Tag: Illinois

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Furloughed workers pinching pennies, volunteering

Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Catherine Threat watches students as they arrive at Courtenay Elementary Language Arts Center in Chicago in this Oct. 7, 2013 file photo taken in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) by Russ BynumAssociated Press They’re experienced research engineers and park rangers still in college, attorneys who enforce environmental regulations and former soldiers who took civilian jobs with the military after coming home from war. And all of them have one thing in common: They were sent home on unpaid furlough last week after a political standoff between the president and Congress forced a partial shutdown of the federal government. More than 800,000 federal workers were affected at first, though the Pentagon has since recalled most of its idled 350,000 employees.

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Cops: Wounded gang member behind Chicago shooting

This booking photo provided Sept. 24, 2013 by the Chicago Police Department shows 21-year-old Bryon Champ. Champ was one of four men charged in relation to a shooting that injured 13 people including a 3-year-old boy at Cornell Square Park on Chicago’s southwest side on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Chicago Police Department) by Jayson KeyserAssociated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who was clipped in the leg by gunfire went looking for revenge, leading fellow gang members to a crowded park, where one of them unleashed more than a dozen bullets from an assault rifle in a shooting that wounded 13 people, including a 3-year-old boy, authorities say.

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Mother of wounded 3-year-old says he is recovering

RECOVERING—This family handout photo provided by Rev. Corey Brooks shows 3-year-old Deonta Howard recovering from a gunshot wound Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Chicago. (AP Photo/Family photo via Rev. Corey Brooks) by Jason Keyser CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of the 3-year-old who was among 13 shot in a Chicago park says her son is recovering, making her “the luckiest mother in the world.

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As 2016 looms, Clinton keeps up with supporters

In this July 9, 2013 photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton applauds international delegates to the during the Women in Public Service Project leadership symposium, at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) by Ken Thomas Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Whether she runs for president or not in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton is making sure she stays connected to important Democratic constituencies, from college students and Black women to the gay and lesbian community.

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30 months prison for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and his wife Sandra, leaves federal court in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on TV’s, restaurant dinners, an expensive watch and other costly personal items. His wife received a sentence of one year.

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Former Miss America seeks House seat

Former Miss America Erika Harold, 33, announces her plans to challenge first-term U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 2014 Republican primary Tuesday, June 4, at Urbana High School in Urbana, Ill. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon) by Zenitha Prince (Afro.com)–A former Miss America now wants a seat in Congress.

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Pirates’ Burnett shuts down Cubs in 6-2 win

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez, right, hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Chicago, Ill. (AP photo/Joe Raymond) CHICAGO (AP) — A.J. Burnett pitched into the ninth inning and Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

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1963 title changed color of college game

GAME CHANGER–In this image provided by author Michael Lenehan, the cover of his book “Ramblers” is shown. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Michael Lenehan) by Jim Litke AP Sports Columnist ATLANTA (AP) — If you tuned into the start of the 1963 NCAA championship between little Loyola of Chicago and mighty Cincinnati, it looked like few, if any, of the college basketball games you’d ever watched before.