CHICAGO (Reuters) – The central United States braced for a severe storm system on Tuesday that could produce tornadoes, baseball-sized hail and a line of intense, dangerous winds known as a derecho, weather forecasters said.
Strong thunderstorms which started in South Dakota are expected to increase in number and severity throughout the day in central and eastern Nebraska, northern Missouri, southern Iowa and southwestern Illinois, said forecaster Bill Bunting of the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Declaring gun control “essential” to public safety, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday proposed a gun shop ordinance that would videotape gun purchases and limit sales to one per month per buyer.
The ordinance comes in response to a January court order invalidating a longtime ban on gun shops within the nation’s third-largest city. The proposed law would require a 72-hour waiting period to purchase handguns and a 24-hour waiting period to purchase rifles and shotguns.
CHICAGO, May 28 (Reuters) – A group of Chicago aldermen on
Wednesday introduced a proposal to boost the minimum wage in the
nation’s third-largest city to $15 an hour, joining officials in
other major U.S. cities who also are considering a hike.
The group proposing the wage increase is separate from a
panel Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel named last week among aldermen,
labor and business leaders to provide recommendations for
raising the minimum wage.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A group of Chicago aldermen plan to introduce a proposal on Wednesday to boost the minimum wage in the nation’s third-largest city to $15 per hour, joining officials in other major U.S. cities who also are considering a hike.
The group proposing the wage hike is separate from a panel Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel named last week among aldermen, labor and business leaders to provide recommendations for raising the minimum wage.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago man was sentenced on Thursday to 90 years in prison for the brutal beating of an exchange student from Northern Ireland that left her unable to walk or speak, in a case that focused attention on violence in the third-largest U.S. city.
Heriberto Viramontes, 35, was convicted last year of bashing two women over the head with a wooden bat before robbing them in April 2010, including Natasha McShane, then a 23-year-old graduate student from Northern Ireland.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago man convicted in the savage beating of an Irish exchange student, which left her unable to walk or speak, faces up to 120 years in prison when he is sentenced on Thursday.
Heriberto Viramontes, 35, was found guilty last October of bashing two young women over the head with a wooden bat and robbing them in April 2010, including Natasha McShane, then 23, a graduate student from Northern Ireland.
CHICAGO, May 20 (Reuters) – McDonald’s restaurant chain says
its new “Happy” mascot will bring “fun and excitement” to its
children’s meals, but social media contend the toothy, red
box-shaped character will have the opposite effect.
Twitter responses to McDonald’s mascot announcement on
Monday complain that the animated red Happy Meal box, with its
cavernous dark mouth and rows of large white teeth, is scary and
will bring children nightmares instead of joy.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police are still far more likely to arrest people caught with small amounts of marijuana than ticket them as allowed under a 2012 ordinance intended to promote the more lenient penalties, a study released on Monday found.
Ninety-three percent of misdemeanor marijuana possession violations in 2013 resulted in arrest in the nation’s third-largest city, while 7 percent resulted in tickets, a study by Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy found.
By Mary Wisniewski
(Reuters) – An Indiana man was sentenced on Friday to eight years of home detention after being convicted of raping his wife when she was asleep and likely drugged, prosecutors said.
A jury found David Wise, 52, of Indianapolis, guilty on April 30 of six felonies – one count of rape and five counts of deviate conduct, according to Peg McLeish, a spokeswoman for the Marion County prosecutor’s office.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago attorney who has fought patronage hiring in the city for 45 years said on Thursday the city has fixed its hiring practices – paving the way for Chicago to be released from federal oversight of its hiring as early as next month.
In a joint request filed along with lawyers for the city, attorney Michael Shakman, who sued Chicago in 1969 to stop the practice of hiring workers based on political ties, asked a federal court to drop its oversight role.