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Movement Aims to Kick Chicago Out of Illinois

Conservative activists largely behind the push

(Newser) - Cook County, which includes Chicago, and the five urban counties surrounding it are largely Democratic. But though Illinois has a Democratic governor and Democratic majorities in the state Senate and House, the rest of the state is increasingly Republican, a political professor emeritus says. That may explain why there's... More »

Synagogue Workers Saw Broken Bottles. Then, 'Puddles of Oil'

Jewish community in Chicago on edge after attempted arson, vandalism incidents

(Newser) - All Jewish schools, businesses, and synagogues are getting "special attention" from Chicago police this week after an arson attempt and vandalism at a number of synagogues. Rabbi David Wolkenfeld tells the Chicago Tribune someone tried to set fire early Sunday at the Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in... More »

Nobody Alerted Police, State About Womb-Cutting Case

Weeks passed before Family Services was told

(Newser) - Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed, the AP reports. The woman, Clarisa Figueroa, was charged... More »

Mom Who Allegedly Cut Baby From Womb 'Not That Wise'

3 weeks later, detectives found body, murder weapon, blood

(Newser) - "Words cannot really describe how disgusting, and thoroughly disturbing, these allegations are," Chicago police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Thursday in announcing a mother and daughter had been charged with Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's murder . Clarisa Figueroa, who allegedly lured the pregnant 19-year-old to her home under the guise of... More »

She Was Promised Free Baby Clothes, Killed for Her Unborn

4 arrested in death of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez of Chicago

(Newser) - A pregnant Chicago 19-year-old arranged to pick up baby clothes from a person she met in a Facebook group. It appears to have been a horrific ruse. A 46-year-old woman called 911 on April 23, reporting that she'd given birth at her home on the 4100 block of West... More »

Expect Fewer Ubers on the Road Today

Drivers striking ahead of company's IPO debut

(Newser) - Uber drivers from Australia to the UK, including in at least 10 US cities, are logging off the app Wednesday to protest the company's Friday IPO offering. With Uber's expected $90 billion valuation, drivers say investors stand to get rich, while they struggle with low pay, limited benefits,... More »

Cubs Investigating 'Repulsive' Gesture Fan Flashed on Air

Fan appeared to make white power sign behind black commentator Doug Glanville

(Newser) - A Chicago Cubs fan at the game Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins could be banned from Wrigley Field for life if the home team ever catches up to him. While fans are often caught on camera at MLB games waving and making various gestures, one in particular has raised... More »

A New Monument Spawns Outcry in Chicago

Lithuanian resistance hero linked to Jewish persecution during Holocaust

(Newser) - The Russian embassy is among critics saying a Chicago monument honoring a Lithuanian hero seemingly ignores that that hero rounded up Jews during the Holocaust, a horror only 4% of Lithuania's Jewish population survived. Before he was executed by the Soviets in 1957, Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas became a national hero... More »

She Recused Herself From Smollett Case, Then Texted About It

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx called actor a 'washed-up celeb'

(Newser) - The Chicago Tribune and other media outlets sought a slew of police and prosecutor files related to the Jussie Smollett case; what they were able to obtain doesn't provide much insight into why the charges against Smollett were dismissed. But they do put Cook County State’s Attorney Kim... More »

Brother in 'Smollett Attack' Makes a Name for Himself

Abimbola 'Abel' Osundai wins an amateur boxing title

(Newser) - One of two brothers who say Jussie Smollett paid them to help him stage a racist, anti-gay attack against himself has won an amateur boxing title in Chicago, the AP reports. The Chicago Tribune reports that Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo became a Chicago Golden Gloves champion with a technical knockout... More »

Chicago Files Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett

City wants him to pay police overtime costs

(Newser) - The city of Chicago has made good on its promise to sue Jussie Smollett for the cost of investigating the attack it says he staged. In a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday, city lawyers say they are seeking "the full measure of damages allowed under... More »

Chicago Says Smollett Has Refused to Pay Up

City is taking Empire actor to court

(Newser) - Chicago says it is taking Jussie Smollett to court for refusing to cough up $130,000 to reimburse the city for the investigation of the hate crime he allegedly staged. The city sent the Empire actor a bill last week , saying taxpayers deserved to get the money back. The city... More »

Chicago Elects Its First Black Female Mayor

Lori Lightfoot will succeed Rahm Emanuel

(Newser) - Political newcomer Lori Lightfoot has been elected Chicago mayor, becoming the first black female—and openly gay—leader of the city. Lightfoot on Tuesday defeated Toni Preckwinkle, a former school teacher who served in the City Council for 19 years before becoming Cook County Board president in 2011. The 56-year-old... More »

Host Hopes Jussie Smollett Wins NAACP Image Award

'I hope he wins because I’d be interested to hear his speech'

(Newser) - Jussie Smollett is nominated to win an award this weekend—and it's not for "Most Brazen Hoax." Instead, the Empire star has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and host Anthony Anderson says he hopes Smollett will win at Saturday's ceremony in Hollywood. "I... More »

Chicago Sends Smollett a Bill for Police Investigation Costs

To the tune of $130K

(Newser) - Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants actor Jussie Smollett to pay one way or another for allegedly falsely claiming he was the victim of a hate crime. Emanuel wanted Smollett, who was indicted on 16 counts, to face trial, but prosecutors dropped the charges. So Chicago police added up the costs of... More »

Cops Release Records on the Smollett Case

And top prosecutor Kim Foxx explains the decision not to prosecute

(Newser) - "Right now, there's a lot of emotion." So said Chicago's head prosecutor Wednesday as she explained the thinking behind the dismissal of actor Jussie Smollett's case—a decision that angered Chicago's mayor and chief of police, WBEZ reports. Cook County State's Attorney Kim... More »

Report: FBI Is Still Investigating Jussie Smollett

'We believe he did what he was charged with doing,' prosecutor says

(Newser) - Authorities in Chicago are confused— and angry —about state prosecutors' decision to drop all charges against Jussie Smollett , but the Empire star might still end up back in court. Sources tell ABC that Smollett, who was accused of staging an attack on himself in late January, is still being... More »

Chicago Mayor on Smollett: 'This Is Not on the Level'

Rahm Emanuel calls it a 'whitewash of justice' that charges were dropped

(Newser) - Jussie Smollett talked to the media Tuesday after prosecutors dropped all 16 felony counts against the Empire actor, CBS Chicago reports. "I would not be my mother's son if I was capable of doing what I was accused of," he said in Chicago, referring to allegations that... More »

R. Kelly Is Out

Someone makes the R&B singer's child support payment

(Newser) - R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday, shortly after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support, the AP reports. Kelly was ordered taken into custody on Wednesday by a judge after he said that he did not have the entire... More »

Measles Patient Passed Through Busy Airport, ER

If you were in Chicago's Midway Airport on Feb. 22, you might want to read this

(Newser) - A person who visited a Chicago airport and hospital last week had the measles, the Illinois Department of Public Health says—meaning those who were in the same locations at the same time could possibly be infected. The Chicago Tribune reports that the unidentified Illinois resident came in to Midway... More »

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