Category: Chicago

Chicago Posts Lowest First Quarter Homicide Totals Since 1958

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Chicago’s first-quarter murder total this year hit its lowest number since 1958, police say.

The Sun-Times reports Chicago’s first quarter of 2014 tallied the lowest number of homicides since 1958. The numbers reflect six fewer homicides than the same period in 2013, and 55 fewer homicides since the same time in 2012.

Rejuvenated Pirates ready to start anew

Francisco Liriano

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano throws during the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The family reunion will be short. Whether it will be sweet hardly matters. At last, the wounds of 21 years of futility have finally started to heal.

Trip to the Altar: I Want a Marriage More Beautiful than My Wedding

I have a confession: before I got engaged I pretty much had my entire wedding planned on Pinterest. Another confession: before I even MET my fiancé, I had an idea of what my wedding would look like. I Dreamed of My Prince I know I’m not the only one. Girls dream about being a beautiful bride Keep Reading →

For James, Cleveland trip was to support Ilgauskas

LeBron James

Miami Heat’s LeBron James watches an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James simply wanted to support his friend, so the Miami Heat star found himself back in his old stomping grounds.

Top high school basketball team forfeits season, coach suspended

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Curie Head Coach Michael Oliver (You Tube Photo)

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Curie Metropolitan High School’s basketball team, ranked among the best in the nation, has forfeited this year’s games because several players were academically ineligible to compete, public schools officials announced Friday.

Pens, Blackhawks prepare for Soldier Field game

Work continues to transform Soldier Field for Saturday's Stadium Series NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Chicago. . (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Work continues to transform Soldier Field for Saturday’s Stadium Series NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Chicago. . (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) – No introductions needed.

George Lucas, wife donate $25M to Chicago school

 In this Nov. 16, 2013 file photo, filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson are seen on the red carpet at the 2013 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. T(Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

In this Nov. 16, 2013 file photo, filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson are seen on the red carpet at the 2013 Governors Awards in Los Angeles. T(Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, are donating $25 million to a prestigious private school on Chicago’s South Side.

Ramis, Zen master to a wild comedy storm, dies

In this Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, actor and director Harold Ramis walks the Red Carpet as he arrives to celebrate The Second City's 50th anniversary in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

In this Dec. 12, 2009 file photo, actor and director Harold Ramis walks the Red Carpet as he arrives to celebrate The Second City’s 50th anniversary in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

“Caddyshack.” ”National Lampoon’s Animal House.” ”Ghostbusters.” ”Groundhog Day.” ”Stripes.”

Former US congressman arrested in Zimbabwe on pornography charges

 In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, former Congressman Mel Reynolds announces that he's joining the increasingly crowded field running for the 2nd District seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, former Congressman Mel Reynolds announces that he’s joining the increasingly crowded field running for the 2nd District seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds has been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography and an immigration offence.

NLRB considers if college players are employees

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan., 28, 2014.  (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan., 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal agency kicked off the first in a series of hearings Wednesday on whether to approve a bid by Northwestern football players to unionize, and both sides acknowledged the key question was whether college athletes can be considered employees.

Chicago anti-gang efforts tame street violence

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2013 file photo, Danyia Bell, 16, left, and Artureana Terrell, 16, react as they read a program after the funeral service for 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton outside the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral service for the Chicago teen whose killing catapulted her into the nation's debate over gun violence. Since her death, the number of homicides and other violent crimes that turned Chicago into a national symbol of gun violence have fallen sharply after the city and police changed strategies. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2013 file photo, Danyia Bell, 16, left, and Artureana Terrell, 16, react as they read a program after the funeral service for 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton outside the Greater Harvest Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago. Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral service for the Chicago teen whose killing catapulted her into the nation’s debate over gun violence.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

A history of union racism

HARRY C. ALFORD

HARRY C. ALFORD

(NNPA)—It was the early 1970s and my mentor, the late Arthur Fletcher, received the “green light” from Secretary of Labor George Schultz and President Richard Nixon to integrate the construction workforce on federally regulated projects.  Construction unions were livid about this.  AFL-CIO president George Meany demanded the firing of Schultz and the immediate shutdown of this program.  President Nixon ignored him and Art kicked off the program in Philadelphia—The Philadelphia Plan.  The second city was Chicago.