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Jun 25, 2015

Illinois Governor Rauner vetoes budget bills, citing $4 billion deficit

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday vetoed 19 budget bills that he said would create a nearly $4 billion deficit for the financially troubled state.

Rauner, a Republican who has been in an ongoing budget battle with the state’s Democratic majority legislature, said in a statement the veto is to “protect Illinois taxpayers from an unbalanced and therefore unconstitutional budget.”

Jun 24, 2015

Chicago Little League team files legal action over title loss

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago-area Little League team stripped of its championship title last year over allegations of cheating has filed a legal action against the sport’s governing body, questioning the fairness of the decision.

The Jackie Robinson West team, whose victory last summer led to a celebration parade in Chicago, was stripped of the U.S. title in February for violating a rule that prohibits the use of players who live outside the team’s boundaries.

Jun 23, 2015

Chicago to see new Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in 2016

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago will enjoy a new 196-foot-tall (60 m) Ferris wheel on its lakefront next year, almost 50 feet taller than its current wheel, the city announced on Tuesday.

The wheel, privately financed with a loan from Fifth Third Bank, will be at Navy Pier, a popular, multi-use tourist attraction on Lake Michigan which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016.

Jun 18, 2015

Two million cheer NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks at parade, rally

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – The streets and sidewalks of downtown Chicago were a sea of red on Thursday as 2 million fans streamed in for a parade and rally to celebrate the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship, the third for the National Hockey League team in six seasons.

Revelers bunched up behind metal barricades, screaming: “Go Hawks,” blowing horns and holding up miniature versions of the silver cup to greet Hawks players passing on double-decker buses.

Jun 18, 2015

Hastert defense attorney complains about leaks to judge

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A defense attorney for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert complained to a federal judge on Thursday about leaks to the media, which he said could interfere with his client’s right to a fair trial on money transaction charges.

Hastert has pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to hide cash transactions and lying to the FBI about it. The Illinois Republican allegedly paid close to $2 million to an individual to conceal past misconduct. Media reports have said the misconduct involved sexual contact with a male student while he was a teacher and coach in the 1960s and 1970s.

Jun 18, 2015

Hundreds of thousands jam downtown Chicago for Hawks parade

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – The streets and sidewalks of downtown Chicago were a sea of red Thursday as hundreds of thousands of fans streamed in for the victory parade and rally to celebrate the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship – the third for the National Hockey League team in six years.

Fans bunched up behind metal barricades, screaming “Go Hawks,” blowing horns and holding up miniature versions of the silver cup – an hour before the Hawks’ players were due to arrive in double-decker buses.

Jun 17, 2015

Pope’s climate change encyclical could sway U.S. opinion: scientists

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Some U.S. scientists are expressing hope that Pope Francis’ encyclical on global warming embracing the view that it is mostly caused by human activities will change public opinion in the United States, where the issue is highly politicized.

Texas Tech University climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe said the pope’s document is important because more facts alone will not convince climate change skeptics.

Jun 17, 2015
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Ahead of pope’s climate message, U.S. Catholics split on cause of global warming

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(A sign advising to pray for rain hangs above an exhibit area at the 47th Annual World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, February 12, 2014. The expo takes place as a third year of drought plagues California farmers with the driest year on record. REUTERS/David McNew)

Ahead of Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical on the environment, a poll released on Tuesday found that U.S. Catholics are divided on the causes of global warming, mirroring the views of the general public.

Jun 15, 2015

Chicago judge grants request to keep some Hastert evidence secret

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal judge in Chicago on Monday
granted a request by prosecutors to keep secret some of their
evidence in the case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis
Hastert, who pleaded not guilty last week to charges of trying
to hide cash transactions and lying to the FBI about it.

Hastert allegedly paid close to $2 million to an individual
to conceal past misconduct, which reportedly was sexual contact
with a male student while he was a teacher and coach in the
1960s and 1970s.

Jun 11, 2015

Judge who contributed $1,500 to Hastert campaign to stay on case

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Attorneys for former U.S. House of
Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert and prosecutors agreed on
Thursday to allow a federal judge who contributed $1,500 to his
campaigns more than a decade ago to stay on the case.

The attorneys said in court filings there was no conflict of
interest in allowing U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin to
preside over the case in which Hastert is accused of trying to
hide large cash transactions and lying to the FBI about it.