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Los Angeles man arrested in 1992 murder of Skokie teen

A 71-year-old man has been in arrested in the 1992 death of a Skokie teen found strangled in a Morton Grove forest preserve, the boy’s mother told the Chicago Sun-Times on Thursday.


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O’Hare employee accused of stealing from military foot lockers


An employee at O’Hare International Airport has been accused of stealing items from military foot lockers that were meant to be shipped overseas. James Matthews, 41, of Sauk Village, was charged with two felony counts of theft, police announced early Friday. About 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, …

Michelle Obama to Chicago donors: ‘Write the biggest, fattest check . . . you can’


First lady Michelle Obama was especially frank Thursday evening when addressing a crowd of some 150 Chicago donors about the best way to influence politics: “Write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.” Here to raise money for the national Democratic Party, the first lady also put in a plug for local Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn, pledging to “do everything in our power to make sure he gets over the finish line. He is the guy for this state.”

Cops: Gang member fired ‘without care,’ hit girl at sleepover


A teenage gang member fired into a crowd of rivals “without care” in retaliation for a fistfight he wasn’t even involved in — but wound up killing an 11-year-old girl who was at a nearby building for a sleepover, police said Thursday.

1 dead, 7 hurt in shootings Thursday

One man was killed and seven people were wounded in shootings across Chicago on Thursday.

Deacon kisses girl, gives her copy of the Kama Sutra: prosecutors


A 66-year-old man Cook County prosecutors described as a “member of the clergy” allegedly gave a minor a copy of the Kama Sutra and said he kissed her because she was “shy” and he “wanted her to be more confident.”

Too many guns, too few values, Emanuel says

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday condemned the senseless act of violence that deprived an innocent, 11-year-old girl of her chance to grow up and realize her dreams.  “There are too many guns easily available and too little values…around to guide people,” Emanuel said after groundbreaking ceremonies at a $500 million office tower along the Chicago River.

Emanuel says red-light cameras ‘have to be 100 percent right’


Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s “angry” about the unexplained spike that generated at least 9,000 questionable red-light camera tickets at a dozen Chicago intersections and said the system “has to be 100 percent right” to be trusted.

Feds seek to extradite Emanuel’s ex-comptroller from Pakistan


Federal prosecutors are seeking to extradite Amer Ahmad, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former City Hall comptroller, from Pakistan, where Ahmad fled — using a fake passport — after pleading guilty last year to public corruption charges in Ohio. Ahmad, 39, has admitted in Pakistani court that he forged documents to flea to his parents’ homeland. He remains jailed in the city of Lahore.

Man, 26, charged with murder in killing of Gary police officer


Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield’s fiancee minced no words when it came to the fate of his alleged killer: She wants him to get the death penalty. Lake County Sheriff John Buncich and Prosecutor Bernard Carter on Thursday announced that Carl Le’Ellis Blount Jr. had been …

Beleaguered Concept Charter finds new school site in Chatham


Concept Schools, which lost out on a new school site in Chatham after the charter network was raided by the FBI, has found another location and is proceeding with a fall 2014 opening for two more Horizon Science Academy schools, according to Chicago Public Schools.

North Riverside puts plan to privatize fire department on hold


The village board voted to strip $750,000 from the fire department’s budget next year — the same amount it expects to save if the board votes to privatize the department. Under Hubert Hermanek Jr.’s proposal, a no-bid $9 million contract would be awarded to Paramedic Services of Illinois, which already provides village ambulance service. Firefighters could join PSI and keep their base pay. But they would have to accept reduced benefits and trade their pensions for a 401(k) plan.

Prosecutor: Man argued with prep athlete before having him killed


Kenneth Jackson didn’t like the alleged comments Simeon High School football player Michael Flournoy made to his daughter. So, he recruited his two friends and came back to the South Side store where he argued with Flournoy earlier, Cook County prosecutors said.

Citing irreconcilable differences, Billionaire Ken Griffin, chief of Citadel, files for divorce


Billionaire Ken Griffin, the founder and CEO of Citadel LLC, a hedge fund and financial services firm based in Chicago, filed for divorce Wednesday from his wife, Anne Dias Griffin, a hedge-fund executive from France, citing irreconcilable differences and noting the couple had signed a prenuptial agreement, Cook County records show.

Grieving mom files second suit against father-in-law Chicago cop


A grieving suburban mom whose home was raided by the DEA just days after her 8-year-old daughter died of cancer has filed a second lawsuit against her former Chicago cop father-in-law, who she says helped her grow marijuana to medicate her dying child, then maliciously ratted her out.

Bike-shop mechanics help cops nab bicycle thieves


Looking around, he couldn’t see them, but from a hidden vantage point, police were watching the parking lot of a McDonald’s in Albany Park on Monday evening. It was a sting. A 21-year-old bike mechanic, who volunteered to pose as a buyer, waited with a friend to meet someone trying to sell a bike that had been stolen hours earlier from the basement of a Lake View home.