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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.

Jun 9, 2014

Chicago suburban man charged with killing wife, daughter

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Leaving a note saying he was “a failure at everything,” a suburban Chicago man strangled his wife and teenage wheelchair-bound daughter and then tried to slit his wrists, officials said on Monday.

Anthony Marcus, 53, was held on a $5 million bond after being charged with first-degree murder on Monday in the deaths of his wife, Sun Marcus, 50, and 17-year-old daughter, whose name was not disclosed, according to Lake County State’s Attorney spokeswoman Cynthia Vargas.

Jun 5, 2014

Former South Dakota Senate candidate charged with perjury

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – A candidate who finished fourth in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in South Dakota was charged on Wednesday with violating campaign election laws, prosecutors said.

Annette Bosworth, 42, a doctor from Sioux Falls, was charged with six counts each of perjury and filing false documents and accused of falsely claiming she was gathering nominating petition signatures in South Dakota when she was really in the Philippines, the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office said.

Jun 4, 2014

Storm system moves east after battering central United States

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A nasty storm system that has pelted homes and cars with hail up to the size of a baseball in the central Plains and caused flash floods is expected to bring high winds, more hail and possible tornadoes to the Ohio Valley on Wednesday, forecasters said.

Southern Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, southern Ohio, West Virginia and Tennessee are in the path of the storm system, according to Bill Bunting, a forecaster at the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Jun 4, 2014

Storms with large hail and tornadoes roll through U.S. central states

CHICAGO, June 3 (Reuters) – Severe storms pounded parts of
the central United States on Tuesday producing baseball-sized
hail, unconfirmed reports of several tornado touchdowns and a
line of intense, dangerous winds known as a derecho, weather
forecasters said.

Strong winds and baseball-sized hail caused widespread
damage north of Omaha, Nebraska, Washington County officials

Jun 3, 2014

U.S. central states brace for severe storms, possible tornadoes

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The central United States braced for a severe storm system on Tuesday that could produce tornadoes, baseball-sized hail and a line of intense, dangerous winds known as a derecho, weather forecasters said.

Strong thunderstorms which started in South Dakota are expected to increase in number and severity throughout the day in central and eastern Nebraska, northern Missouri, southern Iowa and southwestern Illinois, said forecaster Bill Bunting of the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

May 28, 2014

Chicago Mayor Emanuel proposes restrictions on city gun shops

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Declaring gun control “essential” to public safety, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday proposed a gun shop ordinance that would videotape gun purchases and limit sales to one per month per buyer.

The ordinance comes in response to a January court order invalidating a longtime ban on gun shops within the nation’s third-largest city. The proposed law would require a 72-hour waiting period to purchase handguns and a 24-hour waiting period to purchase rifles and shotguns.

May 28, 2014

Chicago aldermen propose hiking minimum wage to $15 an hour

CHICAGO, May 28 (Reuters) – A group of Chicago aldermen on
Wednesday introduced a proposal to boost the minimum wage in the
nation’s third-largest city to $15 an hour, joining officials in
other major U.S. cities who also are considering a hike.

The group proposing the wage increase is separate from a
panel Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel named last week among aldermen,
labor and business leaders to provide recommendations for
raising the minimum wage.