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# Chicago

Last month
February 2023
# US
R Kelly ordered to serve extra year for child sex offences on top of 30-year sentence
A federal judge handed Kelly a 20-year sentence to be served alongside his current prison term.
This year
# Chicago
Prosecutor drops sex abuse charges against singer R Kelly after federal convictions
Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is serving a 30-year prison sentence in a New York case.
Last year
# 4 july shooting
Chicago parade shooting suspect 'contemplated second attack' before arrest
The accused’s lawyer said he intends to plea not guilty plea to all charges.
# Illinois
Fourth of July parade suspected gunman planned the attack for weeks, US police say
Emergency officials said around two dozen people, including children, were treated for gunshot injuries.
# 4 july shooting
At least six people dead after shooting at Chicago suburb's Fourth of July parade
Police said authorities were still searching for the suspect and called it an active incident.
Another 24 people have been taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries.
Police said a firearm has been recovered, but that authorities are still searching for the suspect.
Mayor of Highland Park Nancy Rotering says the community has been "terrorised by an act of violence that has shaken us to our core".
# Chicago
Jussie Smollett sentenced to 150 days in jail for staging hate crime
Smollett was also ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution to the city of Chicago.
All time
# Empire actor
US actor Jussie Smollett found guilty over staged racist hate crime
Smollett was found guilty of five counts of disorderly conduct for falsely telling police he was the victim of a hate crime in 2019.
# Chicago
US actor Jussie Smollett takes the stand in his own defence
Smollett is facing charges accusing him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself and lying to Chicago police about it.
# Chicago
Man tells court actor Jussie Smollett recruited him and brother to fake attack
Abimbola Osundairo said the actor asked him and his brother ‘to fake beat him up’.
# Chicago
Brothers told Chicago police how Jussie Smollett allegedly staged hoax
A former detective told a court he initially viewed Smollett as the victim of a homophobic and racist attack.
# francis alexander
Victim of US serial killer John Wayne Gacy identified
Francis Wayne Alexander would have been 21 or 22 years old when Gacy killed him sometime between early 1976 and early 1977.
# tensions
Covid vaccine stand-off between Chicago mayor and police union sparks dueling lawsuits
A judge has banned a police union president from making public statements on the city’s Covid-19 policy.
# vaccine cards
US pharmacist arrested for selling vaccine cards for $10 each
He was selling them for $10 each.
# Police Shooting
Chicago Police release footage of officer fatally shooting 13-year-old boy
Footage reveals 13-year-old Adam Toledo dropped a handgun and raised his empty hands.
# Chicago
Actor Jussie Smollett faces six new charges over claim he was victim of hate crime
Smollett was previously charged with lying to police but they were subsequently dropped.
# United States
13 wounded, four critically at house party shooting in the US
Shots were fired just after 12.30am (6.30am Irish time).
# sex crime
R Kelly charged with paying bribe before marriage to 15-year-old Aaliyah
Kelly was 27 when he married a then 15-year-old R&B singer Aaliyah in 1994.
# Empire Strikes Back
Actor Jussie Smollett suing city of Chicago for 'malicious prosecution'
The Empire actor says the city should not seek payment from him to cover the cost of the investigation into his claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
# belief
'It shows you that they're human' - Chicago changed everything for Ireland
Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray underlined the confidence within Joe Schmidt’s squad.
# Record Breaker
Kenya's Kosgei shatters Radcliffe world record in Chicago Marathon
Mo Farah finished 8th in the men’s race.
# mobile home
Nine-year-old child charged with five counts of first-degree murder after fire in US
Three children and two adults died in the fire in April.
# Gun violence
Two Chicago mothers who were anti-gun violence activists shot dead in south of city
Police don’t believe Chantell Grant or Andrea Stoudemire were the intended targets of last Friday’s shooting.
# Chicago
R Kelly denied bail on federal sex crimes charges
The singer was arrested last week on suspicion of having sex with underage girls and recording it.
# Chicago
Singer R Kelly arrested on federal sex crime charges
The counts include child porn, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice.
# Chicago
Baby boy who was cut from his mother's womb with a butcher's knife during attack in Chicago dies
Police say his mother, who was nine-months pregnant, was strangled.
# Chicago
R Kelly charged with 11 new sex-related crimes
Some charges carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, making them the most serious against him.
# unsealed
Judge grants media request that Jussie Smollett's criminal case file be released
The judged ordered that the file be unsealed but it has not yet been released.
# Chicago
US police question three people after baby taken from murdered pregnant teenager
The 19 year-old went missing in Chicago almost four weeks ago.
# Lori Lightfoot
Chicago elects black, gay woman as mayor in historic vote
Since 1837, Chicago voters have elected only one black mayor and one female mayor.
Tributes paid to Limerick GAA supporter John Hunt who has passed away aged 98
The Athea native captured the hearts of the nation with his Late Late Show appearance last September.
# jussie smollett
Explainer: Why is Donald Trump asking the FBI to look into an alleged hate crime against a TV actor?
Jussie Smollett achieved notoriety after being accused of fabricating a hate crime.
# Chicago
Chicago police chief and mayor hit out as actor Jussie Smollett cleared of all criminal charges
Smollett’s lawyers released a statement today confirming the charges had been dropped.
# St Patrick's Day
Taoiseach says he doesn't want to be associated with actions of Conor McGregor
This time last week, Varadkar was somewhat overshadowed at the Chicago St Patrick’s Day parade.
# Terror Threat
New intelligence unit to assess threats to State security will be set up by the end of the year
Varadkar says Ireland is as prepared as any other country for a terror attack.
# St Patrick's Day
An unexpected guest and a luminous river: Leo ends St Patrick's trip not being centre of attention
Varadkar finished off the final leg of his US trip walking in the Chicago parade and taking a boat trip down the river.
# LGBT Rights
Taoiseach says he wasn't nervous ahead of Pence speech: 'I wanted to express Ireland's values'
Varadkar said he and Pence have very different views on social issues, but says it’s better to engage with people rather than boycott them.
# St Patrick's Day
Taoiseach marches alongside Conor McGregor in Chicago's St Patrick's Day parade
Government officials were left surprised at McGregor’s appearance at the parade.
# Climate Change
Taoiseach says climate change protests are 'welcome' and 'inspiring'
Earlier this month, the Taoiseach said he supported school students going on strike.
# Empire Strikes Back
US actor Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to lying to police over attack
Police say Smollett staged the attack in a bid to gain publicity and a more pay.
# white house visit
Taoiseach heading to Washington DC for annual St Patrick's Day meeting with Donald Trump
Leo Varadkar will also travel to Chicago this year.