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Jun 19, 2014

Last of fugitive fez-wearing Detroit drug dealers captured

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Federal agents have nabbed the last of three fez-wearing Detroit-area drug dealers who escaped last month before a jury returned guilty verdicts against them, officials said on Thursday.

Earnest Lee Proge, Jr., 38, was found on Wednesday evening hiding in a St. Louis basement, according to Robert C. Watson, spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service. Proge, who was carrying $7,000 in cash, resisted arrest and officials used a Taser electronic device to subdue him.

Jun 18, 2014

Chicago-area boy sues school over bullying

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The mother of a Chicago-area boy who says her son was routinely punched, kicked and choked by a classmate throughout third grade has filed a lawsuit charging that the school and the parents of the alleged bully failed to protect her son from severe abuse.

Deveri Del Core filed the complaint on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of her son Joaquin, saying he had been the victim of weekly attacks and death threats during the past year at Robert Frost Elementary School in Mount Prospect, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.

Jun 18, 2014

Sainthood closer for U.S. Archbishop Sheen, an early televangelist

CHICAGO, June 18 (Reuters) – U.S. Catholic Archbishop Fulton
Sheen, one of the world’s first televangelists, has moved closer
to sainthood after a team of theologians agreed a reported
miracle should be attributed to his intercession, church
officials said on Wednesday.

The miracle attributed to Sheen involved a baby born in
September 2010, according to a statement from the Diocese of
Peoria, Illinois, where Sheen once served as a priest.

Jun 18, 2014
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U.S. nuns sue disruptive strip club near their Chicago-area convent

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(A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young)

A group of Chicago-area nuns is suing a strip club behind their convent, complaining of noise, glaring neon lights, fist fights and heaps of litter that include empty whiskey bottles and used condoms.

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo said Illinois mandates a 1,000-foot (300-meter) buffer zone between adult entertainment venues and places of worship or schools. The suit, filed on Friday in Cook County, also names the village of Stone Park, where the strip club is located.

Jun 17, 2014

Chicago bomb plot defendant denied secret files by appeals court

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court has overruled a landmark lower court decision that allowed lawyers for a man accused of plotting to bomb a Chicago bar to see documents classified under a major U.S. spying law.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on Monday means prosecutors need not disclose to lawyers for the defendant, Adel Daoud, classified material related to search warrant applications that they presented to a court established under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Jun 17, 2014

Nuns sue strip club near their Chicago-area convent

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A group of Chicago-area nuns is suing a strip club behind their convent, complaining of noise, glaring neon lights, fist fights and heaps of litter that include empty whiskey bottles and used condoms.

The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo said Illinois mandates a 1,000-foot (300-meter) buffer zone between adult entertainment venues and places of worship or schools. The suit, filed on Friday in Cook County, also names the village of Stone Park, where the strip club is located.

Jun 16, 2014

U.S. judge releases Chicago from federal hiring oversight

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday released Chicago from federal oversight of its hiring practices after finding it in “substantial compliance” with a decades-old decree to prevent illegal patronage.

U.S. District Judge Sidney Schenkier made the ruling following a joint request from both attorneys for the nation’s third-largest city and lawyer Michael Shakman, who sued the city in 1969 to stop the practice of hiring workers based on political ties.

Jun 14, 2014

Legendary Chicago blues club ailing and wailing

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Checkerboard Lounge, the South Side of Chicago club that hosted the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters, is singing the business blues, hurt by its move to a swankier site and the decline of the influence of urban blues music.

In the city that calls itself the “Home of the Blues,” the Checkerboard is among the most storied of the bars that have provided a place for young artists to shine in Chicago, which launched its 31st annual Blues Festival on Friday.

Jun 12, 2014

Chicago Mayor Emanuel terms Trump’s tower sign ‘tasteless’

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Two outsize egos are sparring over a Chicago landmark, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel complaining that Donald Trump has put an “architecturally tasteless” sign on the city’s second-tallest building – a display of giant letters spelling out the real estate tycoon’s name.

“Mayor Emanuel believes this is an architecturally tasteful building scarred by an architecturally tasteless sign,” spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said on Thursday.

Jun 10, 2014

Illinois lawmaker found guilty of bribery

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A federal jury on Tuesday found an Illinois state representative guilty of taking a $7,000 bribe to support a state grant for a day-care center.

The jury reached the verdict on the second day of deliberations in the trial of Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, who was charged following an FBI undercover investigation that caught him talking about the payoff on tape.