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Funeral today for 6-month-old murder victim

    A shrine in memory of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins sits near the spot in the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue in Chicago where she was shot March 11, 2013 sitting in on her father's lap in a van. Defender/Worsom Robinson

    Jonylah Watkins will be laid to rest today – one of the youngest and latest victims of Chicago gun violence. The 6-month-old w

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    IRS agent: Beavers gambled at frantic pace

      A Chicago Democrat cashed multiple four-figure checks from his campaign to himself and then gambled the money away on slot machines at a feverish pace — sometimes within hours on a single day — an Internal Revenue Service agent testified on Monday at the Cook County commissioner's tax-evasion trial.

      The testimony at William Beavers' federal trial

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Man beaten to death on CTA rail platform

        Pictured, the 43rd Street Chicago Transit Authority Green Line rail station. A man died after suffering a beating on the platform.

        Authorities say a man has been beaten to death in a fight on a Chicago rail platform.

        According to police, a 37-year-old man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after a fight on the platform of the 43rd Street

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago