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Chicago police say there was never any doubt the beating of a white man broadcast live on Facebook would be investigated as a hate crime. They say the four black suspects face hate crime charges because they were shouting racial slurs at the victim and because they referred to his mental capacity.

A federal jury has convicted six alleged leaders of the Hobos street gang of a racketeering conspiracy in the biggest gang trial in recent Chicago history. The verdicts follows six days of deliberation and a three-month trial.  Hobos boss Gregory "Bowlegs" Chester, hitman Paris Poe and four others were accused of a racketeering conspiracy that included nine murders.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss violence and other issues in Illinois cities.  Jackson says he asked for the sit-down in Chicago because it's a new political season with President-elect Donald Trump set to take office. 

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President-elect Donald Trump isn't the first to broach the idea of the federal government stepping in to help stem deadly violence in Chicago. But what more it can do isn't at all clear.

Children Often Victims of Chicago Violence

Jan 3, 2017
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Chicago’s violent year was especially dangerous for the city’s children. Dozens of young kids were shot in 2016 before reaching high school age. Police data show that last year, there were 41 shootings that killed or wounded children younger than 14. That’s way more than any time in the last 10 years. And its more than double the number of child victims in 2015. Illinois Public Radio’s Patrick Smith reports.

Chicago has Record Homicides in 2016

Jan 2, 2017

  CHICAGO (AP) - One of the bloodiest years on record in Chicago ended with 762 homicides and more than 3,500 shooting incidents.

Police released crime statistics Sunday that reveal rampant gun violence. Not only were nearly 300 more homicides and more than 1,000 more shooting incidents than there were in 2015, but the total number of homicides was the highest since 1997.

HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama is entering the closing stretch of his presidency. He’s in an eleventh-hour push to tie up loose ends and put the finishing touches on his legacy before handing the reins to President-elect Donald Trump.

Obama returns to Washington at midday Monday from Hawaii with less than three weeks. His final days will largely be consumed with a bid to protect his endangered health care law, a major farewell speech and the ongoing handover of power to Trump's team.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The number of arrests in Chicago fell approximately 28 percent this year.The number is on target to be the lowest since at least 2001.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois legislators are facing increasing pressure from law enforcement to crack down on repeat gun offenders who are blamed for the surge in Chicago's violence this year. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and others have urged lawmakers for months to pass a bill that increases prison sentences for defendants who previously committed a gun-related crime.

 State Sen. Kwame Raoul is working on a proposal for next year's session that would direct judges to impose longer sentences on repeat gun offenders. But his measure would not impose a new mandatory minimum. 

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he hand-delivered to Donald Trump a letter from mayors of some of the nation's largest cities urging the incoming president to continue to protect young immigrants.

Emanuel told reporters after his Wednesday morning meeting with Trump in New York that the letter asked him to continue a provision that protects immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16 from deportation. 

Chicago officials are creating a legal services fund to help those living in the country illegally and facing deportation.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced $1 million to start the fund that's being run with the Chicago-based National Immigrant Justice Center. The money will be used to help individuals with consultations and representation, among other things.

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November was another bloody month in Chicago, ending with more than twice as many homicides as during the same month last year.  The 77 homicides recorded in November 2016 mark the highest death toll for that month in nearly a quarter century. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will push ahead with police reforms, regardless of the outcome of a U.S. Justice Department probe.  Thursday is the anniversary of the release of a video showing a Chicago officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. 

Motorola Solutions Inc. plans to cut 200 workers from offices in two suburbs and its headquarters in Chicago.  Company spokeswoman Tama McWhinney says that most employees being cut from campuses in Schaumburg, Elgin and Chicago are taking "voluntary separation packages" which offer "more generous" severance incentives for those who were thinking of leaving anyway.  Some of the jobs could be filled again. 

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is joining the board of the foundation building President Barack Obama's future presidential library.  The Barack Obama Foundation says Patrick will serve alongside other board members including Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. 

A man was arrested during a performance of "Hamilton" in Chicago after audience members say he shouted "We won!" and other election-related comments from the balcony.  Chicago police say 56-year-old John Palmer of Chicago is charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal trespass in the incident Saturday. 

McDonald's says it plans to offer table service across its U.S. stores to make the ordering process less stressful, but did not say when the overhaul will be complete.  The world's biggest burger chain says about 500 of its more than 14,000 domestic stores have been testing table service and ordering kiosks for people who do not want to wait for the cashier. People in those stores order at the counter or kiosks, then sit and wait for an employee to bring them their food.

Chicago Man Sentenced For Attempting to Murder Informant

Nov 15, 2016
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A judge in Chicago has sentenced a convicted drug dealer to 35 years in prison for plotting to kill an informant cooperating with federal agents to disrupt a trafficking ring.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the outcome of the U.S. presidential election won't impact Chicago's commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants.  Chicago has been a sanctuary city since the late 1980s. That means authorities and city officials aren't allowed to ask residents about their immigration status during routine activities, like traffic stops. 

The former chief executive of a red-light camera company has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for a bribery scheme to secure $124 million in city of Chicago contracts.  Karen Finley of Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. wept as she apologized before a federal judge, saying "I'm ashamed of myself."

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say they arrested five people as protesters expressed their disapproval of the election of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says in an email that an estimated 1,800 to 2,000 people protested Wednesday. Among those taken into custody were two men for obstructing traffic, two men for reckless conduct and trespassing, and a boy for trespassing and resisting arrest.

Overall, Guglielmi said there were "no major incidents."

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Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside Chicago's Trump Tower to express their disapproval of the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

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A federal lawsuit contends that the city of Chicago crossed the line into the privacy of people's homes by imposing sweeping regulations governing Airbnb and other home-sharing services.  The lawsuit filed by Keep Chicago Livable, a nonprofit formed by current and former Airbnb hosts.

A law clerk who faces charges of impersonating a judge has been elected as a judge in the Chicago area even though she's been barred from taking the office.  Rhonda Crawford had been expected to win Tuesday's election over a write-in opponent, as she was the only name listed on the ballot. The 45-year-old can't be sworn in to the $180,000-a-year job unless she's cleared of wrongdoing.  

Highway construction in Chicago has turned up charred debris from the Chicago Fire.  The Illinois Department of Transportation is in the final stages of a two-year, $134 million reconstruction of ramps connecting Interstate-55 and Lake Shore Drive.

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CHICAGO (AP) - At least 17 people were killed and over 40 injured in Chicago's street violence over the weekend. 

Two Chicago newspapers, which analyzed police data from Friday afternoon to early Monday, called it 2016's deadliest weekend. Chicago police couldn't immediately confirm that, though a spokesman said their weekend homicide count from Friday midnight through Sunday was 18. 

Either way, the toll surpassed the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times' analysis of holiday weekends when violence typically spikes.  Six people were fatally shot over Memorial Day weekend, five over Fourth of July, and 13 over Labor Day. 

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Some of the White House materials bound for President Barack Obama's presidential library in Chicago will start making their way from Washington, D.C., to Illinois this week. Beginning Wednesday, commercial trucks will carry documents, artifacts and gifts accumulated over Obama's tenure to a temporary storage facility in Hoffman Estates.

Air Force Lt. Col. Vianesa Vargas says over two dozen troops in Washington, D.C., will take materials now stored at the National Archives and Records Administration and load them onto semitrailers for the 700-mile trip.

The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates has endorsed a tentative contract agreement reached with the city's school district.  According to the union, the delegates approved the four-year deal by a 2-1 ratio. The contract proposal now will go before the union's approximately 28,000 members on Oct. 27 for final approval.

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The Chicago Theater community gathers in Oakbrook tonight to celebrate the year’s best work on the stage. Illinois Public Radio's Brian O’Keefe visited with the one of the creative forces behind one of last year’s big winners and this year’s nominees.



The culinary world's prestigious James Beard Awards ceremony will take place in the city of Chicago for five more years.  Chicago has hosted the awards ceremony since 2015. Prior to that, New York had hosted the event honoring the best chefs and restaurants in the U.S. for 25 years.