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Chicago Records First Homicide of 2013

    (AP) — A 20-year-old Chicago man is apparently the city's first homicide victim of 2013.

    Police say Octavius Dontrell Lamb was shot in the throat shortly before 4 a.m. on the city's West Side on Tuesday, and was pronounced dead at 4:16 a.m. at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Police say no arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon.

    Lamb's death

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Homicide Suspects Caught After Chase Ends in Dan Ryan Crash

      CHICAGO— One person is dead Sunday after being shot near the intersection of 51st and Indiana streets in Fuller Park, and police have two suspects in custody, according to DNAinfo.com.

      Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien said police either witnessed or heard shots fired in the area, and saw two offenders fleeing the scene around 5:10 p.m.

      A

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      2013 Ushered in More Than 150 New Illinois Laws

        Illinois Laws 2013

        According to the Huffington Post, Illinoisans awoke Tuesday to 150 new state laws on the books, including a ban on the sale or trade of shark fin, a new strip club surcharge and a number of less widely publicized laws -- such as ambulances no longer being required to pay tolls.

        The 150 laws are far fewer than the 214 state laws that went into

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Obama's Illinois Gay Marriage Push: President Urges State Lawmakers To Approve Marriage Equality

          Ahead of a vote that could come early next month, President Barack Obama is pushing for lawmakers in his home state of Illinois to legalize gay marriage, according to The Huffington Post.

          White House spokesman Shin Inouye told the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet Sunday that the president "believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago