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Jun 4, 2014

Storm system moves east after battering central United States

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A nasty storm system that has pelted homes and cars with hail up to the size of a baseball in the central Plains and caused flash floods is expected to bring high winds, more hail and possible tornadoes to the Ohio Valley on Wednesday, forecasters said.

Southern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia and Tennessee are in the path of the storm system, according to Bill Bunting, a forecaster at the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Jun 4, 2014

Storms with large hail and tornadoes roll through U.S. central states

CHICAGO, June 3 (Reuters) – Severe storms pounded parts of
the central United States on Tuesday producing baseball-sized
hail, unconfirmed reports of several tornado touchdowns and a
line of intense, dangerous winds known as a derecho, weather
forecasters said.

Strong winds and baseball-sized hail caused widespread
damage north of Omaha, Nebraska, Washington County officials
said.

Jun 3, 2014

U.S. central states brace for severe storms, possible tornadoes

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.

May 28, 2014

Chicago Mayor Emanuel proposes restrictions on city gun shops

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.

May 28, 2014

Chicago aldermen propose hiking minimum wage to $15 an hour

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.

May 28, 2014

Chicago aldermen to propose raising minimum wage to $15 an hour

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.

May 22, 2014

Chicago man sentenced to 90 years for beating Irish student

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.

May 22, 2014

Chicago man faces 120 years in beating of exchange student

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.

May 20, 2014

McDonald’s new ‘Happy’ mascot dubbed McScary in social media

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.

May 19, 2014

Chicago pot arrests more likely than fines despite new law: study

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.