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Aug 7, 2014

Head of Chicago gang faction, 34 others arrested for drugs: officials

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The head of a Chicago street gang faction and 34 others were arrested and charged on Thursday with taking part in a high-volume drug business that sold heroin and crack cocaine near a major highway, prosecutors said.

Johnny Herndon, 55, also known as “Goo,” allegedly directed a “Gangster Disciples” operation that has sold narcotics on the city’s west side since the early 1990s, and used the proceeds to buy rental properties, prosecutors said.

Aug 4, 2014

Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty to tax charge; faces up to a year in prison

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois state Representative La Shawn K. Ford, who was charged two years ago with bank fraud, pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to a substantially less serious misdemeanor charge of filing a false 2007 tax return.

Ford, 42, had been accused in late 2012 of far more serious charges that he had submitted false income information in applying for a $500,000 credit line. He had faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Jul 31, 2014

Disgruntled employee shoots boss, kills self in Chicago building

CHICAGO, July 31 (Reuters) – A man upset about a job
demotion gravely wounded the chief executive of his company in a
downtown Chicago office building and then fatally shot himself,
police said on Thursday.

The 54-year-old executive was taken to the hospital with
gunshot wounds to his stomach and head. The dead gunman was 59
years old.

Jul 31, 2014
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American opinion of Arabs and Muslims is getting worse: poll

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(People pray at at the Imam al-Khoei Foundation in New York, January 3, 2012. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz )

How Americans view Arabs and Muslims has gotten worse in recent years, with negative feelings strongest among Republicans and senior citizens, according to a new poll.

Jul 29, 2014

NCAA agrees to settle head injury suit for $70 million

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The NCAA has agreed to settle a head injury lawsuit by providing $70 million for concussion testing and diagnosis of current and former student athletes in a move expected to change the way such injuries are handled at colleges nationwide, according to court documents filed in Chicago on Tuesday.

The class-action agreement, if approved by a federal judge and class members, applies to student athletes in all sports who have played at NCAA member schools at any time in the past until 50 years in the future.

Jul 28, 2014

Gary, Indiana, picks new police chief after ‘heinous’ murders

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Gary, Indiana, has picked a new police chief and is stepping up crime prevention efforts after the slaying of a police officer and other “heinous” killings, the city’s mayor said on Monday.

Gary native Larry McKinley, a 15-year veteran of the city’s police force and most recently deputy chief, was chosen to lead the 213-member department. McKinley selected Gary Police Captain Tom Papadakis to come out of retirement to serve as deputy chief.

Jul 27, 2014

Gary, Indiana, begins knocking down eyesore high-rise hotel

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 – began on Saturday, said city spokeswoman Chelsea Whittington.

The concrete structure right next to City Hall has been empty for two decades – so long that trees sprout from the roof. Plans called for demolition to start with the removal of a pedestrian bridge, city officials said.

Jul 26, 2014

Gary, Indiana, to knock down eyesore high-rise hotel

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.

Jul 23, 2014

Giant ketchup bottle up for sale in southern Illinois

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.

Jul 22, 2014

Hundreds of postal workers protest at Chicago Staples over outsourcing

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.