Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Elmhurst couple in murder-suicide were doting parents: neighbors ]]> Lead story image

Four white crosses lined a fence outside a well-maintained home on a quiet street in Elmhurst on Sunday, a day after an elderly couple and their developmentally disabled adult children were found shot to death inside. Longtime neighbors say Joan and Francis “Frank” Stack were loving and doting parents who cared for their children well into their own old age. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:19:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Long way to go’ but Roseland Hospital showing signs of stability ]]> Lead story image

Last June, Roseland Community Hospital nearly shut its doors because of financial problems — a move that could have left residents in one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods without a nearby hospital. A year later, it’s still in the red financially, but it’s showing signs of stability and is expanding health services for residents. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:23:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ CTA offering free rides for students on first day of school ]]>

The CTA is offering free rides for students Tuesday on the first day of school, as part of a program sponsored by Sun-Times Media for the third year in a row. Last year, the CTA’s First Day, Free Rides program provided more than 147,000 free rides to students, according to the transit agency. Students are also eligible to buy a discounted fare for $0.75 throughout the year to ride weekdays between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., the CTA said. Last school year, students took roughly 25 million rides using the discount. The program is in the third year of a … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ More rain, storms possible for rest of Labor Day ]]>

After a drizzly start to Labor Day, the Chicago area could see more rain and possibly a thunderstorm later Monday, forecasters said. The storms likely won’t be severe, but could bring locally heavy rainfall and isolated strong winds up to 60 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville. Scattered storms were expected Monday morning, and could develop again in the afternoon, the weather service said. Most of the metropolitan area won’t see any severe weather, but Downstate and parts of northwest Indiana are at a slight risk for severe thunderstorms, according to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center. … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Durbin’s race against Oberweis no runaway ]]> Lead story image

The race to defeat one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation is narrowing — with incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin just seven percentage points ahead of Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Early & Often Poll. Durbin is leading Oberweis 47.8 percent to 40.5 percent. ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:22:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bishop Larry Trotter backs Jim Oberweis for U.S. Senate ]]> Lead story image

Bishop Larry Trotter, the senior pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, said Sunday he’s backing Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis for U.S. Senate, changing allegiance from longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:13:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quinn announces $102 million investment for high-speed rail ]]> Lead story image

A key swath of the high-speed rail line between Chicago and St. Louis is set to get $102 million in upgrades, Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Sunday. Officials plan to build a second set of tracks between downstate Mazonia and Elwood and a new bridge over the Kankakee River between Joliet and Dwight. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:14:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quinn to live on minimum wage for a week ]]> Lead story image

Gov. Pat Quinn said Sunday he plans to live the next week on the equivalent of Illinois’ $79-a-week minimum wage as he pushes for a ballot measure on the issue. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:13:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-cop convicted of protecting crooks is back on public payroll ]]>

In 1990, Clarence Wilson was found guilty of taking bribes to protect drug dealers and other criminals while he was a Chicago cop. Wilson’s felony conviction — part of the so-called Wentworth police scandal — landed him a 3-1/2-year prison term, of which he served roughly two and a half years. But the case didn’t end public-sector employment for Wilson in the crime prevention arena. ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:13:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2nd man charged in murder of mother of 3 ]]> Lead story image

A second man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a mother of three in May on the Far South Side. Marsharra Tate, 19, was charged with one count of first-degree murder; one count of attempted first-degree murder; and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm, police said Sunday morning. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:12:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Homeless man beaten to death in Logan Square ]]> Lead story image

Two males got out of a vehicle in the 1900 block of North Ridgeway at 10:50 p.m. and beat the 59-year-old man with their hands and feet, police said. The man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man in custody after shooting at forest preserve in Oak Forest ]]>

A man was in custody Sunday night after a shooting in a south suburban forest preserve. The shooting happened about 5:15 p.m. after a soccer game at the Bachelor Grove Woods forest preserve at 147th and Ridgeland in Oak Forest, according the Cook County Sheriff’s office. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:42:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man dies after fire crews pull him from lake near Foster Beach ]]>

About 8:30 a.m., the4 9-year-old man was swimming about 25 feet from the shore near the 5200 block of Simonds Drive when he went under the water, police said. Witnesses called 911. He was unreponsive when he was pulled out of the water by Chicago Fire Department crews, police said. ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Firefighters extinguish blaze at Evanston towing company ]]> Lead story image

A fire at a north suburban towing company was extinguished nearly five hours after it started Sunday afternoon. The Evanston Fire Department was cleaning up the scene about 7:30 p.m. at North Shore Towing, 2527 Oakton Street. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:25:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Women at work: Female ministers find obstacles on path to pulpit ]]> Lead story image

Carol Jamieson Brown was in her early 20s when she told her pastor she had answered a call from God to pursue ministry and enrolled in seminary. But he put the brakes on her plans — he didn’t acknowledge women ministers. Many years later she found room. Only 11 percent of American congregations were led by women in 2012, said Duke University Sociology Professor Mark Chaves. ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:36:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 dead, 10 wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening ]]>

Two men have been killed and 10 other people wounded in shootings across the city of Chicago since Friday evening. ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:28:00 -0500