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Nov 3, 2014

Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks between Chicago skyscrapers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Daredevil Nik Wallenda broke two world records on Sunday with two high-wire walks between Chicago skyscrapers without a net or harness, doing the second walk blindfolded.

To the cheers of a crowd numbering in the tens of thousands on streets below, Wallenda spoke cheerfully of the view as he walked the wire over the Chicago River. As he approached the end of the first walk he said, “God is in control.”

Nov 2, 2014

Daredevil Nik Wallenda to walk blindfolded between Chicago skyscrapers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Daredevil Nik Wallenda plans a high-wire walk between Chicago skyscrapers on Sunday evening without net or harness – and will make part of the trek blindfolded.

“I’m always pushing myself both physically and emotionally,” Wallenda, 35, said in a statement. “I hope to inspire people around the world and show that the impossible is not so impossible if you set your mind to it.”

Oct 31, 2014

Illinois mother, three kids killed in crash heading to Halloween parade

CHICAGO, Oct 31 (Reuters) – A mother and three of her
children on their way to a Halloween parade were killed and a
fourth child seriously injured when their vehicle was hit by a
freight train in southern Illinois, police said on Friday.

The accident happened on Thursday night in Vandalia, a town
of roughly 7,000 people located about 70 miles northeast of St.
Louis, just minutes ahead of a Halloween parade that draws many
visitors, said Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray.

Oct 31, 2014

Despite history, Chicago gangster Capone’s home languishes on market

CHICAGO (Reuters) – It could be the perfect place for a Halloween Party – the Chicago house that once belonged to the notorious Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone. And it’s for sale.

But despite its possible attraction for history buffs, the house where Capone lived with his family on Chicago’s south side has sat on the market for over 800 days.

Oct 31, 2014

Three Illinois siblings killed in crash before Halloween parade

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Three siblings on their way to a Halloween parade were killed and their mother and brother seriously injured when their vehicle was hit by a freight train in southern Illinois, police said on Friday.

The accident happened on Thursday night in Vandalia, a town of roughly 7,000 people located about 70 miles northeast of St. Louis, just minutes ahead of a Halloween parade that draws many visitors, said Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray.

Oct 30, 2014

Illinois man ordered freed after serving 15 years for murder

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A man who had served 15 years in prison for murder was ordered freed on Thursday after a judge dismissed charges at the request of prosecutors amid doubts over the man’s confession in a controversial 1982 case that helped lead to Illinois abolishing the death penalty.

Prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss the conviction of Alstory Simon, the second of two men to be charged in the double murder, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. The judge ordered that he be released, she said.

Oct 29, 2014

Twenty-nine charged in Chicago with ‘cracking cards’ bank fraud scheme

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Twenty-nine people in the Chicago area face state or federal charges for involvement with a bank fraud scheme known as “cracking cards,” which found participants through rap music and social media, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The multimillion-dollar scheme, which started on Chicago’s South Side about three years ago, involved recruiting bank customers to give up their debit cards and PIN numbers with the promise of making fast cash, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said.

Oct 25, 2014

Neighbors in custody following murder of Indiana boy, 13: police

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A 13-year-old Gary, Indiana boy was shot multiple times and killed, and a man and woman from his neighborhood are in custody, police said on Saturday.

Kobe Jones died of gun shot wounds in Gary on Friday evening, according to the Lake County Coroner’s office.

Oct 21, 2014

Indiana police search vacant houses after arrest of suspected killer

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Indiana police used a dog trained to hunt for cadavers to search more than 90 vacant houses in the city of Gary on Tuesday, following the discovery of the bodies of six women who may have been victims of a serial killer.

Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, a convicted sex offender, was charged in Lake County on Monday with murder and will make his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Oct 21, 2014

Indiana police charge suspect who may have killed for decades

By Mary Wisniewski

HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) – A convicted sex offender suspected of murdering at least seven women and leaving the bodies in abandoned houses in northwest Indiana may be a serial killer who has killed others in the state as far back as 20 years ago, local police said on Monday.

Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, Indiana, was charged in Lake County with one of the seven murders, according to online court records. He was being held in custody, said John Doughty, police chief of the neighboring city of Hammond.