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Clinton visits Chicago to win support of black voters

Feb 17, 2016

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton is in Chicago today trying to win support among black voters.  Clinton stood in front of a group of mostly black Chicagoans with Geneva Reed- Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland who was found dead in a Texas jail cell last year after a traffic stop.

The city of Chicago is asking a judge to lift an order barring "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from starting construction on a $400-million museum along Chicago's lakefront while litigation plays out.

A Chicago man has won a $1-million verdict in a lawsuit that accuses police of rigging a photo lineup to ensure he would be wrongly identified as an armed robbery suspect. 

Art lovers have a chance to spend one starry night in Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom for only $10.  The Art Institute of Chicago decorated a one-bedroom apartment to look like Van Gogh's painting of his bedroom in the south of France. 

Chicago improv troupe Second City is opening a school focusing on comedic filmmaking and naming it after late writer-director-actor Harold Ramis.

FBI data shows Illinois has recorded 38 gun-related domestic violence homicides since 2006, but the number is likely higher because the data is incomplete. 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the upcoming delivery of almost 800 new stun guns will ensure that every police officer will have access to a Taser, following a series of high-profile fatal shootings in the city.

A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit to proceed that seeks to stop "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from building a $400-million museum along Chicago's lakefront.

The owner of the Chicago Tribune is receiving a $44-million cash infusion from a Chicago investor with a stake in the rival Sun-Times.

The Chicago-area's Metra commuter railroad says it will miss a 2018 deadline for installing safety technology on all routes.

U.S. customs agents in Chicago have seized 43,000 hoverboards they have deemed counterfeit.  The hoverboards, discovered during an inspection at a warehouse, had been shipped from China. 

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Chicago Transit Authority President Dorval Carter Jr. say the city plans to buy 20 to 30 more all-electric buses in the next few years.  The Chicago mayor says the effort marks his commitment to protecting the environment. 

U of I approves tuition rate freeze

Jan 21, 2016

University of Illinois Trustees have unanimously approved freezing tuition rates for the second straight year for in-state freshman.  

A Chicago Public Schools official says the district will lay off some of its central office staff on Friday.  The announcement comes a day after Republican legislators called for a state takeover of the financially troubled school district. 

A protester attempting to draw attention to the death of a teenager at the hands of Chicago police disrupted a U.S. Conference of Mayors news conference in Washington.

An ex-vice president at Chicago's former red light camera vendor says he gave more than $14,000 in gifts to a then-Chicago official on trial for allegedly taking bribes to steer red-light camera contracts.

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen is recommending that trustees freeze tuition for a second straight year for instate freshmen.

Chicago-area Democratic leaders have thrown their support behind a challenger to embattled Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, who has been facing heavy criticism over her office's handling of alleged police misconduct cases.

Prosecutors in Chicago have vacated charges against a man who has served nearly a decade in prison on a drug case.

The attorney for a former Chicago official on trial for allegedly taking bribes to bring red light cameras to the city says his client is innocent because he did not have the power to do so.

A group of Chicago ministers are calling for a boycott of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's annual breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Advocates of police reforms say extra protections tailored for officers accused of wrongdoing are unfair and should be scaled back. 

A trial is set to begin for a former Chicago transportation official accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts to steer more than $100-million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix-based company.  

Chicago's law department is examining more than three dozen open cases handled by a former top attorney who was accused this week by a federal judge of hiding evidence in a fatal police shooting.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he has confidence in the head of Chicago's law department following the resignation of a top city attorney who was accused of hiding evidence in a fatal police shooting lawsuit.

A judge says a man accused of threatening to shoot several people at the University of Chicago must tell any college he applies to about his pending criminal case.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Illinois won't help Chicago Public Schools avert a financial "disaster" unless Mayor Rahm Emanuel starts pushing some of the Republican governor's legislative agenda. 

Protesters against gun violence and police shootings marched down Chicago's Michigan Avenue on New Year's Eve.

Newly released emails reveal close coordination between the Chicago mayor's office, police and the body that investigates police shootings in the days after a white officer shot a black teenager in 2014.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says every Chicago police patrol car will be equipped with a Taser following a series of high-profile shootings by officers.

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