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Durbin proposes measures to help wounded veterans

    Sen. Dick Durbin (AP Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann)

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is proposing two legislative measures that would boost research into orthotics and prosthetics care for service members and veterans.

    The Democratic senator from Illinois announced the legislation Monday.

    The proposals would authorize grants to colleges and

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Jury selection, trial to begin in Commissioner Beavers case

      Pictured, Cook County Commissioner William Beavers speaks to reporters after his March 2012 arraignment on federal tax-evasion charges. Jury selection is set to begin this week for the 78-year-old Democrat who is accused of diverting tens of thousands of dollars from campaign accounts for personal use without reporting it and then trying to cover

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      After Derrion Albert’s death, his notorious high school made turnaround 


        Pictured, Elizabeth Dozier, principal at Fenger High School in Chicago, walks through the school's corridor. The school, once synonymous with school violence after the 2009 killing of honors student Derrion Albert, is now turning things around and is a showcase for what school officials say is an improving atmosphere in schools across Chicago. For

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Infant killed in drive-by

          Jonathan Watkins and his 6-month-old daughter Jonylah were in this van in the 6500 block of South Maryland in Chicago Monday, March 11, 2013, when a gunman drove by and opened fire. The broken driver-side window shows where the bullets hit. The father was struck and is in critical condition at a local hospital. The baby died early Tuesday morning

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago