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Flooding leads to dreadful morning commute

    April showers wreaked havoc on Chicago and the suburbs overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning.

    The morning commute was a nightmare for some motorists and public transportation users as expressway closures and bus reroutes were announced early Thursday.

    Among the closures, parts of the outbound Kennedy from O’Hare Airport were closed, along w

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Program to expand Internet access in Chicago

      More than a million Chicago residents will be eligible for low-cost Internet service through a program aimed at expanding digital access to underserved areas.

      Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that Chicago will be a pilot city for the national EveryoneOn campaign. The program provides low-cost Internet access and training to residents in

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Ricin in Obama letter, odd packages scramble Hill 


        WASHINGTON — Police swept across the U.S. Capitol complex to chase a flurry of reports of suspicious packages and envelopes Wednesday after preliminary tests indicated poisonous ricin in two letters sent to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator.

        In an intelligence bulletin obtained by The Associated Press, the FBI says that the letters

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Doctors ask for medical marijuana legalization

          Nearly 250 Illinois physicians put their names behind a proposal Tuesday that would legalize marijuana for patients with serious illnesses, hoping to give a boost to the legislation one day before an anticipated vote on the House floor.

          Three of those doctors spoke at a press conference in Chicago, saying the drug can be a safer and more effective

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago