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Jackson Jr., Wife Plead Guilty

(Chicago, IL)  --  Former congressman Jesse Jackson Junior and his wife are heading to prison.  Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty Wednesday to campaign finance fraud, while Sandi Jackson pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns.   Sentencing for Jackson Jr. is scheduled for June 28th.  Sandi Jackson will be sentenced on July 1st.

Judge To Rule On Peterson Trial At 1 P.M.

(Joliet, IL)  --  Former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson could be sentenced to 60-years in prison today if his request for a new trial is denied.  The judge will rule on the motion at 1 p.m. today.  Peterson's lawyers say a new trial should be granted because former lead attorney Joel Brodsky made horrible decisions during last summer's murder trial that resulted in Peterson's conviction.

Michelle Obama Returning To Chicago


(Chicago, IL)  --  First Lady Michelle Obama is coming back to Chicago next week.  The White House says Mrs. Obama will be in town on Thursday to celebrate her "Let's Move" campaign and to announce a plan to bring physical activity back to schools.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas and "The Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper are just a few of the guests that will be on hand for the announcement.

Blue Cart Recycling Program Expanding

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago's Blue Cart Recycling Program is expanding to the entire city.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday every neighborhood will have biweekly collection of recyclables by the end of the year.  The Blue Cart program is currently available only on the North Side.

Chicago Marathon Registration Won't Resume This Week

(Chicago, IL)  --  Registration for this year's Chicago Marathon will not resume this week.  Registration opened Tuesday, but was suspended when a technical issue prevented some people from being able to sign up.  Race officials say registration provider Active.com is still working to fix the issue.

Kelly Defends Timekeeping Rules In 2010 Run


(Chicago, IL)  --  Democratic congressional candidate Robin Kelly says she did "nothing wrong" during her failed campaign for state treasurer in 2010.  Kelly is on the defense following a state inspector general's report and an internal audit that alleged she violated timekeeping rules.  Kelly says she turned in her time sheets, docked her pay and "nothing was founded by anyone who counts."

Man Jumps In Front Of Red Line Train

(Chicago, IL)  --  One person is in critical condition after jumping in front of a Red Line train last night.  Police say the man jumped from the platform as the southbound train approached the station.  Trains were rerouted while emergency crews rescued the man, but they are operating on their normal schedule now.

Dental Care For Needy "In Midst Of Collapse"

(Chicago, IL)  --  Dental care for Chicago's poor is "in the midst of collapse."  According to a report released today by the Chicago Dental Society, from 2006 to 2011, more than a quarter of the region's low-cost dental clinics were closed.  According to the report, to reverse the trend, Medicaid coverage has to be expanded, more dentists have to motivated to treat underserved patients and more dental care advocates have to be drawn into local government.

Cubs Hold Last Practice At Fitch Park

(Mesa, AZ)  --  After 35-years, the Cubs are saying goodbye to Fitch Park.  The team held their final workout at the facility yesterday.  Fitch Park is being shut down and remodeled before the A's take it over in 2015. The Cubs are moving to a new facility nearby.

Chicago Getting A Biggest Loser Resort

(Chicago, IL)  --  A resort catering to people that want to shed a pounds is coming to Chicago's suburbs.  The Biggest Loser Resort is scheduled to open in May 2013 in Itasca.  The "Four Diamond" resort will offer a championship golf course and a 75-foot indoor pool, and is available to anyone over the age of 14 that wants to focus on "exercise, healthy nutrition and education."

 

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