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President Obama To Visit Chicago High School

(Chicago, IL)  --  President Obama will visit a South Side high school while in Chicago on Friday.  White House officials say the President will use the visit at Hyde Park Academy to talk about "strengthening the economy for the middle class and those striving to get there."  The trip to Chicago is part of President Obama's three day tour to talk about the economy.

List Of Possible School Closures Narrowed

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago Public Schools is narrowing its list of schools it will consider closing.  One-hundred-and-29 are on the preliminary list; a final list will be released by the end of March.  Most of the schools are on the South, West and Southwest Sides and have seen a significant student population loss over the past several years.

Senator Kirks Names Gun Legislation After Slain Girl

(Chicago, IL)  --  Senator Mark Kirk is naming his gun-safety legislation after Hadiya Pendleton.  Kirk and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would make gun trafficking a federal crime.  The senator called the legislation a priority "for Hadiya and thousands of other victims of gun violence."

Mayor Wants To Increase Fees For Tour Boat Operators

(Chicago, IL)  --  Tour boat operators may soon have to pay higher fees to dock along the Chicago River.  On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a ten-year agreement that would dramatically increase the fees for dock space and generate an estimated 42-and-a-half-million-dollars for the city over the life of the contract.  The proposal includes a minimum annual guarantee for the use of the docks, an annual three-percent escalator and a five-percent share of the tour boat operators' gross revenues.

Zoo Asking For Help In Naming Takin Calves

(Chicago, IL)  --  Lincoln Park Zoo is asking for help naming its newest additions.  The two Sichuan takin [[ TAH-kin ]] males were born about a week apart.  A list of names are posted on the zoo's website; the one with the most votes will be announced February 20th.

Cicero Teen, 17, Newest Murder Victim

(Cicero, IL)  --  The Cook County medical examiner says a 17-year-old boy was killed in a deadly shooting late last night in Cicero.  A county spokesperson said the teen suffered numerous gunshot wounds and was dead on the scene.  The shooting occurred on South 59th Court only blocks away from the Cicero-Chicago border.

Two Men Shot, One On Serious Condition

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago police are investigating a shooting in Jeffery Manor that leaves one person seriously hurt.  Authorities say no one's been arrested even though two men were robbed and shot on the Far South Side yesterday afternoon.  One of the men was listed in serious-to-critical condition after being shot when approached by two attackers at 96th and Clyde.  A female witness who was passing by at the time allegedly ran down one of the muggers with her car and proceeded to hit him with her fists repeatedly before police arrived.

Judge Halts Developer's Convention Center Deal

(Chicago, IL)  --  A proposed convention center project at O'Hare International Airport is stopped in its tracks.  A federal judge issued a temporary stoppage after a government lawsuit was filed accusing the developer of cheating investors.  The "Tribune" says developer Anshoo Sethi tried to attract investors to his Chicago Convention Center project using phony documents.  The S-E-C says Sethi hauled in nearly 150-million dollars mostly from Chinese investors using false paperwork to make project appear better than it is.

Two Teens Shot In Back Of The Yards

(Chicago, IL)  --  Two Chicago-area teens are recovering this morning after a shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.  One male victim suffered a gunshot wound to the backside while the other was shot in the leg.  Authorities say witnesses saw the victims, believed to be 15-and-16-years-old, walking along West 94th Street when a gunman popped out of an alley and began shooting in their direction.  The victims are reportedly in stable condition.

Red-Light Camera Firm Questioned Again

(Chicago, IL)  --  Controversial red-light cameras in Chicago and the firm that installed them are at the center of yet another debate.  The "Tribune" says a group of city aldermen want embattled Redflex Traffic Systems to show proof its cameras were installed only to improve traffic safety and not in a devious effort to collect money from drivers.  City Councilors introduced a resolution yesterday that calls for hearings on why specific intersections where cameras are located were chosen.


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