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Prosecutor shifts Smollett recusal reasons, releases files

Jun. 1, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's top prosecutor again shifted her explanation for why she recused herself from an investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim that he'd been the target of a hate crime, saying she stepped aside because of false rumors she was related to the "Empire" actor. Cook County State's...

Police were told deal was in works with Jussie Smollett

May. 31, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — New documents on the Jussie Smollett case released Thursday show that prosecutors told Chicago police detectives that a possible deal with the "Empire" actor was in the works a month before charges against him were dropped. The approximately 460-pages of new documents show detectives...

The Latest: New Chicago mayor delivers on reform pledge

May. 20, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Lori Lightfoot as Chicago mayor (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Newly installed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot moved to enact a reform pledge she made during her campaign. Lightfoot signed an executive order Monday afternoon limiting aldermanic prerogative....

Longtime Illinois politician Thomas Hynes dies at age 80

May. 5, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois state Senate president and Democratic National Committee member Thomas Hynes, who was a powerhouse in Chicago politics for four decades, has died. He was 80. Cheever Griffin, Hynes' son-in-law, confirmed that Hynes died Saturday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital from...

Striking Chicago musicians approve 5-year contract

Apr. 27, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Musicians at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have approved a new contract, a key step to ending a nearly seven-week strike. The Chicago Federation of Musicians says the five-year deal includes a 13.2% increase in salary and protects retirement benefits. The union says musicians unanimously...

Symphony, union accept Emanuel offer to help end strike

Apr. 25, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Both striking musicians and management of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have welcomed an offer by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help end a nearly two-month work stoppage over pensions and wages. Representatives for the two sides issued statements accepting Emanuel's Wednesday evening proposal that...

Brothers sue Jussie Smollett's lawyers, claiming defamation

Apr. 23, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself sued the "Empire" actor's attorneys on Tuesday, accusing them of defamation by continuing to insist publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing...

Prosecutor won't comment until review of Smollett case done

Apr. 19, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County state's attorney says she won't comment further on the Jussie Smollett case in Chicago until a county inspector general finishes his review of prosecutors' decision to drop charges against the "Empire" actor. Kim Foxx said in a written statement Friday that she doesn't want...