Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Tightwalk across the Chicago River is ‘real deal’ ]]> Lead story image

Fifty stories up on the roof of the Leo Burnett building, the city’s growl fades to a soft hum, Lake Michigan’s immensity reveals itself and the Marina City towers look a very, very long way away. No, it’s not the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls, but high-wire walker Nik Wallenda was quick to dismiss the notion Wednesday that his planned November walk across the Chicago River would be, well, a little anti-climactic after having tackled those two icons locations. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:22:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ NU prof realizing genius grant is no prank ]]> Lead story image

The news is sinking in for Northwestern University Professor Mark Hersam. He’s been awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” — $625,000 in cash, with no strings attached. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:22:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:01:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ 16 suburban firefighters stranded in Mexico after hurricane ]]> Lead story image

About 50 friends and relatives traveled to an oceanfront resort for the wedding of longtime Hoffman Estates firefighter Tom Mangiameli. Then Hurricane Odile made landfall on Sunday — and now the firefighters are the ones who need to be rescued. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:22:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kadner: Crestwood could pay $50K fine in tainted water scandal ]]> Lead story image

Crestwood would pay a $50,000 fine but admit no guilt for the tainted drinking water scandal that has resulted in dozens of lawsuits under a tentative settlement with the Illinois attorney general’s office, according to Mayor Lou Presta. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Salami-smuggling mob enforcer gets 15 years for gun rap ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:23:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:03:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ 16-year-old boy shot in chest in Hermosa neighborhood ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 01:48:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Alleged “Orange is the New Black” kingpin must come to Chicago, court rules ]]> Lead story image

It’s been 16 years since the feds busted the heroin ring that inspired the hit Netflix show, “Orange is the New Black.” But if the Nigerian politician and businessman who was the alleged kingpin behind that ring wants the case to go away, he’ll have to hop on a plane to Chicago, a U.S. Appeals Court has ruled. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:18:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wallenda will walk tightrope over Chicago River in November ]]> Lead story image

Nik Wallenda plans to walk an uphill tightrope across the Chicago River, between Marina City’s west tower and the Leo Burnett Building. After that, he will walk again, between Marina City’s west and east towers. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:53:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ CeaseFire worker charged in diamond theft ]]>

A 47-year-old woman accused of stealing a diamond from a Rosemont jeweler is the latest employee of a prominent Chicago-based anti-violence program to get locked up in recent years. Stacie L. Winston, an employee of CeaseFire — an arm of Cure Violence — was charged last month with stealing a diamond worth more than $10,000 from Helzberg Diamonds on Dec. 2, according to court records. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:18:31 -0500