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Sep 23, 2014

Chicago church gives congregants $500 each to spend for good

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Churchgoers grumble that they always get hit with pleas for money. But congregants at a Chicago church this month got a surprise – they each received a check for $500, with instructions to go out and do something good with it.

“I was just in disbelief,” said Valency Hastings, 42, when she got her check from the non-denominational LaSalle Street Church on the city’s near north side. “The enormity of the responsibility of it has begun to sink in.”

Sep 23, 2014

Chicago Mayor Emanuel proposes decriminalizing pot in Illinois

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday to reform sentencing for low-level drug offenses, which would include ticketing rather than arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

Emanuel had backed a 2012 change in Chicago law that decriminalized marijuana in the nation’s third-largest city. Emanuel said on Tuesday that the change statewide would save tax dollars, allow police to focus on more serious crimes and keep non-violent offenders from a lifetime in the criminal justice system.

Sep 23, 2014
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More Americans see religion’s influence waning, want bigger role in politics: Pew poll


(A woman walks past an empty, boarded-up church in Youngstown, Ohio November 21, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder )

Nearly three-quarters of the public think religion is losing influence in American life and a growing number want religion to play more of a role in politics, according to a poll released on Monday.

Sep 22, 2014

More Americans see influence of religion waning: poll

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Nearly three-quarters of the public think religion is losing influence in American life and a growing number want religion to play more of a role in politics, according to a poll released on Monday.

The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues has gone up 6 percentage points since the 2010 midterm elections, to 49 percent from 43 percent, the Poll Research Center survey found.

Sep 19, 2014

David Bowie exhibition lands in Chicago for only U.S. visit

CHICAGO (Reuters) – David Bowie has been best-known throughout his five-decade career as a prolific musician and songwriter, with hits like “Changes” and “Space Oddity” in constant radio circulation.

But he is also an actor and artist who helped design his own album covers, stage sets and costumes.

Sep 18, 2014

Chicago officials investigate human bones sent to Japanese consulate

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago authorities are trying to solve a mystery over a box of human bones that were sent to the Japanese consulate, along with a letter saying they were the remains of soldiers who died during World War Two, police said on Thursday.

The box of bones, which included two human skulls, was sent to the Chicago consulate in mid-June from Rochester, Minnesota, said Chicago Police Officer Thomas Sweeney.

Sep 17, 2014

Daredevil Wallenda says wire-walking is ‘the norm’ for his family

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Daredevil Nik Wallenda, who plans a high-wire walk between Chicago skyscrapers this November, says that for his family of acrobats, it is completely normal to be on a cable way up in the air – though it may look wild to everyone else.

“We all take risks every day, it’s just we don’t see them as risks because they’re the norm. It’s the norm to cross the street, it’s the norm to get in a car,” Wallenda said in an interview on Wednesday on the rooftop of Chicago’s 50-story Leo Burnett Building.

Sep 16, 2014

Daredevil Nik Wallenda to walk over portion of Chicago skyline

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Daredevil Nik Wallenda, who last year completed a high-wire walk over the Grand Canyon, announced on Tuesday plans for an untethered tightrope walk between Chicago skyscrapers on a night in November.

“This is going to be the most incredible tightrope walk of my career,” Wallenda said in a statement, noting that he has fond memories of performing with his family in Chicago. “Besides, it’s the ‘Windy City’ and there’s nothing like doing this during winter in Chicago.”

Sep 15, 2014

Four finalists picked for future Obama library

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Four universities, including two in Chicago, one in New York and one in Hawaii, have been picked as finalists to host a future Barack Obama presidential library, the library’s foundation said on Monday.

The Barack Obama Foundation said it had issued a “Request for Proposal” to the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii. The four were picked from 13 contenders.

Sep 11, 2014

Illinois sheriff admits misconduct in cyber stalking case, resigns

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A western Illinois county sheriff pleaded guilty on Thursday to attempted official misconduct and agreed to resign for attempting to cyber stalk an undocumented immigrant woman, officials said on Thursday.

Rock Island County Sheriff Jeffrey Boyd, 48, resigned as part of his plea agreement and withdrew his re-election candidacy in the November election, according to a statement from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.