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CPS Chief Lashes Out At Racist Remarks

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett is lashing out at those calling the school closure plan racist.  On Wednesday, Byrd-Bennett said she understands why people are upset, but quote, "when status quo is not working, change is inevitable."  Of the 54 schools set to close, most are in African American communities on the South and West sides.

Deadly Fire May Have Been Started By Child

(Chicago, IL)  --  A fire that killed a woman and her five-year-old granddaughter may have been started by the child.  Investigators say the little girl might have been playing with a lighter in a cubbie area.  Fire officials say the apartment had no smoke detectors.

Sale Of City Vehicle Stickers To Be Staggered

(Chicago, IL)  --  Changes are coming to when you have to buy your city vehicle sticker.  Since 1908, every Chicago driver has had to purchase their new sticker in June, but beginning in 2014, sales will be staggered.  Officials say city vehicle stickers will expire six-months after the vehicle's license plate sticker expires.

Controlled Burns Taking Place At Prairies

(Chicago, IL)  --  Controlled burns are taking place this week in prairies around the Chicago area.  Officials say fire is a part of the natural ecosystem, and was often used by Native Americans to fertilize the soil and promote growth.  Officials say this time of year is perfect for controlled burns because the old growth has dried out and can be burned off without injuring the new growth of prairie plants.

Lollapalooza Single Day Passes Sold Out

(Chicago, IL)  --  Single day passes for Lollapalooza are sold out.  Tickets went on sale Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. and were gone by 11:45.  Travel packages are still available starting at 15-hundred-dollars for two people.

Charges Filed In Death Of Woman Pushed From Window

(Chicago, IL)  --  Charges are being filed in connection with a two-year-old murder, in which a woman was allegedly pushed out of a third-story window on Chicago's South Side.  Police announced yesterday a man extradited to Chicago from Aberdeen, South Dakota named Daniel Neasom faces the charge of murder.  Authorities allege that in 2011 Neasom pushed Cynthia Barnes from the window of a Gage Park apartment building three-stories up.       

Plea Deal Hands DeKalb Man 37-Years

(DeKalb, IL)  --  Thirty-seven-years behind bars is the sentence handed down yesterday to a DeKalb man accused of murdering a student from Northern Illinois University.  William Curl agreed to plead guilty to the first-degree murder of 18-year-old freshman Antinette Keller of Plainfield.  The remains of Keller's burned body were later discovered in 2010 in a DeKalb park.  Although he agreed to the plea, Curl says he didn't kill Keller.

Cop Who Committed Suicide Was Under Investigation

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago police officer found dead of an apparent suicide yesterday was being investigated for allegations of sexual misconduct.  The "Tribune" says the 26-year veteran of the force was found in his Far South Side home with a gunshot wound to the head.  The report says officers were waiting outside the home preparing to discuss the allegations just before they found him dead.  The still unnamed officer was assigned to the Calumet District.

Bears, Urlacher Deny Ties With Anti-Gay Marriage Group

(Chicago, IL)  --  Former Bear Brian Urlacher and his ex-team deny any connection to a group that opposes same-sex marriage.  The "Tribune" says Urlacher and the Bears maintain no ties to the Ruth Institute, an affiliate of the National Organization for Marriage.  An online promotion for the Ruth Institute recently stated it was involved with the Bears and thanked the team for merchandise it plans to raffle-off at an event in June.


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