Fri04182014

Residents said wrong move to completely shut down Red Line

Residents said wrong move to completely shut down Red Line
Residents who rely on the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red Line said they aren’t convinced it’ll take only five months to renovate the entire South Side strip of the rail line.

“This is just crazy. Yes, the tracks need work and some of the stations need an upgrade, but to close them all, at the same time, that’s just crazy,” said Nita Keith.

The CTA

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Chicago Teachers Union plans strike authorization

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union is planning a strike authorization vote.

The union on Friday announced that it is making plans for the vote. Union officials say state law requires that 75 percent of union members vote to authorize any work stoppage.

In a release Friday, the union says taking a strike authorization vote doesn't mean that

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New trial requested in Hudson family killings

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago says he'll decide next month on the request for a new trial for the man convicted of killing three members of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson's family.

Judge Charles Burns on Friday set a July 24 date to rule on the request from William Balfour's attorneys. Cook County prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to

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Fire marshal warns of firework hazards

CHICAGO (AP) — The Fourth of July is more than a month away, but state officials say it isn't too early to start thinking about firework safety.

Coinciding with National Fireworks Safety Month, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal is reminding people about just how deadly fireworks can be.

It notes there were two fatal accidents

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Pension cuts postponed in Illinois Legislature

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature's spring session may be over, but the work isn't. The governor and legislative leaders say they'll call lawmakers back to Springfield soon for another try at controlling pension costs that contribute to the state's deep budget problems.

Coming back for a special session carries risks. Legislators

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