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Apr 10, 2015

Tornadoes, hail, strong winds sweep through Midwest

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An intense and dangerous storm system rolled through the Midwest and into the Northeast on Thursday, leveling houses and a restaurant west of Chicago, local officials and the National Weather Service said.

The tiny town of Fairdale, Illinois, with about 300 people located about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of Chicago, suffered extensive damage, according to Les Bellah, the village president in nearby Kirkland.

Apr 8, 2015

After winning runoff election, Chicago Mayor Emanuel faces tougher road

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried to show a softer side during his successful battle against challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, but political observers doubt his sometimes abrasive style will change much as he struggles with the city’s mounting fiscal problems.

Emanuel, former aide to President Barack Obama, won re-election on Tuesday in the city’s first-ever mayoral runoff. He spent millions of dollars on re-election, some of it to rehabilitate an image for a hard-edged, top-down style.

Apr 8, 2015

Voters re-elect Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fix Chicago’s problems

CHICAGO, April 7 (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won
re-election on Tuesday against challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in
a hard-fought race to lead a city on the brink of financial
crisis and plagued by violent crime.

Emanuel, 55, who has spent millions of dollars on television
and radio ads in his bid for re-election, was leading by about
56 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Garcia with 86 percent
of precincts reporting, according to the city’s Board of
Election Commissioners. Turnout was 44 percent.

Apr 8, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins a second term

CHICAGO, April 7 (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won
re-election on Tuesday against challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in
a hard-fought race to lead a city on the brink of financial
crisis and plagued by violent crime.

Emanuel, 55, who has spent millions of dollars on television
and radio ads in his bid for re-election, was leading by 56
percent of the vote to 44 percent for Garcia with 79 percent of
precincts reporting, according to the city’s Board of Election
Commissioners. Turnout was 44 percent.

Apr 8, 2015

Chicago’s first-ever mayoral runoff election nears end

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicagoans headed to the polls on Tuesday in a mayoral runoff election pitting well-funded incumbent Rahm Emanuel against underdog Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in a race to lead a city on the brink of financial crisis and plagued by violent crime.

Emanuel, 55, has spent millions of dollars on television and radio ads in his bid for re-election over challenger Garcia, 58, whose strong showing in February made Emanuel the first incumbent mayor to be forced into a run-off election.

Apr 7, 2015

Chicago voters go to polls in first ever mayoral runoff

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicagoans vote on Tuesday in the city’s first ever mayoral runoff, pitting well-funded incumbent Rahm Emanuel against underdog Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

Emanuel, 55, who has spent millions of dollars on television and radio ads, was well ahead of Garcia, 58, a former state senator and alderman, in a poll released on Sunday by Chicago-based polling company Ogden & Fry. Emanuel had 51.3 percent to Garcia’s 33 percent in the poll. The poll was conducted April 4 of 972 likely voters with a margin of error of 3.2 percent.

Apr 2, 2015

Chicago Cubs to start baseball season, missing beloved bleachers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Rooting for a baseball team that has not won a World Series since 1908, the Chicago Cubs’ famous bleacher bums have at least always had a chance to party in Wrigley Field’s outfield stands.

But when the 2015 season opens on Sunday, the more than 5,000 general admission bleacher seats will not be there for fans who like to come early and engage in beer-fueled speculation over how the Cubs will lose this time.

Mar 26, 2015

Indiana governor signs religious freedom bill that could affect gays

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday signed into law a controversial religious freedom bill that could allow businesses and individuals to deny services to gays on religious grounds.

Supporters of the bill, which was passed overwhelmingly by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislature, say it will keep the government from forcing business owners to act in ways contrary to strongly held religious beliefs. Opponents say it is discriminatory and broader in scope than other state religious freedom laws.

Mar 25, 2015

Ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. to be released from prison

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is set to be released from prison on Thursday to a halfway house in Washington, D.C., after spending roughly half of his 30-month sentence behind bars, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy said on Wednesday.

Kennedy, a friend of Jackson, said that he met with the former Illinois lawmaker at an Alabama prison on Monday.

Mar 24, 2015

Three arrested as Chicago protesters demand police reforms

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Three people were arrested on Tuesday at a protest at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office while demanding reforms to the nation’s second largest police department, including an end to what they consider excessive use of “stop and frisk” searches.

A group of about 100 protesters – which included several clergy members – chanted “Black Lives Matter,” sang “We Shall Overcome,” and lay down in front of the mayor’s City Hall office until staff agreed to meet with some of them.