Thu04242014

10 more Illinois counties allowed cameras in court

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has approved cameras and other recording devices in ten more counties that encompass southern Illinois and DuPage County in suburban Chicago.

The court entered orders Monday allowing cameras in the 1st Judicial Circuit and the 18th Judicial Circuit.

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Chicago to offer free wi-fi in parks, public areas

CHICAGO (AP) — Free wireless Internet is available in downtown Chicago's Millennium Park, a service the city says will eventually be offered in all of its parks and open spaces.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the Chicago Broadband Challenge on Monday. As part of the effort the city will expand

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Illinois Lottery warns of ongoing scams

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Lottery officials say residents of the state should be on guard against a number of ever-present scams related to lotteries.

The Illinois Lottery has announced that scams typically try to dupe people into believing they have won a large lottery prize. A woman in Chicago last week reported that she had been

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President Obama responds to our call

President Obama responds to our call
As many were getting ready for the Bud Billiken Parade, President Barack Obama prepared a videotaped message wishing all parade goers a festive time and speaking out about the violence that’s plagued the city.

The Defender questioned the president (in the Aug. 1 edition) about his silence on violence.

In the Aug. 11 video addressed to the Chicago

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Excitement brews about food truck ordinance

Excitement brews about food truck ordinance
South Side baked goods entrepreneur Randall Hunt can't wait to acquire a food truck to spread his array of treats throughout Chicago now that the City Council passed an ordinance allowing vendors to prepare cooked food on their vehicles.

"I'm definitely considering (buying a truck)," said Hunt, 48, of Back of the Yards who owns and operates

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