Fri04182014

Ill. prosecutors refuse to defend gay marriage ban

CHICAGO (AP) — Twenty-five Illinois couples were prepared for a long legal fight when they joined lawsuits challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. Turns out they won't get one — at least not from the attorneys who would normally be responsible for defending the state's laws.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State's

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Chicago mayor says gun laws key to fighting crime

Chicago mayor says gun laws key to fighting crime
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says tougher gun laws are key to the city's crime-fighting strategy and he plans to protect the legal integrity of a firearms ordinance.

Part of the ordinance was overturned by U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, who took aim at the section used to deny a permit to a man because of a prior misdemeanor

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Students break for the summer; strike vote OK’d

The final days of the 2011-2012 school year are here as kindergarten, 8th grade and high school graduates toss their graduation caps signaling the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one.

These new graduates are also part of a new group for Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school district in the nation. They’ve helped CPS record i

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People with relatives remains missing get payments

CHICAGO (AP) — People with loved ones buried at Burr Oak Cemetery outside Chicago are reacting with anger and disappointment to payments they are receiving from settlement of a case involving dug up graves and resold plots.

Charles Lewis says the $50 he received was half what he was promised. He said the payment was reduced because of

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Park service director visits Pullman neighborhood

CHICAGO (AP) — The director of the National Park Service toured Chicago's historic Pullman community to learn more about the site being considered for national park status.

Park service director Jonathan Jarvis was invited to visit Thursday by U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who has been pushing the national park idea for the Pullman community.

The

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