Fri04182014

Pastors respond to uptick in violence

Pastors respond to uptick in violence
Whenever Rev. Ira Acree of Greater St. John Church, 1256 N. Waller, learns of a young life snuffed out as a result of reckless gun violence that is now commonplace throughout Chicago urban neighborhoods, he can’t help but feel somewhat responsible.

“Anytime a child is gunned down my heart crumbles,” Acree told the Defender, adding, “A piece of my so

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Regulations for Cemetery Oversight Act are adopted

CHICAGO (AP) — New state rules on the operation of cemeteries in Illinois have been put into place.

In a news release, the state's Department of Financial and Professional Regulation says it has adopted regulations needed to implement the last piece of the Cemetery Oversight Act.

Under the new rules, all cemeteries must obtain a license to operate a

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Emanuel supports reducing pot penalty

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he supports a plan to allow police to issue tickets to people caught with a small amount of marijuana.

In a statement Friday, Emanuel's office says the mayor will join Alderman Danny Solis to introduce an amended ordinance that would cover people caught with 15 grams of marijuana or less.

Emanuel says

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Chicago radio stations stop the hits

The music will stop Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a live, on-air forum across four Chicagoland radio stations –– WGCI/107.5, V103/102.7, Inspiration 1390AM and WVON/1690AM –– will take place to massage the dialogue about the city’s gun violence and offer solutions. The Rev. Jesse Jackson of Rainbow/PUSH will moderate the discussion among invi...

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Chicago Gun Turn-In June 23

Chicago Gun Turn-In June 23
The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department partnered with community- and faith-based organizations to host the citywide gun turn-in event June 23 at several locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone can turn in a firearm, no questions asked, and receive a $100 MasterCard gift card. Also, BB and replica guns can be turned in for a $10

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