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.
CHICAGO, July 31 (Reuters) – A man upset about a job
demotion gravely wounded the chief executive of his company in a
downtown Chicago office building and then fatally shot himself,
police said on Thursday.
The 54-year-old executive was taken to the hospital with
gunshot wounds to his stomach and head. The dead gunman was 59
How Americans view Arabs and Muslims has gotten worse in recent years, with negative feelings strongest among Republicans and senior citizens, according to a new poll.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.