Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ CTA plans Red Line improvements on North, South sides ]]> Lead story image

North and South Side riders of the CTA’s busiest rail line — the Red Line — should see improvements under plans outlined Wednesday. For North Siders, the CTA could begin work as early as 2017 on a $1.13 billion plan to upgrade track and rehab four stations, from Lawrence to Bryn Mawr. The stations are among the oldest in the system, officials said. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:23:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-con who robs bank to go to jail gets 3.5-year sentence ]]> Lead story image

An aging ex-con who deliberately got caught robbing a bank so that he could go back to prison had his wish fulfilled Thursday by a federal judge. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:27:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Teen shot in the face in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood ]]>

The 18-year-old was walking in the 8900 block of South Justine Street about just before noon when two males in a silver SUV drove up and fired shots, striking him in the face, according to Chicago Police. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:28:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wallenda says Willis Tower not suited for high-wire act ]]> Lead story image

Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, who’s already walked across Niagra Falls, wants to do a walk in Chicago. He was in the city Thursday to scout sites but says the city’s two tallest buildings — the Willis Tower and the Trump International Hotel and Tower — likely aren’t suitable. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:58:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ CTA plans L overpass at Belmont to eliminate bottleneck ]]> Lead story image

Some Lake View residents were in an uproar Thursday over CTA plans to raze up to 19 buildings and create an elevated bypass just north of Belmont to address a major bottleneck involving the Red, Purple and Brown Line trains. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:42:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boy, 15, charged with shooting 14-year-old in West Pullman ]]>

A 15-year-old was arrested and charged Wednesday after police said he shot a 14-year-old boy in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:42:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Proposed rule allows gun ID cards for medical pot users ]]> Lead story image

State officials had considered a rule barring medical-marijuana users from having Illinois firearms ID cards. But the rules being officially proposed this week don't have that restriction. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:38:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Anti-violence funds paid for salary of another pol’s spouse ]]> Lead story image

The wife of a state lawmaker from the south suburbs made more than $137,000 in salary and benefits from Gov. Pat Quinn’s now-abolished Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, state records show. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:31:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rauner firm has stake in $99.3M deal awarded by Quinn ]]> Lead story image

Bruce Rauner, the Republican challenger for governor, stands to profit from a lucrative state contract awarded last year by the administration of his opponent on the November ballot, Gov. Pat Quinn, records show. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:38:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Feds nab another associate of ‘El Chapo’ ]]>

Another of Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s alleged henchmen has been arrested and is facing federal charges in a Chicago court ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:23:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Democrats say data show schools suffer if tax rate trimmed back ]]> Lead story image

Dire consequences — the loss of about $450 million in funding — await Illinois schools if an increase in the state’s income-tax rate isn’t made permanent, according to data released Wednesday by Senate Democrats. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:27:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Two Cook County employees get prison time in bribery scheme ]]> Lead story image

Two Cook County employees who took bribes to lower property tax bills were sentenced Wednesday to two years and 18 months behind bars respectively. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:23:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Slow Preckwinkle fundraising boosts Emanuel’s allies ]]> Lead story image

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s camp is more convinced than ever that Toni Preckwinkle is not planning to run for mayor after perusing the Cook County Board president’s latest campaign financing report. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:27:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ 14-year-old boy shot in West Pullman neighborhood ]]> Lead story image

A 14-year-old boy was shot in his legs and arm Wednesday evening in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. Three males, one of whom opened fire in his direction, approached the boy about 6:35 p.m. in the 12000 block of South Perry Avenue, police said. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Even casual marijuana use can alter the brain, new study shows ]]> Lead story image

Smoking marijuana even just a few times a week may change your brain, according to a study co-authored by a Northwestern University professor. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, reported that young adults who use marijuana on a casual basis show significant structural changes in key regions of the brain affecting emotion and decision-making. “These are brain regions you don’t want to mess with — period,” said Dr. Hans Breiter, a co-author of the study. Breiter is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “There is folklore out there that … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:29:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ UIC, faculty union reach tentative agreement ]]> Lead story image

The University of Illinois at Chicago faculty union said Wednesday it has reached a tentative agreement with the university administration on labor contracts for tenure-track and non-tenure track members. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:55:06 -0500