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Cook County plans crackdown on tax violators

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CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County is trying two new methods to go after unpaid taxes and fines.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's office announced the programs Wednesday, predicting they could bring in $4 million to the 2013 budget.

New software will allow the county to identify scofflaw

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Man once on death row faced financial problems

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Photo caption: In this Nov. 13, 1998 file photo, Shabaka Waqlimi, whose legal name is Joseph Green Brown, poses for a photo in Chicago. Brown, who was wrongfully convicted of murder in Florida in 1975, sentenced to death then released from prison 13 years later when his conviction was reversed on

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Chicago’s violent reputation thrust back into national spotlight

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Photo caption: One of two people shot Tuesday in the 5500 block of West Chicago Avenue. Defender/Worsom Robinson

Millions of viewers watched two singers from Chicago –– Brandon Mahone and Terisa Griffin –– go through a blind audition on NBC's "The Voice."

But before either could belt out a tune,

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Ill. laptop company accused of spying on customers

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CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' attorney general and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed on a settlement with an Illinois company accused of using computer software to spy on customers who rented laptops.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office says Lake Bluff-based Watershed Development Corporation

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago