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Special Series: A Muslim Teen in Chicago Builds Bridges

  For more than six years, Aminah Ali has been working alongside Rami Nashashibi at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) in Chicago, engaging youth in the community to foster change. “Aminah is an extraordinarily hardworking, diligent and effective young leader who takes her work seriously while always extending help and support to others,” says […]

Ill. Lawmakers Consider Stopgap Way to Fund Homeless Shelters

Ill. Lawmakers Consider Stopgap Way to Fund Homeless Shelters

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois homeless shelters struggling to get by without state aid during the budget stalemate could get a much-needed financial boost through specialty scratch-off lottery tickets. A bipartisan measure pending in the Illinois Legislature would create a new $3 scratch ticket and designate all the proceeds beyond administrative costs and prize money […]

Homicides Rise in Chicago, as Chief Tells Officers to Uphold Oath

Homicides Rise in Chicago, as Chief Tells Officers to Uphold Oath

CHICAGO (AP) — Homicides and shootings have doubled in Chicago so far this year compared with the same period in 2015, and police have seized fewer illegal guns — more possible signals that officers have become less aggressive in the aftermath of a shooting video released last fall. Interim Police Superintendent John Escalante said Tuesday […]

Could Flint Water Crisis Lead to Manslaughter Charges?

Could Flint Water Crisis Lead to Manslaughter Charges?

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flint’s water crisis, after a switch in the source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires’ disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary manslaughter, a top investigator said Tuesday. Todd Flood, who was appointed as special counsel by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette […]

Call for Illinois Takeover of Chicago Public Schools Causes a Stir

Call for Illinois Takeover of Chicago Public Schools Causes a Stir

CHICAGO (AP) — Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans called Wednesday for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools, which faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a possible strike in a matter of months. Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno called […]

Should Illinois Law Allow Voters to Recall Mayors?

Should Illinois Law Allow Voters to Recall Mayors?

CHICAGO (AP) — The furor over recent Chicago police shootings has legislators considering whether voters should be allowed to recall Mayor Rahm Emanuel or future officials who hold his post. Illinois state law currently addresses only the recall of a governor, a provision voters approved in 2010 after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested […]

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