landmark, so major plans like a jumbo video message board in left field and a neighboring hotel need approval.

Jul 3, 2013

Illinois ex-Governor Ryan released after five years confinement

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Illinois Governor George Ryan was released Wednesday morning from home confinement, after serving more than five years in prison on corruption charges.

Ryan, 79, now must spend a year under court supervision.

On January 30, Ryan was released from federal prison to home confinement, allowed to leave home only for pre-approved appointments, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke.

Jun 29, 2013

The untold story of gun violence – life-altering injuries

CHICAGO, June 29 (Reuters) – Miles Turner V, 18, was shot at
least five times on a Chicago sidewalk last October. Doctors
believed he might die, but he survived.

The high school football player, who had never been in any
trouble, is now undergoing physical therapy, in hopes of being
able to walk again.

Jun 27, 2013

Chicago panel approves upgrades to Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago commission voted on Thursday to approve most of a plan for $300 million in renovations to historic Wrigley Field, home of baseball’s Chicago Cubs.

But the commission delayed until next month a decision on one of the most debated portions of the plan – a 6,000-square- foot video screen over left field in the 99-year-old ballpark.

Jun 27, 2013

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says some religions sexist

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former President Jimmy Carter, who is sponsoring a conference this week on equality for women in religion, said that some religious institutions are sexist, including the Roman Catholic Church.

“How many Catholic priests do you know that are women? None,” Carter said in a telephone interview.

Jun 26, 2013

Torrential rains prompt flood warnings in Midwest

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Torrential rains slammed Illinois and other Midwest states on Wednesday, triggering flash flood warnings and causing flight cancellations, commuter train delays and road closings.

Up to 5 inches of rain fell in some places and the National Weather Service warned residents in the region to brace for more downpours and possibly severe thunderstorms Wednesday night.