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Sep 17, 2014

Daredevil Wallenda says wire-walking is ‘the norm’ for his family

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Daredevil Nik Wallenda, who plans a high-wire walk between Chicago skyscrapers this November, says that for his family of acrobats, it is completely normal to be on a cable way up in the air – though it may look wild to everyone else.

“We all take risks every day, it’s just we don’t see them as risks because they’re the norm. It’s the norm to cross the street, it’s the norm to get in a car,” Wallenda said in an interview on Wednesday on the rooftop of Chicago’s 50-story Leo Burnett Building.

Sep 16, 2014

Daredevil Nik Wallenda to walk over portion of Chicago skyline

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Daredevil Nik Wallenda, who last year completed a high-wire walk over the Grand Canyon, announced on Tuesday plans for an untethered tightrope walk between Chicago skyscrapers on a night in November.

“This is going to be the most incredible tightrope walk of my career,” Wallenda said in a statement, noting that he has fond memories of performing with his family in Chicago. “Besides, it’s the ‘Windy City’ and there’s nothing like doing this during winter in Chicago.”

Sep 15, 2014

Four finalists picked for future Obama library

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Four universities, including two in Chicago, one in New York and one in Hawaii, have been picked as finalists to host a future Barack Obama presidential library, the library’s foundation said on Monday.

The Barack Obama Foundation said it had issued a “Request for Proposal” to the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii. The four were picked from 13 contenders.

Sep 11, 2014

Illinois sheriff admits misconduct in cyber stalking case, resigns

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A western Illinois county sheriff pleaded guilty on Thursday to attempted official misconduct and agreed to resign for attempting to cyber stalk an undocumented immigrant woman, officials said on Thursday.

Rock Island County Sheriff Jeffrey Boyd, 48, resigned as part of his plea agreement and withdrew his re-election candidacy in the November election, according to a statement from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Sep 9, 2014

Wisconsin prosecutors seek ruling to restart campaign finance probe

MILWAUKEE/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wisconsin prosecutors asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday for approval to restart an investigation into possible illegal coordination between Governor Scott Walker’s campaign and special interest groups during elections in 2011 and 2012.

A federal judge in May halted the investigation after a lawsuit by the Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative organization, accusing investigators of sidelining it from political activities, violating its rights to free speech, association and equal protection.

Sep 3, 2014

Feds probing some Chicago police-involved shootings: attorney

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The FBI and federal prosecutors are investigating some shootings in Chicago in which police were involved and in which a gun belonging to the person shot was not recovered, according to an attorney who represents police officers.

The attorney, Daniel Q. Herbert, in a letter to the head of the Chicago police union dated Aug. 29, warned of the investigation and advised that officers not speak to investigators unless they have legal representation present.

Aug 28, 2014

High-ranking Chicago cop charged with putting gun in suspect’s mouth

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago police commander who had been praised for his crime fighting in some of the city’s roughest neighborhoods appeared in court on Thursday to face charges he put a gun in a suspect’s mouth, officials said.

Commander Glenn Evans, who headed a busy district on the city’s west side, has been relieved of his duties pending the case’s outcome, according to Chicago police.

Aug 25, 2014

Two teens killed by Chicago police after pointing guns, police say

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Two teens were shot to death by Chicago police in two separate incidents on Sunday after they refused to drop their guns and pointed them at officers, police and a police union spokesman said on Monday.

In the first incident, gang enforcement officers responded to a complaint of armed men on a west side block. When officers arrived, one of the men fled into a passageway and drew a handgun from his waistband, police said in a statement.

Aug 22, 2014

Chicago police investigating killing of nine-year-old boy

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police are investigating the killing of a 9-year-old boy, and a local Catholic church is offering $5,000 for information leading to his killer’s arrest, police and church officials said on Thursday.

Police found the boy, identified by local media and a church pastor as Antonio Smith, shot multiple times in a South Side backyard on Wednesday afternoon.

Aug 20, 2014

Wisconsin priest punished for celebrating Mass with woman dies

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – A Wisconsin Jesuit who was punished by Catholic Church authorities for celebrating Mass with a woman priest in violation of Church rules has died at the age of 94, his nephew said on Wednesday.

Rev. Bill Brennan, a Milwaukee-area peace activist who had done missionary work in Central America, died of natural causes earlier this month, according to his nephew Timothy Brennan. A funeral was held this week.