Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Alvarez: Crime lab backlog held up DNA evidence on Evans’ gun ]]> Lead story image

Cmdr. Glenn Evans was released without having to post bond Thursday after Cook County prosecutors alleged he put his .45-caliber pistol “deep down” a suspect’s throat and held a Taser to the man’s groin while threatening to kill him. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:19:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Woman guilty in Joliet double-murder; two more yet to stand trial ]]> Lead story image

A Will County judge on Friday found Bethany McKee, 20, guilty in the 2013 murders of Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover, saying the case revealed a “stunning lack of respect for human life.” ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:12:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Off-duty paramedic delivers own baby on Edens Expressway ]]>

An off-duty paramedic delivered his own baby on the Edens Expressway Friday morning. Daniel Lynch of the Evanston Fire Department and his wife, Elizabeth, were on their way to a local hospital early Friday morning when they pulled over to deliver the baby. They were northbound near Touhy Avenue when he stopped the car about 4:30 a.m., according to Lincolnwood police and Illinois State Troopers. Officials say Daniel Lynch continued to drive his family to the hospital after his daughter was born. The couple, who lives in Edison Park, named their daughter Mary Margaret Lynch. According to the hospital, the … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:14:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Aurora couple on O’Hare shuttle bus ‘landed in a pile of humans’ after crash ]]> Lead story image

At least four people were seriously injured in a shuttle bus crash at O’Hare International Airport Friday. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:12:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Family of Little League champ without a home base of their own ]]> Lead story image

Jaheim Benton, No. 8 on the Jackie Robinson West team, has been homeless since June, according to his mother, Devona Benton. She works as a home care provider for the elderly, but her hours were cut and the family had to split up because they couldn’t afford their South Side apartment. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:19:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge rips defendants but dismisses 'cover-up' suit in Koschman case  ]]> Lead story image

A federal judge blasted the Chicago Police Department and Cook County state’s attorney’s office but dismissed a lawsuit that accused police, prosecutors and City Hall of an “official cover-up” to keep former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko from being charged in the death of David Koschman. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:20:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ City study paints rosier picture of cabbies’ wages than drivers do ]]> Lead story image

One cabdriver study says Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s overhaul of the taxicab industry has snatched $7,531 a year out of the average cabdriver’s pocket, dropping annual income to $20,234 or just $5.40 an hour. On Thursday, City Hall produced its own study, which paints a somewhat rosier picture: $12.14 an hour and $33,857 a year after expenses. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:19:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Outgoing Quinn aide quits job with Pritzker — before he starts ]]>

He’s the wandering chief of staff without a staff. Sean O’Shea is Gov. Pat Quinn’s deputy chief of staff , but he resigned Tuesday amid allegations that dozens of workers had been clouted into positions at the Illinois Department of Transportation — an agency O’Shea was charged with overseeing. And now comes news that O’Shea had a new job lined up as chief of staff to billionaire venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker, but walked away from that position this week as the IDOT hiring scandal heated up. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:19:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Temporary cut in I-Pass fees marks opening of new Tri-State interchange ]]> Lead story image

Starting Oct. 1, the cost to open an I-Pass account will be temporarily lowered as Illinois Tollway officials prepare for the October debut of the I-Pass-only Tri-State Tollway I-294/I-57 interchange. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:13:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ CPS Safe Passage program gets $10 million from state, will add 27 schools for total of 133 ]]> Lead story image

As he prepared to speak alongside gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner on Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced $10 million in additional spending for Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage program, allowing for 600 more hires of yellow-vested workers around 27 more schools later this fall. The added millions will bring annual spending on the program to more than $26 million; the money pays community members to usher CPS children along routes leading to 133 elementary and high schools. Quinn, under fire for his now-defunct Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, declined to comment on the timing of extra money coming from the cash-strapped state. “Well, … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:24:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Garage owner gives alibi to man accused of killing cop ]]> Lead story image

It’s more than six years since alleged cop killer Jason Austin took his 1996 Buick to mechanic Gustavo Granados’s West Side body shop. But Granados did more for Austin than fix a couple of dents. On the stand in federal court Thursday, he gave Austin the closest thing he has to an alibi. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:24:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 more charged in Operation Crew Cut racketeering case ]]> Lead story image

The two felons join five other defendants in a major racketeering case targeting an Outfit-connected crew accused of home invasions, armed robberies, burglaries, insurance fraud, prostitution, arson and a plot to murder a witness. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:40:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quinn, Rauner lob debate-style grenades — from a distance ]]>

They weren’t side by side, but in a span of an afternoon, Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner graced the same stage and traded debate-style barbs, with Quinn comparing Rauner to King Midas, and Rauner charging Quinn with presiding over a corrupt administration. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:28:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Feds want to sentence fleeing former city comptroller ]]> Lead story image

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Amer Ahmad — while Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s convicted former city comptroller remains in a Pakistan jail — because it could take years to extradite him and he may never return to the United States. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:24:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-Cook County worker charged with fraud in grant program ]]>

Barry Croall, 45, a former Cook County employee, swindled at least $330,000 from a federal flood grants program he was paid to manage, prosecutors say. The $10.3 million federal grant was meant to help residents affected by 2008’s severe floods. But working as a program manager in the county’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Croall arranged between 2010 and 2011 for three contractors to overbill for their services, prosecutors say. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:09:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Feds: Teacher allegedly coaxed teen into taking pornographic pictures ]]>

The first day back in class started with scandal at a northwest suburban middle school Thursday when a fifth grade teacher was arrested in a federal child pornography bust. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:20:23 -0500