CHICAGO (AP) - The Reverend Jesse Jackson led a prayer vigil for Nelson Mandela at the Chicago headquarters of his Rainbow PUSH Coalition. About 30 people - including a local Catholic priest who was born in South Africa - took part in the hour-long vigil yesterday evening to honor Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95. Also in attendance was Vuyiswa Tulelo, the South African Consul General in Chicago.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has appointed a former executive to be the city's new comptroller. Emanuel announced yesterday that he appointed Daniel Widawsky to the position. The appointment is subject to approval from the Chicago City Council.
ELGIN, Ill. (AP) - The woman in charge of a public library in Elgin is the Illinois Librarian of the Year. Carole Medal of Arlington Heights in suburban Chicago is executive director of the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. She has worked in Elgin since 2004. Medal earned the honor from the Illinois Library Association.
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An East St. Louis woman who prosecutors say was stabbed to death by her former boyfriend appeared to anticipate she was in danger the day he was freed again from jail. Montrell Cooper was released November 25th on probation after pleading guilty to another felony battery charge involving 25-year-old Michelle Rowling. Later that day, Rowling posted on her Facebook page that friends should convey her love for her kids and mother "if anything happens to me tonight."
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