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Powerball Jackpot Boosted Again to $550M

    (AP) — The record Powerball jackpot just keeps rising. It now stands at $550 million after officials say brisk sales keep driving up the payout amount.

    The jackpot was boosted to $500 million on Tuesday and raised again Wednesday morning to $550 million.

    A winner taking the cash option would get $360.2 million before taxes.

    The numbers are an

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    State Looks Into $500,000 That Disappeared from Todd Stroger Campaign Fund

      Todd Stroger

      CHICAGO — The state Board of Elections is looking into a $500,000 "investment" that suddenly disappeared earlier this year from Todd Stroger's campaign filings without any accounting for it.

      The disclosure comes as the former Cook County Board president tells DNAinfo.com Chicago he has no plans to run for the congressional seat formerly held by

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Five-Year Ban on School Closings Would Still Allow Shakeups for Academic Reasons

        School Closing

        A proposed five-year moratorium on Chicago Public School closings would not prevent the district from shaking up schools — and replacing staff — for academic reasons during those years, CPS officials indicated Tuesday.

        New Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett revealed Monday that the system would impose a "moratorium on all CPS facility closures for

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Boy, 15, Critically Injured in Back of the Yards Neighborhood

          Crime Scene

          A 15-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, officials said.

          The shooting happened at about 8:06 p.m. on the 4600 block of South Damen Avenue, according to according to Chicago Police Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti.

          The boy sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was taken in critical

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago