Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Ex-head of suburban religious organization denies sex harassment ]]> Lead story image

But his comments were called “disingenuous” Tuesday by Recovering Grace, a website that has received reports from dozens of women who’ve alleged they were sexually harassed by Gothard with unwanted touching, including bare foot games of footsie, years ago. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:22:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Maine West principal reported early hazing to ex-superintendent: officials ]]> Lead story image

While a lawsuit alleging widespread hazing at Maine West High School lingers in Cook County court, school officials now say Maine West’s principal reported early claims of abuse to the district’s then-superintendent. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:53:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Despite pleas, CPS board turns three schools over to private operator ]]> Lead story image

Supporters from three Chicago public elementary schools selected to have their entire staffs replaced pitched one last stand Wednesday — all for naught. The Board of Education voted to hand over Dvorak Technology Academy, 3615 W. 16th St.; Walter Q Gresham Elementary School, 8524 S. Green St., and Ronald E McNair Elementary School, 4820 W. Walton St., to the Academy of Urban School Leadership at the end of the school year. All five members of the Board of Education present at the monthly meeting voted to turn around Gresham. Andrea Zopp, who’s also president of the Urban League of Chicago, … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:17:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ DNA solves murder of man missing since 1978, mistakenly feared to be Gacy victim ]]> Lead story image

While he was still in college, Edward Beaudion dressed up as a vampire to bring a little ghoulish cheer to kids at a local orphanage. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:28:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vehicle hits Roseland bus stop after police chase, injures 5 ]]> Lead story image

Five people were hurt after a vehicle hit a bus stop Tuesday night after a police chase in the Roseland neighborhood. About 8:40 p.m., a vehicle traveling north on Michigan Avenue near 103rd Street struck another vehicle, said Larry Langford, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. The first vehicle then hit the bus stop. The crash was the result of a chase that started when Calumet District officers tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation and the vehicle sped away, police said. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:46:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ari Emanuel’s stake in ride-share firm raises uber questions ]]> Lead story image

DAN MIHALOPOULOS: Google “Ari Emanuel” and “uber,” and you’ll find frequent references to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s brother as the “Hollywood uber-agent” for many of the world’s most popular entertainers. What’s far less known is Ari Emanuel’s ownership interest in Uber Technologies Inc. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:14:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sen. Rand Paul to African-Americans in Chicago: The GOP wants you ]]>

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who is mulling a presidential run, said today that he’s set out to bring more African-Americans into the Republican Party and Chicago wasn’t a bad place to start. Paul said Chicago could be eligible for $1 billion in funding if legislation he’s proposed passes. The proposal would allow development of economic centers in qualifying cities, he said. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:10:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ CPS puts $100 million price tag on mayor's A/C-in-schools edict ]]> Lead story image

The district estimates it’ll spend $20 million per year out of the capital budget over five years to fulfill the mayor’s order to cool classrooms with window units, a CPS spokesman said. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:24:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Priest in 2nd child abuse investigation won’t be alone with kids: archdiocese ]]> Lead story image

The Rev. Michael W. O’Connell, who became the subject of a second child abuse allegation on Monday, will remain in active ministry but will not be alone with children, the archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:39:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pedicab operators say a crackdown could put them out of business ]]> Lead story image

Chicago is finally getting around to regulating pedicabs, but in a way that operators warn could put a popular form of “green transportation” out of business. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:20:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Robo-calls on pension reform bill raise Rauner-Rahm rift ]]> Lead story image

Clearly perturbed by a round of Bruce Rauner robo-calls made to Chicago residents on Tuesday, Rahm Emanuel took out the political filet knife and stuck it right into the mayor’s old fishing buddy — using Rauner’s own words against him. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:19:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary killer’s warning: Divorce ‘not going to be pretty’ ]]> Lead story image

Days after Nina Castro filed for divorce from her husband last fall, she returned to their home in Gary’s Ambridge-Mann area where Remanard Castro forced her to have sex with him while threatening her with a handgun and later a crowbar, according to Lake Superior Court records. On Monday afternoon, Remanard Castro shot and killed his estranged wife outside their 14-year-old son’s Catholic school in Griffith while their son and 16-year-old daughter watched, Griffith police said. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:03:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Republican leaders say state can’t afford $100 million for Obama library ]]> Lead story image

Two top Illinois Republican legislators say Democrats want to give $100 million in state money to an Obama presidential library in part because they know Republicans will oppose that funding. Democrats, they say, are just using the museum as a wedge issue with African-American voters. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 8 injured in less than 7 hours in gun violence across city ]]>

One day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel decried the rash of shootings over the Easter holiday weekend, eight people were shot across the city in less than seven hours. The ages of the victims — one teenager and seven men — ranged from 14 to 56. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:03:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ 14-year-old boy shot in Chicago Lawn neighborhood ]]>

The boy was standing on a porch in the 7300 block of South Maplewood Avenue about 6:40 p.m. when suspects ran out from across the street and started shooting, police said. He was shot in the shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:39:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bond denied for Flossmoor man charged with killing two teens ]]> Lead story image

Justin Hamilton, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jordan Means, 17, and Anthony Bankhead, 19, who were found dead in the basement of a building in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue about 10:45 a.m. Saturday. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:20:14 -0500