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First Lady Michelle Obama to attend teen's funeral

     

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     The Defender has confirmed that first lady Michelle Obama will attend the funeral service for slain teen Hadiya Pendleton.

     The 15-year-old was gunned down Jan. 29 at a park located one mile north of where the first lady and the first family lived in the Kenwood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

    Hadiya's father, Nathaniel Pendleton, told The

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    Minimum wage rate increase proposed for Illinois workers

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      SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn's waded into contentious waters with business leaders and Republicans Wednesday when he called for a 20 percent increase in the Illinois minimum wage.

      During his annual State of the State address to lawmakers, the Chicago Democrat asked them to raise the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour. Although the state

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      Chicago to spend $2 billion on new rail cars

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        Chicago transit officials are planning to spend up to $2 billion on a new generation of rail cars to modernize the nation's second-largest mass transit system.

         

        The Chicago Transit Authority announced Wednesday it is accepting bids for up to 850 new rail cars that would start to roll out in 2016. They would replace "El" cars that are around 30

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        Gun violence crimes become federal priority

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          A Cook County official wants federal authorities to prosecute more gun cases.

          In a news release Wednesday, Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey says the number of cases prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago has dropped from 129 in 1999 to 73 in 2011 to 40 in 2012. That's despite studies that have shown federal prosecutions

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          Quinn proposes raising Illinois minimum wage

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          SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn's waded into contentious waters with business leaders and Republicans Wednesday when he called for a 20 percent increase in the Illinois minimum wage.

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