Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Feds arrest former mole in Rezko, Carothers cases ]]> Lead story image

Federal authorities gave long-time government mole John Thomas a Good Friday surprise, arresting him at his home early Friday morning, the Chicago Sun-Times was told. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:12:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rapper Big Glo laid to rest; father vows better life for children ]]> Lead story image

As his son — the South Side rapper Big Glo — lay in an open casket inside Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Richard Holmes stepped outside with a pack of cigarettes in his hand and guilt on his mind. “You can say I blame myself some,” the 57-year-old father said. “When my kids was coming up, they seen their daddy. Whenever they seen me, they know I was a strong man back then, but I was in a gang. I was in the Stones. He ended up being a Disciple.” Holmes pointed to the small, sickle-shaped scar on the back … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:11:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ $14 mil. awarded to woman who suffered stroke after taking medication ]]>

A Cook County jury awarded $14 million Friday to an Elmwood Park woman who suffered a severe stroke after taking prescribed birth control medication. She is now wheelchair-bound and requires 24-hour care, according to her attorneys, Clifford Law Offices. Mariola Zapalski, 37, suffered the stroke after taking the drug Yasmin for 13 days. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:23:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ashland Bridge move to cause detours, prohibit parking in Wicker Park Saturday ]]>

A 100-ton, century-old bridge that previously spanned Ashland Avenue will be moved across Wicker Park and reinstalled at Western Avenue on Saturday morning as part of the Bloomingdale Trail project. READ MORE … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 1 dead, 7 wounded in shootings since Friday evening ]]> Lead story image

One man was killed and at least six other people were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening, officials said. Two 16-year-old boys were among the wounded. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:23:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Truck crashes into Greater Grand Crossing store; five people injured ]]> Lead story image

A careening pickup truck crashed into a storefront Friday afternoon, injuring five people. The crash happened about 2:35 p.m. near the Farmers Food Basket at 71st Street and King Drive in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. The truck hit a sedan, then crashed into the store, pinning a 61-year-old woman against the building, police and fire officials said. Firefighters took the woman out on a backboard, Fire Media Affairs Chief Larry Langford said. She was listed in stable condition at Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center. Two children in the sedan were hurt in the crash and taken in … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:21:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lagunitas now made in Chicago ]]> Lead story image

The aroma of boiled hops and grains paired with the humming of bottling lines Friday morning marked Lagunitas Brewing’s official entrance into the Chicago craft beer scene. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:57:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ The cost of doing medical marijuana business in Illinois ]]> Lead story image

The cost to patients registering to use medical marijuana will be less than what state officials had first suggested, according to rules posted Friday by state agencies. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:11:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Woman in serious-to-critical condition after being pulled from Lake Michigan ]]>

A woman was in at least serious condition after she was pulled from Lake Michigan in the Loop Friday night. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:31:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Irv Kupcinet statue not missing; just removed for repairs ]]>

Despite rumors swirling Friday morning that the “disappearance” of the city’s Irv Kupcinet statue had more sinister origins, a city official confirmed it’s just out for repairs. The bronze statue of the former Sun-Times columnist — which usually stands near the intersection of Wabash and Wacker — was removed Saturday after its base was damaged by unknown causes, city Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events spokesman Mary May said Friday. “The damaged base was causing the statue to wobble, and repairs will include strengthening and recladding the base,” May said. “The repairs are being done in consultation with the … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:34:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ U. of I. fears brain drain without change to pension reform ]]> Lead story image

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees decided Friday to push state legislators to change the new pension funding law so that hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of university faculty and employees don’t retire before July 1. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:12:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Illinois schools get waiver from No Child Left Behind progress mandate ]]>

Illinois joined the long list of states that have received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday, which means its school districts won’t be punished financially or labeled as failures if all students don’t score well on standardized tests. The waiver comes just in time to dodge the No Child law’s mandate that by the end of the 2013-14 school year, 100 percent of students must show proficiency in reading and math on state tests. In Illinois in 2012, only 32 percent of public schools and 17.6 percent of districts … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:11:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ City sends bike cops into high-crime neighborhoods ]]> Lead story image

The Chicago Police Department is deploying bikes for use by patrol officers in 20 targeted zones that have had a history of high rates of violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced Friday. ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:11:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ David Axelrod to help Britain's Labour Party during campaign ]]>

LONDON — Britain’s opposition Labour Party has recruited a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaigns to help with its leader’s election bid next year. Labour said Chicago’s David Axelrod, a key figure behind Obama’s two presidential victories, will join its election campaign team as senior strategic adviser. The party said Axelrod will work closely with senior Labour officials and take part in regular strategic discussions with party leader Ed Miliband. Axelrod said in a statement Thursday he signed up because he was struck by Miliband’s ideas over several conversations. He added that both Miliband and Obama had the … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:12:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ 15-year-old held on $950,000 bail in shooting ]]>

A 14-year-old boy was standing on the front porch with his cousin Wednesday when another teenager, who was accompanied by two others, allegedly asked him if he was a “GD.” ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:56:57 -0500