Police probe death of infant girl
Girl was left home alone with 2 other childrenPolice are investigating the death of an infant girl who was found in a car seat in a West Side apartment Wednesday by a neighbor.
CPS unveils curriculum for African-American studies
District's effort to comply fully with state law calls for yearlong integration into core subjectsDespite a 1990 state law requiring that African-American history be taught in public schools, the subject has been taught sporadically in Chicago, often coming up only during Black History Month or to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Man shuns anonymity in accusing ex-priest of sex abuse
27-year-old victim says he can raise awareness of issueA 27-year-old Chicago man on Wednesday became the first person to identify himself in a sex abuse allegation against former Roman Catholic priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack.
Aldermen want city to ban unsafe rail tank cars
Officials concerned about growing shipments of crude oil using older model tank carsTwo Chicago aldermen on Wednesday proposed that the City Council declare a type of railroad tank car that carries hazardous materials a public nuisance and ban them from the city.
Released from prison after 31 years: 'Finally, it's over with'
Wrongly convicted of rape in 1982, Stanley Wrice laments time away from familyThe moment Stanley Wrice had imagined for 31 years arrived Wednesday morning when he squeezed through a metal detector at Pontiac Correctional Center, put down a cardboard box that contained all he owns and held his grown daughter in a long embrace as his attorneys fought back tears.
Poisoned lottery winner's estate is divided
Widow and man's daughter still at odds but accept court's termsThe estate of a North Side businessman who died of cyanide poisoning after winning a $1 million lottery jackpot was divided among his two surviving heirs Wednesday in a deal that bars both sides from pursuing a wrongful-death lawsuit unless a criminal probe of his death turns up new evidence.
Police lineups: Is Chicago out of step?
Pilot program tries to get in step with other departments by turning more to photosFor more than a century, the lineup has been a vital tool for police detectives in solving crime.
Alderman pushes measure to combat motorcycle noise
Proposal would give police authority to ticket noisy ridesAldermen tried to clear some work off their desks at the final Chicago City Council meeting of the year Wednesday and added some new items to next year's agenda:
Council adopts financial analysis office
But questions remain about whether it will have any real powerChicago aldermen voted Wednesday to give themselves a way to check the math behind big-ticket, politically combustible deals that come out of the mayor's office, but the new Office of Financial Analysis ended up pleasing few on the City Council.
Co-workers spell out gratitude in skyline tribute
Electrician who started Chicago tradition at Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower memorializedFourteen years ago, a Chicagoan named Walter Payton died too young. Touched, an electrician decided to use the windows of a downtown building as an overnight memorial, lighting up Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower with the "34" the beloved Bears running back wore on his jersey.
Bennett Reimer 1932-2013
Former NU professor wrote classic on music educationThrough his writings and teaching, Bennett Reimer was an influential advocate for the idea that all children in elementary and secondary education should be exposed to music.
Jim Zalewa, patent attorney, 1947-2013
With an undergraduate degree in physics and a high score on the Law School Admission Test, James Zalewa's choice of a career in intellectual property law was a natural — with a slight twist.
Madigan rails against 'corporate pay-to-play' of special business incentives
Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan on Wednesday suggested that a pattern of business executives threatening to leave Illinois unless they get tax incentives and politicians quickly responding has created an appearance of "corporate pay-to-play" as he called for overhauling a system that prompts companies to line up hat in hand at the Capitol.
Start Wrigley rehab, Emanuel says
Cubs win approval to push outfield walls back to accommodate signs, but no work has begun on items approved this yearThe Chicago City Council had barely finished giving the Cubs additional freedom to expand Wrigley Field and schedule night games Wednesday when Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivered a message to the Ricketts family: It's time to break out the jackhammers already.
Judge orders boy in international custody fight returned to Illinois
Abiding by an appellate court decision that struck down his earlier ruling, a federal judge in Chicago has ordered that a 6-year-old boy at the center of an international custody fight be returned to Illinois to live with his mother — at least for now.
Protests fail to undo privatization of Long Grove roads
A vote to undo part of Long Grove’s recently approved road-privatization ordinance failed Tuesday night, despite the presence of dozens of residents at a Village Board meeting, many of them there to protest the shift of upkeep and plowing costs to residents.
Snow crews say they're ready for challenge
Salt stockpiles, new technology to boost road clearingChicagoans know better than to expect mild winters.
Another Burge victim has conviction thrown out
South Side man imprisoned more than 30 years scheduled to be released A Cook County judge on Tuesday threw out the conviction of a South Side man imprisoned for decades for a 1980s rape, concluding that two of disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge's top lieutenants had tortured him into confessing and then covered up the abuse.
Senate panel grills DCFS over child death data
'I don't trust anything they're saying,' one lawmaker saysOutraged over the torture death of an 8-year-old Chicago girl and a rising toll of child fatalities, an Illinois Senate panel questioned state officials who admitted Tuesday that their numbers in such cases were inaccurate.
Pimp convicted of sex trafficking
A federal jury convicted a Bolingbrook man of sex trafficking charges Tuesday for using sweet talk and violence to coerce vulnerable runways and drug addicts into lives of prostitution.
RTA director stepping down
Costello leaving transit agency amid conflict over funding, policyThe head of the Regional Transportation Authority is stepping down after months of divisive conflict among the CTA, Metra and Pace over funding and policy.
Panel OKs moving Wrigley's walls
Waveland, Sheffield parking would be removedThe Cubs on Tuesday won preliminary backing from aldermen to push back the exterior outfield walls at Wrigley Field as part of the team's planned $300 million renovation of the iconic but aging ballpark.
Former Gurnee youth baseball treasurer arrested
Man charged with theft, alleged to have taken more than $80K from leagueThe former treasurer of a Gurnee youth baseball league has been arrested amid allegations that he took more than $80,000 from the organization without authorization, authorities said.
After-school programs offer haven, fun for kids with few options
Youth Guidance serves about 4,000 Chicago public and charter studentsThe school day had ended more than an hour earlier, but about 200 students remained inside Parker Community Academy one recent afternoon.
Riverside will tweet names of drivers arrested for DUI
Chief says driving drunk 'too socially acceptable,' hopes to shame drivers to call cab#Don'tGetArrestedForDUI in Riverside unless you want to see your name #AllOverTheTwitterverse.
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Chicago is home to many different occupations, necessary to fulfill the role chosen for it by the rest of America. And it has filled those roles admirably, from slaughterhouse to railhead to patriotism, sports, culture and even corruption. Chicago has many faces, some seen, and some always hidden. But the mixture has given Chicago a texture not enjoyed by most other large cities. “My Kind of Town”, “Second City”, “Windy City”, “That Toddlin’ Town”: Chicago has many names for its many faces. And from Oprah to Obama Chicago has contributed as much or more to the fabric of our country from its diversity than almost any other city.