Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Los Angeles man arrested in 1992 murder of Skokie teen ]]> Lead story image

A 71-year-old man has been in arrested in the 1992 death of a Skokie teen found strangled in a Morton Grove forest preserve, the boy’s mother told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:18:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Prosecutor: Shooter knew rival wasn’t in crowd but fired anyway ]]> Lead story image

Even before Tevin Lee fired at a group of boys in West Garfield Park, a friend told Lee the rival he hoped to punish wasn’t there, Cook County prosecutors said. The Gangster Disciple didn’t care, later telling someone he “thought he shot one of those bitch ass n------,” Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Mack said. But Lee, 18, didn’t wound any of the boys on the night of July 18, Mack said. Instead, an errant bullet entered a nearby home where 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was preparing to make s’mores with her friends during a slumber party in the 3900 block of … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:04:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Employee at O’Hare accused of stealing from military foot lockers ]]> Lead story image

A convicted murderer who works at a cargo services company at O’Hare Airport is accused of stealing two computers from military footlockers being shipped overseas so he could sell them and use the cash for car repairs. James Matthews, who works for Swissport International Ltd., was caught on surveillance cameras Wednesday taking the computers, worth $500 each, from the airport’s U.S. Postal Office, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Erin Antonietti said. The video sting was set up to investigate an employee who has been identified as stealing U.S. mail at O’Hare, according to a police report. An intended recipient of … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:11:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Michelle Obama to Chicago donors: ‘Write the biggest, fattest check . . . you can’ ]]> Lead story image

First lady Michelle Obama was especially frank Thursday evening when addressing a crowd of some 150 Chicago donors about the best way to influence politics: “Write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.” Here to raise money for the national Democratic Party, the first lady also put in a plug for local Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn, pledging to “do everything in our power to make sure he gets over the finish line. He is the guy for this state.” ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:23:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cops: Gang member fired ‘without care,’ hit girl at sleepover ]]> Lead story image

A teenage gang member fired into a crowd of rivals “without care” in retaliation for a fistfight he wasn’t even involved in — but wound up killing an 11-year-old girl who was at a nearby building for a sleepover, police said Thursday. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:18:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ 1 dead, 8 hurt in shootings Thursday ]]>

One man was killed and eight people were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Thursday. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:06:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Deacon kisses girl, gives her copy of the Kama Sutra: prosecutors ]]> Lead story image

A 66-year-old man Cook County prosecutors described as a “member of the clergy” allegedly gave a minor a copy of the Kama Sutra and said he kissed her because she was “shy” and he “wanted her to be more confident.” ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:23:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Too many guns, too few values, Emanuel says ]]>

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday condemned the senseless act of violence that deprived an innocent, 11-year-old girl of her chance to grow up and realize her dreams.  “There are too many guns easily available and too little values…around to guide people,” Emanuel said after groundbreaking ceremonies at a $500 million office tower along the Chicago River. ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:00:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Emanuel says red-light cameras ‘have to be 100 percent right’ ]]> Lead story image

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s “angry” about the unexplained spike that generated at least 9,000 questionable red-light camera tickets at a dozen Chicago intersections and said the system “has to be 100 percent right” to be trusted. ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:27:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Feds seek to extradite Emanuel’s ex-comptroller from Pakistan ]]> Lead story image

Federal prosecutors are seeking to extradite Amer Ahmad, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former City Hall comptroller, from Pakistan, where Ahmad fled — using a fake passport — after pleading guilty last year to public corruption charges in Ohio. Ahmad, 39, has admitted in Pakistani court that he forged documents to flea to his parents’ homeland. He remains jailed in the city of Lahore. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:24:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man, 26, charged with murder in killing of Gary police officer ]]> Lead story image

Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield’s fiancee minced no words when it came to the fate of his alleged killer: She wants him to get the death penalty. Lake County Sheriff John Buncich and Prosecutor Bernard Carter on Thursday announced that Carl Le’Ellis Blount Jr. had been charged with murder in the Fourth of July weekend shooting death of the 19-year Gary police officer. Blount, 26, of Gary, faces one charge of murder, although police are still looking for the gun. “Jeff is no longer here. We can’t see him or talk to him or touch him,” Denise Sheaks-Cather told the Post-Tribune. … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:00:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Beleaguered Concept Charter finds new school site in Chatham ]]> Lead story image

Concept Schools, which lost out on a new school site in Chatham after the charter network was raided by the FBI, has found another location and is proceeding with a fall 2014 opening for two more Horizon Science Academy schools, according to Chicago Public Schools. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:19:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ North Riverside puts plan to privatize fire department on hold ]]> Lead story image

The village board voted to strip $750,000 from the fire department’s budget next year — the same amount it expects to save if the board votes to privatize the department. Under Hubert Hermanek Jr.’s proposal, a no-bid $9 million contract would be awarded to Paramedic Services of Illinois, which already provides village ambulance service. Firefighters could join PSI and keep their base pay. But they would have to accept reduced benefits and trade their pensions for a 401(k) plan. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:18:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Prosecutor: Man argued with prep athlete before having him killed ]]> Lead story image

Kenneth Jackson didn’t like the alleged comments Simeon High School football player Michael Flournoy made to his daughter. So, he recruited his two friends and came back to the South Side store where he argued with Flournoy earlier, Cook County prosecutors said. ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:14:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Citing irreconcilable differences, Billionaire Ken Griffin, chief of Citadel, files for divorce ]]> Lead story image

Billionaire Ken Griffin, the founder and CEO of Citadel LLC, a hedge fund and financial services firm based in Chicago, filed for divorce Wednesday from his wife, Anne Dias Griffin, a hedge-fund executive from France, citing irreconcilable differences and noting the couple had signed a prenuptial agreement, Cook County records show. ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:21:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Grieving mom files second suit against father-in-law Chicago cop ]]> Lead story image

A grieving suburban mom whose home was raided by the DEA just days after her 8-year-old daughter died of cancer has filed a second lawsuit against her former Chicago cop father-in-law, who she says helped her grow marijuana to medicate her dying child, then maliciously ratted her out. ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:04:01 -0500