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Dec 9, 2014

Chicago police investigate video of cop car playing ‘Alabama’ song

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police said on Monday they are investigating an incident caught on video during a weekend protest that appears to show a Chicago police car blasting the song “Sweet Home Alabama.”

The 1974 song, by the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has been taken by some as supporting former Alabama Governor George Wallace, a segregationist, but members of the band have said the lyrics were misunderstood.

Dec 2, 2014

Chicago City Council to vote on minimum wage increase to $13

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago City Council on Tuesday is expected to vote on a proposal by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to raise the minimum wage in the nation’s third-largest city to $13 an hour over four years.

Emanuel’s measure to boost the minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour follows similar actions by other cities, including Seattle and San Francisco.

Nov 21, 2014

In Chicago, contenders make hard push to get on mayoral ballot

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Standing outside a drugstore in the bitter Chicago wind, Jonathan Todd shared tips with a fellow volunteer on how to collect signatures to get their candidate on the mayoral ballot.

“Hold your pen tight in your hand – that keeps the ink from freezing,” said Todd, working for mayoral hopeful Amara Enyia.

Nov 18, 2014

Blase Cupich to be installed as new Chicago archbishop

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Bishop Blase Cupich, Pope Francis’ first major appointment in the hierarchy of the U.S. Catholic Church, will be installed as the new archbishop in Chicago on Tuesday.

Cupich, 65, the Spokane, Washington, bishop who is seen as a moderate, succeeds the more conservative Cardinal Francis George, 77, who has cancer and is retiring. Cupich’s installation Mass will start at 2 p.m.

Nov 17, 2014

Next Chicago archbishop begins installation with ritual door knock

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Bishop Blase Cupich, Pope Francis’ first major appointment in the hierarchy of the U.S. Catholic Church, will knock at the door of Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral on Monday evening as part of the ritual beginning his term as the city’s new archbishop.

Cupich, 65, the Spokane, Washington, bishop who is seen as a moderate, succeeds the more conservative Cardinal Francis George, 77, who is retiring. Cupich’s installation Mass will be held on Tuesday afternoon.

Nov 14, 2014

Jane Byrne, Chicago’s first female mayor, dies

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Jane Byrne, Chicago’s first and so-far only female mayor, died at age 81 on Friday, according to city officials.

The cause of her death was not immediately known, but her daughter told the Chicago Tribune that she had been in hospice care amid failing health.

Nov 13, 2014

Chicago parks group sues over planned George Lucas museum

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago parks protection group sued the city on Thursday over a planned museum by “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas, saying the site is on a lakefront spot that cannot be handed over to a private entity.

The Friends of the Parks said in its federal lawsuit that the proposed “Lucas Museum of Narrative Art,” which will include artifacts from his hit science fiction film series, violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection and due process clause.

Nov 12, 2014

Chicago expected to pass law to stem redevelopment of cheap hotels

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago City Council is expected to pass an ordinance on Wednesday that will make it tougher to redevelop single-room occupancy (SRO) hotels, which advocates say will protect residents from homelessness.

Hotel residents are often disabled, veterans or seniors on fixed incomes. Advocates for the poor say that over 2,000 SRO units have been lost to redevelopment in gentrifying neighborhoods in the past three years, forcing some residents onto the streets.

Nov 6, 2014

Chicago Archdiocese will release files on 36 abusive priests

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago said it will release on Thursday internal files of 36 priests who church officials found had sexually abused children.

The files were to be released online at 9 a.m. CST, the archdiocese said in a statement. Together with other documents released earlier this year, they were expected to show how the archdiocese dealt with abuse allegations during the past six decades.

Nov 5, 2014

Illinois prosecutors probing election-disrupting robocalls

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois state prosecutors are investigating robocalls that targeted Chicago election workers, causing voting snafus that have led Democratic Governor Pat Quinn to refuse to concede he lost his race to wealthy Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has launched a criminal investigation, her office said on Wednesday.