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Jun 18, 2014
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U.S. nuns sue disruptive strip club near their Chicago-area convent

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(A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young)

A group of Chicago-area nuns is suing a strip club behind their convent, complaining of noise, glaring neon lights, fist fights and heaps of litter that include empty whiskey bottles and used condoms.

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo said Illinois mandates a 1,000-foot (300-meter) buffer zone between adult entertainment venues and places of worship or schools. The suit, filed on Friday in Cook County, also names the village of Stone Park, where the strip club is located.

Jun 17, 2014

Chicago bomb plot defendant denied secret files by appeals court

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court has overruled a landmark lower court decision that allowed lawyers for a man accused of plotting to bomb a Chicago bar to see documents classified under a major U.S. spying law.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on Monday means prosecutors need not disclose to lawyers for the defendant, Adel Daoud, classified material related to search warrant applications that they presented to a court established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Jun 17, 2014

Nuns sue strip club near their Chicago-area convent

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A group of Chicago-area nuns is suing a strip club behind their convent, complaining of noise, glaring neon lights, fist fights and heaps of litter that include empty whiskey bottles and used condoms.

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo said Illinois mandates a 1,000-foot (300-meter) buffer zone between adult entertainment venues and places of worship or schools. The suit, filed on Friday in Cook County, also names the village of Stone Park, where the strip club is located.

Jun 16, 2014

U.S. judge releases Chicago from federal hiring oversight

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday released Chicago from federal oversight of its hiring practices after finding it in “substantial compliance” with a decades-old decree to prevent illegal patronage.

U.S. District Judge Sidney Schenkier made the ruling following a joint request from both attorneys for the nation’s third-largest city and lawyer Michael Shakman, who sued the city in 1969 to stop the practice of hiring workers based on political ties.

Jun 14, 2014

Legendary Chicago blues club ailing and wailing

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Checkerboard Lounge, the South Side of Chicago club that hosted the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters, is singing the business blues, hurt by its move to a swankier site and the decline of the influence of urban blues music.

In the city that calls itself the “Home of the Blues,” the Checkerboard is among the most storied of the bars that have provided a place for young artists to shine in Chicago, which launched its 31st annual Blues Festival on Friday.

Jun 12, 2014

Chicago Mayor Emanuel terms Trump’s tower sign ‘tasteless’

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Two outsize egos are sparring over a Chicago landmark, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel complaining that Donald Trump has put an “architecturally tasteless” sign on the city’s second-tallest building – a display of giant letters spelling out the real estate tycoon’s name.

“Mayor Emanuel believes this is an architecturally tasteful building scarred by an architecturally tasteless sign,” spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said on Thursday.

Jun 10, 2014

Illinois lawmaker found guilty of bribery

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal jury on Tuesday found an Illinois state representative guilty of taking a $7,000 bribe to support a state grant for a day-care center.

The jury reached the verdict on the second day of deliberations in the trial of Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, who was charged following an FBI undercover investigation that caught him talking about the payoff on tape.

Jun 9, 2014

Chicago suburban man charged with killing wife, daughter

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Leaving a note saying he was “a failure at everything,” a suburban Chicago man strangled his wife and teenage wheelchair-bound daughter and then tried to slit his wrists, officials said on Monday.

Anthony Marcus, 53, was held on a $5 million bond after being charged with first-degree murder on Monday in the deaths of his wife, Sun Marcus, 50, and 17-year-old daughter, whose name was not disclosed, according to Lake County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Cynthia Vargas.

Jun 5, 2014

Former South Dakota Senate candidate charged with perjury

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – A candidate who finished fourth in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota was charged on Wednesday with violating campaign election laws, prosecutors said.

Annette Bosworth, 42, a doctor from Sioux Falls, was charged with six counts each of perjury and filing false documents and accused of falsely claiming she was gathering nominating petition signatures in South Dakota when she was really in the Philippines, the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office said.

Jun 4, 2014

Storm system moves east after battering central United States

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A nasty storm system that has pelted homes and cars with hail up to the size of a baseball in the central Plains and caused flash floods is expected to bring high winds, more hail and possible tornadoes to the Ohio Valley on Wednesday, forecasters said.

Southern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia and Tennessee are in the path of the storm system, according to Bill Bunting, a forecaster at the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.