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Candidates Can File Petitions for Jackson's Seat

    JesseJr

    (AP) — Candidates vying to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. can start filing paperwork with the Illinois Board of Elections.

    The filing period for established party candidates begins Thursday and ends Monday.

    The heavily-Democratic 2nd District covers parts of Chicago's South Side, suburbs and some rural areas. There are approximately

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Illinois Gay Marriage Vote Too Close to Call

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      SPRINGFIELD - According to theIllinois Review, it has been two years since civil unions became an alternative for marriage in Illinois. Since then 11 members in the Illinois Senate and 31 in the House are no longer serving in the legislature. With the next hurdle for GLBT (gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders) activists likely to be voted

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Charter Schools Ring Up Fines, More Public Funding

      CHICAGO — Some of the city's top charter schools are ringing up fines for disciplinary infractions even as they're racking up large increases in public funding, according to DNAinfo.com.

      Marsha Godard, a parent at Chicago Bulls College Prep, says she has paid close to $2,000 in fines and fees to keep her son in class at the West Side school.

      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Chicago's Top Cop Makes Arrest

        Garry McCarthy

        (AP) — Chicago's police superintendent is apparently not content urging his officers to make more arrests.

        Early Tuesday morning, Superintendent Garry McCarthy helped arrest a 23-year-old Chicago man on felony weapons charges.

        McCarthy was on patrol with officers from the Austin District on the city's West Side when during a traffic stop of a

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago