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Quinn to sign bill ending legislative scholarships

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are about to lose a century-old political perk — the ability to award college scholarships.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll sign legislation Wednesday to end the practice after one last round of awards this summer.

The awards are actually tuition waivers, meaning universities wind up educating the students and not getting

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

More record-breaking heat predicted for Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — It looks like another hot day ahead for Chicago, possibly another record-breaker. An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 10 p.m. Friday, with highs again expected in the triple digits.

The record high for July 6 in Chicago was 99 degrees, which was set in 1988.

City officials are urging Chicago residents to check on their

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Air pollution will be high Friday in Chicago area

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago-area residents are being warned about high levels of air pollution as the searing heat persists.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has declared an Air Pollution Action Day in the metro Chicago area for Friday because of elevated ground-level ozone.

The unstable gas is created when volatile chemicals and exhaust from

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Rep. Jackson treated for 'more serious' ailments

Rep. Jackson treated for 'more serious' ailments
CHICAGO (AP) — The mystery surrounding U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s leave of absence deepened Thursday as his office disclosed a few more vague details about his medical condition, saying his ailments were "more serious" than previously thought and he needs extended inpatient treatment.

But his staff gave no hint of the congressman's whereabouts

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago