By Mary Wisniewski
(Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. state and local school districts not to deny enrollment to undocumented immigrant children.
In a joint letter, the U.S. Education and Justice departments said they had become aware of student enrollment practices “that may chill or discourage” participation of students based on their or their parents’ “actual or perceived immigration status.”
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police said on Wednesday they charged a Minnesota man in the 2009 rape and murder of a 12-year-old Chicago girl on the basis of DNA evidence from another rape case.
Rene Valentin-Matos, 47, of Minnesota has been charged with the rape and murder of Jahmeshia Conner.
A growing number of U.S. Hispanics are turning away from the Roman Catholic religion of their youth and now identify as Protestant or unaffiliated with any church, according to a survey released on Wednesday.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The plot summary of U.S. opera in recent years has unfolded like the last act of a Verdi tragedy: New York City Opera, dead; Opera Boston, dead; San Diego Opera, on its final aria.
The Chicago opera scene, however, is all up tempo.
The nation’s third most populous city has not only preserved its devotion to opera, it has expanded it, despite hard times for the art form elsewhere. Opera experts credit creative programming, solid philanthropic help and a loyal, enthusiastic audience.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Thirty-two people were injured after a Chicago Transit Authority train derailed and hit a platform at O’Hare International Airport early on Monday, with its front car landing on an escalator and stairs, a city fire official said.
It was not immediately clear how fast the train was moving, but authorities were looking at speed as a possible factor, said transit authority spokesman Brian Steele.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Democratic activist Newton Minow, who served in the Kennedy administration, appeared on Thursday with about a dozen other Illinois Democrats and independents to announce their support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.
Minow, 88, an attorney and President John F. Kennedy’s chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said Rauner would be a bipartisan leader in a centrist Midwestern state.
(Reuters) – Chicago may have a long and colorful history of political corruption, but voters will only take so much.
In Tuesday’s Democratic primary, a Chicago candidate who served a prison term for bribery and another due to go on trial on similar charges this spring both lost their races, despite predictions of local political observers, according to results available Wednesday.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn coasted to a win in the state’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, while the Republican primary to choose a candidate to challenge Quinn in November was too close to call several hours after polls closed.
Republicans are looking to Illinois as perhaps the party’s best shot to take out a Democratic incumbent governor. Bruce Rauner, a wealthy businessman who has already pumped $6 million of his own money into the campaign, leads the four-person field of Republican candidates, according to preliminary results by Reuters U.S. Election Service.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Republicans will go to the polls on Tuesday to choose a candidate to run for governor against a Democratic incumbent they say is weak enough to give their party a shot at taking back an office long held by Democrats in the left-leaning state.
Four Republicans are running in Tuesday’s primary election for a shot at unseating Governor Pat Quinn, who is viewed as honest but not forceful in a state whose prior governor is in prison for corruption.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – In the Illinois primary elections on Tuesday, candidates on Chicago’s Democratic ballot will include someone who served a prison term for bribery, another who is due to go on trial on bribery charges this spring and a third charged with bank fraud.
“It’s a terrible indictment” of the local political culture, said Dick Simpson, a former Chicago alderman who teaches at University of Illinois at Chicago. “There is still a patronage-based political army on the West Side of Chicago.”