(Reuters) – A controversial Indiana bill that could protect
business owners who don’t want to provide services for same-sex
couples moved closer to law on Monday, after passage by the
Senate Bill 101, known as the “Religious Freedom Restoration
Act,” was approved by the Republican-controlled House by 63-31.
A version was previously passed by the Republican-controlled
Senate, and Republican Governor Mike Pence has indicated support
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Owners of rooftop venues with views into Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field asked a federal judge on Monday to block the Chicago Cubs baseball team from putting up signs over right field, saying they would block views and destroy their businesses.
The businesses sell tickets to eat, drink and watch the ballgame to fans on top of residential buildings outside the 101-year-old ballpark. They have permission under a 2004 contract which requires them to pay the Cubs 17 percent of their revenue.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago suburban police are investigating the stabbing death of a woman by a family member while both were visiting a patient at a hospital on Sunday.
The 42-year-old woman was attacked by a 44-year-old man at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. The suspect was immediately taken into custody without incident and is being cooperative, according to Elk Grove Village Police.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois man who was freed from prison after 20 years for a murder he did not commit was awarded $20 million in a settlement – the highest individual settlement ever given in a wrongful conviction case, his lawyers said on Friday.
Juan Rivera, 42, was cleared by DNA evidence of the 1992 rape and murder of 11-year-old Holly Staker in Waukegan, a city about 40 miles north of Chicago.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a former Illinois state lawmaker to eight years in prison for sending child pornography through office computers, rejecting a request that the critically ill man be allowed to die at home.
Former Democratic Illinois State Representative Keith Farnham, 67, of Elgin, has pulmonary fibrosis and is expected to have only a few months to live, according to court documents. U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang rejected a defense request that Farnham be allowed to remain on electronic home detention for six months to give him the chance to die at home.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago City Council, hoping to boost the chances of landing President Barack Obama’s presidential library for his hometown, on Wednesday unanimously approved the use of land in two parks near the president’s home.
The land is near the University of Chicago and would be transferred if the school’s bid for the presidential library is accepted. Obama was a law professor at the university before his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004.
(Reuters) – The U.S. Presbyterian Church on Tuesday approved a change in the wording of its constitution to include same-sex marriage, a move which threatens to further splinter one of the largest U.S. mainline Protestant denominations.
A majority of the 171 regional “presbyteries,” or local leadership bodies of the church, have now voted to change the wording of the constitution to define marriage as a commitment “between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”
March 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Presbyterian Church was close
on Tuesday to approving a change in the wording of its
constitution to include same-sex marriage, a move which
threatens to further splinter one of the largest U.S. mainline
The 171 regional “presbyteries” or local leadership bodies
of the church have been voting on whether to change the wording
to call marriage a contract “between a woman and a man” to being
“between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”
(Reuters) – Missouri is set to execute the convicted killer
of a sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday over objections from his
lawyers who say a sawmill accident decades ago cost him part of
his brain and made him ineligible for the death penalty.
Cecil Clayton, 74, of southwest Missouri, is scheduled to
die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. CDT at a Missouri state
prison. He would be the second inmate executed in Missouri this
year and the 10th in the country.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Rev. Willie T. Barrow, a Chicago civil rights leader known as the “Little Warrior” for her small stature and determination to fight for equality, died on Thursday at age 90.
Barrow died at her Chicago home. She had recently been hospitalized for a blood clot in her lung, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.