Tag: illinois

A Third Person Has Died From a Vaping-Related Lung Disease

A third person has died from a severe lung illness linked to the use of a vaping device. The death was confirmed on Friday by the state of Indiana, which said that an “individual over the age of 18” had died, but provided no additional information about the patient or case, citing privacy laws. Two […]

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Thank God for the Nanny-Cam: Illinois Family Sues Police for Raiding Home, Snatching Up Teen

In Carpentersville, Illinois, police were caught on home video brutalizing teenage boy was accosted in his home in search of alleged missing girl. Photo: vmargineanu (IStock) Teenagers are going to do what teenagers do but thank goodness for home surveillance systems. In Carpentersville, a northern suburb in Illinois, police were caught in the act of […]

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Illinois State Senator to Trump: Hey, Sorry About the Mock Assassination

Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Ill.), has apologized to Trump and all who support him for an incident that happened at a fundraiser. And by incident, I mean that one of Sandoval’s supporters pointed an automatic weapon—which was likely fake—at a person wearing a Donald Trump mask. Basically, the man staged […]

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It’s ‘Racial’: Illinois Prison Banned Books on Black History and Empowerment From Inmate Program

Photo: iStock Some 3 out of every 4 inmates in Illinois prisons are black, yet, an Illinois prison banned an inmate education program from using books discussing black history or empowerment due to their “racial” content. Now, prison officials are apologizing and pledging to overhaul their review system, according to the Chicago Tribune, but not […]

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Trump Suggests He’s Likely to Commute Sentence of Rod Blagojevich

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday night that he was “strongly considering” commuting the 14-year prison sentence of Rod R. Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor who was convicted of trying to essentially sell President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for personal gain. In remarks aboard Air Force One, Mr. Trump described the incriminating phone […]

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As Mortgage-Interest Deduction Vanishes, Housing Market Offers a Shrug

PLAINFIELD, Ill. — The mortgage-interest deduction, a beloved tax break bound tightly to the American dream of homeownership, once seemed politically invincible. Then it nearly vanished in middle-class neighborhoods across the country, and it appears that hardly anyone noticed. In places like Plainfield, a southwestern outpost in the area known locally as Chicagoland, the housing […]

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2 Moms Who Fought Gun Violence in Chicago Killed in Drive-By Shooting: ‘Who’s Next?’

Image: iStock Andrea Stoudemire and Chantell Grant dedicated their lives to combating the rampant gun violence tearing apart their neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, only to meet their untimely demise courtesy of stray bullets. CBS News reports that on July 26, Stoudemire, 35, and Grant, 26, were killed by gunfire intended for an […]

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Rich People Now Just Signing Over Custody of Their Kids to Score Financial Aid, Apparently

Image: via AP As if one major college-related scandal weren’t enough in a year, there comes this news: wealthy parents in Illinois are reportedly scamming financial aid for their college-bound children by transferring guardianship to someone else, freeing up said children to claim financial independence. Is this pretty unethical? Absolutely. Is it illegal? Apparently not! […]

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Common Leads Proposal to Build Massive Movie Studio Complex in Chicago

Photo: Ilya S. Savenok (Getty Images for Common’s Book Tour In New York) During a rousing speech at the BET Awards in June, movie magnate Tyler Perry stressed the importance of becoming our own gatekeepers. “When I built my studio, I built it in a neighborhood that is one of the poorest black neighborhoods in […]

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State and Local Taxes Are Worsening Inequality

Economic inequality is on the rise in Illinois, and the state government is part of the problem. Illinois taxes low-income families at much higher rates than high-income families, asking the most of those who have the least. Low-income households in Illinois pay about 14 cents in state and local taxes from every dollar of income, […]

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Barack Obama Gives Urban Alliance Interns the Surprise of Their Lives

Photo: Bill Pugliano (Getty Images) In his efforts to further cement his status as the coolest former president of all-time, Barack Obama treated students at his Obama Foundation to a special surprise. On Tuesday, the Hill reports that our forever president pulled up on a group of Urban Alliance interns, more commonly known as the […]

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Jesse Jackson and Son Jesse Jr. Beg Trump’s Pardon for Disgraced Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition convention July 1, 2019, in Chicago. Photo: Scott Olson (Getty) Civil rights icon the Rev. Jesse Jackson and his oldest son, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., are throwing their weight behind a push to implore Donald Trump for the release and full presidential pardon […]

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R. Kelly Arrested on Child Pornography and Other Federal Charges

The singer R. Kelly, already under indictment in Chicago on state charges of aggravated sexual assault and abuse, was arrested on Thursday night by federal agents and accused of child pornography and other federal crimes, officials said. Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, an assistant United States attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, said Mr. Kelly was […]

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Black Patient Arrested After Security Guard Accuses Him of Attempting to Steal IV and Sell It on eBay

Screenshot: Atlanta Black Star video (Twitter) A video of a black Freeport, Ill., patient being arrested while taking a walk outside a hospital has gone viral after he shared the incident on Facebook. The video shows Shaquille Dukes, 24, walking outside FHN Memorial Hospital on June 9, wearing a hospital gown and attached to an […]

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Black Patient Arrested After Security Guard Accuses Him of Attempting to Steal an IV and Sell It on eBay

Screenshot: Atlanta Black Star video (Twitter) A video of a black Freeport, Ill., patient being arrested while taking a walk outside a hospital has gone viral after he shared the incident on Facebook. The video shows Shaquille Dukes, 24, walking outside FHN Memorial Hospital on June 9, wearing a hospital gown and attached to an […]

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With Most States Under One Party’s Control, America Grows More Divided

When J.B. Pritzker took over as the governor of Illinois this year, Democratic lawmakers, who had spent four years at an impasse with his Republican predecessor, vowed that their party’s new grip on the State Capitol would bring immediate change. The pace has been startling. In recent months, Illinois legislators have moved sharply to the […]

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