Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Photographer outraged at social media censoring of photos of moms, kids ]]> Lead story image

Hailey Holmberg was pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. She was forced to terminate the pregnancy. Six years later, as a survivor, to show her strength she was photographed in a black bra and underwear as part of Ashlee Wells Jackson’s 4th Trimester Bodies Project, a photo documentary aimed at showing the “beauty inherent” in the changes to women’s bodies from motherhood, childbirth and breastfeeding. But her black-and-white image is nowhere to be found on Instagram. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:28:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man dead, off-duty police officer wounded in Bucktown shooting ]]> Lead story image

A man was killed and a Chicago Police officer was shot and wounded in a confrontation in the Bucktown neighborhood early Monday, officials said. The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of North Marshfield Avenue. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:53:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Horses on parade: Statues to honor fallen police officers, raise money ]]> Lead story image

The equine invasion is part of fundraising effort by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, which raises money for the families of slain Chicago police officers. Each life-size horse — there will be about 100 total — will represent an officer killed in the line of duty. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:16:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 charged with attempted murder in shooting of 3-year-old ]]> Lead story image

Alger Sanchez, 19, and Anton Aseves, 22, were charged Sunday with one count each of aggravated battery/discharge of a firearm and two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, police said. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:48:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police marine unit plucks woman from lake after watercraft flips ]]>

A ride on a personal watercraft nearly turned deadly Sunday afternoon when Lake Michigan went from nearly flat to 6-foot waves in a matter of minutes. A 27-year-old woman, and her 28-year-old boyfriend — who were riding a personal watercraft — fell into 55-degree water when it overturned about 3 miles offshore just after 4 p.m., a police source said. The boyfriend was able to right the watercraft and climb back on. He tried to pull his girlfriend out of the water, but she struggled and couldn’t make it. ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:48:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man charged in Orange Line robbery ]]> Lead story image

Michael A. Taylor, 20, of the South Austin neighborhood, appeared before Cook County Judge James Brown on Sunday, charged with robbery in a stickup about 4:15 p.m. on July 16. Brown ordered Taylor held in lieu of $300,000 bail after Assistant State’s Attorney Beth Novy said Taylor was the man who collected passengers’ belongings during the robbery. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:45:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-cop accused of planting drugs might wind up back on force ]]> Lead story image

A former Chicago cop caught up in a “hare-brained” scheme to plant drugs and a gun in a suburban woman’s car — a scheme that led to a $375,000 city payout — may soon get his job back. Slawomir Plewa could be back on the streets, even though the Chicago Police Department is fighting the fired cop’s efforts in court. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:12:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Addison woman, 2 daughters shot during robbery in Hammond ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND, Ind. — Two men tried to rob the woman, who was in a car with her two daughters — ages 15 and 12 — about 11:20 a.m. Sunday, police said. The woman tried to flee in the car, and one of the men fired multiple shots, striking everyone in the car. ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:23:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dem leaders urge minimum wage hike, criticize Rauner, Oberweis ]]> Lead story image

Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky dished out plenty of populist red meat while kicking off the campaign for Quinn’s minimum wage ballot referendum. The measure is nonbinding, but proponents hope a “yes” vote will encourage the Legislature to increase the state’s $8.25 minimum wage to $10. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:34:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Legislative I.G. has financial ties to Madigan, other lawmakers ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: J. William Roberts' mix of political and prosecutorial experience was key to getting the job of legislative inspector general. But it could raise questions about his ability to impartially investigate lawmakers, including Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:11:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ CTU, progressives form new Chicago coalition ]]> Lead story image

Look out Chicago, a new political movement has arrived. United Working Families, a partnership between labor groups, including the Chicago Teachers Union, and a coalition of a dozen community groups is expected to announce its formal launch on Monday, executive director Kristen Crowell says. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:13:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ City official with past work problems taken in at city pound ]]>

When Rahm Emanuel took over as Chicago mayor in spring 2011, Ivan Capifali was a mid-level bureaucrat at the city’s Department of Environment, making about $74,000 annually. When Emanuel eliminated that department months later as part of a cost-cutting maneuver, Capifali — who had worked there since 1996 — was laid off. But he rebounded quickly, appointed by City Hall in April 2012 to help run Chicago’s Animal Care and Control, the city department that operates the taxpayer-funded pound, dealing with unwelcome wildlife as well as throngs of stray and abandoned dogs and cats. ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:58:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ $2 million bail for man charged in fatal shooting of cabdriver ]]>

A Marquette Park man boasted that robbery turns him on before he joined in on a holdup that ended with the fatal shooting of a 48-year-old cabdriver on the South Side. Gregory James, 29, of the 6400 block of South Richmond, was charged with murder in connection with the March 14, 2013, shooting that ended with the death of cabdriver Edwin Obazuaye. ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 1 adult, 4 children hurt in Loop crash ]]>

An adult and four children were injured in a two-vehicle rollover crash Sunday night in the Loop. The crash was reported about 8:40 p.m. in the 100 block of South Lower Wacker Drive, according to Fire Media Affairs. ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:00:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Group challenges neighborhoods to help transform vacant lots ]]>

Dozens of vacant lots across Chicago will be transformed into one-day public spaces next month in a project aimed at getting communities to make similar plans for their own neighborhoods. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:13:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man accused of trying to gun down murder witness ]]>

A man from south suburban Riverdale was held without bail Sunday after prosecutors accused him of trying to gun down a witness to a murder — one in which the Riverdale man is a suspect. ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:25:54 -0500