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Sep 15, 2014

Four finalists picked for future Obama library

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Four universities, including two in Chicago, one in New York and one in Hawaii, have been picked as finalists to host a future Barack Obama presidential library, the library’s foundation said on Monday.

The Barack Obama Foundation said it had issued a “Request for Proposal” to the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii. The four were picked from 13 contenders.

Sep 11, 2014

Illinois sheriff admits misconduct in cyber stalking case, resigns

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A western Illinois county sheriff pleaded guilty on Thursday to attempted official misconduct and agreed to resign for attempting to cyber stalk an undocumented immigrant woman, officials said on Thursday.

Rock Island County Sheriff Jeffrey Boyd, 48, resigned as part of his plea agreement and withdrew his re-election candidacy in the November election, according to a statement from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Sep 9, 2014

Wisconsin prosecutors seek ruling to restart campaign finance probe

MILWAUKEE/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wisconsin prosecutors asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday for approval to restart an investigation into possible illegal coordination between Governor Scott Walker’s campaign and special interest groups during elections in 2011 and 2012.

A federal judge in May halted the investigation after a lawsuit by the Wisconsin Club for Growth, a conservative organization, accusing investigators of sidelining it from political activities, violating its rights to free speech, association and equal protection.

Sep 3, 2014

Feds probing some Chicago police-involved shootings: attorney

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The FBI and federal prosecutors are investigating some shootings in Chicago in which police were involved and in which a gun belonging to the person shot was not recovered, according to an attorney who represents police officers.

The attorney, Daniel Q. Herbert, in a letter to the head of the Chicago police union dated Aug. 29, warned of the investigation and advised that officers not speak to investigators unless they have legal representation present.

Aug 28, 2014

High-ranking Chicago cop charged with putting gun in suspect’s mouth

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago police commander who had been praised for his crime fighting in some of the city’s roughest neighborhoods appeared in court on Thursday to face charges he put a gun in a suspect’s mouth, officials said.

Commander Glenn Evans, who headed a busy district on the city’s west side, has been relieved of his duties pending the case’s outcome, according to Chicago police.

Aug 25, 2014

Two teens killed by Chicago police after pointing guns, police say

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Two teens were shot to death by Chicago police in two separate incidents on Sunday after they refused to drop their guns and pointed them at officers, police and a police union spokesman said on Monday.

In the first incident, gang enforcement officers responded to a complaint of armed men on a west side block. When officers arrived, one of the men fled into a passageway and drew a handgun from his waistband, police said in a statement.

Aug 22, 2014

Chicago police investigating killing of nine-year-old boy

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police are investigating the killing of a 9-year-old boy, and a local Catholic church is offering $5,000 for information leading to his killer’s arrest, police and church officials said on Thursday.

Police found the boy, identified by local media and a church pastor as Antonio Smith, shot multiple times in a South Side backyard on Wednesday afternoon.

Aug 20, 2014

Wisconsin priest punished for celebrating Mass with woman dies

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – A Wisconsin Jesuit who was punished by Catholic Church authorities for celebrating Mass with a woman priest in violation of Church rules has died at the age of 94, his nephew said on Wednesday.

Rev. Bill Brennan, a Milwaukee-area peace activist who had done missionary work in Central America, died of natural causes earlier this month, according to his nephew Timothy Brennan. A funeral was held this week.

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.