CHICAGO (Reuters) – Carrying rainbow flags and umbrellas, hundreds of gay rights advocates marched during a chilly rain at the Illinois Capitol on Tuesday to pressure lawmakers to legalize same sex marriage, but it was unclear if the issue would be brought to a vote.
The state Senate, where President Barack Obama once served, voted on Valentine’s Day ilast February to legalize gay marriage in Illinois. But the full state House of Representatives never considered the issue amid uncertainty whether it had the votes to pass.
CHICAGO, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Chicago’s O’Hare International
Airport opened a new runway on Thursday, which the city hopes
can cut delays by nearly half, and allow for nearly 90,000
additional annual flights as demand grows.
The 10,800-foot (3,292-meter) runway, built over the site of
a former cemetery, is part of the airport’s $8 billion
modernization project. When the expansion is complete, O’Hare
expects to have six east-west parallel runways and two
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Pope Francis’ comments that the Catholic Church should not focus so much on homosexuality, abortion and contraception have met with strong approval from U.S. Catholics, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Friday.
Sixty-eight percent of American Catholics agree with comments the Pope made to that effect in an interview published last month in the Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica, while 23 percent disagreed, according to the poll. There was little difference in opinion between observant and less-observant Catholics, women and men, and among age groups, the poll found.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A model for the cubist sculpture that Pablo Picasso gave to the city of Chicago could fetch as much as $35 million when it is sold at auction next month – a record for a sculpture by the artist, Christie’s said on Wednesday.
Picasso never visited Chicago but he admired the city and donated a 50-foot-tall (15-meter) steel work, which was completed in 1967 and sits in the city’s Daley Plaza.
One out of five Americans who consider themselves culturally or ethnically Jewish say they do not believe in God or they do not follow any particular faith, in a sign of the changing nature of American Jewish identity, according to a study released on Tuesday.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Gang members sprayed bullets into a Chicago city park last week – injuring a three-year-old boy and 12 other people – after one of them had been grazed by a bullet hours earlier, police said on Tuesday.
The four men, who are being held without bond on charges of attempted murder, were not aiming at anyone in particular, but believed the park was controlled by a rival gang, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said.
Sept 19 (Reuters) – An Ohio panel on Thursday approved a
petition designed to pressure the Republican-led state
legislature to expand the Medicaid health program for the poor
as part of President Barack Obama’s health reform law.
The aim is to allow about 275,000 additional Ohio residents
to be eligible for Medicaid under the new reform law, a proposal
supported by Republican Governor John Kasich but not yet acted
on by state lawmakers.
CHICAGO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The billionaire creator of
Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, was charged on Wednesday with tax
evasion and agreed to plead guilty and pay a penalty of almost
$53.6 million, according to prosecutors and his attorney.
Warner, 69, ranked as the 209th richest American by Forbes,
“went to great lengths” to hide from his accountants and the
Internal Revenue Service more than $3.1 million in foreign
income generated in a secret Swiss bank account, according to
the U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an apology on Wednesday after the City Council approved $12.3 million in settlements to two men who said they were tortured by a former police commander employed during previous city administrations.
The settlements award $6.15 million each to Ronald Kitchen and Marvin Reeves, who both spent 21 years in prison for the 1988 murders of two women and three young children. They were released and exonerated in 2009.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Tuesday his program to flood violent neighborhoods with more police had been successful in reducing crime, although Chicago’s murder rate remains the highest of the nation’s three largest cities.
At a news conference in a high-crime neighborhood on the city’s South Side, Emanuel said he wants residents of every neighborhood to feel safe enough to let their kids walk to school, play in the street or sit on their front porch.