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Quinn: Local option way to go on concealed carry

    Members of the Community Renewal Society from Chicago participate in a "die-in" protest to stop gun violence and support legislation to stop illegal gun trafficking and stronger laws for gun registration, in front of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. Each member is wearing

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    World Bank staff to visit Chicago, City Colleges

      Dr. Jill Biden, right, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, was in Chicago June 2012 and toured a local business that has worked with City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman, left, on college-to-careers programs the CCC started. This week, a delegation from the World Bank will be in Chicago to look into a possible global duplication of the

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Illinois seniors get bigger break on property tax

        Gov. Pat Quinn (AP Photo)

        Legislation designed to reduce property tax bills for Illinois seniors is now law.

        The bill raises the homestead exemption for Illinois residents age 65 and older by $1,000, from $4,000 to $5,000.

        Gov. Pat Quinn signed it into law on Tuesday. The move could save seniors roughly $200 a year.

        The new law also raises the general

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Bulls shut down Nets 90-82, even series at 1-1 


          Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans (30) and Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) go for a loose ball in the first half of Game 2 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 22, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

          NEW YORK — Whatever pain Joakim Noah was feeling in that achy right foot would have to wait.

          Blowing a

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago