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‘Stephanie’s Law’ would expand state’s sex offender registry list

‘Stephanie’s Law’ would expand state’s sex offender registry list

Illinois has nearly 29,000 registered sex offenders living in Illinois, but that number could increase with the passage of proposed legislation in Springfield. Of the more than 30 offenses requiring someone to register in Illinois, sexual battery is not one of them. Legislation proposed by two state lawmakers, however, would change that. Judges would be […]

Chicago’s Latino community divided over Alvarez’s defeat

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Chicago’s Latino community divided over Alvarez’s defeat

Alex Rendón could not bring himself to support Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, even though she is the first Latina elected to the top prosecutor job in Chicago. Alvarez lost her reelection bid in the primary on Tuesday. Rendón, 35, recalled how the younger brother of one of his closest friends was “t-boned” by a police […]

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New state law eliminates mandatory life sentences for youth offenders

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New state law eliminates mandatory life sentences for youth offenders

A new state law that eliminates mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders will only bring more pain to the families of victims killed by teens, says an advocacy group opposing the new law. The Illinois law took effect in January and follows a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made life without parole for minors […]

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Domestic Violence in the Arab-American Community

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Domestic Violence in the Arab-American Community

Domestic violence is a problem that affects all communities. In the Arab American community, however, it is also taboo, always kept behind closed doors because culturally, it is a shame to let the people know what’s going on at your home. But awareness about domestic violence is increasing. In fact, some women in the Arab […]

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Frank Main Talks Ethics and Journalism

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Frank Main Talks Ethics and Journalism

Chicago Sun-Times crime reporter Frank Main was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for a series of articles about Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. Main, 51, joined the Sun-Times in 1998 and has covered politics, city hall, state government and federal court. He recently talked about the best and worst ethical decisions he has confronted, what […]

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Man Pleads Guilty to Shipping Cocaine to Illinois

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Man Pleads Guilty to Shipping Cocaine to Illinois

A 38-year-old Mexican citizen living in Oregon pleaded guilty Wednesday to his involvement in a conspiracy to ship more than 500 grams of cocaine to be distributed in the Chicago area in 2013. Eitel Mendoza initially entered a plea of not guilty for the crimes but later agreed to plead guilty to one count of […]

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Crime in Pilsen Drawing Residents’ Attention

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Crime in Pilsen Drawing Residents’ Attention

Pilsen residents said they are noticing an uptick in incidents of violent crime taking place in the Lower West Side neighborhood. Kenia Ballina, a student at Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, has lived in Pilsen for over eight years and she sometimes hears gunshots from the park near her home. “It’s kind of sad [not […]

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