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Slain infant’s funeral set, father cooperating with police

    Jonathan Watkins is pictured with his daughter, Jonylah. Both of them were shot Monday, March 11, 2013 in Chicago's Woodlawn community. Jonylah died a day later. Her funeral is scheduled for next week. Police say the father is cooperating in the shooting investigation. Photo/Courtesy Facebook Jonathan Watkins

    Police say that Jonathan Watkins is

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    No Black men in Beavers jury pool; defense objects 


     

     

    Race became an issue Tuesday at the tax-evasion trial of an influential Cook County commissioner, after the defense complained there were no black men in an initial jury pool and asked for it to be dismissed.

    William Beavers, who is black, has pleaded not guilty to diverting more than $225,000 from campaign funds to feed a gambling habit and for

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Madigan: Gay marriage 12 votes short in House

      Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, says passing a gay marriage bill out of the Illinois House will be very difficult, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Springfield Ill. Madigan says he backs the measure allowing same-sex couples to marry. The Senate approved it last month and it awaits a House floor vote. But Madigan says the

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Funeral home director arrested

        Harry Carter III, owner of Carter Funeral Home, was arrested and charged with operating his business without a license. Defender photo/Rhonda Gillespie

        Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced that a 63-year-old Harry Carter III, owner of Carter Funeral Home in the South Shore area, was arrested Sunday at his home for working as a funeral

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago