Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Guitarist for popular local band Bloodiest charged in fatal DUI ]]> Lead story image

A guitarist for popular local band Bloodiest was ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail Tuesday for allegedly running over and killing a pedestrian while driving drunk. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:18:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana same-sex marriage ban debated in appeals court ]]> Lead story image

Two lesbian couples from Northwest Indiana were optimistic Tuesday that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will uphold a decision calling for Indiana to recognize same-sex marriages after the presiding judge repeatedly asked if the children of gay couples wouldn’t be better off if their parents were married. The court heard oral arguments in cases about banning same-sex marriages in both Indiana and Wisconsin. Both states argued in favor of marriage between one man and one woman. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:17:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge OKs $2M for fired CPS principals in 20-year-old case ]]>

The suit was filed in 1994 by Chicago principals Michael Jacobson and Alvin Miller, and on behalf of other tenured principals who lost their jobs after new performance-based contracts were not extended following the passage of reform legislation that eliminated principal tenure, documents show. In 1990, the controversial legislation was declared unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:17:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Reduced CTA fares available for elementary, high school students ]]>

Elementary and high school students — public, parochial or private — are eligible for reduced CTA fares of 75 cents a ride with the appropriate student Ventra card, CTA officials reminded parents Tuesday. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girl who avoids abduction says another girl was tied up in van ]]>

An 11-year-old girl who escaped an attempted kidnapping Monday afternoon on the South Side told authorities she saw another girl tied up in the man’s van, police said. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:30:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Two victims from police shooting in Chatham are identified ]]>

About 9 p.m., two men were shooting at each other in the 900 block of East 80th Street in the Chatham neighborhood, according to a statement from Chicago Police. One of the shooters and two other people — one male, one female — were shot. Officers walked to the scene to investigate, and were confronted by the man who had shot the other, police said. He pointed a gun at them, and officers ordered him to drop his weapon, police said. When he refused, an officer shot him. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:38:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Little League champs get heroes’ welcome ]]> Lead story image

Several hundred cheering people greeted the players Monday night at Jackie Robinson Park, the boys’ home field, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel congratulated the team. Shortstop Ed Howard said he didn’t know just how much the team meant to Chicago until he got off the plane. “I’m just happy to be part of something positive,” he said. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:32:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Services set for 9-year-old killed last week in Grand Crossing ]]> Lead story image

Smith’s visitation has been set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Calahan Funeral Home, 7030 S. Halsted St. Another visitation has also been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, to be followed by his funeral at 11 a.m. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:18:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Will of Chicago mother slain in Bali filed in court ]]> Lead story image

A will of a Chicago woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase two weeks ago on the resort island of Bali has surfaced in Cook County. Sheila von Wiese-Mack’s will was filed late last week by Lance Taylor, an Oak Park attorney, more than a week after Indonesian authorities took von Wiese-Mack’s 18-year-old daughter and her boyfriend into custody in connection with the woman’s death. Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer, 21, could be charged with premeditated murder and if convicted, face the death penalty. But it’s still not clear from von Wiese-Mack’s will who stands to inherit her … ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:25:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man killed, teen wounded in Back of the Yards shooting ]]>

A man was killed and a teenager critically wounded in a shooting on the South Side Monday morning, police said. The shooting happened at 8:57 a.m. in the 5400 block of South Winchester in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic said, citing preliminary information. A 23-year-old man was shot and taken to Stroger Hospital, where he later died, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality. A 17-year-old boy wounded in the shooting was taken to Stroger in critical condition. … ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:19:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ 3 charged in fatal shooting near nightclub during Lollapalooza ]]> Lead story image

Martrell Ross was killed earlier this month outside a River North nightclub after leaning against a car that wasn’t his, according to prosecutors. Now, three weeks after his bullet-riddled body was found in an alley outside Bodi nightclub in on the Near North Side, three people have been charged with his murder, authorities said Monday. Deandre Hughes, 19, and Bianca Young, 23, each face charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder for Ross’ death, which occurred while the rapper Naz was hosting a Lollapalooza after-party at the club. Hughes is accused of being one of two shooters; he was ordered … ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:51:55 -0500