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Jun 26, 2015

Illinois barge captain sent to prison for fatal 2005 explosion

CHICAGO, June 26 (Reuters) – An Illinois man who was captain
of a petroleum barge that exploded in a Chicago canal in 2005,
killing a crew member, was sentenced to six months in prison on
Friday, prosecutors said.

Dennis Egan, 36, of Topeka in central Illinois, and the
barge owner, Egan Marine Corp. of Lemont, were each convicted in
June 2014 of negligent manslaughter of a seaman and negligently
discharging oil into a waterway, according to a statement from
prosecutors.

Jun 26, 2015

Former Illinois congressman Reynolds indicted on tax charges

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Mel Reynolds, already convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker, was indicted again for failing to file income tax returns for 2009 through 2012, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

Reynolds, 63, who was charged on Thursday, faces up to a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the four counts against him, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago. A court date has not immediately available.

Jun 25, 2015

Chicago teachers union says it has broken off contract talks

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago Teachers Union official said on Thursday the union has broken off contract talks with the public school system but it was too soon to say if there would be a repeat of the 2012 strike.

Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said it was now “highly unlikely” an agreement would be reached before the current contract expires on Tuesday. Sharkey said the union will talk to Chicago Public Schools in the future, but for now the two sides are at an impasse.

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.