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Ex-head of suburban religious organization denies sex harassment

But his comments were called “disingenuous” Tuesday by Recovering Grace, a website that has received reports from dozens of women who’ve alleged they were sexually harassed by Gothard with unwanted touching, including bare foot games of footsie, years ago.


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Maine West principal reported early hazing to ex-superintendent: officials


While a lawsuit alleging widespread hazing at Maine West High School lingers in Cook County court, school officials now say Maine West’s principal reported early claims of abuse to the district’s then-superintendent.

Despite pleas, CPS board turns three schools over to private operator


Supporters from three Chicago public elementary schools selected to have their entire staffs replaced pitched one last, passionate stand Wednesday— but all for naught.

A second-grade teacher at Gresham Elementary School, 8524 S. Green St., lamented giant class sizes in her room and others. The …

DNA solves murder of man missing since 1978, mistakenly feared to be Gacy victim


While he was still in college, Edward Beaudion dressed up as a vampire to bring a little ghoulish cheer to kids at a local orphanage.

Vehicle hits Roseland bus stop after police chase, injures 5


Five people were hurt after a vehicle hit a bus stop Tuesday night after a police chase in the Roseland neighborhood. About 8:40 p.m., a vehicle traveling north on Michigan Avenue near 103rd Street struck another vehicle, said Larry Langford, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. The first vehicle then hit the bus stop. The crash was the result of a chase that started when Calumet District officers tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation and the vehicle sped away, police said.

Ari Emanuel’s stake in ride-share firm raises uber questions


DAN MIHALOPOULOS: Google “Ari Emanuel” and “uber,” and you’ll find frequent references to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s brother as the “Hollywood uber-agent” for many of the world’s most popular entertainers. What’s far less known is Ari Emanuel’s ownership interest in Uber Technologies Inc.

Sen. Rand Paul to African-Americans in Chicago: The GOP wants you

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who is mulling a presidential run, said today that he’s set out to bring more African-Americans into the Republican Party and Chicago wasn’t a bad place to start. Paul said Chicago could be eligible for $1 billion in funding if legislation he’s proposed passes. The proposal would allow development of economic centers in qualifying cities, he said.

CPS puts $100 million price tag on mayor's A/C-in-schools edict


The district estimates it’ll spend $20 million per year out of the capital budget over five years to fulfill the mayor’s order to cool classrooms with window units, a CPS spokesman said.

Priest in 2nd child abuse investigation won’t be alone with kids: archdiocese


The Rev. Michael W. O’Connell, who became the subject of a second child abuse allegation on Monday, will remain in active ministry but will not be alone with children, the archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday.

Pedicab operators say a crackdown could put them out of business


Chicago is finally getting around to regulating pedicabs, but in a way that operators warn could put a popular form of “green transportation” out of business.

Robo-calls on pension reform bill raise Rauner-Rahm rift


Clearly perturbed by a round of Bruce Rauner robo-calls made to Chicago residents on Tuesday, Rahm Emanuel took out the political filet knife and stuck it right into the mayor’s old fishing buddy — using Rauner’s own words against him.

Gary killer’s warning: Divorce ‘not going to be pretty’


Days after Nina Castro filed for divorce from her husband last fall, she returned to their home in Gary’s Ambridge-Mann area where Remanard Castro forced her to have sex with him while threatening her with a handgun and later a crowbar, according to Lake Superior Court records. On Monday afternoon, Remanard Castro shot and killed his estranged wife outside their 14-year-old son’s Catholic school in Griffith while their son and 16-year-old daughter watched, Griffith police said.

Republican leaders say state can’t afford $100 million for Obama library


Two top Illinois Republican legislators say Democrats want to give $100 million in state money to an Obama presidential library in part because they know Republicans will oppose that funding. Democrats, they say, are just using the museum as a wedge issue with African-American voters.

8 injured in less than 7 hours in gun violence across city

One day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel decried the rash of shootings over the Easter holiday weekend, eight people were shot across the city in less than seven hours. The ages of the victims — one teenager and seven men — ranged from 14 to 56.

14-year-old boy shot in Chicago Lawn neighborhood

The boy was standing on a porch in the 7300 block of South Maplewood Avenue about 6:40 p.m. when suspects ran out from across the street and started shooting, police said. He was shot in the shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition.

Bond denied for Flossmoor man charged with killing two teens


Justin Hamilton, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jordan Means, 17, and Anthony Bankhead, 19, who were found dead in the basement of a building in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue about 10:45 a.m. Saturday.