Today's Chicago Headlines...
Manierre Elementary no longer on the chopping block
Manierre Elementary School will no longer close, the Sun-Times learned Tuesday, spared from Wednesday’s vote by the Board of Education.
Emanuel says he’s not worried about political heat from school closings
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he’ll take his political lumps for his controversial school-closing plan because not only is it the job of the mayor to fix Chicago’s schools, “that’s the responsibility of being an adult.” He made his remarks when he was asked about Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle — who slammed the mayor’s education policies in an exclusive Sun-Times interview last week — and the closure plan’s potential to cause political fallout.
Lawyers seek Arlington burial for Chicago mobster Sam Volpendesto, 89
Lawyers for a geriatric Chicago mobster who recently died in prison will appeal to a federal judge to dismiss the mobster’s conviction and allow him to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. World War II veteran Sam Volpendesto, 89, was sentenced in 2011 for his role in the bombing of a Berwyn business and for serving as part of a mob robbery crew. Volpendesto was charged after an informant caught him on tape complaining about how little he was paid for the 2003 bombing that destroyed a Berwyn business in competition with mob boss Michael “The Large Guy” Sarno’s video …
Pipe bomber ‘The Bishop’ gets 37 years in prison
Federal Judge Robert M. Dow said the Dubuque Iowa machinist’s attempt to manipulate stock prices by mailing pipe bombs through the Rolling Meadows post office to businesses in Kansas City and Denver in 2007 was “horrific” and “terrifying.”
Chief Keef arrested in Georgia hotel after staff smells marijuana
Chicago rapper Chief Keef makes no secret of his fondness for marijuana. The staff at the swanky Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter hotel doesn’t share that fondness. Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was arrested for disorderly conduct, after security at the hotel “observed smoke and a smell of marijuana from a room,” according to police in Dunwoody, Ga..
Defendant killed restaurant manager ‘because he could,’ prosecutor says
James Ealy kept the change — the dimes and quarters he stole from a Burger King restaurant after strangling manager Mary Hutchinson, Lake County prosecutors said. Investigators days later discovered $40 in dimes and $70 in quarters stuffed in a pillowcase in Ealy’s apartment — amounts matching those taken from the Lindenhurst restaurant during the Nov. 27, 2006 robbery.