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Murder at Chicago family party leaves mother searching for answers

Murder at Chicago family party leaves mother searching for answers

Steven Cannon’s death, like his life, was surrounded by chaos. When he was murdered, he was partying with a small group of lifelong family friends, but the evening ended with an alcohol-fueled brawl.  It’s been 8 months and his murder remains unsolved. A ‘typical’ murder In many ways the murder of Steven Cannon is typical […]

Lonely anniversary

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Lonely anniversary

Mother’s Day was the one-year anniversary of Christopher Reeves’ death. His mother, Kimberly Reeves, marked the occasion by going to the store, buying a single white balloon and setting it free above her house in West Englewood – the same ritual she observed when her middle child missed his 22nd birthday in December. But aside […]

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Homicide victim’s mother sees progress in Englewood

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Homicide victim’s mother sees progress in Englewood

Christopher Reeves’ younger brother Jermaine Reeves dedicated himself to “making Chris proud” after his brother’s killing. Kimberly Reeves says he’s excelling at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., but she’s nervous about summer break. “I just wish he could stay there at school. He’ll be home (in June), and he won’t go back until August, so […]

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Park and path on former elevated rail line in Logan Square close to breaking ground

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Park and path on former elevated rail line in Logan Square close to breaking ground

Construction is set to begin on a nearly three mile long park and path that will stretch from Goose Island to North Kimball Avenue on Chicago’s Near Northwest Side. The design plans for the Bloomingdale Trail, which is an old rail line being converted into a park, have been completed and are awaiting final approval by […]

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Illinois will have to be pension reform pioneer

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Illinois will have to be pension reform pioneer

Illinois has to look beyond the 50 United States, to Puerto Rico, when searching for a pension system in worse shape than its own, experts say. The commonwealth is the only government in the United States whose pensions are in a worse state than Illinois’, said Luke Martel, a senior policy specialist at the National Conference […]

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Five things worth Chicagotalking about today, March 1

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Five things worth Chicagotalking about today, March 1

1. After the deadliest January in a decade, Chicago had less murders this February than in any month since 1957, according to the Chicago Police Department. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he was encouraged by the numbers but the focus on preventing homicides would stay the same. 2. At midnight tonight, $85 billion will be […]

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Five things worth Chicago talking about today, Feb. 19

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Five things worth Chicago talking about today, Feb. 19

1. Three separate shootings yesterday, February 19, left a 24-year-old man dead in Washington Heights and two men injured on Chicago’s West Side. Michael Powell was shot multiple times at about 4:54 pm on the 9100 block of South Ada Street and was pronounced dead at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office at 9:20 p.m. […]

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