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Chicago officials want public drinking crackdown

    Chicago's mayor wants to increase penalties for gambling as well as drinking and urinating in public.

    City officials say quality-of-life crimes have the highest rates of default. As many as 70 percent of offenders ignore administrative hearings and fines.

    Under proposals by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that are advancing in the City Council, Chicago would add

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Man sentenced to life for killing Illinois Service Federal bank teller

      Tramaine Gibson

      A federal judge has sentenced a Chicago man to life in prison for fatally shooting a 23-year-old teller during a South Side bank robbery.

      There was little suspense heading into David Vance's sentencing hearing Wednesday. His 2011 conviction for killing Tramaine Gibson carried a mandatory life term without parole.

      But emotions still

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Illinois high court rules against E2 owners 


        Pictured, Dwain Kyles, a co-owner of the E2 nightclub where a 2003 stampede killed 21 persons, talks with reporters in December 2005 after a court appearance in Chicago. In a ruling Thursday, April 4, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed an appellate court's decision tossing the guilty verdicts and vacating the sentences of Kyles and and

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Man sentenced to life for killing Illinois Service Federal bank teller

          Tramaine Gibson

          A federal judge has sentenced a Chicago man to life in prison for fatally shooting a 23-year-old teller during a South Side bank robbery.

          There was little suspense heading into David Vance's sentencing hearing Wednesday. His 2011 conviction for killing Tramaine Gibson carried a mandatory life term without parole.

          But emotions still

          ...
          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago