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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.

Jul 21, 2014

Facebook ‘selfie’ leads to shoplifting arrest in Illinois: police

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois woman made police work easy when she allegedly stole a colorful, leopard-pattern dress from a small boutique, then posted a picture of herself wearing it on Facebook, police said on Monday.

Danielle Saxton, 27, of West Frankfort allegedly took a dress and other items from Morties Boutique on July 11, and was spotted walking away from the store by the owner’s son, said owner Gay Williams Morton and police.

Jul 17, 2014
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Chicago Catholic archdiocese seeking to help child immigrants

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(Immigrants who have been caught crossing the border illegally are housed inside the McAllen Border Patrol Station in McAllen, Texas July 15, 2014, where they are processed. REUTERS/ Rick Loomis)

Roman Catholic officials in Chicago want to provide services, which may include housing, to undocumented immigrant children who have been pouring into the United States in recent months, church officials said on Wednesday.

Jul 16, 2014

Chicago archdiocese seeking to help child immigrants

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Roman Catholic officials in Chicago want to provide services, which may include housing, to undocumented immigrant children who have been pouring into the United States in recent months, church officials said on Wednesday.

The Archdiocese of Chicago, the third-largest Catholic diocese in the country with 2.3 million members, has submitted a proposal offering to help the children to the refugee resettlement office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spokeswoman Colleen Dolan said.

Jun 25, 2014

Chicago lawmakers approve tough gun shop restrictions

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a law that would allow the resumption of gun sales in the city but with restrictions that require videotaping of purchases and limiting sales to one per month per buyer.

Forty-eight council members voted to approve the ordinance proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel after a federal court invalidated the city’s long-time ban on gun sales in January.