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Women at work: Female ministers find obstacles on path to pulpit

Carol Jamieson Brown was in her early 20s when she told her pastor she had answered a call from God to pursue ministry and enrolled in seminary. But he put the brakes on her plans — he didn’t acknowledge women ministers. Many years later she found room. Only 11 percent of American congregations were led by women in 2012, said Duke University Sociology Professor Mark Chaves.


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2 dead, 10 wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening

Two men have been killed and 10 other people wounded in shootings across the city of Chicago since Friday evening.

Rogers Park woman killed in crash on Tri-State Tollway near Schiller Park

A Rogers Park woman was killed in a crash early Saturday in on the Tri-State Tollway near Schiller Park.

Prosecutors: Man in CTA stabbing permanently disfigured


A commuter was permanently disfigured after another CTA passenger slashed him in the face with a hunting knife, Cook County prosecutors said Saturday. Kevin Lee, 55, allegedly took the knife out and slashed the man from the mouth to the nose on a CTA bus …

Alvarez: Crime lab backlog held up DNA evidence on Evans’ gun


Cmdr. Glenn Evans was released without having to post bond Thursday after Cook County prosecutors alleged he put his .45-caliber pistol “deep down” a suspect’s throat and held a Taser to the man’s groin while threatening to kill him.

Firefighter among two injured in South Chicago fire

A firefighter and another man were injured Friday night in a fire in the South Chicago neighborhood.

Joliet woman guilty in double-murder; two more to stand trial


A Will County judge on Friday found Bethany McKee, 20, guilty in the 2013 murders of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, saying the case revealed a “stunning lack of respect for human life.”

Off-duty paramedic delivers own baby on Edens Expressway

An off-duty paramedic delivered his own baby on the Edens Expressway Friday morning.

Daniel Lynch of the Evanston Fire Department and his wife, Elizabeth, were on their way to a local hospital early Friday morning when they pulled over to deliver the baby. They were …

Aurora couple on O’Hare shuttle bus ‘landed in a pile of humans’ after crash


At least four people were seriously injured in a shuttle bus crash at O’Hare International Airport Friday.

Family of Little League champ without a home base of their own


Jaheim Benton, No. 8 on the Jackie Robinson West team, has been homeless since June, according to his mother, Devona Benton. She works as a home care provider for the elderly, but her hours were cut and the family had to split up because they couldn’t afford their South Side apartment.

Judge rips defendants but dismisses 'cover-up' suit in Koschman case


A federal judge blasted the Chicago Police Department and Cook County state’s attorney’s office but dismissed a lawsuit that accused police, prosecutors and City Hall of an “official cover-up” to keep former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko from being charged in the death of David Koschman.

City study paints rosier picture of cabbies’ wages than drivers do


One cabdriver study says Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s overhaul of the taxicab industry has snatched $7,531 a year out of the average cabdriver’s pocket, dropping annual income to $20,234 or just $5.40 an hour. On Thursday, City Hall produced its own study, which paints a somewhat rosier picture: $12.14 an hour and $33,857 a year after expenses.

Outgoing Quinn aide quits job with Pritzker — before he starts

He’s the wandering chief of staff without a staff. Sean O’Shea is Gov. Pat Quinn’s deputy chief of staff , but he resigned Tuesday amid allegations that dozens of workers had been clouted into positions at the Illinois Department of Transportation — an agency O’Shea was charged with overseeing. And now comes news that O’Shea had a new job lined up as chief of staff to billionaire venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker, but walked away from that position this week as the IDOT hiring scandal heated up.

Temporary cut in I-Pass fees marks opening of new Tri-State interchange


Starting Oct. 1, the cost to open an I-Pass account will be temporarily lowered as Illinois Tollway officials prepare for the October debut of the I-Pass-only Tri-State Tollway I-294/I-57 interchange.

CPS Safe Passage program gets $10 million from state, will add 27 schools for total of 133


As he prepared to speak alongside gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner on Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced $10 million in additional spending for Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage program, allowing for 600 more hires of yellow-vested workers around 27 more schools later this fall. The added …

Garage owner gives alibi to man accused of killing cop


It’s more than six years since alleged cop killer Jason Austin took his 1996 Buick to mechanic Gustavo Granados’s West Side body shop. But Granados did more for Austin than fix a couple of dents. On the stand in federal court Thursday, he gave Austin the closest thing he has to an alibi.