Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Hundreds pay homage at slain Merrillville officer’s funeral ]]> Lead story image

MERRILLVILLE — Images of Merrillville Police Officer Nickolaus “Nick” Schultz flickered past on the screen at the Star Plaza Theatre — as an apple-cheeked toddler playing in the bathtub, a boy preparing to launch a throw in a Little League game, a teen excelling at football, hockey and golf, hanging out with family, friends and his girlfriend, and celebrating graduation with a cigar. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:09:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Naperville Council OKs new liquor rules ]]>

Responding to incidents of over-drinking in recent years in the downtown district, Naperville’s City Council on Tuesday night voted to approve restrictions on liquor sale prices and require training for all security personnel at the bars. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:03:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boy shot in chest in Hermosa neighborhood ]]>

The boy was shot about 9:10 p.m. in the 2200 block of North Kilbourn, Chicago Police said, citing preliminary information. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ CeaseFire worker charged in diamond theft ]]>

A 47-year-old woman accused of stealing a diamond from a Rosemont jeweler is the latest employee of a prominent Chicago-based anti-violence program to get locked up in recent years. Stacie L. Winston, an employee of CeaseFire — an arm of Cure Violence — was charged last month with stealing a diamond worth more than $10,000 from Helzberg Diamonds on Dec. 2, according to court records. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:00:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Denied musical instrument, racist prisoner plays world’s smallest violin ]]>

Convicted of plotting to murder a Chicago federal judge, white supremacist leader Matthew Hale styles himself “Pontifex Maximus of the former World Church of the Creator.” Now the blowhard racist wants to adopt a hobby appropriate for a cartoon supervillain — playing the violin in his cell at the Supermax prison in Florence, Colo. Once a gifted enough classical musician to play with the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Hale, 43, issued a typically grandiloquent news release Monday, complaining that the Bureau of Prisons had declined his “generous settlement offer” to drop a $19 million lawsuit if he were allowed to play … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:45:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ 15-year-old boy shot, critically injured in West Garfield Park ]]>

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the chest Tuesday evening in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The teenager was shot about 7:45 p.m. in the 200 block of North Karlov, police said. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:48:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Probation officer suspended after teen’s assault on CSU student ]]>

Rose M. Golden, director of the Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department, said in a news release that electronic monitoring procedures weren’t followed when Aaron T. Parks, 17, allegedly sexually assaulted the 24-year-old pregnant woman in the 9800 block of South Indiana on Sept. 10. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:03:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing at Midway ]]>

No one was hurt when a Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing shortly after taking off from Midway Airport Tuesday afternoon. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:18:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wallenda will walk tightrope across Chicago River in November ]]> Lead story image

Nik Wallenda plans to walk an uphill tightrope across the Chicago River, between Marina City’s west tower and the Leo Burnett Building. After that, he will walk again, between Marina City’s west and east towers. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:19:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man shot by cops charged with attempted murder ]]> Lead story image

A man who was shot and wounded by Chicago Police has been charged with attempted murder in a crash that injured a police officer Saturday night on the Near West Side. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:14:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jury finds man guilty of killing girl in Indian Head Park ]]> Lead story image

John L. Wilson was found guilty on all counts Monday in the 2011 stabbing death of 14-year-old Kelli O’Laughlin in her Indian Park Home. The verdict came just two hours after closing arguments wrapped up in the case. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:14:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — for Obama library ]]> Lead story image

The odds more than favor Chicago landing the Obama facility. Chicago is where Obama launched the political career that led to the White House, where he met his wife, and where Michelle Obama was born and raised. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:54:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Marshall High School principal has been 'reassigned,' CPS says ]]> Lead story image

Teachers at Marshall High School are distraught over the sudden removal Friday of their principal three weeks into the new school year. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:13:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Byrd-Bennett: CPS cleaning contractors will be held accountable ]]> Lead story image

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said privatization of CPS cleaning isn’t working, and that both contractors, Aramark and SodexoMAGIC, should be fired. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:13:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rauner: Quinn pretending to be a ‘folksy, bumbling fool’ ]]>

Coming off a weekend where he’s reportedly behind double-digits in the governor’s race, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner launched one of the harshest attacks yet against Gov. Pat Quinn, likening Quinn to a crafty political patronage boss who heads an “Outfit” that’s steeped in cronyism. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fioretti blasts Emanuel for increasing city retirees’ health-care premiums ]]> Lead story image

Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti on Monday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel of pushing 25,000 retired city workers “closer to poverty” by raising their monthly health insurance premiums by 40 percent. “This will place an unsustainable financial burden on our retirees, who are already facing cuts to their pensions,” the 2nd Ward alderman said. “Our retirees dedicated their lives to making our city work. How does this administration repay them? By breaking its promises and pushing struggling Chicagoans closer to poverty.” Fioretti was asked where he would find the $27 million that Emanuel hopes to save in the city’s 2015 budget by … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:14:10 -0500