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Herbie Hancock to get honorary degree from Columbia College

    Iconic musician and vocalist Herbie Hancock is among the handful this year who will receive an honorary degree from Columbia College Chicago at the school’s May 18 and 19 commencement ceremonies. Columbia College will confer a total of eight people in the fields of entertainment, media and arts with the special honor. Hancock will be recognized at

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Former soul food restaurant owner succumbs to cancer

      Dolores Jean Grey Reynolds

      Dolores Jean Grey Reynolds, a Chicago businesswoman and the long-time owner and operator of the celebrated Army & Lou’s soul food restaurant on Chicago’s South Side, died April 24 in Detroit after a three-month battle with esophageal cancer.

      Funeral services will be held May 4 at 11 a.m. at True Believers Missionary

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Former Muddy Waters home on list of Illinois' 10 most endangered places

        Pictured is the one-time Chicago home of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters. The home is among the 10 most endangered historic places in Illinois according to the nonprofit Landmarks Illinois, which announced the list Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Matt Cole via Landmarks Illinois)

        SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An 1890s orphanage for B

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Ill. Senator Raoul to offer version of gun-carry bill

          Illinois Sen. Kwame Raoul (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

          SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois state senator said Monday he will rework legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns that emerged last week after concerns about extra levels of scrutiny for Chicago and Cook County, but he defended the proposal against complaints that it was more restrictive t

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago