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Michelle Obama to join effort to stem Chicago violence

    First lady Michelle Obama is joining Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago business leaders in an effort to raise $50 million to address youth violence.

    In a press release Wednesday, Emanuel's office says the first lady will be in Chicago April 10 for a meeting with local philanthropists and business people.

    The group will work to support and expand

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    3rd inmate dies suspiciously at Illinois prison 


      Authorities say the March 26, 2013 death of a 35-year-old inmate at the Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Ill. is suspicious. It the third suspicious death at the prison since Jan. 31. (AP Photo/The Southern, Paul Newton, File)

      SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The third inmate to die recently under suspicious circumstances at Menard Correctional Center in s

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Urban Prep seniors all accepted to college

      Mayor Rahm Emanuel was among the officials at Urban Prep Academies – Englewood Campus Thursday as the boys-only charter school celebrated another milestone.

      For the first time, 100 percent of the graduating seniors from Urban Prep’s Englewood campus and the inaugural graduating class from its West campus, all African American males, have been accepted to a four-year college or university, school leaders announced at a special, hourlong assembly.

      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Police: Teen kidnapped on Southwest Side

        Chicago police is warning residents in the Marquette Park and Chicago Lawn areas on the city’s Southwest Side to be on heightened alert following the abduction of a 15-year-old.

        The girl was kidnapped March 21 in the 6600 block of South California at around 7:30 p.m. Allegedly, two male offenders covered her eyes and carried her to their car. They

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago