Chicago

Michelle Obama claimed last week that her husband, former President Barack Obama, could have built his presidential library anywhere in the world because “so many people” feel that Obama is “their president.” “Barack’s presidential library could have been anywhere in the world because there are so many people who feel like he is their president
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Last night’s “Saturday Night Live” host Chance the Rapper — who hails from Chicago — used his platform to make an overt political statement, wearing a Chicago Teachers Union sweatshirt on screen and expressing his support for the teachers’ strike. Several SNL cast members joined him in wearing CTU sweatshirts during the farewell. According to
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The special prosecutor appointed to lead a probe into why charges were dropped against Jussie Smollett has admitted to writing a check to the campaign of State’s Attorney Kim Foxx — whose office he is responsible for investigating for any potential wrongdoing. What are the details? Dan Webb of the law firm Winston and Strawn
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One suspect is in custody after someone drove an SUV through the internal hallways of a mall near Chicago Friday afternoon, causing chaos while crashing into storefronts and sending panicked shoppers fleeing. What are the details? The Hartford Courant reported that emergency crews responded to the scene at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois, after video
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The University of Chicago Medical Center has been moving patients out of its facility this week — including infants and children requiring intensive care — in anticipation of the hospital’s unionized nurses’ strike planned for Friday. What are the details? According to The Chicago Tribune, patients from the hospital’s neonatal and pediatric intensive care units
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A report released Thursday by the United States Department of Education excoriated the Chicago Public School system for failing to protect children from sexual abuse over the course of many years. The department also ordered Chicago Public Schools to implement a new plan to address those allegations in a document that read like a well-deserved
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Chicago police say that four teenage girls turned themselves in after massive outrage over video of a brutal beating they gave to a special needs fifteen-year-old girl who went missing after the attack. Police characterized the charges as “sick and disgusting crimes.” The video went viral on social media after the attack on Sunday. It
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The law department of the city of Chicago said that they are planning to sue “Empire” star Jussie Smollett after he missed a deadline Thursday to pay a $130,000 bill for the costs the police department incurred while investigating his false attack claims. Rob Elgas of ABC -7 Chicago reported that the law department released
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Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) president Kevin Graham made alarming accusations in a letter demanding that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx be investigated for inappropriate interference in the Jussie Smollett case. Foxx recused herself from the case under suspicious circumstances, and Graham believes that questions need to be answered about whether she acted appropriately.
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In the wake of the 16-count grand jury indictment against actor Jussie Smollett over allegations he filed a false police report amid orchestrating a fake racist, homophobic attack against himself in January, production sources told TMZ that “Empire” cast and crew members are concerned the show won’t be renewed for another season. Image source: Chicago
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Hours after it was announced a grand jury indicted actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony charges for filing two false police reports related to his alleged hate crime hoax, the actor’s defense attorney, Mark Geragos, claimed his client is the victim of a “media gangbang.” Geragos, speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, emphasized the unprecedented nature
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Holding the first open elections for more than 100 years, Chicago has cleared the path to elect its first black female mayor, advancing Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot in Tuesday’s mayoral race to the April 2 runoff. Fourteen candidates vied for top spot to replace incumbent Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the nation’s 3rd largest city. It
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Actor Jussie Smollett, who was arrested last week after allegedly orchestrating a fake hate crime agains himself, has “hard evidence” to support his claim that he did not pay two Nigerian brothers to stage an attack against him. What are the details? When Chicago Police apprehended Smollett last week, charging him with felony disorderly conduct
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Lawyers for Jussie Smollett released a statement late Saturday explaining the star actor is “angered and devastated” by new reports that allege Smollett colluded with two Nigerian brothers to orchestrate a homophobic and racist attack against him. What did the lawyers say? They said in a statement: As a victim of a hate crime who
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Just hours after Chicago police arrested two Nigerian brothers named “persons of interest” in the ongoing Jussie Smollett assault saga, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department announced the brothers have been released from custody. What are the details? The brothers, who police apprehended at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Wednesday as they re-entered the United
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The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced on Sunday that it will suspend its striking efforts after reaching a temporary agreement with a charter school network. More than 500 teachers walked out of 15 schools associated with Acero Schools, one of Chicago’s largest charter school networks. The teacher strike, which started on Tuesday and continued into Friday, cancelled classes
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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) on Friday, claiming they unlawfully withheld $4 million in grants surrounding the district’s alleged mishandling of sexual assault complaints. The funds would have turned three public schools into magnet schools, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday. Magnet schools are still public schools, but often
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A weekend of madness in Chicago resulted in over 40 people shot, four fatally, officials report. The Chicago Tribune reported that during one period of fewer than three hours, 25 people were shot. Three people were shot Friday evening, 14 were shot Saturday, 47 were shot Sunday and six were shot early Monday, capping off the weekend, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The city
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Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 156 criminal aliens and immigration violators in the Chicago metropolitan area during a six-day enforcement action, which ended Thursday. During this operation, ERO deportation officers made arrests in the following 37 communities:  Addison, Arlington Heights, Aurora, Bartlett, Berkley, Berwyn,
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Nearly 40 people were shot during the first three days of this week in gun-controlled Chicago. The wounded included a 15-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, while the deceased included a 21-year-old mother. The Chicago Tribune reports that twelve people, including the 4-year-old girl, were shot during one 12-hour period stretching from “Tuesday through early Wednesday.”
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