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Quinn: Plans moving to relieve expressway tie-ups

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says plans are moving forward to improve traffic flow at Chicago's notoriously congested Circle Interchange.

    The interchange connects the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Eisenhower expressways west of Chicago's downtown business district. With more than 400,000 vehicles passing through each day, Quinn's office says it's the most

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Beavers opening, 1st day of testimony done

      Opening statements and the first day of testimony are done at the tax-evasion trial of a powerful Chicago politician.

      Thursday's proceedings in Democrat William Beavers' case began with opening statements.

      Prosecutor Sam Cole told jurors the Cook County Commissioner spent thousands from his campaign coffers at a lake-side casino. In one case, Cole

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Possible Commerce pick leaves Chicago Board of Ed

        Pictured, President Barack Obama stands with Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker Oct. 2010 in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Pritzker, considered a top candidate to be the next U.S. Commerce Secretary, resigned Thursday, March 14, 2013, from the Chicago Board of Education. Pritzker is a longtime Obama ally and top

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Local rapper released from juvenile detention

          Keith Cozart, better known as Chicago rapper Chief Keef, has been released from juvenile detention after serving 60 days for violating probation on a gun conviction.

          Chief Keef left Cook County Juvenile Court on Thursday after a brief hearing. Officials say there are no court restrictions on his activities.

          Chief Keef was sentenced last year to 18

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago