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  • Longtime Chicago alderman Stone dies at 87 Dec 22, 2014 2:47 PM
    Former longtime Chicago Alderman Bernie Stone has died. Chicago Jewish Funerals’ Skokie Chapel says a funeral service will be held at noon on Tuesday. One of Stone’s daughters, Ilana Feketitsch, tells the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1sQRmjB) that her father died at a suburban hospital early Monday from health problems after a fall over the weekend. He was 87. Feketitsch says her father loved his job and serving people. Stone served in the City Council for nearly 40 years, representing a ward on the city’s North Side. During his tenure, he was known for being outspoken, particularly against late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Stone was a Democrat but briefly joined the Republican Party in the 1980s. He lost his council seat in 2011 to Debra Silverstein.

     
  • Blagojevich brother: I was fed ‘pawn’ to get then-governor Dec 22, 2014 2:45 PM
    The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his sibling on charges that he attempted to sell President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

     
  • Breen resigns from Lombard village board Dec 22, 2014 4:15 PM
    Peter Breen has submitted his resignation from the Lombard village board in preparation of taking on his new role as state representative for the 48th District. Breen has served on the board since 2011. He represented District 4 and held the position of acting village president.

     
  • Toby Keith to headline Rauner’s inaugural concert Dec 22, 2014 4:27 PM
    Country singer Toby Keith will headline a concert celebrating Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s inauguration. Rauner on Monday announced the lineup for the Jan. 12 concert. It also includes blues artist Buddy Guy and the Boat Drink Caucus, a trio of state legislators.

     
  • Tunisians vote in historic presidential runoff Dec 21, 2014 12:20 PM
    Tunisians voted on Sunday for a new president in a runoff between an official from the country’s previous regimes and a veteran human rights activist who came to power after the 2011 revolution.

     
  • Mixed reviews for raising juror pay, reducing juries Dec 21, 2014 11:17 AM
    A newly signed law that’ll more than double what Illinois jurors are paid while reducing the size of civil case juries is earning mixed reviews from criminal justice experts. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure Friday that backers say could lead to more diverse juries and offset anticipated costs by cutting back jurors in all civil cases from 12 to 6.

     
  • 2014 frustrates U.S. hopes for Israeli-Palestinian peace Dec 21, 2014 12:18 PM

    By Lara Jakes

    Secretary of State John Kerry is ending 2014 much in the same way he started it, frustrated in efforts to push Israel and Palestinians toward peace. With a diplomatic showdown looming this past week over Arab plans to force Israel from occupied Palestinian lands within three years, Kerry prepared for a quick trip to Jordan in hopes of finding a calmer alternative.

     
  • Obama says U.S. can influence new generation in Cuba Dec 21, 2014 12:02 PM
    President Barack Obama said his plan to normalize relations with Cuba gives the U.S. a chance to influence events at an important moment of change for the communist nation, and he brushed off critics who accuse him of kowtowing to dictators.

     
  • Pope’s role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock Dec 21, 2014 12:06 PM
    The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil.

     
  • Romania swears in new president Dec 21, 2014 12:11 PM
    New Romanian Presidnt Klaus Iohannis, 55, promises a different style from combative outgoing leader Traian Basescu, who leaves office Sunday having served a maximum 10 years.

     
  • Congresswoman speaks at Bradley graduation Dec 21, 2014 11:12 AM
    U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly told graduates at Bradley University that changing the world requires dedication and patience.

     
  • Sandra Pihos to make bid for College of DuPage seat Dec 20, 2014 7:11 AM
    While her tenure as a state representative is coming to an end, Sandra Pihos says she wants to continue to serve the public. So the Glen Ellyn Republican is running for a spot on the College of DuPage board of trustees. She’s already filed her nomination papers to get on the April 7 ballot. “I’m not going to let grass grow under my feet because there’s so many things that need to be done,” said Pihos, whose last day as a state representative is Jan. 13. “I want to continue to be involved.”

     
  • Air Force admits nuke flaws, but will fixes work? Dec 20, 2014 3:21 PM
    “I go about most of my days wishing I was in another place, in another Air Force field,” the officer said, according to a copy of investigation testimony provided in September and obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act.

     
  • Obama’s Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift Dec 20, 2014 2:12 PM
    As a whole, Cuban Americans make up a much smaller percentage of Florida’s Hispanic population than they did 15 years ago. And while Obama’s overtures to Cuba have angered older Cuban Americans, especially first- and second-generation exiles, younger ones aren’t as likely to vote on this issue alone.

     
  • U.S. sends four Afghans home from Gitmo Dec 20, 2014 2:03 PM
    The move is the latest in a series of transfers during the past two months. President Barack Obama has been pushing to reduce the number of detainees as he tries to make progress toward his goal of closing the globally condemned detention center for suspected terrorists.

     
  • Immigrants build document trails to remain in U.S. Dec 20, 2014 3:15 PM
    The search for documents is on for immigrants who may qualify for a work permit and reprieve from deportation under measures President Barack Obama announced last month. Applicants must prove they were in the country continuously since Jan. 1, 2010 — a tall order for many accustomed to avoiding trails. For critics, conditions are ripe for fraud.

     
  • The Soapbox Dec 21, 2014 8:25 AM
    Daily Herald editors comment on local elections, the Bears, and a few lessons learned, among other suburban topics.

     
  • Cook County sees 69% increase in early voting Dec 19, 2014 8:51 AM
    Cook County Clerk David Orr’s review of the Nov. 4 election shows a 69 percent increase in early voting and increased younger-voter participation.

     
  • Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude Dec 20, 2014 2:19 PM
    The torture of Janat Gul is a useful case study of how the CIA interrogations were overseen because it occurred two years into the program, after a report by the CIA inspector general had made clear that the harsh techniques were being employed far in excess of what had been envisioned in clinical Justice Department memos.

     
  • New state law nixes deadline for asbestos lawsuits Dec 19, 2014 5:52 PM
    People exposed to asbestos now have more time to file lawsuits over related illnesses under a bill Gov. Pat Quinn has signed.

     
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