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Area churches to conduct free on-site health tests Sunday

A year ago Chicagoan Beatrice Winfrey was shocked to learn that her then 24-year-old son was borderline diabetic and had high blood pressure.Her son’s health issues were uncovered at free health screenings offered at her church last year through the nonprofit First Ladies Health Initiative. She credits the group’s health day screening program at Commonwealth Community Church with helping put her and her family on a healthier path, and that’s what participants are hoping will be the result of this year’s event, which takes place Sunday at roughly 65 churches in the Chicago metropolitan area.

 

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Vigil held for Skokie teens; two Niles North seniors shot, one killed

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Friends, relatives and neighbors gathered for a vigil Monday night, a day after two Niles North High School students were shot, one fatally, in Skokie. Sunday night’s shooting claimed the life Maxwell Gadau, 17, of Skokie, a popular senior and athlete at Niles North. The …

Emanuel prods sister agencies to mandate $13-an-hour wage

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Four weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an executive order requiring city contractors and subcontractors to increase the “living wage” for employees to $13 an hour. Now, he’s pressuring all local government agencies under his control — CTA, CHA, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, City Colleges and Public Building Commission — to follow his lead.

Man charged with killing girlfriend, 7-year-old daughter

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Maciej Kotlinski, 35, of the 3400 block of North Odell, faces two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbings, police said.

Shake-up at Robert R. McCormick Foundation

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A shake-up at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will see a longtime program director’s role reduced to senior advisor, and two senior program officers jobs eliminated.

Man accused in FAA fire made 'tragic mistake,' lawyer says

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Brian Howard, accused of setting the fire in a radar facility that brought down both Chicago airports last week, was ordered held without bond Monday.

Chicago shutdown will cost airlines ‘hundreds of millions’: analyst

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American, United and Southwest airlines stand to lose millions because they have critically important connecting hubs in Chicago that they cannot use effectively until the situation is resolved, said Mike Boyd, chairman of Boyd Group International.

Hackers might have Jewel-Osco customers credit card data — again

Hackers may once again have obtained customer credit card data of Jewel-Osco customers, the grocery chain’s parent company announced Monday.

Prosecution rests in Joliet double murder trial

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Prosecutors rested their case Monday morning in the bench trial of a defendant they called the ringleader in a grisly double-murder in Joliet.

Top cab official arrested in vehicle title laundering case

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A top official of Chicago’s largest cab company — Chicago Carriage Cab — has been charged with illegally obtaining “clean” vehicle titles for at least 180 wrecked cars that had been put into service as taxis on the city streets, federal officials announced Monday.

Uber forges ahead with 420-job expansion contingent on veto

Ride-sharing giant Uber Technologies is forging ahead with plans to expand its regional headquarters and create 420 new jobs, confident that Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of a statewide ride-sharing bill will not be overturned.

Church hosts woman fighting deportation

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A woman fighting deportation has received sanctuary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission and is getting support from Chicago area religious leaders, who are calling for the end of mass deportations and for immigration reform.

Beatriz Santiago Ramirez, a native of Mexico and a single …

Quinn urges City Council to tighten reins on small digital signs

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Gov. Pat Quinn urged the City Council on Monday to revisit a belated crackdown on small digital signs that allowed a company partially owned by his Republican opponent to blast Quinn with more obtrusive signs closer to homes than the new rules allow.

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IHSA to boycott legislative hearing set for Friday in Chicago

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A legislative hearing set for later this week on Illinois High School Association operations won’t have a key player: the high-school sports governing body itself.

Pritzker Foundation gives scholarships to undocumented students

Some 70 undocumented high school seniors set to graduate in June from the Noble Network of Charter Schools can tap into a new $3 million college scholarship fund aimed at filling a financial gap and established by loyal Noble backers — the Pritzker Foundation.

Hillary Clinton scheduled to campaign for Quinn Oct. 8

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, raised in north suburban Park Ridge, will be stumping for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.