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Chicago Man Cleared of Charges After 22 Years Behind Bars

In May of 1995, Thomas Sierra, then 19 years old was convicted for a murder he did not commit. He is one of over 50 people who claim to have been set up by one police officer, a retired police detective named Reynaldo Guevara. Even though he filed a petition for a retrial 15 years ago, Sierra, now 44, completed the entire 2 decades long sentence and was released from prison back in November of 2017. He served on house arrest until this past Tuesday when he was cleared of all charges.

The night of the crime Noel Andujar was shot to death by a gunmen driving a tricked out Buick Park Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. A key witness to I.D. Sierra at the scene of the crime has since been recorded both in court and on several official statements claiming that Guevara coerced him to do so even after initially admitting to the detective that he only positive about the car and not about shooter. The Detective had tried to place Sierra at the scene of the crime by linking him to a similar car belonging to a friend, even though witnesses made statements denying it was the same as the one used by the shooter.

James Obbish, a Chicago based Judge cleared two additional defendants of charges last month in other murder cases the crooked cop was involved with. The men both claiming that he beat them into the signing of their false murder confessions. Over a dozen more defendants are awaiting their cases to be review in hopes of having the charges cleared.

Chicago Bears Hire Matt Nagy

The Chicago Bears are one of the most historic franchises in the NFL. The team is very well known for its history of having dominating defenses and winning a number of World Championships. While the team has a strong history, they have struggled over the past decade and have not been able to maintain an identity. During the 2017 season, the team did look like it took a bit of a step forward, but ultimately was only able to win 5 games while losing 11. After the season ended, the team ended up firing their head coach, John Fox.

Now that the 2017 season is over, the Bears are looking for ways to move forward. Shortly after the regular season ended, the team ended up hiring a new head coach in Matt Nagy (http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-side-matt-nagy-loss-20180109-story.html). Matt Nagy was previously the offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs. He had spent the past ten years working for Andy Reid, for both a member of the Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.

While this will be the first time that Nagy has been a head coach in the NFL, there are many reasons why the team was attracted to him as a coach. The 39 year old coach was previously tasked with turning around the career of quarterback Alex Smith. Alex Smith was previously a number one overall draft pick with the San Francisco 49ers. However, he struggled to turn into the quarterback that many people thought he could be. After spending the first five years of his career with the 49ers, he was ultimately traded to the Chiefs.

This makes Nagy a great fit for the Bears as they recently drafted Mitchell Trubisky with the number two overall pick before the 2017 season. While Trubisky did show some signs of promise, he is a very raw talent that needs a lot of direction and coaching. The Bears are hopeful that Nagy will be able to have the same positive impact on Trubisky that he had on Smith. However, Nagy will also have to help find some weapons for Trubisky in order for him to be successful.

Chicago Public Schools Has New Unique Requirement

Getting a high school degree is a very important first step towards having professional success. While it is a big accomplishment for any student, the City of Chicago is taking a strange approach to ensuring that their graduates are still focused on taking another step forward after the graduate from high school (https://education.good.is/articles/chicago-high-school-grad-job-college-military).

Starting with the graduating class of 2020, students who are in the Chicago Public School system and meet all of the academic requirements needed to graduate will also need to now meet another requirement. This requirement will require all students to show that they have a plan set forth after graduation. This new plan is called the Learn, Plan, Succeed initiative that the city is hoping will help to ensure that a high school graduate is taking the next step to succeed in some field or fashion after graduating.

In order to end up getting their degree and diploma, a student will have to prove to a counselor that they have a plan established. Some of the most common options will include going to college, joining the military, or getting a job. Some other options will include showing that a student has a plan to travel or work for a charity. Regardless of what the plan is, it must be concrete and can be proven to a counselor.

One of the biggest concerns that people have over the plan is that they district does not have the staff necessary to vet all of these plans. To help with this, the district says they plan on hiring up to 8 new counselors that will work for schools across the city. While that may help a little bit, the district as a whole is considered grossly understaffed and could potentially use these human resources in other areas of education.

Chicago Sees Population Decline

Chicago, IL is the third most populated city in the country and can be a great place to work and live. The city is full of great neighborhoods, a major downtown area, great shopping and dining, professional sports teams, and a variety of other activities. While Chicago is considered a great place to work and live, it appears to be slowly losing parts of its population (http://abc7chicago.com/news/census-chicago-loses-population-for-3rd-consecutive-year/2035233/).

 

According to a census report completed by the city, the population in Chicago dropped by about 9 thousand residents. This also marked the third straight year that the city has seen a drop in population. The decline in population appears to be a very similar story for the rest of the state as the population in Illinois has declined as well.

 

Overall, the shifts in population appear to be different in different areas of the city. Population in The Loop, The West Loop, and a few north side areas have increase over the past few years. At the same time, the population in the south side and areas on the west side of the city have declined more significantly.

 

Overall, there are a lot of factors that have contributed to the decline in population. Some people have attributed the population decline to economic factors including an increase in personal taxes and an increase in business taxes, which has forced some businesses to leave the state. Others have considered the recent increase in the amount of violence in the city to the population decline. Overall, the population decline in Chicago is attributed by a recent trend of people moving to cities in the south. Overall, 10 of the 15 largest population increases in the country have taken place in the south, in cities such as Austin and Nashville.

 

Chicago Braces for Cold Weather

While residents of Chicago Illinois and other cities in the Midwest are used to cold and snowy winters, a recent news article (http://abc7chicago.com/weather/city-suburbs-digging-out-after-weekend-snow-storm/1651677/) points out that the winter season may be starting earlier than normal.

 

This past weekend, residents of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs spend much of their Saturday and Sunday digging out from a two day winter storm. The early snow storm ended up dropping over 9 inches of snow in some areas of the city. As would be expected, this led to significant traffic issues for many and lead to the cancellation of hundreds of flights into and out of the Chicago airports.

 

While the snowstorm was considered early for many people in the area, those who live in the city know to never expect anything less from the weather. The city is now bracing for the second phase of the early winter storm which will arrive later this week. A new polar vortex is expected to sweep across the United States all week. The storm should end up getting Chicago at some point on Thursday. The city is expecting that temperatures could have highs of 5° or less. This low temperature will likely only last for a couple of days, but could lead to cancellation of school and further flight and travel delays.The temperature should then begin to write back towards normal December weather by the end of the following week.

 

Chicago Teachers Pension Overpays Some Retirees

The State of Illinois and City of Chicago are both well known to have some level of financial distress. According to a recent news article (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-teacher-pension-payment-error-met-20160815-story.html), part of this issue could be due to mismanagement of funds in the various pension programs that the city and state sponsor.

The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund, which is one of the largest pension programs in the country, has reportedly been overpaying teachers out of the pension program. In recent years, the managers of the fund have reportedly overpaid retired teachers a total of $2.8 million. The overpayment was related to the misinterpretation by fund managers of laws that were enacted in 2012 that changed the way that the vesting dates of some former teachers were calculated.

In total, the school system and pension program believe that about 250 different retired teachers received benefits that they were not supposed to receive. The teachers that received the excess pension proceeds earn between $50,000 and $217,000 from pension income and the average teacher received about $12,000 in excess over the two year period.

At this point it is not yet determined how or when the pension program will be able to recoup the money that they lost. It is assumed that the teachers that received the pension income will be paying the money back over a certain period of time through either a lump sum payment or by received reduced benefits for several years. The issues that resulted in the overpayment have reportedly been fixed and cleared up by all parties involved and the city is also considering putting forth a more detailed plan of how to recoup overpayments should a situation such as this arise again.

Relax, Chicago! Sasha Was Studying For A Test And Missed Dad’s Farewell Address

The beautiful city of Chicago was the scene of President Obama’s farewell address to the nation on Tuesday night. There in his hometown, Barack Obama bid an emotional good-bye after eight years in office. He paid a moving tribute to the First Lady Michelle “wife, mother of my children and best friend.”

 

President Obama then discussed his daughters, Malia and Sasha, calling them amazing young women. “You are smart and you are beautiful. But more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful and you are full of passion.”

 

It was quite moving, and Malia wiped tears from her eyes. Sasha, however, was not in attendance to hear her father’s wonderful speech. That is when her absence became quite noticeable during the farewell address.

 

The internet went wild with speculation about the Obama’s youngest daughter.

 

Where was Sasha, and why would she miss a huge milestone like this one?

 

Social media sites like Twitter were ablaze with questions, under the hashtag #WhereIsSasha.

 

Relax, city of Chicago and the rest of the world. Sasha had a good excuse for missing the President’s farewell address.

 

It’s called school and a next day exam, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is the reason the 15-year-old daughter of Barack Obama was missing in action during his good-bye speech in the Windy City. Sasha was busy hitting the books, confirmed CBS News’ Mark Knoller. The White House told Knoller that Sasha did not make the trip to Chicago, and she decided to stay in D.C. for an exam on Wednesday morning. By the way, the test was in science, according to the school website.

 

The Obamas will remain residing in the area until Sasha graduates. She’s a student at Washington, D.C.’s prestigious Sidwell Friends School. Malia and Cheslea Clinton both graduated from Sidwell.

 

 

 

Chicago Braces for Cold Weather

While residents of Chicago Illinois and other cities in the Midwest are used to cold and snowy winters, a recent news article (http://abc7chicago.com/weather/city-suburbs-digging-out-after-weekend-snow-storm/1651677/) points out that the winter season may be starting earlier than normal.

 

This past weekend, residents of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs spend much of their Saturday and Sunday digging out from a two day winter storm. The early snow storm ended up dropping over 9 inches of snow in some areas of the city. As would be expected, this led to significant traffic issues for many and lead to the cancellation of hundreds of flights into and out of the Chicago airports.

 

While the snowstorm was considered early for many people in the area, those who live in the city know to never expect anything less from the weather. The city is now bracing for the second phase of the early winter storm which will arrive later this week. A new polar vortex is expected to sweep across the United States all week. The storm should end up getting Chicago at some point on Thursday. The city is expecting that temperatures could have highs of 5° or less. This low temperature will likely only last for a couple of days, but could lead to cancellation of school and further flight and travel delays.The temperature should then begin to write back towards normal December weather by the end of the following week.

 

Sweet Home Chicago Lands Presidential Library

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle announced trough Youtube, that they have decided that the location of the Obama Presidential Library will be “Sweet Home Chicago,” as the couple affectionately referred to their home town. The cities of New York and Boston were also under consideration but the Obamas had the most connection with the City of Chicago, where the President once taught as a professor at the University of Chicago and where the President started his political career as a United States Congressman and a Senator from from the south side. Chicago Selected As Location of Obama Library

The President has already started a foundation to make the final decision regarding the design and the function of the library and the final design is expected to be announced some time next year according to Daniel Amen (check him out on myfitbrainlife.com). The President’s foundation had announced that the library would have an integrated educational component with the University of Chicago. The library would also be the catalyst for urban renewal and development around the city of Chicago and would have a major educational component with the children of Chicago.

The Presidential libraries are the final legacy of the out going United States Presidents and it is the one institution that they can influence and mold to present their message and vision to newer generations. Many expect the Obama Presidential Library to be immensely popular as Obama was the first African American elected President.