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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit April 6 accusing a Joliet woman of defrauding four Illinois residents out of more than $10,000. 

Chicago immigrants falling victim to law fraud

April 17, 2017

Immigration law is complex and difficult to navigate for even a trained practitioner, let alone immigrants not familiar with American laws. This can often lead them to fall victim to scams, said Susan Fortino, ...

CTU strike averted, tensions remain

Although the Chicago Teachers Union continues to protest and disagree with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool, it decided not to strike on May 1.

By Eric Bradach

April 10, 2017

The loss of another payday for Chicago Public Schools teachers led to a lack of support for a one-day strike for May 1, according to union leaders.The Chicago Teachers Union has had an ongoing public dispu...

Contract disputes could lead to nurses losing benefits

Contract disputes could lead to nurses losing benefits

April 3, 2017

One hundred twenty-four unionized state-employed correctional nurses are set to lose their jobs June 15. Wexford Health Sources, a Pennsylvania-based private correctional health care provider, will subco...

Lawmakers eliminating time-frame protection for child sex offenders

Lawmakers eliminating time-frame  protection for child sex offenders

By Eric Bradach

March 27, 2017

Those who suffered sexual abuse and assault as children decades ago may soon be able to obtain justice by having their victimizers prosecuted. State Sen. Scott Bennett, D-Champaign, introduced Senate Bill ...

Chicago Public Schools may be without librarians starting Fall 2017

Chicago Public Schools may be without librarians starting Fall 2017

By Jackie Murray

March 27, 2017

Molly DiRago, mother of a first grader at Wicker Park’s A.N. Pritzker School, said she still goes into the school’s library to help clean up even though it doesn’t have the student traffic it used ...

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to create a government shutdown at Chicago City Club March 8.

Mendoza: The governor suffers from ‘Rauneritis’

March 20, 2017

Gov. Bruce Rauner has inappropriately used $112 million over the last two years from funds intended to reimburse healthcare providers, said Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Despite stating that her inten...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 19 mayors from five different continents exchange ideas for waterway development projects Mar. 13.

19 worldwide mayors ban together against EPA cuts

March 13, 2017

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by 18 mayors from 11 different countries for an Urban Waterways Forum to exchange ideas for waterway development projects to create economic growth and higher environmental...

Elected officials are introducing legislation and incorporating motions to fix a discriminatory bail bond system in Springfield and Cook County.

Foxx: Bail bonds burden taxpayers, victimize poor people

March 13, 2017

The current system for bail bonds in criminal cases favors those who can pay for them, and all Americans need to understand that, said Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in an interview with The Chronicl...

After a pattern of bomb threats at Jewish institutions and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, community members at a March 2 meeting placed blame on the rhetoric of President Donald Trump.

Community calling for federal aid to combat anti-Semitism

March 6, 2017

Bomb threats at Jewish places of worship and organizations and anti-Semitic rhetoric are a national trend that has recently emerged in Chicago. At approximately 10 a.m. Feb. 20, the Hyde Park Jewish Com...

Famine victims should not be victims of bad politics

Famine victims should not  be victims of bad politics

By Arabella Breck

March 6, 2017

One week after the South Sudanese government and U.N. declared a state of famine in South Sudan, there are reports of Sudanese people eating water lilies to stay alive, according to a Feb. 28 Al Jazeera a...

Notable Native: Brit Volini

Hockey is for Everyone gives the opportunity for Illinois kids to learn hockey no matter their race, gender or background, according to Chairman Brit Volini.

By Jackie Murray

March 6, 2017

No one loves hockey more than Brit Volini, chairman of Hockey is for Everyone.Her youth development program aims to make it possible for Illinois children ages 4-14 to play an often-inaccessible sport, no matter the...

FOX makes mistakes,  recognizes its faults

FOX makes mistakes, recognizes its faults

February 27, 2017

The Feb. 20 episode of "24: Legacy" covered the 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. hour of the 24-hour-long season. In one scene, U.S. government officials review footage of attacks a terrorist they are pursuing suppose...

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