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Cell Phone Scams Increasing in Illinois

    CHICAGO (AP) — The consumer advocacy group Citizens Utility Board says scams that add charges to customers' cell phone bills have almost doubled in Illinois the past year.

    The board said in a news release Tuesday that scammers appear to be targeting cell phone users as wireless communication increases and new laws outlaw so-called cramming on land

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Former County Commissioner Convicted of Vandalism

      CHICAGO (AP) —

      A judge has found a former Cook County commissioner guilty of a misdemeanor charge of destroying a campaign sign belonging to his opponent days before the 2010 election.

      At a hearing on Tuesday in Bridgeview, Cook County Judge Kerry Kennedy sentenced Tony Peraica to four months of court supervision.

      Peraica was a two-term Republican

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Teachers End Strike in NW Suburbs

        CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — More than 20,000 students in suburban Chicago will be back in class after teachers and the school district reached a tentative agreement that ends a teachers' strike after just one day.

        The website of the Carpentersville-based Community Unit District 300 announced Tuesday night that the two sides reached a tentative

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Min. Farrakhan Hospitalized In Virgin Islands With Fever

          Louis Farrakhan

          CHRISTIANSTED, St. Croix (AP) — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has sought medical care in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

          Farrakhan representative Akbar Muhammed says Farrakhan went to a hospital on Tuesday with a "low-grade fever." He says Farrakhan has left the St. Thomas hospital and is describing his condition as "fine."

          Farrakhan, 79, had been

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago