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Convicted rapist charged in 2004 murder, rape on South Side

A convict already serving 10 years in prison for brutally assaulting and raping a woman has been charged in a 2004 South Side murder in which his neighbor was beaten, raped and strangled just four days after the attack that sent him behind bars.


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2 dead, 21 wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday night

Two people have been killed and 21 others wounded in shootings across the city of Chicago since Friday night.

Man, 21, stabbed to death in Gresham

A man was fatally stabbed during a fight Friday night in Gresham on the South Side.

Feds want severe punishment for man charged in credit card scheme


Christopher Cain, who stole more than $184,000 in a little-known bank fraud scheme called “cracking cards,” should be locked up for more than six years, federal prosecutors say. Cain recruited people to provide their debit cards and personal identification numbers — usually with a promise …

Jesse White Tumbler shot to death


A 16-year-old boy died after a Near North Side shooting, during which a responding officer was wounded when he accidentally shot himself, Chicago Police said.

6 SIU-Carbondale students reportedly arrested in connection with sexual assaults

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Six students at Southern Illinois University have been arrested in connection with two reported sexual assaults on the school’s Carbondale campus last weekend, according to a newspaper report Thursday.

Four of the suspects — all 18 years old — were taken …

Ex-Daley deputy chief of staff gets probation for charity theft


Former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s deputy chief of staff was spared a prison term Thursday for stealing nearly $100,000 from a Chinatown charity.

Gene Lee — a 65-year-old Chinatown leader who for years was an aide to Daley — was instead sentenced to five years …

Highland Park woman gets 5 years for killing 5-year-old girl


Carly Rousso, 20, who was high on computer cleaner when she ran over Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento, apologized during a tearful statement in court: “I just wish it could have been me instead of Jaclyn,” she sobbed.

8-year-old boy shot in face in Auburn Gresham neighborhood

The boy suffered a graze wound to his face about 8:42 p.m. in the 7700 block of South Loomis. Police said two of his older male relatives were involved in a domestic dispute when the gun accidentally discharged.

Salami-smuggling mob enforcer gets 15 years for gun rap


Mob enforcer Mario Rainone once bribed a jail guard to smuggle salami and pasta into his cell — just like the wiseguys in “Goodfellas.” If he ever wants to enjoy the garlicky smack of fine Italian dining again, it’s a trick he’ll probably have to repeat.

Woman allegedly fatally smothered rival after dispute over money


A woman with a history of mental illness allegedly smothered a rival to death with her body after the two fought over money over the weekend.

Appeals court to decide if Beanie Baby billionaire got off easy


Federal appeals court judges heard arguments Wednesday morning on whether to scrap the original sentence of probation and open the possibility of a prison term for convicted tax cheat and billionaire Beanie Baby magnate Ty Warner.

16-year-old boy shot in chest in Hermosa neighborhood


About 9:10 p.m., the teenager was sitting on a front porch with several females in the 2200 block of North Kilbourn, when a male walked up and opened fire, Chicago Police said. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Denied musical instrument, racist prisoner plays world’s smallest violin


Convicted of plotting to murder a Chicago federal judge, white supremacist leader Matthew Hale styles himself “Pontifex Maximus of the former World Church of the Creator.” Now the blowhard racist wants to adopt a hobby appropriate for a cartoon supervillain — playing the violin in his cell at the Supermax prison in Florence, Colo.

Probation officer suspended after teen’s assault on CSU student

Rose M. Golden, director of the Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department, said in a news release that electronic monitoring procedures weren’t followed when Aaron T. Parks, 17, allegedly sexually assaulted the 24-year-old pregnant woman in the 9800 block of South Indiana on Sept. 10.

15-year-old boy shot, critically injured in West Garfield Park

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the chest Tuesday evening in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The teenager was shot about 7:45 p.m. in the 200 block of North Karlov, police said.