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Body Of Anne Smedinghoff Back In The U.S.

(Chicago, IL)  --  The body of the U.S. diplomat from River Forest killed in Afghanistan is back in the United States.  Anne Smedinghoff and four others died Saturday when their convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device. Funeral arrangements are pending, but Fenwick High School will hold a memorial mass and assembly today at 9 a.m.

Caribou Coffee Closing Chicago Stores

(Chicago, IL)  --  Caribou Coffee is leaving Chicago.  The company announced Monday most of their 18 locations will close by noon Sunday.  Some will be converted to Peet's Coffee and Tea shops over the next 18 months. About one-thousand people will lose their jobs.

Chicago Theatre To Hold Roger Ebert Tribute Thursday

(Chicago, IL)  --  A memorial tribute to Roger Ebert will be held Thursday at the Chicago Theatre.  Organizers say it will feature music, great moments from the TV show "At the Movies," and personal tributes from Ebert's wife and granddaughter.  Hundreds of people attended Ebert's funeral Monday at the Holy Name Cathedral.

Sign Up Available For Chicago's Summer Job Program

(Chicago, IL)  --  Sign up for the city's summer job program is underway.  A spokesperson from Chicago's Family and Support Services says there are 18 thousand job opportunities for people between the ages of 16 and 24.  A list of potential jobs is available at

Cubs Lose First Home Game Of The Season

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Cubs will try again tonight to beat the Milwaukee Brewers.  They lost 4-to-7 Monday night in the first game of the season at Wrigley Field.  The Cubs are 2-and-5 for the season.

Man Critical After Being Shot Multiple Times

(Chicago, IL)  --  A man is in critical condition following a shooting last night in the Gresham neighborhood.  Authorities say the shooting occurred around 8 p.m. along South Carpenter Street.  The man was being treated for gunshot wounds to his face, neck, chest and arms.

Cop's Firing Upheld

(Flossmoor, IL)  --  The firing of a former police officer in Flossmoor is upheld.  An appeals court ruled yesterday that Larry Hall didn't prove that his termination in 2009 was racially motivated.  Hall was fired after lying twice to his supervisors about a sexual dalliance in his police cruiser while on duty.    

IL Villages Sue Major Online Travel Firms

(Chicago, IL)  --  Seven Illinois municipalities accuse more than a dozen travel websites of not paying certain taxes.  That's according to a new lawsuit against the well-known travel websites including Travelocity, Expedia and Priceline.  Oak Lawn and Willowbrook are two of the villages named in the suit alleging the firms failed to pay or remit taxes for hotel rooms their customers purchased online.

Chicago Looks For Project Backers Via Web

(Chicago, IL)  --  The city of Chicago is looking to the Internet to find financial backers for a myriad of community projects.  The "Tribune" says the city is using the website "Kickstarter" in hopes of finding financial support.  Kickstarter is a website where users to pledge money to help pay for projects which are usually artistic in nature.


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