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Operation Santa is in Full Swing

    CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of Chicagoans are getting in the holiday spirit by reading letters that local children send to Santa — then making their wishes come true.

    The U.S. Post Office in Chicago has received more than 12,000 letters at its Operation Santa station and more arrive every day.

    Officials are receiving packages for delivery to some of the

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    3 Killed in Medical Helicopter Crash in Illinois

      Ambulance

      (AP) — Hospital officials say a pilot and two nurses were killed when a medical helicopter crashed in a field while traveling between two northern Illinois hospitals.

      Rockford Memorial Hospital identified those killed as pilot Andy Olson and flight nurses Karen Hollis and Jim Dillow. In a news release Tuesday, officials at Rockford Memorial

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      LaShawn K. Ford is Due in Court Today

        (AP)- The arraignment of state Rep. LaShawn Ford is set for this morning in Chicago's federal court.

        Federal prosecutors indicted Ford on federal bank charges last week.

        The Chicago Democrat is accused of fraudulently obtaining a $500,000 increase and a two-year extension on a line of credit from the failed ShoreBank. Authorities allege Ford falsely

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Illinois Loses Big with Fiscal Cliff

          IllinoisStateBudget

          (AP) — Government experts who run the numbers estimate Illinois could lose $1 billion in federal revenue if President Barack Obama and Congress cannot reach a budget agreement and allow the economy to plunge off the so-called "fiscal cliff."

          But more unpredictable — and perhaps more worrisome — is what impact another recession, spurred by the pos

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago