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Nation Mar 15Chicago parish fiercely backs priest after sex abuse claims
Michael Pfleger's initial accusers were two brothers in their 60s who haven't publicly identified themselves. They allege that Pfleger groomed them as children and abused them at Chicago-area rectories.
Education Feb 10Union approves deal with Chicago school district to return to class
The vote by the union’s roughly 25,000 members ends the possibility of an immediate teacher lockout or strike.
Nation Oct 25Foreign students show less zeal for U.S. since Trump took over
America was considered the premier destination for international students, with the promise of top-notch universities and unrivaled job opportunities. Yet, 2016 marked the start of a steep decline of new enrollees, something expected to continue with fresh rules limiting student…
Nation Jul 28Trump administration will not accept new DACA applications
The move Tuesday is a defiant stance after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to let the administration end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Health Jul 11Pandemic, racism compound worries about Black suicide rate
Jasmin Pierre was 18 when she tried to end her life, overdosing on whatever pills she could find. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she survived two more attempts at suicide, which felt like the only way to stop her pain.
Health May 26Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking
The meat industry has historically relied on immigrant labor to do some of the most dangerous jobs in America. Now the pandemic is fueling concerns about possible labor shortages to meet supply demands…
Politics Feb 20New visa restrictions set off ‘panic wave’ in immigrant communities
A Dallas immigration lawyer from Nigeria says her phone has been ringing nonstop. The United African Organization has held legal clinics in Chicago to walk people through their options.
Nation Feb 10Voter registration error risks deportation for immigrants
Hundreds of people who acknowledged that they weren't U.S. citizens were mistakenly registered. Sixteen of them voted.
Nation Dec 03Ex-Chicago Police chief says he didn’t intentionally ‘deceive’ anyone
Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn't "intentionally mislead or deceive" anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV.
Nation Dec 02Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired the city’s retiring police superintendent Monday, citing “ethical lapses” that included telling lies about a recent incident in which Eddie Johnson was found asleep at the wheel of his car after having drinks.