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Faith leaders to set up youth prayer line

    A diverse group of Chicago faith leaders announced Thursday that it would provide spiritual support for city students, as part of crime-fighting efforts.

    The Chicago Clergy Coaltion met at West Side Rev. Ira Acree’s Greater St. John Bible Church where they announced the initiative.

    The group will set up a citywide prayer line for students that will

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Chicago parents special guests at State of Union

      First lady Michelle Obama is applauded Tuesday before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. On the front row, to the left of the first lady are Nathaniel and Cleopatra Pendleton, parents of slain teen Hadiya Pendleton. Saturday the first lady was in Chicago to attend

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Obama challenges Republicans to work with him, but Rubio signals no (video)

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        Washington (CNN)-- President Barack Obama challenged Congress to join him in taking on "our generation's task" to ignite the growth of a "rising, thriving middle class," using the first State of the Union address of his second term to prod Republicans to compromise on the major challenges facing the nation.

        "It is our unfinished task to restore

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Prosecutor: Drug war led to teen's death

          Two men circled a park on Chicago's South Side looking for members of a rival gang before one crept up on a group seeking shelter from the rain under a canopy and opened fire, striking a 15-year-old honor student who once made a video protesting gang violence, prosecutors said Tuesday.

          New details about the death of Hadiya Pendleton emerged during

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago