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Cory Booker Criticized by LGBT Activists for Speaking at Evangelical, Anti-LGBT Willow Creek Community Church’s Global Leadership Summit in 2011

Newark Mayor Cory Booker opens the Newark Peace Education Summit early Friday, May 13, 2011, in Newark, N.J. The three-day summit on the power of nonviolence will include Nobel laureates, international leaders, local anti-violence activists and the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
After declining to speak at a Christian conservative gathering this week, Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., is facing pushback for previously speaking at an Illinois megachurch known for its biblical stance on sexuality and marriage.
The senator released last week 10 years’ worth of tax returns, which showed that he made about $1.7 million in speaking engagements over the course of five years from 2009 to 2013...

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WATCH: Chicago Police Chief Says Jussie Smollett Betrayed the Black & Homosexual Communities as He Describes How the Actor Sent Himself Hate Mail and Then Staged His ‘Homophobic and Racist Attack’ Because He Was Not Happy With His Salary on ‘Empire’

Jussie Smollett was eviscerated after being arrested on Thursday by furious Chicago police bosses who alleged that he mailed himself a threatening letter then staged a hoax attack because he was unhappy with his Empire salary.
At an extraordinary press conference, Chicago Police Department Chief Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson abhorred him as a ‘troubled young man’ who has ‘taken advantage of the pain and anger of racism to further his career’ by allegedly lying that he was attacked by racist and homophobic assailants on January 29.
Smollett makes $100,000 per episode of Empire, according to an associate who spoke to, and there are 18 episodes in the current season which earns him $1.8million...

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Chicago Police Visit R. Kelly After Reports of Women Being Held Against Their Will at his Trump Tower Residence

Police visited the Chicago home of R&B star R. Kelly Friday after receiving a tip that two women were being held hostage by the singer but found no evidence to support the allegation, authorities said.
The morning visit came after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office passed along information to police from someone from out-of-state who alleged to prosecutors that two women were being held against their will at Kelly’s Trump Tower residence, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told USA TODAY.
Kelly has been facing mounting backlash since the airing of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” docu-series that details allegations of abuse and statutory rape of girls and young women by the singer.
Earlier this week, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx called on anyone with information...

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Harvest Bible Chapel and Pastor James MacDonald Under Scrutiny for Culture of Intimidation, Fear, Suspicious Financial Activities as Church Continues to Deny Allegations

A prominent Chicago-area evangelical megachurch is under scrutiny for an alleged culture of intimidation, fear, and suspicious financial activities, allegations the church says amount to an unfair attack from a journalist with an “unhealthy fixation” on it.

Harvest Bible Chapel, which has several campuses across the Chicago area, was the subject of an eight-month-long investigation by former Moody Radio host and author Julie Roys, who published her findings in the most recent issue of WORLD magazine.
Her report detailed the actions of former elders who believed that longtime pastor James MacDonald was unfit to serve any longer in light of the New Testament requirements for being an elder or pastor...

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2-Year-Old Boy Shot to Death in Chicago is City’s Youngest Victim of Gun Violence this Year

A memorial to a 2-year-old boy who was shot dead in Chicago, Oct. 6, 2018. (WLS)
A 2-year-old boy has been shot dead in Chicago, becoming the youngest gun violence victim in the city this year, police told ABC News.
The toddler and an 18-year-old man were standing on a sidewalk in the Hermosa neighborhood Saturday night when someone fired shots from the end of the street, the Chicago Police Department said.
Two-year-old Julien Gonzalez was shot in the neck, police said. He was hospitalized in critical condition and later pronounced dead.
Julien is the 20th child under the age of 11 to be shot in the city this year and the youngest fatality, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Julien was at a family party with his parents at the time, according to ABC station WLS in Chicago.
The 18-year-old was...

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6 Children, 2 Adults, 1 Dog Killed in Tragic Chicago House Fire Early Sunday Morning

A fire tore through a 2nd-story Chicago home overnight, killing six children, two adults and a dog, the city’s fire commissioner said.
“We have not had this in many, many, many years — this amount of fatalities and injuries in one location,” Commissioner José Santiago said Sunday morning.
But if not for the quick actions of a nearby woman who smelled the fire, he said, the outcome could have been even more tragic.
The fire started on the 2nd floor of the building, Santiago said. The 1st floor of the building was vacant, and the 2nd floor was a home.
The relationships of those found on the 2nd floor was not immediately clear.
In addition to the eight people killed, two children were injured and taken to a hospital, the fire department said...

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Chicago Police Under Fire After Allegedly Parking “Bait Truck” Filled With Expensive Sneakers in Black Neighborhood

A truck loaded with Nike Air Force 1 sneakers and Christian Louboutin shoes turned up in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago last week. It was a “bait truck” parked by Norfolk Southern Railway police, with assistance from Chicago Police, to lure thieves to their arrest.
The truck traveled to more than one site in the predominantly black community on the city’s southwest side. Police arrested three people during the sting, which was intended to curb cargo theft in the area, according to Norfolk Southern.
An August 2 video shot by Charles Mckenzie of the crime prevention group God’s Gorillas captures residents confronting officers about the truck; it has made the rounds on Facebook, Instagram, Lipstick Alley, and the World Star Hip-Hop site.
Another video, shot by self-descr...

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Four U.S. Cities Sue Over Trump ‘Relentless Sabotage’ of Obamacare, Say it is Unconstitutional

FILE PHOTO: A sign on an insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, San Diego, California, U.S., October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Four major U.S. cities filed a lawsuit on Thursday contending that President Donald Trump’s administration is unconstitutionally seeking to undermine Obamacare by failing to faithfully execute the healthcare law.

The complaint in federal court in Baltimore, filed by the cities of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, alleged that the Republican president is “waging a relentless campaign to sabotage and, ultimately, to nullify the law.”
The lawsuit argued that because Congress has not repealed the Affordable Care Act, as Obamacare is legally known, the U.S...

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Obama Foundation Sued for Alleged ‘Corrupt Scheme’ to Seize Land for Presidential Center in Chicago

The design for the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park was unveiled May 3, 2017.
A federal lawsuit filed by a Chicago nonprofit in an attempt to block the Obama Presidential Center from being built in Jackson Park accuses organizers of pulling an “institutional bait and switch” by shifting the center’s purpose away from being a true presidential library.
Protect Our Parks Inc. also claims in its lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, that the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago don’t have the authority to transfer public parkland to nongovernmental entity such as the Obama Foundation.
It has long been expected that the Park District would sell the land to the city for a nominal amount and the city would enter into a long-term lease with the Obama...

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