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3 Killed in Medical Helicopter Crash in Illinois

    Ambulance

    (AP) — Hospital officials say a pilot and two nurses were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in a field while traveling between two northern Illinois hospitals.

    Rockford Memorial Hospital identified those killed as pilot Andy Olson and flight nurses Karen Hollis and Jim Dillow. In a news release Tuesday, officials at Rockford Memorial

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    South Side Third-Grader Launches Toy Drive for Hurricane Sandy Victims

      CHATHAM — Unlike many children his age, Samuel Love is not spending too much time thinking about all the gifts he might get for Christmas.

      Instead, the 9-year-old is busy organizing a local toy drive to benefit New York children affected by Hurricane Sandy.

      "Christmas is a time of giving and sharing. Not many kids my age think about that, but I do,

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Illinois Loses Big with Fiscal Cliff

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        (AP) — Government experts who run the numbers estimate Illinois could lose $1 billion in federal revenue if President Barack Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement and allow the economy to plunge off the so-called "fiscal cliff."

        But more unpredictable — and perhaps more worrisome — is what impact another recession, spurred by the pos

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Quinn: Pension Problem is Illinois' 'Fiscal Cliff'

          CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says the pension crisis is Illinois' own fiscal cliff.

          The Chicago Democrat spoke to reporters Monday during a breakfast event at Bloomberg's Chicago office.

          He's set a Jan. 9 deadline to overhaul the pension system, which is underfunded by an estimated $96 billion. On that day, new lawmakers will be sworn in after a

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago