CHICAGO (Reuters) – The demolition of the tallest, ugliest building in Gary, Indiana – an abandoned 14-story hotel which has been a prominent symbol of decay in this troubled steel town – will begin on Saturday.
The concrete structure right next to City Hall has been empty for two decades – so long that trees sprout from the roof. Demolition will start with the removal of a pedestrian bridge, city officials said.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Want a giant historic order of fries with that?
A water tower shaped like a 170-foot-tall ketchup bottle is for sale in southern Illinois, along with an adjacent warehouse, an owner said on Wednesday. Fans fear the 65-year-old landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, might be in peril if a sympathetic buyer isn’t found.
Bethel-Eckert Enterprises used the Collinsville warehouse for a food distribution business but is now selling the property along Route 159 for $500,000, said co-owner Larry Eckert.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hundreds of postal workers from around the country protested outside a Staples store in downtown Chicago on Tuesday over a program that allows postal services to be sold at more than 80 Staples retail outlets.
Postal workers have complained about the program for months, saying the “mini-post offices” staffed by non-union workers will result in fewer jobs and hours of work at government post offices.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois woman made police work easy when she allegedly stole a colorful, leopard-pattern dress from a small boutique, then posted a picture of herself wearing it on Facebook, police said on Monday.
Danielle Saxton, 27, of West Frankfort allegedly took a dress and other items from Morties Boutique on July 11, and was spotted walking away from the store by the owner’s son, said owner Gay Williams Morton and police.
Roman Catholic officials in Chicago want to provide services, which may include housing, to undocumented immigrant children who have been pouring into the United States in recent months, church officials said on Wednesday.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Roman Catholic officials in Chicago want to provide services, which may include housing, to undocumented immigrant children who have been pouring into the United States in recent months, church officials said on Wednesday.
The Archdiocese of Chicago, the third-largest Catholic diocese in the country with 2.3 million members, has submitted a proposal offering to help the children to the refugee resettlement office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spokeswoman Colleen Dolan said.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a law that would allow the resumption of gun sales in the city but with restrictions that require videotaping of purchases and limiting sales to one per month per buyer.
Forty-eight council members voted to approve the ordinance proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel after a federal court invalidated the city’s long-time ban on gun sales in January.
U.S. Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen, one of the world’s first televangelists, has moved closer to sainthood after a team of theologians agreed a reported miracle should be attributed to his intercession, church officials said.
The miracle attributed to Sheen involved a baby born in September 2010, according to a statement from the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where Sheen once served as a priest.
(Reuters) – Federal agents have nabbed the last of three fez-wearing Detroit-area drug dealers who escaped last month before a jury returned guilty verdicts against them, officials said on Thursday.
Earnest Lee Proge, Jr., 38, was found on Wednesday evening hiding in a St. Louis basement, according to Robert C. Watson, spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service. Proge, who was carrying $7,000 in cash, resisted arrest and officials used a Taser electronic device to subdue him.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The mother of a Chicago-area boy who says her son was routinely punched, kicked and choked by a classmate throughout third grade has filed a lawsuit charging that the school and the parents of the alleged bully failed to protect her son from severe abuse.
Deveri Del Core filed the complaint on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of her son Joaquin, saying he had been the victim of weekly attacks and death threats during the past year at Robert Frost Elementary School in Mount Prospect, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.