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Speculation now switches to Fitzgerald successor

Speculation now switches to Fitzgerald successor
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald explained his resignation Thursday on the belief that new blood would be healthy for the office — turning the speculation to who might end up replacing one of the longest-serving and most highly regarded prosecutors in the country.

Among the things President Barack Obama and others involved in picking

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Third party formed to challenge indicted pol

Third party formed to challenge indicted pol

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A group of Chicago Democrats led by Secretary of State Jesse White have formulated a plan to field a third-party candidate to challenge indicted state Rep. Derrick Smith.

White spokesman Dave Druker said Monday the 10th District Unity Party will begin conducting interviews for candidates next week. The move was triggered by

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Couples: President’s message another step in right direction for gay community

Couples: President’s message another step in right direction for gay community

Having the President of the United States approval about same-sex marriage is a breath of fresh air, said a couple who participated in a civil union when it became legal in Illinois.

Bronzeville resident Jimm E. Cobb said when he heard the news of the President Obama’s approval, he was elated and trusts the president takes gays’ interest to hea

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Ill. House OKs 'modernizing' eavesdropping law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The lawmaker behind Tuesday's House approval of a measure allowing people to audio record on-duty police officers says the proposal "modernizes" state law in an age when most people would find it ludicrous that they could go to prison for pulling out their smartphones and taping what they hear on the street.

The 71-45 vote

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago