Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ 2 men, woman stabbed in Aurora home invasion ]]> Lead story image

Three people were stabbed during a home invasion early Tuesday in Aurora. Aurora Police said five people, including a child, were in the home in the 700 block of Fifth Street about 4:35 a.m. when four masked suspects forced their way inside through a back door. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man gets 20-year sentence in Wicker Park choking, stabbing case ]]> Lead story image

A man with a history of sexual offenses was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder for choking and repeatedly stabbing a Wicker Park flower shop employee. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:40:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ VA manipulated vets’ appointment data in Chicago, elsewhere, audit finds ]]>

Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system. At the Edward HInes Jr. VA hospital west of Chicago, “Staff felt they would be subject to disciplinary action” if appointment records weren’t changed, one report shows. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:13:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police questioning person for fatal Edgewater crash involving CTA bus ]]>

Police are questioning someone in connection to a CTA bus crash that killed a 71-year-old man and injured at least five others Wednesday morning in the North Side Edgewater neighborhood. Police confirmed someone was being questioned Wednesday night but could provide no more details about the crash they said involved multiple vehicles, a CTA bus and a pedestrian near North Sheridan Road and West Balmoral Avenue. About 11:10 a.m., the northbound No. 147 bus was standing when it was struck by a vehicle, CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said. A 71-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:51 a.m., … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:18:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cop killer removed as baseball coach, league's board quits over uproar ]]> Lead story image

More than 150 people showed up at a Hegewisch banquet hall Wednesday night to support a slain Chicago police officer’s family who want to know why the man convicted of killing Officer John Mathews 26 years ago was allowed to coach a neighborhood baseball team. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:51:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ City’s strict limits on medical marijuana sites go up in smoke ]]> Lead story image

Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries are likely coming to busy shopping areas, despite the city’s initial attempt to hide them away at the edges of the city. That means a medical marijuana dispensary could potentially open next door to a tony restaurant on Randolph Street or in River North. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:16:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Owner of dog killed by cop happy he got fired ]]> Lead story image

Nicole Echlin says “we got justice” because the Hometown Police officer has been fired. And she’s reconsidering the protest rally that’s planned for Sunday outside the police station because she has hired a lawyer for a possible lawsuit. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:12:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man killed, two teens wounded in Near West Side shooting ]]> Lead story image

A man was shot to death and two teens were wounded Tuesday night in the 200 block of South Western Avenue on the Near West Side, authorities said. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:59:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ 3 men rescued after sailboat capsizes near Monroe Harbor ]]>

Three men were rescued from Lake Michigan after their sailboat capsized near Monroe Harbor on Tuesday night. Shortly before 8 p.m., the three men —two 63-year-olds and a 50-year-old — were aboard a 19-foot sailboat bound for the harbor when a 46 mph gust capsized the boat and the men fell in the lake. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Berrios’ kin risk injury for right to crowd payroll: Mihalopoulos ]]> Lead story image

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios’ sister, Carmen, was working one evening in April 2007 when she “tripped on a floor outlet and landed on the floor,” on her right shoulder. The County Board quietly approved paying nearly $25,000 a few months ago to settle the worker’s compensation lawsuit that she filed over her accident. Carmen Berrios ended up with more than $20,000 from the settlement after paying her lawyer in the case. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:17:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Proposal to rename plaza after ex-Mayor Jane Byrne advances ]]> Lead story image

The City Council Finance Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved recommending renaming the plaza on which the Old Chicago Water Tower sits as the Jane M. Byrne Plaza. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:54:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ DATA: Top contributors to governor’s race by type ]]>

In their latest analysis of political fundraising in the Illinois governor’s race, political website Reboot Illinois has pointed out the stark difference in the types of donors among the top 10 contributors to both the Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner campaigns. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:30:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quinn calls poll giving Rauner double-digit lead 'phony-baloney' ]]> Lead story image

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday dismissed a recent poll giving his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner a 14-point lead as “phony-baloney” and suggested it’s a bit early to write his political obituary. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:11:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Aldermen advance anti-sweatshop ordinance after awkward debate ]]> Lead story image

Uniforms, head gear and footwear worn by Chicago Police officers, firefighters and other city employees could not come from “sweatshops” or be produced using child labor, under a crackdown advanced Tuesday after a politically-incorrect debate. The ordinance, championed by the City Council’s Asian-American Caucus and approved by the Budget Committee, would require the city to purchase millions of dollars in uniforms only from those garment vendors who sign affidavits ensuring there are no sweatshops anywhere in their supply chain, including sub-contractors. Uniform contractors that fail to comply would be found in default. That would empower the city’s chief procurement officer … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:17:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago telephone tax to rise by 56 percent to shore up pensions ]]> Lead story image

Desperate to avoid a pre-election property tax increase, Chicago aldermen advanced an alternative Tuesday that could end up costing their constituents even more money: a 56 percent increase in the monthly surcharge tacked on to telephone bills. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:17:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ What a view! Hancock voted one of America's best ]]> Lead story image

Travel + Leisure has discovered what most Chicagoans already knew: The view from the Hancock is one of the best you’ll find. Even before the new Tilt! attraction opened up, the view from 360 Chicago – what used to be the John Hancock Observatory – was a must-see for townies and tourists alike. Travel + Leisure calls it one of the 24 best views in the United States, in fact. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:19:53 -0500