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Ill. prosecutors refuse to defend gay marriage ban

CHICAGO (AP) — Twenty-five Illinois couples were prepared for a long legal fight when they joined lawsuits challenging the state's ban on gay marriage. Turns out they won't get one — at least not from the attorneys who would normally be responsible for defending the state's laws.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Cook County State's

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

People with relatives remains missing get payments

CHICAGO (AP) — People with loved ones buried at Burr Oak Cemetery outside Chicago are reacting with anger and disappointment to payments they are receiving from settlement of a case involving dug up graves and resold plots.

Charles Lewis says the $50 he received was half what he was promised. He said the payment was reduced because of

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Chicago mayor says gun laws key to fighting crime

Chicago mayor says gun laws key to fighting crime
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says tougher gun laws are key to the city's crime-fighting strategy and he plans to protect the legal integrity of a firearms ordinance.

Part of the ordinance was overturned by U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, who took aim at the section used to deny a permit to a man because of a prior misdemeanor

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Students break for the summer; strike vote OK’d

The final days of the 2011-2012 school year are here as kindergarten, 8th grade and high school graduates toss their graduation caps signaling the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one.

These new graduates are also part of a new group for Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school district in the nation. They’ve helped CPS record i

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago