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  • Massachusetts denies parole to murderer who fled to Chicago Mar 26, 2015 7:00 AM
    Convicted murderer who escaped and fled to Chicago for 20 years denied parole in Massachusetts

     
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house Mar 26, 2015 7:08 AM
    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from an Alabama federal prison early Thursday, two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items, his father said. The Rev. Jesse Jackson described his son’s release from the minimum security federal prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, as a “joyous reunion” and said the younger Jackson was doing “very well.” Jackson, a 50-year-old Illinois Democrat, began his sentence on Nov. 1, 2013. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons lists his release date as Sept. 20, 2015. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who visited Jackson on Monday, said Jackson would serve out the remainder of his 2 1/2-year term in a Washington, D.C., halfway house. Jackson must also spend three years on supervised release and complete 500 hours of community service. Jackson served in Congress from 1995 until he resigned in November 2012. In June of 2012 he took medical leave for treatment of bipolar disorder and other issues. Jackson’s wife, Sandra Jackson, a former Chicago alderman, was sentenced to a year in prison for filing false joint federal income tax returns that knowingly understated the income the couple received. She must serve her term after her husband completes his sentence. The couple has two children. According to court documents, the Jacksons spent campaign money on televisions, restaurant dinners and other costly personal items, including $43,350 on a gold-plated men’s Rolex watch and $9,587.64 on children’s furniture. During sentencing, the judge scolded Jackson for using campaign funds as a “piggy bank.” Jackson’s resignation ended a once-promising political career that was tarnished by unproven allegations that he was involved in discussions to raise campaign funds for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat. Jackson has denied the allegations.

     
  • Chicago couple's Bali trial delayed after baby gets sick Mar 26, 2015 11:08 AM
    The trial of a Chicago couple accused of killing the woman's mother in Indonesia adjourned after their newborn baby fell ill in prison, a prosecutor and a doctor said Thursday. Heather Mack, 19, gave birth to a daughter, Stella, last week and returned with the baby to prison after several days' stay in the hospital.

     
  • Suspects in new Islamic State case appear in Chicago court Mar 26, 2015 3:36 PM
    Suspects in new Islamic State case in Chicago make initially appearance in federal court

     
  • Baun, Paliotta sign on with Hawks Mar 26, 2015 9:04 PM
    The Blackhawks added to their organizational depth Thursday by signing two college players. Colgate junior power forward Kyle Baun signed as a free agent and Vermont senior defenseman Michael Paliotta signed with the team that chose him in the third round of the 2011 NHL draft, opting not to become a free agent in August.

     
  • Garcia to Emanuel in Chicago debate: 'You are not the king' Mar 26, 2015 8:02 PM
    Garcia rips Emanuel in Chicago debate, telling mayor, 'You are not the king'

     
  • US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack Mar 26, 2015 6:58 PM
    US: Chicago-area National Guard soldier and cousin planned to bring 'flames of war' to US

     
  • Emanuel, Garcia debate Lucas museum for Chicago lakefront Mar 26, 2015 5:38 PM
    Emanuel, Garcia disagree over Chicago lakefront site for 'Star Wars' creator Lucas' museum

     
  • Blackhawks land Colgate winger Baun Mar 26, 2015 3:13 PM
    The Chicago Blackhawks landed one of the most coveted collegiate free agents available Thursda, as Kyle Baun, a 6-foot-2, 204-pound right winger who finished his junior season at Colgate University, agreed a two-year deal.

     
  • Pujols hits 3-run homer, Angels beat Cubs 8-4 Mar 26, 2015 11:18 PM
    MESA, Ariz. — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and Jered Weaver struck out eight as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Cubs 8-4 Thursday. Cubs left-hander Travis Wood homered off Weaver leading off the fifth as a pinch hitter. Wood hit three homers last season. He pitched Wednesday. Weaver gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in 5⅓ innings. “Everything is coming along nice,” Weaver said. “Location is good. Off-speed stuff is good when I need it. I’m happy with where I’m at.” Mike Olt hit a two-run homer and a triple for the Cubs. Cubs rookie slugger Kris Bryant, who has nine homers this spring, went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. But he excelled in his first game in the outfield. Bryant, who mostly plays third base, started a double play by catching a line drive then throwing out a runner at second who was trying to steal third. Pujols had 2 hits with four RBIs. Johnny Giovetella went 3 for 4. “Johnny did a lot of good things out there,” manager Mike Scioscia said of the second baseman. “He’s getting a chance, and especially on the defensive end, he’s feeling more confident. He’s doing a nice job.” LESTER ON TRACK Jon Lester threw 54 pitches in a minor league game Thursday, with manager Joe Maddon judging that Lester appears on track to start opening night on April 5 vs. St. Louis. “I thought he looked really comfortable,” Maddon said of Lester, who had gone through a dead-arm period and missed a scheduled start. “I know his arm feels great. That’s what I was worried about.” Lester likely will throw 75 to 80 pitches in his final Cactus League start, which should enable him to throw about 95 to 100 pitches in the opener, Maddon said. KNOW THE CACTUS LEAGUE The normally talkative Maddon had little to say about his conversation with Edwin Jackson, who missed his scheduled start Tuesday because he was late. He ended up pitching at Oakland in the second inning and got rocked. Jackson drove to the Athletics’ old spring training home, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, about five miles to the west of the Cubs’ camp, instead of to the A’s’ new home at Mesa’s Hohokam Park, about three miles to the east. “Normally when I talk to someone in private I keep it that way,” Maddon said. Asked if he’s going to direct Jackson to take the team bus in the future, the manager replied, “I’m not a knee-jerk guy. I want to believe that’s a one-time event.” CUBS REDUCE ROSTER Albert Almora, a top Cubs outfield prospect, has been sent to minor league camp as the Cubs reduced their spring roster from 52 to 40 players Thursday. Nine others were assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitchers Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon and Gonzalez Germen; left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno; infielder Chris Valaika; outfielders Mike Baxter and Adron Chambers; and catcher Kyle Schwarber. Also, right-handed pitcher Blake Parker and left-handed pitcher Joseph Ortiz have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. On of Almora, Maddon said: “I was impressed. I see him as a fine major league baseball player.” STARTNG TIME Angels: Weaver did not walk a batter. “It’s always nice to not walk guys. ... It’s something I’ve always taken a lot of pride in,” Weaver said. Cubs: In four innings, Eric Jokisch allowed four runs and six hits while striking out one. TRAINER’S ROOM Angels: Kole Calhoun, hit by a pitch in the first inning, left the game with a right triceps contusion. “It stiffened up a little bit,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We took him out on a precautionary basis. Hopefully it’s something where he can bounce back and play (Friday), but we’ll see.” ... David Freese, who has a hyperextended elbow, will take a couple of days off. Cubs: Chris Denorfia, who injured a hamstring running to first base, may not be ready to go by opening night, Maddon said. “There’s no sense in rushing” the healing process.” UP NEXT Angels: C.J. Wilson is set to take the mound Friday at home vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cubs: Jason Hammel is set to start Friday at home vs. the White Sox.

     
  • 77-year-old is Cook County's 25th cold-related death Mar 25, 2015 7:00 AM
    77-year-old found dead in Chicago suburb is Cook County's 25th cold-related death this season

     
  • Chicago teacher union calls for $15 minimum wage for workers Mar 25, 2015 7:00 AM
    Chicago Teachers Union will propose $15 minimum wage for school districts Safe Passage workers

     
  • Judge appoints examiner in bankruptcy of Caesars division Mar 25, 2015 7:02 PM
    Chicago judge appoints former Watergate prosecutor to investigate Caesars business deals

     
  • Illinois man charged with abusing 3-year-old on flight Mar 25, 2015 6:55 PM
    Illinois man charged in Utah with abusing 3-year-old on flight from Chicago to San Diego

     
  • Geological Survey reports minor quake northwest of Chicago Mar 25, 2015 7:49 PM
    US Geological Survey reports 2.9 earthquake northwest of Chicago, no injuries or damage

     
  • Lawyer expects plea deal in Chicago terrorism case Mar 25, 2015 9:17 AM
    Defense lawyer indicates progress on plea deal in terrorism case against suburban Chicago man

     
  • IL-Mayor-Chicago-elected Mar 26, 2015 11:35 AM
    TEST BULLETIN (AP) - The following is a TEST. Rahm Emanuel, NP, elected Mayor, Chicago, Illinois. AP Elections 03-26-2015 12:34

     
  • Village of Glenwood receives $1M federal flood-relief grant Mar 25, 2015 7:00 AM
    Chicago suburb of Glenwood receives $1 million federal flood-relief grant

     
  • Oprah Winfrey selling furniture, paintings in auction Mar 25, 2015 8:29 AM
    Oprah Winfrey to auction off Chicago home's furniture, paintings to benefit school for girls

     
  • Former Cubs could be factors for Reds Mar 25, 2015 7:30 PM
    After leading the Cincinnati Reds to the playoffs three times in six years, Dusty Baker was let go as manager after the 2013 season. The Reds promptly sank to fourth place last year under new manager Bryan Price. If things are going to get any better this year, the Reds will need Joey Votto and Jay Bruce to be healthy and productive.

     
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